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Brattleboro Police host rabies clinic

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Police Department's Animal Control Officer will host a rabies clinic on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Police Station, 62 Black Mountain Rd.

Registration is not required for this event. This event is open for Brattleboro residents and non-Brattleboro residents. The rabies clinic is for cats and dogs. The rabies vaccines cost $15 per animal and will be a cash-only service. The rabies vaccine will be the only vaccine available during this clinic.

Sugar-on-Snow Supper in Guilford

GUILFORD - The annual Sugar-on-Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, March 16. Seatings are at 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Prices are $15 for adults, $7 children for age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers.

The menu features baked ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw, freshly made baked rolls and doughnuts, maple sugar-on-snow, dill pickles, and coffee, iced tea, or milk. A half-gallon of maple syrup will be raffled off during each seating. The money raised helps underwrite the many local charities the church supports with its outreach.

For reservations or more information, call 802-254-9562 or email [email protected]. From Exit 1 of Interstate 91 in Brattleboro, go south on Route 5 until just past Guilford Country Store, but before the bridge, then make a left on Bee Barn Road, then left again to 38 Church Drive. Visit for more information.

WWHT hosts Home Buyer Education Workshop

BRATTLEBORO - Get a smart start to home ownership by attending one of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust's (WWHT) Home Buyer Education Workshops.

The cost of the class is $99 per household and includes a one-on-one financial counseling session after completing the course. Their Home Ownership Specialists will analyze credit ratings and budgets and guide attendees through the process of buying a home. The fee is waived for current WWHT residents who are up to date on rental payments.

Participants will learn about grants and other downpayment assistance as well as which mortgage is right for you. Attendance at this workshop plus a meeting with a homeownership specialist meet the pre-purchase requirement for most lenders.

All courses are on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classes are held in person and via Zoom. The next class is scheduled for March 16. View WWHT's full calendar of monthly education workshops and register at

St. Patrick's Brunch and Broadway at Ciao Popolo

BELLOWS FALLS - Celebrate community on St. Patrick's Day with an Oh-So-Gay Brunch organized by Bellows Falls Pride and held in the Lounge at Ciao Popolo in downtown Bellows Falls on Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Broadway tunes interspersed with Irish classics take center stage while you enjoy brunch offerings from the Ciao Popolo menu. Zack Danziger on piano and guitar will be accompanied by singer Robin Lloyd, and the audience will be invited to join in the festivities. Dress to impress and win a prize. There is no admission charge for the musical entertainment.

Special meal offerings will include classic corned beef and cabbage, eggs benedict with corned beef, and a variety of libations suitable for the occasion. To reserve a table in the lounge, email [email protected]. For information, visit

Recent findings from Rich Earth Institute's on-farm research presented

BRATTLEBORO - Join the Rich Earth Institute and three of its farmer partners on Monday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to noon for a webinar presenting recent findings from on-farm research with urine fertilizer on sweet corn and nut tree seedlings.

Participants will dive into the concept of urine nutrient reclamation, exploring practicalities, safety concerns, and social research with farmers, buyers, and consumers.

Rich Earth will also share insights from twelve years of prior on-farm and lab research. Participants can engage in a lively discussion, pose questions to the research team and farmer-partners, and contribute to shaping the forthcoming "Farmer Guide to Urine Fertilizer." Register for free via Zoom at

Townshend Farmers' Market seeks vendors

TOWNSHEND - Applications for the 2024 Townshend Farmers' Market are now open. Market organizers say they are "excited to welcome a diverse group of artisans, farmers, and food producers to our vibrant market this year."

The market will be open on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., from May 24 through Oct. 11, at the West Townshend Country Store on Route 30.

Applications can be found on the West River Community Project website at, and are due April 1. For more information, Contact [email protected].

Senior Solutions to host 'Memory Cafés'

SPRINGFIELD - Memory Cafés are welcoming places for caregivers and their loved ones with dementia or other cognitive disorders to come and enjoy support, learn about resources, and make connections. Senior Solutions sponsors these Memory Cafés, which are nonjudgmental places where caregivers socialize, share stories, and learn about resources.

Senior Solutions staff and volunteers will engage with your loved one while you meet with other caregivers. Come with your loved one who has dementia, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Music and refreshments provided. Free for everyone.

Upcoming Memory Cafés will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following dates and places:

• Ludlow: March 14, 48 Pleasant St. Every second Thursday of each month.

• Brattleboro: March 25, at American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. Every fourth Monday of each month.

• Wilmington: March 21, in The Old Firehouse on Beaver Street. Every third Thursday of each month.

• Chester: April 4, in Willard Hall, at the rear of St. Luke's Episcopal Church on the Village Green. Every first Thursday of the month.

For more information, go to, or email Joann Erenhouse at [email protected].

RFPL receives grant for 'seed to spoon'

BELLOWS FALLS - The Rockingham Free Public Library has received a $15,000 Sustainable & Resilient New England Libraries Grant from the Association for Rural and Small Libraries which will support "From Seed to Spoon: Cultivating Community."

According to a news release, the grant will be used "to help build a sustainable food network in the Rockingham area to encourage the community to grow, locally source, and cook with the seasons." With this project, the RFPL "will help restore, renew, and enhance our natural resources and agricultural food ways; create greater equity for all people and communities; and, being a public library, promote lifelong learning habits and skills."

Upcoming projects around the grant include developing a seed library and a gardening tool lending library, two indoor gardens and programming to teach and encourage people of all ages and abilities to grow their own food, a year of programs to connect people to local food, seasonal cooking, composting, beekeeping, and more; and a small kitchen classroom in the RFPL for cooking demonstrations.

"The library is thrilled to receive this grant so we may support a sustainable food network for all ages in our community while also developing more sustainable practices and skills for the future," said Reference and Historical Collection Librarian Pamela Johnson-Spurlock.

The library has begun making connections throughout the community and welcomes any gardener, cook, or other food or food-related producer who has an interest in this program to reach out to the RFPL by email at [email protected], calling 802-463-4270, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.

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