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Thanksgiving closings in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25.

Parking is free in all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Nov. 23 and 24. Parking will resume regular enforcement hours on Nov. 25. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling, and composting will not be picked up on Thursday, Nov. 23. Trash, recycling, and composting normally picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

Volunteers still needed for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro’s 45th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, Nov. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at St. Michael’s School on Walnut Street.

Volunteers can sign up now at to make desserts, prepare vegetables, help in the kitchen, serve food or drinks, wash dishes, deliver meals, transport food, and/or help clean up.

All are welcome to come enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Those who would like to request a meal delivered to their home on Thanksgiving Day should call Peter Wiles at 802-254-4687.

State police plan DUI checkpoints

WESTMINSTER — During the remainder of November, Vermont State Police from the Westminster barracks will conduct sobriety checkpoints within Windham and Windsor counties, with an aggressive effort made to identify impaired drivers on the highway.

Troopers also will be enforcing seatbelt, child restraint, and other motor vehicle laws during this checkpoint.

Townshend Library offers tech help

TOWNSHEND — Drop in to the Townshend Library on Wednesdays, from 3-4 p.m., for one-on-one help with choosing, using, and maintaining digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and Kindle readers.

Try new devices. Learn about software and apps such as e-mail, Facebook, office software, and more. Help will be provided by staff and teen volunteers from 3 Generations Collaboration.

Call ahead at 802-428-4333 to make sure they are prepared to answer your question, or email your query to Note that the library follows the school district when it comes to snow-day closings.

WVEW benefit concert features youth bands

BRATTLEBORO — A benefit concert for community radio station WVEW, featuring four local youth bands, will happen on Saturday, Nov. 25, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Stone Church, 210 Main St.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Come out and support local radio, live music, and youth bands in one fell swoop.

On the bill are Nomad vs Settler, Moxie, Impending Exorcism, and Outer Space.

For more information, contact Robin Johnson at or 802-579-9960. For a full schedule of events at the Stone Church, visit

Climate Change Café focuses on mental health

BRATTLEBORO —This month’s Climate Change Café presents “The Effects of Global Warming on Mental Health: Creating Resilience Before, During, and After Extreme Weather Events,” on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:45 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in the Main Room.

How does global warming affect our mental health? How do we respond to these effects? This workshop will give an overview of some of the national, state, and local initiatives addressing the negative psychological impacts of global warming. It also will explore practical skills to build resilience to enhance the capacity of individuals and groups to cope with the inevitable changes affecting all levels of society.

Speaking at the Climate Café is Rebecca MacKenzie, a clinical social worker and member of the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team. She will lead the workshop. For more information, email

Talk addresses how climate change is affecting Northern wildlife

LONDONDERRY — On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m., renowned wildlife specialist Sue Morse will give a talk at Flood Brook School on Route 11 about our northern forest inhabitants.

Morse is a nationally recognized tracker and is noted for her outstanding, up-close photography of the natural world.

In Vermont, erratic weather patterns affect all of us. But how do they affect the native animals? Morse will address this question, with the emphasis on hope that all species will survive or adapt to global changes to our environment.

This free presentation is hosted by the Londonderry Conservation Commission. Everyone interested in local wildlife is welcome to attend.

New chess club forming at Putney Public Library

PUTNEY — Want to learn chess? Want to improve your game? Just want to play? All ages and skill levels are welcome on Thursdays at 4:15 at the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. The first meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Come play or learn with Damian V. Dierkes, a sophomore at BUHS who has been playing chess since he was 7. He has competed in many tournaments and will be available to teach, answer questions, or just play. For more information, or to sign up, contact Some chess sets will be available, or you can bring your own.

Vermont Tech plans open house for nursing program

BRATTLEBORO — Individuals interested in starting or continuing a career in nursing are invited to attend the Vermont Tech Nursing Open House at the Brooks House on Friday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Nursing faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the program and offer tours of the facilities. Vermont Tech admissions staff also will be in attendance.

Nursing programs at Vermont Tech graduate highly successful practical and registered nurses. The College’s graduates have a higher than national average pass rate for their national licensure exams and the Class of 2016 had a 100 percent placement rate for graduates of the PN, ADN, and BSN programs.

To learn more about the open house, or to register, visit or call 800-442-8821.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #435 (Wednesday, November 22, 2017). This story appeared on page E2.

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