Morning Briefing



Saturday, Sept. 28

Woodford property taxes due

WOODFORD -- Town property taxes are due today. Postmarks are not accepted. The treasurer’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Fisher Elementary year-round bottle drive begins

ARLINGTON -- Recycle your bottles and cans and make a contribution to the Fisher Elementary School Playground Fund at the same time.

Fisher Elementary has partnered with Bennington Beverage Outlet to offer a year-round bottle drive which kicks-off today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fisher families and friends may take their bottles and cans to the BBO on Northside Drive in Bennington and ask to have the cash go to Fisher’s Playground Fund.

For more information about the bottle drive or to make a donation to the Fisher Playground Fund, contact Fisher Principal Deanne Lacoste at or 802-375-6409.

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, 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 reduce four points from your driver’s license on points acquired in the prior 18 months.

ABC Clothing Sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock A Better Chance program will hold its 20th annual giant clothing sale at the First Congregational Church at 906 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted.

Items for sale include name brand, gently used clothing, accessories and shoes, plus jewelry and watches, many with new batteries courtesy of Goodman’s Jewelers. Another popular feature will be vintage/retro clothing, costumes, and a whole room devoted to athletic clothing and shoes, plus the Williams Corner, a room offering clothing with a Williams College theme.

At 2 p.m., after the sale closes, shoppers can purchase a large bag for $20 and fill it with whatever items remain -- an opportunity for even greater bargains.

Fall food tasting

SALEM, N.Y. -- Local food producers will highlight their products at Gardenworks beginning at 11 a.m. Taste dishes made with locally sourced foods and leave with the recipes to make them at home. The tasting is free.

For more information, call 518-854-3250 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 29

Legion Bingo

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

Growing up on a Pownal farm

POWNAL -- Growing Up On A Pownal Farm, Memories of Charlie Palmer and Mary Louis Mason, takes place at 2 p.m. at the Solomon Wright Library on Main Street. The program is presented by the Pownal Historical Society.

Refreshments will be served. For more information. Call 802-823-7344.

Dancers, actresses sought

SUNDERLAND-- The singing duo Blackberry Jam is seeking dancers and actresses for its upcoming season of YouTube videos. Auditions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunderland Elementary School.

Bring a current photo and, if you wish, prepare a dance routine no longer than one minute. If dancing, bring your music. Friends and dance crews are welcome. Those chosen will not be paid.

For more information, call 802-379-3000 or write

Northshire Bookstore celebration

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The Northshire Bookstore of Manchester, Vt., will host a grand opening celebration at its new Saratoga Springs location, 424 Broadway.

There will be activities and entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Customers will also get a sneak-peek at the soon to be opened café, which will be operated by Kilwin’s. Small samples of treats will be served.

For more information, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit


Bennington quarterly water, sewer bills due Oct. 4

BENNINGTON -- All quarterly water and sewer bills (both flat and metered) are due Friday, Oct. 4. Payments may be made by personal check, bank check, money order or cash at the town offices located at 205 South St. They are open Monday through Friday and accept payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a stamped receipt, bring both portions of your bill.

To pay by credit card, call the phone number at the top of your bill (official payments). Credit cards are not accepted at the town office.

For questions or concerns, call the Bennington Water Department at 442-1037.

Town project list

BENNINGTON --The town of Bennington project list for Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 follows.

Water Department

Throughout the week crews will continue hydrant maintenance and painting. Please use caution when approaching work sites.

Highway Department

Throughout the week crews will be replacing storm drainage on Safford Street, lane restrictions and closures may be in place.

Monday to Friday, crews will be doing shoulder work on newly paved areas; please use caution in construction sites.

Weather permitting, cross walks will be painted in several locations.

Residents and contractors, please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

Betsy Hurley, Paralympic hopeful, at Anytime Fitness

BENNINGTON -- United States Paralympic Team hopeful and Bennington local Betsy Hurley will host a meet and greet at Anytime Fitness at 120 Depot St. on Monday, Sept. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Take part in this event to meet Hurley and learn about her goal of becoming part of the Paralympic Ski Team.

During the event, view her mono ski on display, view her handmade quilt samples, order a custom quilt, and watch a slideshow of her accomplishments thus far.

Visit her website at to learn more about her lifelong journey and motivation or to learn how you can donate to her cause.

Hurley can also be reached by phone at 802-447-1054.

Family Fitness Challenge

BENNINGTON -- Spaces are still available in the eight-week Family Fitness Challenge being offered at Bennington Crossfit, in partnership with the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union’s Mosaic after-school programs. The first meeting takes place Sunday, Sept. 29, 3:15 p.m. at Bennington CrossFit, 190 North St. The program runs through Nov. 21.

This free program will give 10 local families the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle by guiding participants through physical training sessions and teaching basic nutrition.

Teams will meet Sundays at 3:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:15. Each team should consist of one adult and one child, age 11 or older. The adult must be a parent, guardian or close family member of the participating child.

For more information or to join, contact Kitsia Sausville, head coach at Bennington CrossFit, at 802-681-7350 or


An article that was published Friday, "Shaftsbury readying new garage plan," contained errors. Plans for the proposed new town garage in Shaftsbury are expected to cost voters about $18.47 per year for the next 20 years, based on $100,000 of appraised home value. Also, the area of the planned building has been reduced from 8,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet.

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