Thelma O'Brien

Tenacious villages to honor spirit

Rock River Revival Parade to mark community strength, unity a year after Irene’s floods

Tropical Storm Irene may have knocked down South Newfane and Williamsville, but these two villages are rising again.

And to mark the one year anniversary of the storm that wreaked so much havoc along the Rock River, and to celebrate the resilience of South Newfane and Williamsville, the villages are putting on a parade and a barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 26.

The Rock River Revival Parade will begin at noon near the green iron bridge in South Newfane, and finish a mile down the Dover Road to Williamsville Hall, the place that a year ago sheltered Irene's victims.

The parade will feature dozens of firefighters and their engines from the South Newfane/Williamsville Fire Department, the Newfane Congregational Church, musicians such as the Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School Samba Band and the Buzzard's Brass Band, the Moore Free Library, a Queen Irene float, and local elected officials, among others.

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A stitch in time makes 1,000 quilts

Project Linus crafters celebrate milestone

The women who are members of the Sew Whats celebrated their 1,000-quilt milestone and their fifth anniversary of participating in Project Linus at their monthly meeting on July 17 at the Newfane Congregational Church. Project Linus, named for the security blanket-carrying character in the Peanuts comic strip, is a...

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Wardsboro celebrates with pies and a parade

All 154 homemade pies had sold by 11:45 a.m., announced Pastor Pete Carlson, the emcee at the 63rd annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown Wardsboro. The parade and street fair is the oldest, and, some say, the most laid-back, Independence Day celebration in Windham County. A relaxed and...

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The final cut

After 67 years of barbering - the first 37 mostly in his hometown of Meriden, Conn., and the last 30 in Townshend - Robert “Bob” Semrau has hung up his hair clippers. “He's just started getting the hang of it,” said Ted Grussing of Windham, who's been getting his hair cut at Semrau's Barber Shop in the big white house on Route 35 for at least 15 years. The final four days of the 87-year-old's barber shop brought a panorama...

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LGUHS offers summer educational enrichment camp

A free three-week middle school summer camp, offering math, science, literacy, and technology for students who have completed sixth and seventh grade, will open July 9. The camp will be held on the Leland & Gray Union High School campus and is for residents of the Windham Central Supervisory Union's member towns, including Brookline, Dover, Jamaica, Newfane, Marlboro, Townshend, Wardsboro and Windham. The courses at the camp, called the Summer Educational Enrichment Kamp (SEEK), are taught by LGUHS teachers, who...

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Old store, new owners

Caroline Eisenhood and Keith Richards are the new owners and operators of the venerable Newfane Market, a store that has been in the village center in one form or another since 1825. Jim Borta who, along with his wife Pat, have run the store for the past 12 years, turned it over to Eisenhood and Richards on Monday. The general store has long been a local hangout for gossip, groceries and newspapers. Under the Bortas, the store expanded to include...

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Local swimmer Emma Davis wins three gold medals at Special Olympics

Emma Davis, 17, of Brattleboro, took three gold medals in swimming at this year's Special Olympics held recently at the University of Vermont. One of three swimmers in the 100-meter individual medley (all four competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), Davis gained the gold. She was the only swimmer doing the breaststroke, so she netted the gold again for her competitive performance. She swam the challenging 50-meter butterfly and again gained gold after the other swimmers were disqualified. But...

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Changing times, changing cookbook

The 13-year-old Brattleboro Food Co-op Cook Book is getting a complete makeover. Apart from the exacting detail of assessing the ingredients in more than 250 recipes contributed by a variety of people and organizations, the task is made even more challenging by how much food tastes and recipe styles have evolved since the book was published. The cookbook, published in 1999 to mark the 25th anniversary of the store, was reprinted in 2002. None of the 2,000 copies from the...

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