Community events: Sept. 7 through Sept. 18, 2016

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week.

Sept. 7: 4-week series begins on living with diabetes

The SMCS Community Health Team is offering an informative educational series to help attendees learn about diabetes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Springfield Health Center, 100 River St. in Springfield.

This 4-week program is an opportunity for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes who want to learn the best strategies to manage it successfully. This program also serves as a refresher for those that have been previously diagnosed, but who may benefit from a review.

The class will cover all of the comprehensive areas of Diabetes Education. An introduction to the use of goal setting and action planning will also be featured. This program will be led by a Certified Diabetes Educator and offers time for questions, answers and discussion.

To register, call Sarah Doyle, SMCS Community Health Team Regional Self-Management Coordinator, at 802-886-8946 or email

Sept. 10 & 17: S. Windsor/Windham counties to collect hazardous waste

Southern Windsor and Windham counties are sponsoring Hazardous Waste Collections on Saturday, Sept. 10 and 17. The collections are for district residents only and there is no pre-registration needed. Those who bring in a mercury fever thermometer will receive a digital fever thermometer.

The times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 10
Springfield Transfer Station at 135 Fairground Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Athens Town Garage at 25 Brookline Road from 9 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Weathersfield Transfer Station at 5024 Vermont Route 106 in Perkinsville from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 802-674-9235 or

Montshire Museum

Montshire Museum

Sept. 10: Archaeology Day at
the Montshire Museum

How did Vermonters live in the past? What tools did they use and how did they make them? What was going on in the Upper Connecticut River Valley during the last 13,000 years? Find out  at Archaeology Day — a daylong celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road in Norwich.

13921086_950287975098161_7036541279968308322_nSept. 10: Explore archaeology along the Appalachian Trail in Pomfret

On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Green Mountain Club’s Dave Hardy and retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Dave Lacy will lead an interpretive hike of moderate difficulty along a 3 to 4 mile long (roundtrip) of the Appalachian Trail where it passes by three 18th- and 19th- century historic archaeological sites.

The event is free and no pre-registration is required.

Hikers meet at Billings Farm’s overflow parking lot before 10:30 a.m. on Route 12 in Woodstock. The lot is located across the street from the main lot, and a car pool will be organized to the Trailhead in South Pomfret.

Organizers remind participants to wear appropriate footwear, and bring water and a bag lunch. Kids who hike are welcome accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Tim Watkins by calling 802-747-6719, or emailing Or email Dave Hardy, GMC at

Sept. 10: Vermont hosts Blood Donation Day

In response to the blood shortage crisis, Gov. Peter Shumlin has designated Saturday, Sept. 10 as a state Blood Donation Day. Shumlin joins governors across the country uniting in National Blood Donation Week, Sept. 4–10.

Visit or or visit the facebook page for more information and where to find a donation center or event near you.

Sept 10: Westminster West hosts community fair

Westminster West celebrates its library volunteers at “Book it to Westminster West,” the annual community fair from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday Sept.10 at the Congregational Church at 44 Church St.

The day includes a 5k road race and kids fun run, music, silent auction, community parade, kids’ activities, talent show, bake sale and lunchs, which includes chicken BBQ. For more information, visit

Find out about the swim team program during an introductory course

Find out about the swim team program during an introductory course

Sept. 12: Intro to Swim Team

From 5 to 5:45 p.m., on Sept. 12, the Connecticut River Valley Stingrays, the swim team at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center offers an Introduction to Swim Team designed for young swimmers to “test out” competitive swimming to see if they would like to pursue the sport.

On Mondays and Wednesdays for three weeks, the program introduces swimmers to the sport and improves their swim techniques.

Space is limited to the first 15 swimmers who register. The cost is free with an Edgarmay membership. One-month youth memberships are only $13.

The eligibility requirements are swimmers ages 6 and up, must be able to swim one length of the pool using one of the four strokes: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly or freestyle and may not have competed on the Stingrays in the past year.

For more information contact Christian Avard at 802-885-2568 or email Check the website  for specific Information about the Winter Swim Team Season.

Phineas Gage makes medical history

Phineas Gage makes medical history

Sept. 13: Annual Phineas Gage Walk and Talk

Phineas Gage, a railroad foreman, on Sept. 13, 1848, had a tamping rod pass through his head as a result of a blasting accident, and lived for 12 more years.

Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, physician who treated him and followed his recovery, documented the first case of traumatic brain injury in medical literature. Dr. Edward Williams’ practice was on Depot Street in Proctorsville but he was first on the scene.

Learn more about Drs. Harlow and Williams at the Cavendish Historical Society’s annual Phineas Gage Walk and Talk, on Sept. 11 at the CHS Museum, on Route 131 in Cavendish. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the museum. The walk includes the location of the accident, Harlow’s home surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-226-7807 or

Sept. 13: Celestial photography basics continues

The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group continues the Basics of Celestial Photography Workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Chester Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester.

The workshop is free and open to the public. This second session begins with a review of the previous meeting’s content, followed by short talks on equipment, how to set up for different types of photography and how to use software that eases the effort of taking beautiful night sky images.

It will feature a hands-on presentation on the very basics of getting started in simple celestial photography as well as how to move beyond the basics when ready. Participants will learn more about basic camera settings, using a tripod and composing images. If the skies cooperate, some observing and photography methods may be demonstrated outside.

Nothing is required, but attendees are welcome to bring their cameras, tripods, cellphones and something to take notes. For more information, visit

Sept. 14: Fall Gardening series begins with the Basics of Soil

The University of Vermont Master Gardeners are back at Neighborhood Connections at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 with a discussion about soil in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

Daryle Thomas, a volunteer with the Master Gardener Program and veteran of the Rutland County Master Gardener Hot Line, discusses the makeup of soil and how to determine the type of soil in your garden. He’ll address the importance of testing garden soil. Thomas will have soil test kits at the presentation, available for $14.

This program is offered at no charge, but reservations are necessary, so call (802) 824-4343 to register.

The series continues on Sept. 21 and 28 at the House of Sabbath located at 1010 Route 100 in Weston. At 1 p.m. on the Sept. 21, Cheryl Wilfong discusses Garden Renovation Basics, using the gardens at Sabbath as the example. On Sept. 28, volunteers will begin the actual renovation at the House of Sabbath.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in the area mountain towns of south-central Vermont. Visit the website at

Sept. 15: Early registration for Grace Cottage Healthy Aging Conference

Take charge of your health, your security and perhaps even your longevity at the Healthy Aging Conference, presented by the staff at Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital and other wellness professionals.

The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday Nov. 15 & 16 at the Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Grafton. Tuesday’s events will be held all day, Wednesday events end by noon.

Speakers include Grace Cottage Family Health’s Dr. Jesper Brickley on Feeling Good Never Grows Old; Investment advisor Mike Mandracchia of the Richards Group on Financial Refresher: Strategies, Planning, Durable Power of Attorney, Goals; AARP’s Elliott Greenblott on Fraud Alert Overview;and Dr. Robert Backus’s keynote address, Staging a Graceful Exit.

Other presentations will provide information about mental health, falls prevention, housing options, healthy eating, and medications management.

In addition to these presentations, attendees may participate in individual massage therapy, Reiki, and Zero Balancing sessions, and/or in group Yoga and Tai Chi classes. All of these options are included with the registration fee.

The cost for the two-day event is $225 ($250 after Sept. 15) for individuals, and $360 for couples ($400 after Sept. 15). For Tuesday only, the cost is $175.50 ($195 after Sept. 15). Registration forms are available at Grace Cottage or online at For more information, call 802-365-3696.

The Grafton Inn is offering discounted rates to participants at $119 per night. Call 802-843-2248 to book a room.

Crowds at Fall Festival1Sept. 17 & 18: Fall Craft Festival on the Green in Chester

Chester Rotary’s 42nd annual Fall Craft Festival on the Green in Chester is the weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 18.

More than 60 vendors line the Green selling handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, paper arts, pottery, quilts and soaps. Additions this year include a children’s tent and Dux, The Balloon Man and a wide variety of food choices. Live artisan demonstrations occur throughout the weekend. Free admission. For more information click here.

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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