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Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce seeks board members

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding its board of directors. They are looking for dedicated individuals from the business community in the greater Brattleboro area to work with current board members and the Chamber's executive director to steer and steward this organization.

Founded in 1906 and with some 500 members, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce is Windham County's leading business and community organization. Representing businesses from all sectors, including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, services, and nonprofits, the Chamber's mission is to promote and enhance a thriving business community.

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and a résumé or CV to Chamber Executive Director Kate O'Connor at [email protected] or at 180 Main St., Brattleboro VT, 05301.

Hospice to host annual Memorial Planting Service

BRATTLEBORO - The 17th annual Memorial Planting Service, sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice, is Sunday, June 8, at 4 p.m. at the Brattleboro Area Hospice Memorial Garden at Living Memorial Park on Guilford Street.

The gathering will plant flowers, paint memorial messages on stones to be placed in the garden, and listen to beautiful music, all to honor and remember loved ones who have died. Everyone is invited.

Dress for the weather. A few chairs will be available, so bring your own or a blanket to be safe. Light refreshments follow. The service will be held even in light rain. Heavy rain would see the event postponed to Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. If in doubt about whether the service is taking place because of rain, call the Hospice office starting at 2 p.m. on June 8 at 802-257-0775 and press 4.

Main Street Arts to host art, antiques, artifacts sale

BELLOWS FALLS - Main Street Arts of Saxtons River is calling everyone with the spring cleaning bug to donate those mountains of stuff they weed out from the attic, basement, and garage to its Art, Antiques, and Artifacts Sale on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The parking lot at Greater Falls Pharmacy, at 78 Atkinson St., will be cleared to make way for the sale. Besides the MSA tables, there will be spaces available to rent for those who want to do their own thing. Participants signed up include Sharon Boccelli & Company and the Windham Antiques Center.

Donated items can be dropped off at Christ's Church on Main Street in Saxtons River (rear basement door off the River Street parking lot) Wednesday through Friday, June 4 to 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., or by appointment by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or [email protected].

The sale will be held rain or shine and will benefit the programs of the Main Street Arts, a community arts center serving southern Vermont and New Hampshire for 25 years.

'Brattleboro Goes Fourth' on Facebook

BRATTLEBORO - The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee is planning the town's 41st annual Independence Day celebration, set for Friday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and an afternoon and evening program of free activities, concerts and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

But first, its all-volunteer effort must raise money to pay for local bands, pyrotechnics, and appropriate liability insurance and security.

With the coming closure of Vermont Yankee, organizers say they're losing their sole longtime fireworks sponsor. As a result, they're collecting money from spectators at the evening show (“Pay As You Throw” meets “Pay So We Glow”) in hopes the community will allow the event to continue.

In addition, they invite area individuals, businesses, and organizations to offer donations at their annual WTSA radiothon on Friday, June 13 at the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. (People can give in advance by mailing to “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth,” P.O. Box 1112, Brattleboro, VT 05302.)

Look for updates at Brattleboro Goes Fourth on Facebook.

Friends of the Moore Free Library to host community tag sale

NEWFANE - The Friends of the Moore Free Library are reserving spaces for the Community Tag Sale to be held on the Newfane Common on Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces cost $20 each. Sellers must provide their own tables. The sale will be held rain or shine, with no refunds given.

To reserve a space, contact Julie at 802-365-7278 or [email protected], or pick up a reservation form at the library on 23 West St., which is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Friends of the Library raise funds to help support the functions and activities of the library, a private institution that serves as a public library, but without benefit of federal, state, or town money.

Summertime sings for women

BRATTLEBORO - Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, voice teacher and singer, and Becky Graber, founder and director of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, are collaborating this summer to offer Wednesday evening sings for local women.

Gathered singers will learn at least one piece using written music and at least one piece by rote and by ear; then the ensemble will work on tone, blend, and voice production, leading to a final sing of all learned pieces at the end of each evening.

The Summertime Sings will be held on Wednesdays, June 18, July 18, and Aug. 6 and 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the All Souls Church in West Brattleboro. Pre-registration is advised and cheaper; each session is $10 prepaid, $15 at the door. The full series, prepaid, is $40. The deadline to register is a week before each session. They need a minimum of five registered singers on a part to hold the evening sing.

For a registration form, or more details, contact Graber at [email protected] or 802-254-8994.

Farmers' market opens in Whitingham

WHITINGHAM - The Whitingham Economic Development Group is initiating a new Farmers' Market to be held in the Municipal Center parking lot in Jacksonville on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. from June 20 through Oct. 10.

The time and location of the Whitingham Farmers' Market takes advantage of the many visitors and second-home owners driving north on Route 100 and Route 112 every Friday. Organizers are in the process of contacting growers, specialty food producers, and craftspeople to sell homemade, homegrown, and handcrafted products at the market.

For more information and/or to request a vendor application, call market manager Kristine Sweeter at 802-368-7506.

Putney Family Services plans 25th anniversary gala

PUTNEY - Putney Family Services is planning a gala to celebrate its 25th anniversary and honor two retiring members of its board.

The public is invited to join current and former board members for light refreshments at the Gleanery in Putney on June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gala honors Thomas Ehrenberg and Jacqueline Lichtenberg, founding members of the Putney Family Services board. Both are retiring after 25 years of continuous service on the board.

Putney Family Services, founded in 1989, has sponsored the Putney Walk-In Clinic and an after-school program for students at Putney Central School, among other initiatives. The organization plans to expand its referral services and is gearing up for a new program, “Welcome Putney Baby."

Westminster Cares hosts annual garden tour

WESTMINSTER - Everyone is invited to Westminster Cares' 13th annual Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. The tour will again feature the gardens of Mary and Gordon Hayward, nationally known garden designers, writers, and lecturers.

You'll be able to visit three other noteworthy Westminster gardens on the tour as well: the gardens of Lucy and Jim Matteau, Caitlyn and Peter Adair, and Barbara Sherrod and Mark Steinhardt.

The tour runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lunch and refreshments are available at the Hayward garden. You will be able to buy tickets to a raffle to benefit Westminster Cares, with many prizes offered.

Admission for one (or both days) is $15; two for $25. Discounted tickets can be purchased online: one for $13, two for $22. (The Garden Tour is rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable). For updates visit or call 802-722-3607.

Proceeds from the tour support the services and programs of Westminster Cares, a volunteer organization whose mission is to create opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live in the community with independence and dignity.

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