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Free dinner

in Arlington

ARLINGTON — A free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Federated Church of East Arlington, located at 102 Ice Pond Rd. Doors open at 5 p.m. A worship and activity will follow.

Howard Coffin to discuss civil war

PAWLET — The Pawlet Historical Society will be hosting Howard Coffin who will present a program about Vermont Women and the Civil War. The event will take place at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state's able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. And at least one Vermont woman appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment! Drawing from letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words,describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State. For more information contact Theresa Jones at (802) 325-3382 or

MCL fall book sale to feature audiovisuals

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Community Library book sale will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 2. There will be free admission both days. Thousands of books and audiovisual materials in excellent condition will be available for both adults and children. All proceeds are used to purchase new library materials. No new donations for the sale will be accepted. Information: 802-362-2607.

Contra-dance to

be held in Tinmouth

TINMOUTH — The music of Brendan Taaffe on guitar and Sarah Blair on fiddle, Cloud Ten, with Luke Donforth calling, will be featured at the Tinmouth contra dance, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and partners are not needed. A beginner's lesson will take place at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Dances take place on the third Friday of the month. The community center is on Route 140 in the center of Tinmouth, five miles west of Wallingford. Those participating are asked to bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10 to $12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. More info at; email,, or call 802-881-6775. The next dance will be on November 15 with Richard Hopkins calling and music by Roger Kahle and Friends.

Fall harvest supper planned at

First Baptist

MANCHESTER — A chicken pie supper will take place at the First Baptist Church of Manchester. The celebration of fall harvest time will be served family style on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:00 p.m. Reservations for seating or takeout may be made by calling Martha Thompson at (802) 362-3473 through Friday evening, Oct. 18; after that, call the church at (802) 362-1555. Tickets will also be available at the door. If stairs are a problem please indicate when calling. Featured will be chicken in gravy topped with golden biscuits, mashed potatoes, winter squash, coleslaw and cranberry jelly. Dessert will include apple, mince or pumpkin pies. A $13 donation, $6 for children 8 and under is requested. The money raised at this event goes into the Kitchen Renovation Fund. The church is located at the small roundabout corner of Bonnet and Main streets.

Salem firefighters

plan barbecue

SALEM, N.Y. — A chicken barbecue dinner with sides, a basket raffle and a 50-50 raffle is planned as a benefit for Howard FiField, a lifelong resident of Salem and a longtime member and officer of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, sit-in or take-out, and can be purchased at Salem Hardware, A & J Agway, from any Salem Firefighter, or by calling Steve at 518-321-9430. Information on the basket raffle may be obtained through Maura Rapp at or through her Facebook page. Monetary donations may be sent to Steven Saunders, P.O. Box 275, Salem, N.Y., 12865. Checks should be made payable to Howard FiField.

Couple to speak

at PFLAG meeting

DORSET — Rex and Karen Butt will be guest speakers for the Dorset PFLAG chapter meeting, Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, 143 Church St. Residents of Burlington since 2016, Rex and Karen are the parents of a transgender daughter, who came out to them in 2002. When they found almost nothing written to help them with their questions and concerns, they helped to found the Kingston, N.Y., PFLAG chapter and served a decade as the transgender coordinators. For more information: Rev. Dr. Jim Gray, 802-867-2260.

Astronomy courses

offered in Chester

CHESTER — The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group is offering two courses for those interested in expanding their knowledge of astronomy throughout history and the basics of observing using naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. Classes will be held in and near Chester, with details provided upon registration.

"Astronomy in History and Culture," with classes from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., on Mondays, Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4 and 11, will teach about how astronomy has influenced myth and the arts, the scientific development of astronomical knowledge and the early technologies that humans used to navigate and tell time. "Astronomical Observing in Vermont," offered on those same dates from 7 to 8:15 p.m., will focus on developing foundational observing skills.

Fees are: one course, member $25, non-member $25 registration, plus $25 discounted membership through 2020; $50 for both courses with a $10 registration discount, member $40, non-member $40, registration, plus $25 discounted membership through 2020, $65.


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'Vermont Life' program to conclude Saturday

PAWLET — As part of its

"Vermont Life" Skill Share program series, the Pawlet Public Library will conclude "Forestry 101" on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to

4 p.m. at the library. The program is free. Pawlet forester Gabe Russo will provide tips on firewood: where and when to buy, split or log length, stacking and best species to burn. For a schedule of public programs through December for adults and children at the library, visit, or stop by the library for a printed brochure. The library is located at 141 School St.

Pseudoscience on tap of GMALL program

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Dr. Lenore Szuchman to talk about pseudoscience and the psychology of false beliefs. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Pseudoscience is, by definition, an activity that is being falsely presented as science. Our beliefs are mostly rational - but they are subject to cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that, while usually helpful, can nevertheless fail us. How do such things as motivated reasoning, logical fallacies and the confirmation bias misdirect our intelligent evaluation of evidence? Registration for the talk is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For more information or to register: 802-867-0111 or visit

GNAT-TV hosts Video

Announcement Day

People are invited to create a free one-minute video announcement or to bring high-resolution photos to record a voice-over at the GNAT-TV studio. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community-wide events, activities and information. Videos will air on GNAT-TV's channels that reach nearly 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain towns. Videos are also available on GNAT-TV's website for viewing and sharing on social media platforms and websites. Video Announcement Day will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other dates may be scheduled by visiting: or calling Mark at 802-362-7070.

Halloween movie

to be shown

MANCHESTER CENTER — "Family Movie Night" will feature a PG-rated Halloween movie based on a popular children's book series on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. Pizza will be served at the program which is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Harvest Festival to feature fall activities

LONDONDERRY — The Collaborative's annual Harvest Festival will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Flood Brook Union School. The festival ends at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $20 for families of more than four. Activities will include donut-on-a-string, face painting, temporary tattoos, popcorn booths, and an arts and crafts area.

A costume contest, an apple pie baking contest and a chili cook-off will also take place. The Collaborative is also looking for volunteers to judge the baking, cook-off, and costume contests. In addition, 8th graders are sought to help out at some booths. Those interested in volunteering may contact Devon at or call 802-824-4200. The event is sponsored by J.J. Hapgood General Store. The Collaborative is located behind Flood Brook Union School at 91 VT Route 11. Visit the website at to see more events and learn more about the organization.

2nd Congregational

to hold final lunch

LONDONDERRY — Second Congregational Church will host a community lunch on Thursday, Oct. 24, at noon at the church for residents of the mountain towns. The meal will be in the church's Friendship Room. Meals are free, however, donations are welcome. This will be the last lunch of the season and will offer a Halloween theme. Costumes are optional. The menu will be roast pork with autumn-festive dishes and a special dessert. Residents of all ages are welcome. Second Congregational Church is located at 2051 North Main St., west of the light at the junction of routes 11 and 100. Questions may be directed to the church at 824-6453.

MANCHESTER CENTER — On Thursday, Oct, 24, at 7 p.m., join fellow Northshire residents at Manchester Community Library to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. Brought to you by Vermont Historical Society, the Vermont Department of Libraries and MCL, the program will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls, who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century. Following Searls's presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on our community. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone? The program is free and open to all. Support for this project is provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. For more info, call MCL at 802-362-2607.

Library to hold annual

Halloween parade

PAWLET — The Pawlet Public Library will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. This year, the parade will feature parents with children from birth through grade 6. Pictures and parade line up will be at 9:30, with the parade starting at 10 a.m., heading up School Street and back. Following the parade, participants as well as those attending, are invited inside the library for apple cider and pumpkin bread. For more information: 802-325-3123. The library is located at 141 School St.

Ongoing book sale

continues at library

DORSET — The Dorset Library's ongoing book sale continues to take place with $5 bag/box, and individual prices all under $1. The library is open Monday-Friday, 11 to 5, and Saturday, 10 to 3. Information: 867-5774.

Youth hockey registration

underway in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Northshire Hockey Association online registration is open. Practices start the week of Oct. 21 and run through the first week of March 2020. The 6U program for boys and girls ages 6 and under will cost $175 for approximately 16 weeks of instruction. Participants must be independent skaters. For more information about the youth hockey program, please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at


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