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Monday October 8, 2012

Monday, Oct. 8

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, at 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 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. Food service will be available. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

Senior Center closed today

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Lions October dinner meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its October dinner meeting at the Bennington Station Restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Vermont Lion District 45 Governor Robert Wilcox, a member of the Bennington Lions Club. Call 442-8865 for information and reservations.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Help Weight group weigh-in will be held from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m. Meeting starts at 5 p.m. sharp. Medicare and insurance information from Fred Hoyt will be available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call the center to sign up at 802-442-1052.

Arlington talent show and Café Night

ARLINGTON --Arlington Memorial High School will present its annual talent show and Café Night at 7 p.m. in the Mack Multi-Purpose Room at Fisher Elementary School. Admission for the evening is $3 for the general public and free for children under 12. Proceeds from the evening help offset costs for the annual chorus trip to Proctor’s Theatre and students’ acceptance fees to district, state and All-New England chorus competitions.

For more information or to make a donation to the high school’s choral music department, contact Cody at codyp@bvsu.org or 802-375-2589, ext. 149. The Arlington School District mission is to create a safe, caring and respectful environment of academic excellence where students are uniquely challenged to reach their potential at Fisher Elementary, Arlington Middle School, Arlington Accelerated Academy and Arlington Memorial High School.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Story times at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library holds two story hours geared towards the younger crowd on Tuesdays. "Baby Rhyme Tyme" for infants 4 months to 18 months will be held upstairs in the Rotary meeting room from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Use the night entrance next to the book drop.

"Story Rhythms," an active story hour for children 18 to 36 months, will also be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. upstairs in the Rotary meeting room. For more information, call Linda or Chris at 442-9051.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Blood Drive at First Baptist

BENNINGTON -- A blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bennington, 601 Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in or for an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. All presenting donors in October will receive: a chance to win a seven-day cruise for two departing from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn, plus a coupon for $5 off one’s next purchase at Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet.

Pre-school story hour

BENNINGTON -- A pre-school story hour will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.for children 3 to 5 in the Rotary Meeting Room at the Bennington Free Library. Children will explore the world of literature through stories, songs, movement, math, science and art. For more info call Linda or Chris at 442-9051.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include a potluck dinner starting at noon. Call the center to sign up at 802-442-1052. The movie from 1 to 3 p.m. will be "Steel Magnolias," starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts.

Bingo at Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo will be held at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m., and food will be available. There will be a $500 "Red Special."

Workshop on end of life

EAST ARLINGTON --The Federated Church of East Arlington is sponsoring a free workshop titled, "Starting the Conversation" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington. The night’s presenter will be Cynthia Yee, spiritual advisor and chaplain with Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice. Participants will be encouraged to converse with family members about their wishes as stated in advance directives and about varying options regarding medical treatment. They will also learn about the philosophy and goals of hospice. For additional information, call 802-375-2548 or e-mail at ksclark58@yahoo.com.

Health Benefit Exchange public forum

BENNINGTON -- The new Health Benefit Exchange will be the topic of a public forum at the Bennington Public Library, 101 Silver St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Exchange is a web site designed to allow individuals and small business owners to compare, select and purchase insurance plans -- all in one place. Steve Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, will explain the developments and the timeline of health care reform in Vermont. The forum is hosted by the Department of Vermont Health Access and is open to the public.

Dale Schaft, information management officer, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, 802-828-4872.

Dissolution/Consolidation Study public sessions

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The public sessions for the Dissolution and/or Consolidation of Services Study for Hoosick Falls have been announced.

The first session will be at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Church Street to present the report prepared by the Center for Governmental Research to the community. The second session will be Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. -- also at the Senior Center -- which will be a public hearing where questions from the community will be answered. All citizens should read the prepared documentation available at the village offices or online at www.cgr.org/hoosick to be properly informed to participate.

Salem Area Woman’s Club meeting

SALEM, N.Y. -- The Salem Area Woman’s Club will hold its Octobermeeting at the Mackenzie Chapel in the Salem Presbyterian Church on West Broadway. An opening tea will be hosted. Members are reminded to return dues at the meeting or send them to Pat Gilchrist, treasurer.

This month Kim Bren, Director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Warren and Washington Counties, will be introduced. Bren will describe the multitude of services throughout Warren and Washington counties available to senior volunteers. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m.; beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and a trip to the Wilton Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 Street. Call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Day trip to Kateri Shrine Oct.11

BENNINGTON -- The Ladies of St. Anne at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington have set up a trip to Kateri Shrine (Katherine Tekakwitha) and Auriesville, N.Y. (This is the shrine of North American Martyrs.)

The bus will pick the group up at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 7:45 a.m. There will be a Mass at Auriesville at 11:30 a.m., and the group will then return to a catered lunch at Kateri Shrine. The cost of lunch is $6. The group will return to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church around 5 p.m.

If the bus is filled, the cost for the bus will be $13 per person. If the bus is not filled, the cost will be based on the number of people who sign up. Payment is due at time of signup. For more information, call Marie Ray at 442-9348 by Oct. 7.

Bingo at Pownal Legion

POWNAL -- Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and good family fun.

POWNAL -- Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and good family fun.

Public Lectures on Gnosis

BENNINGTON -- There will be two public introductory classes on gnosis and meditation on Thursdays Oct. 11 and 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Karma Cat Yoga Studio, 469 Main St. The classes are free and open to the public, and include a meditation structured for all levels. Donations to cover expenses are welcome. Both lectures start at 8 p.m. For more information, email gnosis.hoosick@gmail.com.

Friday, Oct. 12

At the Senior Center

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include ceramics from 9 to 11 a.m.; oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Transfer Week at CCV

BENNINGTON -- The Community College of Vermont will host a College Transfer Week from Friday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Oct. 18. Representatives from thirteen different colleges will be available to talk with interested students about degree programs and transfer opportunities. In general, college representatives will be available between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. The schedule for specific colleges can be found at the Bennington center page, www.ccv.edu, or by calling the Academic Center at 802-447-2361. This event is free and open to the public.

White Chapel Society sale

BENNINGTON -- The White Chapel Society of White Chapel Church will hold its annual fall tag and food sale on Oct. 12 to 14.

Local Working Group meeting for Rensselaer County

TROY, N.Y. -- The United States Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District gives notice that there will be a Local Working Group meeting, open to the Public, for Rensselaer County on Oct. 12. The meeting will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension conference room, on the second floor of the Ag & Life Sciences Building, USDA Service Center, from 10 a.m. to noon. The purpose of the meeting is to provide input to NRCS on local and state natural resources priorities and criteria for Farm Bill programs.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Bennington Hazardous Waste Day

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Hazardous Waste Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Transfer Station, on Houghton Lane. Free to the residents of Bennington and Woodford. For more information, call 802-442-1037.

Chicken pie supper in Shaftsbury

SHAFTSBURY -- Shaftsbury United Methodist Church will hold a chicken pie supper, with seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Price will be adults $12, children under 6, $6.

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 504 Main St., at 6:30 p.m., except major holidays. Doors open 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Dinner to support veterans

BENNINGTON -- Have dinner and support our local veterans from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, on West Main Street. It will be meatloaf dinner, dessert included; price: $10/adult, $5/child. Tickets will be available to purchase ahead of time after the Masses this weekend or at the door on Oct. 13. For tickets ahead, contact Bill Center at 447-3751.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this dinner with the proceeds to benefit the area Veterans Outreach and Resource Center. For more information on this service for veterans, visit www.gmvevac.com.

Free car seat check

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- A free car seat check will be held by appointment at the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad Inc., 37 Gilbert St. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Elizabeth St. John at Washington County Public Health, at 518-746-2400, ext. 3478.

Chicken barbecue dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Pittstown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chicken barbecue dinner at the Pittstown Fire House, 134 Parker School Road. Price will be $10 per dinner. Serving take-outs from 3 to 5 p.m. At the same time, a fire prevention open house with fire safety information and hands on fire extinguisher demonstrations will occur.

Martha Canfield Monopoly® tournament

ARLINGTON -- The first Monopoly® tournament to be held at the Martha Canfield Library will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Play begins at 1 p.m. sharp. The tournament will consist of two rounds of about 90 minutes each. There is a limit of 16 players, so make sure to sign up now. The four winners of the first round will meet in the second round for the championship. Prizes will be awarded.

The tournament is free to the public. For more information and to sign up visit The Martha Canfield Library which is located at 528 East Arlington Road or call 802-375-2219. Additional information is also available online at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org.

Bake and bag sale

EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Eagle Bridge Methodist Church Ladies will have a bake and bag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Route 67. The cost will be $3 per bag.

Texas Hold’em Tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- The Veterans of Stephentown will hold a Texas Hold’em tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, located at 35 Grange Road. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. A free buffet will be served at the first break.

No advance registration is required, and a donation of $35 per player will be accepted. Players can make an additional $10 donation at the door for 1,000 extra chips. This tournament will pay one places for every 10 players with a minimum of four places and a maximum of nine places. For more information, call Tom McVeigh at 518-658 2448.

Basket weaving workshop

GRAFTON. N.Y. -- The Grafton Community Library will sponsor a basket weaving workshop with Linda Dayton at the Everett Wagar Senior Center on Oct. 13 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class size is limited -- preregistration and a $5 materials fee is required (payable at registration). Choose one class date. The minimum age is 10 and must be accompanied by adult.

For more information on this and other library events, call 518-279-0580; e-mail the director, Stephanie Preston, at director@graftoncommunitylibrary.org; or visit www.graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Community work session

BENNINGTON -- A community work session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Catamount Elementary School Building (enter through School Street side). Come assist the Vermont Voltage in getting their new community soccer facility ready. Tours will be provided. Work that needs to be done includes cleaning glass and windows, sweep parking lot and remove broken glass, clean bathrooms, mop floors, and landscaping -- including tree and plant removal.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Senior breakfast in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post 69 will host a senior breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

American Legion Post 13 Bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 Bingo, 225 Northside Drive, will host bingo. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

CROP Walk in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- The CROP Walk in Bennington will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, starting at Second Congregationai Church on Hillside Street at 1 p.m. Walkers are from many different churches; all walks of life; all ages; students from elementary school, junior high, high school, and college.

CROP means Communities Reponding to Overcome Poverty. Walkers pass Bennington sites that deal with poverty, hunger and community collaboration. These include The Kitchen Cupboard, Bennington Free Clinic, and the community garden. Those participaing in the CROP Walk are sponsored by other people who pledge either an amount per mile or a total amount.

As food and fuel costs rise without the economy recovering, more people each month rely on the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services Inc. (which administers the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry and the Bennington Free Clinic.) GBICS will receive 25 percent of the funds raised by our local CROP Walk.

For more information, contact Second Congregational Church at 442-2559.


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