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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on May 14th

BRATTLEBORO – Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest one-day food drive in the United States, is back this year. The action is organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers and supported by other postal unions and the US Postal Service.

On Saturday, May 14th, postmen in Brattleboro, Putney, Vernon and Dummerston will join porters across the country in a renewed effort to collect food to stock local pantries. Neighbors are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable groceries next to their mailbox. Postmen pick up the groceries as they deliver the mail, making participation easy.

Canned foods like fish and meat, nut butters, dry rice, beans, pasta, cereal and oatmeal, and bottled juice are great fundraising items. Please avoid glass containers. Checks for cash donations made payable to either the Vermont Foodbank or the local grocery store of your choice are also accepted.

Manitou Healing Walk on May 13th

WILLIAMSVILLE – The Manitou Project is hosting its Healing Walk Experience on Friday, May 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. rain or shine.

The Manitou Project is located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Directions: From Williamsville Village, drive 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Rd and turn right. Or about 5 miles up Sunset Lake Road off Route 9 in West Brattleboro. Meet at the parking lot at 4:00 PM. For information, contact Mayer at 802-258-8598.

Lister wanted in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — The City of Brattleboro is seeking a Lister to be appointed by the Selectboard for the remainder of a one-year term ending March 7, 2023. At that point, the candidate may run for a two-year term.

The candidate must be a registered Brattleboro voter, understand the valuation methods and administration of Vermont real estate valuations, be detail-oriented, have an interest and dedication in the job responsibilities, have local knowledge, and be able to work with others. Real estate knowledge desirable but not required.

The Board of Listers meets at least annually to hear taxpayer grievances, vote on exemptions, and appear before the Board of Civil Authority to defend values ​​against grievance appeals. The Board of Listers works closely with the City of Brattleboro Assessor’s Office.

To learn more about the Assessors’ Office and the Lister’s role in Brattleboro, go to brattleboro.org/assessors-listers.

The city’s water quality report is now available

BRATTLEBORO – The Brattleboro City of Water Department’s annual 2021 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report is now available. This report can be viewed online at brattleboro.org/ccreport.

Printed copies are available from the Department of Public Works, the Tri-Park Co-Op office, the Guilford Country Store, the offices of the Town Clerk and Treasurer in the Municipal Center, and the Interstate 91 Welcome Center in Guilford. Questions about this report may be directed to the Public Works Department at 802-254-4255.

Book sale fundraiser benefits Lydia Taft Pratt Library

WEST DUMMERSTON — The Lydia Taft Pratt Library is hosting a book sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the library at the Dummerston Community Center at 150 West Street. Funds raised from this event will go to the Budget Library for printed and electronic materials and programs for children, youth and adults.

The book sale will take place outdoors under a tent and visitors are asked to keep a safe distance.

The library is looking for volunteers for the days leading up to the sale and on the days of the sale itself. The library is happy to work with high school students who wish to fulfill their community service commitments. For more information, contact Dena Marger at 802-258-9878 or [email protected].

Dummerston School hosts a Community Work Day

DUMMERSTON — The Dummerston School Playground Committee is hosting a Community Work Day on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and they say they’d like to have some fun with your family while they make the playground “even more amazing.” would.

You will have music, food and people to help take care of younger children. There are jobs for all skill levels, so come for an hour or all morning. Questions? Email to [email protected].

Learn how to identify ferns

DUMMERSTON – The Dummerston Conservation Commission will host Fantastic Ferns, a workshop with environmental educator Lynn Levine, Conservation Commission founder and current member. The workshop is on Saturday May 14th (rainy date Sunday May 15th) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Levine, who recently wrote a book entitled Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeastwill give a short talk on ferns, the plants that have survived four extinctions, and then take attendees on a fern walk in East Dummerston.

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 people. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the Fern Guide as part of their $20 registration fee. As participants will be indoors for the first part of this workshop, vaccination will be required and masks will be required indoors. Register by emailing [email protected] or calling 802-254-4717.

All Souls is hosting a presentation about bald eagles in Vermont

WEST BRATTLEBORO — Wildlife photographer Dara Carleton will give a presentation on bald eagles, including information about the local bald eagle population, and share her stunning photos taken in Windham County and Hinsdale, NH

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. at All Souls Church in the West Village Meeting House at 29 South St. Questions are welcome and encouraged.

The talk is part of the ongoing exhibition of wildlife photography, The Peace of Wild Things, currently on view at All Souls Church until mid-June. Carleton focuses on bald eagles and other birds of prey and has a deep connection to the creatures she photographs near her home in southern Vermont. These photographs are an artistic reflection of their time in nature and will hopefully serve as inspiration to explore our local surroundings.

A slide show can be viewed at ascvt.org and more information is available at daracarletonwildlifephotography.com.

The hospice is establishing a new self-help group for nurses

BRATTLEBORO — A new eight-week caregiver support group begins Thursday, May 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Brattleboro Area Hospice. The event will be held at the Winston Prouty Center on Austine Drive and is also available via Zoom. This group is free and open to caregivers who sign up before the group starts.

Whether you are caring for a sick loved one nearby or far away, the purpose of the group is to allow caregivers to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment with others who understand them.

The group meets every second Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Masks are compulsory for personal participation.

For more information or to register, contact Patty Dunn, Hospice Care Coordinator, at 802-257-0775 ext. 102 or [email protected].


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