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Long Trail School to hold open house

DORSET — Parents and students can see Long Trail School in action at a scheduled open house from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 22.

During the open house, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of current students, take a tour, meet our Head of School Seth Linfield, and see the new Fieldhouse.

Register online at by Feb. 21 to be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate for a three-course dinner for two at Barrows House.

For more information, contact Kim Murphy at 802-867-5717.

Komen seeking event committee volunteer

MANCHESTER — The inaugural Komen Vermont More Than Pink Walk will take place July 20 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester and needs interested people to serve on the event committee.

There are many areas in which to participate: Hope Village (celebration tent for survivors and those living with metastatic disease), Remembrance Tent, volunteers, registration, sponsorship, the Walk course, merchandise, teams, fundraising, and traffic/parking. An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Komen New England office located at 1009 Depot Street, second floor, staircase at the rear of Women and Children's Health Services building.

Remote meeting attendance can be arranged. If you are interested in serving on the Komen Vermont More Than Pink Walk committee, please contact Linda Maness at 802-362-2733, or by email at

AARP to provide

free tax assistance

MANCHESTER — AARP is again offering free tax preparation assistance.

Although there is special emphasis on low and middle-incomes and older taxpayers, there is no income level or age limit. There are however some limits on the complexity of the returns.

The service will be available from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday from Feb. 8 to April 12 at Manchester Town Hall.

Those seeking to have their taxes done must bring the following items: photo ID, Social Security cards for yourself, spouse and all dependents, income statements like W-2s, SSA-1099, and other 1099s, unemployment compensation statements, dependent care provider information, documentation for itemized deductions (receipts, canceled checks), personal check showing routing and account numbers for direct debit or deposit, documentation of purchase price (cost basis) of sold assets, copy of last year's returns, federal and state, 2018 property tax bill and/or landlord rental certificate (LC-142), health care documents: 1095-A series.

For information other than appointments, call 802-442-9504

Dungeons & Dragons group starting at MCL

MANCHESTER — So, you want to play Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy tabletop role-playing game? Dust off your dice for an information and character creation session at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Manchester Community Library.

All levels, including beginners, are welcome.

The event is free and open to the public, ages 16 and older.

Contact us now to reserve your spot on the team.

To reserve a spot or for more information, email

Chef to offer tips

on romantic dishes

MANCHESTER — Simple romantic dishes just right for Valentine's Day will be on the menu on Saturday, Chef Jose Manuel Valines demonstrates cooking techniques at the Le Creuset Outlet Store, 135 Depot St., Manchester, from 1-3 p.m.

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Valines attended the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at award-winning restaurants in Puerto Rico, Miami, New York City and in the Hudson Valley. He is currently chef de cuisine at Equinox Luxury Resort's Tavern and Chop, where he indulges his culinary passion of creating farm-to-table dishes.

The demonstration is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 802-366-8100.

Global warming workshop planned

MANCHESTER — Local farmer and climate activist Laurel Green will lead a two-hour workshop called "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 16 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester.

The workshop is designed to shift the conversation around global warming and is useful to anyone interested in climate crisis issues. It is meant to give people an encouraging place to stand and a clear idea of what actions they can take to contribute to reversing global warming.

The workshop includes several short videos, listening exchanges and group activities. A handout with 100 drawdown solutions will be available to take home. "Introduction to Drawdown" fits well with the local climate action groups such as 350 Vermont, Planet A, Living Earth Action Group and church climate action teams.

The free event is hosted by Earth Matters, 350VT Manchester but is open to the public.

For more information, email

Flood Brook kindergarten registration set

LONDONDERRY — Kindergarten registration for Flood Brook School for the 2019-20 school year will be held March 4-8.

Parents of children who will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1 and reside in the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston or tuitioning towns are invited to visit the Flood Brook School office at 91 Route 11 in Londonderry.

The school is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to register, please bring a birth certificate, current immunization record, current physical exam, proof of residency.

Plan to spend a little time filling out registration forms, which will establish your child's academic record at Flood Brook.

Become a voice

for children

Are you looking for a meaningful way to help the next generation of children in our community?

The Vermont Guardian ad Litem program seeks advocates to help abused and neglected children thrive in safe and permanent homes through the court system.

Volunteers receive intensive training and ongoing support.

The next training will be held in Rutland, March 11-13. To learn more, visit

Long Trail School hosts blood drive

DORSET — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Long Trail School and appointments are being sought now.

The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at LTS, located on Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset.

Students will be assisting with the drive in registering and offering refreshments.

Walk-in donors accepted, but appointments preferred so the Red Cross can be prepared for demand.

To sign up or for more information, log on to or call 800-RED-CROSS.


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