Morning Briefing

Saturday May 11, 2013


Saturday, May 11

Letter Carriers Food Drive

BENNINGTON -- The National Association of Letter Carriers holds its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive today.

Many area food shelves are reporting an increase in demand. Donations to this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive will go to the food shelves at BROC- Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 332 Orchard Road (open daily - food shelf available with any services; "food shelf only" requests on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m.); Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St. (open Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and every fourth Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.); the Kitchen Cupboard, 800 Gage St. (open Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 5 p.m.); and Sacred Heart/St. Francis Church, 238 W. Main St. (open Wednesday 1:30 to 3:30 and Friday 10 a.m. to noon).

Community members are asked to put their non-perishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox; their letter carrier or another NALC volunteer will pick up the donation. Donations may also be left at the Bennington Post Office today.

For more information, contact Jenifer Whalen at the Bennington Post Office, 442-2421. Meals on Wheels Tennis Lessons

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Tennis Center, 200 Lovers Lane, will host free lessons for players ages 8 to 18 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. All donations will be given to the Bennington County Meals on Wheels Program.

Farmers Market hosts Migliozzi

BENNINGTON -- The Walloomsac Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River Walk Park near the Bennington Station. This week, enjoy music with Mary Migliozzi, a classically trained violinist and vocalist who also plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, and dulcimer, and who delivers songs from any genre with soul, passion, and beauty. For more information, see

Hoosical Furnishings

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- HAYC3’s Hoosical Furnishings Exhibit and Auction takes place at 7 p.m. at the armory.

The event will feature a reception followed by a live auction of Hoosical furnishings that range from dog houses to chandeliers, mirrors to mailboxes. Each piece is designed and prepared by local artists.

This is an advance tickets only event--$20/members, $30/non-members. This event is open to those 21 years of age and over. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of HAYC3. For more information call 518-686-9050 or visit the

Moffitt family benefit

BENNINGTON -- A fundraiser to benefit the Moffitt family will be held by Zumba Fitness with Andrea at The Dance Mill from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This event will benefit the Moffitt family in honor of their son, Scott, a Bennington resident who tragically lost his life in a house fire. Scott was a fellow Zumba enthusiast. Suggested donation at the door is $10.

There will be other area Zumba instructors, a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes donated by area businesses and loving community members. Raffle tickets are $1 each, $5 for 6 or $10 for an arm’s-length. The Dance Mill is located at The Vermont Mill Properties, 160 Benmont Ave. (south wing, fourth floor with elevator access).

If you are interested in donating a raffle prize or have any questions, contact Andrea Malinowski at 802-379-5468 or at

Master gardener discusses the healing garden

MANCHESTER -- What should be included in a healing garden to make it a truly restorative environment? Cindy K. Lewis, owner of The Cultivated Gardener, will speak at Mark Skinner Library at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 48 West Road. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607 or email

Music and Wine Festival benefit

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- A Music and Wine Festival benefit at Why Not Wine will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. This benefit event is to help raise money for HeartsHerd Animal Sanctuary located in Buskirk.

You must be 21 and over to attend. There is a $10 fee. For more information, contact or call 518-424-7524.

Dionondehowa bird walk

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- From 9 a.m. to noon, bird enthusiast Nat Parke returns to Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School for the annual bird walk. A donation is requested

The Sanctuary is located at 148 Stanton Road, off Washington County Route 61 between Route 22 near Lake Lauderdale and the hamlet of Shushan. For more complete directions and to register, call 518-854-7764. The 2013 newsletter and other information can be found at

Sunday, May 12

Legion Mother’s Day


ARLINGTON -- A Mother’s Day breakfast will be held at the American Legion at 8 a.m. It is all-you-can-eat. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

No bingo at Post 13

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is cancelled for Mothers Day at American Legion Post 13, Northside Drive.

Arlington Legion holds breakfast

ARLINGTON -- A Mother’s Day breakfast will be offered at the Legion at 8 a.m. All you can eat. Please call 802-375-6157 with questions.

Mother’s Day brunch

to benefit Habitat

MANCHESTER -- Bistro Henry will present a special Mother’s Day brunch with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to Habitat for Humanity to support the homes it is building on Jennifer Lane. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include a three-course brunch with many choices. This is a way to treat your mom and to help a hard-working family to have a home. Call 362-4982 for reservations. Visit Habitat’s website for more information,


Town of Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Fire Warden Matt Hathaway has lifted the outside burning ban. Residents who have burning permits are allowed to again burn at this time. To contact the warden, call 802-681-8058.

Bennington project list

BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington project list for May13 to 17 follows.

Highway Department

On Monday, crews will be patching Burgess Road at the water dig, west of Center Street, lane restrictions will occur.

Tuesday , Dewey Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon to patch the sewer dig between the hospital entrance and UCS. Please follow detours.

Monday to Friday, crews will be patching blacktop digs, crack sealing, and painting road stripes all week. Please use caution when entering work zones.

Water Resources

Throughout the week, the department will continue flushing fire hydrants throughout town. Our general flush pattern is from east to west through the downtown area. Most residents will see a slight discoloration of their tap water, which can be taken care of by running a cold-water tap for a short period of time. Residents may smell or taste an increased amount of chlorine in the water as well. This too will subside once the flushing has been completed. If residents or businesses experience long-term effects from this flushing please call the Town Office at 442-1037 or 447-9719 for more information.

Please use caution, men and equipment will be in the road. 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.

Scholarship deadline is June 3

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The application deadline for a Catherine Corcoran Scholarship Award which is approaching. Applications must be postmarked by June 3. Applications may be obtained at the Mount Anthony Union High School guidance office or by calling Faye Hardy 802-442-4075.

Qualified applicants must be a direct or legally adopted descendant of a North Bennington High School Alumnus who will be pursuing a post-secondary education at a trade school, junior college or college. Other qualifications for the awards shall include financial need, academic achievement, effort and community involvement. Students who are continuing their education may re-apply each year for one of these awards.

To keep this scholarship thriving, donations may be sent to NBHS Alumni Association, Catherine Corcoran Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 162, N. Bennington, VT 05257.


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