Morning Briefing

Friday February 8, 2013


Saturday, Feb. 9

Author at Congregation Beth El

BENNINGTON -- Douglas J. Gladstone, the author of "A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve," will appear at Congregation Beth El at 6 p.m.

"A Bitter Cup of Coffee" tells the true story about a group of former big-league ballplayers denied pensions as a result of the failure of both the league and the union to retroactively amend the vesting requirement change that granted instant pension eligibility to ballplayers in 1980. Before that year, ballplayers had to have four years service credit to earn an annuity and medical benefits. Since 1980, however, all you have needed is one day of service credit for health insurance and 43 days of service credit for a pension.

Gladstone is an assistant public information specialist for the New York State Retirement System in Albany, N.Y. Congregation Beth El is located at 107 Adams St.

Valentine ‘Dessert Cabaret’ at MAU

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Music Department will present an "Evening of Sweets & Romance Dessert Cabaret" at 7 p.m. It will feature the MAU Chamber Singers performing favorite love songs of yesterday and today.

This year’s event will be an extensive dessert buffet featuring an array of specialty dessert items from local restaurants and bakeries as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $12 per person and are on sale now.

For tickets, contact Christina Gabrus in the MAU main office or call 447-7511. Planning your retirement

BENNINGTON -- "Keeping the ‘Gold’ in Your Golden Years," a retirement planning workshop, will be presented by Lisa Helme, director of financial literacy and communications, Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn what to take into account when determining how much money they will need to be financially secure in retirement. Participants will receive a free retirement planning workbook packed with suggestions and worksheets that will allow them to continue evaluating their retirement picture after the session is completed.

Workshop materials are most helpful to individuals who are five years or more away from retirement. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Bennington Free Library at 802-442-9051 or send an email to The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. and is wheelchair accessible.

SVAC Teddy Bear Tea

MANCHESTER -- Southern Vermont Arts Center will host the popular Teddy Bear Tea Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Children 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult, are encouraged to bring a favorite teddy bear or doll to this elegant tea party where games will be played and projects created.

This event is a perennial favorite and fills up early; call Jennifer at 367-1302 to reserve a spot. The cost is $30 for an adult/child pair. Additional children are $15 each. For more information about SVAC and its programs, exhibits and special events, call 362-1405.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Snowmobiling event for special needs individuals

WOODFORD -- The Woodford SnoBusters club is once again hosting its annual Very Special People Ride which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6-plus with special needs. The event will be at the McKenna barn in Woodford. It has been rescheduled from Saturday to today, from noon to 3 p.m.

There will be hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides. This event is free. RSVP to Jeanne McKenna at 447-0591 or via e-mail at Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.

Arlington seniors breakfast

ARLINGTON -- A seniors breakfast will be held at Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 from 8 to 10 a.m. A $4 donation per person will be accepted (if not a senior). Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Bennington Cultural Summit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Cultural Summit: Arts as an Engine of Economic Development, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., at Mount Anthony Country Club.

This will be a meet, greet and brainstorming session about how we can work together towards engaging and sustaining a creative economy in Bennington. At the summit, participants will explore the drafting of a cultural component to Bennington’s Town Plan, update a directory of arts-related people, programs, assets, and venues in the Bennington area, and identify creative initiatives that we can move forward.

Everyone is welcome -- theatrer artists, musicians, visual artists (2D and 3D), venue owners, art galleries, restaurants, chefs, vendors, suppliers, and educators.

Organizers want your brilliant ideas, creative solutions, passionate participation, and innovative strategies about attracting people to Bennington -- artists, businesses, tourists, anyone and everyone who wants to join us and to experience Bennington and its many creative assets at their best.

RSVP to the Better Bennington Corporation at 442-5758 or The Bennington Cultural Summit is sponsored by the Arts Committee of the Better Bennington Corporation (BBC) with support from the Bennington County Regional Commission.

Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- The Dorset Farmers Market will be held inside of J. K. Adams Kitchen Store, on Route 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The band Gold Town will be playing live at the market. For more information, contact


Snobusters event rescheduled

WOODFORD -- The Snobusters event has been changed from Saturday, Feb. 9, to Sunday, Feb. 10, noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. Please RSVP to Jeanne McKenna at 447-0591 or via e-mail at

Cambridge parking ban

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The parking of motor vehicles on the streets of the village between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is prohibited for 36 hours following a snowfall of one or more inches. Any violation of this ordinance will be punished by a fine not exceeding $50.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions