Upcoming events: Railroading history highlighted; Vermont deer population addressed; Mardi Gras party in Cavendish; Family Center Election Day bake sale; and Whiting hosts classes on Internet use

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@www.chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please.

Feb. 20: Learn about Boston and Maine Railroad history

Brad Blodget will provide insight into railroading, Boston and Maine Railroad history and New England history Marium Fosters Boston and Maine Railroadwhen he discusses his book  Marium Foster’s Boston and Maine Railroad at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Marium Foster was a B&M assistant ticket agent, freight cashier and Fitchburg Division correspondent for the road’s employee magazine. She became widely known all over the division. Her photography, which supported her contributions to the magazine, transport readers back to the way the railroad looked and operated in the mid-1900s, showing once familiar scenes along the railroad and everyday railroaders at work.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 802-463-4270, email rockref@sover.net, or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org.

Feb. 27: CCCA presents talk on health of Vermont deer population

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The CCCA addresses the health of the Vermont deer herd in its latest Walk and Talk series presentation.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold another presentation in the Walk and Talk Series, “Big Game–Health of the Deer Herd” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Gethsemane Church meeting hall on Depot Street in Proctorsville. The event is free and open to the public.

Adam Murkowsky of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will give a comprehensive review of deer management, and the results of the current public survey on the health of deer herds in Vermont.

This is a free event although donations to defray costs are always welcome. For more information about this event, or about other upcoming Walk and Talk events, please call Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.

The Walk and Talk Series consists of lectures and demonstrations aimed at presenting various aspects of our natural world in a learning environment. Past events focused on raptors, amphibians, large game, bees, songbirds and many other topics of general interest. When the weather is good the instructor may meet in an appropriate outdoor setting as well.

 March 1: Mardi Gras dinner and dance in Cavendish

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association continues its annual Mardi Gras tradition of dinner and dance with home-cooked Cajun food and the music of Yankee Chank on Saturday, March 1 at Crows’ Bakery and Café on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Revelers enjoy a past Cavendish mardi gras celebration.

Revelers enjoy a past Cavendish Mardi Gras celebration.

Tickets for the dinner and dance are $40 per person but are limited to 30 people. To attend the dance only, tickets are $10 at the door starting at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner includes pulled pork or vegetarian poor boys, corn bread, coleslaw, Seymour’s famous shrimp etouffee, King Cake and more. A cash bar will be open. As in past years, there will be a contest with prizes for the first and second best homemade Mardi Gras mask.

To reserve your dinner and dance tickets or for information about the event please call Robin at 802-226-7736, or stop by Crows’ Bakery. Tickets sell out quickly, so please buy early.

March 4: CAFC annual bake sale during Chester  town elections

The Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day Bake Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the 2nd floor of the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Delicious baked good prepared by community members will be available to purchase and you don’t have to be a Chester voter to buy.

Money raised during this event is used to support the center’s Food Shelf and its  emergency financial assistance program. As of Jan 31, 90 families have been enrolled in the Food Shelf with 217 individuals provided with supplemental nutritious food.

You can also help the Food Shelf by adding a few extra seeds/plants to your vegetable garden and sharing the fresh produce with the Food Shelf for distribution to its enrolled families.

If you know of a Chester or Andover resident who is experiencing difficulty in paying for heating fuel, utility bills, rent or gas for their car to get to work, doctor appointments or other crucial trips, call the Chester-Andover Family Center for assistance at 875-3236. The center works with other organizations that provide similar assistance and, through a combination of funds,  may be able to assist in paying past due utility bills, eliminating shut-offs and provide emergency fuel delivery to prevent being without heat during cold winter months. All personal information is kept strictly confidential.

The Thrift Shop hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Food Shelf hours are 1 to 6 p.m. every Thursday.  Reach the center at 908 VT Route 103 South (P. O. Box 302), Chester, VT 05143; 802-875-3236, email: cafc302@gmail.com, website www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org and www.facebook.com/chesterandoverfamilycenter

March 5: Internet courses at the Whiting

The Whiting Library at 117 Main St., Chester, is offering three free classes for computer tablet users from 6 to 7 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays in March in the Community Room of the Library.

  • March 5, a course introduces class members to Listen-Up, a free service for library patrons. Whiting Library cards allow anytime access to hundreds of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.
  • March 12 is Universal Class. Learn how to access more than 500 on-line courses from cake decorating to finance with your library card.
  • March 19, members will browse more than 20 Vermont on-line library databases.

Sign up for one class or all three by calling 802-875-2277. A limited number of tablets will be available or participants may bring their own WiFi-capable portable devices. The Community Room is handicapped accessible, and equipped with a hearing loop.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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