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Spaces available in Community Garden

BRATTLEBORO - The Recreation and Parks Department will take reservations for the Stockwell Drive Community Garden Site from April 13-20, when returning gardeners can register. On Monday, April 23, registration will begin for new gardeners.

The site offers 20 garden plots for $25. Each is 100 square feet.

Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a plot, stop by the Recreation and Parks Office at 207 Main St. weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 802-254-5808.

Housing Trust leader to speak at Putney Jobs Breakfast

PUTNEY - Connie Snow, founding member and executive director of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (formerly the Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust), will speak about a new housing assessment of the area along with the implications and the possibilities it presents.

Snow will speak at the Putney Jobs Breakfast on Thursday, April 12, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Putney Inn.

The Putney Jobs Breakfast Series, supported by Transition Putney and the Putney Inn, explores the many sides of Putney's economy; breakfasts are held on the second Thursday of each month. All are welcome to attend; no reservations are necessary.

The cost of breakfast is by donation.

For more information, contact Kirsten Jeppesen at [email protected].

Monthly community supper served in Athens

ATHENS - The monthly Athens Community Supper will be served on Friday, April 13, at 6 p.m., in the basement of the Athens Community Church.

An Italian menu is planned, along with a dessert table.

Sponsored by Grafton Cares, the meal is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, contact Dennis and Karen Hunt at 802-869-2674.

Broad Brook Grange to hold 'Tax Day' brunch

GUILFORD - Broad Brook Grange will present its first brunch of the year on Sunday, April 15, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.

“The event celebrates many happy returns, which the Grangers hope everyone will have filed by then,” event organizers write.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order. Also on the menu are pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.

Other treats include home-baked muffins, coffee cakes, pies, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting. A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas, and milk.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids younger than 2 get in free.

This event launches the 16th year of Grange brunches, and Sunday's brunch is an added fundraiser this year to support operation of the community building.

Other brunches will be held on Mother's Day, Father's Day and during foliage season.

Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.

For more information, call Don MacLean at 802-257-1961.

Medical services available for Putney residents

PUTNEY - Do you have a medical need? Putney's community nurse will visit you, free, for any non-emergency medical needs such as blood pressure checks, wound care, foot care, medication instruction, as well as many other concerns.

Call Putney Cares at 802-387-5593 or email [email protected] to schedule a free visit. This service is available to all Putney residents not eligible for home-based services from other organizations. It is sponsored by Putney Cares and Putney Family Services.

Sign up for Brooks Library trivia contest

BRATTLEBORO - There is still time to form a trivia team for the Brooks Memorial Library's third annual Say! What Do You Know Trivia Quiz. on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in the library's Main Room.

New categories this year include Name that Tune, Art in the Library, Olympic Sports, Geography/History; Environment, and Literary Quotes/Mis-quotes.

The quiz will consist of five rounds of five questions each, plus a special intermission round.

Prizes and refreshments will be available.

The event will raise funds to benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, whose mission is to help support services and programs at the library.

To register (by April 15), pick up a form in the library or downloaded from Cost is $100 per team of up to 6 individuals.

Townshend Common Farmers' Market prepares for fifth season

TOWNSHEND - Are you an area farmer interested in bringing local vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheese, syrup, honey, or any other local food to market in the West River Valley? Do you create food items using raw materials sourced from local farmers?

The Townshend Common Farmers' Market is accepting applications for the 2012 market season.

The market takes place Thursday afternoons on the Townshend Common from 3:30 to 6:30, beginning June 7.

This market serves West River Valley residents and the many visitors traveling up and down the valley. Its mission is to support area farmers, increase access to local food and support a sustainable local economy. The market accepts EBT cards and Farm to Family Coupons. On rainy days, the market moves inside the Townshend Community Church on the Common.

The Townshend Common Farmers' Market is sponsored by Post Oil Solutions (POS), which also sponsors the Winter Farmers' Market in Brattleboro.

Call market manager Sherry Maher at 802-869-2141 for more information or send an email to [email protected].

Foxy Fund helps local animals, elders

SPRINGFIELD - Senior Solutions created the Foxy Fund three years ago in response to a memorial donation from a generous client. The fund reimburses unexpected critical expenses for companion animals of elders, such as a veterinarian visit or short-term medication, in Windham and Windsor counties.

The Foxy Fund, seriously depleted due to many requests, seeks contributions to provide for the care of companion animals who are so important in the lives of seniors.

Make checks payable to Senior Solutions, with Foxy Fund in the memo line, and mail to: Senior Solutions, 56 Main St, Suite 202, Springfield, VT 05156.

To discuss bequests, call Joyce Lemire at 802-885-2655.

Moore Free Library offers scholarships

NEWFANE - Generously funded by the family of the late Robert L. Crowell, the Moore Free Library is again offering $12,000 in scholarships to students living in Newfane and Brookline who will enter their first year of college this fall.

Applications will be judged by a scholarship committee, whose members will consider academics, contributions to the community, and financial need.

The number of scholarships awarded and the award amounts will be determined by the applications received.

Applications should include a brief autobiography (including plans for continued study and the name of the school to which the applicant has been accepted), high-school transcript, and a letter of reference.

Completed applications should be submitted by May 2 to Board of Trustees, Moore Free Library, P.O. Box 208, Newfane, VT 05345.

Pettee Library offers downloadable audio books

WILMINGTON - The Pettee Memorial Library now offers free downloadable audio books to its card holders through Recorded Books OneClickDigital. This program provides access to downloadable audio books for adults, children, and young adults in a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles.

There are 3,400 titles (2,500 adult titles, 900 for youth) available, with no holds or waiting lists required. Recorded Books will add 30 adult and seven youth new titles each month. All titles are iPod compatible. If you don't own an iPod or MP3 player, the library has five available to check out.

Library members may download these audio books at the library or in their own homes from the library's website ( Look for the “Recorded Books” link under the “Online Resources” tab.

Tutorials on using this new service are available online, or contact librarian Amity Aldridge DeAngelis at 802-464-8557 for assistance.

Rescue Inc. raffles 2012 Subaru to support equipment purchases

BRATTLEBORO - Rescue Inc. is raising funds by raffling a 2012 Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback.

Tickets for the car, donated by Brattleboro Subaru, are $50 each, or three for $100. A maximum of 1,500 tickets will be sold, and the drawing will be held on the evening of July 4, at Living Memorial Park, just before the Brattleboro fireworks.

Rescue Inc., an independent, not-for-profit organization serving 15 towns, is always looking to improve its services and equipment and hopes to use proceeds for new pediatric equipment bags, new state-of-the-art monitor-defibrillators, and tablet computers.

Raffle tickets are being sold by Rescue staff and board members and will be available at other community events and retail locations.

Tickets will also be available during normal office hours at Rescue's headquarters at 541 Canal St., Brattleboro, adjacent to Exit 1, and may be purchased on the phone or online at

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