Community Briefs


Going the Distance Bike Ride

Cyclists of all abilities can now register for the ninth annual Going the Distance Bike Ride fundraising event, to be held Saturday, June 30, to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.

Participants can choose from 40, 60 or 100 mile rides, fully supported with rest stops, delicious foods and support vans. At the finish line, bikers will be greeted with a full-course meal and commemorative T-shirt. The popular century ride loops from Brattleboro to Northampton and back. All routes begin at the Marlboro Graduate Center, traveling through scenic areas of Vermont and Massachusetts along the Connecticut River. The ride is not a race.

Participants are asked to join the event's fundraising page and help solicit sponsors for their ride. Each cyclist sets their own fundraising goal, starting at $350. Top fundraisers will receive a uniquely designed bike jersey along with local gift certificates. All money raised supports the the affordable summer camps offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.

Teams are also encouraged to join and volunteers are also needed to greet bikers at rest stops.

For more information on the ride and registration requirements, contact the club 802-254-5990 X101 or email


Operation Gelding

Gerda's Equine Rescue will host a free gelding clinic for owners who might not otherwise be able to afford the procedure.

The clinic will be held at the rescue on September 8. The VT/NY Veterinary Clinic and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University students and veterinarians have all volunteered their time and expertise to perform the gelding and microchipping. Pre-registration is required.

Gerda's Equine Rescue also has a shipping scholarship fund available for horse owners who need additional assistance getting their stallions to the free gelding clinic.

Funding for the clinic is provided in part by the Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding program. The program was developed based on a philosophy that the castration of a stallion will help prevent accidental or over breeding, thereby reducing the number of unwanted horses being born. Castration also produces calmer horses that are more rideable, trainable, and sellable, possibly enabling them to have multiple careers.

"We are excited to offer a gelding and microchip clinic for owners in our community," said Gerda Silver, president and founder of Gerda's Equine Rescue. "There are too many unwanted horses nationwide, and we don't want to see the same trend locally."

Register over the phone at 802-847-7213 or e-mail and a registration form will be sent.

Since its inception in 2010, Operation Gelding has facilitated the castration of more than 2,341 horses in 186 clinics in 33 states. The program has a goal of gelding more than 800 horses in 2018.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is an alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the problem of the unwanted horse. For more information, visit

For more information about Gerda's Equine Rescue, visit


Learn do's and don'ts of composting

Learn to reduce your trash size and smell, improve the health of your lawn and garden, and save money on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Rockingham Library. Cat Buxton will cover the spectrum of practical compost options, compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do's and don'ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A. Attendance is free to the public, thanks to the sponsorship from Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District and Windham Solid Waste Management District.

Soil Saver compost bins will be available for $35 to class participants, one per household. Sure-Close kitchen pails will also be available for $5. Reserve your bin and pail in advance by contacting Ham Gillett at the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District: 802-674-4474, or Mary O'Brien at Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District: 802-674-9235,


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