Morning Briefing



Saturday, Sept. 14

Warm the Children benefit

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- A music and wine festival to benefit Warm the Children takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Why Not Wine, 5152 Route 7. The requested donation is $10. Sample wines from Coyote Moon Vineyard and Swedish Hill Vineyard to live music from Tim Blakeney. No Limits benefit bike ride

MANCHESTER -- The sixth annual Bart Center’s "No Limits" bike ride will begin at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. A variety of rides will meet everyone’s abilities with a century ride, a metric century ride, a 30-mile recreational ride and a 10-mile family fun ride. All rides are supported with aid stations. Rides start at 7 a.m. based on the lengths. Go to to see routes.

Registration is $40 for the 100, 65, 30 and $25 for the 10 mile. T-shirts are available for first 100 riders. A barbeque is included and starts at 1 p.m. or when riders come in. Call Joe at 802-384-4032 with any questions.

Auction at the Bullock Building

READSBORO -- The annual fall auction will be held at the EJ Bullock Building, on Main Street, at noon. A preview of items will be at 9 a.m. A larger than ever selection of dropleaf tables, chairs, old bottles and other attic treasures will be auctioned by Bob Tool, assisted by Bob Lambert. Food and beverages will be available. All proceeds will go to the Bullock Building basement renovation. Donations of items will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Bob Tool at 802-423-7648 or Betty Bolognani at 802-423-5432.

Chronic pain workshops

BENNINGTON -- Chronic pain self-management workshops will be available at several locations beginning today.

Self-management programs help people build confidence in their ability to manage their own health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Chronic conditions do not have to stop you. Trained facilitators using evidence-based guidelines will share skills and techniques to help balance your life with self-care and support from others with similar problems.

Learn about problem-solving, stress management, nutrition, making informed treatment decisions, better sleep, pain management, and more. Also open to spouses, partners, or caregivers. Six two-hour weekly sessions. Free relaxation CD and book included.

The workshops are for people with chronic pain as a primary diagnosis:

* Wilmington, DVHC, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 14 to Oct. 19

* Manchester, Equinox Village, Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 19 to Oct. 24

* Bennington, SVMC, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26 to Dec. 7.

For people with any chronic condition:

Healthier Living Workshop at the Bennington Department of Health, Fridays, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sept. 20 to Oct. 25.

To register, contact Janice at 802-440-4098 or Sponsored by United Health Alliance and Vermont Blueprint for Health.

Annual ABC Linen Sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The annual ABC Linen Sale, for bed, bath, table, and closet will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 906 Main St. This is a giant sale of name brand, gently used sheets, towels, blankets, comforters, pillows, table linen, as well as robes, pajamas, slippers, and stuffed animals. For more information, call Carolyn Behr at 413-458-5557.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Grange Pancake Breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange No. 487 Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.

The menu includes pancakes, sausages, real Vermont maple syrup, homefries, sausage gravy and biscuits. The price: adults $6, children under 12, $3. Located on Route 313 West at the covered bridge.

Adams Farmers Market

ADAMS, Mass. -- The Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of September. Located in the Depot Street parking lot in Adams.

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 bingo is held on Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Historical Society bus tour

BENNINGTON -- "What Bennington made: Made Bennington," is the topic of a Bennington Historical Society Bus Tour, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Join the BHS on a bus tour of three mill sites and learn more about Bennington and North Bennington as industrial communities.

The school bus will be at the Bennington Station parking lot at 1:30 p.m. It will depart promptly at 2 p.m. The tour will last about three hours. There is a charge of $20 per person and $25 per couple and families. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call Bill Morgan at 802-440-8075 for reservations and further information.


Apple Pie Contest winners

SHAFTSBURY -- The winners of the Shaftsbury Harvest Fest Apple Pie Contest have been annouced. First place went to Heidi Khiel; second place, Mary Gronning; third place, Shannon Kynoch; with honorable mention to Tamara White and Walt Klinger.

Judges were Karen Mellinger, Carl Korman and Coury Davis. Slices of apple pie were enjoyed by the public after the judging.

Town project list

BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington project list for Sept.16 to 20 follows.

Wastewater Department

Crews will be rebuilding manholes in the following locations: Monday and Tuesday, Pageant Street will be closed between Robinson Avenue and Bank Street. Wednesday and Thursday, one lane traffic will be accommodated on Dewey Street. Crews and equipment will be in the roadway.

Water Department

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

Highway Department

Road Closures will take place Monday through Friday. Vail Road will be closed from Airport Road to Whipstock Road to install a new concrete box culvert. Traffic is prohibited.

Jefferson Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Elm Street to Weeks Street due to ongoing construction work. All work will be dependent on weather conditions.

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

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