Around the Towns

Explore old cellar holes in Grafton

GRAFTON - On Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., longtime resident Richard Warren will lead a walk to some intriguing ruins from the small settlement of Old Grafton. Cellar holes are excavated pits that retain the foundation stones of their previous structures. A favorite key to the cultural history of an area, they also reveal a lot about the people who made them and used them in their daily lives.

A good explanation of them and other cultural and historic resources may be found in a 49-page booklet by Robert Sanford and Don and Nina Huffer, Stonewalls & Cellarholes: A Guide for Landowners on Historic Features and Landscapes in Vermont's Forests and is published by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

Participants on this free Pinnacle Association program are encouraged to wear waterproof shoes and bring along a camera and water. They should meet at the parking lot opposite The Nature Museum, 176 Townshend Rd., in Grafton, to carpool. Register for the program by calling Beverly Major at 802-387-5737.

For more information about other Pinnacle Association programs, visit

Barn dance, potluck planned in Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER- Main Street Arts is hosting a barn dance and potluck supper on Saturday, June 4, at 27 Pleasant St., beginning at 6 p.m.

The barn dance, featuring the Main Street Arts String Band, with Andy Toepfer as caller, gets underway at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. Additional lawn chairs will be appreciated.

The event is free, with donations to Main Street Arts appreciated.

Further information is available by calling MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing [email protected], on Facebook or visit

Vernon Historical Museum opens for season on June 5

VERNON - The Vernon Historical Museum, located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Rd., will open for the season on Sunday, June 5.

The museum is open each year from June through September on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and also by appointment.

The Vernon Historians will hold a pie sale again this year on the museum's opening day to raise funds for the work of their organization. The Historians are requesting donations of pies of any variety from members and non-member friends of the organization.

Pies may be dropped off at the Museum on the day of the sale (June 5), beginning at 1:30 p.m., or donors may call Peg Frost (802-254-2263) or Nancy Gassett (802-257-4675) to make other arrangements.

Memorial planting service to be held June 5

BRATTLEBORO - The 18th annual Memorial Planting Service, sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice, will be Sunday June 5, at 4 p.m., at the Brattleboro Area Hospice Memorial Garden at Living Memorial Park on Guilford Street.

Please join us as we gather to plant flowers, write and draw memorial messages on stones, and listen to beautiful music, all to honor and remember loved ones who have died. Flowers for planting and stones and materials for decorating them are provided. Names of those who have died in the past year will be read.

Everyone is invited, so encourage family members and friends to come with you. This service can be an especially meaningful experience for children.

The service lasts less than an hour. A few chairs will be available for those who need them, otherwise, bring your own or a blanket to sit on if you want to sit. Afterwards, there will be light refreshments.

The service will be held even if there's light rain. If it's raining heavily, the event will be postponed until Tuesday, June 7, 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 5 at 802-257-0775 and press “4” for a special message. For all other questions about the service, or to request that a name be read, call Connie Baxter at 802-257-0775, ext. 104.

Windham County Retired Teachers to meet

BRATTLEBORO - The Windham County Retired Teachers Association will hold a meeting on Monday, June 6, at noon, at the Senior Center in the basement of the Gibson-Aiken Center on Main Street.

The cost of the meal - ravioli - will be $3.50. For any additional information or reservations, call Mary Laitres 802-257-0752. Elliott and Pam Greenblott will give a presentation of their recent trip to South Africa.

Flood mitigation talk presented in Putney

PUTNEY - Staff of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will speak on “Understanding Rivers and Streams” and describe the state's new approach to flood mitigation on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Putney Fire House.

If you live in a house on a bluff with a stream far below, why worry about flooding? If you straighten out a curve in a stream so flood waters pass by quickly, what will happen to your neighbor's land downstream?

John Broker-Campbell, Flood Plain Manager, and Marie Caduto, Watershed Coordinator, from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Department of Environmental Conservation, will help people set up “Stream Table” experiments beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Stream Table is an interactive model of a flowing river that simulates the dynamic processes of moving water and sediment.

At 7 p.m., they will give a formal presentation describing the state's new approach to mitigating flood hazards. The new state approach grew out of Vermont's experience with Tropical Storm Irene, and focuses on maintaining river and stream stability within natural corridors.

The Putney Conservation Commission is sponsoring the talk and will serve light refreshments.

Senior lunch served in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. - The monthly Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 12:30 p.m., in the Chesterfield Town Hall.

A chicken salad dinner will be served. The HCS nurse is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take blood pressures. For reservations, call Joanne at 603-363-8348. The suggested donation is $5.

'Guest Chef' picnic planned for Senior Meals patrons

Brattleboro Senior Meals will be holding a special ”Guest Chef” Picnic on Tuesday, June 14, at noon, at the Living Memorial Park Senior Area.

Their featured chef this month is John Julian from Top of the Hill Grill. The menu will be barbecue chicken, cornbread, cole slaw, baked beans, and watermelon. Entertainment and outdoor games will be provided.

The suggested donation for all seniors is $5. The cost for those under 60 years of age is $12.00. Reservations for this event will be taken in person or on the kiosk at the Senior Center or by phone until Friday, June 10, at 1 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 802-257-1236.

Proceeds from this meal will go to support the senior meals programs. If it rains, the event will take place at the Rotary Shelter at Living Memorial Park.

Brooks Library's Summer Food Program needs volunteers

BRATTLEBORO - Help the Brooks Memorial Library with its Summer Food Service Program. Volunteers will help set-up, serve, and clean-up lunch areas each day. The library will serve lunch Monday through Friday, and would need help from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, for more information.

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