Friday, March 14

Panel discussion today to focus on local reaction to New York Times article

BENNINGTON -- The public is invited to attend a panel discussion regarding the recent New York Times article about the heroin problem in Bennington. It will be held today, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility.

Representatives of media outlets including the Bennington Banner, the Rutland Herald, WBTN radio and CAT-TV will be asking questions of panel members, who are set to include: Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd; Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette; Bennington Select Board Chairman Joseph Krawczyk Jr.; Bennington Select Board member Tom Jacobs; Mount Anthony Union High School Principal Sue Maguire; Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Catherine McClure; Tom Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care; Banner Publisher Ed Woods, Judith Fellowes from the Vermont Dept. of Health; and Sen. Dick Sears (who will participate by phone from Montpelier); and a United Counseling Service representative.

The discussion will be aired on CAT-TV.

Health care help

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Confused about healthcare? Get health insurance help and information at The Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. Pamela Cole, a representative from WellCare, a health care group that partners with providers and governments to deliver quality, cost-effective health care solutions will be there to meet with you and help you make sense of the confusing health care system.

WellCare provides managed care services through government-sponsored programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. It offers a variety of health plans for families and children, as well as prescription drug plans.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in March the Senior Center will host ceramics from 9 a.m. to noon, painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Empty Bowls event

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Armory from 6 to 8 p.m. will host an Empty Bowls, a fundraiser. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that was started by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters work with the community to create handcrafted bowls and community members are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread.

HAYC3, in partnership with Hoosick Falls High School art students and middle school students from St. Mary's Academy, are working together on a local Empty Bowls event. Under the guidance of Megan Conner, HFCS Art and Ceramics teacher, students have been working for months to create about 150 bowls.

For $10 event attendees can choose a bowl and have it filled with soup made by students at St. Mary's Academy (with help from Lisa Adrion, SMA lunch program manager), and bread. Many community groups, restaurants and individuals have also graciously offered to donate pots of soup. After your bowl is emptied, student volunteers will wash it and you can take it home as a reminder that there are empty bowls all over the world. All of the money raised will be donated directly to the HACA (Hoosick Area Church Association) Food Pantry.

In conjunction with the Empty Bowls event, there will also be an exhibition of student artwork in 120gallery90 from 6 to 8 p.m. and HFCS Jazz band performance at the Owls Nest from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both are free of charge. Empty Bowls, the Art exhibit and the Jazz Band concert are open to the public.

Artisan exchange and farmers' market

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The HAYC3 Artisan Exchange and Farmers' Market will be held upstairs at The Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. You can get maple sugar products from the Running Brook Sugar Shack, hickory sauce from Hoosick Hickory, popcorn from Rock-Pop and more. You can get an "angel reading," also -- just drop in, no appointment necessary. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

Announcement

Rotary's annual Italian Night to benefit Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rotary Club is planning its 19th annual Italian Night, this year to benefit Oldcastle Theatre Company, on Wednesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elks Club, on Washington Avenue.

This candlelight Italian Night dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed shells, tossed salad, bread and a dessert. A cash bar will be available. All this and live entertainment for $10, children $5 and no charge for children 3 and under.

Tickets are available at the door, from any Rotarian, and at the Oldcastle box office on Main Street.