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Walpole speaker event canceled

The speaker event scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Walpole Town Hall has been canceled. Due to unforeseen circumstances the Ken Sheldon (aka Fred Marple) program has been cancelled.

This will be rescheduled at a later date.


Learn more about health of local waterways

Kathy Urffer from Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) and Bob Spencer from Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) welcome community members to Talk Trash! and learn more about the health of local waterways. The next Trash Talk will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Whetstone Station.

Come learn about what's happening in Vermont and New Hampshire with single-use plastic, polystyrene, trash tires, where our trash goes, and how you can get involved for cleaner rivers. Join in for an informal chat over light appetizers (cash bar). Open to everyone.

"Every year during our Source to Sea cleanup we pull tons of trash out of our rivers. We've been doing this for 23 years and we are tired of trash," says CRC's River Steward Kathy Urffer. "We need to find ways to reduce our waste stream and keep trash out of our waterways. We applaud our legislators who are working to try to do something about this."

Trash Talks are free, but registration is encouraged so organizers know how many people to expect. More information and link to register at:

Learn about the results of the annual Source to Sea Cleanup river cleanup 2019 at:

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Library friends collecting books for holiday sale

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is now accepting donations until Dec. 6 for the upcoming book sale to be held Dec. 12, 13 and 14.

This is the group's "Like-New" book sale, so if you have books in good condition that you may have read once or twice and would be willing to part with, consider donating them to the library. They will be reviewed by staff for quality and suitability for the sale.

The library will accept hardcover, soft cover and trade paperbacks in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as audio books on CD, music CDs, DVDs and puzzles. Children's and young adult books are also accepted.

Contact the Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 for more information or with any questions about acceptable donations.

Books may be dropped off at the Main Circulation Desk at the library during regular working hours.


Have an extra coat? Need a coat?

Community Hope & Action is sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive and Give Away at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. As part of the Third Saturday Harvest Pot-luck, winter coats will be collected and anyone is welcome to come and take one or more.

All sizes are welcome. To donate gently worn coats, drop them off at either the Townshend Town Hall on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m., or you can donate before Nov. 16 to the front porch of Cynefim Farm, 1169 Grafton Road.

Anyone who wants a coat can also drop by the farm to take a coat or attend the dinner and pick one there. Call Liza at 802-365-4080 for more information.


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