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Brattleboro begins summer paving projects

BRATTLEBORO — This week, D.M.I. Paving (a contractor of the town) began the town’s summer paving project on Highland, Central, Pearl, Thomas, Pellet, and Blakeslee streets and White Birch Avenue.

Cold planing (removal of the existing pavement) and new paving operations will be taking place.

Weather permitting, work will happen between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On-street parking will not be permitted during work hours.

The project is expected to take approximately two weeks. There will be traffic disruptions during these operations.

If you have any questions, contact Highway and Utilities Superintendent Dan Tyler at 802-254-4255 or

Halifax hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic, ice cream social

HALIFAX — On Friday, July 23, from 4 to 8 p.m., Rescue Inc. will provide a free clinic to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Halifax Community Hall.

Rescue will offer the single-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson for people age 18 and older. Rescue will also offer the two-dose vaccine by Pfizer for people who are at least 12 years old.

Rescue will return to town on Friday, Aug. 13, to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccination in an event intended for those in the greater Halifax community and for anyone who needs a COVID-19 vaccination.

To “sweeten the event,” event organizers write, the Halifax Community Club will host an ice cream social at the same time as the clinic. The ice cream will be free for each person who just received a vaccination, for people who are already vaccinated, and for children who are younger than 12 years old.

The historic Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Rd. in West Halifax, will be open; it is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. Some seating will be available on the grounds.

For more information, contact Community Club member Linda Lyon ( or 802-368-2211) or Selectboard member Pete Silverberg ( or 802-368-2270).

Manitou hosts Healing Walk

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project will hold its Healing Walk on Friday, July 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The walk will be led by Fred Taylor and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience.

Healing Walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October.

The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with nature on its 235-acre land preserve at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m.

For information, contact Taylor at 802-254-2675.

Senior meal served in Dummerson

DUMMERSTON — The fourth Wednesday Senior Lunch, sponsored by Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions, will happen on Wednesday, July 28, with inside serving beginning at noon. Takeout meals can be picked up starting at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations are requested by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, so organizers can plan to provide enough food for everyone. .

The menu will have chicken pie or vegetable quiche, with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and bread pudding.

A donation will be requested, with $3 suggested for those 60 and older and $4 for everyone else.

To reserve, call 802-254-1138.

Church to hold spaghetti supper during Blueberry Fest

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Community Church will hold its annual spaghetti supper at the Municipal Center on Route 100.

The event takes place during the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival on Friday, July 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, bread, salad, beverages, and a blueberry dessert.

Tickets ($12 for adults and $5 for children between 5 and 12 years old) can also be purchased at the First Stop in Jacksonville, Whitingham Public Library, Super Suds Laundromat in Wilmington, or from Jan Herzig. Children under 5 can eat for free.

Reservations are required and can be made at or by phone at 802-368-2205 or 802-368-2020.

Conservation District plans dam removal and rehabilitation tour

BRATTLEBORO — On Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District will host a tour of dam removal and rehabilitation sites in Windham County.

Marie Caduto, watershed coordinator for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ron Rhodes, director of restoration programs at the Connecticut River Conservancy, will lead the tour, which “seeks to help both dam owners and municipal officials learn about the options for removing or repairing aging dams and the processes involved in both types of projects,” according to a news release.

According to state law, dam owners are legally and financially responsible for the maintenance of dams and can be held responsible for the consequences of dam failures.

Approximately 20 miles of driving or carpooling will be required for this free event.

To sign up, email Cory Ross at

Spark Institute offers summer music camp

PUTNEY — Spark Teacher Education Institute is running a Summer Music Camp program in Putney from Monday, Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 13.

Children ages 11 to 17 are invited to participate in singing, song, and poetry writing, accompanied by music with licensed teachers.

Two sessions will take place: from 9 a.m. to noon and from noon to 3 p.m. Activities will take place outside under tents with participants 6 feet apart.

To sign up, visit Spark Teacher Education Institute on Facebook or email

Vernon plans community picnic, celebration

VERNON — The Friends of Vernon Center will host a community picnic and celebration, with music and food, at the Governor Hunt House on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This event on the lawn will feature music from the Falltown String Band, local purveyors of roots rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and blues. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. There will be activities for children, tours of the historic house, and “goofy yard games for all,” the event organizers promise.

Bring your own lunch, or pre-order a box lunch from the Cold Brook Store or Italian sandwiches from Bloomin’ Italian. Drinks and desserts will be sold on site. Ordering information can be found at

The Governor Hunt House was previously owned by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and used as corporate office space before it was donated to the town in 2019.

The nonprofit Friends of Vernon Center is making efforts to renovate the historic farmhouse into a community center and a venue for private events.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #622 (Wednesday, July 21, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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