Morning Briefing



Saturday, Sept. 7

McCullough Library book sale

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The John G. McCullough Free Library book sale will be held at the library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Fall Muster & Harvest Fest

SHAFTSBURY-- The Shaftsbury Historical Society will hold the second annual Fall Muster & Harvest Fest at the Governor Galusha Homestead, on Route 7A, from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

This annual living-history event features colonial re-enactors offering the public a taste of life, as it was for the first settlers of the "Hampshire Grants." Highlights include cannon and musket firing by the Nathan Hale Fife and Drum Corp, which will perform throughout the day, with traditional camp music, militia drills, and artillery fire of the group's "six pounder" gun. Also featured will be outdoor colonial cooking, an apple pie contest, tea and cider and special events for children. Admission for adults is $5; children under 12 are free. For more information, call Mitch Race 802-375-2776 or Walt Klinger 802-823-5197 or email

Discover Dorset Fall Festival

DORSET -- Dorset will celebrate its arts, history, and talented community during a two-day fall festival on today and Sunday.

Dorset is home to a number of restaurants, elegant small inns, galleries and shops. Plans for the weekend include more than two dozen events, including a scavenger hunt, a mountain biking tour, Old Tyme kids' games at the Barrows House, demonstrations, back road tours, workshops and more.

Local artists will open their studios to visitors. A Vermont cheese-tasting will be held at the Dorset Inn. There will be a pie-judging contest on the green. On Saturday evening, there will be a bluegrass concert by Gold Town from 7 to 10. For a complete listing of the Discover Dorset events, visit

Bake and tag sale

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- The Eagle Bridge Methodist Church Ladies will hold a bake and tag sale at Strawberry Acres today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Texas Hold'em tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. --The Veterans of Stephentown will hold a Texas Hold'em tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, located at 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.

The next Texas Hold'em tournament at the Stephentown Fire Hall will be held on Sept. 28. For more information, call Tom McVeigh at 518-658 2448.

Sts. Patrick and Raphael Tag/Bake Sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Saints Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold its 8th annual tag/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parish Center at 53 Southworth St.

The tag sale will include linens, books, kitchen items, small appliances, toys and other children's items. There will be an "Estate Treasures" room set aside for antiques, jewelry and other fine items. A holiday room will provide an opportunity to get an early start on the season. There will also be furniture for sale. All items in the tag sale have been washed and are in operating order. The electrical products are up and running.

The bake sale will offer many specialty items from family recipes, including homemade candy, breads, pies, cakes, cookies, mocha topping, apricot preserves, quiche, and more. Proceeds will benefit church improvements and programs.

Sunday, Sept. 8

Bingo in Pownal

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

Legion bingo

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

Matthew Ratelle Memorial Golf Tournament

BENNINGTON -- The inaugural Matthew Ratelle Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Mount Anthony Country Club with a noon shotgun start.

Come celebrate the life and memory of Matt, and play the game of golf that he loved. Funds raised at this event will be put towards a scholarship in his memory and/or the family trust for his children. Consider playing, coming to dinner, sponsoring the event, or simply making a donation. For more information, contact Jenn Ratelle at 802-375-5118 or, Nikki Siclari at 802-379-7288 or, or Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037 or

Pancake and Frittata Breakfast

DORSET -- The Dorset Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dorset Firehouse. Join the fun as Chef Ali West, Dorset community members, and firemen serve a pancake plus breakfast. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13, and free for children 3 and under.

The firehouse is next door to the Dorset Farmers' Market which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the breakfast will go to Community Sharing, a local cause that subsidizes food and clothing to local families in need. Currently there are 135 families who benefit during the holiday season. Funding for Community Sharing is privately raised and local community members organize and distribute the food, clothing and toys.

The Pancake Breakfast is just one of 40 events being held in Dorset during the Discover Dorset Festival this weekend. For a complete schedule of the Discover Dorset events for both days, visit


Town project list

BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington project list follows.

Wastewater Department

On Monday and Tuesday crews will be rebuilding manholes on Gage Street between Branch and Cross Streets. This work may require road closures to complete the necessary work. Local traffic will be accommodated.

On Wednesday, crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Woodward Drive. Drivers can expect minor delays.

Water Department

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

Highway Department

On Monday, Dewey Street will be closed from Harwood Drive to Monument Avenue all day due to a private contractor reclaiming the road surface.

Monday and Tuesday, paving projects will take place at numerous locations throughout town, lane restrictions and road closures may take place. Paving will start on School Street and all school traffic will be allowed to enter.

On Tuesday, Pageant Street will be reclaimed by an outside contractor. The road will be closed from Bank Street to Robinson Avenue.

Wednesday, a private contractor will be reclaiming the road surface on Gore Road, which will be closed from Beech Street to the Bennington Congregation/Jehovah's Witnesses area.

Monday through Friday, Jefferson Avenue between Elm and Weeks Street will be closed to through traffic due to concrete sidewalk and retaining wall work.

Monday through Friday, Sept. 27, Vail Road will be closed from Airport Road to Whipstock Road, in order to install a new concrete box culvert; no traffic will be allowed through at any time. All work will be dependent on weather conditions.

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

Gary "Gig" Antognioni Benefit Golf Tournament

BENNINGTON -- A golf tournament in memory of the late Gary "Gig" Antognioni, a Bennington native, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Mount Anthony Country Club. Registration will be at noon, start playing at 1 p.m. Format will be a four-person scramble. Cost of $100 per player includes golf, cart, prizes and post tournament party.

To sign up or any questions call TJ Carmody at 802-598-2390 or Todd at Kevin's or John B. at Man of Kent.


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