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Tree collection service benefits BUHS Music Dept.

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to residents on three Saturdays: Jan. 8, 15, and 22.

Proceeds will benefit future music department travel.

This program, in its 31st year, is endorsed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets as well as by the New Hampshire–Vermont Christmas Tree Association.

For $10, members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro, where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the gardeners.

Since the town does not offer curbside pickup of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting theirs.

All pickups must be arranged by calling 802-380-4550 or 802-254-6757 at least two days prior to your desired date.

New Covid precautions in place at Brooks Library

BRATTLEBORO - Due to the rapid rise in Covid cases, Brooks Memorial Library has instituted a 15-minute limit for in-person library use.

According to a news release, the staff stands ready to maximize patrons' 15 minutes by gathering materials in advance.

Log on at, email [email protected], or call 802-254-5290, ext. 0 to request specific items, or to make selections by subject or genre.

An online library - with downloadable e-books, audiobooks, streaming video, classes, language lessons, and research resources - is always available at the library's website.

Guilford Cares Food Pantry announces new winter hours

GUILFORD - Guilford Cares Food Pantry is now open from 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at its same location - the First Aid building at the Guilford Fairgrounds - on Fairground Road, off Weatherhead Hollow Road.

The food pantry welcomes everyone to use its safe curbside shopping list of fresh produce and dairy, frozen meats and meals, and canned and dry foods.

For further information, call Pat Haine at 802-257-0626.

Senior lunch served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Senior Solutions and Evening Star Grange will present their Second Wednesday Lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 12, with takeout available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Eating inside is an option for those who are vaccinated and who maintain social distancing and wear masks while going through the food line. If you do have a cold or flu-like symptoms, the meal organizers ask that you not share them with others.

The menu includes lasagna (either meat or vegetarian), green salad, and garlic bread, with a multi-fruit cobbler for dessert.

Reservations are requested. Please contact the Grange at 802-254-1138 by Tuesday, Jan. 11 and leave a message with your name and phone number, the number of meals desired, whether you will be eating inside or taking it to go, and which lasagna you prefer.

A donation of $3 for those 60 and older and $4 for the younger set is suggested.

BMAC presents lathe demo with Jeff Bower

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) will present a demonstration by master wood turner Jeff Bower on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m., at HatchSpace, a community-supported woodworking facility on the corner of High and Green streets.

Bower will use a lathe to create a piece from start to finish, demonstrating each step and technique.

Bower designs and creates turned wooden art, often inspired by astronomical themes, at his solar-powered studio in southern Vermont. Nearly all of the materials used in his pieces are sourced locally, some from within 10 miles of his studio.

This event is offered in connection with the BMAC exhibit “Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers: Evolving Traditions,” which showcases innovative work by 15 members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and six collaborating artists. Tom Bodett, Timothy Clark, Greg Goodman, and Charles Shackleton led the creation of the exhibit, on view through Sunday, Feb. 13.

Admission is $5, or free for BMAC members. Space is limited. Register at

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