Around Windham County

Tuesday March 19, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

GOVERNOR’S INSTITUTE APPLICATIONS: Each year, students at the Bellows Falls Union High School apply for a spot at the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont and nearly every year several students attend with life changing effects. The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont offers students in grades 9-11 the opportunity for a fun and educational experience on a Vermont college campus in the summer. There are Institutes focused on Arts, Engineering, Information Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Mathematics, Asian Cultures, and Current Issues and Youth Activism.

For more information, go to or students should see Mr. Divis in the Social Studies Department at BFUHS. Applications are due by Friday, March 22.

In Brattleboro...

PANEURHYTHMY BEGINS: Paneurhythmy begins another season on Wednesday, March 20, and continuing until the autumnal equinox, Paneurhythmy, a sacred circle dance from Bulgaria is practiced. Everyone is welcome to this hour-long movement process, a series of 28 movements to honor the earth, the cosmos and the spiritual evolution of the human being.

Participants meet at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility parking lot at Living Memorial Park, 61 Guilford St. in Brattleboro. As the weather warms, the group will go up to near the top. This free practice will continue each Wednesday and Sunday at 8 a.m., weather permitting.

The dances are taught by Rupa Cousins who has been teaching and leading Paneurhythmy for over 18 years. For information: 802-387-5276.

DOG LICENSES/RABIES CLINIC: Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

All dogs and wolf-hybrids over three months of age shall be vaccinated against rabies. The initial vaccination shall be valid for 12 months. Within nine to 12 months of the initial vaccination, the animal must receive a booster vaccination.

All subsequent vaccinations following the initial vaccination shall be valid for 36 months.

If an animal has been spayed or neutered, the certificate issued by the veterinarian must be presented when licensing the animal for the first time. A current rabies certificate issued and signed by a veterinarian must be filed with the Town Clerk.

Fees for licenses received before April 1 -- $15 for neutered and $22 for un-neutered. Specially trained assistance dogs may be eligible for a reduced licensing fee.

Dogs and wolf-hybrids licensed after April 1 will be charged a penalty. In addition, any person failing to license a dog or wolf-hybrid may be fined up to $100 and the dog or wolf-hybrid may be impounded. If an animal licensed last year has died or been given away, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 802-251-8157 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be a rabies clinic for area animals on Saturday, March 30, at the West Brattleboro Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Vaccinations are $10 each. An Assistant Town Clerk will be present to license dogs that reside in Brattleboro.

KIDSPLAYCE FUN-RAISER: The 99 Restaurant will donate 15 percent of the cost of meals with a coupon from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, to KidsPLAYce in Brattleboro. For the coupon, stop by KidsPLAYce at 20 Elliot St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday or download a coupon at The 99 Restaurant is located at 1184 Putney Rd, Brattleboro.

KidsPLAYce is a place for children and their families to learn, play, and grow together.

If unable to attend, but wanting to contribute call 802-254-5212 to donate with a credit card, or send a check or money order to: KidsPLAYce, P.O. Box 1093, Brattleboro, VT 05302

For further information, call 802-254-5212.

PANEL DISCUSSION: A panel of Muslims currently living in the United States will participate in "What is Islam, Who was Mohammad," a film and panel discussion, on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Marlboro College Grad Center, 28 Vernon St., on the main floor.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Windham World Affairs Council, the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy and the Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative

The evening begins with the film, "Islam the Empire of Faith, Part One," a PBS special that first aired in 2001. The one hour segment, "The Messenger," introduces the story of the rise of Islam and the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

It covers the revelation of the Quar’an and the Persecutions suffered by the early Muslims, the first mosques and the rapid expansion of Islam. Then the panel will share how their faith informs their lives, and answer questions.

Mehlaqa Samdani worked as an adjunct fellow/consultant with the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Thuraiya Abdullah Al Hammadi is Fulbright Scholar from Oman. She is teaching at SIT Graduate Institute for one year. She studied to be an English teacher and was teaching English in Oman prior to this year.

Abdoulaye Sall is from Senegal and holds a master of arts degree in Peacekeeping-Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Tahir Chaudhri was born in Montreal, Quebec, and spent much of his formative years in Pakistan. He attended Marlboro College and Johnson State College; attaining degrees in Anthropology and Political Science.

In Putney...

YOGA TALK: A free talk on Yoga Asana will be held on Wednesday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Medicine for the People, 125 Main St. in Putney.

Lara Darrow will discuss the layers of experience within Yoga Asana, including the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Darrow will describe how these layers exist inside the mat experience and off the mat, and how people can integrate the emotional, mental, and spiritual components into their practice in order to support transformation. She is a certified yoga instructor and Somatic Expressive Therapist.


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