Community News in Brief

Friday January 25, 2013

Pianist Michael Arnowitt performs George Gershwin

MANCHESTER -- Pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss the work of American composer George Gershwin at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Feb. 6. The performance, "An Evening of George Gershwin," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Through lecture and performance, Arnowitt will explore the music and era of Gershwin and perform An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, among other compositions.

Arnowitt is a classical and jazz pianist and recording artist who has performed with orchestras throughout the U. S. and Europe. His life and music is the subject of an award-winning documentary by the American filmmaker Susan Bettmann, Beyond Eighty-Eight Keys (2004). He lives in Montpelier.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series takes place in nine sites throughout Vermont. It is hosted in Manchester by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Library sponsors for this program are the Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Cafe, and VT Renewable Fuels.

For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-02626.

Hoosipalooza 2013 bigger than ever

HOOISCK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosipalooza 2013 is bigger and badder. HAYC3 would like to thank the Society of St. Stanislaw for jumpstarting Hoosipalooza again this year with $900 for the food pantry. The HooOwl hunt has been creating a huge buzz in the community. The person to find the HAYC3 HooOwl will win $250. The first clue to the HooOwl’s whereabouts was released on the HAYC3 website on Jan. 19. If you haven’t started the search yet there is still time. Visit to catch up on the clues.

Two new spaces have already opened at the Armory. At 9 a.m. guided meditation will be offered for all ages and levels in the Boddhidharma Room located in the basement of the armory. Curious community members are welcome. At 3 p.m. Honey Heart Holistic Health will give community members the opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies on reaching their nutritional goals. The Honey Heart Health office is located on the 2nd floor of the armory. If you will be out of town or not able to make it to Hoosipalooza this year and would like to contribute, then the HFCS elementary has your solution. The HFCS elementary classrooms will be collecting "Pennies for the Pantry" the week leading up to Hoosipalooza.

If you are passing by, but won’t be able to stop at one of the events that day then SMA will gladly take your bottles at 10 a.m. outside of St. Mark’s Church on Main Street to benefit the Food Pantry.

Sacred Heart St. Francis School honor roll

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales in Bennington has announced its Middle School Honor Roll students for the fall trimester.

Principal’s Honors - Grade 8 - Matthew Anderson, Sophie Bylina, Lindsay Finney, Kalina Korzec, and Abigale Whitman.

Grade 7 - Colleen Ahearn, Grace Carroll, Cassidy Danforth, Elizabeth Harris, Bridget Keenan, and Olivia Salem.

Grade 6 - Brandon Anderson, Katherine Bruneau, Carly Bylina, Sarah Lapean, Caroline Parker, William Shea, and Erica Sholes.

Grade 5 - Erin Farrell, Emma Fischer, Andrew Giorgi, Elizabeth Malinowski, Tea Oakes, Emma Salem, and Matthew Whitman.

High Honors - Grade 8 - Colby Crawford, Summer Lampron, Frances Ralbovsky, and Kiara Tifft.

Grade 7 - Juliette Beatty, Cameryn Bentley, and Franklin Cody.

Grade 6 - Caroline Coffield, Grace Gardner, and Chloe Gore.

Grade 5 - Adam Frost, Colman Hogan, Alice Odierna, and Alexis Willard.

Honors - Grade 8 - Brieana Durkee.

Grade 6 - Daniel Gorry, Gabriela Griffin-Leon, Bradley Guetti, and Haley Sigsbury.

Grade 5 - McKenzie Kelley.

Long Trail School announces next headmaster

DORSET -- The Board of Trustees of Long Trail School has announced that Steven E. Dear will be the new headmaster of Long Trail School. As the school will soon approach its fortieth year of existence, the Board undertook this selection with care and consideration for all that is needed in the school’s leadership. This process was particularly deliberate as the school has only entered into this process twice since its founding.

Dear has been a visible and vital member of the Long Trail and Northshire communities for more than seven years. Involved initially as a Long Trail School parent and Trustee and later as chair of Long Trail’s Board, Dear resigned from that position to utilize his management and leadership skills to lead the school in the 2012-2013 school year. Prior to working at Long Trail, Dear spent 26 years in executive roles in the fields of finance and banking. He then started Global Leadership Consulting Inc., in 2004. GLC works with both for-profit and non-profit organizations in areas of leadership, change management and strategic planning. Steven has been married to his wife, Janie, for 34 years and has two children: Taylor, a senior at Montclair State University in New Jersey; and Lillian, a senior at Long Trail School.

Dear assumes this permanent position after becoming interim head in July.

The board was delighted with Dear’s work at the school during this year and is eager to move ahead under his leadership. He has great plans for the school’s continued success. The Long Trail community is lucky that he will remain at the helm beyond this school year.

Burr and Burton Sophomore Devin Straley wins essay contest

MANCHESTER -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars announced that the winner of this year’s essay contest was sophomore student and Dorset resident Devin Straley. This year’s essay topic was "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" By winning at the state level he and 50 winners from other states will meet in Washington DC for the national judging in March. Devin had to write both an essay and record an audio CD (hence: "voice" of democracy), which counted for 50 percent of the judging. Devin said "it’s been a pretty amazing experience. The VFW organization at all levels, but particularly at our local level, has been unbelievably supportive of all the student’ efforts who enter the contests. They make us feel like our voices are truly heard. . . and valued. The whole experience really does foster and affirm a love of country, and a recognition of exactly why we should be both proud and grateful to live in a nation such as this one." The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Devin received $300 from our local VFW post in Manchester and then won the District level earning another $100. Winning at the state level this past Saturday earned Devin an additional $1,000, and a free trip to Washington DC in March where he will tour the nation’s capitol with the other state winners, visit monuments, museums, and even meet the President. Each participant will be guaranteed at least another additional scholarship of $1,000, with the awards increasing the higher up you place within the final fifty.

Devin will use his winnings to help pay for college.

Rabbi Michael Cohen on the path to peace

BENNINGTON -- Rabbi Michael Cohen will present a talk, "Israelis and Palestinians Seeking Peace: A Path to Get Us Closer," at Congregation Beth El on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

Cohen is director of strategic partnerships of the Arava Institute. He is a part of the Alliance for Middle East Peace and has contributed content to speeches made by President Obama in regards to the Middle East. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center.

He served as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and co-founded the Green Zionist Alliance. Since 1996 he has divided his time between Vermont and Arava Institute for Environmental Stidies Kibbutz Ketura campus. He is the author of "Einstein’s Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul" and numerous articles on religion, the Middle East peace process, politics and the environment.

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