Around Windham County

Wednesday February 20, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

"E.T." BENEFIT SHOWING: "E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial" will make an appearance at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in a screening of the iconic film as a benefit for Our Place Drop-in Center and the Greater Falls Warming Shelter.

Admission to the movie is $4. The movie is rated PG for language and mild thematic elements.

A raffle featuring a child’s bicycle is being held in conjunction with the showing of the movie. Also being raffled are four collectable posters advertising the movie at the time of its debut in 1982 and a season’s pass to the Wednesday night Classic Movie Series at the Opera House.

Raffle tickets at $1 each or six for $5 are on sale at Village Square Booksellers and will be available at the screening. The drawing will be held at that time.

In Brattleboro...

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKIING: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports Inc. will be turning the clock back as the 75th anniversary of skiing at Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. All tickets will be 35 cents as they were in 1938.

The Guilford Street Ski Tow opened to the public in 1938. It was a 1,100 foot rope tow built next to the road that had its terminal building built up on two large timbers and had a large electric motor for power. When the rope reached the top it traveled around a three foot bull wheel and came back to the bottom riding on Model A Ford wheels fixed to the top of the light poles about 16 feet high and 60 feet apart.

In 1957, a Dopplemeyer T-bar was installed at its present location run by the town. They ceased operation in 1995.

In 1997, a group of volunteer citizens banded together to reopen the hill. The group is now in its 16th year of operation. An average of close to 200 skiers from Thursday through Sunday use the hill. The low cost of $5 makes it affordable to many families.

The hours for the remainder of this week are: Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. (35 Cent Day); Thursday and Friday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: The Brattleboro Daisy Girl Scout Troop 12946 plans to hold booth sales at the Exit 1 Outlet Center, Canal Street, on Saturdays, Feb. 23 and March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sell Girl Scout cookies.

Once again this year the Scouts are accepting donations to help them send cookies to local troops serving in the military via the Yellow Ribbon Organization. The price for a box of cookies is $4.

BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP: An Introduction to beekeeping workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, Vernon St., Brattleboro in North Room.

Sponsored by Windham County Extension Master Gardeners and presented by Jodi Turner of Imagine That HONEY! in Swanzey, N.H. This free class is an introduction to beekeeping with discussions about ways to use alternative methods to attract beneficial insects to gardens. Registration is required, call 802-251-9943, leaving name and phone number. Class is limit to 30 participants.

NEW SIDEWALK MEETING: The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of Main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project. The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street. Two Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Enhancement grants and a local match in the form of a bond fund this project.

Property owners, residents or business owners along the Downtown Sidewalk Project route are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:15 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, 230 Main St. At the meeting, the project development process will be reviewed and discussions will be held about the objectives of the project.

The town is looking for public input on potential design issues. A future meeting to update interested parties on the project status and obtain additional public input regarding the project will follow.

In Dummerston...

TRANSITION POTLUCK: Transition Dummmerston’s monthly potluck and program will be on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church. A community potluck will begin at 6 p.m., with opportunity to socialize with neighbors. Bring a seasonal dish to share; local food encouraged.

The program, from 7 to 9 p.m. will be a discussion to give everyone the opportunity to speak on their own perspectives and passions about key issues and actions as the group develops priorities for 2013. At Transition Dummerston’s recent retreat, enthusiasm was expressed for five areas of interest for the coming year, and these will be the focus of this creative evening of engaged discussion: Reducing fossil fuel use (affordable weatherization, solar hot water, etc.); Building local food resources (continuing the garden surplus program and exploring community gardens, etc.); Identifying community assets and needs for Transition; Deepening and broadening awareness and involvement about/in Transition issues and projects; and Inner Resources for Transition, such as meditation, deep listening, and other forms of "Heart work."

The church is located in Dummerston Center, at the intersection of East-West and Middle roads. For more information, contact: Susal at 802-275-7449 or or Fred at 802-387-2681 or

In Guilford...

MIDWEEK MEDITATION: Guilford Community Church will be hosting midweek meditations from 4 to 5 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent (Feb. 13 to March 27). The sanctuary will be open for people to come and go. The meditations feature intermittent periods of silence and Taizé chanting. All are invited to join the chants or to join in the spirit of the chanting. Everyone is welcome.

The Taizé Community in France, from which the chants originate, includes Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around 30 nations and invites people from all faiths to join in their meditations. By its very existence, the community is a "parable of community" that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.

The church is fully handicapped accessible and is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5 in back of the Guilford Country Store. Information: 802-257-2776.

PRE-TOWN MEETING: Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Grange.

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters. State law prevents any "campaigning" by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance. So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.

Those interested in declaring as a write-in candidate should take this sole opportunity to appear before a group of voters.

Town Meeting is held on the first Tuesday of March, which this year is March 5, commencing at 10 a.m. in the gym of the Guilford Central School.

Broad Brook Grange is in Guilford Center, 4 miles west of the Country Store. Refreshments will conclude the evening.


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