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Brattleboro begins summer paving projects

BRATTLEBORO – This week, DMI Paving (a city contractor) started the city’s summer paving project on Highland, Central, Pearl, Thomas, Pellet and Blakeslee streets and on White Birch Avenue.

Cold planing operations (removal of the existing pavement) and new paving will take place.

Weather permitting, the work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. On-street parking will not be permitted during working hours.

The project is expected to last around two weeks. There will be traffic disruptions during these operations.

If you have any questions, contact Superintendent of Highways and Utilities Dan Tyler at 802-254-4255 or [email protected].

Halifax hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic and social event

HALIFAX – On Friday, July 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rescue Inc. will be offering a free clinic to administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Halifax Community Hall.

Rescue will offer Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine to people 18 years of age and older. Rescue will also offer Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine for people 12 years of age or older.

Rescue will return to town on Friday August 13 to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at an event for people in the greater Halifax community and anyone in need of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To “sweeten things up,” write the event organizers, the Halifax Community Club will be hosting an ice cream party at the same time as the clinic. Ice will be free for everyone who has just been vaccinated, for people already vaccinated and for children under 12 years old.

The Historic Halifax Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Rd. In West Halifax, will be open; it is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible bathroom. Seating places will be available on the ground.

For more information, contact Linda Lyon, member of the Community Club ([email protected] or 802-368-2211) or Selectboard member Pete Silverberg ([email protected] or 802-368-2270).

Manitou welcomes Healing Walk

WILLIAMSVILLE – The Manitou Project will be holding its healing walk on Friday, July 23, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm The walk will be led by Fred Taylor and will include poems or other readings, as well as opportunities to share the experience.

Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October.

The Manitou project seeks to foster community with nature on its 235-acre land reserve at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Taylor at 802-254-2675.

Senior meal served at Dummerson

DUMMERSTON – The Fourth Wednesday Senior Luncheon, sponsored by Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions, will take place on Wednesday, July 28, with indoor service starting at noon. Take-out meals can be picked up from 11:30 a.m.

Reservations are requested before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, so organizers can plan to provide enough food for everyone. .

The menu will include a chicken pie or a vegetable quiche, with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and bread pudding.

A donation will be requested, with $ 3 suggested for those 60 and over and $ 4 for everyone else.

To reserve, dial 802-254-1138.

Church to host spaghetti dinner during Blueberry Fest

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Community Church will be holding their annual Spaghetti Supper at the Route 100 Civic Center.

The event takes place during the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival on Friday July 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, bread, salad, drinks and blueberry dessert.

Tickets ($ 12 for adults and $ 5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12) can also be purchased at First Stop in Jacksonville, the Whitingham Public Library, the Super Suds Laundromat in Wilmington, or Jan Herzig. Children under 5 can eat for free.

Reservations are required and can be made at [email protected] or by phone at 802-368-2205 or 802-368-2020.

Conservation district plans dam removal and rehabilitation tour

BRATTLEBORO – On Tuesday, August 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Windham County Natural Resource Conservation District will host a tour of dam removal and rehabilitation sites in Windham County.

Marie Caduto, watershed coordinator for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ron Rhodes, director of restoration programs at the Connecticut River Conservancy, will lead the tour, which “aims to help both dam owners and city officials to learn about options for removing or repairing aging dams and the processes involved in both types of projects, ”according to a press release.

According to state law, dam owners are legally and financially responsible for the maintenance of dams and can be held liable for the consequences of dam failures.

Approximately 20 miles of driving or carpooling will be required for this free event.

To register, email Cory Ross at [email protected].

Spark Institute offers a summer music camp

PUTNEY – Spark Teacher Education Institute is running a summer music camp program in Putney from Monday August 9 through Friday August 13.

Children between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to participate in the writing of songs, songs and poems, accompanied by music by certified teachers.

Two sessions will take place: from 9 a.m. to noon and from noon to 3 p.m. Activities will take place outdoors in tents with participants 6 feet apart.

To register, visit Spark Teacher Training Institute on Facebook or email [email protected].

Vernon is planning a community picnic, celebration

VERNON – The Friends of Vernon Center will be hosting a community picnic and celebration, with music and food, at the Governor Hunt House on Sunday, August 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This lawn event will feature music from the Falltown String Band, local providers of roots rock, folk, country, bluegrass and blues. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. There will be activities for the kids, tours of the historic house and “wacky garden games for everyone,” the event organizers promise.

Bring your own lunch or pre-order a lunch box from the Cold Brook Store or Italian sandwiches from Bloomin ‘Italian. Drinks and desserts will be sold on site. Ordering information can be found at bit.ly/622-vernonpique-nique.

The Governor Hunt House was previously owned by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and was used as office space before being donated to the city in 2019.

The Friends of Vernon non-profit center is working to renovate the historic farmhouse into a community center and a venue for private events.

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