Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, Jan. 31

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Friday in January the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street will host ceramincs and painting from 9 a.m. to noon. and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

Gardening presentation

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The McWaters Park Permaculture Gardeners will host "Growing Nuts in the Northeast" by Keith Morris, a permaculturist, farmer and nut grower, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Bennington Train Station. Suggested donation is $10.

Open house at School of Sacred Heart St. Francis

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis invites prospective students, their families and community residents to an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. to learn about the school's educational programs and extracurricular activities. Staff will be on hand to accept applications for next year's classes, and new families who register during Open House will be entered into a drawing for one of three $250 scholarships. Families are also invited to attend the school's Annual Pizza Party for Catholic School Week following the open house.

The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales serves students in preschool (for 3 and 4-year olds) through grade 8. All are welcome. For more information, call 802-442-2446 or visit

Opening reception

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Paintings and mixed-media work by Hoosick Falls artist Aaron Buzzinski will be on display in 120gallery90 at The Armory through the month of February. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. At 7 p.m. local mixed a cappella quartet will perform.

A cappella performance

HOOSICK FALLS -- Welcome Blend is a mixed a cappella quartet that enjoys singing songs from a variety of styles including barbershop, gospel, jazz and contemporary. You can hear this regional favorite group at The Owls Nest at The Armory, 80 Church St. from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. All ages are welcome.


An article published Wednesday, "SVSU announces school tax rates," incorrectly stated the amount of the school tax rate increase in Woodford. The actual increase is 6 cents, up to .9875.

Additionally, according to Rick Pembroke, chief financial officer of Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, some of the districts, notably North Bennington, are still in the process of finalizing their budgets and could still see changes.

Also, SVSU Superintendent Catherine McClure's comments at the close of the article were in regard to declining enrollment around the state, not a declining grand list.


Rensselaer County Sheriff urges sober driving

RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Super Bowl is this Sunday and Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar is giving out an early warning to anyone thinking about drinking and driving.

Mahar advises residents to make the safe play and pass along their keys to a designated driver so that everyone can make it home safely. We'll be taking extra precautions by adding extra patrols Friday night with heavy emphasis on Sunday evening.

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the NFL and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition have joined forces with Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday because "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk."

NHTSA offers these additional safety tips: Make sure all guests designate a sober driver before kick-off; serve plenty of food; offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices; be prepared for guests to spend the night; only serve alcohol to guests 21 years and older. If you're attending a party: designate a driver before the party begins; have a cab company listed in your cell phone; avoid drinking alcohol too fast and eat enough food; buckle-up -- it's the best defense against other drunk drivers.


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