From left, Cathy, Helen, and MaryJane Renaud assist their father Hyacinth, foreground, in moving wood into his workshop at the Estey buildings on Birge Street in Brattleboro.
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Saving the Estey legacy

A daughter remembers how her father, woodworker Hyacinth Renaud, ended up with the remains of Brattleboro's most famous factory

BRATTLEBORO-MaryJane Renaud Giroux remembers the day in 1961 when her father, Hyacinth Renaud, came home from work with some news.

"I bought the Estey buildings," he told her mother, Louise.

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No paper next week

BRATTLEBORO-A reminder to readers that The Commons will not publish an issue on Wednesday, July 3. Any urgent news and updates will be published on the newspaper's website. The newspaper will resume publication on Wednesday, July 12, with the deadline for submissions of news and advertising on Friday, July 5. This News item was submitted to The Commons.

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Celebrating 75 years of Fourth of July festivities

WARDSBORO-The longest continuous running Fourth of July parade and celebration in the state will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. Organizers say that this year's 75th celebration of the Fourth in Wardsboro "promises spectacular events such as the usual colorful floats, vintage cars from around the region, creative vendors who will line Main Street, our famous Strawberry Shortcake, the Chicken Barbecue with all the fixins', homemade pies, the hamburger/hot dog stand, a lemonade stand, face painting, a quilt show, kids'

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'Parade Through Paradise' is theme for this year's celebration

SAXTONS RIVER-The village's annual Fourth of July celebration, centered on Main Street, is a tradition that has been going strong for more than seven decades. The day begins with the pie baking contest, to which bakers can submit entries in one or more of three categories: sweet, savory, and gluten-free. Pies are to be dropped off at Main Street Arts at 8:30 a.m. Pie will be sold after the judging, with prizes awarded at noon. The Firecracker 5K Road Race...

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Annual picnic this year also honors anniversary of Grange

GUILFORD-After a hiatus of several years, the village of Guilford Center will revive its Fourth of July tradition, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Broad Brook Grange, established in 1874. The community is invited to join in the festivities on Thursday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a community picnic, reminiscent of early Grange gatherings and sponsored by the Broad Brook Grange. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. at the recently restored Guilford Center Meeting...

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Going Fourth: Parade, family activities, and fireworks

BRATTLEBORO-The 51st annual "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" Independence Day celebration is set for Thursday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and an afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park. Marching units - including the local American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, and civic and youth groups - will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade from Flat Street to Main Street to the town Common.

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‘You will find a lot at this little market’

PUTNEY-The Putney Farmers' Market - "a localvore marketplace, located in the heart of downtown Putney," as described by its manager, Jill Green - celebrates its 15th season as a place for customers to connect directly with food producers and farmers from the region. Green, who has sold goods at farmers markets for 14 years and has served as an assistant manager and co-manager of the Brattleboro markets, describes her role in Putney as "truly my dream job." The 40 vendors...

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Region’s beech trees vulnerable to invasive roundworm

Residents of Guilford have discovered the aftermath an invasive species of roundworm that devastates beech trees, the latest indication that the leaf gall nematode has reached southeastern Vermont and inflicting beech leaf disease (BLD) in its wake. The presence of Litylenchus crenatae mccannii was first confirmed in Vernon last October by staff at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, and then in Dummerston, after locals submitted pictures of ravaged beech leaves to the agency's website. The microscopic nematode...

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Vendors offer produce, crafts, other products

Morse Brook Farm This is our third year at the Putney Farmers' Market. We like it because it is truly local and we are vending next to our neighbors. It has a very relaxed and welcoming feel and we have a very pleasant group of vendors who support the market and each other. We are a hill farm on the eastern slope of the highest ridge in Westminster, with a view of the Connecticut River Valley. We have 80 open...

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