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Tax assessment grievance hearings to begin in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO - The town of Brattleboro Abstract Grand List was lodged on May 17, and change of assessment notices were mailed. The

Brattleboro Listers will hold grievance hearings at the Municipal Center, 230 Main St., starting Wednesday, May 31, at 9 a.m.

Applications for a hearing are available at the Assessor's office or online at on the Assessor's page. Applications should be physically (via mail or email) received in the Assessor's office by 5 p.m. on May 31 to schedule a hearing.

Marlboro Morris Ale returns this weekend

The 48th annual Marlboro Morris Ale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Public performances of traditional dance and music will happen throughout Brattleboro on Saturday, starting with performances by all of the morris and sword teams at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the Potash Hill campus in Marlboro, and ending with another en masse performance at 5 p.m. on the eastern end of Elliot Street.

On Sunday, the teams will dance in various Windham County locations, gathering for a final en masse public performance at 5 p.m. in front of the Windham County Courthouse in Newfane.

Every year since 1976, Morris and sword teams from all over North America, and occasionally the United Kingdom, have gathered in southern Vermont to dance, make music, and celebrate the arrival of spring and coming of summer. For more information, contact Natty Smith at [email protected] or 781-710-6131, or visit

Manitou healing walk set for May 26

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will hold its a Healing Walk on Friday, May 26, 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 will be held, rain or shine, every second and fourth Friday of each month until October.

The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with Nature on its 235-acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Road. For more information, contact Taylor at 802-254-2675.

Guilford Church homemade pie sale set for May 27

GUILFORD - A spring tradition, the Memorial Day Weekend Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road.

Homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies such as lime cheesecake, lemon meringue, and even quiche will be for sale for $20 each. This year, there will also be some pies made with gluten free crusts.

All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels. From Interstate 91 Exit 1 in Brattleboro, head south on Route 5 just past the Guilford Country Store, in front of Richmond Auto Repair, 14 Guilford Center Rpad.

Plant sale benefits Wardsboro Library

WARDSBORO - The 18th annual 'From Our Gardens to Yours' plant sale in Wardsboro is Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. All the potted plants and flats for sale will be spread out across the front lawn of the Wardsboro Public Library at 170 Main Street, and the library is open that day. Parking and admission are free.

The Library Trustees and the Friends of the Wardsboro Library have planned an event that includes much more than hearty perennials, colorful annuals, shrubs, Gilfeather turnip seedlings, vegetables, and herbs. There are a variety of same-day garden raffles planned as well, with the winners drawn at 1 p.m. The Library's Book Sale Barn is open that day and there are home-baked goods under a tent. All proceeds benefit the Wardsboro Public Library.

In another big fundraiser, the Trustees and the Friends have announced that the 2023 Best Raffle Ever this year is a brand new, powerful General 6,500-watt generator, made available with the generosity of W & W Building Supply. Tickets are on sale for the generator at the plant sale event, and the generator is on display in the lobby at the library every day that the facility is open. The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. For details, see or call 802-896-6988.

Memorial Day service in Vernon

VERNON - The Vernon Memorial Day Service will take place on Monday, May 29, at 2 p.m., at the Vernon War Memorial on Burrows Road across from the Town Office Building. This event is hosted annually by the Vernon Historians to thank and remember family members, friends, and neighbors who have served in the armed forces.

A color guard from American Legion Brattleboro Post 5 will present and retire the colors, play “Taps,” and provide a gun salute. A roll call for each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will recognize military veterans in attendance. Lastly, those in attendance will say silently or aloud, the names of those who have served, sacrificed, and succumbed.

Friends and neighbors from surrounding communities are invited to this outdoor program. A comfort station will be provided, and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Traditional Memorial Day program returns in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Evening Star Grange will hold its first Memorial Day program in three years outside on the Common in Dummerston Center on Tuesday, May 30 - the traditional Memorial Day. The American Legion Post 5 Band will perform a concert from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and the rest of the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Margaret Evans, co-founder and long-time chair of the Grange Memorial Day Committee, will be the featured speaker, and Boy Scout Troop 405 will also participate. There will be some chairs available, but you may bring your own. In case of rain, the program will move inside the Grange Hall. There will be light refreshments in the Grange following the program.

Guilford forum focuses on town's one-room schoolhouses

GUILFORD - An educational forum in Guilford's one-room schoolhouses, with stories from community members who attended them, will be presented by the Guilford Historical Society on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m., at the Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Road.

Storytellers include Guilford residents who attended one of 14 one-room schoolhouses. They include Jim Henry, Barbara Fitch Haumann, Harry Evans, Reita Jaqueth Lashway, Richard Bullock, and Dwight Fitch. Verandah Porche will be the moderator.

Starting in 1809, Guilford had 14 one-room schoolhouses. Several operated until 1957 with the opening of the consolidated Guilford Central School. One of Guilford's original one-room schoolhouses on Carpenter Hill Road, built in 1798, has been preserved and stewarded by the Guilford Historical Society.

The Guilford Historical Society Museum, 4063 Guilford Center Rd., will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon throughout the summer starting on June 3.

Plant an extra row to feed the hungry

BRATTLEBORO - This year, Edible Brattleboro is encouraging community members to plant an extra row or two of vegetables or herbs in their garden to donate to neighbors in need. All donations can be dropped off at Edible Brattleboro's weekly Share the Harvest Stand, on Sundays, July through October, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (best to arrive before noon).

The stand is located in the garden at Turning Point of Windham County, 39 Elm Street. Alternatively, gardeners may drop off extra produce from their gardens directly to Foodworks, 141 Canal Street, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you need help getting your garden started or want some free vegetable starts to add to your garden, visit Edible Brattleboro's upcoming Plant Swap/Giveaway, held at the Retreat Farm's Community Garden Project, 475 Linden Street, on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come with any extra plants or seeds you have, and trade with your neighbors and community members, or just come by to pick up some plants you'd like. All plants must be bare root or grown in sterilized soil to avoid transmission of invasive jumping worms.

Lastly, Edible Brattleboro needs “foster” gardeners to care for tomato plants they don't have enough garden space to accommodate. The harvested tomatoes will be canned in the fall and donated to Foodworks for distribution. Foster gardeners will receive a jar of canned Italian style tomato sauce or whole tomatoes as a thank you. Contact Marilyn at [email protected] for more information.

Christ Church Guilford Society plans summer events

GUILFORD - The Christ Church Guilford Society is planning outdoor events this summer to be held on the lawn of Christ Church across from the Guilford Country Store in Algiers. The first will be a free outdoor jazz band concert by the BUHS Jazz Band.

Concertgoers are welcome to bring a blanket or chair at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. This is a chance for people to relax, bring kids, enjoy the music, and congratulate Steve Rice on his long career as an educator and performer. The band will perform favorite pieces from this past year. Refreshments will be served.

A presentation of the reconstruction work being done on the classic 1817 building will also be offered with a peek inside the historic sanctuary while the building is closed for repairs. The hope is that the building will be open for indoor celebrations next year.

The Christ Church Guilford Society, Inc., is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For information on Christ Church's history, mission, news, upcoming events, and how to support their work, go to

Dummerston Community Center seeks help for annual Coffee Break fundraiser

DUMMERSTON - The Dummerston Community Center, a nonprofit organization, will be holding their annual Coffee Break fundraiser at the Vermont Welcome Center on Friday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Community Center is in need of donations and volunteers to help at the Coffee Break. Some of the items needed include bottled water, bottles of ketchup, mustard, and relish, assorted individual-sized bags of chips, baked beans, fruit (watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, etc.), juice boxes, baked treats (muffins, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.), and grocery store gift cards or cash.

The center will be open on Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for donations to be dropped off. To sign up to donate or volunteer, call Ann Davis at 802-254-2415 or Carol Wood at 802-380-1424.

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