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Lower floor of Transportation Center closed

BRATTLEBORO -The first floor (lower level) of the Brattleboro Transportation Center will be closed until Saturday, June 5, to make repairs to that floor of the structure.

The Flat Street entrance/exit to the Transportation Center will be closed to all traffic. Vehicles will be allowed to enter and exit through the Elliot Street entrance only.

For more information, please contact Carol Coulombe in the Parking Enforcement Office at 802-257-2305 or [email protected].

Senior lunch served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will present their fourth Wednesday takeout senior lunch on Wednesday, May 26, with pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m at the Grange Hall at 1008 East-West Rd.

On the menu is red flannel hash with a vegetarian hash alternative, an egg and cheese casserole, and four-bean salad, with pumpkin upside-down pie.

This meal is aimed at seniors but is open to everyone. A donation of $3 for those 60 and older and $4 for the younger folks is suggested.

Reservations are strongly suggested and should be phoned in by Tuesday, May 25, at 5 p.m., so that the cooks know how much food to prepare. Just call the Grange at 802-254-1138 and leave your name, telephone number, and the number of meals you wish.

Putney monthly free produce available May 27

PUTNEY - The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf will co-sponsor the next monthly drop of free produce and some nonperishables on Thursday, May 27, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way (the white building across from the Putney Food Co-op and the fire station).

This food distribution takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month. All are welcome.

Because of COVID-19, those who need food may drive up and receive bags of food from volunteers.

Guilford Library raffle drawing approaches

GUILFORD - There's still time to get tickets for the Guilford Free Library's Send a Kid to Camp raffle.

“Neighbors and friends far and wide are stepping up to help ensure that the summer of 2021 is filled with fun, exploration, and learning for kids right in Guilford at the library's camp program,” organizers write in a news release. “The opportunity to join this group is wide open.”

Each ticket gives you a chance to win a collection of gift certificates valued at more than $200 to Three Stones, the Guilford Country Store, Hazel, and India Masala House.

Tickets, at $10 each, are available at

The drawing will be held on Saturday, May 22, at a bring-your-own-picnic lunch (drinks will be available; bring your own cup if you can) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd.

In addition to the drawing, the day will include flower planting, a book giveaway, and outside play.

If there is heavy rain, the event will take place on Sunday, May 23.

The camp program is free for Guilford residents or $50 for those from other towns. The week-long camps, which are held outside, are offered in July and early August for Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Vermont Adult Learning moves

BRATTLEBORO - Vermont Adult Learning (VAL), serving Windham County since 1980, moved to a new space at 999 Putney Rd. They are currently offering online and in-person services.

“I absolutely love our new space because it's filled with natural light and warm inviting colors,” Regional Director Kimberly Sizelove said in a news release. “We have plenty of opportunities for students to enjoy being here, like a café and an outdoor courtyard. It feels like a home away from home!”

VAL serves adults, age 16 and older, providing basic education and literacy, high school completion, GED tutoring and testing, courses for English language learners, workforce readiness and development, and transition to post-secondary education.

Services are free.

For more information, call 802-257-9449, visit, or text VAL to 833-900-0907.

RFPL prepares for annual book sale

BELLOWS FALLS - The Rockingham Free Public Library will host its annual book sale beginning Tuesday, June 1 and continuing through the month. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The Friends of the Rockingham Library - a nonprofit organization whose mission is to focus attention on the library, promote its resources, and enhance its services with funding and volunteer - will host a preview sale for members of the group beginning this week.

Since the library is open for limited in-person visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, visitors will need to call to make an appointment.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Donations are limited to books, CDs, and DVDs in excellent condition and that are recently published, since space this year is limited.

For more information, email [email protected], visit, or call 802-463-4270 to make an appointment to visit the library at 65 Westminster St.

Chester Plant Sale is May 28-30

CHESTER - The annual Chester Plant Sale at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the gray church at 313 Main St. near the Village Green, will offer a wide selection of “proven, large, healthy, hardy plants at bargain prices,” its organizers write.

Proceeds benefit the church.

The sale features numerous perennials well suited to this part of Vermont, herbs, raspberry plants, dahlia tubers, different varieties of daylilies and hosta, and some special annuals and propagated shrubs, plus homemade preserves, fresh rhubarb, a looseleaf gardening journal, and one-of-a-kind pastel notecards of birds and flowers.

The well-groomed plants come with labels and flower photos, and experienced gardeners will be on hand to give advice about planting and garden design.

The sale will run on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days, and on Sunday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you have perennials on your property that you would like to contribute or if you have plants to suggest, contact Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340 or [email protected].

Wardsboro Library hosts plant sale

WARDSBORO - The Friends of the Wardsboro Library is sponsoring its annual Memorial Day weekend plant sale on Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the front lawn of the Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St.

The annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization that supports the library.

Admission and parking are free, and the event will be held rain or shine. The event will conform to current state COVID-19 guidelines.

A large variety of hardy perennials, colorful annuals, shrubs, Gilfeather turnip seedlings, vegetables, and herbs will be available. Winners for a one-day-only raffle of select garden-related prizes will be announced at the close of the sale.

This year, the Friends will also run the Best Ever Raffle, with a chance to win a holiday quilt handcrafted by Carol Steiner, on display at the plant sale.

Purchase raffle tickets at the sale, during library hours or print your own at

Plant and seed swap set in Halifax

HALIFAX - On Saturday, May 29, the Halifax Community Club will emerge from COVID-19 hibernation to host a free community plant and seed swap at the Halifax Community Hall.

The club says it is dedicating this event “to our friend, neighbor, gardener, and Club member Edie Fenton, who died in early 2020, just before the first spring bulbs emerged from her well-tended plant beds.”

Many people from the greater Halifax community have her plants in their gardens, so the club says “it seems fitting to remember her by continuing her generosity of sharing plants.”

If you have plants and seeds to share, bring them to the swap. “If not, you are still welcome to bring home some plants and seeds for your garden,” the swap organizers write.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Halifax Community Hall, at 20 Brook Rd. in West Halifax, is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. The rain date is Saturday, June 5.

For more information, contact Linda Lyon at [email protected] or 802-368-2211.

Whitingham library receives tech grant

JACKSONVILLE - The Whitingham Free Public Library is now open with complete access to public computers and browsing. Patrons are requested to use hand sanitizer upon entering the library, to practice social distancing, and wear their face masks.

The library recently received a technology grant through the Vermont Department of Libraries, funded by the Vermont Community Foundation. Funds will support purchase of two Chromebooks for lending, a mobile printer, and installation of outdoor charging access for devices.

The library has also received a donation from Harbor Freight Tools to start a tool lending library. Other new collections include giant games, such as Jenga Giant and Yard Yahtzee, as well as a large puzzle collection.

Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library can open Tuesdays by appointment for remote and home-schooling families.

The library's high-speed Wi-Fi is available at all times.

For more information, call 802-368-7506.

HatchSpace reopens with summer classes

BRATTLEBORO - HatchSpace, a nonprofit community organization, reopens in its new location at 22 High St., starting in early June. Summer classes and workshops will include an intensive beginning woodworking course with Gail Grycel.

Other workshops include making a Shaker Bench with guest instructor Tim Clark, intermediate woodturning with guest instructor Jeff Bower, carving with Noriko Isogai, bending wood with steam with Blake Johnson, introduction to CNC with Gail Fletcher, and using a card scraper with HatchSpace founder Tom Bodett.

For more information, see the complete course list at or email [email protected].

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