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Jaffrey library offers new program to keep families connected during holidays

Jaffrey Public Library is set to offer a new program called Family Connect to help patrons, especially seniors lacking technology, connect with long-distance families and friends for the holidays. The program kicks off on the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The library will offer hourly appointments on Nov. 25, when librarians will orchestrate pre-arranged, private Zoom sessions for families.

“Our guest will come to the library, be given their own private room where we will set up our technology for them to have a video call with far-away family and friends for approximately 30 minutes,” said Library Director Julie Perrin. “We will provide all the technology, get it up and running and then leave them to their private video chat.”

In addition to the day before Thanksgiving, the library plans to offer additional times throughout the Christmas season.

Librarians are scheduling now. Anyone interested may contact Julie or Andrea at the library at 532-7301.

Winter Farmers’ Market set to open in Brattleboro with fewer vendors

The Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market is set to open its 15th season on Saturday in the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St. in downtown Brattleboro.

This year, with health concerns related to COVID-19, the market will be much smaller with fewer vendors and lots of open space for social distancing.

The Brattleboro market will be one of the few indoor farmers markets in Vermont open for in-person shopping this season; the market will limit the number of customers in the space at one time and encourage customers to move through the market, make their purchases and move on so others can do the same. This year, a new curbside pick-up option will be available for those who prefer a completely touchless option. Customers can order and pay online for a market order to be picked up on Saturday.

The Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, a local nonprofit working to promote sustainable communities, will be open every Saturday through March 27. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org, or call Sherry at 802-869-2141 or email farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Elks National President

to visit Keene during

tour of Granite State

Paul R. Ryan, the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, accompanied by his wife, Stacey, is set to visit the New Hampshire State Elks Association and at least five Elks lodges, including Keene Elks Lodge 927.

The Ryans will be in the Granite State Nov. 7 to 9.

The Grand Exalted Ruler Ryan, a resident of Minnesota and the highest ranking officer of the organization, is visiting New Hampshire as part of his national tour during the month of November.

His trip to New Hampshire will begin with a visit to the Keene Lodge on Saturday. Ryan will also visit the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393 on Sunday and then attend a banquet at the Plymouth Lodge of Elks 2312. Monday, Ryan will visit the Concord-Epsom Elks 1210 and the Laconia Elks 876.

The Elks have lodges in 14 New Hampshire towns and cities with a statewide membership of approximately 7,400 members. The Elks provided more than 74,557 hours of volunteer help in the Granite State last year.

For information, visit www.elks.org or www.nh-elks.org.

Group announces new program to raise money, support local businesses

Food Connects, a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro that supports local food systems, is hosting its first Taste of Food Connects through Nov. 21.

The event brings together more than 90 local businesses throughout Windham County, Vt. and the Monadnock Region to celebrate the local economy. The event is part of Local Passport, benefitting local businesses, and part Silent Auction, supporting Food Connects’ annual fund.

The idea for this event came as a response to COVID-19’s putting a damper on Food Connects’ initial fundraising plans for the fall. So Food Connects decided to hold a fundraiser for its programming and support local businesses at the same time.

Community members are invited to shop at any of the 21 participating businesses. Shoppers who spend $10 or more can add a sticker to the passport. After three stickers, the shopper can be entered to win one of nine prizes, including $1,000 to spend at local businesses. Multiple passport entries are encouraged.

“The team at Food Connects hopes that this program will help encourage community members to shop at local businesses,” said Laura Carbonneau, Food Connects’ Marketing Manager. “We understand how COVID-19 impacted and continues to impact our community partners, and we need to continue to fortify and strengthen our local economy. We are stronger together, and the community needs us all to shop locally this holiday season.”

The program ends with a five-day virtual silent auction from Nov. 16 to 20 to support Food Connects annual fund.

Information: www.foodconnects.org/taste-of-food-connects.

Skerry anniversary
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Henry Wayne “Hank” Skerry Sr. and Patricia “Pat” (Provencher) Skerry of Northampton, Mass., are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

They were married Nov. 5, 1960.

Hank and Pat Skerry were both born in Keene, where they also raised their four children.

In addition to being a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great friend, Mr. Skerry had a professional career that included time in the minor leagues as a pitcher, service as a State Trooper and service as a salesman in the lumber industry, specializing in millwork — an industry in which he owned his own company, North Atlantic Millwork Company (NAMCO).

In addition to being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great friend, Mrs. Skerry had a professional career as a nurse and later as a social worker for the state who advocated for vulnerable children and families. She also pursued a master’s degree in psychology.

Their four children are Elizabeth Skerry Hastings and Steve Forcier of Massachusetts; Christa Skerry White and Elmer Guy White of Virginia; Matthew Raymond Skerry and Clare Skerry; and the late Henry Wayne Skerry Jr. of Rhode Island.

They have six grandchildren: Matthew, Sylvia, Mikhaila and her husband, Steve, Gideon, Dierdre, and Alex.

Due to the pandemic, the 60th anniversary party was a small family affair. Hank and Pat Skerry’s extended family and friends shared their congratulations for a married life well lived via recorded greetings that were compiled into a celebratory movie.

Your Words: Thanks for contributing to Keene Elks annual charity

Thank you to local businesses. The Keene Elks Lodge No. 927 would like say thank you to all the area businesses that contributed to our annual charity basket raffle. Funds raised through our charitable deeds stay within our community such as our children’s gift giving.

Our thank you goes out to:

Hamshaw Lumber, Mr. G’s Liquidation Center, Petco of Keene, Monadnock Harley-Davidson, Keene Cinema 6, Athens Pizza, Elm City Brewery, Toy City, Mi Jalisco’s, Rite Aid of Keene, Life is Sweet, Papagallo’s, The Dinner Table, Jeannie’s Family Restaurant, and The Stage.

These donations made a huge difference in what we can accomplish in our community.


Keene Elks Lodge 927

TEDxMC2School 2020 Presents “Building Community Together”
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MC2 charter school in Keene will host a TEDx program called “Building Community Together,” its first online event, on Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale and available to the public.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events similar to TED Talks. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers are offered with the intention of sparking deep discussions and connections.

The event is organized completely by a team of students from Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School.

The program will explore how we encounter, understand and answer the complexities of our present world. Our speakers will tackle essential questions: How do we serve/support each other? What are our community ideals? And what is our ideal community?

Tickets are available for free at https://ticketelf.com/events/tedxmc2school-11-7-2020.

For more information, visit www.mc2school.org/TEDxMC2School.