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Representative Town Meeting info sessions, district caucuses scheduled

BRATTLEBORO — The Selectboard is expected to combine what has traditionally been two pre-Representative Town Meeting (RTM) informational meetings, in light of the cancellation of the first meeting because of the nor’easter.

According to an announcement from Town Clerk Hilary Francis, the new, single meeting will likely take place Wednesday, March 22, at Academy School, beginning at 7 p.m. with district caucuses.

An expanded information session to cover both the FY24 budget and the bond articles would begin at 6 p.m. at the Academy School gym.

Child care will be available. Town Meeting members and members of the public are invited to attend and ask questions.

“Everyone’s patience and understanding are requested as town staff work to finalize these alternate plans,” the Town Manager’s Office wrote in a news release.

Guilford Church Sugar-on-Snow supper set for March 18

GUILFORD — The Sugar-on-Snow supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, March 18. There are three seatings to choose from, at 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Prices are $15 adults, $7 children age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers. For reservations, call 802-254-9019 or email guilfordchurchsupper@gmail.com.

The menu features baked ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, cole slaw, freshly-made baked rolls and doughnuts, sugar on snow, dill pickles, and coffee, tea, or milk. A half-gallon of maple syrup will be raffled off during each seating. Must be vaccinated and boosted against Covid and wear a mask except when eating. If symptomatic, please stay home.

From Interstate 91 Exit 1 in Brattleboro, go south on Route 5 just past Guilford Country Store, but before the bridge, make a left on Bee Barn Road, then left again to 38 Church Drive to the Guilford Community Church. Money raised at the Sugar Supper helps support the church’s outreach in the community. Visit guilfordchurch.org for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 447 holds seed fundraiser

BRATTLEBORO — Cub Scout Pack 447 will hold a Packs for Pack 447 seed fundraiser, selling and taking orders for High Mowing Organic seeds, on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vermont Marketplace (580 Canal Street). They will have seed packets, gift boxes, and homemade goodies for sale at their table located near the Tavern sign.

Packet prices range from $4 to $25 and will be shipped in early April. From noon to 1 p.m., the Bonnyvale Environmental Educational Center will demonstrate how to start pumpkin seedlings.

Proceeds support Pack 447’s Mt. Norris Scout Reservation summer camp week, where local youths will spend a week building character and confidence in the great outdoors.

Rec. Dept. hosts youth chess tournament

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department will hold its 14th annual Youth Chess Tournament at the Gibson-Aiken Center Senior Center on Saturday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

This program is for participants in kindergarten through Grade 8, and all skill levels are welcome. The cost of this tournament is $5. Eric Strickland will be running the tournament. Depending on the number of entrants, contestants will be divided into appropriate groups and the Swiss System will be used, so no players are ever eliminated. Game boards will be provided. For more information, call 802-254-5808.

Libraries celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic humor

JACKSONVILLE — On Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m., the Whitingham Free Public Library and Pettee Memorial Library of Wilmington invite everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with British storyteller, humorist, and author, Simon Brooks, for “Tales of Celtic Rogues & Rascals.”

“You will find that scamps, scallywags and scoundrels abound,” according to the organizers of this event. Simon’s mission is to spread and share the art of traditional storytelling to a wider audience and to show the power of (and need for) the ancient stories of folk and fairy tales, myths, and legends.”

This event is free and takes place at the Whitingham Municipal Center in the village of Jacksonville. The material is recommended for mature audiences. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 802-368-7506.

Senior Lunch served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON — Senior Solutions and Evening Star Grange will hold its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Senior Lunch on Wednesday, March 22 with in-house seating at noon and take-outs available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reservations are strongly suggested for this meal and can be made by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 and leave name, telephone number, number of meals, vegetarian or meat, and whether for eating in or taking out. Reservations should be made by March 21 at 5 p.m. if at all possible, so they can better plan for enough food.

The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, carrots, boiled potatoes, with Irish soda bread and pistachio breeze for dessert. A vegetarian option of spinach and onion quiche will also be available. A donation of $3 for those 60 and above and $4 for those 59 and younger is suggested.

Monthly food distribution in Putney

PUTNEY — The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and nonperishables on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., on Alice Holloway Drive (in front of Putney Meadows, the white building across from the Putney Coop and Putney Fire Station).

All are welcome. Because of Covid, it is a drive-up service. Bags are provided. The next monthly food drop is Thursday, March 24.

Art by Ann Coleman on display at Dover Library

EAST DOVER —The Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Road, is exhibiting a collection of artist Ann Coleman’s original pastels on paper through April.

Coleman has been a part of the Deerfield Valley since 1978, where her limited edition giclée prints can be found at numerous locations. She said she gravitated back to pastels as her primary medium in the early 1980s for their vivid color and layering ability. She enjoys creating local landscapes.

To learn more, go to AnnColemanGallery.com. For library hours, visit doverfreelibrary1913.org.

Children’s Chorus returns to Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER — The Main Street Arts Children’s Chorus is coming back! After a hiatus of several years, MSA chorus founder and director Valerie Kosednar is bringing back this musical tradition. Children seven years of age and older can join a charismatic group of kids who love to sing! They will feature seasonal songs from a variety of styles and traditions.

Chorus will be held for a six-week session on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., April 3 to May 15 (no class on April 17). Price for the six-week session for one child is $60. Additional siblings are half-price. Register online at mainstreetarts.org or in person at the first class.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #706 (Wednesday, March 15, 2023). This story appeared on page A4.

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