Community events: Feb. 24 through March 3, 2016

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Feb. 24: Rockingham citizens group holds community forum

Citizens in Rockingham and surrounding areas are encouraged attend the second community forum hosted by an ad hoc citizens group, Voices for Rockingham, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Wyndham Antique Center on the Square in Bellows Falls. This will be a follow-up meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Liberty Mill Justice Center project. Discussion will also center on results of the structural report, alternative ideas/plans for the building or property, and a listing of next steps for the community group.

Feb. 24: Farmers can join Small Farm Action Days

Rural Vermont will host first of three Small Farm Action Days at Vermont Statehouse, 115 State St. in Montpelier on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will offer stipends to participating farmers.

RVT_VTLB_faction-wThe event, titled “Water Quality: Let’s Get it Right,” will bring small-scale farmers to Montpelier to speak with legislators about the impacts new water quality regulations will have on their livelihoods.

Those interested in attending, should contact the group. Those who do will receive a T-shirt with the Rural Vermont logo on it. For more information, click here.

The events, also planned for Wednesday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 26, provide farmers the opportunity to inform legislators about the challenges small farms face in meeting the communities’ growing demand for high-quality local food, while serving as good stewards of Vermont’s working landscape.

Feb. 24: CCCA town meeting information forum

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold an informational forum for voters at the town offices on High Street in Cavendish. The discussion will address the issues on this year’s town meeting ballot, primarily the town and the school proposed budgets. Town and school officials will be present to lead the discussion.

Town candidates are invited to attend and make short statements and answer attendees’ questions. The meeting is open to all Cavendish citizens and residents. For more information, call Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250.

The forum will be recorded by LPC-TV and will be broadcast at various times during the week before town meeting. The video will also be available for viewing on

Feb. 25: Windsor Relay For Life kickoff in Chester

The 2016 Windsor County Relay For Life’s official kickoff is 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 at MacLaomainn’s Pub, 52 S. Main St. in Chester. Anyone interested in finding out more about Relay is invited to attend. Listen to a kickoff speech by Sue Tomberg, oncology nurse at Springfield Hospital, enjoy music, a bite to eat, raffles, and door prizes.

Windsor County Relay For Life is dedicated to raising funds that go toward helping those afflicted with cancer. The money raised stays here in Vermont and goes toward research and to help those with struggles of dealing with the treatment of cancer.

On the night of Relay, teams create campsites around a track and pledge to have at least one member of their team walking that track at all times throughout the night. For more info, visit their team site.

Feb. 25: Shackleton events begin in Ludlow

The Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads for 2016 consists of two books focused on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous and miraculous 1914 Antarctic expedition: Jennifer Armstrong’s Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World and Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.

Peter LaBelle at Neko Harbor

Peter LaBelle at Neko Harbor

Several Ludlow organizations will host a series of events that look at Shackleton’s expedition.

The Friends of the Library and the Book Nook will be hosting a series of discussions and talks at the Community Room, downstairs at the Fletcher Memorial Library, 88 Main St. in Ludlow. All of the events take place at the Fletcher Memorial Library and are free and open to the public.

  • On Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Cavendish resident Peter LaBelle will recap his travels to Antarctica in his multimedia presentation, “Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica: A Travelogue.”
  • On Tuesday, March 8 at noon the Friends of the Library will host a book discussion of “The Endurance.”
  • On Tuesday, March 22 at noon the Friends of the Library will screen the “Shackleton” TV miniseries starring Kenneth Branagh.
  • And on Tuesday April 12, 7 p.m. “Ivory Vikings” author Nancy Marie Brown discusses her work.

Contact Scott Stearns at 802-228-3238 or for more information.

Feb. 26: Serving Hands in Ministry Puppet Team at Grounded4Life

The Puppet Team

The Puppet Team

Grounded4Life will host a performance of the Serving Hands in Ministry Puppet team 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 house in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. in Chester.

The puppet team is a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Claremont, N.H. Consisting of 12 young people ages 10 and up and three adult leaders, they present the Gospel through skits, songs, black light puppetry as well as light stick presentations.

The program is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation.

For more info, visit the Grounded For Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

Feb. 26: Free Middle School Skate Night

Middle-school students are invited to join the Collaborative at Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester Center from 8–9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 for this free event. Bring your own ice skates or rent for $6. For information, call 802-824-4200 or email

The Collaborative is a substance abuse prevention nonprofit promoting the development of a healthy, involved community, supporting substance free youth in a caring environment serving the Manchester and Mountain communities. For more information, contact The Collaborative at or call 802-824-4200.

Feb. 28: Storytelling event in Proctorsville

Sit back and listen to some good stories when True Tales live storytelling event takes place 4 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 28 at Gethsemane Church, 89 Depot St. in Proctorsville. The event, modeled on the popular NPR Moth Radio Hour presents seven local yarn spinners who will tell their unscripted tales. Admission is $10 at the door. The performance is a fundraiser for the church’s outreach programs.

Feb. 28: A look inside the CIA at Misty Valley Books

conversations-with-a-masked-manOn Sunday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., John Hadden Jr. will be at Misty Valley Books on the Green in Chester to present his book, Conversations with a Masked Man. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow Hadden’s remarks.

Conversations with a Masked Man is about Hadden’s father’s 30-year career as a CIA officer and how American policy affected his family and the world. The story unfolds in dialogue alternating with the writer’s own memories and reflections. What emerges is darkly hilarious, unexpectedly candid, and deeply personal.

For more information, contact Misty Valley Books at 875-3400 or visit

March 1: CAFC Election Day Bake Sale

The Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day Bake Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 1, on the second floor of Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. There will be a selection of baked goods. Everyone is invited to stop by the table after voting. The bake sale is also open to the public. Raffle tickets for the group’s hand-braided rug raffle will be available. The drawing for the rug is Saturday, March 12. The money raised during this event and the raffle will support the center’s Food Shelf and Emergency Financial Assistance program.

The CAFC Thrift Shop is located at 908 Vermont Route 103 South, in Chester. Its hours are Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Food Shelf hours are Thursdays 1 to 6 p.m.; and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for produce pickup. Call 802-875-3236, email or visit for more information.

March 3: Rotary guest addresses advances in mental health aid for vets

Dr. David Lord, psychologist from Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River, will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at Chester Rotary’s First Thursday meeting at the Fullerton Inn On the Green in Chester. The subject of the talk will be mental health conditions afflicting veterans, which includes a discussion of recent advances in the treatment of veteran’s psychological problems.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For planning purposes, those interested in attending are requested to reserve a space by emailing

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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