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Voting districts renamed in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO - Every 10 years, the Vermont State Legislature is required to conduct a redistricting process, based on the U.S. Census results.

Earlier this year, the Legislature redistricted the Vermont House of Representatives and renamed Brattleboro's three Districts as Windham-7 (previously Windham 2-1, or District 1), Windham-8 (previously Windham 2-2, or District 2), and Windham-9 (previously Windham 2-3, or District 3), changing the district lines slightly.

For local Town Meeting Day elections, the districts will be called: “Windham-7/Brattleboro District 1,” “Windham-8/Brattleboro District 2,” and “Windham-9/Brattleboro District 3.”

According to town clerk Hilary Francis, most residents “will continue to vote in the same district as previously, just with a new name. Some voters have been moved to a new district based on the new district lines. Those voters will receive a notice in the mail alerting them to their new voting district.”

For those voting absentee, they will notice a new district number on their ballot. If they opt to vote at the polls on election day, poll workers will be there to greet them and direct them to their district.

A “Map of Voting Districts” and “Voting District Boundaries” can be found at, under How May We Help You, then Elections (see menu on right side of page).

Voters may visit their My Voter Page ( to update their registration address, including their physical and mailing addresses, and request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

If you encounter problems logging into your My Voter Page, contact the town clerk's office at 802-251-8157 or [email protected].

Summer meals, summer reading program begin in Putney

PUTNEY - Summer Meals and the Summer Reading Program are coming to the library. Pre-packaged bagged meals (lunch and breakfast) are free and will be available to anyone 18 and younger, five days a week, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in front of the library from now through Aug. 19.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Putney Summer Meal Program Site Coordinator Elizabeth Cohen at [email protected].

After you grab your Summer Meals, come on over to the Putney Library's Summer Reading Program which runs from July 6 to Aug. 1. Most events start at 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Summer Reading Program is a self-paced, noncompetitive reading program that includes awesome activities and events that will keep your family coming to the library all summer long. Learn more and see the full schedule at

Moore Free Library hosts book sale

NEWFANE - The Friends of the Moore Free Library will hold their summer book sale on the library lawn on 23 West Street, on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The theme will be “What is old is new again” - literature, history, classics, children and young adult books, including everything left upstairs in the attic as well as a smattering of contemporary fiction. Buy a Moore Free Library tote bag for $15 or fill it with books for $20. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at [email protected] or 802-365-7278.

Tai Chi classes for fall prevention offered in Williamsville

WILLIAMSVILLE - Starting Wednesday, July 6 at 10:50 A.M., Fall Prevention: Tai Chi Level I, sponsored by Senior Solutions and taught by certified instructor Jane Douglas, will be offered at Williamsville Hall, 35 Dover Road, for five sessions.

Previous and new attendees are welcome. The class is free with donations accepted to help support the Hall. Class size is limited to 12 people. To enroll in either class, RSVP to Steve Levine at [email protected]. Vaccination and masks required.

RFPL offers passes to museums and parks

BELLOWS FALLS - Looking for something fun and educational to do with the family? The Rockingham Free Public Library offers cardholders passes to museums, parks, and institutions throughout the state and in nearby communities.

Passes can be reserved up to a month in advance and provide free or greatly reduced admission. Each pass can be checked out by library cardholders age 18 and older for three days at a time. The Library recommends that all pass users call or check an institution's website before going; some may require masks.

Park and museum passes available at the Library include:

• Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (free admission for one household)

• Southern Vermont Natural History Museum in Marlboro (free admission for two persons)

• Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury (free admission for two adults and two children up to age 17)

• American Precision Museum in Windsor (free for one family, two adults and two children)

• The Nature Museum at Grafton (free admission for one household)

• Vermont History Museum in Montpelier (free admission for one household)

• Vermont Historic Sites (free admission for one car with up to eight people)

• Vermont State Parks (day use only, free admission for one car with up to eight people)

• Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Woodstock ($5 per person for up to four people, children 3 and under free)

• Cheshire Children's Museum in Keene, N.H. (half-price admission for up to four people)

• Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington ($7 per person for up to four persons)

• Bandwagon Outdoor Summer Music Series from Next Stage at multiple sites throughout Windham County (free admission for two adults, under 12 free)

This service is provided to the RFPL through the financial support of the Friends of the Rockingham Library, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and individual institutions. For more information, call the Library at 802-463-4270, email [email protected], or go online to

Grace Cottage Fair Day returns, auction items sought

TOWNSHEND - The 72nd Grace Cottage Family Hospital Fair Day will be back on the Townshend Common on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Hospital Fair Day features big tents, delicious food, toe-tapping music, bagpipers, plus all the other wonderful attractions that are part of this decades-old tradition. Donations of items for the live auction, white elephant, jewelry, and book booths are gratefully accepted through mid-July. Pick-ups may be possible for large items.

Hospital Fair Day has a new auctioneer this year, Brian Tebo, from Bennington. Now that Kit Martin, the longtime Fair Day auctioneer, is living in Maine, he wholeheartedly recommended Tebo to replace him. Also, Tim Robinson and Ralph Sherman will share their music from the gazebo on the common 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair depends on volunteers, and in the days between now and Aug. 6, there is a lot of stacking, sorting, and storing to be done. Some of this has already started. Any and all community volunteers are gratefully accepted, whether you can donate an hour or two or more.

If you're interested in volunteering or donating items to the live auction, call Eileen Fahey at 802-365-4030 or email her at [email protected].

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