Tuesday, Dec. 10

Bennington Lions Christmas Party

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its annual Christmas party for visually handicapped and hearing impaired persons on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Bennington Station Banquet Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a dinner, gifts, and a visit from Santa. There will also be carols and songs performed by the Front Porch Ensemble.

Taconic Community Grange No. 491 meetings

SHAFTSBURY -- All meetings of Taconic Community Grange No. 491 are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. There will be a Christmas program and party. Bring a Christmas poem or story or book to tell about.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bingo at Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. There will be a $1,000 special, 58 numbers.

Bereavement Support

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support group for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502

Story Time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, NY -- Cheney Library will have story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be presented. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Williamstown Chamber Holiday Party

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m at the Purple Pub Annex on Spring Street. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. RSVP to 413-458-9077.

Announcements

Positions open in Woodford

WOODFORD -- The Town of Woodford would like to fill the following elected positions: Auditor (3 year term), Auditor (2 year term), Auditor (single year term), Lister (3 year term), Grand Juror (1 year term), Town Agent (1 year term), elected in March 2014. Woodford also would like to fill the following appointed positions: Secretary to Select Board (term is indefinite), and E-911 Coordinator (term is indefinite). The requirements are that the individual is a current resident and registered voter or able to vote in Woodford. All current vacancies can be appointed by the Selectboard until the next Town Meeting. Submit a letter of interest.

Exhibit of Miniature Nativity Scenes

ARLINGTON -- St. James' Episcopal Church is delighted to announce "Los Nacimientos," a display of more than 50 Nativity scenes drawn from the private collection of a parishioner, Roger Cooper. This is the only exhibition of its kind in Bennington County. Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy this exhibition.

"Los Nacimientos" are available for public viewing during the Christmas season as follows: Sundays -- before and after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services; Monday through Thursday -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve, before and after the 4 and 10 p.m. services; Christmas Day, before and after our 10 a.m. service. A free guide to each of the display cases is available at the church. Everyone is invited to participate in any and all of the services and programs offered by St. James' Church. For more information, call 802 375-9952.

Corrections

In Monday's paper, it was reported that the NorShaft Lions provide support for Bennington, Shaftsbury, and North Bennington, as was described in a press release from the Bennington Police Department. NorShaft Lions only serve North Bennington and Shaftsbury. The Bennington Lions provide support to the town of Bennington.

An article that ran Dec. 4 conflated the roles government officials played in aiding a Mali native. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Bernie Sander, I-Vermont, were credited by "Brosky" with helping him sort through his work permit troubles, while Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, was credited with listening to Brosky's concerns about Mali.

An article that ran in Monday's paper about a book on country stores had the incorrect spelling of the author's name and the wrong name for the publishing company. The author's name is spelled Dennis Bathory-Kitsz and the publishing company is The History Press.

Meetings

SVSU Budget/Finance Committee

SVSU Central Office Conference Room, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda, FY15 Budget Preparation: 1. Executive Session for Personnel and Contracts 2. Citizens' Comments 3. Budget Presentation 4. Discussion 5. Action 6. Other

SVRTSD Finance Committee

CDC Conference Room 5 p.m.

Meeting Agenda: 1. Budget Process Review 2. Other.

Pownal Select Board

Special Meeting

Bennington Fire Station, 6 p.m.

Meeting Agenda; 1. Selectmen to attend a meeting and listen to the Secretary of State speak on changes that are occurring in Vermont's open meeting and public records law.

Pownal Planning Commission

Pownal Town Office, 7 p.m.

Meeting Agenda: Special meeting: 1. Approval of December 10, 2013 Agenda 2. Approval of the Regular Minutes, Minutes of November 5, 2013 3. Guest A. Casey Mattison, Road Foreman re: Low Impact Development Storm Water Management Bylaw and Driveways, Private Roads (Access/ROW) 4. Public Comment 5. Other Business: A. Village Designation B. Municipal Plan update. Adjourn.

SVRTSD Strategic Planning Committee

CDC Conference Room, 3 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of November 12, 2013 Committee Minutes 2. Update on the meeting concerning community needs and actions for the future attended by Jim Boutin and Jim Culkeen 3. Review philosophy and goals 4. Plan action strategies and time frame 5. Other.