Galaxy to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day


This is the second year for Independent Bookstore Day, which celebrates independent bookstores nationwide. It will be on April 30, and there will be literary parties around the country. The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick will be celebrating with a story time, sales, raffles, and homemade treats.

“We’re so excited for Independent Bookstore Day,” said Sandy Scott, who co-owns the store with Andrea Jones. “This isn’t just about our store; it’s about indie stores all over the country and our role in our communities. We’re planning to make it a fun day for everyone.”

The Galaxy Bookshop will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Those items will only be available at participating independent bookstores. Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.

The second annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. Last year participating bookstores saw an average increase in sales of 70 percent on Independent Bookstore Day. — from The Galaxy Bookshop.

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Presentation on beekeeping April 9

People can learn all about working with bees, just as a hobby or as a more serious endeavor, at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m.

The concern over the disappearance of local bee populations has greatly increased interest in beekeeping by farmers and gardeners who depend on bees for the pollination of plants.

Jim Reed, a local registered apiary owner, will present a pictorial and verbal description of his experience as a first-year beekeeper. From start-up to harvest and all the bumps in between, Mr. Reed will guide the audience through a year of honey making. His presentation will suggest ways of getting started, possible costs, the learning curve, time requirements, and more.

Mr. Reed is a lifelong resident of the area and previous owner of Reeds Mobil; owner of Up the Creek Paddle Sports in Newport, and Kamptokumto vacation rentals in Jay. He has also been a previous officer and director of the Derby Fish and Game Club.

Any interested persons are welcome.

All donations will benefit the Goodrich Memorial Library.

Visit utcbees on Facebook for a preview. — from the Goodrich.

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Starry Mountain Singers in Newport April 3

The Starry Mountain Singers will host a concert at the United Church of Newport on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 to $15.

The Starry Mountain Singers is an ensemble of seven vocalists who perform a wide range of traditional music from around the United States and the wider world. Formed in 2010, the group’s members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying and performing these types of polyphony.

Their performances are known to be dynamic, uplifting and powerful. The musical program features traditional songs from the United States and Europe — specifically Corsica and Caucasus Georgia. The American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), powerful gospel numbers, cowboy songs, and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. The Georgian and Corsican songs are a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the incredible range of unique singing traditions from those countries. Each member has contributed songs from their particular area of musical knowledge and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance. Their recent, self-titled studio album will be available at the show.

The Starry Mountain Singers have all toured extensively with the Vermont-based world-music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, where they received an introduction to traditional songs and singing styles from around the world. In addition, all members of the ensemble have worked extensively with Northern Harmony, as well as Meredith Monk, Revels, Inc., and have performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage,” and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band, The Sweetback Sisters.  – from the Starry Mountain Singers.

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Robinsons at Kingdom Coffeehouse March 25

Husband and wife duo Dana and Susan Robinson of Cabot will play a concert at the Kingdom Coffeehouse at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m.  Admission is $10.

The Robinsons are celebrating their twentieth year of national and international touring.  With guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, their sound is a melting pot of Appalachian, British, and rural American influences, full of exciting fiddle tunes, earthy grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

For more on the Robinsons, visit

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Glover Talent Show and Pie Auction March 19


The Glover Public Library invites the public to another March talent show and pie auction on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Glover Town Hall.

Escape the winter doldrums and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment by local stars. During the show, people may bid on pies and other amazing baked goodies courtesy of talented local bakers. All money raised will benefit the Glover Public Library.

For more information, call the library at 525-4356. — from the Glover Public Library.

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LR Rocks singer showcase March 4


The Lake Region music department presents an antidote to the midwinter blues on Friday, March 4, when LR Rocks presents its annual singer showcase at Parker Pie in West Glover starting at 7:30 p.m.

The vocalists of the Power Rangers and Funk Out will perform a stylistically diverse show of solos, duets, and ensemble selections. Highlights include “Peace Train,” “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” “Four Chords,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” the Adele mash-up “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You,” “For Good” from the musical Wicked, and much more.

Back-up musicians are Josh Lavine (drum set), Jade Dennison (piano), Chris “Fingers” Doncaster (bass), and special guest on the keys, Dr. Pepper Sue.

This concert is a fund-raiser for the “Trills and Thrills” band festival in June. Suggested admission is a $5 donation per person. Ticket sales and reservations are in advance only, and begin one week prior to the show. Seating is limited!

Doors open at 7 p.m. on the night of the show.

Please contact Kathy McCoy at 754-2500, extension 0, or e-mail at [email protected]

For general questions about the show, please contact Sara Doncaster at 754-2500, extension 219, or 754-6335. — submitted by Sara Doncaster.


Sign up for winter camps at NorthWoods

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston will host its annual Winter Day Camp through the week of February 22-25 (Monday-Thursday).

Explore the winter woods on snowshoes and cross-country skis, build snow shelters, ice fish, cook over a fire, learn how to track wildlife in the snow, and warm up with arts and crafts by the woodstove.


During that same week, there will also be a Winter Conservation Camp, geared towards older kids. It will include stewardship education, wildlife tracking, tree identification, seasonal preparedness, exploration of the Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge, and a backcountry overnight to the Bald Mountain cabin which has a wood stove.

To register, or for more information, call 723-6551, extension 303, or e-mail [email protected]. — from NorthWoods.



North Troy to hold annual Christmas Alone dinner

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Donald St. Onge of North Troy will again host the annual Christmas Day Alone meal this year. The meal will be served at the St. Vincent de Paul Church at 77 North Pleasant Street in North Troy, on Christmas Day at 11:30 a.m.

Adults and children who find themselves alone on Christmas Day from the surrounding areas of North Troy, Troy, Lowell, Westfield, Newport Center, and Newport City, are welcome. The dinner is under the auspices of the Missisquoi Valley Historical Society. Those who are working are welcome to enjoy the day, too.

The dinners consist of turkey and ham, with many fixings.

Donations can be made to the Christmas Alone accounts, care of Donald St. Onge, 77 North Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 621, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Those who wish to make a food contribution, are interested in delivering the food, or want a meal delivered on Christmas Day, please contact Mr. St. Onge by calling (802) 988-2560. Home delivery is available only in North Troy. — submitted by Donald St. Onge


Tree of Lights ceremony on December 3


NEK Council on Aging’s Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony outside its offices on the corner of Summer and Winter streets in St. Johnsbury last December. Photo courtesy of NEK Council of Aging

The NEK Council on Aging will celebrate its annual Memory Tree Lighting ceremony, which honors late nutrition director Sally Briggs on Thursday, December 3, at 4 p.m.

“Sally loved life,” Executive Director Lisa Viles recalled of her long-serving coworker who lost her battle with cancer in 2012. “She loved her family and friends. She loved listening to music and going to plays. She especially loved kayaking. She left a lifetime of goodwill.”

The Council invites anyone who would like to honor Ms. Briggs or a similar individual who shared her spirit of community service to take part in this year’s Memory Tree Lighting.

A suggested donation of $5 includes a light and the opportunity to have the names of loved ones read aloud and printed in a program for the special event. Contributions support the council’s emergency food and fuel funds.

The observance takes place during the council’s holiday open house, at which homemade refreshments will be served and caroling will take place. — from the NEK Council on Aging.


Swap Sisters to host barter fair November 8

Pictured here from left to right are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party hosted by the Swap Sisters in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

Pictured here from left to right are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party hosted by the Swap Sisters in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

The Swap Sisters are hosting the fourth annual Harvest Barter Fair on Sunday, November 8. They will be swapping the season’s bounty at the Lakeview Union School in Greensboro from 2 to 4 p.m. People should bring items that they have grown, preserved, baked, or raised to swap with neighbors.

Items will be swapped on a one-for-one basis. Items should have an estimated value of $5, or $5 increments. For example, a quart of canned tomatoes, a jar of jelly, a bag of tasty baked goods, a large winter squash, a pound of frozen meat, a bag of tea or other herbal product, tubers, or house plants. Items should be labeled with ingredients.

People of all ages are encouraged to participate and bring a friend whether they have a little or a lot to share.

Last year’s Harvest Barter Fair was well attended. There were fresh vegetables and fruits, a wide variety of canned and fermented preserves, hot sauce, frozen meat, crafts, bread, stock, cheese, maple syrup, and lots of herbal products. It could also be a good place to find homes for items like extra canning jars. There’s something for everyone. Contact us at [email protected], or (802) 755-6336 for more information. — from the Swap Sisters.