Morning Briefing

Saturday August 17, 2013


Saturday, Aug. 17

Volleyball Event

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The 9th Annual Don & Bones Volleyball Tourney will be held at The Sand Bar. All are welcome.

Registration will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. with tip-off at 1:15 p.m. The registration fee is $20 and T-shirts will be available to purchase for $15.

Food and drinks will be provided. Questions or need more detail? Call Colleen at 518-368-1791. The tournament is coordinated by the Dan Koziol and James Harrington Memorial Fund which raises funds annually in support of HFCS scholarships and families in need in the local community. Texas Hold’em tournament

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- The Texas Hold’em tournament doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m., with the game starting at 6:15 p.m.

Children’s author reads at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Meet Martha Raleigh Winsten, a local painter/artist/author from Moreau. She has written a children’s book, "Awesome Elijah," which is a true story about a young, rescued steer who is raised by a young girl and winds up at the Saratoga Horse Expo. Elijah lived to be 19 years old.

Winsten will read from her book and will also sing a song she composed about a coyote, accompanied by her guitar. And to top it all off, she will show children how to draw animals. Winsten has painted many famous race horses at the Saratoga track.

The library will provide paper and crayons. This will be a morning of fun -- all are encouraged to participate. One can see a picture of Winsten and her book and paintings on

Her book is on display at the library, but circulation will not take place until Aug. 17. Winsten will bring books for sale and sign them. Call the Library staff with any questions: 518-686-9401.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Bennington 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.

Rizio-Wood tournament openings

MANCHESTER -- The Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at The Golf Club at the Equinox, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. With a scramble format, teams are awarded prizes by a blind draw of cards at the luncheon afterward.

The purpose of the Rizio-Wood Memorial scholarships is to further the education of community members in the fields of golf and/or agronomy in the spirit of support that both Joe Rizio and Richard Wood embodied: $8,000 was distributed to students this spring. For more information, call 802-362-1647 or 802-362-1279.

Benning Wentworth talk

BURLINGTON -- Mark Hudson, executive director of the Vermont Historical Society, will discuss the Benning Wentworth Grants of 1763 at 4 p.m. at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum. Admission is free.

Why are so many towns in Vermont celebrating their 250th anniversaries? What were the origins of the disputes between New Hampshire and New York settlers in early Vermont? Come down to the talk and hear answers to these questions and more. The Homestead’s lecture series is sponsored in part by the Vermont Humanities Council.

For more information, contact the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum at 802-865-4556 or e-mail

Live classical music event

OLD BENNINGTON -- Charles Olegar, organist of the historic Old First Church, concludes his summer series of recitals at 11:15 a.m., performing on the church’s pipe instrument. The 45-minute program, open to the public without charge (donations encouraged), features a variety of classical organ music ranging from pre-Bach to 20th century.


Gary "Gig" Antognioni Benefit Golf Tournament

BENNINGTON -- A golf tournament to benefit Bennington native Gary "Gig" Antognioni 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.

Chill Out Camp extended

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Recreation Department has extended Chill Out Camp an extra week: from Aug. 19 to 23. You may choose a half day or whole day, as follows: half day $35 for week: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full day is $70 for the week: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp will be held at the Stark Street Playground. Be sure to send your child or children with lunch, drink, snack and appropriate clothing.

Register at the Recreation Center between of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.

Battle Day Parade simulcast

BENNINGTON -- Bennington’s CAT-TV and the Northshire’s GNAT-TV will simulcast the Bennington Battle Day Parade on Sunday with the live pre-parade program beginning at about 11:30 a.m. Live coverage of the parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Both stations will simulcast the event on their channel 15 station. For more information contact William Gardner, CAT-TV operations manager or Darlene Young, SCSEP trainee at 442-8868.

Study to join Catholic Church

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church invites all those interested in joining the Catholic Church and those who need to complete their journey in the Catholic Church, to become a part of its RCIA program.

The six-month course of reflection and study for adults age 18 and older leads up to Baptism and/or Confirmation and First Communion at the Easter Vigil. Catechumens ("one being instructed") and candidates join with their sponsors in a weekly session to study that Sunday’s lectionary readings and a chapter from the textbook "Invitation." For more information on joining the class this fall, call the Parish Office at 447-7504.

Town project list

BENNINGTON -- Town of Bennington project list for Aug.19 to 23 follows.

Wastewater Department

Tuesday and Thursday, crews will be rebuilding a manhole on Northside Drive near the Bennington Pizza Hut. Traffic control will be provided. On Thursday crews will be rebuilding a manhole at the intersection of Park and Scott Streets. Again, traffic control will be provided. Drivers can expect minor delays in these two areas.

On Wednesday, crews will be installing a new manhole on Pageant Street. This work will take place on Pageant Street between Robinson Ave. and Bank Street. This will require a road closure to all through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Local traffic will be accommodated.

Highway Department

Monday to Friday, the department will be installing new storm water drainage in the Gore Road and Shady Lane area, lane restrictions and road closures will occur.

Wednesday to Friday, crews will be pouring concrete across driveways on School Street, lane restrictions, road closure, and driveway closures may occur.

All work will be dependent on weather conditions. Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.


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