Morning Briefing

Saturday January 19, 2013


Saturday, Jan. 19

Hoosick Falls parade fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Parade committee will host Irish Basket Bingo at noon. Take a chance on winning 20 basket prizes. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. in the basement of the Immaculate Conception Church. Cards, card markers, raffles and food will be available.

If anyone would like to donate a basket to support the St. Patrick’s Parade, contact Marie O’Neil at 518-686-4829. Each year the operating cost of running the annual parade exceeds $7,000.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. Bingo at Masonic Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held at the Masonic Lodge, 504 Main St., Bennington every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Tom Weakley at library

BENNINGTON -- Local storyteller Tom Weakley will present a free discussion and book signing at 2 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Call 442-9051 for information.

Winter Festival at Grafton Lakes State Park

GRAFTON, NY -- Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park hosts the 28th annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest.

The Winter Fest will feature winter exhibits, vendors, family-friendly and recreational activities. The Winter Fest is free of charge and main events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual ice fishing contest draws about 200 fishermen and will run from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all the ponds in the park. Participants can register starting at 5:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the park’s pole barn, accessible via the winter entrance.

For more information about the Winter Festival, call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events is available on Grafton Lakes’ website -- -- and on

Homesteading for Children

SALEM, N.Y. -- Homesteading for Children begins today at the Salem Courthouse.

Each hands-on class taught by Sarah Wohlleb will have a different theme, for example, food, gardening, gift giving, and clothing and body care.

The class runs Saturdays through March 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. Members $55, non-members $65. Call 518-854-7053 to reserve a space for your child.

Sunday, Jan. 20

American Legion Post 13 hosts weekly bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, will host bingo. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. every Sunday. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange No. 487 pancake breakfast takes place from 8 to 10 a.m.

Menu includes pancakes, sausages, Vermont maple syrup, homefries, sausage gravy and biscuits. Adults $6, children under 12, $3.

Located on Route 313 West at covered bridge.


N. Bennington trustee, Prudential Committee openings

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington will have three open terms on its Prudential Committee and village Board of Trustees this Town Meeting Day.

School seats include one year remaining on a three-year term that was vacated by Eva Sutton, as well as Seth Gabriel’s three-year seat and Matthew Patterson’s two-year seat.

Patterson’s two-year term is also up as a village trustee, as is James Johnson’s. Janice Lerrigo’s one-year term is also up for election.

Child safety seat station

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has established its first ever Child Passenger Safety Seat Fitting Station at the office in Fort Edward. This program allows parents to have their cars seats checked and installed by a certified CPS technician at the office. This program also focuses on educating parents on proper seat fitting, and the varying stages of car seats. The fitting station is being funded by the Sheriffs Office Police Benevolent Association, with assistance from Public Health.

The service is free of charge to county residents, with available appointments on Fridays. Contact the Deputy Kristen Hardy at 518-746-2475 cxt. 3722 for an appointment.


Saturday, January 19

Bennington Select Board

Bennington Town Office, conference room, 8 a.m.

205 South Street

Agenda: FY ‘14 Budget Work Session: Agency Interviews: Bennington Free Library at 8:45 a.m., John G. McCullough Free Library at 8:30 a.m.; Executive Session: Personnel; Finalize FY ‘14 Budget.


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