Around Town Happenings
January ~ February 2020
Readsboro Community Library
Bringing community together ……

Library Hours
Tuesday 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Thank you to all the people that knitted and crocheted for our foster care children in Bennington County to remind them how much they are cared about. The project was a huge success with 120 hats, 37 sets of mittens and 13 headbands …… thanks to all that contributed to the success.
Thank you to all that donated snacks, candy, books, cards and toiletries to the Veterans over the holiday – these items were much appreciated.
Thank you also to all that participated in the remembrance tree this year. We celebrated 22 years. The list can be viewed at the post office, town office, general store, Facebook page or library. Tree donated in memory of John E Dix and Leo Braman.
Thank you to all that donated items for the Holiday Store that took place on November 30th the children were able to purchase gifts for a $1 each and were assisted by Earlene Lefebvre. The proceeds will be used for free summer camp at the Readsboro Lions Park. The children enjoy this experience immensely and without your donations this would not be possible.
The handmade quilts that were made and donated by Faun Trumble were won by Laurie Cole and Linda Marston. Thank you to all that purchased tickets.
The winter months are a great time to stop by the library to check out one of the many museum passes that are available. Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home offers snowshoeing in addition to visiting the museum and the grounds.
Saturday, February 1st Take Your Child to the Library 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. lots of activities.
Thursday, February 6th drop in for a Valentine making program all materials will be supplied.
Do you have a collection or some history memorabilia of Readsboro that you would like to share? The library has a locked glass case that could display your collection. All items will be returned to you.
Please let me know if you would prefer to have your newsletter emailed to you.
Contact is or 413-652-4512.
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An Important Message from the Town Office:
-Grand Juror, 1 yr.
-Town Agent, 1 yr.
-Moderator, 1 yr.
-Select board, 3 yr. (one seat)
-Town Clerk, 3 yr.
-Town Treasurer, 3 yr.
-Cemetery Commission, 5 yr. (one seat)
-Cemetery Commission, 4 yr. (remainder of unexpired 5 yr. term)
-Library Trustee, 5 yr. (one seat)
-Readsboro School Director, 3 yr. (one seat)
-Readsboro School Director, 2 yr. (remainder of unexpired 3 yr. term)
6 signatures needed and the petitions need to be back before January 27th by 5 p.m.
Town Meeting is on March 2nd and voting is the next day March 3rd
Next tax payment due March 10th
Special Town Meeting
Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 7 p.m.
The legal voters of the Town of Readsboro, Vermont are hereby notified to meet at the School auditorium in the Town of Readsboro to act on the following articles:
Article 1 to see if the voters of the Town of Readsboro will vote to withdraw from the Southern Valley Unified Union School District?
Article 2 to transact any other business that legal comes before the meeting.

Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc.
Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. Board of Directors wishes to “Thank You” to all the individuals and businesses that supported fundraising efforts for the Bullock Building Project. Your continued support is essential to our success and shows your commitment to the future of our community. We look forward to an even more productive New Year.
Saturday, February 22nd 11th Anniversary Hoot Toot & Whistle Snowshoe Race & Hike
Starts at 10:30 am
Registration: 9:00 – 10:00 am at Readsboro Central School on Phelps Lane.
Info: or Bob Dion 802-423-7537.

Independence Day 2020
Save the date – Saturday, June 27th for the Independence Day 2020 Celebration.
The Fourth of July Committee will be publishing a sequel to the very successful cookbook, “Readsboro Recipes Cookbook”. This new cookbook will be filled with the best recipes from the best cooks in our community – YOU! We are asking for your favorite recipes (or your mom’s or grandmother’s) that you would like to share and included in the cookbook. Your name will be printed with your recipes. Please print your recipe, type it or write it carefully. We are anticipating a great demand for these cookbooks, so thank you so much for participating in our fundraising efforts. Recipes can be given to Cyndi or Earlene or mailed to 4th of July Cookbook, c/o Earlene, 27 Grinka Farm Drive, Readsboro, VT 05350.
BROC Offers Assistance with 3SquaresVT Applications
Start the New Year with more food on your table!
BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont offers information about the 3SquaresVT program and personalized application assistance. Staff is ready to help you sign up for this benefit and access healthful meals.
3SquaresVT is an important nutrition program that provides benefits based upon income, expenses and the number of people in each household. Many people are eligible for this benefit but have not yet applied, including senior citizens, students, families with children and singles – to make an appointment in Bennington, call 802-447-7515 or Rutland, call 802-775-0878.
Auxiliary Post #29 American Legion
Saturday, January 11th 5 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m. Polenta & Venison Dinner
$12 per person; fundraiser for Legion #29, SAL Unit #29 and Ladies Auxiliary
Sunday, January 12th ~ 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
French toast or pancake, eggs, sausage, home fries, coffee and juice.
Sunday, February 9th ~ 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
French toast or pancake, eggs, sausage, home fries, coffee and juice.
Check in at Legion to take part in the Super bowl Pool and Annual Pitch Tournament
Readsboro Historical Society
The trustees of the Readsboro Historical Society once again send their wishes for a healthy New Year. We also want to express our sincere appreciation for your continued support through membership, volunteerism and donations. Without it we would not be able to maintain our active role in the community. We have many projects and exhibits that are in the works that we are excited to share with you: Creating more space, storage and exhibits in the backroom. We hope to re-create the jail that was once housed there. If anyone has any pictures or re-collections, please let us know.
Purchasing more display units. Creating a “New Theme Exhibit” that we will change out with something different every year. Preserving, Sharing, Connecting Please check out our website for future Open Houses starting May 1, 2020 through October 2020. Want to become a member? Please print out the membership application on our website and fill it out and send to; Readsboro Historical Society, PO Box 16, Readsboro, VT 05350.

Readsboro Lions Club
The members of the Lions Club would like to recognize the dedication and commitment of member, Virgina McChesney who passed away on December 14, 2019. Please keep John her husband in your thoughts.
Thank you to Erin O’Hearn Lackey and family for the amazing Kayla’s Playground at the Lions Park. If you see Erin please make sure to thank her, this was a huge addition and update to the park.
Fire Department
The threat of winter fires is real. Use these statistics to help your community understand how severe these fires can be. 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
$2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths. Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent). 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires. more information can be found at the website. Remember to keep fire hydrants clear from snow and ice.
Remember snow may accumulate in front of exhaust/vents – High-efficiency furnaces pose a specific CO threat in winter. The manufacturer’s use a unique venting and sealed combustion system that has a sidewall vent not seen with standard furnaces. If you make sure such sidewall venting is clear of snow or ice, it will continue to provide a secure way for CO to escape the house. That means you and your family should remain safe.
When it snows or ice forms on the vents, they can become clogged. When the CO is blocked from getting out, it can be pushed back into your home and could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
After a snowstorm or ice storm, or when the temperatures are extremely low, you should go out and visually inspect the vents. Keeping them clear will help avoid CO poisoning.
If there’s a lot of snow, clear a path of 2 to 3 feet around each vent. If you see ice forming on the vents, gently knock it off without damaging the pipes.

BINGO ~ St. Joachim’s Church Hall 6 p.m.

$10 to play ~ while you have an evening out
Monday, January 13th
Monday, February 10th


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