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Everyone Eats! coming to the Rockingham area

BELLOWS FALLS - Everyone Eats! will be coming “very soon” to Rockingham, Westminster, Athens, and Grafton, according to a news release.

The new federally funded program supports restaurants, farmers, food producers, and the local economy while also feeding the community during the disruption of COVID-19.

Local restaurants - currently including Jamaican Jewelz, MKT: Grafton, Wunderbar, Allen Bros., Leslie's, and Smokin' Bowls - will be making to-go meals for residents of these four towns.

Restaurants, which will use locally produced food for at least 10 percent of each meal, will be reimbursed for the meals, and meals are free to anyone requesting them.

The goal of Everyone Eats! is to help stabilize communities by nourishing Vermonters and providing economic support to restaurants and farmers. A pilot program has been running in Brattleboro.

To join the program, fill out the Everyone Eats! form online at Applicants can also call the Rockingham Free Public Library at 802-463-4270 to register.

When the program begins, pick-up locations will be announced. Households will receive one meal for each person in the household.

Because transportation can be an issue, a participant can pick up meals for up to three other households.

Patrols to clamp down on drunk driving

NEWFANE - The Windham County Highway Safety Task Force - comprised of the Windham County Sheriff's Office, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Bellows Falls Police Department, and the Dover Police Department - have started conducting saturation patrols throughout the county during the Labor Day DUI mobilization period.

During this initiative, which runs through Sept. 7, law enforcement personnel are aggressively enforcing laws intended to address impaired driving.

Officers and deputies will also be “aggressively targeting seatbelt/child restraint violations, aggressive operation, and usage of handheld electronic devices,” according to a news release.

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Local project seeks people to create art for social change

BRATTLEBORO - Art for Social Change, sponsored by The Root Social Justice Center, River Gallery School, and In-Sight Photography Project, takes place every Friday at River Gallery School, 32 Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m.

The school is offering a free open art studio on Fridays for people to use printmaking, drawing, and painting to create art around issues of the pandemic, social and racial justice, the 2020 election, and the climate crisis.

Program organizers invite all to come by so they can, in their words, “spread messages of transformation, unity and justice all over the town of Brattleboro.”

All materials available for free. Masks are required. Drop-ins are welcome. There is a six-person maximum capacity in studios. For more information, contact Jess Weitz at [email protected].

In addition, River Gallery School will have an art table at the Solidarity Friday rallies in Pliny Park in Brattleboro for art and sign making from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Paste-ups will be put up around town between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church to hold 'Service of Remembrance'

GUILFORD - On Sunday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church will have a community Service of Remembrance at Christ Church, the “mother church” of St. Michael's and the first Episcopal Church in Vermont.

Attendees will gather outside at 9 a.m. for the service, intended to honor the memories of loved ones who have died during this COVID-19 time and whose funerals were off limits, or for whom no funerals could take place.

St. Michael's will provide chairs and requires masks and physical distancing at outdoor services. No bathrooms are available at the church.

All from the community are welcome.

If there is someone who has died during these last few months whom you would like to be remembered during this service, email Rector Mary Lindquist at [email protected], or call the church office at 802-254-6048, ext. 104, with the information or with any questions.

Book sale planned in Westminster West

WESTMINSTER WEST - The Westminster West Public Library will hold its annual book sale on Sept. 12.

Details and safety protocols will be announced.

The library is now accepting book donations, which can be dropped off any time at the back door.

For more information, contact the library at 802-387-4682 or [email protected].

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