Monday, April 21

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic has added Monday hours, in addition to its Thursday schedule. It will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Free very beginner meditation

BENNINGTON -- Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m., join in the quest to de-stress with others who are new to meditation. No floor sitting (unless you want to). Held at Bennington Project Independence at 614 Harwood Hill. Call Tracy Purdy-Martin at 802-442-8136 (or just show up).

Seniors pot luck luncheon

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Seniors at noon welcome all seniors to a pot luck luncheon at the Rod and Gun Club in Manchester. Bring a hot dish or salad to share. Dessert and beverage will be furnished. The guest speaker will be Phil Jordan, editor of Vermont Magazine.

Horseshoe club sign-ups

BENNINGTON --The Bennington Horseshoe Club invites the public to come to Willow Park at 5 p.m. for sign-ups for the

Horseshoe Summer League. The League starts on April 28 at 6 p.m. for the summer.


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The club is always looking for new players of all ages. Children five to 11 pay $1 a week and adults pay $3 a week.

If you have any questions, call President Kevin Greene at 802-442-4520, League Director Donna Foor at 802-949-7094, Vice President Steve Cross at 802-688-4618, or Tournament Director Maxine Brandalik at 802-375-7760.

Tuesday, April 22

Bereavement support group

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.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bingo Tuesdays 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.

Bingo in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 hosts bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Any questions, call 802-375-6157.

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- 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 offered. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Meditation for Everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution if possible. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one.

Codependents support group

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous will meet at the Turning Point Club, 465 Main St., from 6 to 7 p.m.

Storytime at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers" will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for children 4 months to 36 months, upstairs in the Rotary meeting room at Bennington Free Library. This special time for babies and toddlers will include stories, finger plays, songs and movement that involve active participation. Come early and play. For more information call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.

CCV celebrates Earth Day

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free Earth Day presentation of Markus Imhoof's "More Than Honey" at 1 p.m. in the Bennington CCV Community Room, 324 Main St.

The film is an hour 30 minutes long. Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. This event is open and is sponsored by Bennington CCV Community of Student Representatives.

"More Than Honey," a new documentary by the Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof, looks into the world of bees, showing small family beekeepers (including the beekeeper of ERSTE Foundation beehive, Heidrun Singer) and industrialized honey farms. "More Than Honey" is a film on the relationship between mankind and honeybees, about nature and about our future.

For more information, contact CCV at 802-447-2361 or visit http://ccv.edu/location/ccv-bennington/.

‘Caps For Sale' puppet show

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- At 2 p.m., the PuppeTree, a Vermont theater workshop and puppet company, will present a production of "Caps For Sale" at the Milne Public Library, at 1095 Main St. The free puppet show is appropriate for families of all ages. Feel free to wear a crazy hat to the performance. Call 413-458-5369 for more information.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- The sudSSpirit bereavement support group will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 802-441-5562 or email sudsspirit.vt@gmail.com or find the group on Facebook.

Earth Day lecture

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College, will give the Earth Day keynote address at Williams College.

The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Paresky Center auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Klare will talk about climate change and emissions and how colleges can lead this effort.

Lyme disease informational lecture

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library will host a free, informative program at 6:30 p.m. to help the community get ready for spring by learning all about Lyme disease in our area and how to enjoy the great outdoors safely. Jennifer Mahoney of the Rensselaer County Health Department will be presenting and answering all questions about lyme disease with a special focus on the following topics: the tick's life cycle; awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases; recognizing basic signs and symptoms; knowing to seek early diagnosis and treatment; knowing if you live, work or play in an area that has infected ticks; practicing preventive actions, and knowing who to contact for more information.

This program will be held at the library. For more information, contact Grafton Community Library at 518-279-0580 or email director@graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Wednesday, April 23

Heroin and drug abuse discussion

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- At 7 p.m., the HAYC3 Community Coalition will hold an important Town Hall Meeting at The Armory regarding the recent rise in heroin, prescription drug, and other substance abuse in the community. The public is invited to attend. The meeting, called "In Our Own Backyard" features a panel of experts in law enforcement, mental health and social media fields. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or visit hayc3.org or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

Thrift shop open at church

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67, is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Gentle yoga for cancer survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Center and is free to all participants. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Community Yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

CES kindergarten orientation

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Elementary School has announced that plans have been finalized for the kindergarten orientation process for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents of children residing in the Cambridge School District who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014 should contact the elementary office at 518-677-8527, ext. 1416 to provide the district with the required information. This information will assist in developing the kindergarten lists for the upcoming school year.

An informational meeting intended only for parents on next year's kindergarten students will be held at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium.

At this meeting, parents will meet and learn about our program from the kindergarten teachers. Administrators and other school personnel will describe the intent and scope of the kindergarten screening process. Learning strategies and techniques will be provided for parents to help prepare their child for kindergarten. Parents will be able to sign-up for appointments to have their child(ren) screened.

The school nurse will review the New York State health department requirements and registration packets will be distributed. Parents who are unable to attend the informational meeting should stop by the elementary office after Thursday, April 24 to sign-up for a screening appointment and to pick up their registration materials.

Hoosick Falls Central School kindergarten registration

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Elementary School has finalized the process for kindergarten registration and screening for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents of children residing in the Hoosick Falls Central School District who will be five years old on or before Dec. 1, should contact the elementary office as soon as possible at 518-686-9492 to provide the district with required information. This information will be used to create a mailing list for future events, including kindergarten screening.

An informational meeting for parents and guardians only will be held at 6 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Parents will receive important information regarding medical requirements and concerns, transportation, and the school breakfast and lunch program. They will also have the opportunity to meet all of the Kindergarten teachers and briefly preview the curriculum as they rotate through the classrooms.

An additional component of the kindergarten registration process is Kindergarten Screening which is scheduled for June 23 to 25. More detailed information pertaining to the screening will be provided at the informational meeting for parents. Registration packets are available through the elementary office.

Bingo at Pownal Legion

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. There will be two progressive games, and a snack bar will be available.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Showing of ‘Girl Rising'

DORSET -- Long Trail School will offer a free public viewing of the documentary "Girl Rising." This film shares the stories of nine girls from a variety of places in the developing world who achieve their dreams in spite of great challenges. This presentation will be held in the Long Trail theater on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The film is designed to raise awareness and inspire individuals to act on behalf of every girl. The girls in this film struggle against the cycle of poverty and rise above issues such as domestic slavery and sex trafficking, early marriage and domestic violence.

For more information about this and other Community Classroom series presentations at Long Trail School, contact Courtney Callo at 802-867-5717, ext. 141 or ccallo@longtrailschool.org.

Parent information night

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Thursday, April 24, Hoosick Falls Central School will be sponsoring its annual Parent Night for incoming kindergartners from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The introduction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. The night gives parents/guardians of incoming kindergartners the opportunity to meet the superintendent, school board president, principal, kindergarten teachers, school nurse, transportation supervisor and cafeteria supervisor. You will also be able to tour the school, see the kindergarten classrooms and ask any questions you have pertaining to the district, school and/or classroom.

This night is designed solely for the parents/guardians. We are asking that children do not attend as they will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and see the school during screening in June. This will give all parties the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions with the staff concerning their children in the given time.

Kindergarten registration in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND -- Sunderland Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration and screening from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The child must live in Sunderland and be five years of age on or before Jan. 1, 2015. Parents need to bring the child's birth certificate and immunization record. Appointments will be set up by calling the school at 802-375-6100.

Senior Art Project exhibit

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 will celebrate the artistic achievements of the students in this year's "Senior Art Project" course with "Elemental Connections," an exhibition to feature a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, book arts and digital illustration. The exhibition, which will run through May 25, will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

One World needs volunteers

BENNINGTON -- Help the One World Conservation Center grow: Become a volunteer. Drop by at 7 p.m. for coffee, dessert and good conversation. Find out about volunteer opportunities, meet great people and help the Center expand its programs.

Friday, April 25

IBT demonstration

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- On April 25, Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D., MFA, MAPP, University of Pennsylvania will present "Wrong to Strong: Using Positive Psychotherapy." Specific evidence-based positive interventions drawn from positive psychology and positive psychotherapy have been incorporated into interactive-behavioral therapy with promising results. The techniques and findings will be demonstrated and shown as part of this presentation.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. The workshop is free of charge and Continuing Education Credits are available. To register or for more information, contact Carol Fox at 413-664-9382, ext. 40 or at cfox@bfair.org or on-line at www.bfair.org.

Two opening receptions

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The opening reception for two exhibitions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

One exhibition is by Maggi Randall, a Bennington artist who works in a wide variety of mediums, including ceramics, wood, fabric, oil paint and pastels. The other exhibition is "The

Metamorphosis of Seven Chairs" by members of the Hoosick Artist Guild, who have taken seven matching chairs and transformed them in imaginative and creative ways.

Both the art show and an accompanying musical performance are free and open to the public. Performing live downstairs in The Owls Nest at 7 p.m. that same evening will be members of the Hoosick Falls High School Senior Chorus. Bill Brown will accompany them on keyboard and Martha Von Schilgen will play the violin. Chorus Director Ambigay Yudkoff conducts the group.

Chronic pain healthier living workshops

BENNINGTON -- Chronic pain healthier living workshops will be held in six sessions, Fridays, April 25 to June 6, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Bennington Fire House, 130 River St.

Chronic pain doesn't have to control your life. In this workshop developed by Stanford University, you can learn ways to stay optimistic and ward off depression, cope with frustrations and fears, manage pain and stress, beat fatigue, improve communication, and increase self-confidence. Meet others coping with similar challenges. Family and supportive friends also welcome.

Register in advance by calling Janice Provost 802-440-4098 or online at svhealthcare.org/classes&events.

Annual library book sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Friends of Milne Public Library annual sale is Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction, cafe, bake sale, a raffle of an iPad Mini, and over 25,000 used books at Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St. For more information, visit milnelibraryfriends.org or call 413-458-4639.

Methodist Church rummage sale

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The United Methodist Women, Embury Unit, of the Cambridge United Methodist Church will hold its annual rummage sale at the Church, 41 East Main St., on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a fundraiser for the UMW, and all proceeds will be donated to missions around the world.

Dorset theater benefit for community groups

MANCHESTER -- The Dorset Theatre Festival and Perfect Wife have combined forces to present the up and coming singer/songwriter Caroline Rose on April 25 at The Perfect Wife Restaurant in an event to raise funds for the DTF Giving Back Programs.

Each year, the Dorset Theatre Festival underwrites free tickets to the following community groups: firefighters, police, EMS workers, local farmers, military and their families, the Refuse to Use graduates, the special needs community and, new this year: Habitat For Humanity volunteers.

Reservations for dinner ahead of the concert can be made my contacting the Perfect Wife at 802-362-2817. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is a $15 cover charge.

For further information and to find out about other DTF summer events, visit www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.

Five short plays

BENNINGTON -- A showing of "Belarusian Dream," five short plays which explore human rights in Belarus, "the last dictatorship in Europe," focus on women, the LGBT community, and tourists in both dark in comic ways, will take place at Bennington College in Studio D207, VAPA. Four of these short plays are finalists in the 2014 Belarus Dream International Playwriting Festival. This event will begin at 8:30 p.m. on April 25 and is open to the public. A reception and discussion will follow.

Senior dance concert

BENNINGTON -- The senior dance concert at Bennington College will feature performances by Bennington College Seniors at the Martha Hall Dance Studio, VAPA, Bennington College. There will be showings on April 25 at 7 p.m., April 26 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Dorset Church rummage sale

DORSET -- The Dorset Church Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 26.

Annual Cub Scout tag sale

SHAFTSBURY -- From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) Cub Scout Pack 330 will hold its annual tag sale at Shaftsbury Methodist Church, 127 Church St. Books, movies, kitchen supplies, decorations, sport equipment, toys, games, tools and more will be on sale. Come out and support the Scouting program.

Pirate party at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Come and have fun at Cheney Library's Fancy Nancy and the Pirates Party on Saturday at 10 a.m. Dress up as the fanciest Nancy or come as a Pirate. They will read a story about Nancy, learn Pirate lingo, sing a sea chantey and enjoy cookies and drinks. There will also be a treasure hunt. This event is for preschool children through third grade -- library staff ask caregivers to attend.

In case you are unable to attend, you can check out a book about Fancy Nancy or Pirates, a very good selection is available.

Feel free to call with questions at 518-686-9401 or visit cheneylibrary.org.

Prescription take back day

BENNINGTON -- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bennington County

Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Manchester Police Department, 6041 Main St.; Winhall Police and Rescue, 113 VT Route 30, Bondville; Bennington Police Department, 118 South St.; or to CVS Pharmacy, 8 Kocher Drive, Bennington.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription take back day

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick residents are encouraged to bring unused prescription drugs to the Hoosick Falls Village Police Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take this opportunity to safely discard unwanted medicine.

The prescription drug take back program is free and anonymous. Be sure to black out any personal information that may appear on prescription bottles, such as your name or birth date. All prescription drugs and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted. No intravenous solutions, injectable, or needles please. Illicit drugs, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not part of this collection initiative.

All collected drugs will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. For additional information, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 or visit http://hayc3.org. This initiative is sponsored by HAYC3 in conjunction with the Hoosick Falls Police department.

Earth day celebration bird walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a bird walk in celebration of spring and Earth Day at 7:30 a.m. at Cole Field.

The walk, led by WRLF director Leslie Reed-Evans, will focus on returning migrants and identifying birds by song and habitat. Cole Field with its ponds, wetlands, and Hoosic River habitat is home to a great variety of birds. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and bring binoculars.

The walk is appropriate for all ages and experience levels. Meet at the parking area near Eph's Pond. For more information call 413-458-2494, or email ruraland@wrlf.org.

Trout Unlimited fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- The local chapter of Trout Unlimited (Southwestern Vermont Chapter) invites all conservation-minded citizens to an annual fundraising banquet in Manchester, scheduled for Saturday, with doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, and dinner starting at 6 p.m.

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization that is committed to ensuring that clean, healthy streams and aquatic ecosystems are perpetuated. The Southwestern Vermont Chapter of TU is dedicated to working towards healthy rivers in southwestern Vermont, including the Battentkill, Wallomsac, Hoosick, and Mettawee Rivers, along with their tributaries. This year's banquet features special guest speaker Patrick Berry, Commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The banquet will feature raffles, silent auctions, and door prizes.

The banquet will be held at the Inn at Willow Pond with catering by TED's Restaurant. Visit www.innatwillowpond.com for information about the Inn at Willow Pond and directions. Tickets are available in advance for $40 or $45 at the door. Visit http://tuswvt.org for more details about the banquet, including how to purchase advance tickets via PayPal. Additional information is also available on Facebook.

Annual Aurora dance party

BENNINGTON -- This is the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce's 10th anniversary of the popular Aurora celebration. This year's theme is "masks." So make one, buy one, borrow one and come for a night of fantasy and lots of fun. Visit the Aurora Dance Party facebook page: www.facebook.com/auroradanceparty. Event is April 26 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 190 North St. (Old Graphitek). Tickets sold in advance for $13 are available at Kevin's Sports Pub (North Bennington), Bennington Bookstore, Evans' News, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Bennington Beverage Den. Tickets at the door are $15. The cash bar will be by Kevin's Sports Pub and music by DJ RAY/C. Call 802-447-3311 for more information or e-mail auroradanceparty@aol.com.

Williams gospel choir concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Gospel Choir's spring concert in Chapin Hall as a sponsored group of the music department is titled "You Made A Way."

The concert features gospel hits such as "You Made A Way," "If It Wasn't For Your Grace," and "Victory." Joining the Williams Gospel Choir are the Allegrettos of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert. For more information, visit http://music.williams.edu or call the concert hotline at 413-597-3146.

Introduction to belly dance

BENNINGTON -- Uprising Arts, Inc. and The Yoga Place offer "Goddess Earth Movement," an introduction to fusion belly dance workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 532 Main St.

The workshop will be facilitated by Laura Nash, who has 17 years of experience with belly dance. The class is for women and men of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Participants should wear comfortable yoga/dance clothing, bring a yoga mat, water bottle and some sort of scarf to accent the waist.

Workshop fee is $20 prepaid by April 21, or $25 at the door. For more information, call 720-298-7910 or email uprisingarts@rocketmail.com.

American Legion Post No. 69 cookout

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 will hold a cookout at 2 p.m. The cost will be $5 per person. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw and potato salad. Take a break from spring cleaning and bring your family, friends and neighbors for a cookout. Find out information about joining the Legion, Sons or Auxiliary. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions

Sunday, April 27

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage, real Vermont maple syrup, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee, juice and milk. The cost is adults $6, children under 12 are free.

Bennington Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Open house for apartments

MANCHESTER -- Working people often are often challenged by the high cost of rent. Shires Housing of Southwest Vermont. has announced that it will hold an open house at its Manchester Knoll location from noon until 2 p.m. Shires Housing is a non-profit organization (formerly known as RAHC), which has served the Shires of Vermont -- Manchester through Bennington, for more than 20 years. Its mission is to provide top quality apartments that fit the budgets of working people.

This open house will allow working people and families to view available units located on Torrey Knoll in Manchester Center (just off Richville Road). These apartments are specifically targeted to regular working people who have a hard time paying market rates for rent.

Anyone interested in a possible Shires Housing unit is welcome to stop by and view Shires Housing's top quality apartments. While touring Shires units, you will be able to enter a prize drawing and enjoy light refreshments free of charge.

For more information, contact Shires Housing at 802-442-8139 or visit www.shireshousing.org.

Pancake breakfast benefit

WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Road, near the intersection of county Routes 109 and 103. Any questions, call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

Birth Announcement

Erb family has twins

BENNINGTON -- Mr. Valentine R. Erb II and Mrs. Katherine R. Erb of Bennington are pleased to announce the arrival of their son and daughter, Arthur Valentine and Ginger Clementine Erb, born at 8:19 a.m. and 8:21 a.m. on March 3, 2014. Arthur weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Ginger weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 17 inches long. Mr. and Mrs. Erb could not be happier or more grateful for this blessing.

Announcements

Bus trip and luncheon

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Seniors are planning a bus trip for May 10 to Rosie's in Middlebury for lunch and then on to the Shelburne Museum. They are asking those interested to call, to let them know how many are interested and would like to go.

Call Alberta Harrington at 802-362-2263, Sally McManus at 802-375-9780 or Phyllis Mason at 802-325-3196.

Dorset Church rummage sale donations

DORSET -- It's time to start collecting your donations for the Dorset Church Rummage Sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 26. This is the time to clean out those things you no longer use or need: clean, serviceable spring and summer clothing, jewelry, purses, kitchen and household items, houseplants, tools, sports gear, garden equipment, small appliances, and books will be accepted at the church on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 22-24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Larger items such as furniture, tables, chairs, etc., may be accepted by approval. Contact Sandi Hedman at 802-362-1459 or sandihedman@yahoo.com to discuss.

No computers, TVs, stereos or large appliances -- they suggest you contact Habitat for Humanity at 802-367-1000 about donating these items to their "Shires Re-Sale Store."