Summer has arrived in Vermont and with the sunshine come many fun outdoor activities at the Whiting Library in Chester. You may have already noticed that every Saturday between 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. a pop-up library springs up on the front lawn, offering a themed selection of library books for you to browse and check out. The theme for July is beach reads, featuring a selection of books to take your mind on vacation or learn something fun this summer. We also bring out a portion of our book sale for this weekly pop-up event so you can buy books and support the library!
Summer also means that it’s time for the Summer Reading Program at the library. The theme for the 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program is “Imagine Your Story”. Kids of all ages can sign up to record their reading in order to win prizes and raffle tickets for grand prizes to be drawn at the end of the summer celebration in August. There is also a program for adults that has twenty reading and library inspired activities for grown-ups, with entry to a separate raffle for great area gift certificates. Find out more information about both the children’s and adult’s Summer Reading Programs on our website, www.whitinglibrary.org, or give us a call at 875-2277.
The Nature Museum will once again offer an incredible series of nature programs in the library’s backyard this summer. On four consecutive Wednesdays, starting July 15th, Jay DeGregorio, Senior Environmental Educator from The Nature Museum will introduce children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world through demonstration and crafts. Families will be able to set up at respectful, socially distant spots in our nice, shady backyard or attend virtually on the Whiting Library Facebook page. This is a truly special program that you will not want to miss. If you would like to attend virtually, make sure that you are following the newest Facebook page @WhitingLibraryChesterVT, as we had to start fresh with Facebook in April!
And remember, all are welcome any time to use the library front or back yard as a public space serving the Chester/Andover community. There is excellent free Wifi access all around the library building, so bring your own device and surf away! There is a delightful bench under the trees out front and a picnic table in the back yard for your sitting pleasure. You can also use the Wifi from your car in the parking lot if you’re just passing by. We encourage you to bring a camping chair or a picnic blanket and read or use the internet at the library any time you would like. This is your place! Don’t forget that the library is currently open for front porch pick up. We are making plans to offer appointments for patrons to reenter the library soon, but in the meantime, all of our physical resources are available for check out and pick up. We also offer wireless printing and copy/scan service by donation. Safety measures are being put in place and best practices developed to allow you to come browse and make book selections inside as soon as possible. We miss seeing your faces inside the library, but look forward to offering you quality outdoor programming all summer long!
The Chester Andover Family Center Thrift Shop will be open for business starting Friday, June 19, 2020. The CAFC Board recently adopted new protocols to guide how we administer our Food Shelf, Financial Assistance and Thrift Shop programs. All new protocols are consistent with CDC and State of Vermont Guidelines and are intended for the safety of our customers, recipients and volunteers. Our Food Shelf will continue to operate with a drive-up, take out system. Recipients will continue to receive their food boxes outside. Volunteers and recipients who may need to be in the CAFC are required to wear masks, use hand sanitizer when they enter and respect social distancing. Food Shelf hours are Thursdays, 1-5 and Fridays, 10-2.
Financial Assistance requests must be made by calling the Center at 802-875-3236 and leaving a message with your name, a phone number where we can reach you and a description of your need. This phone is monitored daily and your call will be returned by a FA Volunteer. Our Thrift Shop will be open for shopping beginning Friday, June 19 for two days a week: Fridays, 10-4 and Saturdays, 10-3. Thursdays will be reserved for cleaning and processing donations.
To keep our customers and volunteers safe, we are putting in place a few safety protocols.
A limit of five customers will be allowed in the store at one time.
Customers will be required to wear a mask, sanitize hands prior to entering and maintain social distancing of six feet.
The bathroom and dressing room will not be available.
We will receive donations on Fridays and Saturdays, outside, at the rear of the building.
We know that while these new rules are not convenient, they are not unusual for these challenging times. Patience will be required by customers and volunteers. We are confident and determined to provide a safe, enjoyable shopping experience.
Please go to our website at www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org and check out our Thrift Shop page. You will see a list of acceptable donations as well as items we cannot accept. As always, we request that donations are not left on days when we are closed. The Chester-Andover Family Center is located at 908 VT Route 103 South. Call us at 802-875-3236, check us out on Facebook or visit our website at www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org.
In previous years, the Town of Chester has mailed tax bills the second week in July. This year, there will be a delay in mailing tax bills. The State of Vermont will not be setting the Education Tax Rate until August 1st with this date “being subject to change”. To avoid potential confusion and additional expense of mailing two separate bills, the town will not be mailing tax bills until the Education Rate has been set. At this time, the tax due date will remain September 15, 2020. Should the education rate be delayed further, we will reevaluate this process.
This delay in billing will have a significant impact on the cash flow for the town and may cause a need for additional borrowing. In effort to help minimize this impact, we are encouraging property owners to make prepayments for their property taxes in July and early August, based on their 2019 tax bill. Prepaying any amount will also help relieve the overall financial burden for property owners when the final bill becomes due.
Payments can be made by hand delivery, mail, direct debited from a checking/savings account, or paid by credit/debit card (3% fee for this payment option). Payments can be dropped off to Town Hall Monday through Friday 8;00-4:00 or can be mailed to Town of Chester, P.O. Box 370, Chester, VT 05143. If you would like to make a payment or set up recurring payments to be taken out of an account, please call the Town Office at (802) 875-2173.
Thank you to the property owners that will take advantage of this option and to everyone for their understanding during this difficult time.
Chester Andover Family Center Empty Bowl Take Out Soup Fundraiser Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4-6PM Country Girl Diner, RT 103S in Chester, VT Drive Through Soup Take-out Service Your Soup Meal is By Donation Pre-order on Facebook, email us at email@example.com, or call and leave a message 802-875-3236 You must leave first and last name, your phone number and your soup selections. Only 150 bowls available
Empty Bowl Soup Selections donated by local, chef-owned businesses:
Tomato-Potato-Noodle from Rowell’s Inn
Seafood Curry from The Free Range
Cold Strawberry from Lisai’s
Vegetable Medley from the Country Girl
Cock-A-Leekie from MacLaomainn’s
Included with your soup selection:
Bread donated by Orchard Hill Breadworks
Desserts donated by Southern Pie Café, Lisai’s and CAFC volunteer bakers
Hand painted Ceramic Bowls are courtesy of Melissa Howe, her Endless Creations Pottery Studio and countless CAES and GMUHS students and staff
Enjoy Live Music with Sam Creigh. You may know Sam’s famous album, “Green Mountain Flyer”. Check Sam out at www.samcreigh.com.
While we will miss the leisurely diningin the GMUHS cafeteria, we are excited to collaborate with Jessica Holmes to have an Empty Bowl Fundraiser, Take-out style, at the Country Girl Diner. During these challenging times, we look forward to bringing out the community for a low-key fundraiser to enjoy gourmet soup while supporting the Chester-Andover Family Center.
All donations will support our Food Shelf and Financial Assistance Programs