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Residents reminded to trim overgrown vegetation

BRATTLEBORO - Property owners are advised that they responsible for trimming and maintaining vegetation on their property if it may interfere with the public right of way.

“Overgrown vegetation creates an unsafe situation for pedestrians who may have to walk in the roadway to get by,” the Public Works Department wrote in a news release. “It also impacts the sight distance for vehicular traffic. Please inspect and trim your vegetation accordingly.”

According to town ordinances, “No person shall allow limbs of trees, shrubbery, fence posts, gates or other material to obstruct the sidewalks so as to interfere with their free use by pedestrians.”

Likewise, “No wall, fence or other structure shall be erected or maintained, and no hedge, tree or other obstruction shall be maintained that does, will or may cause danger by obstructing the view of traffic, vehicular or pedestrian, on a public sidewalk or street.”

If you have any questions, contact Brattleboro Public Works at 802-254-4255.

Manitou healing walk set for Aug. 12

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will hold its Healing Walk on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4–5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The walk will be led by Fred Taylor and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share the experience.

Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Taylor at 802-254-2675.

Cemetery Soirée planned

GUILFORD - Do you have family, friends, or loved ones buried at Guilford's Christ Church Cemetery? Do you have any stories about those who are buried there? Do you know people who now live elsewhere but who also have family members buried there? The cemetery's Board of Trustees says they would love to hear those stories.

The Christ Church Cemetery Association will host a Summer Soirée in the cemetery at the corner of Route 5 and Melendy Hill Road, on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., with lemonade, cookies, music, and history in the bucolic grounds of the cemetery adjacent to the historic 1817 Guilford Christ Church.

“In the waning summer days, come out and lend an ear or share a story of loved ones from bygone times; recite a poem or let the children 'describe the dash' from gravestone readings,” the trustees said in a news release.

“Be inspired to paint or photograph the scenery while musicians wander. Re-connect with neighbors, or make a new friend. Join the Association as we celebrate local history, talk about burial options, share upcoming happenings, and pay homage to the loved ones interred.”

All ages are welcome. Donations are also welcome and go to maintenance of the cemetery. Contact Barry Aleshnick at [email protected] or reach the CCCA through their website at

'Early bird discount' for Chester pig roast on Aug. 20

CHESTER - Celebrate summer with an outdoor Southern-style pig roast and accompanying favorite picnic foods on the lawn of St. Luke's Church, 313 Main Street, Chester, on Saturday August 20, 4–7 PM. Reserve by Aug. 15 for a discount.

Barbecue-pit master Jessie Pixley will smoke the beast on location, and picnic specialties will be prepared by seasoned cooks. Favorite homemade side dishes include potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and cookies for dessert. Plus rolls, hot and cold drinks, and several different sauces created by grill master Pixley. Enjoy delicious food at tables on the back lawn of the church while playing lawn games, or do take-out for the gang to enjoy at home.

Due to summer heat, picnic pests, and health precautions, side dishes will be packaged so distribution will be fast, clean, and perfect for transporting to a table or back to your house.

Enjoy good food, fun, and friendship at St. Luke's first pig roast and spread the word to family, friends, and lovers of fun and food. For information, visit

Reserve early to guarantee a spot. Early Bird reservations made and paid by Monday, August 15, receive a discount: adults, $13; youths 6–12 years, $7; and family of 5, $40. Ages 5 and under attend free.

After August 15: adults, $15; youths 6–12, $8; and family of 5, $45.

To make a reservation or learn more, contact Janet Hunter at 802-886-2304. Make checks out to St. Luke's Church, write “PIG” in the memo line, and mail check in advance to Janet Hunter, 10 Pine Brook Lane E9, North Springfield, VT 05150.

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