Around the Towns

Mrowicki, Hashim to hold listening session

PUTNEY - With the completion of the 2019 legislative session, Windham 4 state Reps. Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney, and Nader Hashim, D-Dummerston, will hold a gathering for local constituents at the Putney General Store upstairs space on Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 7 p.m.

They will welcome questions, comments, or suggestions about this session and looking ahead to 2020.

All are welcome. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].

Choruses join voices to welcome solstice

KEENE, N.H. - Come join your voice with others on the summer solstice on Friday, June 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Woodland Cemetery.

Singers from Animaterra Women's Chorus from Keene and the Brattleboro Women's Chorus will share summertime songs they have learned; then all assembled will sing songs, some with song sheets and some taught by ear, to welcome in this long awaited summer.

Admission is free, with donations accepted, and everyone is welcome. Directions are available at

Breakfast benefits Stoughton family

JACKSONVILLE - Friends and family are getting together to host a benefit pancake breakfast for Chris Stoughton and his family on Saturday, June 22, at the Jacksonville Municipal Center on Route. 100.

Donations for the breakfast will be $8 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of 5 to 10, and free for children under 5. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, muffins, orange juice, and coffee. For more information, contact Pastor Doug LaPlante at 802-368-2205 or Tammy Hollister at 802-464-5040.

Hogback hike explores ski area relics

MARLBORO - On Saturday, June 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area on Route 9, there will be a hike around the former Hogback Ski Area.

The ski area closed in 1986, but there is still a lot of equipment on the mountain, some of it quite large and obvious, other bits small and hidden. Hikers will ramble around, discovering some of these bits and pieces and figuring out what they were used for, while getting an overview of the evolution of the ski industry and lift equipment as they go.

Finding some of the items will require bushwhacking off the beaten path, but those who want a more mellow meander can stick to the trail. Expect a slow pace with some noticeable elevation gain and loss.

Meet in the field behind the white Distillery building on the south side of Route 9 just west of the gift shop. For more information, contact the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association at [email protected].

Jazz concert benefits food program

WILMINGTON - The Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series continues its season Saturday, June 22, at 8 p.m., in Memorial Hall, 14 West Main St.

Pianist Chris Bakriges will be joined by bassist Avery Sharpe (McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Pat Metheny) and drummer Billy Arnold (Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson, Junior Walker and the All-Stars).

The concert is a benefit for Food 4 Kids, a program that allows participating schools to receive food and backpacks at no cost to help chronically hungry children. Admission is by a tax-deductible donation at the door. For more information, call 802-464-7500.

Rescue Inc. hosts open house

WEST TOWNSHEND - Rescue Inc. will host a free open house at its West Townshend Station on Route 30 on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rescue Inc. ambulances and equipment will be on display. Visitors may learn bleeding-control techniques from their “Stop-The-Bleed” program, challenge themselves to perform CPR on high-tech mannikins, enjoy the free barbecue, and meet the local Boy Scout troop sponsored by Rescue Inc. and see what they have been working on.

Vermont trivia night at the Four Columns

NEWFANE - On Sunday, June 23, the Four Columns Inn Tavern on West Street will host Vermont History Trivia Night. The Tavern opens at 5:30 p.m., and the Trivia Contest starts at 6:30 p.m.

Individuals and teams are invited to test their knowledge of Vermont History for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Four Columns Inn. A suggested donation of $5 per person to enter the trivia contest supports both the Historical Society of Windham County and the Moore Free Library.

For more information, contact [email protected], call 802-348-7891, or visit

Local lawmakers discuss cannabis laws

TOWNSHEND - West River Valley Thrives invites the public to a light breakfast with local legislators on Monday, June 24, at 7:45 a.m. at the Townshend Church on the Common.

With the passage of S.54 (an act relating to the regulation of cannabis - commercialization of marijuana) out of the Senate and referred to the Ways and Means Committee, this bill appears, in some form, destined to be voted into law in the near future.

This public dialogue with legislators hopes to provide clarity on the law and answer any questions for municipalities, schools, social service and health care agencies, faith-based institutions, law enforcement, and parents. For more information, email [email protected] or call 802-365-4700. A children's area will be staffed for those who have childcare needs.

New art exhibit at Rockingham Medical Group

BELLOWS FALLS - An exhibit of oil paintings by New Hampshire artist Carolyn Berglund is on display at the Rockingham Medical Center.

Berglund, whose most recent works depict local landscapes, buildings, and machinery, is a graduate of the Butera School of Art and Franklin Technical Institute. The exhibit is available during the month of June and is open to the public free of charge.

The exhibit is organized by the Saxtons River Art Guild, which is celebrating its 42nd year of promoting fine arts with local art exhibits, open studio sessions, and workshops with award winning artists. The group is a nonprofit with membership throughout the Connecticut River Valley.

Spaces still available for Newfane tag sale

NEWFANE - The Friends of the Moore Free Library still have some spaces open for their Community Tag Sale on the Newfane Common on Saturday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reserve a space, contact Julie at 802-365-7278 or [email protected] or pick up a reservation form at the library, 23 West Street, Newfane. The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Friends of the Moore Free 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.

Book sale, raffle continue at Brooks Library

BRATTLEBORO - The Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library book sale is still in progress, with plenty of books marked down for bargain summer reading. Check out the special Friends sales shelves at the library anytime during regular operating hours.

Also, raffle tickets are still available for a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn Farmers Market bag made with vintage Marimekko fabric. Raffle tickets are available at the circulation desk for $1 each. The drawing will take place on June 26. For more information, call the library at 802-254-5290.

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