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Route 142 detour extended until Sept. 8

BRATTLEBORO - Due to the run of bad weather this summer that is affecting the contractor working on the Brattleboro-Hinsdale bridge project, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) says that the closure period of Vermont Route 142 has been extended until the end of the day Friday, Sep. 8.

VTrans says that the active detours for cars and trucks will remain as configured. Uniformed traffic officers will be present as needed to assist with peak periods of traffic through the high school.

The truck detour route from Route 142 goes up Cotton Mill Hill Road, left onto South Main Street, continuing onto Fairground Road, and finally back to Canal Street. For drivers of cars following the detour from Route 142, proceed up Cotton Mill Hill and make a right hand turn onto South Main Street. A turnaround has been constructed south of Cotton Mill Hill on Route 142 to allow vehicles to safely navigate this corridor. A three-way stop configuration has been implemented at the Cotton Mill Hill/Route 142 intersection.

If there are questions, contact Bethany Oprendek at 802-267-4044 or [email protected].

Manitou hosts healing walk

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will hold a healing walk on Friday, Aug. 25, rain or shine, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The walk will be led by Mike Mayer and will include poems or other readings and chances to share about the experience.

Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. For more information, contact Mayer at 802-258-8598.

'Jail Tales' featured at Historical Society of Windham County's annual pot-luck

NEWFANE - The Historical Society of Windham County invites everyone to its annual Pot-Luck and Storytelling Program on Friday, August 25, at NewBrook Fire Station on Route 30.

The pot-luck begins at 6 p.m., and attendees should bring a dish to share; drinks will be provided. At 6:45 p.m., the floor will open for an Open Mic period, and participants may share stories - perhaps about Mrs. Mabel Whitney, Sheriff Norman Robinson, or the (1)routed jail escape in the late 1950s. Maybe these tales will go down in history, as the Historical Society renovates the landmarkWindham County Jail building to become the main Windham County Museum.

Admission is free. The pot-luck will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 5:30 p.m. See the Historical Society of Windham County's website for the latest news and current events at

Vernon Historians hosts 'Mums & More' sale

VERNON - On Sunday, Aug, 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Vernon Historians will hold their annual "Mums & More" fundraiser. Proceeds of the sale will help support the work of the Vernon Historians in preserving and presenting local history. The sale will feature a selection of chrysanthemum and perennial plants, cut flowers, honey, pottery, jewelry, photo cards, and more. It will also include an ice cream social with homemade, hand-cranked ice cream and a variety of toppings.

The event will take place at the Vernon Historical Museum at 4201 Fort Bridgman Rd. (intersection of Route 142 and Pond Road South) in Vernon. For further information, contact Carol Hammond at 802-257-0207 or 802-257-2143 or email [email protected].

Historical Society presents 'Artisans of Dummerston' exhibit

DUMMERSTON - The Dummerston Historical Society invites all to view the "Artisans of Dummerston" art exhibit at the society's schoolhouse in Dummerston Center. With so much creative talent in town, the society wanted to showcase the artwork of residents, whether in photography, oil painting, watercolor, fiber, pottery, wood working, or mixed media. Twenty-eight residents ranging in age from high school to retirees are showing their work.

They invite everyone to celebrate their friends and neighbors exhibiting their works and see the wonderful talent in this community. The exhibit is open every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. through Oct. 8. Events at the Dummerston Historical Society are free, all are welcome, and the building is accessible. For more information, contact Gail Sorenson at [email protected].

Voices of Hope, Brattleboro Area Hospice to honor International Opioid Overdose Day

WILMINGTON - Voices of Hope (VOH) and Brattleboro Area Hospice will be honoring "International Opioid Overdose Day" with a memorial service to be held Thursday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m., at Buzzy Towne Park on South Main Street (parking is available in the lot behind the library).

If the weather is inclement, the service will be held at the VOH building at 18 Beaver St. This is a nonreligious service open to all, and there will be grief support available from Brattleboro Area Hospice.

In a news release, organizers said that they invite "everyone whose life has been affected by the loss of a loved one due to substance use and overdose to come and remember loved ones with music, readings, speakers, and a candle ritual. Please bring photos, small mementos, and artwork to be displayed in honor of those who have died."

Voices of Hope says its mission "is to inspire hope and actively support people affected by substance use/misuse. We advocate to increase local resources and raise awareness about substance use/misuse and the importance of compassion in the Deerfield Valley. Our vision is to create a community that fosters connection, acceptance, creativity, recreation, health and safety." Learn more at

Landmark College forms collaboration with Equinix to help neurodivergent students with careers

PUTNEY - Landmark College, a global leader in educating neurodivergent students, recently began a collaboration with Equinix, the Silicon Valley-based digital infrastructure company.

According to a news release, the primary purpose of this 12-month agreement "is to build a mutually beneficial program that includes internship opportunities for Landmark College students where possible, and professional development opportunities for Equinix staff who are serving as mentors."

Landmark College Senior Director of Employer Relations and Career Connections Jan Coplan said the two parties will be meeting as necessary to plan and evaluate the various aspects of the program in order to "create a roadmap for best practices to promote a successful partnership."

Equinix Vice President of Talent Acquisition Nicholas Mailey said the collaboration is part of a new pathway of focus for people with learning differences. "Our company has a long-standing commitment to diversity and helping close the digital divide. Through this collaboration, we are taking additional and deliberate steps aimed to attract, support, and retain neurodivergent workers."

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