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The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books - "The Invention of Nature" by Alexander von Humboldt: 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-5561,

Ideas and education

DOVER Genealogy Research "How To": Jerry Carbone, genealogist of Whetstone Brook Genealogy, and former director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, presents this lecture on genealogical databases. 12 noon (Continues 7/24). Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Protecting your Income: Your income funds all of your life - your day-to-day expenses, your future retirement, and the time you spend with loved ones. Session 1 will help you: Appreciate the true value of your income, Identify sources of income replacement, Understand disability income insurance. With Scott Gordon-Macey of Baystate Financial. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Waste No More Book Discussion Group in partnership with Rich Earth Institute: Join Rich Earth Institute and the Library for a summer of learning the history and present state of how humans manage their "outputs" and how there exists great opportunity to make our world more sustainable by creating new systems for recycling and nutrient management. We'll read a short book, "Liquid Gold" by Carol Steinfeld, and a longer book for the remaining four sessions, "The Big Necessity" by Rose George. 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Continues 7/31 and 8/7. 8/7 also includes a potluck). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Monitoring Monarchs: We'll look for and learn about monarch butterflies - their migration and how to manage your property for Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). You will also find out how to participate in the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. Co-sponsored by the BEEC and the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 7 p.m. Free. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Debating Our Rights series - Second (and Third) Amendment: These two freedoms address the role of the military in our constitutional democracy. Although the Second Amendment is currently the source of heated disagreements, for most of its life it was known as a sleepy Amendment. Understood more as a bulwark against a national standing army, it remained largely undebated. Nowadays, each clause is parsed and pressured in a hyper-partisan debate. Participants with an opportunity to hear the various interpretations - not to change minds, but to better understand the debate. Mott uses historical arguments and legal reasoning to set the stage. First she lays out the 18th century reasons for the Amendment, such as why an armed population is so crucial to a new republic. Then she explains the arguments on both sides of recent Supreme Court rulings. "The point of debating our rights," explains Mott, "is to see how reasonable people disagree about the scope and intention of each Amendment. In a constitutional democracy, even fundamental rights are open to debate." Composer Neely Bruce will lead Festival Harmony in an energetic delivery of the Second and Third Amendments. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Luau Annual Pool Party: Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, salads, ice cream, drinks will be served. There will be fun water games and races to enjoy as well as a DJ, clown, prizes, and more. Hosted by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 4:30 - 8 p.m. at the Pool. $5. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham Regional Woodlands Association - Allard Lumber Mill Tour: Started in 1974, Allard Lumber is now owned by Clifford Allard, who buys standing timber and logs from 4 states. They saw, dry, ship lumber worldwide through wholesalers and brokers. Allard also manufactures railroad ties, pallet cants, bridge mats, grade stakes. By-products from the mill, including bark, are marketed to a secondary processor. Wood chip biomass is sold to private and municipal facilities, and schools, for heat. Sawdust is burned on site to heat the wood-drying kilns and concurrently co-generate electricity through a turbine and steam engine. We'll see this innovative system. The sawmill is on Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, and the company has concentration log yards in Chestertown, NY, North Haverhill, NH, Pawlet, VT. They employ 45 people and have licensed foresters on staff who handle all phases of landowner needs, from planning advice to harvesting strategies. In 2016, Allard received Sawmill of the Year Award for the northeastern US from the Northeastern Loggers Assn. 5 p.m. (Ages 12 and up are welcome for the tour. Dress appropriately including covered-toe shoes or boots. We'll be inside, outside, and on uneven ground. No dogs.). Allard Lumber Co., 74 Glen Orne Dr. Information: 802-254-4939.


BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: An uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria and danced around the World. 8 a.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.



July 2019