Community News in Brief



Discover local underwater treasures

There will be a presentation on Underwater Treasures from Adams Grist Mill to Walpole (N.H.) today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 Square.

The program will feature: Gordon Crandell, retired Vermont archaeologist and Abenaki Native, presenting the Largest Native American Artifact Collection in New England; Gail Golec, forensic anthropologist, Geological and Human History of the Area; Annette Spaulding, a scuba diver who has done several programs for the Chesterfield Historical Society in the past, will discuss three recent Connecticut River discoveries.

This program is being held to benefit Adams Grist Mill roof repair. General admission is $10, and there will be a cash bar and a Silent Auction.


Trail Run to benefit Retreat Farm

The Retreat Farm will host a special 5K Trail Run fundraiser on Saturday. Named the "Red Clover Rovers Retreat Farm 5K Trail Fun Run," registration will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Calf Barn.

The run starts at 10 a.m. with light refreshments in the Calf Barn and raffle drawing there at about 11 a.m. This event is free, but the Retreat is asking for donations.

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Compassionate Friends to meet

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at The West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St. Meetings are held each month on the third Sunday of the month at the same time and location.

The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit organization with more than 650 chapters in the United States and locations in every state. Chapters welcome immediate family members to attend including adult siblings. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up.


Turkey Drop at food shelf

Townshend Community Food Shelf will host the Seventh Annual Turkey Drop on Monday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. Each $5 donation is tied to a one square foot "deed" on the side of the Townshend Church. Organizers will drop a "stuffed turkey" from the high windows of the church while spectators gather to see where it lands. The person "owning" the square where the turkey drops, wins.

You may buy as many tickets as you wish and need not be present to win. Prior to the release of the turkey there will be a flock of warm up chickens with prizes donated by local businesses. No animals or food will be used during the drops.

Proceeds from the Turkey Drop will be used to defray the cost of holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) baskets for the Townshend Community Food Shelf. If you would like to donate to the Turkey Drop, squares may be reserved Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the River Bend Farm Market in Townshend. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.


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