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Property to be released by Sheriff's Dept.

BRATTLEBORO - The Windham County Sheriff's Department is currently seeking the rightful owners of several items currently stored at their office. The items currently available range from evidence that has been released to property being held for safekeeping.

If you believe your property is being held, you may contact Deputy Micah Fisher. A description of the property, as well as proof of ownership, will be required. All items left unclaimed after 90 days will be considered abandoned property. Contact Deputy Fisher at [email protected].

Raffle to benefit Winston Prouty Center

BRATTLEBORO - The Winston Prouty Center is now selling tickets for their annual Par for the Cause Prize-A-Day Raffle. Three winners are drawn every weekday from June 1 to June 23. There are more than 60 prizes to win, including gift certificates to local eateries and shops, yoga classes, movie tickets, haircuts, car services, memberships, admission passes, and much more.

Tickets are $5 for one, $20 for five, $50 for 20, and $100 for 50. Entries stay in the drawing all month long. Tickets can be purchased at and will be available at the June 2 Gallery Walk, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Saturday, June 3, and the Putney Farmers' Market on Sunday, June 4. Proceeds support the Center's mission to provide inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families.

Learn about edible perennial gardening at RFPL

BELLOWS FALLS - On Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m., landscaper and naturalist John Root will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library to discuss how to establish and maintain a variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials that can be grown in New England for bountiful harvests of fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Participants learn how to establish and care for these plants using organic methods of cultivation. Nutritional and medicinal benefits of the plants are explained as well. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation, and handouts with a list of edible perennial plant species, resources for further study, and recommended plant nurseries are distributed at the conclusion of the program.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected], call 802-463-4270, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

Cemetery community workday in West Halifax

WEST HALIFAX - On Saturday, June 3 (rain date: June 4), the Halifax Cemetery Commission, in collaboration with the Vermont Old Cemeteries Association (VOCA), will conduct a community workday in the West Halifax Cemetery.

Volunteers are needed to clean up the grounds and reset broken or fallen headstones. Participants can join in at 9 a.m. for a half-day of rewarding work. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Those interested should meet 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd., West Halifax. Volunteers are recommended to bring garden gloves, sun and tick protection, and clippers. For more information, contact Gary Rand at [email protected] or 860-558-3565.

Main Street Arts presents gardens as living art

SAXTONS RIVER - Join Main Street Arts on the weekend of June 10 and 11 for a garden tour to experience three gardens and art in the Saxtons River/Rockingham area.

Offered during the weekend will be a plein air painting workshop by Kristen Murphy, a talk by landscape designer Samantha Anderson, sculpture by Deborah Bump, live music by Gordon Korstange, and a labyrinth talk and walk by Rana C. Williams.

Artist Mark Ragonese will demonstrate how to make a garden arch from saplings at MSA, where visitors can also peruse a flea market of used garden tools, books, and accessories. Information about the tour, refreshments, and restrooms are available at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the days of the tour. The Garden Tour ticket price includes one raffle ticket for gift certificates generously donated by Gardeners Supply, Walker Farm, Allen Brothers, Harlow Farm, and Morning Star Perennials. Additional tickets will increase your odds and are available online and at MSA on the tour days.

For more information about the garden tour, visit

West River Radio Club hosts annual Field Day

Ham radio offers opportunities to support your community, communicate long distances without internet or cell networks, volunteer for emergency preparedness, and develop lifelong friendships, say organizers of the West River Radio Club's annual Field Day.

Visitors can get on the air and learn all the above on Saturday, June 24. Testing opportunities for those who are ready to obtain or upgrade their FCC license will be offered at 12:30 p.m.

This gathering will be held from 10 a.m. through the evening at the home of Rob and Karen Mather, 75 VT Route 10, North Springfield, Vermont. Persons wishing to take any exam need to RSVP and bring the following: two pieces of identification, one with a photo; pencils, a calculator (not on your cell phone), any prior radio license, and $15 (cash or check).

For more information and/or to RSVP, contact Mary Peterson at 802-258-3921.

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