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May blood drive nets 71 pints

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro May blood drive was held at the VFW on Black Mountain Road on May 3. A total of 71 pints was donated.

Multiple and one-gallon donors included: Hubey Folsom, 22 gallons; Pamela Becker, 13 gallons; Geordie Heller, 10 gallons; Michael Granger, nine gallons; Amber Brown, seven gallons; Stephanie B. Betit, four gallons; Edward LeClaire, two gallons; Hanna Thurber, two gallons; and Christopher Schmidt, one gallon.

The June blood donor day is scheduled for June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the VFW.

Greater Falls Connections Coalition sets next meeting for June 10

BELLOWS FALLS >> Greater Falls Connections hosts its next monthly coalition meeting on Friday, June 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Parks Place in Bellows Falls.

The focus of the meeting will be on strengths-based approaches to working with people and communities and what that means for the everyday lives of community members.

Emilie Kornheiser, Bellows Falls Promise Communities Coach, will lead the discussion.

Greater Falls will also be sharing updates on recent and upcoming events. Lunch will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org. The mission of Greater Falls Connections is to connect the community of Windham Northeast by inspiring and empowering people through education and collaboration to promote wellness and prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with an emphasis on youth substance abuse prevention.

Diabetes prevention program

BRATTLEBORO >> The YMCA is hosting a Diabetes Prevention Program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital beginning June 14. This is a free year-long program running 16 weeks then every two weeks for six weeks then once a month for seven months. This is for pre-diabetics who meet specific requirements to help prevent diabetes and are over 18. Please contact Nancy at 257-3171 or nschaefer@bmhvt.org for more information or to register.

Child Care Association fundraiser

BRATTLEBORO >> Magical March, a fundraising walk for Windham Child Care Association, will be held on Saturday, June 18, at the Brattleboro Retreat from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Princesses, knights, dragons, kings, fairies, and other magical creatures will march through the woods to the Retreat Tower, followed by a fantasy-filled celebration with a puppet show, a wizard, a bag-piper, a juggler, a knight in shining armor, face-painter, music, games, pizza, ice cream, prizes, magical crafts and more. Marchers of all ages are welcome, but those ages 3 and up must raise a minimum of $8 to participate. Participants can form teams, up to five people, and are encouraged to gather pledges of support from their family and friends. All teams that raise at least $60 earn a chance to win one of two castle playhouse tents. More details on how to join the march at www.windhamchildcare.org.

Chipping away at poverty

BRATTLEBORO >> SEVCA's 15th Annual "Chipping Away at Poverty" Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on June 24 at the Brattleboro Country Club.

Proceeds will help SEVCA achieve its mission to alleviate and move people out of poverty in Windham and Windsor Counties. Cost is $125 per player, or $460 for a foursome. Prizes include a new vehicle from Brattleboro Ford-Subaru for the Hole-in-One Contest and $5,000 in cash for the Putting Contest. Contact Linda Brooks at 802-722-4575, ext. 105, or visit www.sevca.org/golf-tournament for more information.

Grace Cottage hosts annual bike rally

TOWNSHEND >> Grace Cottage Hospital's 11th annual Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally will be held on Saturday, July 9. It's a scenic, mostly-downhill ride for family and friends that helps to raise money for patient care at Grace Cottage Hospital.

Riders start at Stratton Mountain anytime between 8 and 10 a.m., and ride at their own pace to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. Bus transportation is provided to return riders and their bikes back uphill to Stratton Mountain. If you prefer, ask about taking the bus up the mountain first and then riding down.

Volunteers will be stationed along the 17.7-mile route from Stratton Mountain to Grace Cottage Hospital to provide free beverages, snacks, and maybe even musical entertainment! Free performance T-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up.

Round up the family, come and enjoy the beautiful scenery, get some exercise, and help support Grace Cottage Hospital!

Registration is $25 in advance, $30 after July 5. You can register at the event. Sturdy tires recommended; helmets required. Information and online registration are available at www.gracecottage.org/events or call 802-365-9109.

Prescription drug drop box

WEST DOVER >> In an effort to keep unused and expired medications out of circulation, the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership and the Dover Police Department are pleased to announce that through funding from the Vermont Department of Health/Windham County Partnership for Success grant, they have installed a prescription drug collection box inside the Dover Police Department. This service allows people from Dover and surrounding towns to safely dispose of these medications.

Unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs have been determined to present substantial risks to communities by either falling into the wrong hands, or by damaging the environment through improper disposal. According to the newly released 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 13% of Windham County high school students report that they have misused a stimulant or prescription pain reliever and 6% report misusing a stimulant or prescription pain reliever in the past 30 days. The most common source of these drugs is from family and friend's medicine cabinets. Proper disposal will assist in limiting youth access to these drugs.

The Dover Drop box is available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dover Police Department Lobby at 246 Route 100. When dropping off medicines, community members are asked to place their expired or unused Rx pills or patches in their original bottle or in a disposable bag. Personal information should be removed so that the drugs can be anonymously dropped in the Rx drop box.

For additional drop box locations in Windham County and to learn more about prescription drug disposal efforts and other initiatives to prevent the misuse/abuse of prescription drugs, visit windhamrx.org.


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