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First Wednesday lecture explores biodiversity

BRATTLEBORO - Vermont Humanities 2022–23 season of First Wednesdays lectures at Brooks Memorial Library continues with a virtual event on March 1 at 7 p.m.

Cristian Fretes Ojeda, technical trainer for Peace Corps Paraguay, will present “Biodiversity, Conservation, and Civic Participation in Paraguay.”

South America's Atlantic Forest is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Ojeda will discuss how civic participation is leading the effort to conserve crucial natural areas like the Atlantic Forest and the Gran Chaco, which span several South American countries.

To participate in this free event, register on the Vermont Humanities website at

First Wednesday lectures in Brattleboro are funded through the generous support of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. For more information visit or call 802-254-5290.

Genealogy group offers tips on searching immigration records

BRATTLEBORO - The Windham County Genealogy Interest Group will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library and on Zoom at

Jerry Carbone and Wayne Blanchard will explore how to find ancestors in immigration records using ship manifests, border crossings, naturalization records, and census records that asked citizenship questions.

The presentations will show attendees how to use websites, such as and to find records from Ellis Island and other U.S. ports of entry to include Boston, Baltimore, Galveston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. For those with ancestors who immigrated earlier than the Ellis Island era, other methods must be used.

Using journals and court records, for example, it is possible to learn how English ancestors came to New England during the Great Migration of the 1630s.

This workshop is for anyone interested in finding their ancestors and learning more about their family. history. For more information, email [email protected].

Wardsboro Yoked Parish moves worship services to West Wardsboro

WARDSBORO - Worship services of the Wardsboro Yoked Parish will move to the Baptist Church at 101 Cross Road in West Wardsboro beginning Sunday, March 5.

Service each Sunday starts at 9 a.m., and will continue through Sunday, May 28. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome.

Vermont Theatre Company plans auditions for 'Twelfth Night'

BRATTLEBORO - The Vermont Theatre Company and Retreat Farm announce auditions for their upcoming collaborative production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 5, at 11 a.m. and Monday, March 6, at 5 p.m., at the Brattleboro Area Middle School (BAMS) Multi Purpose Room. Enter through the BAMS main entrance.

“Disguises, love triangles, and mischief make this one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies,” said organizers in a news release. Performances will be held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 30 - July 9 at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro. For further information, or to set up an alternate audition time, email director Michelle Page at [email protected].

Senior lunch served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Senior Solutions and Evening Star Grange #154 will hold their first March Senior Lunch on Wednesday, March 8, at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center. In-house dining begins at noon, with takeout meals available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The meal on March 8 includes shepherd's pie, vegetarian shepherd's pie, squash medley, and four-bean salad, with banana cake for dessert.

Reservations for this highly attended meal are strongly encouraged and should be made by March 7 to help organizers gauge how much food to prepare. Call the Grange hall at 802-254-1138 and leave name, phone number, total number of meals, whether for eating in or taking out, and if vegetarian or gluten-free options are requested. A donation of $3 for those 60 and above and $4 for those 59 and under is suggested.

Sunrise Rotary launches annual dinner raffle

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club is now selling tickets for their annual Dinner Raffle to raise funds for Project Feed the Thousands and other Rotary projects. This year, there are five chances to win, including the first prize of five (5) $100 gift certificates to the following Brattleboro area restaurants: Panda North, Whetstone Station, Peter Havens, Echo Restaurant & Lounge, and The Marina.

Second place prize is a $100 certificate each to the Putney Diner and Grafton Village Cheese, plus $50 each to Tine, T. J. Buckley's, and The Four Columns Inn.

Additional third- and fourth-place prizes include $50 certificates to Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, Terrazza at the Country Club of Greenfield, the New England House, Vermont Country Deli, Vermont Shepherd, Saxtons River Distillery, Bar 580, and Sam's Outdoor Outfitters.

Tickets are five for $20 and may be purchased from any Brattleboro Sunrise Rotarian or by calling Toni Ciampaglione 802-338-6286. The raffle drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 15. Members of the public can also purchase tickets on Wednesday mornings, from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., at Ramunto's on Putney Road during the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's weekly meeting.

MedQuest Program returns this summer

SPRINGFIELD - Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is offering two sessions of their MedQuest Program this summer at Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC), Springfield Hospital, and North Star Health. This hands-on career exploration day camp will take place Monday through Wednesday, July 24–26, 2023, at Springfield Hospital & North Star Health, and Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 2–4, 2023, at RRMC.

There will be job shadows with health professionals, team activities, mentoring from medical students with the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and clinical skill building.

Tuition is $175, and scholarships are available. Register by Wednesday, March 15, by calling 802-885-2126, ext. 102, emailing [email protected] or visiting

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