Morning Briefing



Saturday, Nov. 2

Legion dinner in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Membership dinner at the Arlington American Legion at 6 p.m.

State of the River Conference

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- This year's State of the River Conference will take place in Fellowship Hall of the Williamstown Congregational Church from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The main focus will be PCBs in the Hoosic.

Local and regional news are filled with stories of polychlorinated bi-phenols (PCBs) present in the sediments and within the aquatic food chain of the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers and the clean ups planned or underway to remove them. PCBs are also present in the Hoosic River.

Williams College chemistry professors David Richardson and Jay Thoman, along with students Amanda Schott and Austin Paul, have analyzed crawfish taken from the Hoosic River and most recently from the Green River and North Branch in Massachusetts. Professors Richardson and Thoman and Mr. Paul will report on their research findings and on other PCB studies going back to 1991.

The church is located at 906 Main St., at the intersection of Main Street and Chapin Hall Drive.

Try Hockey for Free clinic

MANCHESTER -- Northshire Hockey Association invites boys and girls of all ages to Riley Rink from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for a Try Hockey for Free clinic. Now is your chance to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport, is a joint effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League, and NHL member clubs. With Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day, USA Hockey has 500 locations offering kids this unique opportunity.

"We look forward to introducing new families to our sport," said Sharon Poddick, President of NHA. "All ages and abilities are encouraged to try hockey for free during our USA Hockey sponsored event. All you need are skates (hockey, figure or borrow some from NHA), helmet (any type such as ski, bike or hockey) and gloves (winter gloves will work perfectly)." Participants will go through drills and fun games on the ice during an NHA youth hockey practice.

To register please visit or contact Sharon Poddick at For more information about Northshire Hockey Association, contact Karen Grabher at (802) 366-8218 or visit

Native American History lecture

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

Lars 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.

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

Sunday, Nov. 3

Youth ski league meeting

WOODFORD -- The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting for new and returning families at 2 p.m. at Prospect Mountain Ski Center Lodge, located on Route 9. A ski and clothing swap/sale will follow the meeting, beginning at 2:30 p.m. If you have items for the sale please plan to drop them off at 1:45 p.m. before meeting.

The meeting is an opportunity for prospective families to learn about the league, a cross-country ski program for youth ages 4 to 13. The program introduces young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities.

The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch League practices every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Practices begin on Dec. 10.

For more information, contact Mary Drew at 802-442-5382 or

Legion Post 13 Bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 Bingo has new hours. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Bingo in Pownal

POWNAL -- Bingo is held at 1 p.m., by Pownal Valley Seniors at Pownal Center firehouse.

Bennington VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., will host a senior breakfast beginning at 8 p.m. and continuting "until gone." Donation: $3. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Friends Giving event

BENNINGTON -- Karma Cat Yoga announces Friends Giving -- a fun-filled evening celebrating our community through food, music, and yoga. Come share the spirit of gratitude with your friends, family, and community.

All donations received go directly to wellness projects within our community.

Join us at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle at 4 p.m. For more information, call 802-447-2900.


Property taxes due Nov. 12

BENNINGTON -- Property taxes are due Tuesday, Nov. 12. The town office, 205 Union St., will be open on Monday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be accepting payments during that time.

Acceptable payment methods are personal check, bank check, money order or cash. Credit cards are not accepted at the Town Office. If you wish to pay by credit card, you must call the phone number for Official Payments at the bottom of the bill or visi the website.

If you require a stamped receipt, you must bring both portions of the bill with you.


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