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Everybody is quacking about the Duck Derby

ARLINGTON — It's time for the annual Battenkill Duck Derby and Family Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Arlington Recreation Park on Route 7A in downtown Arlington. The grand prize is $1,000 donated by Mack Molding, with other prizes of $500, donated by Berkshire Bank, or $250 donated by Mack Molding, as well as an additional 25 prizes. Attractions this year include entertainment by the "Crossover Cloggers," kiddie games, basket raffle, bouncy house, pony rides, yummy food, and much more.

Purchase your lucky duck at 375-6039 or by visiting our website Duck prices are: 1 duck for $4, 3 ducks for $10; 5 ducks for $15; 7 ducks for $20; and 10 ducks for $25 with a special online price of $50 for 25 ducks. For more information call 802-375-6039 or visit our website.

Facility tours of Manchester's hidden water systems

MANCHESTER — Manchester's wastewater treatment plant will hold an open house and facility tours on Thursday, May 30.

Attendance is free, and Vermonters of all ages are invited for a first-hand introduction to the science, technology and human dedication that protect public health and keep the state's rivers and lakes clean. Visitors will see the many processes — such as filtration, chemical treatment, sedimentation, biodigestion, testing and computer monitoring — required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways.

They will also get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed by community water systems in Vermont: about 45 million gallons per day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Located at 136 Battenkill Lane, the facility will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Severance, water and wastewater superintendent, at 802-688-4662 or

Learn the basics of composting

PAWLET — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presented Matt Proft to lead this two-part workshop on the basics of composting. The workshops will take place at the Proft residence on Saturdays June 1 and June 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. Come learn the techniques of backyard composting that will yield many benefits, from reducing landfill waste to spreading nutrients to your soil. In the first session, we will follow organic scraps from the kitchen all the way to the garden. We will cover the dos and don'ts, what ingredients work well and troubleshooting. In the second session, we will talk about structures for every size budget and backyard, plus techniques for successful household composting. The fee for the two-part class is $40. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

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Music and BBQ

on Saturday

ARLINGTON — Listen to the rock and pop band Luminous Crush beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the West Mountain Inn Barn Party, at 144 West Mountain Inn Road in Arlington. Tickets: $25 for the barn potty and barbecue buffet. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at: or call or email the West Mountain Inn at 802-375-6516.

Dinner is on at Pawlet Community Church

PAWLET — The next roast pork dinner is Saturday, June 1st, at the Pawlet Community

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Church beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dinner includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, cabbage salad, applesause, fruited jello, rolls, beverages all topped off with brownies and ice cream with chocolate syrup. If you have questions regarding the dinner, please call Doreen Mach at 325-3428 or Judy Coolidge at 325-3073. Take out orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

Celebrate National Trails Day at Riverwalk

MANCHESTER — Join the Manchester Riverwalk on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to nowon to participate in National Trails Day, a day of public events across the country aimed at advocacy and trail service. Volunteers come together to clean up and maintain public lands and trails. We will meet at Friends of the Sun parking lot at 159 Depot St. Bring gloves, water and bug spray. Find out more at

Poets read work

from new collection

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MANCHESTER — Listen as James Crews and other poets read from the new collection Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Northshire Bookstore. The new anthology of poems, which urges us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days. Crews will be accompanied at this reading by the following poets: Carol Cone, Alice Gilborn, Amy Fleury, David Axelrod, Todd Davis, Julia Shipley, and Michelle Wiegers.

Benington County

GOP gathering

ARLINGTON — Will entitlements bankrupt the state? That's what the Bennington County Republicans will be discussing at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington. The library is located next to Fisher Elementary School at 528 East Arlington Road.. Please enter the building at the south entrance, to the right of the front steps, as we'll be meeting on the lower level.

Maple Hill Cemetary holds annual meeting

DORSET — Maple Hill Cemetery Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Historical Society on Route 30 in Dorset, Vermont. The meeting will receive committee reports and elect 7 to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors. Maple Hill has been serving the Dorset community since 1772, when the infant Benjamin Baldwin, Jr was the first person to be buried there. The cemetery has expanded from the "Old Grounds," visible along Route 30, and is in the process of developing a new section across Maple Hill Drive to the South. MHC is striving to make this historic piece of Dorset attractive for all who travel the Stone Byway while actively serving Dorset into the 21st Century. For more information, call, 867-0113, or 867-0297.

Walk on over for the history of shoes

MANCHESTER — Listen as Edward Maeder discusses the history of shows in Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Presented by the Northshire Bookstore and Manchester Community Library as part of the library's Summer Wednesday's series.

Arlington Farmers Market seeks vendors

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Area Renewal Project is seeking vendors and artists for the Arlington Farmers' Market, to be held 4-7 p.m. Fridays from June 21 through Sept. 6. The market committee is especially interested in providers of fresh produce, baked goods and pastries and other types of farm products, such as fresh eggs, cheese, jams and jellies, maple syrup, meats, prepared foods, even coffees and teas. Bedding plants are always a big draw at summer markets. The market will also present a weekly "Artist's Corner," featuring a different local artist each week. The market committee is looking for local artists working in oils/acrylic/watercolor, pottery/ceramics, sculpture, photography and wood. For a vendor or artist application, click on the "Farmers Market" tab on or send an email to and ask for a form.


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