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SVMC hosts blood drive April 4

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019, in its employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

For more information, call Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.


Explore the four-season greenhouse

On Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m., Jonathan Hescock of Vermont Victory Greenhouses will dig into the challenges and solutions for creating a four-season greenhouse for the Northeast. The presentation takes place at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.

Growing and gardening have always been a part of Hescock's life. In 2006, while working as a contractor, he began to feel the effects of seasonal disorder and, after visiting the neighbors' commercial greenhouse, decided to build a modest greenhouse to improve his mental health and just extend the enjoyment of growing during the long winter season. Soon neighbors wanted something similar and over the years Vermont Victory Greenhouses was born and has built over 40 greenhouses throughout the Northeast.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-362-2607 or email

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Guitar jam session at Community Library

The Manchester Community Library will be hosting a guitar jam session on Thursday, March 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. All guitarists are invited to bring their instruments to the library and perform with other musicians. Please note that the date of the guitar jam meetings has changed to the third Thursday of each month.

So tune it up, dig out the old amplifier and bring your gear to the library for a night of fun at this free event. Or plan to come to listen to your neighbors. For more information, call Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or email


State issues reminder to remove ice shanties

Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens, according the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The shanty must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March — the 31st this year — whichever comes first. All contents, debris, wood, and supports must also be removed so they do not become a hazard to navigation in the spring.

The fine for leaving your ice fishing shanty on the ice can be $1,000, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas.

State game wardens are available for questions via the Vermont State Police radio dispatcher.


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