Morning Briefing -- Friday

Friday August 16, 2013

Friday, Aug. 16

Nine and Wine golf event at Mount Anthony Country Club

BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Country Club will host a Nine and Wine event today. Members and non members are welcome. Registration will be at 5 p.m. Golf (nine hole scramble) starts at 5:30. Wine tasting follows completion of nine hole scramble.

Cost: members $19; non-members $49 (includes golf, cart and wine tasting). Dinner specials will be offered for all participants. For more information, call 442-2617 for Kevin Bennison, head professional at Mount Anthony Country Club. Green Mountain Cadets boot camp

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Cadets are holding a boot camp this weekend for interested high school students, both male and female. Those who complete the leadership training program may join the cadets. Membership includes free visits to Bennington Crossfit and an opportunity to earn money.

The development of body, mind and spirit are key elements of the program, which is inspired by the U.S. military. The camp runs Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to around noon.

The camp is free. For more information, call Bob Marine at 802-733-7753 or write

Battle of Bennington commemorated

NORTH HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Battle of Bennington, fought on Aug. 16, 1777, will be commemorated at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site on Friday, Aug. 16, starting at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted by members of Chapters of the Empire State Society Sons of the American Revolution, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and other local historic groups in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The commemoration includes a wreath-laying ceremony and a salute with a blackpowder cannon modeled on the one from the Revolutionary War.

The Commemoration of the Battle will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a display of art and other material related to the American Revolution by members of the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Battlefield is located on New York State Route 67, approximately 3 miles east of the intersection of New York State Routes 67 and 22 in North Hoosick, N.Y. The Battle of Bennington was fought in the then area of Walloomsac, N.Y. and was a significant victory for American forces. It paved the way for the important American victory in the Battle of Saratoga in October of that year. The Battlefield site offers information about the battle and views of the surrounding area. It is open to the public at no charge.

State historic sites are free

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Battle Monument and all state historic sites are free on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18 -- the weekend anniversary celebration of the Battle of Bennington.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the annual Battle Day 5K road race sponsored by the Friends of the Monument will be held. Registration will be at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. It starts and finishes at the Monument with cannon fire.

Following the 5k will be the mile Kids Fun Race -- an easy race for children. Registration forms are available that morning and at the Monument gift shop. On Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday Aug. 18, a "Living History Encampment" will take place on the grounds of the Monument. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly.

Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday. Gregory Edgar, author of several children’s books that relate to the American Revolution, will be on site for discussions and book signings.

The event is free and open to the public, running from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Bennington Battle Monument is located at 15 Monument Circle.

’Mo Jazz Remix’ in Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- The jazz series continues at Memorial Hall, 4 West Main St. All shows will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission by donation. For nearly a decade beginning in the late 90’s, Wilmington’s Mo Jazz Café, an intimate bohemian style haunt that was housed beneath the Wilmington Pub, served as the only legitimate club for miles around offering jazz exclusively on weekends. Pianist Christopher Bakriges ( often held court at Mo’ Jazz, often appearing with artists making their pilgrimage from around the world. Bakriges is being joined every by various special guests to commemorate the café in a series entitled "Mo Jazz Remix." Proceeds from the shows are donated to area charities. Habitat for Humanity as well as the Deerfield Valley branch of Rotary International were the recipients of the first two concerts. Proceeds for the Aug. 16 event is Jessica’s Closet (, a concern that provides formal and semi-formal dresses and accessories to young women who would not otherwise be able to afford or attend special events like proms or balls.

Pianist Christopher Bakriges will be joined by drummer Gabe Jarrett and bassist Rich Mollin. There will also be a special guest appearance by vocalist Molly Melloan.

All shows will run from 8 to 10 p.m. and admission is by donation.

Commemorative ceremony

at Grafton Peace Pagoda

PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration day will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, starting at the Grafton Town Square.

In seeking a nuclear-free future, this will also be the second commemoration of the Fukushima disaster.

This Hiroshima Day, organizers are celebrating the closing of one nuclear power plant after tireless work by citizen activists for a Nuclear Free Future. The San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California was permanently shut down on June 7 this year. The ex-Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who was the MP during the Fukushima meltdown, during his June visit to San Diego, stated, "Experiencing the accident convinced me that the best way to make nuclear power plants safe is not to rely on them, but rather to get rid of them. And I concluded that the only way to contain this risk is to create a society that does not rely on nuclear power. A society powered by renewable resources is one step closer thanks to those who stand up to Mother Earth. Today we celebrate those who stand strong for sustainable energy and the survival of all beings on the planet."

The events will include at 6:45 p.m. a Peace Walk from Grafton Town Square to the Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles). At 8:30 p.m. a program of peace will be held. This will include Hattie Nestel of the Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) doing a slide show and talk in the Temple Building on "The Big Picture -- Nuclear Proliferation, Power Plants, War and Destruction." Also included will be a eeremonial lighting of the lanterns and walk around the Peace Pagoda; Interfaith Peace Prayer; Bruce Gagnon of Global Net on "Keep Space For Peace"; Hiroshima Taiko, Mountain River Taiko; and Robert and Susan of Gillian’s Island, with songs of peace.

This event will be held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight and insect repellant. You may also wish to bring a blanket.


Chill Out Camp has been extended one week

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Recreation Department has extended Chill Out Camp an extra week: from Aug. 19 to 23. You may choose a half day or whole day, as follows: half day $35 for week: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full day is $70 for the week: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp will be held at the Stark Street Playground facility in Bennington. Be sure to send your child/children with lunch, drink, snack and appropriate clothing.

Register at the Recreation Center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or Monday, Aug. 19, at the Stark Street facility.

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