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Historical Walking Tour of Justin Morrill’s Strafford Village.
Saturday, August 21 leaving from the Morrill Homestead at 11:00 a.m. Historical tour of Strafford’s village which remains much the same as in Justin Morrill’s pre-civil war era. Tours include Morrill’s birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop, two libraries, the Strafford Town House, the mausoleum where Morrill is buried, and more. $6.00; Children under 15 free.   Please pay when you arrive.
Please preregister at
Tours sponsored by Coburn’s General Store and Stone Soup Restaurant.
Friends of The Morrill Homestead
214 Morrill Memorial Highway
Strafford, VT
West Fairlee Center’s Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Animals.

*WHEN*: * this* *Sunday afternoon, 2 pm*-Rain or shine! *2 pm-3 pm*-  Ice Cream Sundaes near the Church; maple frappes and maple
cotton candy; Bubbles afloat nearby! lovely music played by Serenata throughout.
*2:30/ 2:45’ish* pm- The Blessing of the Animals on Church green (or socially distanced in the spacious church if it rains) – Come simply to
enjoy. Or bring a beloved pet, a picture of your pet or an animal special to you; or even your favorite “stuffy” pal.
*WHO*: For folks of all ages- free of charge.  (donations are always gratefully received, but none required-just come!)
*Do bring your mask* – Because Covid is making a resurgence, and even those vaccinated can carry Covid and pass it on, we are asking everyone who
comes to the serving area to wear a mask, plus as needed for the care of others nearby, or if indoors …. Of course once you step away then remove your
mask and enjoy. We shall have extra masks for anyone who does not have one… Thanks to everyone for making this a fun and safe summer event
*Bring a blanket or a chair* if desired for outdoor picnic-style comfort.
*For the Blessing of the Animals*-Come be part, and if you like, bring a “stuffy“, or a picture of a beloved pet or special animal you know, to be
blessed by our wonderful guest minister and new Middlebrook neighbor, Jan Hutslar. Water and shade will be available for your animals.
*Questions*? contact Nikki at  or Katherine at
From points south, take Route 244 around Lake Fairlee and turn north up Middlebrook Road.  Go 4 miles to the West Fairlee Center Community
Clubhouse, Church and green. From Bradford, VT- travel Rte 25> Rowell Brook Rd> Wild Hill> Middle Brook
to West Fairlee, Ctr Old Church Theater’s “Alice in Wonderland” has shows tonight and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, on stage at the Bradford Academy auditorium (172 N Main St, Bradford Vt). Reservations aren’t needed- the auditorium is large for social distancing.  MASKS OPTIONAL. Tickets at the door, cash or check only please, $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. Old Church Theater’s next production is “Sleeping Indoors”, opening November 6th, where we meet a homeless man and learn not to “judge a book by its cover” or a person by their appearance.

Old Church Theater’s “Alice in Wonderland” has shows tonight and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, on stage at the Bradford Academy auditorium (172 N Main St, Bradford Vt). Reservations aren’t needed- the auditorium is large for social distancing.  MASKS OPTIONAL. Tickets at the door, cash or check only please, $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. Old Church Theater’s next production is “Sleeping Indoors”, opening November 6th, where we meet a homeless man and learn not to “judge a book by its cover” or a person by their appearance.

🥦🍅 SHARE THE HARVEST TODAY ON BALDWIN LIBRARY’S PORCH FROM 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Rowe Community Garden volunteers in Wells River are producing delicious, healthy fresh vegetables that are available to community members in need of food every Friday between 2:00 and 4:00 on the porch of Baldwin Library. Willing Hands makes additional foods available such as local fruits, eggs, milk, and bread. Hannaford’s frequently supplies deli cheeses and meats. There is locally-roasted coffee and locally-raised ground beef. Bring a bag, and come select from the weekly offerings.
Note that if gardeners in the area have more produce and fruits than they can use, Share the Harvest would gratefully accept contributions. Kindly drop off items on the library’s porch anytime afternoon on Fridays.

Tuesday, August 31 nonfiction book discussion in Thetford
The next meeting of Thetford’s informal nonfiction book discussion group will take place at Latham Library on Thetford Hill on Tuesday, August 31st at 7 pm. We will be discussing Poison Penmanship by Jessica Mitford. After more than a year, it seems appropriate to celebrate meeting again in
person with an entertaining read.   Jessica was one of the six daughters of the eccentric Lord Redesdale and a rebel.   She was also a brilliantly
amusing writer like her sister Nancy Mitford. The book may be obtained from your local library, via interlibrary loan, possibly as audio or e-book via ListenUp Vermont or in New Hampshire,  *N*ew Hampshire Downloadable Books Users need only get a barcode number from their local library to use the services.  Or you can obtain the book from your favorite local bookseller, or via, the aggregator site for booksellers both large and small from all over the world, and for books both new and secondhand
Grafton County Broadband Public Forum
WHEN: Sept 7th, 6:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: Robert E. Clifford Memorial Building 65 South Court Street,
Woodsville NH 03785
WHO: Grafton County Broadband Committee members and Drummond and Woodsum.
WHAT: Updates on the efforts of the Grafton County Broadband Committee in
establishing a county-wide broadband network designed to facilitate the
build-out of broadband services into and within every municipality in the

The Piermont / Upper Valley News Quiz, August 13, 2021
The latest Piermont / Upper Valley News Quiz is now available! This week, it was reported that the Co-op in WRJ needed to close temporarily, NH high schoolers will need to pass a new type of test, a discovery was made at a former Lebanon public works facility and more. Did you follow the news this week? Take our quiz and see how well you can score.

ARPA Funding Select Board Public Hearing
Town of Haverhill PUBLIC NOTICE
The Town of Haverhill Select Board will be holding a public hearing pursuant to RSA 31:95-b in order to accept $477,908.00 in unanticipated
revenues from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The public is strongly encouraged to attend, watch a presentation, ask questions, and offer suggestions on how this funding should be spent here in Haverhill.
WHEN: Monday, August 16, 2021, at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Robert E. Clifford Memorial Building 65 South Court Street
Woodsville, NH & over Zoom.
Zoom connection information can be found on the Town’s website calendar.
*Brigitte M. Codling* *Haverhill Town Manager*
UnCommon Jam is back!
Sunday, August 22nd in the Newbury Common. 1-6 PM. Tickets at the gate are only $10. Live music featuring: the Dave Keller Band, The Mammals, and Linda B and the Barn cats. Good trucks, VT craft beers, and cider

Storytelling in S. Ryegate – August 17
The libraries in S. Ryegate, Groton, and Wells River invite you to bring the kids or grandkids for storytelling on Tuesday, August 17 at noon.
Storyteller Kurt Valenta has *“**Ta**les of the **I**mportance of **T* *ails”* to share, and he’ll bring some actual animal tails for us to touch.
The program will be outside at the Mills Memorial Field (perhaps better known as the ball field) in South Ryegate. Driving west from Wells River on
Rt. 302, look for the field on your left just after the blinking light and the church. (Driving east from Groton, be ready to turn right when you see
the church steeple ahead.) There’s a sign at the driveway. Continue left alongside the ball field til you reach the playground (and shade!) You may
want to come early or stay later, with a picnic lunch to give the kids time to explore and play. We’re trusting our chances for good weather, but
if it rains, we have pop-ups! We’re staying outdoors this summer since young children cannot yet be vaccinated for COVID.
A former elementary school teacher and nature instructor, Kurt Valenta hails from northern Vermont. He is the founder and President of *Exordium*, nature and outdoor education organization providing outdoor learning experiences for the young and young-at-heart. He also offers professional development for teachers through Castleton University and for childcare providers through Northern Lights.
This free event is part of the libraries’ summer reading program *“Tails & Tales”* with support from the VT Department of Libraries. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact the Baldwin Library
(802-757-2693) or the Groton Library (802-584-3358).
“Wonderland” opens tonight (August 13th)in Bradford Vt!
A cast of youth and adults brings you the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, and all your favorite characters in this Lewis Carroll adaptation.
Presented by Old Church Theater at the Bradford Academy auditorium (172 North Main Street) this weekend and next, shows are 7 pm Fridays and
Saturdays, and Sundays at 3 pm. MASKS OPTIONAL, The auditorium is large so there’s lots of room for distance if you prefer.
Tickets at the door, $12, seniors $10, students $6  Season tickets from 2020 will be honored. Refreshments at intermission with cookies prepared
by you guessed it- the Queen of Hearts! This production marks Old Church Theater’s return to the stage since February of 2020.  Two more productions have been planned for the remainder of the year
Guided Hike at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, August 14th, 10 am-12 pm
The forest at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park holds the special distinction of being Vermont’s first tree farm and is a newly designated Forest of Recognized Importance (FORI), the only of its kind in the state. What is a Tree Farm? What makes a forest “important”? If you find yourself wondering these things, you will want to join us for this special guided hike on August 14th, 10 am-12 pm.

We will learn what a tree farm is, what features make a forest a “Forest of Recognized Importance”, and hear from Kathleen Wanner, executive director of the Vermont Woodlands Association, Kathy Beland, Licensed Forester & Tree Farm Inspector, and Christina Marts, Deputy Superintendent at the National Park. They will provide us with an overview of the American Tree Farm System and showcase the special features at the park that make it the only FORI in the state.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association. The hike will be approximately 1 mile with moderate elevation gain. Please plan on dressing appropriately and bringing water and snacks if needed.
Register by emailing with the number of people in your party. Space is limited. Face masks are required for unvaccinated individuals.

*Latham Library is now open to the public! We are currently open for these SUMMER HOURS: Mondays 2-8, Tuesdays 2-5, Wednesdays 10-5,
Thursdays 2-8, and Saturdays 10-1. On Fridays, we are currently open only for curbside service or appointments. Please call 785-4361 or
email to make a Friday appointment or request an item through curbside.

*The George Peabody Library in Post Mills is now open on Wednesdays from 2:00-7:00 pm. Come browse and borrow from our wonderful collection
of books, audiobooks, and movies for adults and children. *Curbside service will continue! Curbside Check-out of library materials continues to be available from both the Latham and Peabody Libraries. Requests may be made via email, phone, or through our new catalog, OPALS: , with pickup and return operating out of the box in the front of Latham Library.

*Want to keep in touch with the Thetford Libraries? Signup for our e-newsletter by clicking here: . Please add to your email contacts to ensure the newsletter does not go to your junk mail.

*Latham Library recently received a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation that allowed us to purchase several laptop computers for
lending. Patrons of the library aged 18 and up may borrow one of these laptops for a two-week checkout period. Requests may be made through
our new catalog, OPALS, or by emailing us at or calling 785-4361.


LOCAL AUTHOR DEAN WHITLOCK READS FROM HIS NEW BOOK: This Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 pm. Join us as Thetford author Dean Whitlock reads from his new book, The Bell Cannon Affair! A gaslight thriller, The Bell Cannon Affair is a new novel for young adults and adults from the award-winning author of Finn’s Clock and The Arrow Rune. This event will take place in person in the reading room of Latham Library and
simultaneously on Zoom. We have limited space for the in-person event at the Library…please email to
register. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please email for the link.

THE RETURN OF PENNY CARNIVAL! Next Wednesday, August 18, 3:00-5:00 pm. Location: Peabody Library in Post Mills. Games, prizes, food, and
music. All carnival games and treats cost one penny each! There will also be the oldest and ugliest penny contests, a raffle for prizes, and a children’s book sale. Bring your pennies!

SUMMER BOOK CLUBS FOR TWO AGE GROUPS, YOUNG CHILDREN (7-9-year-olds) and MIDDLE GRADERS (10-13-year-olds): *The Young Children’s Book Club is currently reading “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald. Please contact Emily through email at if you would like to sign up.
*The Middle Grade Book Club is currently reading “The Whipping Boy” by Sid Fleischman. Please contact Emily through email at if you would like to sign up.

TAILS AND TALES SUMMER READING PROGRAM: If you have been participating in this year’s summer reading program please hand in your reading logs to Latham Library by the end of the day on Thursday, August 19. Children who hand in a reading log with at least three books filled
out will receive a certificate and prize at our Tails and Tales Finale Party on Monday, August 23 at 4:00pm. Location: outside in the Latham
Library back yard. Rain date: Tuesday, August 24. If you can’t make it to the party, stop into the Library to pick up your prize anytime we
are open, or you can arrange for curbside pickup.


KNITTING GROUP: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm in person at Latham Library, and via Zoom. Knitters of all levels welcome! Please email for the Zoom link.

ONLINE STORYTIME: Every Friday at 11:00am unless noted. Stories, songs, and silliness…All ages welcome. Please email for the Zoom link.

For more info, including lists of new books, please visit our website:
You can also follow us on Facebook at: Thetford Libraries

Outdoor Artisan Market Aug 14th, 11 am-3 pm Denny Park, Main St, Bradford, VT
The Space On Main is so excited to host an outdoor Artisan Market at Denny Park on Main Street in Bradford, VT this Saturday, August 14th, 11 am-3 pm! Come grab Korean food, freshly roasted iced coffee, dessert, and support local artisans from Vermont & New Hampshire! Free and open to all ages. Rain or shine!

Featured vendors for this weekend include:
• San Song Kitchens: Korean food! Bibimbap (mixed rice, veggies, and meat), Mandu (dumplings), and Bulgogi (BBQ).
• Upper Valley Coffee Roasters: Roasted coffee, CBD coffee, cold brew, and non-coffee options.
• Sweet n Savory Bakery: Baked goods, muffins, bread, cookies, and more.
• Vermont Beekeeping Supply: Hand-poured beeswax candles and ornaments, gift baskets with honey, hand-made soaps, lotion bars, house-blended herbal teas, etc.
• Ripples Studio: Unique hand-painted fluid acrylic and epoxy resin jewelry, colorful paintings, photography, and fabric prints.
• Lilac Hill Studio: Chalk-painted antique furniture.
• Rabbit Run Photography: Beautiful photography from our region.
• Rowan Tree Fabric Art: Fabric art, pillows, bags (small treasure bags, larger shopping, and random uses), wall hangings, and more.

For more information visit
“Alice in Wonderland” on stage next two weekends in Bradford, VT
Old Church Theater returns to the stage with this family classic this Friday!   This time at the Bradford (Vt) Academy auditorium on North Main Street (our lease expired at the temporary theater, and the old theater
across from the Academy is not yet restored). NO RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED!  Tickets at the door are $12, $10 seniors, $6
students. Cash/check only.  2020 season tickets will be honored! SHOWS NEXT 2 WEEKENDS:  Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm; Sundays at 3pm MASKS OPTIONAL  (the auditorium is really large so you can spread out as
you wish) Refreshments prepared by, who else?  The Queen of Hearts!

Howard Coffin Presentation on August 22nd.
On Sunday, 8/22/2021 at 2:00:00 PM, Howard Coffin will be speaking at Bradford Historical Society located in the Bradford Academy Building, Third Floor (elevator available) 172 North Main Street, Bradford VT on Vermont Women and the Civil War. “Vermont women enlisted for the duration.” So said a Vermont historian assessing the war years 1861-1865. Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s abled 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!

This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more contact Meroa Benjamin 802-222-96212 or

Vermont Women and the Civil War is a Vermont Humanities program hosted by Bradford Historical Society. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or Vermont Humanities.)

The Bradford Historical Society Museum will be open at 1:00 pm for viewing prior to the program.
Through letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words, describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State.

Heighten your senses in our relaxing farm landscape in a 20-minute mindfulness program led by an instructor from the Woodstock Athletic Club. The programs take place at 10:30, 11:00 & 11:30, and are included with admission (free for members!). Enjoy calming herbal tea in the lobby and sample Billings Farm’s cheeses in the Learning Kitchen from 11-4. Find your center with a mantra of the day, available in the Visitor Center Lobby.

Mindful Mondays are offered through August 30.
Guided Orchard Walk at the Morrill Homestead.
Saturday, August 21, 2-4 p.m.  Whitman Brook Orchard, Quechee
Owner and manager, Terry Dorman lead this tour as the orchard prepares for the harvest season. Learn the history of certain apples, as well the characteristics and uses for a number of the lesser-known varieties. The walk offers a close-up look at the reclamation and restoration of a 100-year-old abandoned hillside orchard with an opportunity to examine the evolution of grafting techniques on older trees.  Participants will not only see the results of this year’s spring grafts, but also the evolution of earlier grafts now bearing fruit.
Details and registration at
Walk sponsored by EC Browns’ Nursery and hosted by Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Lake Morey Resort is looking for staff for our very busy Fall Wedding and Golf Season!

Golf Course Bar & Grill
Dining Room Staff
Line Cooks

Midweek, Weekend, and Part-Time Positions Available. Must be Available thru October. Year-round positions are also available.

Golf Pass, Gym Pass & Employee Discounts for more info


Lake Morey Resort
82 Clubhouse Rd
Fairlee, VT 05045

The Newbury Historical Society is enormously pleased to announce a presentation and tour of the first girls’ camp in the United States, Newbury’s very own Camp Farwell on Halls Pond. The camp’s present owners and directors, Bob, Charyl, and Marley Hanson, are generously inviting visitors to Camp Farwell for a free presentation and tour on Sunday, August 21st at 1:00.

Reservations are required. No one will be permitted to attend without a reservation, and reservations will be limited to the first 25 people who request one. To ensure a spot, call Aroline Putnam at 802-429-2402 or email her at:
Please note that all attendees must be fully vaccinated and come wearing a mask.

Camp Farwell is located at 21 Camp Farwell Drive in Newbury. Visitors are asked to park either at the Veterans Park or across from the Halls Pond boat launch and walk or carpool to Camp Farwell. The camp cannot accommodate parking for all attendees.

Do call soon to reserve a spot to visit Camp Farwell and learn how it helped shape Newbury’s history and how it nurtured and inspired countless young women over its 132 years of operation.

✷ Looking ahead, the Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 4:00 pm in the West Newbury Schoolhouse. All are invited to attend. And then on Sunday, October 17th, Justin Squizzero will be giving a tour of the historic Burroughs-Hebb-McClintock farmhouse on Peach Brook Road and demonstrating the traditional-style weaving that he is a master of. More details will be forthcoming as we move into fall.
Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Animals, -W Fairlee Center, VT- Sunday afternoon, August 22.

The West Fairlee Community Club and the West Fairlee Center Church on Middlebrook Road in West Fairlee invite you to our old-fashioned Ice Cream Social on Sunday afternoon, August 22, followed by the Blessing of the Animals on the church green adjacent, with lovely music played by Serenata.

*WHEN*:  Sunday, August 22nd-Rain or shine!

2 pm-3 pm-  Ice Cream Sundaes at the West Fairlee Community Club;

2:30 pm- The Blessing of the Animals at the Church adjacent

*WHO*: For folks of all ages- free of charge.  (donations are always gratefully received, but none required-just come!)

Moving Forward Together Bradford Step 2: Vote on Priorities for Action.
Come join friends and neighbors on August 23rd to vote on priorities for the future of Bradford! In July, through a series of public forums and written surveys, nearly 100 community members shared their ideas for action in critical topics such as economic development, jobs, recreation, youth, housing, transportation, inclusion & welcoming, infrastructure, and more!

On Monday, August 23rd from 6:30-9:00 pm you are invited to join the second phase in the Moving Forward Together process at the Bradford Academy at 172 North Main Street:

  • Review the list of potential action ideas brainstormed at forums and on surveys
  • Discuss and advocate for what’s most important for the community
  • Vote on community priorities you want to move forward

More info is available on the Moving Forward Together Website:

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend – even if you did not attend the first meeting. All ages welcome! This is an opportunity to make your voice heard as your community comes together to shape the future of Bradford!

For more information, call the Vermont Council on Rural Development at 223-6091 or email

CLASSICOPIA presents “BROADWAY VIOLIN” from Aug.13-15.


Classicopia, the Upper Valley’s award-winning chamber music organization, finally returns to live concerts with *”BROADWAY VIOLIN”* on the weekend of August 13-15.  Violinist Timothy Schwarz and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will perform exciting arrangements of some of your favorite Broadway songs from the 1920s to the 1980s, including works by

Gershwin, Rodgers, Bernstein, Sondheim, Webber, and many more.  Weiser and Schwarz started their professional collaboration as the Upper Valley Duo and served under that name as the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassadors with an epic tour to eleven countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, including Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

There will be three venues to see the show:

1) On Friday, August 13 at 7:30, they perform a special House Concert at the Hanover home of Al and Marilyn Austin-Nelson.  Seating is limited and

reservations are required.  $35pp includes great food and drink as well 2) On Saturday, August 14 at 7:00, they play at the Fairlee Town Hall in

a program co-sponsored by Fairlee Community Arts along with a gift from Anne and Bruce Taylor.  It is the first annual “Bev Hodge Memorial

Concert” honoring the amazing woman who helped run Farmer Hodge’s Dairy Farm for so many years before she passed away earlier this year.  Seats are $20 for adults and free for children under 18.

3) On Sunday, August 15 at 1:00, the concert is at First Congregational Church of Lebanon with its wonderful acoustics and great Steinway grand

piano.  Seats are $20 for general or $15 for Church members.  Free for children 18 and under.  Discounts are available if you pre-buy seats online.

For more information on the concert and to buy seats for any of the shows, please visit:

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