Morning Briefing

Saturday December 1, 2012


Saturday, Dec. 1

Walloomsac Farmers Market

BENNINGTON -- The Walloomsac Farmers Market second Holiday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, corner of West Main and Valentine streets.

Pick up locally grown produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats. Load up on fresh breads and baked goods, syrups, jam, candies, and other treats. And stroll the stands of juried arts and crafts for many kinds of holiday gifts. The final Holiday Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 15. Winter markets will continue to be held the first and third Saturday of each month through April. Woman Wellness open house

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Reiki and massage will be featured at a With Woman Wellness Midwifery open house to benefit area food pantries from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

Learn what services the office has to offer. Experience Reiki or massage and make a donation for services. Your donation will benefit local food pantries.

Area massage therapists and Reiki practitioners will be available to share their gifts of health and peace with weary shoppers, or those weary thinking about the holidays. For more information, call 252-1032 or visit

Parish holds fundraisers

BENNINGTON -- Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish is holding three fundraisers.

"The Basket Raffle" consists of 14 assorted baskets running the gamut of items for babies, bath, birds, breakfast, a crock pot, lottery tickets, holiday, gardening, kitchen, gift certificates, and much more. The tickets, on sale at the parish office at 238 West Main St. during normal business hours, are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 14.

The second fund raiser is the annual bake sale, taking place today from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish center.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to attend "Breakfast with St. Nicholas" from 8:30 a.m. until all the food is gone. The menu consists of French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, juice, milk, coffee and tea. The event will be held in the parish center. Cost for the breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for a family.

For more information, please contact the parish office at 442-3141.

Peace and Justice Center events

BENNINGTON -- The Peace and Justice Center will hold its vigil for peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. All welcome.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Peace and Justice Center will hold its December gathering at the UU Meeting House on School Street. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by the business agenda at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Bingo at Masonic Lodge

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

Bingo at Arlington Legion

ARLINGTON -- Bingo will be held at the American Legion. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Benefit dinner for Tobin family

NORTH BENNINGTON -- A spaghetti supper will be held at the North Bennington fire station for Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Tobin and children, whose trailer burned down on Oct. 8 in Manchester Center. They lost everything. It will start at 5 p.m.

Adults, $10; children 5 to 12, $5; 5 and under free. The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, rolls, cake and drinks. For more information call 802-379-7590.

Defensive Driving Course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety & Health Council will sponsor the Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, on Danforth Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. promptly.

Successful completion of this class allows for a 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years, as well as reduces four points from one’s driver’s license on points acquired in the prior 18 months.

Cambridge cash mob

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join the cash mob today and make a positive difference in the Cambridge community.

With $20 in hand, shop in a locally-owned establishment to support a favorite local business and support the area economy. Show up at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street in front of the Battenkill Bookstore, the Village Store, and Over the Moon (if remodeling is complete) and be ready to shop.

Too early? Then try 11:30 a.m. at O’Hearn’s Pharmacy and Black Dog Wines and Spirits.

For more information, visit To start your own cash mob, visit

Annual Christmas bazaar

SHAFTSBURY -- The Shaftsbury United Methodist Church annual Christmas bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a white elephant table, crafts, baked goodies and fudge. There will be a silent auction. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wreaths will also be for sale. To order a wreath, call 447-3479. The price for decorated is $20, undecorated is $15.

Grace Christian School Christmas bazaar

BENNINGTON -- Grace Christian School, 104 Kocher Drive, will host its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 35 vendors selling a variety of items. Some item highlights at this year’s bazaar will be nativity scenes with handcrafted mangers, handmade ornaments, sweaters and hats, jellies and jams, and beauty products.

Pownal Valley Fair Bazaar

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Fair Bazaar will be held at American Legion Post 90 on Route 7. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. This is one of the many fundraisers for the fair and fireworks for the town.

There will be crafters, a bake sale, a large Chinese auction, a very large tag sale, raffles, and kids’ games. There will be surprises for the children. Santa will be present with a prize for each visitor from noon until 2 p.m. The American Legion Auxiliary will serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Saturday Series presents ‘Pina’

MANCHESTER -- The Saturday Series presents "Pina," a documentary by Wim Wenders at 7 p.m. in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.

Described by the New York Times as "ravishing," this film captures the inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.

Tickets for this event are $18 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $9 for students. They can be purchased online at For more information, call Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department at 802-549-8118. The Saturday Series is partnered by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Burr and Burton Academy, and Northshire Performing Arts.

Concert to benefit Ski for Heat

MANCHESTER -- "Downtown" Bob Stannard & Friends will again take to the stage, providing an evening of entertainment in support of Ski for Heat. The concert is at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Club on Routes 11 and 30.

Concert proceeds go to Ski for Heat, which helps provide heating fuel assistance to families and individuals in the local community. Ski for Heat is a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing fundraiser, which will next be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, to benefit the Shareheat Fund at BROC.

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, in Peru, donates the use of its trails, waiving its trail fees, to participants in the event.

Tickets for the concert are available online at, at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, or by contacting, and will be sold at the door. The suggested donation is $20; however people are asked to donate only what is comfortable for them.

Texas Hold’em Tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- The veterans of Stephentown will hold a Texas Hold’em Tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 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 place 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.

Celebration for return of the ‘Big Chair’

BENNINGTON -- To celebrate the return of the landmark chair, located at the intersection of Harwood Hill and Northside Drive, LaFlamme’s is planning a party and an official unveiling at 11 a.m.

A familiar landmark, the "Big Chair" stood for decades in front of the former Haynes & Kane Furniture Store. It was dismantled 12 years ago for safety reasons, but thanks to LaFlamme’s it will soon be back. Baked goods, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold to benefit local not-for-profits. Several special guests and dignitaries will participate in the unveiling and the public is invited to attend. Fans of the chair are encouraged to bring in photos of the original chair.

Story time with Santa

MANCHESTER -- Mark Skinner Library will present Story time with Santa at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and snacks with Santa. This program is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information, call the library at 362-2607 or visit Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road.

Sunday, Dec. 2

American Legion Post 13 Bingo

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

Free recital at church

BENNINGTON -- At 3 p.m., Donald McMahon will demonstrate the versatility of the organ of 1,438 pipes at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church with a free recital at 3 p.m. The church is located at 238 West Main St. Music of Richard Rodgers, Daquin, Vivaldi, Widor, Vierne, Messiaen, and others will be performed. The recital is free and open to the public, and convenient, off-street parking is available. All facilities are accessible to those with disabilities.

Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers Market offers a variety of holiday foods and crafts. It is held from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. indoors at the J.K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30.

Bingo in Pownal

POWNAL -- Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. by the Pownal Valley Seniors at the Pownal Center firehouse.

30th annual Troy Victorian Stroll includes light display

TROY, N.Y. -- The 30th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll takes place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Stroll attracts more than 20,000 people to the Victorian atmosphere of historic downtown Troy and offers more than 100 attractions. Live music, dancing, storytelling, theatre, costumed performers and more will be featured.

The Stroll concludes at 5 p.m. when Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Linda Hillman will throw the switch on a new display, "A Celebration of Lights," located in Monument Square directly across from City Hall.

Admission is free. Visit:

Citrus fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Forrest Ward Memorial School is having a Grapefruit/Orange Fundraiser and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The school is located at 404 Houghton Lane in the Bennington SDA Church. Please call 802-442-4579 with any questions.

Gathering the Grandmothers continues

BENNINGTON -- The Gathering of Grandmothers takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St.

Area women who see themselves as wise women and/or in the ‘grandmother’ stage of life are invited to attend, be honored and celebrated. New women are always welcome. You do not have to have grandchildren to attend.

Gathering the Grandmothers is a monthly circle created to elevate the status of the wise women in our communities. It is a forum in which women speak their wisdom, strengthen their voices and connect with a deeper sense of themselves and the roles women can have in society. Suggested donation: $15 to 20. Facilitated by Teresa King. Contact her at or 518-692-7806 with any questions or if you are interested in forming a circle in your area.

Long Trail hosts ‘Cookies and Clay. . . and Play’

DORSET -- Long Trail School welcomes children of all ages to the school to decorate a cookie to enter into its Gingerbread Man/Woman Decorating Contest, from noon to 2 p.m. Students will be on hand to assist younger children with their creations. Prizes will be awarded to cookies in three categories: ages 2 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 and above. Adults and children are invited to make the first bowls of the season for Empty Bowls 2013.

While there is no charge for either activity, consider bringing a gift card to hang on our holiday tree to help provide toys for families in threee New Jersey communities hit by Hurricane Sandy.

’Once Upon a Mattress’ at LTS

DORSET -- Long Trail School’s production of "Once Upon a Mattress" will be held at 2 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. To reserve tickets for the performance, call 802-867-5717, ext. 102.


Christmas feast near

MANCHESTER -- The Annual Community Christmas Dinner is underway, marking 22 years of serving the greater Northshire area with a fabulous feast.

Everything is donated, including food, labor, the church kitchen and dining area and all of the accessories it takes to feed over 100 people. No one goes away hungry and the dinner is available to everyone. No reservations, no charge. All donated proceeds go directly to the dinner, additional funds are carried over to the next year.

There is one seating, on Christmas day at 2:30. The dinner is held at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village, across from the Equinox Hotel. Come early, especially if you’re in a group.

If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to The Community Christmas Dinner, P.O. Box 595 Manchester Center, VT 05255. For additional information, call Kaki at 802-362-5447.

Cambridge forming Communication Committee

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Central School District is pleased to announce that it is developing a Communication Advisory Committee. The goal is to bring stakeholder groups together to develop a communication plan. Those interested should send a letter of interest to Vincent Canini, Superintendent of Schools, at 58 South Park St., Cambridge, NY 12816, by December 31, 2012.

Meals on Wheels, Subaru ‘Share the Love’

BENNINGTON -- Meals on Wheels has partnered with Bennington Subaru by volunteering to deliver meals all through the holiday season. This local effort is part of the national Meals On Wheels’ participation in the national Subaru of America "Share the Love" event.

Meals on Wheels always needs volunteers to deliver delicious and healthy food to the elders in our community. It serves almost 200 meals per day all through the year. The employees of Bennington Subaru have made the commitment to help make deliveries all through the holiday season.

As one of the five Subaru "Share the Love" charitable partners, the Meals On Wheels national association is awarding $200,000 in "Share the Love" grants to local Meals On Wheels programs that partner with Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Bennington County Meals on Wheels is eligible to win a grant of up to $35,000 to help provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Bennington.

Corrections Department seeks public comments

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Corrections wants to hear from the public about its operations, ranging from transitional housing in Vermont’s communities to the operation of its prisons.

The first of four quarterly meetings planned during the next year is set for Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at Vermont Interactive Television locations around the state.

"We hope citizens, other stakeholders and community partners will take part in these meetings and provide the department with constructive and open input," Corrections Commissioner Andrew Pallito said in a statement announcing the sessions.

The announcement followed a decision in July to suspend a previous effort to encourage public involvement.

in Vermont’s prison system.

Pallito said then that he decided that meetings of the Citizens Advisory Group had become a waste of his department’s time and resources.

He said he planned to assess the group’s role by fall and either reconstitute it or develop another approach. Pallito did not immediately return a message left at his office on Friday. Monica Weeber, the department’s planning director, confirmed that the newly scheduled meetings were what the department had developed to replace the Citizens Advisory Group.

"I think we had a couple of ideas that were discussed, and this idea seemed to be the one that came out on top in terms of a good way to engage anybody interested in the department, to ask questions and make comments," Weeber said in an interview.

Weeber said she did not expect department officials to respond immediately to the public’s comments or questions at Tuesday’s meeting. Rather, she said officials would do so on the department’s website or at the second meeting, set for February. Sessions also are scheduled for May and August, she said.

The meetings will be transmitted on Vermont Interactive Television, a video link system that allows people to go to VIT offices around the state and participate remotely in a public session to be hosted by officials at DOC headquarters in Williston. In addition to Williston, participating VIT studios are in Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, Springfield, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, St. Albans and Lyndonville.


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