Around the Towns

Post–Super Tuesday Sale at Chester-Andover Family Center Thrift Shop

CHESTER - The Chester-Andover Family Center Thrift Shop will hold a post–Super Tuesday sale as a last chance to stock up on winter clothing and accessories and help the nonprofit shop make room for spring merchandise.

Proceeds support a food shelf and financial assistance programs.

Visit the thrift shop at 908 VT Route 103S on March 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and March 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 802-875-3236 or visit for more information.

Chess classes begin

BRATTLEBORO - The Recreation and Parks Department offers a new session of chess classes.

Beginner classes will run on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. from March 5 to April 23. Intermediate and advanced classes will run on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. from March 6 to April 24.

Both classes will be taught by Eric Strickland and held at the Gibson-Aiken Center at 207 Main St.

Instruction will introduce basic principles of chess, along with simple strategies and tactics, and provide a venue for practice games.

The cost of the program is $40 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Call the Recreation and Parks office at 802-254-5808, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m., if you have any questions.

Winter Animals to perform in Jamaica

JAMAICA - On Saturday, March 7, the Town Hall will once again be filled with live music when the band Winter Animals will perform their Vermont-flavored rock and roll.

Jay Ouellette from Peru heads the band with his original music, accompanied by Joel Jordan on bass, Eric Nathan on drums, and local musician David Domenick on guitar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested).

All proceeds go to the nonprofit Jamaica Community Arts Council. For more information, visit

Brattleboro sings together at Brooks Library

BRATTLEBORO - All ages and voices are invited to fill their hearts and the library with song on Saturday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.

The community singalong will feature a songbook of well-known songs from many traditions (folk, golden oldies, gospel, Beatles, old pop and rock, show tunes, etc.) Participants will take turns choosing songs, and the lyrics will be projected on a screen for all to see. A guitar accompanist and a song leader will help guide the music.

The event is free and accessible to people who use wheelchairs. For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or visit

West River Radio Club offers ham radio licensing testing

TOWNSHEND - The West River Radio Club will offer a Federal Communications Commission licensing and American Radio Relay League certification testing session for all levels and upgrades on Tuesday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m., in the Heins Building of Grace Cottage Hospital, 133 Grafton Rd. (Route 35).

Bring two forms of identification (one of them a photo ID), any prior radio license, a pencil, a calculator, and $15 (cash or check).

All are invited to stay for the Radio Club's monthly meeting at 7 p.m.

Participants are asked to register in advance with Mary Peterson at [email protected] or 802-258-3921.

Windham County Republicans to meet

WILMINGTON - The Windham County Republicans invite all interested voters or soon-to-be-voters to its next meeting at Maple Leaf Tavern, 3 North Main St., on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

On the agenda is a rundown of important political dates in the coming months, an update on what's happening in Windham County town committees, and details on Make America Great Again (MAGA) rallies in support of President Donald Trump planned for Saturday, March 28 and Saturday,April 25 at Brattleboro's Pliny Park from 11 a.m. to noon.

Lawn signs, as well as other promotional material, will be available, as well as information for potential local GOP candidates to get petitions and qualify for the primary and/or the general election ballot at the local and county levels.

The meeting will also provide information about the Vermont GOP convention to select delegates to the Republican National Committee.

Also available will be details about how to organize a town GOP committee if your town doesn't have an active committee.

For details, contact Windham County GOP Chair Rick Morton at 802-257-2780 or [email protected].

'Debating Our Rights' series continues

BRATTLEBORO - On Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., the “Debating Our Rights” series at the Brooks Memorial Library will focus on the Eighth Amendment.

The Eighth Amendment prohibits excessive fines as well as cruel and unusual punishment. For opponents of the death penalty, the Eighth Amendment would prohibit any form of execution. Supporters of the death penalty argue that the Eighth would permit any method that is not cruel. How can the same words be used to justify such different political agendas?

Meg Mott, professor emerita of Marlboro College and Putney town moderator, will lay out the arguments in two death penalty decisions at the Supreme Court, one of which put a moratorium on capital punishment in the 1970s.

She will also review the arguments for and against capital punishment in the New Hampshire legislature last year. Once the various arguments for and against capital punishment are understood, participants will be encouraged to weigh in.

The event is free, and the library, at 224 Main St., is accessible to those in wheelchairs.

Sugar-on-snow supper served in West B

WEST BRATTLEBORO - Reserve your seats now for the 70th annual Maple Sugar-on-Snow Dinner on Saturday, March 14 at First Congregational Church, the white-steeple church at 880 Western Ave. which stands between the Academy School and the West Brattleboro Fire House.

To reserve seats, call 802-257-7557 and pay at the door when you arrive at either a 5 p.m. or a 6:15 p.m. seating. Take-out meals are also available.

On the menu is ham, homemade maple-baked beans, deviled eggs, coleslaw, potato salad, and oatmeal rolls. For dessert, local maple syrup is boiled to softball stage (sugar), with homemade doughnuts and sour pickles to clear the palate.

Tickets are $12 ($6 for children ages 6-12, $3 for children ages 3-5, and free for those under 3). All proceeds benefit the mission and work of this community church.

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