Northshire Notes


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Vermont hunter education class

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Rod and Gun Club's hunter education class will be held August 24-26. Registration is required at Request work and study manuals as they must be completed prior to class. For more information call the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-828-1193 or the Rod & Gun Club at 802-774-8563.

Old Home Days

RUPERT — The Rupert Volunteer Fire Department is hosting Old Home Days from Aug. 9 to 11 at the carnival grounds on Route 153. Musical entertainment includes Slow Burn on Thursday at 7 p.m., The Atomic Ranch Hands on Friday at 7 p.m., the Washington County Band on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Nobody Special on Saturday at 7 p.m. A chicken barbecue will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,, and a parade will be held Saturday at 5:30. A carnival and bingo will be available nightly.

Washington County Band to play

RUPERT — The Washington County Band will play at Rupert's "Old Home Days" celebration on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the carnival grounds on

Rte. 153. The Rupert Volunteer Fire Dept. is sponsoring this program featuring songs by Gershwin, Copland, Williams as well as patriotic songs, show tunes and fan favorites by

Sinatra, Disney and Sousa. The concert is free and open to the public.

Long Trail Day

Join local Green Mountain Club sections throughout Vermont starting on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8 a.m., as they celebrate the Long Trail with guided hikes and visits to some of the state's most spectacular places. Or register to hike a piece of the Long Trail to celebrate the trail on your own. Then continue the fun at local breweries, who will host hikers after their day on the Long Trail. For more information visit

How to Breathe lecture

LONDONDERRY — On Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Connections hosts local author Betsy Thomason, who will share a technique that can bring well-being to all. Thomason's book, "Just Breathe Out — Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You", is a how-to-breathe guidebook. This lecture is being offered at two different times to accommodate those who work. There is no charge to attend, but call 824-4343 to register. The paperback edition of the book will be for sale at this event. Neighborhood Connections is a non-profit social services agency located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Mahjong Around the World at MCL

MANCHESTER — Author and mahjong historian Gregg Swain will discuss mahjong, the most popular game in the world, on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. She'll take you on a trip around the globe, with photographs of the game and its devotees everywhere. Swain will explain the often exotic images, and describe how the game is played and loved everywhere. Swain, co-author of "Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game," is one of the best-known authorities on mahjong history and art. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave

Tiny Threats to Big Animals

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WILMINGTON — From climate change to parasites to the state's changing forested landscape, moose face a variety of challenges. Scott Darling, wildlife biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will give a talk on Vermont's moose population entitled "Moose in Vermont — The Tiny Threats to Our Biggest Mammals" on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. The presentation will be given as part of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association's Annual Meeting at Memorial Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Young Adult Game Night

DORSET — Young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to the Dorset Village Library for wicked good fun: a game night featuring Cards Against Humanity and other games on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Dorset Village Library, located at the corner of Church St. and Route 30. While other ages are also welcome to attend, please note that Cards Against Humanity involves mature content and is advised for ages 18 and over. (A bawdy sense of humor is also recommended!) We do have other games, if you prefer, including Uno, cards, Pugopoly and Scrabble! Snacks are provided, and Milla the Library pug will be on hand for pets and snuggles. Parents are welcome to bring their young children: the playroom on the library's second floor will be supervised by library staff so they can play and parents can enjoy their games. Ideas for future programming are encouraged; to offer suggestions or for more information on this event, contact Erica Shott, library director, at 802-867-4085 or

Rug Braiding and Dance on Aug.18 at Dorset Library

We have two great events on Aug. 18 at the Dorset Library. At 3 p.m., Tracie Salmon will be demonstrating how thrifty New Englanders turned scraps of wool fabric from their rag

bags into beautiful braided rugs. These rugs were practical and beautiful coverings for their cold wood floors. Anyone who is interested can try their hand at the braiding process. This program is free and should last about an hour and a half. From 7 to 9 p.m., join in for the last dance of the summer! This fun, free dance is open to all, including families. There will be snacks and dance music (appropriate for all ages young, medium and old)! Bring your old friends, make some new ones... and have a great time! Visit the website for complete descriptions and more information on these events.

Town-wide tag sale

DANBY — A town-wide tag sale will be held on Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town is looking for vendors, crafters and organizations to participate. Spots available in the village. Register online at, and click the blue button. Questions can be addressed by email at

Pressure canning workshop at Hildene

MANCHESTER — Those who do canning know well the joy of opening a jar of preserved dilly beans in January and experiencing the wonderful tastes of the bygone summer. On Aug. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hildene, participants in a special workshop prepare this old-time favorite with Jane and Ken Moriarty while learning how to use safe and straight-forward pressure-canning methods. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Limited to 10 participants. Registration required by Friday, Aug. 17. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or

How Weimar Democracy became Third Reich

MANCHESTER — Vermont author Jack Mayer will discuss "How Did Germany's Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?" the history that inspired his novel, "Before the Court of Heaven", on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of the fascist assassin Ernst Werner Techow. Mayer is a pediatrician and a writer. Throughout his career, Dr. Mayer has written short stories, poems, and essays about his years in pediatric practice and hiking The Long Trail in Vermont. He was a participant at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2003 and 2005 for fiction, and in 2008 for poetry. "Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project" is his first book of non-fiction, and "Before the Court of Heaven", his first novel. This free Vermont Humanities Council event is hosted by Manchester Community Library. Northshire Bookstore will be on hand to sell books, following the program. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.

Northshire Grows input session

DORSET — Join Northshire Grows and Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dorset Inn, Dorset Village for an input session about workforce needs in the Northshire's farm and food sector. Northshire Grows will also explore supply and demand opportunities for the area. Liz Ruffa from Northshire Grows and Sarah Danly from Vermont Farm to Plate Network will lead a regional inquiry "scan" of workforce strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges in the region. This meeting will focus on workforce/education/business partnership opportunities for our students, youth and adults looking to join the food sector's workforce. For those also interested in increasing market channels for their products — through sales to academic and healthcare institutions, restaurants and hospitality businesses, stay! From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the group will facilitate a food shed forum where buyers and sellers can meet each other and hopefully drum up some business.

West Pawlet Fire Department Auction

PAWLET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is holding it's annual auction on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the West Pawlet Firehouse, Route 153. Viewing starts at 5 p.m. with auction bidding at 6 p.m. Auctioneer Chris Mars, son of the legendary auctioneer Bus Mars, will call an entertaining Vermont auction. Chris uses rapid-fire, staccato calls to entice folks to purchase products they just can't live without. Donated items for the auction are still being accepted by the department. Call Jim Reid 802-545-0244, Ron Taylor, Jr. 802-645-0333 or Dave Ricard 802-645-0344 for assistance in getting items to the auction. The snack bar menu includes grilled burgers, hot dogs, sausages, French-fried potatoes, sodas and bottled water. The auction is a charity event supporting the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. Contact Dave Hosley, 802-645-0158, for



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