Around Windham County

Friday March 15, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: The Town of Rockingham School District, encompassing Saxtons River, Bellows Falls, Bartonsville, and Cambridgeport is now registering children eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2013-2014 school year. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible to attend kindergarten.

For further information, call Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls at 802-463-4346 or the Saxtons River Elementary School at 802-869-2637, or stop by either school to pick up a form.

In BrattleboroĆ 

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Brooks Memorial Library will host Life in One Vermont Town: A local history and genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s meeting room.

In trying to discover exactly what life was like in one small Vermont town in one particular year, Hay has uncovered resources which paint an unexpectedly lively picture.

Although working most recently on Guilford’s past, she also has a wealth of experience exploring the past in Brattleboro and Vermont in general, thanks to three decades working in local libraries.

Hay’s illustrated talk will be followed by a "hands on" examination and analysis of typical sources from the Brattleboro area, including the challenges of deciphering records written with a quill pen.

The workshop is free and open to the public and requires no registration.

WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be April 13.

Swap Program information is available at, e-mail questions to

POETRY READING: The Union Institute & University’s Third Annual Poetry Reading will feature Robin MacArthur, John Rose, and F.D. Reeve. This free, public event will be hosted at the University’s Brattleboro, Vermont academic center on March 16, at 3 p.m.

MacArthur is an affiliated professor at Union Institute & University. A mother, writer and educator, she represents half of the Indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker. Rose’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including Old Crow, Jack Mackerel Magazine, and Today’s Poets.

In PutneyĆ 

PUTNEY FUNDRAISER: The Putney Community Center will host a potluck dinner and dance fundraiser on Saturday, March 16, for Putney Cares and the Putney Community Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Suggested donation for the Big Bash Potluck and Dance Double Fundraiser is $5 to $10.

People are invited to bring their favorite dish and/or a beverage for the potluck feast (no alcoholic beverages). A DJ will play an eclectic mix of danceable tunes, including rock ‘n’ roll, boogie-woogie, swing, Cajun and Zydeco, R & B, oldies and soul, World Music, and more.

The Putney Community Center, located at 10 Christian Square, a block off Main Street, has provided a range of educational, cultural, recreational, and social services. The wheel-chair accessible building is currently the home of the Putney Food Shelf.

Putney Cares supports the needs of elders in the community so that they can remain independent for as long as possible. Putney Cares also maintains the Noyes House, a home for shared living for seniors in Putney.

Both of these non-profit organizations provide essential services and community space, and both depend on the support of the community to continue thriving and continue serving the community.

PRUNING WORKSHOP: A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Westminster West School, 3724 Westminster West Road in Putney.

The demonstration workshop, sponsored by the Windham County Extension Master Gardener program, will be hosted by Gay Foster of Hollyhock Farm in Putney. Foster has had many years experience working for Green Mountain Orchard as well as maintaining clients of her own, and will demonstrate how to prune fruit trees.

This is a hands-on workshop so bring pruning tools if available. Register by e-mail at Donations will be accepted.

In Saxtons River...

NATURE DRAWING: A nature drawing study group will meet at Main Street Arts for three Sundays beginning March 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. Its purpose is to help participants develop their drawing skills in a supportive setting. The fee is $15 for members and $18 for non-members, with a drop-in rate of $6 for members and $7 for non-members. More information is available by contacting at Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960,, by visiting or on Facebook.


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