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BRATTLEBORO >> The second annual Brattleboro on Wheels cruise-in, pancake breakfast and car show, a benefit for local Rotary charities, is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20, in the parking area across from Brattleboro Union High School on Fairground Road.

Admission to the show is free for spectators.

The festivities get under way at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Registration of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles also starts at 8 a.m.; the show continues throughout the day. Special vehicles expected include an 1850s Concord stage coach and a 1930s oil delivery truck.

At 9 a.m. registration begins for the scavenger hunt rally, a leisurely drive through the area's scenic mostly paved backroads looking for specified items of interest along the way. See how many you can find! A $10 fee per vehicle is charged for the cruise in; if you have paid the show fee, there is no additional charge to participate in the scavenger hunt.

Visitors to Brattleboro on Wheels also may participate in a Turn Off Texting demonstration designed to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting students behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. The Youth Safety Council of Vermont sponsors the event.

Other events during the day include free car-themed coloring books and crayons for the first 50 children accompanied by an adult. This is supported as part of the national Take a Kid to a Car Show promotion. Additionally, visitors will find music by Tim Johnson, a 50-50 raffle with prize drawings several times each hour, and luncheon concessions.

More than just a car show, this community event will not only have activities for the entire family, but all of the proceeds will go to support local

Vermont Artisan Designs on Main Street is hosting a show of hot rod art by Robert W. Brunelle Jr. during the month of August. A portion of his sales will go to Rotary projects, as well. Brunelle provided artwork for the Brattleboro on Wheels poster.

Brattleboro on Wheels is presented by the Brattleboro Rotary Club and sponsored by Brattleboro Ford/Subaru, the Auto Mall, Summit Chrysler, River Valley Credit Union, the Brattleboro Retreat, the Concord Group Insurance Company, Cota & Cota with additional support from Vermont Mutual Insurance, Windham Coach & Carriage and Newton Business. C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Bagel Works, Suburban Propane and Leader Beverage are providing special support for the pancake breakfast and barbecue lunch.

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The Brattleboro Rotary Club is an active community service club. Our members engage in human service projects locally and internationally. The club meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the American Legion on Linden Street. Visitors are welcome.

Scott Farm achieves 'Eco Apple' designation

DUMMERSTON >> Scott Farm is a member of a network of farms dedicated to finding the most ecological way to grow fruit in the Northeast. Together, the network has achieved an increase of over 50 percent in certified Eco Apple acres for the 2016 season. The partnership aims to provide the region's consumers with just-picked local apples that have been grown with the health of humans and pollinators in mind.

Fifteen orchards have earned Eco Apple certification for the 2016 season, representing a combined 1436 acres, a 53 percent increase over previous years.

"The Eco Apple program aligns with our philosophy perfectly," stated Greg Parzych, Vice President of Rogers Orchards in Southington, Conn. "Our decision to expand our Eco Apple acreage to 100 percent of the farm reflects our desire to implement progressive growing practices on a commercial level."

Rogers Orchards, founded in 1809 is one of the largest in Connecticut and a longtime participant in the program. "As stewards of the land, we strive to raise a viable and high quality crop in the most ecologically responsible way," stated Parzych.

The Eco Apple program is a third party growing and certification program, a partnership between farmers and scientific advisors, to advance the most progressive and environmentally responsible growing practices for tree fruit in the Northeast. Orchards are certified annually by the IPM Institute of North America, based on a rigorous protocol, verified by an annual audit and regular on-farm inspections. The protocol is reviewed annually by both growers and scientists to stay abreast of current research and best practices.

Eco-certified orchards are also participating in a study of wild pollinators by Professor of Entomology Dr. Bryan Danforth at Cornell University. "We surveyed bees in conventional and Eco Apple orchards and found a striking difference between the two in terms of wild bee species richness and abundance. The Eco Apple orchards host many more species and many more individual wild bees than the conventional orchards. I think the Eco Apple protocol does a very good job of protecting the beneficial insects, including pollinators."

Apple growers in the eastern US face intense insect and disease pressures compared to the drier climates in the Pacific Northwest: more than sixty species of damaging insects, and twice as many diseases as growers in western states. While over 93 percent of the certified organic apples grown in the US come from eastern Washington, Eco-certified fruit offers a reliable source of sustainably grown local fruit for the Northeast.

Red Tomato, the non-profit that launched the Eco program in 2005, recently received a grant from The Cedar Tree Foundation to help analyze 11 years of pest management data from certified orchards. In partnership with the IPM Institute of North America, analysis of the data will provide insights into advances in orchard management practices, trends in pesticide usage, and pollinator health.

The Eco Apple program began in 2005 with six orchards on 400 acres. Today, 15 orchards and over 1400 acres are certified for the 2016 growing season. Eco-certified orchards in the Northeast have a good crop this year in spite of challenging drought in part of the region. They produce varieties like Honeycrisp, and Gala, as well as popular and sometimes harder-to-find regional specialties like McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, and Empire. Heirloom varieties, all with unique history, shapes, colors and flavors, are also available.

In Vermont, Eco Apple orchards include Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, and Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall.

Ninety Nine raises $1k for Windham County Humane Society

BRATTLEBORO >> The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub in Brattleboro celebrated its 10th anniversary with team members, guests and members of the community on Thursday evening, Aug. 11, with an event that generated over $1,000 for the Windham County Humane Society.

During the anniversary event, guests enjoyed a spirited game of trivia and participated in a commemorative ceremony that honored the restaurant's long-standing team members. A percentage of the restaurant's total net sales that entire day were donated to the Windham County Humane Society. Mike Powers, General Managing Partner of the Brattleboro Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, proudly presented the check to the Windham County Humane Society.

"We are proud to celebrate 10 years of serving great food and drink to our guests and are passionate about giving back to the community in whatever way we can," said Mike Powers, General Managing Partner of the Brattleboro Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub. "We fully support the Windham County Humane Society and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come."

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