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Town seeks to fill vacancies on boards

BRATTLEBORO — The town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards: Agricultural Advisory Board, Arts Committee, Citizen Police Communications Committee, Conservation Commission, Design Review Committee (Alternate), Development Review Board (Alternate), Energy Committee, Energy Coordinator, Inspector of Lumber, Shingles and Wood, Planning Commission, Recreation and Parks Board, Senior Solutions Advisory Council, Traffic Safety Committee (Chamber of Commerce Representative), and Weigher of Coal.

Applications and more information about various committees and boards can be found at, or by calling the Town Manager’s office at 802-251-8151.

If you are interested in serving on a Brattleboro committee or board, submit your application online, send the application by e-mail to the Town Manager’s office at, or mail or deliver the application to: Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office, Attn: Committee Vacancy, 230 Main Street, Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

The Selectboard will make appointments at its Sept. 18 meeting. Applications must be received in the Town Manager’s office by noon on Sept. 13 for appointment at that meeting. Applications received later for seats still available will be considered at a subsequent Selectboard meeting.

Two speeches scheduled at BrattleMasters

BRATTLEBORO — Rob Packard of Shrewsbury and Edwin Sause of Shelburne Falls, Mass., are both scheduled to present five-to-seven-minute speeches on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the meeting of BrattleMasters.

The local Toastmasters club meets this week at 6 p.m. in Room 2D at 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro (formerly the Marlboro College Grad Center). Katie Montgomery of Brattleboro will be the Toastmaster of the evening.

Each speaker is assigned an evaluator who will present a two-to-three-minute evaluation. An “ah” counter, grammarian, and timer will give reports near the end of the meeting.

Midway through the event, there will be an exercise in extemporaneous speaking open to all members as well as the public.

Current members are from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Guests are welcome to visit at no charge. For more information, visit

Strolling of the Heifers hosts Live Local, Live Healthy Wellness Fair

BRATTLEBORO — The Live Local, Live Healthy Wellness Fair takes place on Friday, Sept.14, from noon to 6 p.m. at the River Garden, 157 Main St.

“Our second-annual Wellness Fair will showcase so many wonderful local products and services,” Orly Munzing, Strolling of the Heifers’ executive director, said in a news release. “It fits perfectly with Strolling of the Heifers’ mission. We want people to eat healthy, local food, which is one component of total well-being.”

Local and regional businesses will showcase their services and products, share information, and promote wellness learning for the community.

“Our goal is create a fun event where people can explore possibilities for healthy mind, body, and spirit,” said Vicki Friedman, one of the fair’s organizers. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Fall outdoor sale and cookout

WESTMINSTER — On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Women’s Fellowship for the First Congregational Church of Westminster will hold a Fall Outdoor Sale on the front lawn of the Church at 3470 US 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event will feature a variety of items for sale including homemade pies and baked goods, house plants, and fall crafts to decorate the home. There will also be a “white elephant” station and attic treasures and collectibles.

The usual cookout at midday will include hot dogs, chili, and sausage and pepper grinders, as well as other surprises to eat. Come browse the tables and enjoy lunch. Sit and visit in the outdoor cafe or take something home for lunch or dinner.

SEVCA offers ‘financial fitness’ workshops

BRATTLEBORO — Southeastern Vermont Community Action invites participants to register for its upcoming “Financial Fitness” workshop series, to be held in Brattleboro starting Sept. 19.

This seven-part workshop series will help participants improve their relationship with money, develop strong financial habits, and take steps toward prosperity. SEVCA’s instructors will use tools from the acclaimed “Your Money, Your Goals” curriculum developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Topics covered include: saving, spending, credit, home buying, insurance, purchasing a car, and saving for college. The instructor will also provide individualized financial coaching, as needed, to help participants and their families become more financially secure.

The workshop series is free and open to the public. It will be held at Winston Prouty Center, Holton Hall, 130 Austine Dr., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesdays on Sept. 19 and 26 and Wednesdays from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30.

Pre-registration is required. Call 802-722-4575, ext. 151, or email

BASIC to host second public visioning design session for skatepark

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Recreation & Parks and BASIC (Brattleboro Skatepark Is Coming) is hosting a second public visioning session regarding the skatepark design with Stantec Action Sports at the Gibson-Aiken Senior Center on Thursday Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

This public session presents local skaters with an opportunity to provide input into the design process, provides time for the public to discuss esthetic concerns relating to skatepark design, and will serve as further input to Stantec.

The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department and BASIC say they are very excited that they have entered this phase of the effort to build a beautiful park for community youth to enjoy. For more information, contact the Recreation and Park Office at 802-254-5808.

Storytellers wanted for ‘A Night of True Stories’

SAXTONS RIVER — Local storytellers are invited to share their life experiences in seven-minute monologues when Main Street Arts presents its annual A Night of True Stories, on Saturday, Oct. 6.

In the spirit of National Public Radio’s The Moth Radio Hour, friends and neighbors entertain with tales of pathos, mirth, adventure, loss, fright, and all the emotions in between. Stories are told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment.

The event is a fundraiser for Main Street Arts in a cabaret setting with refreshments.

Potential storytellers are asked to contact Main Street Arts at (802) 869-2960 or

The Peabody Award-winning NPR show is now in its tenth year and airs on more than 200 stations nationwide.

“Storytelling, likely the oldest art, is revered and reinvigorated by this hour for everyday raconteurs,” the Peabody judges wrote in making the award.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #476 (Wednesday, September 12, 2018). This story appeared on page C3.

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