Around the Towns

Manitou healing walk is Aug. 26

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will hold its Healing Walk on Friday, Aug. 26, rain or shine, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The walk will be led by Fred Taylor and will include poems or other readings and chances to share about the experience.

Healing walks are held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. For informtion, contact Taylor at 802-254-2675.

'Twin Tales' featured at Historical Society meeting

NEWFANE - The annual meeting of the Historical Society of Windham County will be held at the NewBrook Firehouse on Route 30, on Friday, Aug. 26.

A brief business meeting at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the traditional storytelling program at 6 p.m. This year's storytellers will be Roger and Ron Allbee, who will share the stage and tell “Twin Tales” - their stories as twin brothers growing up on the family farm in Brookline.

There will be no potluck this year, however light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact [email protected], or visit the Historical Society of Windham County's website at

Volunteers needed to clear invasive plants on West River Trail

DUMMERSTON - Join with other volunteers to help remove invasive plants in the Riverstone Preserve on the West River Trail on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Meet at the southern Sibosen trailhead intersection with the West River Trail, located south of where the Fox Farm Road access trail comes in. About 3/4 mile from the access road trailhead, go south and turn left when you get to the West River Trail, pass the north end of the Sibosen trail. Keep going about a quarter mile to the south end of it. The work site is also about 1 1/4 miles from the trailhead near The Marina in Brattleboro.

Bring work gloves, water, and insect repellant. Contact [email protected] with questions and to let them know that you're coming.

Rummage & tag sale benefits Community Center

WEST DUMMERSTON - A rummage & tag sale will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West Street, in West Dummerston Village.

Items for sale include costumes, jewelry, dishes and home furnishings, toys and games, fabric, books and records, clothing and footwear, bedding, and a wedding gown.

Proceeds benefit the upkeep and maintenance of the Dummerston Community Center, a nonprofit organization. For more information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.

Vernon Historians host annual Mums and More Sale

VERNON - The Vernon Historians will hold their annual Mums and More Sale on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vernon Historical Museum. The sale will feature a selection of chrysanthemums and perennial plants. It also will include pottery, jewelry, soap, honey, photo cards, moss sculptures, and more.

The museum is located in Vernon at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142), near the south intersection of Route 142 and Pond Road.

Monies raised by the sale help to pay for the work of the Vernon Historians related to the preservation and presentation of local history. In addition to the artifacts and other historical contents of the Vernon Historical Museum, the Historians also own and maintain the historic (1860) Pond Road Chapel, and some of the funds will be used to pay for the upkeep of that building.

For further information, contact Carol Hammond at 802-257-0207 or [email protected].

NECCA hosts open house on Sept. 3

BRATTLEBORO - Celebrate 15 years of circus in Brattleboro at an open house at the New England Center for Circus Arts' (NECCA) custom-built Trapezium on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for free or by donation.

Beginners are welcome to try out a low trapeze or aerial silks, and learn to juggle, balance on a wire, and meet our expert instructors. Watch student demos and meet NECCA staff. Register for fall classes (Sept. 6 through Oct. 16) at the event and receive a $10 discount.

Ages five (youth must be accompanied by an adult) through adults are encouraged to join, as classes are available for adults, too. NECCA's Trapezium is located just one mile north of downtown Brattleboro at 10 Town Crier Drive.

NECCA offers scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. Enroll now at or call for more information at (802) 254-9780.

Brattleboro Area Hospice offers bereavement volunteer training

BRATTLEBORO - Brattleboro Area Hospice will hold an eight-week training for new bereavement volunteers on Mondays, 3 to 6 p.m., Sept. 26 through Nov. 14, in person at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Avenue.

This is a chance to be trained and work as a bereavement volunteer, the ones who provide emotional support and companionship to individuals grieving the death loss of a loved one. No experience is needed.

Applications for the training are being accepted until Sept. 19. An online fillable application is available at, or you can contact the office at 802-257-0775 or [email protected] to receive one by email or USPS.

Space is limited. Cost for the training is $40 for materials. Following the training, volunteers are expected to commit to one hour per week spent with a bereaved individual. For more information, contact Lars Hunter, bereavement program coordinator at 802-257-0775, ext. 104, or [email protected].

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