Upcoming events: Family Center bake sale Tuesday; architectural historian addresses Chester treasures; weatherization workshop in Cavendish; celebrate novel writing in Bellows Falls; land succession workshop set; Windmill Pinnacle hike and talk; and Archer Mayor next Vermont Voice

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.

Nov. 4: Family Center Election Day Bake Sale in Chester

The Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day Bake Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second floor of Chester Town Hall at 556 Elm St., Chester. The sale is open to everyonVotee, not just Chester voters. The money raised will support the center’s Food Shelf and emergency financial assistance program.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for a handmade 3-foot x 4-foot braided wool rug created by Edie Brown, board member and volunteer. It will also be on display during the sale. The drawing will be on Saturday, Nov. 22. Tickets are also available at the center at 908 Route 103 South, Chester.

Nov. 6: First Thursday Rotary features architectural historian

The Chester Rotary Club welcomes local architectural historian Hugh Howard Henry to its First Thursday Rotary meeting 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at The Fullerton Inn, On the Green, Chester. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. He will speak on architectural points of interest in historic Chester.

Henry is among the few architectural historians active in Vermont. He has surveyed, photographed and researched many historic architectural and structural resources throughout Vermont. His professional career began with a project to prepare nominations of all the covered bridges in the state to the National Register of Historic Places. Currently his focus is the distinctive resources of the Vermont’s historic hydroelectric generating stations.

Nov. 6: Cavendish to host weatherization, solar presentations

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association in conjunction with the Town of Cavendish will host a weatherization and solar power workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the town office meeting room, 37 High St. in Cavendish. Residents of Cavendish and adjacent towns are invited to attend.

Sun clipartThe workshop will begin with a presentation and discussion by a representative of the NeighborWorks H.E.A.T Squad who will talk about how to best weatherize homes and how to finance the project. The presentation will focus on steps to take to make homes more energy efficient. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.

A SunCommon Solar representative then will talk about using the sun to make electricity. The discussion will cover home solar panels and about joining others in a community solar array to make electricity.

Finally, attendees will hear from the Solaflect Community Solar Park about how to invest in solar without putting equipment on their own property. Different community solar projects have different ownership structures and styles of participation.

Attendees will leave with the information necessary to get a home energy assessment or audit and a solar power evaluation, and will also understand what steps to take to make energy efficient improvements.

For more information, call Cheryl Leiner at 802-226-7820 or Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250.

Nov. 8: Celebrate Novel Writing Month at Rock Library

In recognition of November as National Novel Writing Month, the Rockingham Library is offering two writing opportunities. Both programs are free and open to the public and take place at the library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

National Novel Writing Month logoFrom 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, a “Write-in” session for adults will be held in the Third Floor Meeting Room. Attendees will have the opportunity to work in a quiet setting for a sustained two-hour writing period with like-minded souls. Participants may bring along anything that will make them comfortable creating: a cushion; yoga mat; or their laptop. The library will have paper and pencils available.

On Mondays Nov. 10, 17 and 24, from 5–6 p.m., writer Elayne Clift leads a series of writing workshops for teens, ages 14 and up. This is not a class. This is a creative opportunity and an opportunity to get tips from an award-winning writer, journalist and poet.

For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, access www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

VT-Ties-covertsNov. 8: Ties to the Land: Workshop on landowners’ succession planning

Vermont Coverts is sponsoring a workshop Ties to the Land from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the First Universalist Parish, 211 North St. (Route 103N), Chester, that is open to woodland owners. This workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises designed to give attendees the knowledge and tools to begin succession planning. Vermont Extension Forester Mary Sisock will lead the workshop. To register call Lisa Sausville at 802-877-2777 or e-mail lisa@vtcoverts.org or James Stack at 802-875-3909, or email james.skygate@gmail.com.

Nov. 8: Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association hike

Get to know another interesting trail system on a guided hike offered by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. This free activity will introduce nature lovers to this regional resource: the combined trail system on the Rockingham/Westminster lands of the 50-acre WHPA Bald Hill Reserve and the 200 acres of the Bellows Falls Union High School.

Randy Major, a member of both the Bald Hill Committee of the Pinnacle Association and the WHPA Board, will lead this moderate walk to familiarize hikers with the combined trail system and to give them a close-up view of Twin Falls from the infrequently visited south side of the Saxtons River.

Hikers will also walk up one side of Bald Hill and down the other, taking in views of the nearby village and Mount Ascutney 40 miles north.

Participants should dress warmly and bring water. Attendees should meet at 232 Covered Bridge Road in North Westminster, and contact Randy Major at 802-387-5737 for information and registration. Visit www.windmillhillpinnacle.org for a map indicating the trailheads and information about other Pinnacle programs.

Nov. 9: Archer Mayor presents latest novel at Vermont Voices

Archer Mayor, a regular fixture of Misty Valley Books’ Vermont Voices, returns with his 25th Joe Gunther mystery at 2 p.m. Nov. 9.  The event will be held at the Stone Church in Chester’s Stone Village.

Archer Mayor at Misty ValleyIn Proof Positive, two bodies are found in a hoarder’s home in Dummerston; one victim has a Philly rap sheet and may have played a role in the hoarder’s demise. Another body turns up in the City of Brotherly Love. Joe and his team leave for Philadelphia.

Mayor’s research for Proof Positive took him sniffing around Philadelphia Police Department headquarters, delving into historical data, interviewing locals, and photographing neighborhoods across Philadelphia.  Mayor is an investigator for a Vermont sheriff’s department and for the state medical examiner’s office.  He has 25 years of experience as a firefighter and EMT.

 —compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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