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Leaf collection schedule announced

BRATTLEBORO - Curbside spring leaf collection will take place on Friday, April 21, and Friday, May 5. These are the only days scheduled for curbside pickup.

All leaves and clippings must be contained in brown-paper leaf bags available for purchase at local businesses. No plastic bags or other containers will be accepted, as the materials collected will be used for compost.

The bags must be left at the curb by 7 a.m. on scheduled collection days.

Acceptable waste includes leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, and branches no larger than 1 inch in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

Leaves, brush, and yard debris are also accepted year-round at the Windham Solid Waste Management District on Old Ferry Road. The transfer station is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Leaves may be discarded there for free; a fee is charged for brush or leaves mixed with brush.

Leaf and yard debris are collected via the curbside program twice in the spring and twice in the fall. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 802-254-4255.

Water quality report now available

BRATTLEBORO - Brattleboro Water Department's annual Consumer Confidence Report Water Quality Report for 2022 is now available.

This report can be viewed on line at and printed copies are available at the Department of Public Works, Tri-Park Co-op Office, Guilford Country Store, the Town Clerk and Treasurer's offices (both located in the Brattleboro Municipal Center) and at the Interstate-91 Welcome Center in Guilford.

Questions about this report can be addressed to the Department of Public Works Water Treatment Division at 802 257-2320.

All Souls Church explores working together for climate action

WEST BRATTLEBORO - All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will host a showing on Friday, April 21, of three short films about communities where people are successfully making changes which benefit the people who live in their communities, their economies, and the environment. Not only are they reducing pollution, these citizens are working with businesses and local governments to create jobs. There will be time for discussion of how similar action could happen locally.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper, followed by the films and discussion, at the West Village Meeting House, 29 South Street, West Brattleboro. For those who can not attend in person, there will be an opportunity to participate via Zoom. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the church office at 802-254-9377, e-mailing [email protected], or registering online at

Electric vehicles showcased in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS - The Rockingham Energy Committee is planning an Electric Vehicle (EV) showcase in Bellows Falls on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hetty Green Park, on the corner of Church and School Streets (next to TD Bank). Sunday, April 23 is the rain date, same time.

Local EV owners will bring their cars, and two local EV dealers have been invited. There will also be electric bikes and garden tools on display, and tables with information about local environmental groups. For more information, contact Peter Bergstrom at [email protected] or 802-444-1860.

Crock-Pot Dinner served in BF

BELLOWS FALLS - The Women's Fellowship of the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street, is sponsoring a Crock-Pot Dinner on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a variety of homemade selections. The meal will include bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. Some gluten-free choices will be available.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for kids younger than five. The church is accessible to all. Diners are asked to enter from the back.

Dummerston Historical Society hosts quarterly meeting

DUMMERSTON - Help the Dummerston Historical Society identify Dummerston scenes in photos of long ago at their quarterly meeting on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m., at the Historical Society Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center.

Charlie Marchant of the Photo Committee of the Wardsboro History Group will present more than 70 images they have digitized of Dummerston glass plate negatives. The Wardsboro group hope local people will be able to identify the photos, and plan similar identification meetings for Vernon and Brattleboro in May.

The Wardsboro group, active since 1992, has transformed and preserved thousands of glass plate negatives over the years. The images to be shown are from a collection of Thomas Johnson's family, generously gifted by his widow, Barbara Johnson, for eventual distribution to the historical societies of the three towns. This donation is a valuable addition to Dummerston's photo collection, an ongoing project of many years.

The Dummerston Historical Society is handicapped accessible and one need not be a member to attend programs or exhibits. Delicious homemade refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Gail Sorenson at [email protected] or 802-254-9311.

Senior meal served in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will present their second meal for April on Wednesday, April 26, with pick-up of take-outs between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and in-house seating at noon. The menu for this meal will be baked chicken breast with mushroom sauce or vegetarian spinach/cheese manicotti, rice pilaf, and marinated carrots with gingerbread and whipped cream for dessert.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 802-254-1138 and leave name, telephone number, choice of entree and whether eating in or taking out. Please make these reservations by 5:00 pm on Tuesday. A donation of $3.00 for those 60 and older and $4.00 for the 59-and-under-group is suggested.

Free produce distribution

PUTNEY - The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some nonperishables on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., on Alice Holloway Drive (in front of Putney Meadows, the white building across from the Putney Food Co-op and Putney Fire Station.)

All are welcome. Because of Covid, it is a drive-up service. Bags will be provided. The next monthly food drop is Thursday, April 27.

Garden Club welcomes new president

BRATTLEBORO - Lynne Kennedy, president of the Brattleboro Garden Club since 2020, bids farewell in her leadership role and welcomes incoming president Jill Stahl-Tyler, who has been an active member of the Club since 2004. Stahl-Tyler helped design and now maintains the website and has been involved in the club's plant sales and many other programs.

The Garden Club has partnered with other organizations in town, such as Gallery Walk, and says it hopes to continue those activities. Programs for the upcoming year include flower arranging, local garden tours, garden critiques, plus holiday wreath- and table-decorating workshops.

The club meets monthly on the second Monday at 5:30 p.m., usually at the Green Mountain Chapel community room on Western Avenue. Other meetings are held at local gardens around town. They are always looking for new members. Contact Stahl-Tyler at [email protected], or visit

Putney Community Cares launches feasibility study for community nurse

PUTNEY - Putney Community Cares is working on a feasibility study to determine if the Putney community would like and feels the need for a community nurse. The Community Nurse would be a free program offered by Putney Community Cares.

According to a news release, the Community Nurse “would provide nursing care delivered in the home that focuses on illness care for individuals and families in our community,” with a goal of providing “treatment and education to decrease the occurrence of disease and illness and to promote healthy living.”

This service would be for people of all ages who need health care assistance at home, and “blood pressure or other health clinics could also be a part of this program depending on our community needs.”

Typically, individuals who are homebound are eligible for services provided by a visiting nurse, and being homebound is a requisite for receiving their care.

Once able to be out in the community on their own or with assistance, patients might no longer be considered homebound, and therefore no longer eligible for the visiting nurse. The Community Nurse program would allow for home visits for anyone in Putney who is not considered homebound.

Putney residents are encouraged to go to to fill out the survey by Friday, April 28. Paper copies of the survey are at the Putney Public Library and Town Hall.

Putney Community Cares says it will consider these data in the month of May to make decisions on whether the program is a good fit for Putney. For more information, contact Ruby McAdoo at [email protected] or 802-387-5593.

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