Morning Briefing -- Friday

Friday January 18, 2013

Steak Night is canceled

ARLINGTON -- The Steak Night planned for today at the Arlington American Legion No. 69 has been cancelled. Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include ceramics from 9 to 11 a.m.; oil painting from 9 a.m. to noon; and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Chamber annual dinner dance meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner dance meeting at the Mount Anthony Country Club. To obtain a ticket, stop in or call 802-447-3311. Tickets are sold in advance, not at the door, at $39 per person. Event will include a year in review slide show, a buffet dinner, cash bar, annual report, award presentations and introduction of the board for 2013. Music and dancing will follow, provided by the Fun Addicts.

Children’s sewing class

MANCHESTER -- Create with Bogate, a children’s arts and craft studio, is offering winter classes for children in preschool through grade 5. The Sewing Fundamentals classes take place on Fridays, beginning today, with grades 1 and 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and grades 3 to 5 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Children will learn both hand and machine sewing techniques. For more information, visit, call 362-5608, or email

Free storytelling at Long Trail School

DORSET -- Long Trail School has announced that well-known storytellers Jennings and Ponder will present a free performance as they record a new CD, at 7 p.m. in the theater at Hunter Center. This talented duo will share the tale of the Vampire Princess and other eerie folktales.

Jennings and Ponder use their voices, presentation skills and creativity to transport their audiences inside the worlds of their stories. All tales feature both humor and suspense, so come prepared to laugh, gasp and yelp.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Due to the scary nature of the stories, this performance is recommended for grades 6 and up. To reserve a seat, visit, click the link on the home page and complete the online RSVP form or call 802-223-9103.


New Rector inducted

BENNINGTON -- Today at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St., you are invited to a Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The choirs of St. Peter’s and St. James Episcopal churches will be singing to celebrate the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter. We will pray Evensong (songs and prayers) together and Bishop Thomas Ely will induct the Rev. Justin Lanier as the 27th rector of St. Peter’s. All are welcome.

There will be a reception following the service. Call the church office for more information at 442-2911.

4th Annual Stuff the Bus

BENNINGTON -- During Martin Luther King Weekend, today and Saturday, Green Mountain RSVP, Green Mountain Express and Price Chopper will once again join together to "Stuff the Bus." A Green Mountain Express bus will be parked in front of Price Chopper from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many volunteers will be urging shoppers to purchase additional non-perishable food items and paper products during those days and stuff them into the bus.

Free re-usable Stuff the Bus shopping bags will be given to the first 100 donors each day. On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, volunteers from every food pantry and soup kitchen from Arlington to Pownal will be invited to pack up the collected items to re-fill their shelves to help local families in need. This year the need for assistance is way up from last year. It’s a challenge for all the food pantries to keep up with the tremendous need. In 2012, generous Price Chopper shoppers donated two-and-a-half tons of food items. Volunteers are needed on all three days. To join the cause, call 447-1545.

Snowmobiling event for individuals with special needs

WOODFORD -- The Woodford SnoBusters is once again hosting its annual Very Special People Ride which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6 and up with special needs. The event will be at the McKenna barn in Woodford. Come join them for hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides on Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. RSVP to Jeanne McKenna by Thursday, Jan. 31, at 447-0591 or via e-mail at Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.

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