Around Windham County

Friday February 15, 2013

In Bellows FallsŠ

COIN DRIVE: Central Elementary School is holding a coin drive to collect money for the continuation of its garden project. The coin drive will run through March 15. Anyone wishing to contribute may bring their coins to the school at 50 School St. Ext., Bellows Falls.

For the past couple of years, with the assistance of grant funds, the school has added several raised beds for growing vegetables. Funds also helped pay for the assistance from Melissa Post, retired kindergarten teacher and master gardener. Students were able to harvest before the end of school and again in the fall. The students also grew and transplanted flowers around the perimeter of the George Street playground.

For questions about the project, call the school at 802-463-4346.

In Brattleboro...

RINK CLOSED: Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has announced the Nelson Withington Skating Rink at Living Memorial Park will be closed Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. for the Brattleboro Winter Carnival Figure Skating Show.

SWAP PROGRAM OPEN: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road will be open Saturday, Feb, 16. Normally the Swap Program is open the second Saturday of each month during the winter, but due to the snowstorm on Feb. 9 it will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon (weather permitting).

Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Due to space considerations there may be stricter limits on items that can be accepted.

The Swap Program is an outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.

Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both. Items must be accepted by a staff member before being left.

Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at

Items available this week include: Waste basket, magazine rack, small televisions, baby bath, speakers, dish drainers, bathroom sinks, baskets, raised toilet seat, Nordic Track, strollers, fireplace screen/doors, double jogging stroller, windows and doors, flower pots, dresser, water pitcher, ice cube trays, sugar dispenser, exercise bike, lawn lounge chairs, oval kitchen table, small book shelf, folding 6 ft. table, and wood desks.

Swap Program info is available at or e-mail to

FIBER ART AT MARKET: Local fiber artists will be demonstrating their talents at the Winter Farmers’ Market in downtown Brattleboro on Saturday, Feb. 16. Visitors will be able to see and learn more about a variety of fiber crafts.

Sigrid Scholz of Keene, N.H., will demonstrate felting techniques and Diane Miller will show her scarves and other items made from repurposed saris. There will be knitted creations by Nana Sandy as well as her jellies and mustards. Mary Whittlesey will display her hand knit puppet critters.

Close to two dozen regular market vendors will be offering local apples, potatoes, garlic, squash, onions, carrots, beets, eggs, grass-fed meats, some local greens, and more, along with maple syrup, jams, mustards and preserves, local wine, fresh baked breads and sweet treats.

There will be hand thrown pottery, handcrafted jewelry, handmade soaps and more. Lunch and local music are offered in the lunch café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Overnight volunteers are needed for the Winter Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. The hours of the shifts are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Contact the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center at or call 802-257-5415.

MOUNT SNOW TICKETS: Mount Snow is offering discounted tickets to students of Brattleboro Area Middle School and their families and friends for two more Sundays.

Tickets are $33 per youth and $38 per adult for a full-day lift ticket. The dates are Feb. 24 and March 3. Tickets must be purchased as a group, and 10 people must participate each week in order to receive the special price. To confirm a place, send an e-mail to or call 802-254-2879 to leave a message before 6 p.m. the Saturday night prior.

Tickets are distributed between 9 and 9:15 a.m. on Sunday under the clocks at the entrance to the rentals. More information is also on Facebook at Brattleboro Mt. Snow Group 2013.

In DoverŠ

GRATEFUL DEAD CHORUS: The Dover Free Library’s Grateful Dead Chorus will hold its first meeting on Saturday, Feb. 16, at noon. Anyone who loves the Grateful Dead, and those who don’t, are welcome. No experience is necessary, just the love of the Dead will suffice. The group will sing Dead songs and have fun. Grateful Dead chorus master is Jill Robard. For further information, call 802-348-7488.

In Dummerston...

RABIES CLINIC: A Dog and Cat Rabies Clinic is planned for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 to 11 am. at the Dummerston Town Offices in Dummerston Center. The cost of the rabies vaccine will be $15. Checks may be made payable to VTNH Vet Clinic.

Dummerston residents will be able to register their dogs at the same time.

In Walpole, N.H. Š

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Walpole Farmers’ Market will hold its February winter market on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Walpole Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors expect to offer fresh greenhouse greens, root crops, eggs, milk, meats, cheese, breads, maple products, baked goods, prepared foods, fiber products and crafts. Judy Spinella will provide live music during lunch.

Because of a conflict with Town Meeting, the March market has been rescheduled. It will be held on March 30, the day before Easter. The last winter market, will held on April 16. Both markets will be in the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The weekly summer market will resume on Friday, May 10, the Friday before Mother’s Day. Markets will be held every Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Walpole Town Common until Oct. 11, the Friday before the Columbus Day weekend.

For more information, visit, or call 802-756-3168.


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