Town and Village

Meg Mott moderates the Putney Annual Town Meeting in 2023.

'America 250' town hall series looks at homeless encampments

BRATTLEBORO-As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on whether towns have the constitutional authority to ban homeless encampments on public property, a Town Hall gathering organized under the auspices of a new 'America 250' initiative invites the public to share points of view on this topic in a carefully constructed civil debate led by "Constitutional Wrangler" Meg Mott.

The Town Hall poses the question: 'Is it Unconstitutional to Ban Homeless Encampments?' It will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., and is free and open to everyone.

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Brattleboro Savings & Loan 'Shred Day' set for May 18

BRATTLEBORO-Brattleboro Savings & Loan (BS&L) presents its annual "Shred Day" on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at their main branch at 221 Main St. This is a free event in which the public is encouraged to bring their confidential and sensitive papers from this past year...

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Field trip looks at effectiveness of post-Irene replanting effort

ROCKINGHAM-A field trip led by members of the Rockingham Conservation Commission (RCC) will discuss invasive plants and restoration management on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, at 409 Saxtons River Rd. The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District worked with the RCC and local volunteers, including Americorps...

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'Lydia's Friends' host Geranium Festival Fundraiser for Lydia Taft Pratt Library

WEST DUMMERSTON-Lydia's Friends, the organization that supports the Lydia Taft Pratt Library, will host its annual Geranium Festival, Silent Auction, and Book Sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St., rain or shine. Lydia Taft Pratt Library Director Dena Marger said in a news release that "it is vital to the success of a small-town library like ours that we have the support and advocacy that comes from...

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Estey Organ Museum opens May 18

BRATTLEBORO-Exquisitely crafted instruments, made in Brattleboro. That's what visitors can see, hear, and even play when they visit the Estey Organ Museum (EOM) this season. A new exhibit has been created by Board member Rev. Craig L. Cowing, retired clergy from Rocky Hill, Connecticut. This special display highlights patterns made and used by Estey employees for cutting out elements of organ cases and for chip-carved decorations on cases. The museum's collection incudes some 80 pieces spanning circa 1875 to 1900.

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Green Mountain Conservancy receives $285,879 for Marlboro forest project

MARLBORO-The Green Mountain Conservancy (GMC) has been granted $285,879 by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board toward the purchase and conservation of the Old Oaks Headwaters Preserve, 200 acres of forested land in Marlboro. In a news release, GMC said it "is working to raise the rest of the funds from several foundations and the greater Marlboro community, which has used and appreciated this land for generations. This land will be conserved in perpetuity with easements co-held by the Vermont...

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Area hospitals seek input for annual needs assessment Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital are seeking public input to assess the health needs of our community. Every three years, these organizations conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to learn more about the health concerns and needs of the communities they serve. Based on the information gathered, each healthcare facility will develop an implementation plan to address these needs. A community survey is...

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Famed folk families join for Grafton performances May 4 GRAFTON - John Lomax III of America's multi-generation folk music family brings his "Lomax On Lomax" presentation to Vermont for his New England debut Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Brick Meeting House, 2 Main St. Fiddler John Specker and his daughters Ida Mae and Lila (The Speckers) will perform. Local resident George Alexander is promoting this event. "Growing up, some of the favorite songs in my grammar school songbook...

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