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Manitou hosts healing walk

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project will hold its Healing Walk on Friday, Sept. 10, 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.

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

Yard sale benefits Berkfeld family

PUTNEY — On Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a benefit yard sale will take place at the home of Angela Berkfield on 78 Main St.

Prices on all items will be by donation, and the donations will benefit Berkfield’s “healing journey and medical expenses for very expensive cancer treatment,” according to a news release.

The sale will feature a variety of items, including brand new things (some with prices on them), a huge assortment of very practical items (furniture, bikes, books, skis, kitchen equipment, and adult and children’s clothes), gleaned items from the garden, potted plants, a free pile, a bake sale, and live music.

Newfane church hosts talent show

NEWFANE — Newfane Church will host a community talent show on Sunday, Sept. 12, beginning at 5 p.m., with Music Director Mike Kelly as host and master of ceremonies.

Various members of the community will share their talents as singers, instrumentalists, and reciters of poetry.

The talent show is free to all, and all are welcome. It will be followed by a potluck supper, so bring a dish to share.

This will be an in-person event, held in the sanctuary of Newfane Church, 11 Church St. Masks will be required. Donations will be accepted to benefit the church’s music program.

Museum hosts talk about riding the rails as a circus clown

NEWFANE — On Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., the West River Railroad Museum on Cemetery Hill Road presents “Trunkside Tales” with circus clown Ted Lawrence.

Lawrence will offer a piece of life with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where he was a clown working under the Big Top and living on the railroad.

He’ll be setting up the steamer trunk he used while touring the U.S. in the 1980s, and as he puts on his clown makeup and makes the transformation into a genuine bigger-than-life Ringling Clown.

The audience will hear his true stories about living on the circus train and working with elephants, tigers, acrobats, and clowns from around the world.

Popcorn and activities for all ages will be available at this free program at the museum, at 574 Vermont Route 30.

For more information, contact For an updated schedule of events, visit the Historical Society of Windham County’s website at

Vernon Seniors will gather at Rec Center

VERNON — Join the Vernon Seniors for a monthly get-together at the Vernon Rec Shelter on Sept. 13 from noon to 2 p.m.

Participants should bring a bag lunch and a nonalcoholic drink to the meeting, where they will schedule trips on the Vernon bus for lunches, shopping trips, and various activities. Dessert will be provided.

Membership in the Vernon Seniors is $5 per year.

Call Gloria Pinkerton at 802-254-3869 if you have questions or suggestions of educational, recreational, or gastronomical activities.

Brattleboro on Wheels returns to Retreat Farm

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro on Wheels car show and cruise-in, presented by the Brattleboro Rotary Club, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Retreat Farm on Route 30.

All proceeds from the show will support local Rotary gift-giving projects. Admission to the show grounds is free for cars and spectators alike, but donations are appreciated.

All makes and models of classic cars and motorcycles are welcome at the show, and an assortment of new cars from local dealerships will also be on display.

Music, produced by DJ Tim Johnson, will add to the atmosphere, and lunch will be available at the food trucks adjacent to the Retreat Farm.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club, founded in 1950, is an active service club engaged in community and human service projects, both locally and internationally.

For more information, visit

Fiction Book Club resumes at Lydia Taft Pratt Library

WEST DUMMERSTON — The Lydia Taft Pratt Fiction Book Club resumes with a reading and discussion of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Club members will gather in person on Monday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. outside at the library.

The library has multiple copies of this book, so if you would like to participate, contact Librarian Dena Marger for a copy at 802-258-9878 or

Established 1914, the Lydia Taft Pratt Library is in the Dummerston Community Center at 150 West St., in the heart of the village.

SEVCA begins community assessment survey

WESTMINSTER — Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is in the process of conducting its triennial community assessment to better understand the needs of lower-income residents in Windham and Windsor counties. To best assess needs, SEVCA is reaching out to its neighbors for help.

If you are a Windham or Windsor County resident who has had difficulty meeting household needs in recent years (food, housing, clothing, medical care, debt payments, etc.), take a 10- to 15-minute community member survey at

The information you share will help SEVCA develop programs that best serve you, your neighbors, and your community.

Those submitting the survey by Sept. 30 will be eligible to win one of eight cash cards for $50 or two cash cards for $100.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #629 (Wednesday, September 8, 2021). This story appeared on page A6.

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