Around the Towns

Contractors to host guided walks across new I-91 bridge

BRATTLEBORO - The design-build team of PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. and Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. in conjunction with the town of Brattleboro, invites the public to participate in guided walks across the 1,036-foot, three-span segmental I-91 Brattleboro Bridge on the afternoon of Saturday, March 4.

During the walk, the community will have a chance to take pictures and ask questions about the bridge design and construction.

Visitors will be able to access the bridge by parking at the Brattleboro Union High School where school buses hired by the town of Brattleboro will be waiting to load passengers and depart for the bridge.

The buses will drop passengers off at the south approach of the new bridge where representatives from the design-build team will meet the groups for a guided walk to the north end. The shuttle buses will be waiting on the north end for pick up and return to the high school.

The first shuttle bus will depart from BUHS at 1 p.m., and the last at 4 p.m. Buses will depart at 10-15 minutes intervals and the round trip is expected to take approximately 1 hour.

Marlboro's Mudfling set for March 4

MARLBORO - The annual Marlboro Mudfling - an evening of all-you-can-eat desserts, a raffle, and live music - will take place Saturday, March 4, at Meeting House School, 534 South Rd., from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The Meeting House School is a preschool for 3- to 5-year-olds. Parents host the Mudfling fundraiser every mud season.

It's an adults-only evening, and for $10 at the door, folks can indulge in all the coffee, tea, and gourmet desserts they like while listening and dancing to live music by The Moondogs.

Whetstone CiderWorks will serve a cash bar, with all proceeds benefiting the preschool. There will be silent auction items and raffle packages ranging in value from $250 to $1,200. For more information, go to Marlboro Mudfling on Facebook or, to purchase tickets, visit or call Erika Korb at 802-251-0772.

Rabies clinic offered in Wardsboro

WARDSBORO - The Wardsboro Town Office will sponsor a pet vaccination clinic at the office of the Town Clerk in Wardsboro, on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Miles A. Powers of East Dover will vaccinate both cats and dogs.

This clinic is open to anyone. For the convenience of Wardsboro residents, the Town Clerk will be present to issue licenses. Fees will be $15 for rabies and $25 for a distemper-complex vaccine for either a dog or cat. The cost for both vaccines together is $35. Have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. For further information, call 802-348-7918.

Dummerston Community Center to host Pampered Chef fundraiser

WEST DUMMERSTON - Dummerston Community Center's annual Pampered Chef event will be held Saturday, March 4, from 12:55 to 2:55 p.m. at the Center, located at 150 West St., off Route 30.

Kim Martin will host the show, with new spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, and hands-on-cooking and tasting of spices, sauces, and rubs. There will be special drawings throughout the show. Proceeds will assist in operating expenses for the Community Center.

For more information, call Kim at 802-257-8602, Ann at 802-254-2415, or Jean at 802-254-9212.

Wardsboro Yoked Church is on the move

WEST WARDSBORO - The Wardsboro Yoked Parish will make its annual move to West Wardsboro to the Baptist Church on Cross Road beginning with the March 5 worship service. Services will take place there through Sunday, May 28.

Beginning Sunday, April 2, the Parish will offer childcare during Sunday worship services. An adult will be on hand to watch all youngsters during the worship service at the Baptist Church. A heated area will be set aside downstairs at the church and there will be toys, games, snacks, and activities for children. All are welcome.

Prouty Center to host annual Indoor Mini-Golf Classic

BRATTLEBORO - Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development will host its third annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for grownups and families on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5.

Saturday's tournament for grownups is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare, music, raffles, and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or only $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard.

Both events will take place in Vermont Hall on the former Austine School Campus in Brattleboro. The Prouty Center recently purchased the campus with a vision of collaborating with other nonprofits that might need space.

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development, incorporated in 1969, provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. For more information, call 802-257-7852 or visit

Vernon Historians hosts Town Meeting Day food, bake sale

VERNON - On Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., during town voting, Vernon Historians will hold its annual food/bake sale at the Town Office Building. Homemade doughnuts, chili, baked beans, brown bread, whoopee pies, jam, pickles, pies, and a variety of other baked goods will be available for purchase.

The booklets Vernon Voices and Wise Old Sayings, note cards, the History Tour of Vernon DVD, Pine Top Ski Area posters, and Barbara Moseley's hand-painted Christmas ornaments also will be for sale.

Members and supporters are asked to bring their baked/food items to the Town Office Building between 6:45 and 10:30 a.m. on March 7. Call Peg Frost at 802-254-2263 for further information or to make alternate arrangements to drop off donated food items.

'Forks Over Knives' movie at Grace Cottage

TOWNSHEND - It's no secret that Americans are suffering from diabetes in epic numbers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 9 percent of Americans are affected. Other chronic diseases are also on the rise. Could it be due to what we eat?

The documentary Forks Over Knives examines the theory that most, if not all, chronic diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by changes in our diet.

The film chronicles the pioneering research of two doctors, T. Colin Campbell, a nutrition scientist from Cornell, and Caldwell Esselstyn, of Cleveland Clinic. It also shows the real-life experiences of patients who followed their recommended whole-food, plant-based diet.

Forks Over Knives will be shown Tuesday afternoons, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Holt Conference Room at Grace Cottage Hospital's Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd. Advance reservation is required; showings are free of charge. To reserve a seat, contact Grace Cottage Health Coach Liz Harrison at 802-365-3766.

Senior lunch served in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. - The Chesterfield Senior Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m., at the Chesterfield town hall.

A pork roast dinner will be served. Suggested donation is $5. Call Joanne for reservations at 603-363-8348. There will be a special presentation immediately after lunch on Cheshire Village@Home. This is a new program from the Keene Senior Center aimed at keeping seniors in their homes instead of going to an assisted living facility.

Restorative justice to be discussed in Newfane

NEWFANE - On Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m., Rowly Brucken will speak at Moore Free Library, 29 West St., on “Restorative Justice: How Vermont, Argentina, and Rwanda wrestle with crime, the past, and rebuilding community.”

The principles of restorative justice, such as repairing relationships by uncovering the truth, holding offenders accountable, and making restitution to victims, have been applied locally and internationally as a response to criminal offenses large and small.

Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken explains these initiatives as a way of sparking discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of these creative but controversial attempts to respond to criminal wrongdoing by emphasizing the needs of victims and communities. The talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to all. For more information, contact Moore Free Library at 802-365-7948 or [email protected].

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