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West Brattleboro Association to hold holiday party

WEST BRATTLEBORO - On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South St.

This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the village's past year. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

At the gathering, the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization for their many contributions to the community. There will also be a short 2018 “Year in Review.”

To RSVP for the holiday party, or to find out more about the WBA, contact Michael Bosworth at [email protected].

Toastmasters host pot luck night

BRATTLEBORO - The local Toastmasters club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, begins a half hour early because of its annual potluck dinner. Members and guests of BrattleMasters need to arrive by 5:30 p.m., so there will be enough time for dining plus the usual 90-minute meeting including speeches, evaluations and exercises in speaking off the cuff.

The group will meet on the second floor of 28 Vernon St. (formerly the Marlboro College Grad Center.)

This is the club's only meeting in December. Starting in January, it will resume meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. Lee Ives Tice of Dummerston will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. For information about the local club, visit

Medicare workshop in Putney

PUTNEY - Kelly McElheny of the Community of Vermont Elders will be at Putney Community Care to make a free presentation on Friday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., about how to keep yourself from being a victim of Medicare fraud.

The workshop will take place at the Laura Heller Community Barn at 54 Kimball Hill in Putney. RSVP directly to Community of Vermont Elders: email [email protected] or call 802-440-1528 to reserve your spot.

BMC Music School Open House is Dec. 14

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Music Center's Music School Community Open House is set for Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the BMC.

Join faculty, staff, trustees, students, and members of the BMC Music School community in a celebration of the season. All ages are welcome to participate in tree and cookie decorating activities. A variety of finger foods (sweets and savories) will be accompanied by mulled cider, winter punch, and musical and storytelling interludes.

For more information, contact the BMC at 802-257-4523, visit, or stop by the Center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.

Putney vigil commemorates Sandy Hook Massacre

PUTNEY - A vigil to commemorate those killed by a gunman in Sandy Hook, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, will gather in Putney, on the sidewalk across from the Putney General Store and Tavern on Friday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

Six years ago, the world was shocked by the news that 20 young schoolchildren and seven adults in Sandy Hook had been killed by a lone gunman.

The slaughter of these innocents amplified the ongoing outcry for common-sense gun laws. Since then, Vermont has passed several such laws. People will gather to remember those killed that day and to remember that there is more work to do to help keep our children and all Vermonters safe.

Bring a candle and warm clothes, appropriate for the weather. For information, email [email protected].

MSA holds holiday singalong

SAXTONS RIVER - Main Street Arts invites the community to celebrate the season with a holiday singalong Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

All voices are welcome to join an informal gathering around the piano, with Maryann McArdle at the keyboard, with refreshments provided. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

Further information is available at or on MSA's Facebook page.

Contradance benefits Wings Foundation

WILMINGTON - Wings Charitable Foundation is hosting a community contradance on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 14 West Main St.

The music will be provided by an all-star band of traditional musicians, with caller and accordion player Andy Davis joined by Laurie Indenbaum, fiddle, and Jim Fownes, piano. Between them, these master musicians have over 100 years of playing experience. All dances will be taught and all ages are welcome to this community dance.

The evening will also include performances at intermission by Wings dance troupes, guest musicians, crafts for kids, and refreshments available by donation. Entry by donation to benefit Wings Community programming (suggested donation is $8 per person or $20 per family). For more information, contact Andy Hauty, Wings Project Director, at 802-368-0000.

Fair and Impartial Policing discussion planned in Putney

PUTNEY - On Sunday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., state Rep.-elect Nader Hashim and state Rep. Mike Mrowicki will host an event at the Putney Public Library to discuss the Fair and Impartial Policing policies adopted by police agencies in Vermont.

Vermont State Police Lt. Garry Scott, the head of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee, will be the guest speaker. After his talk, the forum will open to questions and discussion from the audience about the broader topics relating to race and policing in general. The forum is open to all, and is also co-sponsored by the Putney Huddle.

Annual Service of Scriptures and Carols is Dec. 16

GUILFORD - The Green River Church in the village of Green River in Guilford will hold the Annual Service of Scriptures and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m.

Leader Michael Mario will be joined by Martha LaMaria at the organ and by a brass ensemble from Brattleboro Union High School. The service will be recorded by WTSA-FM for broadcast on Christmas Eve, courtesy of The Richards Group. Refreshments will be served following the service in the vestibule of the Church.

This will be the 58th Annual Service at the Church used as the only fundraiser of each year. In 2001, the Church became a part of the Green River Village Preservation Trust, a local nonprofit historical preservation group.

2019 Catholic Worker Calendars now available at Everyone's Books

BRATTLEBORO - Rita Corbin, a graphic artist and printmaker, became involved in the Catholic Worker movement while living in New York City in the 1950s.

Corbin became a lifelong contributor and was one of the three primary Catholic Worker artists. She began publishing the Catholic Worker calendar with her original art and hand-lettering, as well as note cards and Christmas cards.

She and her children moved to Brattleboro in 1981, and she lived here off and on until her death in an auto accident in 2011.

Since her death, her children, who live in the Brattleboro area, continue to publish the calendar and cards using her artwork. Although the calendars are primarily sold by mail-order through the Catholic Worker newspaper, they will be for sale at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro during the holiday season.

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