By the way for Jul. 18

Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, Bristol’s “River Bend Trail,” from the former Coffin Factory site to the local fire station, is now open. Folks who want to check it out and help with final spruce-up work can gather behind the fire station off West Street this Saturday, July 20, at 8 a.m. Bring gloves and a five-gallon plastic pail to pick up any garbage you might find. Organizers said the trail primarily needs feet walking on it to break it in. Bristol’s public trail is now around three miles long. Work will soon begin on the next trail segment, from Basin Street to South Street.
Volunteers will also be welcome this Saturday, July 20, for a scheduled cleanup of Vergennes’ St Peter’s Cemetery at 140 South Main Street. Work on this historic Vermont burial ground will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 30 helpers are expected, including a work crew from Sanctuary House in Rutland. The Vermont Old Cemetery Association will also be on site to help repair broken monuments. 
The Bristol Hub Teen Center will host the Vermont Health Department’s “Personal Responsibility and Education Program” (PREP) beginning July 22-25, from 10 a.m.-2p.m. Speakers will cover a wide variety of information to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health that is inclusive to everyone. This is free, comprehensive education for youth ages 12-19. As a bonus, a $50 stipend will be awarded to students who complete the class, with priority given to first-time PREP participants. To register call 453-3678 or email: [email protected].
The 5-Town Friends of the Arts & Lawrence Memorial Library will present “Poetry Out Loud,” the first in a seasonal series of open poetry evenings, on Thursday, July 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the library at 40 North St.. Feel free to bring poetry to read aloud, recite, or just come to listen and enjoy.
The town of Bristol on July 23 will host a public meeting on how to deal with the Emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive and invasive beetle that feeds on and kills all species of ash trees. The beetle was recently discovered in Bristol, and has also been confirmed in Orange, Washington, Caledonia, Grand Isle, Bennington and Orleans Counties. Join local and state officials at this July 23 meeting at 6 p.m. in Bristol’s Holley Hall to learn about the insect and its impact in Vermont, and what you can do to help slow the spread of EAB, along with management options for landowners and homeowners. Learn more by logging onto vtcommunityforestry.org.
Handcrafters — are you ready for Addison County Fair & Field Days, slated for Aug 6-10 in New Haven? The Field Days Home & Garden department is offering some new cash prizes this summer for felting, modern stitchery, handmade dolls and tote bags made from recycled material. So get your craft on and see you at the fair. For more information, log in to addisoncountyfielddays.com.

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