Around the Towns

Free rides on the BeeLine this Friday

BRATTLEBORO - The town bus service, the BeeLine, will be running fare-free on Friday, May 18, in support of the “Way To Go” commuter challenge.

For more information, contact The Current (formerly Connecticut River Transit) at 802-460-7433.

Saturday is Kids' Day at Farmers' Market

BRATTLEBORO - Saturday, May 19 is Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market. Kids can come sell things they make themselves from scratch.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and hosts music by Mike Cressey from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 50 vendors offer high quality goods they make themselves. For more information, call 802-254-8885 or

Guilford Historical Society presents Plant & Bake Sale

GUILFORD - The Guilford Historical Society will hold a Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will take place in the Algiers section of Guilford at Richmond's Garage at the corner of Route 5 (the Coolidge Highway) and Guilford Center Road, one mile south of Exit 1 of Interstate 91 and across from the Guilford Country Store.

The sale will feature plants - all reasonably priced and locally raised - and a variety of baked goods from some of the best cooks in the Guilford area. Pies, cookies, and other delicacies will be offered.

The sale will benefit the society's work in maintaining the 1822 Guilford Historical Museum, the 1837 Guilford Center Meeting House, and the 1797 Brick One Room School House. The society also offers programs to the public on issues related to the town's history.

Persons willing to donate plants are asked to pot them in advance of the sale and then to bring them to Richmond's Garage between 8-9 a.m. on sale day. Baked goods should also be brought at that time. If donors of plants or baked goods have questions, they may call Mary Sargent at 257-0004 or Shirley Squires at 802-254-2468.

Workshop shows how to design gardens to attract hummingbirds, butterflies

DUMMERSTON - On Saturday, May 19, from 10-11 a.m., garden designer Michaela Harlow will give an hour-long talk at Walker Farm on Route 5 on horticultural information and design tips for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

She will also share information on how to provide safe habitat and natural food for these beautiful and important pollinators. This presentation is free. Reservation are requested. Call 802-254-2051. This presentation is sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission and Walker Farm.

'Scoop the Loop' benefits Our Place

BELLOWS FALLS - The Golden Sneaker award will be the goal for walkers who like to “Scoop the Loop” in Bellows Falls in the third annual event to benefit the food pantry of Our Place Drop-in Center.

Individuals and groups will step off Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in an easy two-mile walk around the village in a time-honored local tradition known as “scooping the loop.” Teams from local exercise gyms and businesses will compete to have the largest number of participants, earning themselves the Golden Sneaker for first place and the Silver Sneaker for second.

Our Place Drop-in Center is organizing the event in an effort to fill its food shelves while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to Our Place at 4 Island St. at 10 a.m. before taking a walk around the village on designated routes. Maps will be provided.

Our Place will be offering refreshments to returning walkers, plus a token of appreciation for each participant. Prizes will be given, including for most members of one family, most employees of the same company, most people from the same gym, oldest walker, youngest walker, and most interesting attire.

There is no charge for participating. Rain date for the event is Sunday, May 20. Further information is available by calling Our Place at 802-463-2217 or visiting its Facebook page.

Prouty Center hosts annual Taste of the Town

BRATTLEBORO - The Windham Prouty Center will present its 23rd annual benefit and auction, A Taste of the Town, on Saturday, May 19, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the International Center at World Learning in Brattleboro.

The Taste features delectable food, stunning floral arrangements, and unique products, arts and services from local and regional businesses. Tickets are $40 per person.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Ann Linge at 802-257-7852, ext. 10 or [email protected]. If ordering tickets, please include your name, daytime contact information, and number of tickets desired in your message.

Event seeks to spread cheer to troops overseas

BRATTLEBORO - Local author Jessica Bills, who writes the feature “Our Patriotic Duty” for the Brattleboro Reformer, is teaming up with the local chapter of Yellow Ribbon and WKVT to honor those who serve overseas.

On Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Garden, 153 Main St., community members of all ages are invited to stop by to send along their kindest thoughts and best wishes to the troops.

Copies of Bills' book for children, Sad, Angry and Blue, which was written to support military children when a parent deploys, will be available at the event. Yellow Ribbon, a nonprofit organization that sends packages filled with homemade baked goods, toiletries, and entertainment in the form of books and playing cards, will also be there.

Green Mountain Camp to hold open house

DUMMERSTON - Green Mountain Camp for Girls hosts an open house on Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. Parents and campers are invited to tour the camp, meet new camp program director Billie Ognenoff, connect with other campers, and enjoy some refreshments.

Founded in 1917, Green Mountain Camp provides girls with an opportunity to strengthen their skills as self-reliant, creative and strong individuals. This year's program runs from June 25 through Aug. 3. Daily activities include crafts, swimming, games, singing, baking, and theater.

Day camp is open to 6-12 year olds, classic overnight camp is for ages 8-12 and “Try Me Camp” for ages 6-12. “Try Me” is for campers who want to try overnights, as girls have the flexibility to switch from day to overnight camp at any point during the week. For more information and directions, visit or call 802-257-1751.

Broadband meeting to be held in Putney

PUTNEY - The Vermont Telecommunications Authority will hold a broadband target community meeting on Monday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m., at the Putney Firehouse on Route 5.

Residents from Brookline, Dummerston, Newfane, Putney, Rockingham, Townshend, and Westminster are invited to come learn about the list of unserved locations and plans to extend broadband Internet to these locations by the end of 2013.

GFPC offers free parenting workshop in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS - The Greater Falls Prevention Coalition (GFPC) is once again offering the “Guiding Good Choices” parenting series in Bellows Falls.

Registration is currently open and classes will begin once a minimum number of parents have registered. This free, five-week series led by GFPC's Parent Outreach Coordinator provides support and skill-building for parents of kids ages 8-13.

The class focuses on setting boundaries, monitoring, communication, and dealing with conflict. Child care and light food are available. To register, contact Deb Witkus at 802-463-9927, ext. 212 or [email protected].

Windham Internal Medicine to merge with Brattleboro Internal Medicine

BRATTLEBORO - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Windham Internal Medicine and Brattleboro Internal Medicine are merging into a single practice, which will be known as Brattleboro Internal Medicine.

Starting July 15, Richard Burtis, MD and Roxanne Karter, ARNP will begin seeing patients in the Brattleboro Internal Medicine offices on the second floor of the Gannett Building.

BMH Vice President of Physician and Business Services Prudence MacKinney says Windham Internal Medicine's Richard Orlan, MD, has accepted a position as medical director of the Brattleboro VA Community-Base Outpatient Care Clinic. He will maintain his staff privileges at BMH and continue to be an active participant in the medical community, she adds.

Both Windham Internal Medicine and Brattleboro Internal Medicine are part of BMH Physician Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care providers utilizing a centralized practice management system for patient scheduling, registration and billing. Offices are located in Brattleboro, Putney, and Bellows Falls.

Planning begins for Newfane Community Yard Sale

NEWFANE - It's time to start planning for the annual Newfane Community Yard Sale. This is the 10th year the event will be held, and it is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, dozens of individuals, families and community groups gather on the Newfane Common and throughout the village of Newfane to sell their treasures, and hundreds of people come shopping. The fee is $10 for a 12' by 12' space; contact Marilyn at 802-365-7916 for more information or to reserve your space.

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