Morning Briefing

Saturday April 20, 2013


Saturday, April 20

Earth Day in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- The Equinox Preservation Trust is pleased to celebrate Earth Day 2013 today with a series of free, family-friendly nature activities.

Randy Schmidt of the Vermont Bird Place and Sky Watch will lead a birding walk through the forest to the Equinox Pond (8:30 to 9:45 a.m.), Anthony Cirelli of Burr and Burton Academy will offer tips on taking great outdoor photos (9 to 10 a.m.), Kyle Leard, instructor at the Orvis Fly fishing school, will teach an introductory course on casting and fly fishing basics at the Equinox Pond (10 to 11:30 a.m.), and Equinox Preserve intern Jessica Baker will lead an interpretive hike testing your knowledge of Vermont natural history ("Are You Smarter Than a Porcupine?," 10:30 to11:30 a.m.).

An on-going nature scavenger hunt (9 to 11 a.m.) will also be offered for visitors to participate in according to their schedule. Prizes will be awarded to those successfully completing the scavenger hunt. Those interested in the fly fishing workshop must pre-register with the preserve steward (see below). All activities meet at the Red Gate parking lot on West Union Street. Please dress for the weather. For more information on Earth Day activities on the Preserve, check the EPT webpage or Facebook page at, or contact Preserve Steward Rick LaDue at (802) 366-1400 or Walloomsac Farmers Market

BENNINGTON -- The Walloomsac Farmers Market will be held at the First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop the market for locally grown food and arts and crafts of many kinds. This week, celebrate Earth Day with family-oriented activities provided by students from Bennington College.

The outdoor Market begins Saturday, May 4, at the River Walk Park near the Bennington Station.

Spring cheese tasting

SALEM, N.Y. -- Kyle Thygesen of the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company will host a cheese tasting at Gardenworks at 11 a.m.

For information, call Gardenworks at (518) 854-3250 or visit at

Directions to Gardenworks: From the traffic light on Route 22 in Salem, head west on Route 30 (also West Broadway). Gardenworks is five miles from the traffic light.

Spring open house at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host its spring open house, beginning with check-in at 9 a.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the college’s career-driven majors, athletics, campus life, academic support, scholarships and financial aid.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or If unable to attend the open house, visit to schedule an individual visit.

Pee Wee Football barbecue

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Pee Wee Football will hold a tri-tip barbecue, which will be served at 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Central School parking lot. Along with the tri-tips, cooked by DJ Harrington, there will be a baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans, and a roll. Reservations can be made by calling Diane Bouplon at 518-686-0150 or Christy Toleman at 518-677-2168.

Earth Day in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Celebrate Earth Day in the Village of Cambridge’s Durrin Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the importance of protecting the environment, ways of doing it, and local opportunities for outdoor recreation, recycle your old electronics, and have fun.

Cambridge Connects has arranged for a truck to collect used electronics, including computers, cell phones, and TVs, which will be delivered to Colt Recycling for free disposal.

Admission to Earth Day is free. Durrin Park is at the end of Avenue B, off South Park Street, two-tenths of a mile south of the traffic light. For more information, contact Evan at 518-677-5662 or

Battle Monument to open

BENNINGTON -- Vermont’s tallest structure, the Bennington Battle Monument, opens to the public for educational exploration on Saturday. Dedicated and opened to the public on August 19, 1891, the 306-foot Monument, a Vermont State Owned Historic Site, was built to commemorate the August 16, 1777, Battle of Bennington.

Admission to the Monument is $3 for adults; $1 for children 6 through 14. Children under 6 as well as scheduled school groups are free to visit. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop. The Monument is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 31.

Stephentown Fire Department annual roast beef dinner

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. -- The Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat roast beef dinner in the Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Adult, all-you-can-eat, dinners are $12; children 6 to 10 are priced at $7; and youth 5 and under eat free. No advance registration is required. Take-out dinners will be available for $10 each.

Sunday, April 21

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 is: adults $6, children under 12, $3. The Grange is located on Route 313 west at the covered bridge.

Knights of Columbus brunch

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Knights of Columbus will host a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to noon at Immaculate Conception Church. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, French toast, hash browns, and more. The brunch will be open to the public and the price will be $6 for adults, $3 for children.

‘All You Can Eat’ breakfast

WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "All You Can Eat" breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Local Girl Scouts will be on hand to collect food for the Hoosick Area Food Pantry. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Road near the intersection of Routes 109 and 103. Any questions, call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

Pownal Historical Society annual meeting features historian

POWNAL -- The Pownal Historical Society annual meeting will feature local author and historian Richard Smith, speaking about the race to capture the cannons at at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., in May 1775, following the events at Lexington and Concord. Benedict Arnold, Ed Mott, and Ethan Allen’s brother Heman, leading volunteers recruited from Connecticut and Massachusetts to Vermont for the assault, all passed through Pownal on the way, which will be the focus of Smith’s presentation.

The Pownal Historical Society annual meeting and lecture will be held at 2 p.m. at the Solomon Wright Public Library on Main Street. Questions: Call Ken Held at 802-823-5536.


Green Up in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Green Up Day is Saturday, May 4. If you wish to clean an area, street or neighborhood, please call the Bennington Town Office at 442-1037 to register. We must know the area you will be cleaning up and where the trash will be to facilitate collection. Green Up bags should be available at the Bennington Town Office the third week of April. The town will provide bags; however, the number may be limited, so please call early.

Town project list

BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington project list for April 22 to 26 follows.

Highway Department

Tuesday to Friday, Middle Pownal Road from Fuller Road South to the Pownal line will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highway crews will be replacing a culvert to prepare for the upcoming paving season. Once Middle Pownal Road is finished the crew will move on to Niles Road.

Wednesday, a crew will be doing some clean up along the Northside Drive sidewalk and shoulder.

As soon as weather permits, crews will be painting traffic lines, parking stalls, and cross walks. Please use caution, men and equipment will be in the road.

Openings on Bennington boards, commissions

BENNINGTON -- The following list of town of Bennington boards and commissions includes a brief description of the duties of each office and those positions that became available in March and will become available in May, 2013. Bennington residents who would like to serve must submit a letter of interest for the desired position to the Bennington Select Board and send it to the Town Manager’s Office, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201, no later than noon on Monday, May 6.

Historic Preservation


An appointed position with a term of three years. It requires expertise or qualifications in the fields of architecture, historic preservation, etc. Meetings are held twice per month. The commission is empowered to act in the preservation and identification of Bennington’s historic sites and structures; oversee the survey and review of historic sites eligible for the National Register, educate and advise other boards and commissions as well as the general public with regard to historic preservation matters. One position open.

Housing Authority

An autonomous body appointed for terms of five years by the Select Board which acts as the Board of Directors for Housing Authority properties (Willowbrook, Brookside Apartments, Beech Court, and Walloomsac Apartments) and oversees the staff and sets policies for operation. One position open.

Regional Commission

An appointed position with a term of two years. The Regional Commission, part of a county-wide planning commission charged with development of the overall regional planning policies, is empowered to develop budgets, employ staff and assist in development of a regional plan. One position open.

Town Service Officer

An appointed position with a term of one year. The service officer acts as an agent for the town and operates a voucher system to provide housing and meals to transients in emergency situations. One position open.


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