Around the Towns

Fourth of July closures

BRATTLEBORO - In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all town offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed July 4. Trash, recycling, and composting materials will not be collected on July 4. Collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be delayed by one day.

Any questions regarding in-town bus service should be directed to Southeast Vermont Transit at 802-460-7433 or 888-869-6287.

DPW plans culvert work on Hinesburg Road

BRATTLEBORO - Starting Monday, July 8, Hinesburg Road will be closed to through traffic in the area of 402 Hinesburg Rd. The closure is to install a new box culvert.

Through traffic will be detoured across Mather Road to Bonnyvale Road, and through Lee Road. The detour will be marked. Residents within the closure will still have access to their homes.

Construction activities are expected to take approximately one week. Weather and unforeseen construction conditions could lengthen the closure. For more information, contact Highway and Utilities Superintendent Dan Tyler at 802-254–4255 or [email protected].

Farmers' Market celebrates 45 years of local love on July 6

BRATTLEBORO - On July 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market will show its appreciation for 45 years of support by the greater Brattleboro community with an exhibit of photos and memorabilia and finger foods provided by market vendors.

In this anniversary year, the BAFM will establish a physical collection to be housed at the Brattleboro Historical Society so that interested parties can read about and listen to market founders, initial managers, and vendors share their stories and memories of the early years.

Interviews with one of the founding members, Ron Krupp, and first managers, the late Buddy Speno, already have been conducted and 2019 plans include interviews with Howard Prussack, Reed Miller, Joe Teller, Bill Schmidt, Bob Gray, and Jay and Janet Bailey.

Vendor/volunteers also will dig into the Roger Katz Collection at the Vermont Center for Photography as well as the archive of local photographer Bob George for photographs of the Farmers' Market in its earliest years.

As part of the July 6 anniversary celebration, the BAFM also will share photos and memorabilia on its website and via social media at

Halifax Fireman's Auction is July 6

HALIFAX - The annual volunteer fireman's auction is Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m., at the Halifax Fire Station at 118 Branch Road in West Halifax.

Many assorted items will be auctioned off and there will be coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs, and soda or water on sale. For more information, call Wayne at 802-368-7733.

Check out the night sky in Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM - The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will visit the Rockingham Recreation Center on Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., to lead a presentation and lunar observation program, “The Night Sky.”

Learn about the moon, how it got there, and how it does - and doesn't - affect our lives. Then get ready to go outside to observe the moon and the night sky. Since part of this program will be outside, dress for the weather. In case of poor weather conditions or a cloudy sky, the program will be rescheduled to Saturday, July 13.

This all-ages program is presented as part of the Rockingham Free Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories,” and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 802-463-4270, [email protected], or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Rec. Dept. offers 'sewing camp'

BRATTLEBORO - The Recreation Department's “Sewing Camp” summer program is run by Michele Lucy and is for children who are 7 and older. The program will be held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Blue room at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St.

Come and learn basic sewing machine use and sewing skills while creating fun and practical projects. All materials and equipment are provided. The sessions are as follows: One: July 8-12, Dolly & Me; Two: July 15-19, Beginner Sewing; Three: July 22-26, Summer Fashion Fun; Four: July 29-Aug. 2, Summer Fashion Fun; Five: Aug. 5-9, Beginner Sewing; Six: Aug. 12-16, Dolly & Me.

The fee is $175 for Brattleboro residents and $190 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required to participate in this program and there is a maximum of six students per class. Call 802-254-5808, or stop by the Recreation & Parks Department Office for more information.

Farm to Family Coupons are available

WATERBURY - Starting this week, about $151,860 in coupons will be available to help eligible Vermonters buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets and farm stands.

Coupons are issued on a first come, first served basis and may be used at any of the markets and farm stands enrolled in the program this summer.

Families enrolled in the Vermont Department of Health's WIC Program can apply at special Farm to Family sessions held in your district. Get the schedule in the June WIC newsletter or by calling your local health office. If you need the phone number of your local office, call 800-649-4357.

Vermont households with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty limit may apply at their local community action agency. Current income limits are $1,926 a month for a single person, $2,607 for a couple, $3,289 for a family of three, $3,970 for a family of four and $4,652 for a family of five.

“We expect over 240 produce growers to participate in the program this season,” Sean Brown, deputy commissioner of the Economic Services Division in the Department for Children and Families, said in a news release. “Every coupon spent puts $6 directly into the pocket of a Vermont farmer. This supports Vermont's farm economy while putting great local foods on family dinner tables.”

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