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Thompson Center to Host AARP Speaker & Talk Fire Safety

Deciphering Healthcare Reform: What Does it Really Mean for Seniors? Tuesday, July 20, 1 PM. Greg Marchildon, the State Director for AARP Vermont, will discuss healthcare reform and how the new bill supports seniors and helps them adjust to changing healthcare needs.
Home Fire Safety -Tuesday, July 13 1 PM. Woodstock Fire Chief Butch Sutherland will present important information on home fire safety: wood burning stoves and other heaters, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and how to properly report an emergency.
Call 457-3277 for more information.

Woodstock Celebrates The Fourth Of July
Celebrate the 4th of July in Woodstock on Sunday, July 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. until the fireworks at dusk! Activities will begin with the 34th Annual John Langhans Green Miles Road Race at 8:30 a.m. Billings Farm & Museum’s doors open at 10:00 a.m. for their Old Vermont 4th. Starting at 4:00 p.m. come to the Woodstock Union High School/Union Arena for fun
& games, barbecue, entertainment, ice-skating and fireworks at dusk. All events are rain or shine. For further information: 802/457-3555 or

34th Annual John Langhans Green 7 Mile Road Race/Walk
Come to Woodstock, Vermont, for the 34th Annual John Langhans Green 7 Mile Road Race/Walk & Fun Run sponsored by the Spectrum Teen Center. Runners and walkers will enjoy the challenging course through beautiful Woodstock, starting and finishing at the Middle Bridge on the Green. The Kids Fun Run is a short loop around the Village Green. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Walkers Start: 8:30 a.m. Runners Start: 9:00 a.m. Kids Fun Run: 10:30 am (No registration necessary) Online Registration this year at: $25.00 for runners and walkers by July 3, 2010. $30.00 on race day. All registrants re-ceive a cool T-Shirt. The Kids Fun Run (ages 10 & under) is free! All kids receive a finisher’s medal! Division awards and an award for the most patriotic costume! Post-race holiday festivities, including a live band, presenting some of our in-school talent Jeff Hendricks and Veronica Kovacs with their bandmate Imri Bruck known as KKMon the Green, and free kids’ tattoos.

Special Park Programs Begin This Weekend (July 3rd, 4th, 5th)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park begins its season of special ranger-led tour programs this weekend. These are special tours offered in addition to regular daily house tours departing from the Carriage Barn Visitors Center. Reservations may be made by calling the park Visitor Center 802-457-3368 ext. 22. Call for more information.

Interplay On The Green
On Thursday July 1 at noon, pack a picnic and bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the groove as Interplay students and faculty fill the Village Green with sounds of Jazz at the Pentangle Brown Bag Concert. Expect instrumentals and vocals – swing, blues, great American standards, gospel and Brazilian. This free concert will run longer that the usual one-hour concerts. For more information, call (802) 356-5060 or visit

Ice Cream Social and Band Concert
On Friday, July 9th, at 7:00 pm the Woodstock Historical Society will host an ice cream social and band concert with Dick Ellis and the South Royalton Town Band. Walpole Creamery ice cream will be served. The concert will be held on the Society’s back lawn, behind the Dana House Museum, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. The public is invited! Admission by donation. For more information, please call (802) 457-1822 or visit

Indian Wars of New England Slideshow
On Monday, July 12, at 7:00 pm, award-winning author Michael Tougias will present a slideshow lecture on the conflicts between New England’s Native Americans and colonists. Using slides of maps, battle sites, roadside history, and period drawings, Tougias covers the Pequot War, King Philip’s War, and the French and Indian War. Refreshments served. Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vermont. Free. Sponsored by the VT Humanities Council. (802) 457-1822.

Meeting Of the Woodstock Republicans
Woodstock Republicans – Please plan on attending out caucus meeting on Monday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Meeting room. We’ll elect officers, nominate Justices of the Peace and discuss the impending fiscal crisis.

Deciphering Healthcare Reform: What Does it Really Mean for Seniors?
Tuesday, July 20, 1 p.m. Greg Marchildon, the State Director for AARP Vermont, will discuss healthcare reform and how the new bill supports seniors and helps them adjust to changing healthcare needs.
Call 457-3277 for more information.

Woodstock Gun Club Open House
Saturday June 26th, 10 am – 2 pm. Come visit your local gun club and trap range on its 62nd anniversary. Everyone is welcome. Watch the Tomahawk throwing contest. Bring a shotgun and enjoy a free round of trap or try our shooting ranges or just come for a tour of the grounds and meet our members. Join us for a free burger and hot dog cookout. The club is located on Church Hill Road: 3 1/2 miles south of the Wood-stock Green, or 3/4 of a mile north of the South Woodstock Store. For maps and more info see

Celebrate An Old Vermont 4th At Billings Farm & Museum
Celebrate the Billings Farm & Museum’s “Old Vermont 4th” on Sunday, July 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic reading; the first debate will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at noon. Throughout the day, families may make their own 43-star flags (the flag of 1890), Uncle Sam bookmarks, Presidential silhouettes, firework stencils, and compete in sack races, the egg toss, enjoy a wagon ride around the farm, and lend a hand cranking fresh strawberry ice cream. For further information: 802/457-2355 or

Celebration Concert at UU Church
Jazz & Gospel will be presented by participants and faculty of the week-long jazz workshops that are the culmination of the Interplay Jazz Experience at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock.
Expect instrumentals and vocals – swing, blues, great American standards, gospel and Brazilian. Donation. For more information, call (802) 356-5060 or visit

Yoh Junior Summer Workshop
July 5 – 9 and 12 – 16 – (mornings, except full day 15th & 16th) Yoh Theatre Auditorium on the campus of Woodstock Union High School. If you have finished 3rd grade and haven’t started high school, join the fun! $10 dollar registration fee- nonrefundable- please make out to Yoh Theatre Players For more informa-tion, please contact Mrs. Harriet Worrell, Director or the high school 457-1317.

Woodstock Market On The Green Held Wednesdays Thru October

Woodstock Market on the Green. Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. weekly thru October. Local vegetables, meat, cheese, fruit, baked goods, delicious prepared food, crafts and demonstrations by artisans, chefs and musicians. Now accepting EBT and debit cards.

Woodstock Community Food Shelf
The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, located at Meadow Maxham Way, is open Mondays from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of food may be dropped off during those times. Check cans and packages for expiration dates, please, as out-of-date food cannot be used. The telephone number is 802-457-1185.

Help Support Zack’s Place and Move
The Annual Zack’s Place, (ZP) “Stay at Home Tea”, (SAHT) will soon be in your mailbox. This is an im-portant annual appeal to help raise the funds to continue the important mission at Zack’s Place. The con-cept behind the Stay at Home Tea is to not require anyone to attend another event, instead to enjoy a cup of tea, read about ZP and send in a donation to support the mission.
ZP is now in its 5th year of operation and serves over 45 people in the community and impacts it directly in many positive ways. Soon to be moving to a larger space, ZP will still be within easy walking distance of the library, the elementary school, public parks, museums and the Town Hall Theater. The new building will have two connected spaces, which will comfortably accommodate exercise, art projects, musical per-formances, storytelling, and games. The continued support of the community will enable this move.
Keep an eye on your mailbox and enjoy the “Stay at Home Tea”. If you would like to be on the mailing list, call us at 802-457-5868 or email your name and address. You can check out the website at Would you like cream or sugar with that?

Norman Williams Library Programs
Story Times
Monday Mornings at 10:30 a.m., Story Time, Songs and finger plays for children up to age 2.
Tuesday Mornings at 10:30 a.m., Story Time and Crafts for children age 2 to 5.
Thursdays After School at 3:15, Chapter Book Story Times for children age 5 and older.
These will be running until July 29, except for holidays.
Call 457-2295, ext. 102 for more information.

Entries Needed for Art Show
Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce – Woodstock Art Festival Juried Art Show. Call for Entries September 11 & 12, 2010. Woodstock Village Green 10 a.m. -5 p.m. For more information, fee and application. Call the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce at 457-3555 or visit

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce – Volunteers Needed
The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the In-formation Booth on the Village Green, 7 days a week from July through October. Flexible shifts. Must enjoy working with the public. Training provided. Please call 457-3555 to apply or email

Volunteers Are Needed For Sustainable Woodstock Task Force
The Sustainable Woodstock Local First task force seeks volunteers to help recruit greater Woodstock area businesses, non-profits and individuals as team members in strengthening our local and regional economies. We are partnering with Local First Alliance of Vital Communities: in this important effort to create a strong and sustainable local econ-omy that benefits all Upper Valley residents. We meet the first Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Woodstock. We are an action group, and seek others who want to do something to make a differ-ence. Please call (802) 457-2911 or email for more information.

Passes To Six Vermont Institutions
Norman Williams Public Library offers passes to 6 Vermont institutions, allowing free or reduced entry to: American Precision Museum, Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the Vermont State Parks, Vermont Historic Sites, Billings Farm and Museum, and the Vermont Historical Library and Museum. Passes are available to library patrons, and may be “checked out” for 3 days, allowing plenty of time to enjoy these outstanding facilities throughout Vermont. Although the passes cannot be “renewed” to allow use for more than 3 days at a time, there is no limit to the number of times patrons may borrow them. Please call or visit the library for additional information.

Purple Crayon Productions Programs
Interested in painting a bird feeder for auction? Contact Purple Crayon for details or to set up a time to drop by. Feeders are FREE to decorate, through July 2, so bring a friend and get creative!
Artists will have first bid on their own feeder at the day of the event. Other activities include Music To-gether, Private Music Lessons, Clay Zone and more. Scholarships available. For more information, call 457-3500 or visit

Opportunities to Sing
ProMusica Chamber Choir, a 16-member advanced choral ensemble specializing in the performance prac-tice of renaissance, baroque, and classical choral repertoires, is interviewing experienced singers for posi-tions in all voice parts, particularly alto, tenor and baritones. All experienced singers are welcome to con-tact the director, Robert Lee Adams at for more information and to set up a telephone interview. He is also looking for children and young adults to sing in the St. James’ Boy and Girl Choir. The choir rehearses on most Sundays from 4-6 p.m. with occasional Sunday Morning commitments, and sing-aways or tours. Singers of all levels are invited to apply.

Woodstock Gun Club Offers Trap Shooting
Woodstock Gun Club, South Woodstock, Church Hill Rd. Trap every Tuesday night. Field Clay shooting every Thursday night. 5:30 pm. $5/ string non-members. See for complete details.

Free Firewood
Do you need some free firewood to help you heat your home during the upcoming cold days and nights? Call Change the World Kids at 457-2622 and we will help you.

Library Seeks Volunteers
The NWPL needs volunteers to help cover the reference desk on Saturdays as well as volunteers to help plan and put up holiday decorations and other displays throughout the year. We are also looking for teens and adults to write anonymous book reviews to be published on Facebook and in our Between the Stacks newspaper column. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Kathleen, for a volunteer application or Nik for in-formation about Reference Desk work and book reviews. 802-457-2295 or

History Center Seeks Volunteers
The Woodstock History Center is seeking volunteers to assist in its Dana House Museum and John Cotton Dana Library. Possible responsibilities include: greeting guests, doing research, and overseeing the museum’s shop area. If interested, call Jack Anderson at 802-457-1822.

Hand In Hand Community Meals
Area residents and visitors are encouraged to join the “Hand In Hand” free community meal each Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the social hall of the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street, Woodstock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and development in Woodstock and the surrounding communities.
Dinner themes weekly. July 01: 4th Of July * Independence Day* (USA) – July 08: Independence Day (Bahamas) – July 15: ST Swithin’s Day (United Kingdom) – July 22: National Hot Dog Day – July 29: St. Olav’s Day (Norway) – August 05: Sister’s Day – August 12: International Youth Day – August 19: National Aviation Day – August 26: Women’s Equality Day. Donations accepted. For information or to volunteer, call 802-457-9272.

Join The Cub Scouts
First through fifth grade boys are invited to join the fun of Cub Scouting with Pack 220. Activities include hiking, making crafts, camping, playing sports, racing Pinewood Derby cars, fishing, etc. For more information contact Cubmaster Kristopher Blanchard at 484-5539.

Boy Scouts Meet Thursdays
Boy Scouts for boys ages 10 1/2 to 18 meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Call Scoutmaster Jeff DeDell at 802-457-3773 for location.

Kids Can Help
For help with something around your home or property that you cannot accomplish yourself, the Change the World Kids are ready to assist. This energetic group of teenagers dedicated to making the world a better place, are happy to help for free. Call 802-457-2622 or write or

Ora Paul Legion Meetings
The Ora Paul American Legion Post No. 24 members meet Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. for a social get to-gether at the Legion House at the corner of Central and High Streets in Woodstock. On the third Wednes-day of each month at 7 p.m. the monthly meeting is held. All veterans are welcome. Any questions contact any member or call 802-457-9400 or stop by the Post.

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers
The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school-mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Community Partnership & the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. The program connects students from the Woodstock Union Middle School and High School with positive adult roles models from the community. At the moment we more students than we have mentors available. We are interested in having mentors of all ages and of a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about the Shining Light Mentoring Program, contact Nerissa Edwards at Ottauquechee Community Partnership, 32 Pleasant Street, 802-457-2679 or via e-mail at or visit

HIRS Helps Find Caregivers
The Martha Lussier Health Information & Referral Service (HIRS) matches experienced caregivers with those who are seeking in-home health care. HIRS has a grant to help families in the greater Woodstock area pay for critical short-term in-home care. These funds are intended to help families pay caregivers while they work out longer-term arrangements. Inquiries should be directed to Lynne Tracy, HIRS coordinator, at 457-3478. There is never a charge for information or referrals. Applicants can be assured of privacy.

Thompson Center Services
The Thompson Center offers various activities and classes throughout the week. Call the Thompson Center at 457-3277 or visit for more information.
Medical & Shopping Ride Service offered at The Thompson Shuttle Service to Upper Valley Area: This service provides rides to Upper Valley hospitals and shopping centers, supplementing our existing twice-weekly shuttle to Woodstock Village merchants. Anyone can take advantage of this free service. Call Re-becca Griggs at 457-3277 in advance to sign up and for more information.

AA Meetings
AA Fellowship Mondays, 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Universalist Church
AA Beginners Group Fridays, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church
AA Discussion Group Meeting Tuesdays, 12 p.m. at St. James Church

Course in Miracles
“A Course in Miracles,” will is held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Universalist Church An-nex.

Fred A. Doubleday DeMolay Chapter
Young men between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to join an organization that is about character build-ing and leadership development through a variety of activities and events. This group is youth-led, not adult-led. Contact Dale F. Pushee 802-793-0641. Meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Masonic Temple.

Woodstock Area Job Bank
Seeking local employment? Need a qualified employee? Or help with a project? The Woodstock Area Job Bank is the only local source that matches people with jobs. Listings range from professional positions to the most basic services, from hourly to full time. Check out the WJB at or call coordinator Bev Moodie at 802-457-3835, Monday-Friday, 9am to noon. Or stop in- they’re located on the second floor of the Woodstock Town Hall. The service is free.

Historical Society Dana Library Hours
The John Cotton Dana Library at the Woodstock Historical Society is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The library collection includes photo and document archives, newspapers, oral history tapes and transcripts, a video library, local history research materials, and Internet access to census records and map databases. There is no usage charge for WHS members, students and teachers.

Billings Farm & Museum Ongoing Programs for Pre-schoolers
Billings Farm & Museum, announces its summer farm programs for children ages 3 and up. Programs for Preschoolers will be offered in July on Wednesday mornings: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Each program will feature a different farm theme with a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and snack. The cost is $3.00 per person for Billings Farm & Museum members, and $5.00 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum). To register for Programs for Preschoolers, please call 802/457-2355, weekdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

Book Donations Always Welcome At NWPL Foyer
The Norman Williams Public Library is seeking donations for its ongoing Foyer Book Sale, which offers a large, constantly changing assortment of used books and other media for sale during Library hours. We gratefully accept donations of good to excellent condition books, audio books, CDs, videos, and DVDs. We are unable to accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines. Please bring donations to the Library Circula-tion Desk. Please call 457-2295 regarding suitability of potential donations.


Barnard Vol. Fire Seeking Flea Market Donations
The Barnard Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting donations for the Flea Market for the Fourth of July Chicken Barbecue Events, which will be held July 3. Please check your attic, garage or barn to see if you have any items to donate. All proceeds benefit the Fire Department. If you have items you would like to donate please contact either Mike Manning 234-5263 or Scott Mills 234-9073 to arrange pickup.

Special 4th Of July Sermon At Universalist Church
Come ye Patriots and Veterans to the special July 4th Independence Day Celebration at the Universalist Church. Theme and Sing-a-long: this land is your land. Sermon: from Fort Defiance to Fort Bragg. Cliff Aikens, Preaching, Universalist Church and Society of Barnard, VT., Route 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Barnard Book Club Meeting At Danforth Library
Barnard Book Club meets Wed. July 7th at 7p.m. to discuss “Tracks” by Louise Erdrich. Set in North Da-kota Indian country, “Tracks” is full of richly drawn characters struggling with change, loss, and desire; holding the past yet wanting a different future. What can this tale tell us about our own place in personal and cultural history? Come and talk about it! (Heads up for August! Read ‘The Good Mayor” by Andrew Nicoll, a sad-funny book written in ‘magical realism’. We meet Wed., August 4th.)

BEES Cookbook Available

BEES Cookbook Fundraiser: Over 100 community and school members’ favorite recipes. Call Barnard Academy at 802-234-9763.

Call For Barnard Book Participants
Filmmaker and Barnard resident Tara Wray is working on putting together a book of informal portraits of the entire population of Barnard. This includes East Barnard and South Barnard, people who work in Bar-nard but don’t necessarily live there, summer residents, or anyone who in one way or another considers Barnard their home. If interested in participating in this community wide endeavor, contact Wray at 802-457-3465 or e-mail

Barnard Helping Hands
Don’t hesitate to call Barnard Helping Hands for a Helping Hand. Volunteers are ready and willing to help free of charge. If you wish you could do something that needs to be done, but no longer can, contact them and use the resources they have available. Call Margot at 802-234-5320 or e-mail


Rural Vermont’s Activist Farmers
Rural Vermont’s Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories, on display at the Bethel Public Library through the month of November. Exhibit featuring professional photos and interviews telling the stories behind Rural Vermont’s farmer-activist Board of Directors. Free reception with refreshments and live storytelling about the farmers and foods sustaining rural communities. For more info, visit or call 802-223-7222.


29th Annual Catholic Daughters Flea Market Benefit
The 29th Annual CDA Flea Market will be held July 17 from 9 a.m-2 p.m. on the Bethel Common. Table space available 234-9794 or 728-9237. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Anthony #1231.

Bridgewater Historical Society Meetings

The Bridgewater Historical Society meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Fire House.

Donations Needed For Neighbors Helping Neighbors Yard Sale
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be holding a yard sale on July 10th and we are asking for donations of good quality, sellable merchandise. Please call 672-1818 for details or drop-off/pick-up arrangements.

Meetings Held At Bridgewater Congregational Church
Sunday : 4:30 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater, VT
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater, VT

Thrift Store Now Open Seven Days A Week
The newly enlarged Bridgewater Sustainable Earth Foundation’s thrift store is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in The Bridgewater Mill’s third floor. The store will accept donations of new and gently used clothing, small furniture and house wares. Call 802-672-1990 for more information.

Music Rap Session and Games
Underground – Break The Chains, Music, games and grub held Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at the Oak Chapel. Two miles onto Bridgewater Center Rd., ages 13 and up. Operated by Joseph Rogers, Casey Mis-pel and speaker Nate Mispel. For more information call 802-779-3838.

Oak Chapel Food Shelf
The Oak Chapel Food Shelf is open every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations of food are also appreciated. For emergency needs or questions call Julie at 802-952-8571.

Social Half-Hour
The Bridgewater Congregational Church UCC invites one and all to their social gathering at 10:30-11 a.m. each Sunday morning before the regular church service. The “Social Half-Hour” includes coffee, tea, muf-fins, doughnuts, etc.; but more importantly a chance to meet and “chat” with friends, both old and new. All area towns’ welcome.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc. has set up a special fund to assist local residents of Bridgewater and surrounding towns to help pay for fuel, utilities, and food this winter. Both individuals and families are eligible. First priority will be given to the elderly and those on fixed incomes. Names of individuals re-questing assistance will be held in strict confidence. Please leave a message at 802-672-1818 and we will return your call ASAP, or write to PO Box 39, Bridgewater, VT 05034.


Fireman’s Fun Day and Chicken BBQ Benefit

Annual Fireman’s Fun Day and Chicken BBQ to benefit the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department in East Barnard, Vt. Gather at the Community Hall, intersection of Broad Brook and East Barnard Roads, East Barnard, Vt. Sunday, July 11 – Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Chicken BBQ begins at Noon – full and half meals available. Children’s games, pie eating contest, egg toss, greased pole and more. For questions, meal prices or other information, call 802-763-2314.

Community Club Meetings

The East Barnard Community Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the East Barnard Community Hall or in members’ homes. Call 802-763-7036 for location or for information about “Neighborhood Cooking” featuring recipes by club members. New members and visitors are always welcome.



Hartland Memorabilia On Display

The Hartland Historical Society Museum displays Hartland memorabilia at its Route 12 location in Hart-land Three Corners on Mondays, 1-4 p.m. and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Call 802-436-1703.

Hartland Library Events
Our film series, Food! Glorious Food! Friday nights at 7 p.m. join us for wonderful films that delight in the fancies of food. Call the library for titles.
Gloria Kamen’s Composer Portrait Series will be on display in the library’s community room until July 10.
There are story times scheduled for June. Baby-Toddler story time will be held on Mondays 6/22 and 6/29 at 10 a.m. Preschool story time will be held on Friday 6/18 at 10:30 p.m.
For more information call the Library at (802) 436-2473 or visit Open Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 & Sat: 9-2.

Vermont Humanities Council Meets Monthly On Wednesdays
A Vermont Humanities Council event will be hosted by the Hartland Public Library The group meets Wednesday a month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Discussions led by Rachael Cohen, Vermont Humanities Scholar and Hartland Resident. For people who love books and love to either talk about them or only listen to what others have to say. Copies of the books are available to loan at the library.
Memorable Memoirs: Take Two Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life.


Project Peru-Amazon Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Second Annual Project Peru-Amazon Golf Tournament at Green Mountain National in Killington.
Sunday, August 15th. 2:PM. This fundraiser benefits the Project Peru-Amazon group from Woodstock Un-ion High School. Project Peru students build schools and medical clinics along the Amazon. For more information, call John at 672-5195 or go to

Teen Center Events

Open Gym – The Killington Teen Center is open to the public, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an open gym. Donations are welcome. Stationary Bicycle, Weight systems, treadmill, punching bag and Wii fit system are available to use. Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Coolidge State Historic Site Events

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has planned an exciting season of special events at the Coolidge Site, including the July 4th President Coolidge Birthday Celebration, Plymouth Old Home Day (August 7), Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts (September 4 & 5), and Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival (September 19). Back by popular demand are the Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series of recitals for piano, voice, violin, and cello. The recitals – August 8, September 12, and October 3.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open through October 17, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. For further information, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at

Developmental Screening Available

If you have a three- to five-year-old child and you have questions about his or her development, you can have the child screened through the Essential Early Education program. This program is supported by fed-eral, state and local funds and provides screening on such areas of communication, vision, hearing, move-ment, social, self-help skills or learning. To schedule a preschooler, call the Rutland-Windsor Supervisory Union at 802-228-7785.

Plymouth Republicans Are Needed
We are in need of your help. Please volunteer to be a “Justice of the Peace.” This is an immediate appoint-ment. The Governor will make these changes now. Please call Republican Town Chair. Richard North @ 228-8354 or contact Rachel Lynds at the Plymouth Town Clerks office 672-3243.

SEVCA Offers Textile Recycling Locally
SEVCA offers textile recycling at Plymouth, Ludlow & Cavendish recycling/transfer stations
Look for the little red sheds and donate your unwanted clothing, shoes and linens for reuse or recycling. All items should be clean, dry and bagged – we ask that shoes be bagged separately.
SEVCA’s staff sorts the textiles that we collect to ensure that wearable clothes ─ especially cold weather clothes ─ are available for your neighbors who need them. All items that are not re-usable due to rips or stains will be recycled.

Memory Tree Offers Limited Financial Assistance To Needy
The Plymouth Memory Tree fund offers limited financial assistance to area residents in need as well as support coordinating with outside sources of funding. Please address concerns to one of the following Memory Tree Committee members: Al Poirier @228-3308, Melissa Lynds @672-3547, Naomi Moyer @672-5233, Elaine Gambone @672-3493, or Margo Marrone @228-5114. All information will be kept strictly confidential.


Summer Reading Program at the Abbott Library

During the month of July, the Abbott Memorial Library will offer the following programs: For children ages 5 and above, on Tuesdays from 2 – 3:30 pm: July 6: Game Day. July 13: Tea Party. July 20: Boat Races. For children ages 8 and above, on Thursdays from 10 am – 12 noon: July 8, 15 and 22: Kids’ Book & Craft Group. Snacks will be provided. Please sign up at the Library. For more information please call the Library at 457-2236 or email us at Hours: Tuesday 10 – 6, Thursday 10 – 8, Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pomfret’s Annual Strawberry Supper
The Strawberry Supper will be held Saturday, July 3 at the Pomfret Town Hall
Sittings 5, 6, 7, 8 pm. $12.00 per adult / $5.00 children under ten. For reservations call 457-1014

Pomfret Pony And Ox Pull Held Aug. 1
The Pomfret Pull will be held Sunday, August 1 at 10 a.m. at Suicide Sic Parking Lot. There will be Ox and Pony Pulling, Library Book Sale and Kids fun, Farmers Market, Flea Market and Crafts. For more information call Terri @ 802-763-7820.

North Pomfret Congregational Church Auction Items Needed

The North Pomfret Congregational Church seeks donations for its Tenth Annual Auction. Furniture, col-lectibles, antiques, home furnishings, boats, art, or anything someone might treasure – but please, no elec-tronics, appliances, sofas or bedding. Pick-up may be arranged by calling Dave Bollinger (234-5021) or John Moore (457-3433). Tax deductible. The big event is Saturday, August 28 at The Pomfret School and once again they have auction ambassador Butch Sutherland calling the shots for the tenth year in a row.

Story Time At Abbott Library
Preschool Story time will take place Thursday mornings at 10:30. Join us for songs, stories, po-ems, movement, and seasonal crafts. The Library is open Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 457-2236 for more information.

Saturday Nights at the Observatory
On the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Horizons Observatory presents free programs cover-ing a wide variety of astronomy topics. Each presentation will conclude with a night sky tour of that month’s celestial highlights. Programs will be followed by stargazing (weather permitting) using the obser-vatory’s telescopes. Visit the Horizons Observatory web site,, for a listing of each month’s program topics.


Fireworks Festival At Kilowatt Park In Hartford
Annual Fireworks Festival In Hartford – Administered by Hartford Parks & Recreation. Featuring Chil-dren’s Performer Steve Linholm and live music by the Upper Valley Rock School. There will also be food, drink, & youth activities. Kilowatt Park. Saturday, July 3rd *Rain Date July 4th. Parking is $3 per vehicle ($10 for busses and RV’s) Avoid the traffic and take the Fireworks Train from White River train station! Train departs White River Train Station at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Returns after the Fireworks. $6.00/person.
*Contact Green Mountain Railroad for Reservations, (802) 280-1706.

VINS Silent Auction
 Held At Nature Store
VINS will be holding a silent auction on July 3 & 4, in celebration of Independence Day. The bidding process will take place in our Nature Store, from 9am – 5:30pm on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4.

 Ed Gilman, a collector of Eagle artwork from Rutland, VT, has donated over 40 items of Eagle art collectables to VINS. The artwork is extraordinary and comes in many different ways. From bronze sculptures, water-color designs to Lenox porcelain dishes; this collection is one of a kind.

Connecting with Nature: a Six-week Yoga Series
Tuesday evenings, July 6 through August 10 – 5:30 – 7:00pm; VNC classroom. Non-member:$45 for se-ries/$13 drop-in Member:$42/$12 . Come explore your inner nature at the VINS Nature Center! During this 6-week series we will visit our inner landscape through Hatha Yoga poses (asana), breathing tech-niques (pranayama), and meditation. Each class will guide you through a sequence of poses that build strength and flexibility, increase sensory awareness, and calm the mind. When the weather is beautiful, we will move the class outside! Please bring your own mat, blanket/shawl, and cushion. A few spare mats will be available. For registration call 802-359-5000 ext. 223.

Casey Family Services Foster Parent Informational Open House
Learn about foster parenting and adoption in the Upper Valley. Couples and singles of all ages are invited to an informational Open House held the first Tuesday of each month, in preparation for foster parenting classes beginning July 13th. There is an immediate need for families who want to be a permanent resource for a child between the ages of 10 and 18. Join us on at our new office at 35 Railroad Row, White River Jct., Vermont. Contact Gay Palazzo at 800.607.1400 or

Ongoing Events At VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center Exhibits and Nature Store is open daily 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Located on Route 4 just west of the Quechee Gorge. 802-359-5000; for details.

Historical Open Houses
The Hartford Historical Society hosts regular open houses at the Gripay House, 1461 Maple Street, Hart-ford Village on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. and on the second Sunday of the month from 1:30-4 p.m. Visits can also be arranged by appointment. Items from the Society’s collection are on display and volunteers are available to answer any questions. For more information call Pat Stark at 802-295-3077 days or 802-296-2192 evenings.

Women’s Barbershop Chorus
Valley Chords Women’s Barbershop Chorus Rehearsals held Wednesdays 6:45 p.m. in Hartford. Call Darlene 649-2656 for more information.

GAL Program Needs Volunteers
Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Contact Charles Hacker at 802-295-8865.

Story Time At Quechee Library
Held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 7 and under with tales and a related craft. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During the summer, check the Web site at for book discussion dates and other special events, including the “Be Creative” Tuesday series for older children.

Toastmasters Meetings Held Monthly
Toast of the Valley: Practice + Encouragement = Confident Speakers
Dates: Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month. Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive, White River Junction.


Little Orphan Annie Held At Chandler
Chandler celebrates it’s twelfth year of summer youth musicals, featuring over 100 central Vermont youth and teens, under the direction of Charlie McMeekin. Based on Little Orphan Annie by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. Held on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 1, 2 & 3 at 7 p.m. Matinee: Saturday, July 3, 1 p.m. at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, VT. For Tickets call 802-431-0204

Free Reiki Clinics

Free Reiki clinics from a team of volunteer professionals at Gifford Medical Center. Experience this ancient form of energy healing at one of these free sessions, which will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gifford Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Call Kelly at 802-746-8834 for more information.


Reading Fire Chicken BBQ And Parade Benefit

Reading Vol. Fire Dept. 35th annual chicken BBQ & Parade will be held on July 4, 2010. Parade at 11 am theme is “TV Games” floats welcome. Chicken BBQ to follow parade. 20th annual ox pull at 1pm at the school. Hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage, soda and more. DHART helicopter at 1 pm also at the school.

Book Sale At Reading’s Old Home Day
Reading Public Library will hold its annual book sale during Reading’s Old Home Day celebration on Sun-day, July 4. The sale will take place from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Universalist Church on the corner of Mill Street and Route 106 in Reading, Vermont. Several thousand books in good condition will be avail-able to buy cheap. For more information, call 484-5588.

Free Summer Reading Program For Children Of All Ages

Reading Public Library is hosting a free summer reading program for children of all ages and their caregiv-ers. Snacks, crafts, and stories will be provided. An estimation jar will also be on hand. Best guess gets a prize. Pre-registration is not necessary, but call the library at 484-5588 if more information is needed. The library is located at 717 Rte. 106. Program dates, times, and themes are as follows: Tuesday July 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rock Painting. Tuesday July 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Make-Believe. Tuesday July 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Octopus’s Garden. Tuesday July 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pond Critters.

Reading Food Shelf
Located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Tyson Road in South Reading, the Food Shelf is open Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at 484-7410 or call Sue Joyal at (802) 484-9792. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Reading Food Shelf, Inc. P.O. Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.


Events Held At the Tunbridge Historical Society And Library

For information call 889-3458 or 889-5528 Tunbridge Historical Society or Library.
On Tuesday – July 13 – “In Their Words” – local history program, 8 p.m., at the Tunbridge Church. Local historical events will be recalled through selected readings from Tunbridge residents’ writings & speeches. Free.

South Royalton Band Weekly Concerts On Green Throughout Summer
The South Royalton Band has begun its summer concerts. The band will perform every Thursday at 7:30 pm through August 5 in the bandstand on the Green in South Royalton, with the exception of July 22, when it will play on the church lawn in Royalton village. Programs are likely to include numerous medleys from Broadway shows, marches by Sousa and others, jazz showcases, favorite traditional American and interna-tional favorites, and even an occasional classical piece. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the South Royalton High School.


Bronze Sculpture Exhibit At Joseph Smith Memorial
Free and open to public. Great way to celebrate the true meaning of Easter. Bronze Sculpture Exhibit, “The Healing Power of Jesus Christ,¬” by Angela Johnson. Incredible detail makes this moving exhibit of scrip-tural events in the life of Jesus a must see. Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site, 357 LDS Lane, South Royalton, VT; 801-763-7742;; open 9 a.m. -7 p.m.
Mon. -Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.; free refreshments in residence Fri.-Sun. Call for special showings.


American Red Cross Blood Drive At American Legion

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Friday, July 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Court Street in Windsor. “Giving the gift of life just got a little sweeter,” says the Red Cross, which will give donors a coupon for a free gallon of ice cream. Mt. Ascutney Hospital is the canteen sponsor at the drive. An ID is required; for information, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or click on

Re-enactors at Old Constitution House
The Old Constitution House, “The Birthplace of Vermont,” has opened for the 2010 season.
The site will also be the center of activities for the “1777 Constitution Day Celebration” on July 10.
The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2010 season is through October 11, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Benefits Church
Sunday, the 4th of July, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church on State St in Windsor, VT, there will be an all-you-can-eat Brunch from 11AM to 1PM. We will be serving pancakes with real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, fruit, home fries, sausage, homemade breads and desserts, assorted casseroles, baked beans and several beverages. The cost is $6.00 and $3.00 for preschool. All proceeds will benefit the Church’s Building Fund. For more information, call 802-885-2253 or e-mail

Windsor County Partners Needs Mentors

Windsor County Partners, a youth mentoring organization, is seeking caring adult volunteers to mentor area youth ages 10-17. For more information, call 802-674-5101 or visit

Download Books at Windsor Library
Windsor Public Library is proud to announce that they are a part of Listen Up! Vermont, a downloadable audio book service. Listen Up! Vermont allows library patrons to download audio books from the comfort of your home or office 24/7. The library is open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For information or questions, do not hesitate to call the li-brary at 802-674-2556 or send an e-mail to

Cancer Support Meeting
A cancer support group is forming at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Inpatients, out-patients, family members and caregivers are all invited. The group runs from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., and will con-tinue every Tuesday. Organizers said participants would receive helpful hints, advice and support, and have questions answered. Call Kathy Shaban, 802-674-7306, to reserve a spot.

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