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Fire Dept. says it's time to schedule rental property inspections

BRATTLEBORO - Assistant Fire Chief and Health Officer Leonard Howard III says all rental properties in the town of Brattleboro need to be registered, and that Zone 1 properties need to call the fire station to schedule an inspection.

The registration form can be found on or the Town of Brattleboro website. If there are questions, call the Fire Department at 802-254 4831.

Zone 1 covers the following streets: Buttonwood Drive, Green Street, Halladay Brook Road, Harris Place, High Street, Ivy Lane, Kelly Road, Landmark Hill Drive, Linden Street, Main Street, Mountain View Avenue, North Street, Putney Road, Quails Hill, Retting Place, Sunset Lake Road, Terrace Street, Third Level Drive, Town Crier Drive, Wantastiquet Drive, Westgate Drive.

Early free produce distribution in Putney

PUTNEY - The next Putney Food Drop distribution will take place a week early due to Christmas. The distribution will be on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Food distribution takes place at Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way (the white building across from the Putney Food Co-op and Putney Fire Station). All are welcome to come for free produce and some nonperishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf.

This event is open to anyone in the community. Participants should bring their own shopping bags.

Christmas caroling (and potluck) in Williamsville

WILLIAMSVILLE - Come share the spirit of Christmas in the village of Williamsville on Saturday, Dec. 21. All singers are welcome (even shower singers).

The carolers start at 5:30 p.m. at Williamsville Hall. There will be a potluck at the Hall following the caroling at approximately 7:30 p.m. Donations to support the Williamsville Hall are welcome. For directions go to

Celtic Christmas concert in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE - The Whitingham Free Public Library welcomes back musician Jeff Snow for an afternoon of Christmas Celtic Music on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m.

Snow, from nearby western Massachusetts, is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays 6- and 12-string guitar, autoharp, and Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran. Snow has performed for audiences of all ages and in a variety of settings including concert halls, libraries, museums, churches, schools, and private homes.

Holiday refreshments will be served. To learn more, call 802-368-7506 or visit The library, which is handicapped-accessible, is located in the Whitingham Municipal Center on Route 100 in the village of Jacksonville.

Winter Solstice celebration at Manitou

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will celebrate the Winter Solstice on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Gather at the parking lot at 4 p.m., for a short walk through the woods to the Hogan, for a celebration of the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the warmth of the woodstove, participants will sing, meditate, read poetry, and share reflections on moving through the darkness toward the light.

The celebration culminates with Manitou's traditional “flaming raisins” as a way of taking on the fire in the midst of the winter dark.

All are welcome, and the event is free of charge. Bring a favorite seasonal poem or song if you like. Afterwards, those who wish can stay for a potluck supper in the nearby Gate House, so bring a dish to share. For information, contact Fred Taylor at 802-254-2675.

Writers' circle at Moore Library

NEWFANE - On Sunday, Dec. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., Deborah Lee Luskin will provide guidance and prompts for automatic writing as part of the third annual “Writing to the Light” writers circle at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St.

Together, participants will create a safe space for those who wish to read their new words. The workshop is open to the first 25 writers to arrive at the library. Contact the library at 802-365-7948 or for more information.

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