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Program explores signs of Alzheimer's

MANCHESTER — The Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter, will present, "The Ten Most Common Warning Signs of Alzheimer's," from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Monday at the Manchester Community Library. Alzheimer's and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer's Association developed the new "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's" education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease. The free one-hour program will explore typical age-related changes; describe common signs of Alzheimer's and dementia; offers tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns, and explain the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis. Information: 800-272-3900 or visit to sign up. Registration is requested, but not required. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Dorset Players to hold One-Act directors' meetings

DORSET — A meeting for interested directors for the Dorset Players' 17th annual One-Act Festival will take place at the playhouse at 6:30 p.m., this Tuesday and Wednesday. Both seasoned and first-time directors are invited to attend the meeting and submit play proposals to festival producer Lynne Worth. The One-Act Festival will be presented April 3-5. This is an opportunity for first-time directors to try their hand at directing without making the commitment to a major production. In addition, people interested in working as assistant directors or learning the functions behind the scenes are invited to attend the meeting. The festival will consist of a mix of short plays, both comedy and drama, each with a duration of 10 to 25 minutes. For additional information or to submit a script in advance of the meeting, please e-mail .

Solid Waste Alliance meeting in Arlington

ARLINGTON — The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday at Arlington Town Hall, 3828 Vermont Route 7A. The board will discuss the outreach program, plans for 2020 household hazardous waste events, grant applications for a permanent HHW facility and a facility to collect asphalt shingles for recycling, and other issues. A draft agenda can be found at Members of the public are invited to discuss the programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. More: visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or

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Community forum planned on town's invasive pests

LONDONDERRY — "Planning for Emerald Ash Borer: Vermont's Latest Invasive Pest," a community forum hosted by the Londonderry Conservation Commission, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Rd.\ A snow date is planned for Thursday, Jan. 16. The free program will explain strategies for dealing with ash borers that have become a threat to local trees. Presentations will be by Ginger Nickerson, forest pest education coordinator, UVM Extension; Judy Rosovsky, Agency of Agriculture, state entomologist, and Sam Schneski, Windham County forester.

Bloodmobile dates set for 2020

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MANCHESTER — The Red Cross Bloodmobile has scheduled donation dates for the new year, with the first on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St. Additional blood drives will be held March 4, April 29, July 1, Sept. 2 and Nov. 4. All take place at the First Congregational Church parish hall with a new starting time of 11:30 a.m. continuing until 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided by the church women's group. Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store; on Google Play text BLOOD APP to 90999, or call 1-800-Red Cross (800-733-2767). Those donating may view their blood type results from their mini-physical, as well as track donations.

Green Mountain Club to host snowshoe hike

STRATTON — The Green Mountain Club will host a moderately difficult snowshoe hike on Saturday, Jan. 11. Those participating are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the southwest corner of the Stratton Mountain Base Lodge and park in lot No. 1. Allow 15 minutes either via the shuttle bus or walking to get to the base lodge. After donning snowshoes, participants will hike to the summit trail to the fire tower and then the Long Trail north to Stratton Pond. Lunch will be at the shelter or the pond depending on the temperature. Return via the Long Trail south to VAST 7 (the IP road), follow VAST 7 and a piece of the Catamount Trail and a side trail to Catamount to the ski area. Descend to the base area on Stratton ski trails. Total distance about 7.5 miles with about 1,800 feet of descent and about 500 feet of ascent. Dogs are not allowed. Bring extra layers, a wool or fleece hat, extra mittens, hand warmers, snacks, lunch and fluids. Hike pace will be slow with stops to wait for the slowest hikers. Poles are helpful, especially for the downhill. Should the gondola not be running because of wind, an alternate snowshoe hike in the area will be offered. Meeting place and time will be the same. Reservations are required: Dave Ratti, 802-366-0698 or

Star Wars party at the Dorset Village Library

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DORSET — Join us at the Dorset Library on Saturday, Jan.11 from 3-5 p.m. to complete your Jedi training. May the Force be with you as you build your own foam lightsaber and practice your skills! Once you have a grasp of the skills necessary to use a light sabre, you can join in the battle with your newly mastered weapon. You can also try your battle skills with Nerf blasters! Other Jedi skill building activities will include crafts, coloring, and of course, eating some awesome out of this world snacks! Craft supplies are limited, so please come early for the best selection. Costumes are encouraged but not required. All ages are welcome, although most activities may be most suitable up to 13 years old.

Call 802-867-5774 for more information.

Pancake breakfast planned at West Pawlet firehouse

WEST PAWLET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m., on Sunday, Jan. 12, at their handicapped accessible firehouse, located at 2806 Vermont Route 153. Menu includes regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, and cranberry pancakes plus waffles, served with local maple syrup. Also included will be West Pawlet's world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon served with coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices range from $10 for 12 years and older; $8 for seniors 65 years and older; $5 for 5-11 years of age. Children under 5 eat for free. All profits from the breakfast will be used for equipment and training needs. New members are welcome.

Contra dancing in Tinmouth

TINMOUTH — Dance to the splendid tunes of Honey and the Hive with Luke Donforth calling on Friday, Jan. 17 from 8-11 p.m. at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Vermont Route 140 (5 miles west of Wallingford).

All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner if you are willing to ask someone to dance. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m.for a beginner's lesson. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. More info at, by email at, or by calling 802-881-6775.


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