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Brattleboro taxes due by Aug. 15

BRATTLEBORO - Real estate and personal property taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2018 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer's Office in the Municipal Center, 230 Main St., Suite 111, in four equal installments as follows: first installment due Aug. 15, second installment due Nov. 15, third installment due Feb. 15, 2019, and fourth installment due May 15, 2019.

Real estate and personal property tax will be charged interest at the rate of 1 percent per month on any overdue payment of tax installment, together with any other charged provided by law. Any real estate and personal property tax remaining unpaid at 5 p.m., May 15, 2019, will be charged an 8 percent penalty together with any other charges provided by law.

In the event of a default in the payment of any one installment, the entire amount then due under such tax becomes at once payable, and a tax lien may be filed with the Town Clerk against any personal property upon which there are overdue taxes unpaid in whole or in part.

Senate hopefuls to meet at BF forum

BELLOWS FALLS - The three Democratic candidates for Windham County's two senate seats will face voters in a forum Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at the Opera House (Town Hall) in Bellows Falls.

Incumbents Becca Balint and Jeanette K. White, alongside newcomer Wayne V. Estey, will explain their positions and answer questions in a session organized by the Rockingham Town Democratic Committee and moderated by Metta McGarvey.

Voters will make their decision in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 14, prior to the general election on Nov. 6.

In a news release, Rockingham Town Democratic chair Leslie Goldman said it will provide an opportunity for community members to ask the candidates questions such as what they think are the most important issues Vermont residents face and how they plan to address them. Topics expected to be covered include healthcare, livable wages, school mergers, and sending Vermont inmates to other states.

There will be an opportunity at the forum for new voters to register. Young people who are currently 17 years old but will be 18 on election day on Nov. 6 may register and vote in the primary.

Halifax hosts senior meal

HALIFAX - The monthly senior meal is Friday, July 20, at noon at the West Halifax community hall, 20 Brook Rd.

On the menu for an indoor picnic: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, rolls, homemade baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, pickles, and watermelon for dessert.

All seniors are welcome. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. A call to Joan to reserve a seat is appreciated at 802-368-7733.

Legion, Kiwanis Club plan community picnic

BRATTLEBORO - The American Legion and the Kiwanis Club are sponsoring a community picnic at the Kiwanis picnic shelter at the top of Living Memorial Park.

Both clubs are inviting the community to join them for a family picnic on Saturday, July 21, from 4-9 p.m. The clubs will provide drinks, grilled meats, and family games. They are asking attendees to provide a side dish or a monetary donation.

Brooks Library hosts candidates night

BRATTLEBORO - On Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m., candidates who are on the ballot for local legislative seats will gather at Brooks Memorial Library to discuss their favorite books. They will share everything from their childhood favorites to contemporary titles, and explain how those volumes helped to form their world view.

The list of candidates expected to attend include Becca Balint, Mollie Burke, Wayne Vernon Estey, Emily Kornheiser, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toleno, and Jeanette White. Refreshments will be served.

Ice cream social at the Co-op

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff and Board of Directors present the Co-op's second annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 28, from noon to 3 p.m., on the Whetstone Pathway, across from the Co-op.

Stop by for a free bowl of ice cream from Walpole Creamery and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment. They do ask that anyone visiting consider making a small donation to this year's featured organizations: Boys and Girls Club, KidsPLAYce, Youth Services, and the Green Street Promise Community. Representatives from these organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Other organizations on hand will be Building Bright Futures and Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

Food Truck Roundup debuts at Retreat Farm

BRATTLEBORO - Families, friends, and neighbors are gathering at Retreat Farm on Thursday evenings for Food Truck Roundup. The event features local food, craft brews, live music, and lawn games.

Vendors at the event included local favorites such as Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Whetstone Station's Mobile Bier Garden & Kitchen and Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse, in addition to Crooked Stick Pops from Northampton, Mass. and Kona Ice from Keene, N.H.

The Farm Shop at Retreat Farm will also open, serving up a selection of prepared food from the Brattleboro Food Co-op and Vermont Made creemees.

The Food Truck Roundup will continue through August every Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on weekly vendors and music, visit

Woodlands Association plans lumber mill tour

VERNON - On Thursday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Cersosimo Lumber Company will host a tour for the Windham Regional Woodlands Association at its facility on Route 142 in Vernon.

This sawmill operation produces hardwood lumber and White Pine lumber from local forests that reaches markets all over the globe. Chief Forester Eric Parenti will be the tour guide.

Dress appropriately for a short walk; closed-toed footwear is required. The hosts will provide hearing protection and safety glasses. All participants must be at least 12 years old, and no pets are allowed on the tour. The tour is limited to 30 participants.

If you plan to attend, contact the Woodlands Section at Cersosimo Lumber at 802-254-4508 or [email protected] no later than Friday July 20, at 4:30 p.m., so Cersosimo will know how many guests to prepare for. You must have an advance reservation to attend, due to safety considerations.

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