Around Town Happenings
July ~ August 2020
Readsboro Community Library

Bringing community together ….

I miss you and hope to see you when it is safe to reopen the library. In the meantime, here is the current newsletter. This edition includes a wealth of information about resources that will keep you informed and entertained until we meet again. Remember to call 413-652-4512 or email if you wish to borrow a book or video or need help with online resources.

Check out the daily updates to the Facebook page for information and activities.  The library  has and will continue to support our community in every way possible
throughout this difficult time and I am hopeful that circumstances will
allow me to greet you in person once again, very soon.

Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont – The Department of Public Service prepared
a map of public buildings in Vermont where WiFi with access to the internet is publicly available as a resource for remote learning and working from home:

The census informs where federal funds go every year for things like our healthcare workers, EMTs and firefighters, schools, libraries, and more! Go to now to respond! You can also respond by completing the paper questionnaire sent to your home or respond by phone: 844-330-2020.

FourScienceVT provides Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math educational content,programs & resources from four trusted science museums to Vermonters across the State:

The Vermont Historical Society offers guided talks, roundtables, and trivia – all online!
You can also contribute to the VHS COVID-19 Archive:
The Vermont Humanities Council has a variety of podcasts and online programs,
including First Wednesday Talks!

The Vermont Folklife Center has a variety of programs, including Listening in Place, focusing on four responses to the COVID-19 emergency: the creation of a crowd-sourced Sound Archive to document our daily experiences during the pandemic, a series of online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share during these challenging times, Virtual Vox Pops, short interviews recorded over the phone with VFC staff, and Show Us Your Masks! a project to
document homemade face masks created by Vermonters.

Watch nightly Opera Streams from The Metropolitan Opera
from the comfort of your favorite chair:

Passes Available for Museums and State Parks

State parks opened on June 26th ~ pass can be borrowed for free daytime entry.
Bennington Museum
Hildene Museum
Retreat Farm

***** Important  Meeting *****

This meeting is about dissolving the union between Readsboro and Halifax.
Informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on August 3, 2020 at the school and
voting on August 11, 2020 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church

Basket Raffle will be drawn on July 26th 1 p.m. at the church.
Refreshments will be served for any that plan on attending.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased from members.
There are a variety of 17 top quality baskets including gardening, fishing, a Vermont basket, baskets for kids, sports, food baskets, candy, pets, outdoors, with a little something for everyone! Don’t forget to purchased your tickets soon to win a spectacular basket! As always your help and support plays a vital part in the success of our annual basket raffle and your generosity is always greatly appreciated.

July 8th and August 12th 12 p.m.
Friendly Mission Circle will have dinners ready for pick up; delivery can be arranged by calling the church 802-423-7530. Donations will be accepted.
August 14th 3:30 p.m.
Come discuss plans for the annual Harvest Festival that is tentatively planned for September 26th.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly 7 p.m. Pastor Rick leads a prayer group.

South Readsboro Community Club

Meetings are the second Thursday of the month. No suppers are planned because of covid-19, but we would like to thank all that supported our dinners throughout the years. A heartfelt thanks to the food preparers, pie makers, kitchen help, waitresses and any one that assisted in any way. The support and the help from the community is what makes these dinners possible and we hope to start them up again once things have settled down.

Readsboro Historical Society

The Readsboro Historical Society Trustees have made the decision NOT to open to the public this summer due to this crazy COVID-19 virus. We want to keep everyone safe, including our volunteers, from any harm this virus may pose.

Our next theme, “Schools”, which was to run this summer, has been postponed to a later date. Please check out our Facebook page (The Readsboro Historical Society) where we will keep you updated on what we are working on in your community museum during this shutdown.

Thanks again for all your support and contributions in letting us help you discover Readsboro’s past.
Please Stay Safe.

Readsboro Fire Department

Call Adam (413) 652-2733 or Andrew (802) 490-4975 for burn permits. It is necessary to obtain a burn permit prior to starting a fire, a 24 hour notice is appreciated.
Don’t burn when it’s windy or when vegetation is very dry. Choose a safe burning site away from power lines, overhanging limbs, buildings, vehicles, and equipment.
The site should be surrounded by gravel or dirt at least 10 feet in all directions.
Keep the surroundings watered down during the burn and have a shovel close by.
Keep your piles small and manageable. Add additional debris as the fire burns down.
Always stay with your fire until it is completely out. Drown the fire with water, turn over the ashes with a shovel and drown it again. Repeat several times. Check the burn area regularly over the next several days following the burn, especially if the weather is warm, dry, and windy. When disposing of charcoal briquettes and ash outside, drown the charcoal and ash with lots of water, stir them, and soak again. Be sure they are out cold.
Always looking for new members, stop by the Fire Department on any Monday of the month for an app.
Meetings (7pm) and drills (6:30pm) are on Mondays.
If any community member needs assistance with finding masks, they can call (802) 423-5683.
Join the RFD raffle! Contact Adam, Andrew or Caroline.

Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment

Keep a watch out for the Annual RHR auction. We have a tentative date for mid September. The Auction this year will be smaller than usual as we are trying to stay Covid Safe and we are looking at other ways to hold an auction. If you have something to donate please send a picture or description to Sue Bailey at


Oh the Places They Will Go ~ Graduates of 8th Grade ~ Readsboro
Hannah Boisvert
Mia Codogni
Hannah Higley
Rachael Webber
Blaize Weiss
Rock Weiss

Off to New Beginnings ~ Seniors~ Readsboro
Hunter Boisvert
Aaron Cole
Quintin Demarsico
Katie Tobits

Thank You

A BIG thank you for all the prayers and well wishes for my daughter, Stephanie Jillson Taylor. She just finished her chemo and is on the road to recovery. She would like everyone to know she couldn’t have done it without the love and support from everyone. Thank you!! Martha Jillson




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