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Windham County NRCD hosts Conservation Coffee Chat

DUMMERSTON - The public is invited to attend the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (NRDC) at their annual conservation coffee chat on Friday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Bunker Farm on Bunker Road. Participants can learn about locally led conservation efforts and the local working group, as well as discuss how federal dollars should be invested in Windham County to support the restoration and protection of our natural resources. Warm drinks and snacks will be available.

The district will give a brief presentation about the process used to determine federal spending through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services and offer a quick overview of the Windham district's programming and options for support for land stewards.

This is the kick-off event for the 2024 Resource Concern Survey. The results of this survey are used by the local working group to make critical decisions about conservation funding each year. Paper copies of the survey will be on hand at the chat. To register for this event, email the district at [email protected] or call 802-689-3024.

For those unable to attend the in-person event, an online version will be offered on Monday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. Register for the online session at

Share your ideas, concerns about aging in Windham County

TOWNSHEND - Valley Cares Assisted Living will be hosting a Windham County Aging Collaborative Listening Session in the dining room at Valley Cares, 461 Grafton Rd., on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

There will be a short presentation after which individuals will be invited to share both their ideas and concerns about issues related to aging to include housing, chronic care, transportation, socialization, and nutrition and food systems.

Windham Aging Collaborative consists of organizations who care about older Vermonters in Windham County. As the second-oldest aging county in the state, Windham County's aging population is projected to increase significantly in the years ahead.

This Collaborative consists of leaders and experts in health care, and it is working with the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living to address the needs of an aging population for our county and for the State Plan.

Input from local community members is welcome. Space is limited. RSVP to Danielle St. Lawrence at 802-365-7190 or [email protected].

Potluck focuses on stories of migrants in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO - On Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. the Southern Vermont Welcoming Communities Initiative of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) hosts a "Journey to Vermont Story Potluck" at the studios of Brattleboro Community Television at the Municipal Center, 230 Main St.

This event is an opportunity for immigrants, new and established, to come and connect with their community. Participants are encouraged to bring something that is meaningful to share - a story, recipe, food item, or object. Light refreshments from Shital's Indian Vegetarian will be provided.

Additionally, individuals interested in contributing their experiences to the Finding Vermont Ethnography Project can sign up to be interviewed during the potluck. Those interviewed will be eligible for a $50 gift card as a token of appreciation.

Finding Vermont is an ethnographic interview project as a part of the Southern Vermont Welcoming Communities Initiative, whose mission, according to their website, is "to make the Windham County region more welcoming, equitable, and inclusive for BIPOC community members, immigrants, first- and second-generation Americans, asylum-seekers, and foreign-born workers."

This event will be the first public program of the Project. To learn more about the potluck, visit or email [email protected].

Rock Voices begins a new season

BRATTLEBORO - An experience is available this spring for those who wish to sing: They can join Rock Voices - the community chorus that sings only rock music. There are no auditions and singers don't need to know how to read music.

This spring, the choir will be performing songs recorded by the Monkees; The Band; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Boston; Fleetwood Mac; Jimmy Buffett; Kacey Musgraves; Selena Gomez, and more. Final performances will be in late April.

Brattleboro rehearsals are Monday nights, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Vermont Jazz Center in the Cotton Mill building, 72 Cotton Mill Hill. The first rehearsal will be Monday, Jan. 29. Go to for more information.

Rabies shot clinics offered in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - Ashley Pinger, animal control officer for the Windham County Sheriff's Department, will host a series of rabies clinics at the Town Office, 1523 Middle Rd. Each clinic will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Fridays, Feb. 2 and 16, and March 15 and 29.

The veterinarian is Dr. Paul Kotas from Free Range Veterinary Services. The fee for the rabies vaccine is $22, payable to the veterinarian. Dog owners will be required to provide proof of prior rabies vaccinations. Dog registrations for 2024 will be available for purchase during these clinics. Contact the Town Office at 802-257-1496 for more information.

Pick up your copy of RFPL's 'February Read'

BELLOWS FALLS - Pick up a copy of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami at the Rockingham Free Public Library to join a discussion of the book on Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

This coming-of-age love story set in 1960s Japan captures the huge expectation of youth while evoking a keen sense of poignancy. For more information, email [email protected], call the library (802) 463-4270, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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