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Renamed Electoral Districts in Brattleboro
BRATTLEBORO — Every 10 years, the Vermont state legislature is required to conduct a redistricting process, based on the results of the U.S. Census.
Earlier this year, the Legislature redistributed the Vermont House of Representatives and renamed Brattleboro’s three districts to Windham-7 (formerly Windham 2-1, or District 1), Windham-8 (formerly Windham 2-2, or District 2) and Windham -9 (formerly Windham 2-3, or District 3), changing the district lines slightly.
For local elections on Assembly Day, the districts will be called: “Windham-7/Brattleboro District 1”, “Windham-8/Brattleboro District 2” and “Windham-9/Brattleboro District 3”.
According to City Clerk Hilary Francis, most residents “will continue to vote in the same district as before, just with a new name. Some voters were moved to a new district based on the new district lines. These electors will receive a notice by mail informing them of their new electoral district.
For those voting by mail, they will notice a new district number on their ballot. If they choose to vote at the polls on Election Day, poll workers will be there to greet them and direct them to their constituency.
A “Map of Electoral Districts” and “Electoral District Boundaries” can be found on brattleboro.org, under How We Can Help, then Elections (see menu on right of page).
Voters can visit their My Voter page (mvp.vermont.gov) to update their registration address, including physical and mailing addresses, and request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them.
If you’re having trouble logging into your My Voter page, contact the town clerk’s office at 802-251-8157 or [email protected]
Summer Meals and Summer Reading Program begins in Putney
PUTNEY – Summer meals and the summer reading program are coming to the library. Prepackaged bagged meals (lunch and breakfast) are free and will be available to anyone 18 and under, five days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., outside the library until August 19.
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Putney Summer Meal Program Site Coordinator Elizabeth Cohen at [email protected]
After enjoying your summer meals, join the Putney Library Summer Reading Program which runs from July 6th to August 1st. Most events start at 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Summer Reading Program is a self-paced, non-competitive reading program that includes great activities and events that will keep your family coming to the library all summer long. Learn more and check out the full program at putneylibrary.org.
The Moore Free Library is holding a book sale
NEWFANE — Friends of Moore’s Free Library will be holding their summer book sale on the library lawn at 23 West Street on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The theme will be “What’s Old Is New Again” – literature, history, classics, children’s and young adult books, including everything left upstairs in the attic plus a smattering of contemporary fiction. Buy a Moore Free Library tote bag for $15 or fill it with books for $20. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at [email protected] or 802-365-7278.
Tai Chi classes for fall prevention offered in Williamsville
WILLIAMSVILLE – Beginning Wednesday, July 6 at 10:50 a.m., Fall Prevention: Tai Chi Level I, sponsored by Senior Solutions and taught by Certified Instructor Jane Douglas, will be offered at Williamsville Hall, 35 Dover Road, for five sessions.
Both old and new participants are welcome. The class is free with donations accepted to help support the room. Class size is limited to 12 people. To register for either class, RSVP to Steve Levine at [email protected] Vaccination and mandatory masks.
RFPL offers passes for museums and parks
BELLOWS FALLS — Looking for something fun and educational to do with the family? The Rockingham Free Public Library offers cardholders passes to museums, parks, and institutions throughout the state and nearby communities.
Passes can be booked up to a month in advance and offer free or heavily discounted entry. Each pass can be borrowed by library cardholders aged 18 and over for three days at a time. The Library recommends that all pass users call or check an institution’s website before visiting; some may require masks.
Park and museum passes available at the library include:
• Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (free admission for one household)
• Natural History Museum of Southern Vermont in Marlboro (free admission for two people)
• Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury (free admission for two adults and two children under 17)
• American Precision Museum in Windsor (free for a family, two adults and two children)
• The Nature Museum in Grafton (free admission for one household)
• Vermont History Museum in Montpellier (free admission for one household)
• Vermont Historic Sites (free admission for one car with up to eight people)
• Vermont State Parks (day use only, free entry for one car with up to eight people)
• Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Woodstock ($5 per person for up to four people, free for children 3 and under)
• Cheshire Children’s Museum in Keene, NH (half-price admission for up to four people)
• Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington ($7 per person for up to four people)
• Next Stage’s Bandwagon Outdoor Summer Music Series at multiple Windham County venues (two adults free, under 12 free)
This service is provided to RFPL through the financial support of the Friends of the Rockingham Library, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and individual institutions. For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, email [email protected], or go online at rockinghamlibrary.org.
Grace Cottage Fair Day Returns, Wanted Auction Items
TOWNSHEND – The 72nd Grace Cottage Family Hospital Fair Day returns to Townshend Common on Saturday August 6th.
Hospital Fair Day features large tents, delicious food, upbeat music, pipers, and all the other wonderful attractions that are part of this decades-old tradition. Donations of items for the live auction, white elephant, jewelry and book stalls are gratefully accepted until mid-July. Pickups may be possible for larger items.
Hospital Fair Day has a new auctioneer this year, Brian Tebo of Bennington. Now that Kit Martin, Fair Day’s longtime auctioneer, lives in Maine, he wholeheartedly recommended Tebo replace him. Additionally, Tim Robinson and Ralph Sherman will be sharing their music from the gazebo on the common ground from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fair depends on volunteers, and between now and August 6, there’s a lot of stacking, sorting, and stockpiling to do. Some of this has already started. All community volunteers are gratefully accepted, whether you can donate an hour or two or more.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating items to the live auction, call Eileen Fahey at 802-365-4030 or email her at [email protected]