Community Calendar This Week


Monday, June 16

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic 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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in June the Senior Center will hold painting from 9 a.m. to noon, walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m. and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Arlington bingo

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

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library holds* story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be shared. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun for both of you.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

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

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support 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.

Codependents Anonymous group

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

Playgroup for toddlers and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for children 2 to 5 and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. They meet each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children's Center at 901 Main St. Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

End of life care presentation

MANCHESTER -- "Start the Conversation" is a public education initiative sponsored by Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) in an effort to motivate people to start the conversation about advance care planning as well as complete documentation to support their choices. It encourages identifying one's health care choices, talking about decisions with loved ones and doctors, and putting your plans in writing to be ready if needed.

RAVNAH will host a "Start the Conversation" presentation from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, located at 3624 Main St. The event is being presented by Southwestern Vermont Health Care Hospice Medical Director Dr. Allen Hutcheson and Elizabeth Fredland, LICSW. This workshop is free and open to the public. To register, contact Mary Pleasant at 802-442-5502 or at

DAR meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at St. Peter's Church at noon. The program begins with a potluck luncheon followed by a business meeting and a presentation on "Flags" by Donna Maroney. For more information, contact Janet Wilson at 802-375-9020.

Arlington Garden Club

EAST ARLINGTON -- Arlington Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. A "meet and greet" time will be followed at 1 p.m. by the business meeting. At 2 p.m. the program will be a "Flower Design Workshop" conducted by Leslie Olcott who will help to prepare for the Standard Flower Show on July 19 at the Grist Mill in East Arlington's Candlemill Village. Stay tuned for more information in July. Arlington Garden Club welcomes new members. Call Nancy Hadley at 802-375-1354 and visit

Myeloma Support Network meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the Berkshires and eastern New York) will hold a support group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive.

Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Remember, knowledge is power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. To either reply or get more information, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at or 802-681-7074 . The Support Network is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will hold RSVP Bone Builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and from 10 to 11:15 a.m.; HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and a trip to an area casino from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18

Program on ticks and Lyme disease

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library at 6:30 p.m. will host a program on ticks and Lyme disease. The program, presented by Jennifer Mahoney, Senior Public Health Educator from the Rensselaer County Health Department, will cover the life cycle of a tick, the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses, the current levels of Lyme disease in our area, how to prevent tick bites and what to do if you get bitten. The program is free and no RSVP is needed.

Cambridge Historical Society program

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., Ken Gottry, local historian, will present a program at the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum titled, "Ash Grove, James Bond, and the Historical Society." The presentation will start with the connection between Black Hole Hollow Farm in Ash Grove and master spy James Bond. Also included will be the 1854 scandal at the fair on Avenue A, as well as the 1954 Wheelbarrow Bet. Find out about moving the body of Philip Embury and the original 1950 design of the CCS building.

Also on tap will be the famous Cambridge girls' athletic teams of the 1930s, so good that Washington County suspended all girls' athletics for several years. And did you know that Cambridge was once the home of the pistol that fired the shot heard Round the World which marked the start of the American Revolution, and that Mark Twain, rather reluctantly, gave a lecture at Ackley Hall? These are just some of the topics Gottry will discuss.

The museum will open at 6 p.m. for tours of the building with the presentation beginning at 7 p. m. There will be light refreshments following the program. This is the first in a series of the third Wednesday night summer programs.

Thrift shop open

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church 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 go to

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.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays in June, the Senior Center will hold Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will hold a movie screening from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 19

Pownal Legion bingo

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. A snack bar will be available. Cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bennington Free Clinic hours

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.

Food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Transfer Thursdays at SVC

BENNINGTON -- The Office of Admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host Transfer Thursdays on June 19 and July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"These sessions are specifically offered for prospective, transfer students who are interested in SVC," states Director of Admissions Jeremy Gibbons.

Students can learn about the transfer credit process and see how long it may take them to complete one of our degree programs." Participants will find out about the transfer process and admission criteria, meet with an admissions counselor and obtain information on scholarships and financial aid. By touring the campus, individuals will learn about the history and traditions of the College.

For those who bring transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation, if available, a decision may be made on the spot for acceptance into a degree program at Southern Vermont College. The application fee will be waived.

Registration is encouraged online at, and appointments are expected to last about an hour. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or e-mail General information about SVC is available at

SVC hosts Summer Decision Days

BENNINGTON -- The Office of Admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host three Summer Decision Days on June 5, June 19 and July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prospective students will have an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, obtain information on scholarships and financial aid and tour the campus.

For those who bring a copy of their SAT scores, transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation, if available, a decision will be made that day for acceptance into a degree program at Southern Vermont College. The application fee will be waived.

Registration is encouraged online at, and appointments are expected to last about an hour. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or e-mail General information about SVC is available at

Strawberry Shortcake supper

POWNAL -- On June 19 the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper. The menu includes: cold ham and roast beef, scalloped potatoes, Jello salad, coleslaw, rolls, coffee, tea, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. The family style supper begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. Tickets at the door. $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under.

Use entrance on south side of church for take-outs. For more information, contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON --The Bennington Senior Center will host Bone Builders RSVP from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and again from 10 to 11:15 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m

Friday, June 20

Bennington Community Dance gathering

BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be June 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place.

The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Please bring your water bottle and there will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council's Food Pantry or the Homeless Shelter.

Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Please call 720-298-7910 for more information.

Opening of Hoosick Falls photography exhibit

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- HAYC3 announcea the opening reception for the Hidden Hoosick Community Photography Exhibit. It will take place downstairs at The HAYC3 Armory in 120gallery90, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

Artists' designs for the new HF Police Department shoulder patch will be on display as well.

The entire gallery will be filled with photographs of Hoosick and Hoosick Falls, all taken by the people of our community. Come to the gallery and find the one you took and see the images your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and even your kids and their friends took.

FunkintheTrunk concert

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- HAYC3 will present FunkintheTrunk, the popular Bennington-based band in The Owls Nest at the HAYC3 Armory from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

FunkintheTrunk will be performing favorite R&B, Motown, Soul and Funk tunes from the 1960s, 70s and beyond. Band members include Linda Allard on vocals, John Carson on vocals and guitar, Kiah Morris on vocals and percussion, Nicki Skipper on vocals and keyboards, Adam Turner on drums, Kim Turner on vocals and percussion, and Joe Wiley on bass, and vocals.

It's happening on the same evening as the opening reception for "Hidden Hoosick," the community photography exhibit in 120gallery90.

Business and Professional Women anniversary

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women anniversary invites the public to share in the celebration of their 50th Anniversary.

The festivities will be held at Williams Inn, 1090 Main St., beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow. To celebrate the past 50 years of historic importance of women in society, Massachusetts and the Berkshires, Colleen Janz, executive director, Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, will present a photo montage. Directly following, the keynote speaker, Ellen Kennedy, president, Berkshire Community College, will address women's strength and the next 50 years.

Dinner choices include roast beef au jus, poached salmon with dill sauce, or grilled vegetables with mushroom risotto. Cost: $30 per person.

'Inequality for All' shown at UU

BENNINGTON -- As a service to the community, the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center, a non-profit grass-roots organization, will show the documentary film "Inequality for All" free of charge at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School St. An unexpected hit at the 2013 Sundance film festival, "Inequality for All" won rave reviews as well as the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.

Although the film was shown earlier this year at Mount Anthony High School, the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center believes that the film's message that U.S. economic policies have abandoned the middle classes while making the super-rich richer needs to be heard again.

The GBPJC is committed to working to advance peace and justice both locally and globally, and meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School St.

Community food swap

BENNINGTON -- On June 20 The Walloomsac Food and Craft Swap group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. Food swapping is a growing trend among foodies and localvores. This swap begins with a potluck dinner and then the bargaining begins. For more information, call Audrey at 802-733-6981.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will hold sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., Painting from 9 a.m. until noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Social justice presentation

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The June meeting of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will feature a presentation on social justice by the Rev. Jennifer Gregg, priest at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Pittsfield. This will be a follow-up to the presentation on Catholic social teaching at April's meeting by Sr. Natalie Cain. The meeting will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. All are welcome. For more information, call Mark at 413-664-0130.

Saturday, June 21

'Go the Distance' 5K Race

BENNINGTON -- United Counseling Service has announced that registration is open for Go the Distance, a 5k fun run sponsored by the Batten Kill Valley Runners Club to benefit the Peer Support Program at UCS.

The 5k will take place at 9 a.m. at 316 Dewey St.

Interested runners can register for the event on the website, pre-registration is $15 or $20 on race day. Kids under 14 can participate for $10, and a family rate is being offered for $35. Pre-registered runners will receive a free Go the Distance t-shirt. T-shirts will be available to those who register on race day on a first-come basis. There will be a free fun run for children following the awards ceremony.

For more information, a registration form and a course map, call Jo Anne Larsen at 802-442-5491 or email her at

Pure Yoga with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place is offering Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 532 Main St. Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher, teaching in New York City and Brattleboro.

The cost is $30 prepaid by June 16 is $35 at the door, or by donation. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit

Community sing

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- St. Luke's invites all to an evening of praise and worship music at 7 p.m.

The group sing will be led by Celia Van Buskirk, Annabelle Bink and Judy Stevens, members of The Open Bible Baptist Church and known locally as the singing trio, Earthen Vessels. Many familiar hymns have been chosen as well as a new one or two so please tune up your vocal cords and join us for a night of song and praise In the spirit of community this is a free sing-a-long. St. Luke's is located directly behind the Rice Mansion on St. Luke's Place. The event will be held in the church.

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join the region's farmers and producers for fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Immune Friction will provide music for the market. Volunteers from the Farmhouse Nursery School will be staffing the kids' tent. The market will run every Saturday through October.

Paint drop-off event

BENNINGTON -- PaintCare and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently announced a statewide paint recycling program. The program now has more than 30 paint stores throughout the state for the public to take unwanted and leftover paint for recycling year-round. Paintcare is holding a special free drop-off event in Bennington on June 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Municipal Parking Lot, 205 South St.

Sunday, June 22

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.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. In this class, they introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

The primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any of our their classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Dorset Farmers' Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers' Market is back outside on the lawn for its fourth week at H. N. Williams General Store, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BuzzSaw Boys will be there providing toe-tapping entertainment. Area producers --plus a few new ones -- will bring in fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads, grass-fed meats, cheeses, condiments, and wines; alongside gourmet prepared foods, and unique artisan goods. Outdoors on the green at H.N. Williams Store, Route 30. For additional information or directions, contact:


CAT-TV board elections and registration process

BENNINGTON -- CAT-TV has three seats up for election during this year's annual Board of Director election. If you are interested in serving on our Board, contact CAT-TV Executive Director Lisa Byer, at 802-442-8868. Nominations will close June 30.

Qualified nominees must be a member in good standing with CAT-TV or a subscriber to the Comcast Cable System and be over 21 to hold an office with the corporation. Each seat carries a three-year term and is elected by the membership of CAT-TV along with registered Comcast subscriber voters.

Comcast Cable subscribers in Bennington, North Bennington, Woodford, Pownal, or Shaftsbury who are not already active CAT-TV members can register to vote in this year's election by returning the registration card that will appear in the Bennington Banner from Monday, June 30 through Saturday, July 5. You may also register online at or by contacting William Gardner at 802-442-8868. All registrations must be received by July 11.

Official voting ballots will be mailed to all active CAT-TV members and registered Comcast subscribers on July 25. Completed ballots must be returned by August 8. Votes will be tabulated by an impartial third party. New Board members will be seated at the September 15 CAT-TV Board Meeting.

Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- Throughout the week, water crews will be replacing water services on Safford Street, between Main Street and Gage Street. Safford Street will be closed to through traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Signs will be posted for detours. On Friday, Water Department crews will be painting and making repairs on fire hydrants. Use caution when approaching workers in worksites.

This week Highway Department crews will be pouring concrete on Silver Street. Road closures will take place. The remaining driveways will be excavated and formed on Silver Street. If you are a resident of one of these properties, remove your vehicles by 9 a.m. on Monday and you will be able to regain access on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday and Thursday the Highway Department will install new culverts on Blackberry Lane and Jewett Drive. All work dependent on the weather.

Summer Reading program at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Come to the Mark Skinner Library to register for the Summer Reading Program. This program is open to young people, toddlers through teens. The first 25 kids to sign up will each receive one free raffle ticket good for use with the baskets that will be on display in the library. Throughout the summer, participants will receive one free raffle ticket for every two hours of reading and/or being read to. Baskets will be raffled off in August.

Ther programs feature science in many different forms, and they include: July 17 at 10:30 a.m.: Drumming with Saragail Benjamin -- pre-registration required. Attendance limited. Call the library to register at 802-362-2607. July 23 at 6:30 p.m.: Fun Science Fair with Nano Sand, Lava Lamps and much more. Pre-registration required. July 24 at 10:30: African Photo Safari with Ted Schiffman. July 31 at 10:30: Rainbow Loom Maker Day -- pre-registration required. Attendance limited. Call the library to register at 802-362-2607. Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m.: Meet live owls and raptors with Mike from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association Inc. reunion

ST. LOUIS -- The USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association, Inc. 2014 Reunion is at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. from Sept. 8 to 14. Your room rate is $89 including all taxes and includes breakfast for two people.

Make sure you ID yourself as a member of the USS Long Beach Association Reunion. Phone: 314-426-5500. For more information, contact Don Shade at 866-352-2469 or 716-569-2314.

Rec Center Summer Program discounted tickets

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rec Center is now accepting registrations for summer camps and swim lessons. Brochures and registration form are available in the lobby or by visiting The Center is also selling discounted Great Escape, Six Flags and Bromley Adventure Park tickets. Call for more info and pricing.

'Hidden Hoosick' photo show

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- HAYC3 has announced "Hidden Hoosick," the first-ever Hoosick community photography show at 120gallery90 at The Armory. All Hoosick residents are encouraged to participate in this exhibition that opens June 20.

The theme of the community-wide photography exhibit, "Hidden Hoosick," is meant to celebrate the beautiful, charming, captivating, interesting visual aspects of our community. Some are things or places we see everyday and forget to notice, that we take for granted, and others we need to look a little harder or more closely to find. There are so many beautiful places and things in the Hoosick Community. Subject matter can be architecture, nature, landscapes, or animals, so long as the photo was taken by a Hoosick resident and was taken in the Town of Hoosick or the Village of Hoosick Falls. The photograph can be wide angle or a close-up detail; it can be one you took recently or a while ago, in any season. Black and white and color photographs are acceptable.

So get out your cameras and start exploring -- wake up your inner artist and see what you can find that's photograph-worthy the town, the village, even in your own back yard, house, classroom or workplace. When all put together in the gallery, we'll have a picture of the essence of our community. The collage of colors, patterns, lines and shapes, the images of Hoosick will be a collective portrait of Hoosick. And you can be a part of it. Submissions are due to HAYC3 by June 16, one entry per person.

Photographs submitted for the exhibit should be framed (if you work with standard sizes, frames will be inexpensive) and ready to hang. Photographers must be willing to sell their photographs; the photographers will determine price. Sales will be split 75/25, with 75 percent of the purchase price going to the photographer. The other 25 percent will be used to support 120gallery90 and other HAYC3 Arts programs.

The opening reception is planned for Friday, June 20 and includes music in The Owl's Nest at The Armory. Both are free and open to friends, family and the public.


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