Community News in Brief


The Yoga Place offers free yoga classes for combat veterans

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place, 532 Main st., announced that it offers free yoga for combat veterans in collaboration with a nonprofit organization, There & Back Again: Navigating Life After War, which provides resiliency and reintegration and wellness services to empower veterens to manage combat stress.

At this time The Yoga Place is integrating veterans into its regular programs.

Veterans may come by the studio for more information or visit To learn more about classes, visit

Celebrate Marine Corps 238th Birthday

MANCHESTER -- Don Keelan announces that the 238th U.S. Marine Corps birthday celebrfation will be held at noon on Nov. 11 during a luncheon at Garlic John's Restaurant (Routes 11 and 30)

Wherever Marines are stationed throughout the world there is a celebration, generally on the date when the Marine Corps was founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Nov. 10, 1775.

The event brings together Marines who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Iraq war, Afghanistan and other places.

Contact John Stuermer at 802-375-6987 to reserve your seat.

BBA hosts ninth annual Grandparents Day

MANCHESTER -- Burr and Burton Academy hosted 92 grandparents on Friday, Oct. 18, for the school's ninth annual Grandparents Day. The goal for Grandparents and Special Friends Day is for BBA to showcase highlight some of the school's wonderful programs, initiatives and facilities and to offer an opportunity to connect with their grandchildren.

Grandparents arrived at 10 a.m. for a reception and coffee in the Riley Center followed a warm welcome by Headmaster Mark Tashjian who gave an overview of BBA's plans for the future. Assistant Headmaster Meg Kenny followed with a presentation of the iPad initiative and senior Ben Hamblett gave an enlightened and humorous talk on how he uses the iPad in class. Creative Arts Department Head Neil Freebern then explained "blended learning" and how the concept is being integrated into some of Burr and Burton's curriculum.

After a short break Bill Muench gave an overview of the cinematography department and showed highlights from the 2013 Gawlik Awards.

Assistant Director of Athletics Jason Thomas gave an update of fall sports as well as how the school's mission is incorporated into the athletic program.

Teacher Claudia Shell-Raposa then offered a performance by dance students. Director of Advancement Cynthia Gubb ended the presentation part of the program with a question and answer session.

After the presentation, grandchildren met and greeted their grandparents and escorted them to a luncheon in the Rowland Center for a chance to catch up. Campus tours with school ambassadors were offered after lunch to many of the visitors and they had the opportunity to visit classrooms and walk throughout the BBA campus.

Shaftsbury man reenlists in Army National Guard

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Specialist Kyle Robitaille from Shaftsbury, Vt., has reenlisted to continue service with the Intelligence & Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division.

"Each of our 16,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard has an important role and I'm pleased that so many continue to reenlist and remain part of our New York National Guard family," Murphy said.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna. or

GMA Native American History lecture

MANCHESTER -- Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents Native American History of Colonial New England with historian Lars Nielsen on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. His lecture will be presented in two parts, Part One from 3 to 4 p.m. and Part Two, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Part One will cover the early part of the Colonial Period from the decimation of the New England tribes due to disease in the decade leading up to the earliest colonial settlements through cultural accommodation and tension climaxing in the dispersion of the tribes of southern New England after King Philip's War.

Part Two will cover King Philip's War, one of the bloodiest but least known conflicts in American history, spreading death and destruction throughout New England, and leading to the dispersal and destruction of the southern New England tribes in its wake.

Nielsen is an independent historian with specialties in medieval history and thought, modern intellectual history, Colonial American history, and Judaica. He teaches political science and history as an adjunct at Norwich University, where he works as an administrator for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Lars also writes fiction, poetry, and plays. In addition, he runs a marketing business, offering message consistency, grant writing, direct mail and radio commercial copy.

The registration fee for the two-part lecture is $20. For more information and to register, visit or call 802-867-0111.

Pine Cobble School Ski and Skate Sale to be held Nov. 1

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Pine Cobble School will hold its annual Ski and Skate Sale on Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Pine Cobble's Ski and Skate sale offers a vast array of the finest in new and gently-used winter sports equipment, including both adults' and kids' sizes.

It features an incredible assortment of ski clothing and equipment from top brands: Rossignol, Atomic, Volant, Dynastar, Nordica, Salomon, Lange, Oakley, Marker and many more. Skis (racing & parabolic with current bindings), poles, boots, snowboards, snowshoes, cross-country skiing equipment, hockey & figure skates, ski clothing, fleece, hats, gloves, parkas, pants, goggles, winter socks, liners and accessories for adults and children will be available.

Expert skiers, snowboarders, and skaters will be on hand to answer all technical & sizing questions. Major credit cards are accepted, and Pine Cobble community members will be on hand to help you carry gear to your car.

The school will also accept your gently used winter sports equipment for consignment. Consigning your old equipment is a great way to upgrade your winter sports gear, or to finance new equipment for your growing kids. Consignments for the sale (60 percent to consignor/40 percentto school programs) may be dropped off at Pine Cobble on Wednesday, Oct. 30. from 3 to 7 p.m. All skis must be parabolic/shaped and must have current bindings.

The event includes a cafe with dinner options and a bake sale.

All proceeds support educational and extra-curricular programs. As an independent school, Pine Cobble School receives no state or federal funding.

Pine Cobble School is at 163 Gale Road in Williamstown. (off Route 43, half a mile from The Clark).

Army National Guard soldier Kolbe promoted

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Maj. General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

William Kolbe from Arlington, Vt., serving with the Company C, 2-108th Infantry has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

HFCS Elementary Ski/Snowboard Club

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- For six weeks beginning Jan. 8, 2014, students in grades 5-8 at Hoosick Falls Central School can ski/snowboard at nearby Willard Mountain in Greenwich, N.Y. Lift and lessons are provided for the season for only $125, and with rentals $160. Bus transportation is provided at no additional cost. The bus leaves each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and returns at 9:30 p.m. Information packets are posted at the school offices, and in graded hallways.

Call Terri Burdick at 518-686-9492, ext. 1034, with questions.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation announces guided Pine Cobble Hike

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Guided Pine Cobble Interpretive hike The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation announces a guided natural history hike of Pine Cobble on Sunday, Nov. 3, beginning at 1 p.m. to traverse the new section of the Pine Cobble trail and some of the lesser known areas of its Pine Cobble conservation property.

Hikers should meet at the Pine Cobble trail head on Pine Cobble Road, off North Hoosac Road in Williamstown.

The hike will be led by geoscientist David Dethier. Pine Cobble has a unique geology, and the hike will feature a visit to an area of rock ledges, as well as Bear Spring, traversing two ancient shorelines, one formed by Lake Bascom a mere 14,000 years ago, and the other a tropical shoreline from approximately 500 million years ago, when Williamstown lay closer to the equator.

The hike is moderately strenuous and will last approximately three hours. Sign-up is suggested.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a nonprofit member-supported land conservation trust working to conserve the special places of the Williamstown area. Pine Cobble is its largest preserve.

For more information about the hike or to sign up, call 413-458-2494, or email Visit to learn more about the WRLF.


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