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West Brattleboro Association hosts holiday party on Dec. 15

WEST BRATTLEBORO - The West Brattleboro Association will hold its annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New England House on Marlboro Road. Free hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

This year will see the presentation of the first West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year award. Additionally, the activities of the Association during 2011 will be briefly reported on.

You do not have to reside in West Brattleboro to attend; everyone is welcome. Contact Stewart McDermet (802-579-5670 or [email protected]) or Michael Bosworth (802-258-6475 or [email protected]) to RSVP.

Free acupuncture offered in BF

BELLOWS FALLS - Licensed Acupuncturist Virginia Voronin is offering free (or by donation) community acupuncture every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Immanuel (Stone) Church, 12 Church St.

All are welcome. Contact Voronin at 802-463-9536 or [email protected] for more information.

Bag Sale this week at Worn Again Thrift Shop in Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER - The Worn Again Thrift Shop at St. Edmunds Catholic Church on Main Street in Saxtons River is having a $3 Bag Sale on Thursday, Dec. 15, and Saturday Dec. 17. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers from the West River Mission of Putney, with churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton, and Saxtons River. The thrift shop is also accepting cans and non-perishable packages of food to be donated to area food shelves.

WOOL Radio presents silent auction on Dec. 16

BELLOWS FALLS - Community radio station WOOL will present a silent auction fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 16, from 4-8 p.m. at the station's headquarters on 33 Bridge St. Admission is free.

The event is part of Bellows Falls Third Friday (BF3F) art walk in Bellows Falls. Refreshments will be served. Bidding starts at 4 p.m. and auction winners will be announced at 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit community radio station.

Contact [email protected] for information or to donate items.

Concert benefits 'Find Marble' efforts

BRATTLEBORO - A “Find Marble” benefit concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 344, 1 Prospect St., Hatfield, Mass.

There will be food, fun, dancing and raffles all night. All proceeds will go to the family of Marble Arvidson, who has been missing since Aug. 27.

Tickets are $20, and they may be purchased from Louise or Scott at Brattleboro Pharmacy on Canal Street. Call 802-254-7777 for more information.

Library seeks candidates for trustees

BRATTLEBORO - Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees invite applications to fill two seats. Those wishing to be considered must be residents of Brattleboro.

Applicants will be interviewed by the board, and the successful candidates' names will be nominated at the March 2012 Brattleboro Town Meeting. If elected, the trustees will serve a three-year term. A maximum of three, three-year terms may be served.

Candidates for this position should have an interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library for Brattleboro.

The nine trustees meet at the library from 4:45 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. Members will serve on one or more committees that convene as needed.

Visit the website for more information on the library, as well as library history, the most recent Five Year Plan, the Technology Plan, and various library statistics.

Applicants should send a letter or email, describing their interest in serving on the board no later than Tuesday, Jan. 3. Interviews will be arranged that week.

Harmony Lot parking enforcement resumes

BRATTLEBORO - Effective Dec. 12, the northernmost parking area parking enforcement efforts will resume in the Harmony Parking Lot, immediately behind the Midtown Mall.

Operators parking their vehicles in this area are reminded to use the pay-and-display machines in the center of the lot. Enforcement hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

National Homeless Day to be observed on Dec. 21

BRATTLEBORO - A ceremony in honor of National Homeless Day will take place at Pliny Park, at the corner of Main and High streets, Wednesday, Dec. 21, “to recognize homeless everywhere and, the folks that work tirelessly, on their behalf,” organizers write.

At 4:30 p.m., participants will walk towards the First Baptist Church, where members of the Guilford Community Church will lead a mixed-denominational sing fest.

Many members of the community who work and help in the many projects aimed at relieving homelessness will be on hand.

The event is spearheaded by Melinda Bussino of the Brattleboro Drop-in Center and Lisa Sparrow, pastor of the Guilford Community Church.

Marlboro Historical Society calendars now on sale

MARLBORO - The Marlboro Historical Society's 2012 Calendars are now on sale at the Marlboro Town Office, Sweetie's Store on Route 9, the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop, and at Vermont Artisans in Brattleboro.

The 2012 calendars show an assortment of photographs depicting numerous different time periods in Marlboro's history. The calendar is created by photographer and local historian Forrest Holzapfel. Calendars can also be purchased by mail. Contact Holzapfel at 802-258-2568 for more information.

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