Around the Towns

State office move to Main Street building re-scheduled

BRATTLEBORO - The state offices currently located on Linden Street will be moving back to their permanent home at 232 Main St. over Labor Day weekend. The offices on Linden Street will be closed at that time.

Transport of equipment will begin on Friday, Aug. 30, and will happen over the course of the weekend.

Offices located in the building include: the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Department of Health, the Department for Children and Families Economic Services and Family Services Divisions. the Agency of Human Services Field Services Division, and the Department of Vermont Health Access Chronic Care initiative.

Although most offices will remain open during normal business hours, people should expect limited services from these departments between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3 due to limited access to computer networks, phones and equipment.

All state offices are closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

The Vermont Department of Labor will be closed Sept. 3. Phone numbers for state offices and employees will not change.

BMH Lobby Cafe opens Aug. 26

BRATTLEBORO - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced it will open its new Lobby Café in the newly renovated Main Entrance on Monday, Aug. 26.

The Lobby Café replaces the coffee shop that was part of the old Main Entrance. It will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., serving breakfast items, soups, express salads, made-to-order sandwiches, specialty paninis, and various snacks. Green Mountain Coffee and Mocha Joe's coffee products will also be available.

The café will also have a gift area with greeting cards, flowers and stuffed animals for purchase.

The Lobby Café will offer vegetarian and gluten free options and is open to the public. BMH is a proud supporter of the Vermont Fresh Network and Windham Farm and Food Network.

Windham County Sheriff's Dept. plans DUI checkpoint

NEWFANE - The Windham County Sheriff's Department would like to announce that it will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in Windham County in the coming weeks.

The checkpoint is targeted at removing drivers from the public highways who are impaired by alcohol or other substances.

This checkpoint is being held in collaboration with the NHTSA, Vermont Governors Highway Safety Program and area law enforcement agencies. The Windham County Sheriff's Department would like to remind everyone to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

Transition Putney holds Reskilling Workshop for declining memory

PUTNEY - On Sunday, Aug. 18, Transition Putney will host a workshop on Reskilling Techniques for declining memory.

Join Mimi Yahn in a lively and fun workshop to learn and share various techniques and strategies to help us as we age gracefully but sometimes forgetfully. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the Putney Firehouse, and is free and open to all.

Transition Putney, started in 2010, is part of the global Transition Town movement whose purpose is to address the triple challenges of oil depletion, climate change, and economic instability in a way that builds strong, vibrant, resilient, localized, and connected communities. For more information, visit

West B Quaker worship group to lead discussion on the value of listening

WEST BRATTLEBORO - Michael Wajda from Friends General Conference and his wife, Alison Levie, will lead a discussion after Meeting for Worship on “The Value of Listening in Worship and in Life” on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Listening is central to Quaker spirituality. There is a deep down listening in silence that changes us over time. To quote from an old Quaker classic, A Guide to True Peace, “In the depths of our being we shall find an inner sanctuary where there is true peace, where all desire for selfish exercise of power is overcome by unselfish love, where the Divine Presence is known by a direct immediate glance of the soul.”

Wajda and Levie, both longtime traveling Quaker workshop leaders and speakers, will help participants explore the role of listening in one's life, regardless of the faith community, if any, to which they belong.

West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group meets at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center, 151 Greenleaf St. Directions available at Meeting for Worship is at 10 a.m. Discussion begins at 11:15 a.m.

High Meadows Farm serves up 'Garlic Dinner'

WESTMINSTER WEST - On Sunday, Aug. 18, guests will gather under drying garlic bulbs, onions and herbs suspended from the rafters in the beautiful 160-year-old barn at High Meadows Farm for the second annual “Garlic Dinner.”

The dinner, hosted by High Meadows Farm and The Gleanery, will feature entrees (local beef and chicken) prepared with the farm's famed garlic. The farm's herbs, onions, potatoes, greens and raspberries will round out the dinner prepared by Ismail Samad, owner/chef of The Gleanery in Putney.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at The Gleanery or from High Meadows Farm at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market. For more information, call Howard Prussack at 802-387-6050.

Speaking of Body Language: Toastmasters meeting Aug. 22

BRATTLEBORO - No matter your degree of comfort and experience in public speaking, you can always benefit from more experience in a supportive community of folks who are striving to improve their speaking, evaluation, and leadership skills. BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro-based chapter of Toastmasters International, meets Thursday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, second floor, 28 Vernon St.

The theme of this meeting is “Speaking of Body Language,” focusing on the skillful use of one's posture, gestures, and use of space to supercharge your stage presence, give your message extra energy and purpose, and build credibility with audiences. The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the same time and location.

Guests are welcome and refreshments are provided. There is no pressure to speak, and members are working at their own pace and with assigned mentors to help them meet their speaking and leadership goals.

For more information, visit

Book sale to benefit Grafton Public Library

GRAFTON - Nearly new and gently used books will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library green in historic Grafton on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Come find great deals on books recently published as well as older gems for the book collector. They also have audio-visual materials including LPs.

The daylong sale is extremely important for the finances of the town library, as well as an opportunity for friends and visitors to stroll around the village and buy exquisite baked goods from the Grafton Historical Society's annual bake sale.

Bags and boxes will be available for carrying home your finds. Prices, with a few exceptions, are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for videos and CDs.

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