Category Archives: PROGRAMS

Every Vote Counts

Not sure wha went wrong with the las post but wanted to try to fix it.  Meghan Hughes and the Fall Mountain Alliance wee so helpful to do this I hope you find it helpful. – Lil




To register, search “how to register to vote” at NHSOS website above.  For acceptable identification, search “Voter ID Explanatory Document 2018.”  For acceptable evidence of domicile, search “Verifiable Action of Domicile.”


Bring one acceptable photo ID. (Search  Voter ID Explanatory Document 2018” at NHSOS website.)

When? November 6th.  (See below for local times and contact information.)

Where? At NHSOS website, search “Voter Information Look-Up,” then “Polling Place Search, then “State List – Clerks and Polling Places.” Or contact your town clerk.  Some town websites carry the where, when, and how of voting.


Fill out a form requesting an absentee ballot (search “Absentee Ballot App 2018 Election” at NHSOS website or pick one up at the town clerk’s office during regular office hours.)  Instructions can be found at the NHSOS website by searching “Absentee Ballot Requirements and Instructions 2018.”    The absentee ballot needs to be received by the town clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. Election Day.  (It must be handed to the town clerk and cannot be pushed under the door.) Call your town clerk for additional details.


Sample ballots are available at the NHSOS website on the homepage under “Election Information.”


Go online to Ballotpedia or check with news organizations.


On election night, check area radio and TV for unofficial results.  The next morning, check news organizations. For state results, go to NHSOS website and select “Elections Division” and then “State Election Results.”  For local results, see postings in your local town hall or ask the town clerk.

Election Day Poll Hours & Town Clerk Office Hours


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  756-3514

Hours:  M & Th: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., T: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.,  W: 7a.m. – 8 a.m.,  Th 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-6879

Hours:   W: 4:30 – 7 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. – Noon.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-2242

Hours:  M, T, Th: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., T: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., W: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.,

 Th: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  826-5821

Hours:  M & W: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; T, Th, F: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ELECTION DAY POLL HOURS:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phone:  835-2389

Hours:  M: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Th: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.,

           1st Saturday of each month: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Compiled by Fall Mountain Alliance (committed to informed engagement)

Community-Responsive Programming Since 1895

Beautifully-preserved, hand-written notes stored at Meeting Waters YMCA’s administrative office in Bellows Falls tell the story of the founding of their organization back in 1895. The meeting minutes show that several organizational meetings were held throughout 1894 and 1895 leading up to a vote among more than 100 founding members on September 2, 1895. That night, the Bellows Falls YMCA, as it was called back then, was born.

“We’re so fortunate to have the notes from those original meetings,” says Steve Fortier, the organization’s Executive Director since 1998. “They show a very thoughtful process led by dozens of volunteers, including many business and civic leaders. They tell us that our first Board Chair was Lyman Hayes who, twelve years later, would publish “The History of the Town of Rockingham, Vermont.” The notes also reveal the bidding process to secure our first storefront program center, which happened to be in the recently-renovated Howard Block, right across the street from our current headquarters.”

According to the regional Y’s Program Director, Susan Fortier, a common theme over the past 120 years is the organization’s response to community needs of the time. “In our first 20 years of operations, we offered skill-building classes like calligraphy, photography and job training. We also provided opportunities for physical activity such as a women’s fitness class, a bicycle club, and a running race. And, we were partnering with other organizations to bring together strengths and needs. A good example of this is a mentoring program where our Y trained and supported Vermont Academy students who served as mentors of children at Kurn Hattin Homes.” Fortier adds, “This community responsiveness and collaboration are still the hallmarks of our efforts to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, social service organization serving the Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Fall Mountain regions. It strengthens the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For more about the Y, visit or their facebook page.

Photo: The minutes from the September 2, 1895 meeting.

september 2 notes

Sign up for Library Email Updates

Thanks Jennifer Kelly for this information.  I receive these updates and find them very beneficial.  I am willing to bet you will as well and it is just as easy as she describes here. – Lil

Want to get advanced notice about library events? Need to know when weather cancels library activities?  Curious about what new books are available?  Sign up for the Walpole Library’s email blast to get up to date information on library happenings. The library sends out weekly bulletins on new acquisitions in fiction and non-fiction, highlights special programs like author readings and kids activities and lets you know when the library is unexpectedly closed. To sign up, just email Julie Rios at or stop by the library.

Y Afterschool Program Supports Kids, Working Parents and Employers

For the eighteenth consecutive year, and third in Walpole, Meeting Waters YMCA’s after-school program, known as Y-ASPIRE, will provide important supports for hundreds of area youth, their working parents, the businesses that employ these parents, and the seven communities served by the program.

According to Meeting Waters YMCA’s Program Director, Susan Fortier, Y-ASPIRE was designed in 1998 with a focus on multiple benefits. “When Steve (Fortier, MWYMCA Executive Director) and I created Y-ASPIRE 17 years ago, we applied all of our knowledge and experience in positive youth development, after-school programming and family strengthening. As parents of two young children at the time, we also built in considerations of parents’ needs—like all-day programming when schools are closed for in-service days, vacations and even most holidays.” Fortier adds, “By doing all of that, we are supporting more than 200 youth each year, the many hundreds of working parents and caregivers of these young people, the businesses that employee the parents, and the communities served by our programs because we are developing important life skills during ‘the danger zone’ each and every day.”

According to Fortier, research shows that “the danger zone” from 3:00-6:00 pm is the time when children not enrolled in enriching after-school programs are likely to be physically inactive, not engaged in learning, and introduced to unhealthy behaviors. “With our focus on the Developmental Assets approach to youth development—which research shows helps young people reduce risk behaviors while also building thriving behaviors—we are much more than a ‘safe haven.’ Yes, we are keeping kids safe. But, while we have these 200 or so young people in our care, we are developing building blocks that help them develop life skills and life habits that will serve them well into middle school, high school and into adulthood.”

There is still space available in the Y-ASPIRE program that takes place at Walpole Primary School (which serves North Walpole and Walpole Elementary schools, as well). The program also takes place at Rockingham Central School (which also serves Saxtons River Elementary School and Westminster Center School), Putney Central School, Brattleboro’s Oak Grove, Green Street, and Academy schools; and Dummerston School. The latter four sites are full, but waiting lists are being maintained.

Each day of a Y-ASPIRE program includes physical activity, nutritious snack, assisted study time and a cooperative group project. Activities are centered around monthly themes such as Different But the Same; Our Community; and Kindness and Justice. Through various activities, students in Y-ASPIRE develop “life skills” such as cooperation, problem-solving, group decision-making and leadership. They also learn more about themselves, their community and their world. Periodic service learning projects benefit other community agencies. Monthly family events focus on strengthening healthy family habits.

Financial assistance for all Meeting Waters YMCA’s Y-ASPIRE and other “out-of-school” programs is available through the NH and VT Childcare Subsidy programs and Meeting Waters YMCA’s Reach Out to Youth scholarship fund which is built by donations. As in all of the YMCA’s programs, no one will be denied access to Y-ASPIRE for lack of ability to pay full program fees. Fortier points out that over half of all Y-ASPIRE parents do not pay any program fees because the state’s top rate for Child Care Financial Assistance covers five days a week of the program tuition.

For more information and registration materials, visit, call Meeting Waters YMCA’s main office at 802-463-4769, or email them at

Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, non-profit, social service organization founded in 1895. Its services positively impact children, teens, families and communities throughout the Fall Mountain, Springfield, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro regions.