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Originally published in The Commons issue #449 (Wednesday, March 7, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.


Women’s Action Team hosts #MeToo solidarity rally

BRATTLEBORO — On Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m., at Pliny Park, the Women’s Action Team invites the community to gather in downtown Brattleboro on International Women’s Day in #MeToo solidarity against sexual abuse and stand with survivors of sexual assault and harassment.

The #MeToo Movement gained momentum in October 2017, after the Weinstein “revelations” of sexual assault hit the media.

The Twitter hashtag #MeToo spoke for millions who had been sexually abused and opened the floodgates for women to speak out, be seen, and support each other, changing the way sexual abuse victims are treated in America.

Participants are invited to bring signs and songs and to be ready to “march, shout, dance, and dismantle the patriarchy.” Male allies are welcome.

WBA hosts District 1 pre-Town Meeting forum

WEST BRATTLEBORO — The next meeting of the West Brattleboro Association will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the West Brattleboro Post Office).

The Association invites all of Brattleboro’s District 1 Town Meeting representatives and District 1 voters to this gathering. This is a chance for area residents to engage in an informal Q&A regarding the warrant for the March 24 Annual Representative Town Meeting.

This part of the meeting will be facilitated by Chris Chapman, who was District 1 caucus co-chair last year. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sugar-on-Snow supper served in West B

WEST BRATTLEBORO — For more than six decades, the First Congregational Church at 880 Western Ave. has been serving up a delicious Vermont Sugar-on-Snow supper each March.

On Saturday, March 10, the tradition continues with a menu of ham, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, rolls, sugar-on-snow, homemade donuts, pickles, coffee, tea, and milk.

There will be two seatings, at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-12, and $3 for ages 4 and under. For reservations, call 802-257-7557.

AARP Tax-Aide program continues

BRATTLEBORO — Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older, is available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide through mid-April. You don’t need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, are offering help with personal income tax returns at various locations in the Brattleboro area. Call for an appointment.

Tax-Aides are available at the Brattleboro Senior Center on Main Street (802-257-7570) on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon; at Community Bible Chapel on Atwood Street (802-257-1594) on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the VFW on Black Mountain Road (802-490-8745) on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pet vaccination clinic in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Fire Department will sponsor a pet vaccination clinic at the firehouse in Wilmington on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Miles A. Powers of East Dover will vaccinate both dogs and cats. This clinic is open to anyone.

Fees will be $15 for rabies and $25 for a distemper complex vaccine for either a dog or cat, or $35 for both vaccinations. Dogs should be on a leash and cats should be inside a carrier.

For further information or questions about additional vaccines, call 802-348-7918

BF Woman’s Club to meet

BELLOWS FALLS — The Bellows Falls Woman’s Club will hold its March meeting on Tuesday the 13th, at the United Church on School Street, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Speakers will be Janice Berube and Michelle Sacco, of Windham County Youth Services.

The Feb. 13 meeting featured Alex Stradling of FACT-TV, who gave a presentation on this local TV resource and its availability to promote programs and events.

Club members donated several grocery bags of nonperishable food and personal care items to Our Place Drop-in Center, one of two drives held in support of area food shelves.

The local club has welcomed six new members during this club year. Women interested in joining the club may contact Barbara Comtois, 802-344-0025. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which promotes community service by its members, collectively and individually.

WSESU All-District Band Night set for March 13

BRATTLEBORO — Instrumental musicians from throughout the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union will gather at Brattleboro Union High School on Tuesday, March 13, for the 31st annual All-District Band Night.

Approximately 225 students will perform in the concert. Learning activities that begin in the afternoon will culminate in a 6 p.m. concert in the BUHS gymnasium. No admission will be charged for this concert.

Participating schools include Putney Central School, directed by Josh Fields; Academy School, directed by Bri Davenport; Vernon Elementary School, directed by Joyana Damon; Dummerston School and Guilford Central School, directed by Mary Harvey-Bandish; Oak Grove and Green Street Schools, directed by Julie Ackerman-Hovis; Brattleboro Area Middle School, directed by Riley Goodemote; and Brattleboro Union High School, directed by Steve Rice.

The afternoon’s activities include opportunities for the visiting elementary and middle school students to sit in with the BUHS band, working together on an elementary-level piece of music and following along with a work the high school band is preparing. They will also hear the Brattleboro Area Middle School jazz band and meet Mr. Goodemote.

For more information about this event, call 802-451-3511.

WeCAN Story Hour Café returns

BRATTLEBORO — The folks who gathered nearly 40 organizations and 400 people for Windham County’s WeCAN Action Fair last spring continue with their series of “WeCAN Story Hour Cafés” on third Thursdays.

These WeCAN Cafés are designed to build community and help community activists “fill their spirits” through information sharing, celebration, and connection. All activists, including anyone wishing to learn about organizations and start participating in resistance efforts, are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Following January’s theme of class and economic justice and February’s theme of healthcare and health justice, there will be a Café on March 15 centering on race and racial justice, followed by one on April 19 on climate justice.

The Café will start with a story hour followed by a policy discussion led by Vermont activists. There will be time to connect with representatives from different organizations, eat, mingle, and enjoy local poetry and music.

Join them on March 15 at 118 Elliott (across from the Fire Station) to listen and share stories of race and racial justice (mingling from 6:30 p.m.; program starts promptly at 7 p.m.). Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/582591242077436 or contact admin@wecantogether.net.

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