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Blood drive slated for BBA on July 3

MANCHESTER — A blood drive will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 3 at Burr and Burton Academy.

The blood drive will be held in the air conditioned lunch room.

The next opportunity to give blood will be in September.

Riverwalk picnic canceled due to weather forcast

MANCHESTER — Plans for a picnic at the Manchester Riverwalk on Sunday have been canceled due to the weather forecast.

Visit manchesterriverwalk.org for more information.

MDO to sponsor series at Vermont Summer Festival

EAST DORSET — Manchester Designer Outlets will again sponsor the Vermont Summer Festival.

MDO will present the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series throughout the six-week Vermont Summer Festival, which runs from July 2 to Aug. 11 at the Harold Beebe Farm on Route 7.

Matthew Metell and Donchalant won the $10,000 Manchester Designer Outlets Welcome Stake in 2018.

This year will be the 14th consecutive year that MDO has supported the Vermont Summer Festival.

In addition to a share of the $10,000 purse, the winning competitor in each Open Welcome Stake will be presented with a $1,000 gift card from that week's sponsoring brand.

Battenkill stream walk,assessment slated

ARLINGTON — Help Trout Unlimited monitor the Battenkill by learning to use the RIVERS app from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29.

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Meet at Stewarts on Route 313 in Arlington where volunteers will go on stream walks along various Battenkill tributaries

No experience is required for volunteers who want to help one of the region's most storied trout streams.

Learn to use the RIVERS smart phone app to help Trout Unlimited staff identify issues, prioritize solutions and work to restore the river.

The event is family friendly and a fun way to explore the river while helping TU assess the health of the river and meet fellow anglers and make new friends.

These stream assessments help fill in gaps in the current data and find out if there are any additional problems to be addressed while already doing restoration work in the area.

Don't forget the

Farmers' Market

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MANCHESTER — If your Independence Day plans put you anywhere near Manchester Center, be sure to stop by the Manchester Farmers Market on Thursday, July 4th from 3-6 p.m. for the guitar and banjo favorites of Gus Bloch, as well as special kids' program, Art Farm and PoP — Power of Produce.

Held every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Adams Park, 5101 Main St. in Manchester Center, the market is your one-stop shop for just-picked produce, yummy baked goods, melt-in-your-mouth meats and cheeses, breathtaking fresh flowers and unique crafts and beauty products.

The market is producer-only, meaning that every vendor must have had a direct hand in making the food or crafts they sell. There's always plenty of parking at the Gringo Jack's lot across the street and the market accepts credit and debit cards, EBT and Farm to Family coupons. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Always a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, the market is also a family favorite for its kids' activities. Art Farm, a supervised tent where children make free agriculture-inspired crafts, will run from June 27 through Aug. 29.

During July, PoP Club, which stands for Power of Produce, gives kids ages 5-12 a free coupon worth $2 to use at any booth. And on Aug. 15, the ever-popular Kids' Market Day, will let budding young entrepreneurs sell their homemade treats, crafts or fresh produce.

Visit the market at manchesterfarmers.org and follow on Facebook @Manchesterfarmersmarket.

Frederick Douglass speechto be read in local area

A reading of a Frederick Douglass' fiery speech "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" will be held in several Northshire communities as well as around Vermont.

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The Vermont Humanities events are participatory events in which attendees will be asked to join in the reading, or witness, the lengthy oratory.

Copies of the speech will be provided.

Douglass, a well-regarded abolitionist orator, gave the speech July 5, 1852, in which he took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

A former slave turned statesman, Douglass refused to celebrate the Fourth of July until all of the slaves had been given their freedom.

A full list of readings can be found at www.vermonthumanities.org.

Local readings will be held at 11:30 a.m., June 30, at Jamaica Town Hall; at 10 a.m., July 4, at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester; at at 2 p.m., July 4, the Landgrove Meetinghouse.

Basketball camps heldat Long Trail School

DORSET — Long Trail School will run two basketball camps this summer during the week of July 8-12. Camps are being offered for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $150.

LTS basketball campers will fully enjoy Long Trail School's new, state-of-the-art Fieldhouse.

The camp will be run by coaches Mike Olson and Rob Leary.

Olson has 35 years of experience as a college basketball coach, most recently as head basketball coach at Kimball Union Academy. He has conducted basketball clinics and camps throughout the United States and Europe and served as head coach for the USA Select U18 team from 2014 to 2016.

Leary, a Northshire native, has worked with local basketball teams extensively. He played basketball for MEMS and Burr and Burton and has 25 years of coaching experience at the middle and high school levels.

Campers will focus daily on individual offensive skills including shooting, passing and ball handling.

Concepts of offensive and defensive team play will be incorporated into 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 competitions. Full and half-court scrimmages will improve the participants' game.

To register or for more information, go to www.longtrailschool.org/basketballcamp/ or contact Basketball Camp Director Mike Olson at 802-359-2149.


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