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State GOP Chair to speak in Wardsboro

WARDSBORO - The Windham County Republican Committee will host Deb Billado, chair of the Vermont Republican Party, on Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 71 Main St.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information, email Gerard Cloutier at [email protected].

Brattleboro to conduct survey to gauge housing needs

BRATTLEBORO - A new housing survey is designed to help the town and its partners create solutions to address pressing housing needs.

Findings from the survey, at, will be incorporated into a housing action plan expected this fall.

In addition to residents, property owners and those who would like to live in town but who have had trouble finding housing are encouraged to take the survey.

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards.

For a hard copy of the survey, visit Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St.) or the Planning Department (Suite 202 in the Municipal Center, 230 Main St.), or request one from the Planning Department (802-251-8154 or [email protected]).

Everyone Eats! meals distribution resumes in West River Valley

NEWFANE - Beginning Thursday, July 15, and continuing through to the end of September, West River Valley Mutual Aid will resume distributing free Everyone Eats! meals in front of the Newfane Church, 11 Church St., from 5 to 6 p.m.

This time, a confidential registration is required for meals to be picked up at the church or for requesting a delivery.

• To register online, visit

• To register by phone, call Jeryl Julian Cisse at 802-348-7173. (Be sure to leave your name and phone number when leaving a message.)

• To register in person, stop by the Newfane Church on Thursdays, from 5 to 6 p.m. Meals are for individual households but can be picked up for others if they have also registered. Meat and vegetarian/vegan meals are available.

For more information about the activities of West River Valley Mutual Aid, visit

Call Julian Cisse at the number above with any questions.

Mini book sale continues at Moore Library

NEWFANE - The Friends of the Moore Free Library, 23 West St., will hold a second mini book sale on Saturday, July 17, on the lawn of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The theme of this sale will be “The Arts” - fine arts, photography, music, film, cartoons, how-to-paint, and more - but books in other categories will be available as well.

Moore Free Library tote bags will be on sale for $15, or $20 stuffed with books.

No donations of books will be accepted. Donations might resume as the year progresses.

Additional sales will take place on Saturdays, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, and Oct. 9 (during Newfane Heritage Festival weekend).

For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at [email protected] or 802-365-7278.

BEEC offers webinar on living with wildlife

WEST BRATTLEBORO - On Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m., the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) will host a free webinar with HEART (Humane Eviction and Removal Team) Wildlife Removal. This Burlington-based company helps people solve wildlife conflicts humanely and permanently by wildlife-proofing homes, even from those as small as mice.

“Your home and garden are part of a landscape that is also home and habitat to wildlife. There is much we can do to be good neighbors, including making certain areas less attractive. Further, unless you remove the wildlife attractant, another animal will move into the vacancy you have created. Don't despair! Truly humane solutions to most of these conflicts exist,” organizers of the program write in a news release.

JoAnn Nichols, the firm's chief wildlife officer, will discuss how to identify locations where wildlife enters buildings, how to persuade them to move on, preventing family separations, and how to close entrances once the animals have departed.

Visit to register and for advice about solving wildlife conflicts.

HatchSpace presents woodworking classes

BRATTLEBORO - HatchSpace, 22 High St., plans several woodworking classes in the coming weeks for both beginners and experienced woodworkers.

• “Mastering the Card Scraper,” with Tom Bodett (Saturday, July 17 or Saturday, Aug. 14, 9–11:30 a.m.): In this 2.5-hour workshop, Bodett shares his passion for woodworking and especially the card scraper, which he describes as a simple and effective tool for creating a beautiful finish on wood. He'll cover its use and how to keep it sharp. Each participant will receive a card scraper and sharpening tools.

• “Introduction to Segmented Turning,” with Dyllan Nguyen (Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8): A Boston-based artist/designer/builder will teach how to transform small scraps of hardwood into stunning bracelets, napkin rings, sculptures and other forms on a lathe. All levels welcome.

• “Beginning Woodworking for Women,” with Gail Grycel (eight-session class begins Monday, Sept. 13): Designed for anyone who has not had much (or any) experience working with wood or tools or who wants a refresher. Participants will explore their creative, practical, and problem-solving sides, and they will learn about safety, design, wood, power tools, and some hand tools in a supportive learning environment.

Visit for more classes, information, and registration.

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