Around the Towns

Guilford to hold pre-Town Meeting session

GUILFORD - The Selectboard will hold a public, informational Pre-Town Meeting event via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

This meeting is a collaboration between the Selectboard and the Broad Brook Grange to discuss the Australian Ballot articles on the 2022 Town Meeting Warning. You can participate in the meeting at

Participants will also hear updates from state Rep. Sara Coffey, D-Guilford, as well as from other speakers.

This public informational meeting will be shown live on BCTV (channel 1085), or visit the Guilford town website to view it on a YouTube livestream at

Toastmasters offer help with public speaking

BRATTLEBORO - It is said that many people have a great fear of public speaking, even more than of death. At a Toastmasters club, people learn several small skills that, put together, create confidence in writing and delivering a good speech. Members practice writing speeches and presenting in a group setting.

The next local Toastmasters meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to join the online meeting via Zoom at The room will be open by 5:45 p.m.

Massachusetts resident Vishal Sarsani will give a speech which will be evaluated later in the meeting. Both speeches and evaluations are timed. An “ah counter” will keep track of all ahs, ums, and other filler words.

At every meeting, a speaking-off-the cuff exercise is open to all. The meeting concludes no later than 7:30 p.m.

For more details on the club, visit

Short Film Festival at Williamsville Hall seeks entrants

WILLIAMSVILLE- On Saturday, March 26, the Williamsville Hall will feature a Short Film Festival.

Contact Janine Rose at [email protected] for more information or to enter films no longer than 20 minutes for review. (Violent or any controversial material will be excluded.)

The final films in the program will be selected by a Jury.

“Bring them on - it should be a lot of fun!” Rose writes.

Entries will be considered up to Saturday, March 5.

Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department offers Parent/Tot Open Gym

BRATTLEBORO- The Recreation & Parks Department reminds everyone of the Parent and Tot Open Gym program for parents and preschoolers ages five and younger, which runs until April 28.

Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more!

Parents are responsible for their child or children in this unstructured program in the Gibson Aiken Center third-floor gym on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $1.00 per child per day.

Please note that all equipment is disinfected prior to the program. Participants should wash hands before, during, and after participating.

For all programs, events, facility information, and more, visit, or call the Gibson Aiken Office at 802-254-5808 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

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