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Free food offered for everyone

Everyone is welcome to come for free produce and non-perishable items Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Putney Community Center, 10 Christian Square. The Putney Foodshelf distribution is open to anyone in the community and offered every Saturday by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. .

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the food distribution has switched to a drive-up model. Everyone is asked to stay in their car. Bags will be provided. Volunteers will put the bags in each trunk.


Work session takes aim at invasive knotweed

The town's Conservation Commission will conduct a work session on Tuesday, June 30, to manually control Japanese Knotweed along the West River in the West River Park. Members of the Conservation Commission will meet at 4 p.m. at 333 West River Road to cut Japanese Knotweed.

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This work session was originally scheduled for June 23 but was postponed due to weather.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, loppers or another garden cutting tool and bring a mask. Extra loppers will be available. Interested participants may arrive at any time and can find Commission members along the riverbank with the West River. The path to the riverbank is near the kiosk at the end of the parking lot.

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Radio club offers certification testing

The West River Radio Club will offer an FCC licensing and ARRL certification testing session for all levels and upgrades on Sunday, June 28, at 4:30 p.m. at the Newbrook Volunteer Fire Department, at 698 Vermont Route 30.

Bring two forms of identification (one picture), any prior radio license, a pencil, calculator, and $15 cash or check. Social distancing will be adhered to by all. Everyone is asked to wear a face mask and bring hand sanitizer.

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RSVP Mary Peterson at or 802-258-3921.

Library receives federal grant

The Moore Free Library announced it has been awarded a two year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to fund a Community Memory project. This funding will support the creation of a digital archive of stories, reminiscences, quips and thoughts by and about community members from

Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane and Brookline, past and present.

The project will begin on September 1, 2020. There will be free training available for people who would like to learn how to interview and record others and for those who would like to learn how to work with audio recordings. To find out more about this project and how to get involved, contact the library at 365-7948 or or just drop in during library open hours.

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