Morning Briefing

Saturday December 8, 2012


Saturday, Dec. 8

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

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

ARLINGTON -- At the Arlington American Legion a chicken and biscuits dinner will be held from 5 p.m. until food is gone. The price is $8 per person. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Community Ham Dinner

NORTH POWNAL -- The North Pownal Congregational Church will host its annual free Community Ham Dinner, from 3 to 6 p.m. Join the church in its new Fellowship Hall as they celebrate the Christmas season. Free take-out dinners are available by stopping by. In addition, the new teen center, The Loft, will be open for tours.

Call Pastor Gary Rogers at 518-686-4636 for more information. North Pownal Congregational Church is located at 3554 Route 346.

Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Shop local this holiday season at the Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 8, sponsored by Cambridge Connects, from 10 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Central School. More than 70 vendors. Featured will be fine crafts, wreaths, gift certificates and items from local business. There will be a Chinese Auction with over 75 items (winning tickets drawn at 3 p.m.).

For more information, find the fair on Facebook or contact Tracy at 518-677-8823.

Avalanche fundraiser/ middle schoolers night out

MANCHESTER -- Come on out to Riley Rink at Hunter Park from 8 to 11p.m. for a night of dancing and skating. The entire rink will be exclusively for middle schoolers during this time. The Southern Vermont Avalanche girls hockey team is hosting a night out for grades 6th to 8th graders (all schools are welcome so long as the student meets the grade requirement). The dance will take place in the warm room while the rink will be available for skating. Admission is $10 at the door, skate rentals are available at the normal cost.

Annual Christmas Tea

BENNINGTON -- At 3 p.m., the annual Christmas Tea will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. The parish hall will be decorated with greens and wreaths. There will be trays of cookies and tea sandwiches. Tea, coffee and punch will be served. Servers will be there to assist you.

The Christmas Shoppe will be open for you to shop for small gifts, jelly and jams, breads and Christmas tree ornaments. Bring you friends and family. The cost is $6. You can purchase tickets at the church or the door.

Church supper in Pittstown

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. --A spaghetti and meatball supper will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Cost: adults $10; children 5 to 12 $5; under 5 free. Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, bread, dessert, beverages. Reservations suggested: Call Bev at 518-663-5607.

Holiday Bazaar in Rupert

RUPERT -- A Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Rupert Firehouse in Rupert from 9 a m. until 3 p.m. There will be many local vendors selling their wares from jewelry, jams, relishes, knitted items and many other things. Lunch will be available and proceeds from the kitchen will go to the Kids Summer Lunch Program. Proceeds from the sales of the tables will benefit the Fire Dept. and the Mount Anthony Grange. If you would like a table or more information contact Kelli at 394-2491 or by e-mail

Sunday, Dec. 9

American Legion Post 13 bingo

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

Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the J. K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30 Dorset. EBT, debit, and credit cards accepted.

Fundraiser for Harry Hyatt

BENNINGTON -- Come join us in helping to raise money for Harry Hyatt, (Joyce Novotny's son). He fell off a roof years ago and broke his back, which left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. He is having trouble trying to acquire reliable transportation for the daily needs of life. There will be a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction held at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1861 from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to public - $8. There will be music and dance after dinner.

Free Sunday Supper at St. Mark's Church

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The men of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 70 Main St., Hoosick Falls, invite everyone to enjoy their free monthly Sunday Supper, served from 5 to 6 p.m. Call 518-686-4982 for more information.

Christmas Carol Sing

BENNINGTON -- A Christmas Carol Sing will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. at White Chapel Church. Public invited.

Benefit Contra Dance

BRATTLEBORO -- A Rural Vermont benefit contra dance will be held at the Old Stone Church in Brattleboro. All levels and ages welcome - beginners' workshop at 7:15 p.m., dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Rebecca Lay calls with music by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, and Andy Davis on piano.

Sliding scale general admission $10-$15, students and seniors $7.

Proceeds benefit Rural Vermont and advocacy work to strengthen and support community based food systems. More information at or 802-223-7222.

Shaftsbury tree lighting

SHAFTSBURY -- All Shaftsbury residents are invited to join in celebrating the lighting of the town Christmas tree at Cole Hall on Buck Hill Road. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Rumor has it that a very special guest will be present to visit with the children. Light refreshments will be served in Cole Hall following the tree lighting. Come join us as we welcome the holiday season together.


Arlington Principal Search Committee has an opening

ARLINGTON -- Karen Gallese, superintendent of schools for the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union, invites members of the Arlington School Community, to apply for one position on the search committee for the new principal of the Arlington Memorial High School. If more than one person applies for this position, a name will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. in the superintendent's office.

Participation on this committee will require individuals to commit to approximately two early evening meetings a month for at least four months. These meetings could last up to two hours and will be held in the superintendent's office.

All work of the committee will be confidential until the final candidate(s) are chosen. If you wish to apply, submit a letter of interest no later than Monday, Dec. 10, to Karen Gallese, Superintendent of Schools, Battenkill Supervisory Union, 529 East Arlington Road, Arlington, Vt. 05250.

Holiday toy drive

BENNINGTON -- Cathy's Coffee will host a holiday toy drive to benefit children in the local area. The drive begins immediately running until Dec. 17, when the gifts will be dropped off at BROC, where they will be distributed to local families that could otherwise not afford holiday gifts for their children. New toys and arts supplies for children of all ages are desired.

Toys can be dropped off at Cathy's Coffee, 336 North St., between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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