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Seat belt enforcement checkpoints planned

NEWFANE - The Windham County Sheriff''s Department has announced that it will be hosting multiple seatbelt checkpoints in Windham County in the coming weeks.

The checkpoints are targeted at increasing occupant protection and the usage of seat belts by all people in a vehicle, and are being held as part of the Click It or Ticket Task Force initiative in collaboration with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program and area law enforcement agencies.

Upper Dummerston Road closed for bridge work

BRATTLEBORO - Upper Dummerston Road will be closed to through traffic on Friday, May 16, and Monday, May 19. The road will be open during the weekend, however.

The closure will be for daytime hours only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the complex and evolving nature of the ongoing Interstate 91 bridge project, schedule changes are necessary from time to time. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

Discounted season passes available for Living Memorial Park pool

BRATTLEBORO - The Living Memorial Park Swimming Pool will open for the season on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m., for general swim. Season passes will be on sale starting this week at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Anyone purchasing a pass between now and Thursday, June 19 will receive a 10 percent discount. After June 19, passes will be available at the swimming pool.

Regular rates for Brattleboro residents are $25 students, $35 adults, $65 families, and $10 toddlers. The regular rates for non-residents are $40 students, $50 adults, $90 families, and $20 toddlers.

For more information, contact the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808 or visit

Brattleboro gets a new Lions Club

BRATTLEBORO -- A new Lions club has been established in Brattleboro. Charter night of the Brattleboro Area Lions Club will be celebrated by the approximately 25 new members and 130 invited guests on May 16, starting at 6 p.m., at the Austine School.

During the ceremonies, Lions District Governor Tommy Walz will present members of the new club with their official charter. Members of other area Lions Clubs, including the club that sponsored the formation of the Brattleboro Area Lions Club, will also be on hand to congratulate the members of the new club.

Lions club members work together to identify needs in their community and address those needs. The new Lions Club will conduct fundraising events to support programs for deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, and sight-impaired individuals. There are plans to get involved with other charitable organizations and fundraising projects.

The Brattleboro Area Lions Club will meet on the first and third Mondays of every month at 6:30 p.m.. at the Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, to get involved, or to make a donation, contact Jim Zoller at 802-579-6899 or [email protected].

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with more than 1.3 million members. For more information, visit

Senior meal in Halifax

HALIFAX - The monthly Senior Meal will be served Friday, May 16, at noon, at the Halifax Community Hall.

On the menu: meatballs, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, and dessert. All seniors are welcome. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. For reservations, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

Guilford Historical Society hosts plant and bake sale

BRATTLEBORO - The Guilford Historical Society will hold its annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 17 , from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; rain or shine. The sale will take place in the Algiers section of Guilford at Richmond's Garage at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road, opposite the Guilford Country Store.

The sale will feature plants that are all moderately priced and that have been locally raised, as well as a variety of baked goods from some of the finest 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 their plants to the sale are asked to pot them in advance of the sale and then to bring them to Richmond's Garage between 8 and 9 a.m. on sale day, May 17. Baked goods should also be brought at that time. If donors of plants or baked goods have questions, they may call Mary Sargent at 802-257-0004 or Shirley Squires at 802-254-2468.

Sportsmen Inc. presents annual Kids Day

GUILFORD - Sportsmen Inc., your local hunting, fishing, and shooting club, will hold its annual Kids Day at the club at 2081 Creamery Rd. on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This event is free to all area children. The trout pond will be stocked with hungry fish. Bring your own fish pole and worms. There will be trap shooting, .22 caliber small bore shooting, and BB gun shooting, all set up with coaches and equipment (do not bring any firearms). The archery line will be set up with bow and arrows.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and chips will be served free at lunchtime. For information, call 802-254-1580.

KidsPLAYce hosts community visioning meeting

BRATTLEBORO - All are invited to add their voice to the future of KidsPLAYce at a community visioning meeting on Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at The Neighborhood Schoolhouse.

Two of the topics for discussion are moving KidsPLAYce from its current home on Elliot Streer to a new location in the next few years, and transitioning the KidsPLAYce board as it welcomes new members and new directions.

This meeting has been organized by a group of committed parents and community members who love KidsPLAYce and recognize its critical importance in the community. They say the ongoing changes present an opportunity to think creatively, plan for the future, and make KidsPLAYce into what the community wants it to be.

Child-care and a light breakfast will be provided. If you will need child-care to attend, call Esther Rhoades at 860-966-9754. If you can't make it to the meeting, but have ideas or want to be involved in the visioning process, contact Rhoades at [email protected] with questions or comments.

Green Mountain Camp hosts open house

WEST DUMMERSTON - If you've ever wondered what Green Mountain Camp for Girls is all about, Or if you just miss the place and want to see it again, visit their open house on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

GMC is celebrating 97 years of making memories and the weeks are filling up fast. There will be fun art activities, music, snacks, and tours of the camp - all for free. Come meet some of the staff that will be there this summer.

There will also be a special gift for those who sign up and pay for camp at the Open House. Check out for more information about the camp sessions and scholarship information, or call 802-257-1751.

Townshend Dam Road to close for electrical repairs

TOWNSHEND - Townshend Dam Road will be closed for electric pole and transformer replacement by Green Mountain Power on Monday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 21. State Forest Road should be used as a detour for residents and visitors.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the dam's recreation area at Townshend Lake may be accessed by State Forest Road.

Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library host annual meeting, Hitchcock lecture

BRATTLEBORO - The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host their annual meeting and a special program about filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m., in the library. The annual meeting will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m., to honor eight of the founders who in 1991 established the Friends.

The public is invited to both free events.

After the short annual meeting, Vermont Humanities Council guest speaker Rich Winston, will give a talk, featuring film clips, on “Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense.” Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock's craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor. Hitchcock famously said, “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.”

Drawing on 12 film clips, starting with the 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock's brilliant career.

Winston was the co-owner of Montpelier's Savoy Theatre for 29 years, and has been the programming director for the Green Mountain Film Festival for the past 14 years. He has taught film history at Burlington College, CCV, Goddard College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For more information about the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, see or

BEAMS Summer Scholarship Fund established in honor of Ingrid Chrisco

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Enrichment Activities for Middle Schoolers (BEAMS) Afterschool program at Brattleboro Area Middle School has established a summer scholarship fund in honor of BAMS Principal Ingrid Chrisco's retirement.

Chrisco has worked tirelessly in the field of education for over 44 years. From the inception of the BEAMS Afterschool program, she has been a strong supporter. She cares about each student who has come through the door and she recognizes the role that summer programming plays in combating summer learning loss.

Over the years, Chrisco has supported both the growth of the Summer Learning academic programs that are hosted by the middle school and the engaging summer camps that the BEAMS afterschool program sponsors.

Donations may be sent to BEAMS Program, Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Rd., Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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