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Black River Action Team Receives $500 Donation From Advance Auto Parts in the Springfield Shopping Plaza

posted Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Black River Action Team recently received a $500 donation from the folks at the new Advance Auto Parts in the Springfield Shopping Plaza, 2 Chester Road in Springfield, Vermont. "This isn't just a cash donation," notes BRAT Director Kelly Stettner. "The management of Advance Auto Parts has expressed interest in getting out on the river to help us clean up trash during our annual RiverSweep cleanup on September 12th - that's pretty awesome, I'm looking forward to seeing their crew out on the river!"

A Trip to Nepal, Spring 2015, Just Before the Earth Quaked

posted Monday, June 22, 2015
Chester Rotary will hold another in its series of First Thursday talks on Thursday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bradford Tavern in the Fullerton Inn. The program is free and the public is invited. This month's speaker is T. Breeze Verdant of Brattleboro, VT, who will present photos and stories about his travels in Nepal during March and April of 2015. He returned home just 10 days prior to the devastating earthquake that took over 8,700 lives, shattered entire villages and destroyed many precious UNESCO world heritage sites.

Bunny's Girls Auction to Benefit Local Charity

posted Friday, June 19, 2015
The late Francess Carpenter, affectionately known as Bunny, died July 3, 2011. She sewed for Bonnie's Bundles Dolls for thirty-five years. During those years I gifted Bunny with several of her favorite dolls for which she stitched their sweet outfits. They remained company for Barney, her husband, until his death on March 11 of this year. At that time, Bunny's girls came back to me.

BRATs Make a Dent in Garlic Mustard Population

posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
An edible plant, garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is generally considered a nuisance weed, found along many roadsides and other disturbed areas. A prolific plant, garlic mustard outcompetes and crowds out native plants on the forest floor. While it is unclear whether garlic mustard is a cause or a symptom of forest decline, it is evident that this plant does not promote the health of the forest floor (it exudes chemicals through the soil which impede the growth of other plants, for instance).

Tackling Trees on the Green and Adding Flowers around Chester

posted Friday, June 12, 2015
Chester Townscape, known formerly as the Chester Beautification Committee, has continued to improve the appearance of the town by working with dedicated volunteers, organizations, and Town departments. On Thursday, May 21, as arranged by Chester Townscape, Instructor John Harmer and seven very competent and professional horticulture students at the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield gave the first in a series of pruning sessions to trees on Chester's Village Green.

Chester Flower Pots Are Readied For Spring

posted Thursday, June 4, 2015
On May 27, volunteers from Chester Townscape [CT] gathered at Sunshine Acres on Route 11 to plant 42 pots (up from 35 in 2014) that had been bought for private properties or donated for public places around Chester. Thorough organization by John McAveeney at his nursery allowed the volunteers to plant the pots in record time.

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Saturday, June 23
Grand Re-Opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center
Join The Nature Museum and master diver Annette Spaulding, who has been diving in the Connecticut River for over 30 years, for the grand re-opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center on Saturday, June 23! From 10am to 4pm, Annette will be sharing stories and showing artifacts she has found on her dives.
Saturday, June 23
Vermont Invasive Patroller Workshop
Fletcher Memorial Library
88 Main St., Ludlow, VT
(Park in back; library opens at 10 AM)
Afternoon VIP Paddle
Echo Lake, Camp Plymouth State Park
10am-2pm
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