Morning Briefing, May 8


Thursday, May 8

Community spring tea social at Forrest Ward School

BENNINGTON -- Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a tea social at Forrest Ward School in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 404 Houghton Lane. There will be hot or cold tea and baked goods, seed and seedling swap and sale, musical performance and hymn sing-along, collector displays, kids playroom, old radio shows, jigsaw puzzles, sale tables.

Fun for all. $2 admission includes a cup of tea and a baked good. Public lecture

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College presents a lecture by Amber Benezra on "The Big and Small of Microbes: Scales of Meaning between Bodily Bacteria and Global Malnutrition." Benezra is a Mellon Sawyer Seminar postdoctoral fellow. She received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Her research is about human-microbe relationships; specifically commensal organisms in the human gut and the biological/social imperatives emerging from new microbiome research. This lecture will be held in the East Academic Center, Classroom 1, on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

Storytelling workshops

BENNINGTON -- In partnership with Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation is offering the following free storytelling workshops around the state. The workshops will be led by Barbara Ganley, and will focus on storytelling with 21st century technology. Workshops are geared towards organizations that don’t have their own marketing or development staff or that would like guidance maximizing storytelling opportunities. Local events:

"The Art of Storytelling, Level One: An Introduction for nonprofits," on May 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bennington Center for the Arts.

Arlington Spring Choral concerts and concert tour

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Memorial High School and Middle School choruses will hold their annual Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. The same concert is performed twice. The event is free and open to the community. This year’s concert theme is "Let’s Go Fly a Kite." In addition to the choruses, the AMHS Madrigals, a select group of choral singers and Patti’s Angels, an all-girl singing group will perform.

For more information about the Choral Concert or the Arlington Music program, contact Patti Cody at or 802-375-2589, extension 149.

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly.

Snack Bar available. Cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bennington Free Clinic hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Food shelf hours

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

American Legion Post #69 Auxiliary monthly meeting

ARLINGTON -- Monthly meetings for the American Legion Post 69 Auxiliary are held on the second Thursday of the month. We are recruiting new members; please join us at 7 p.m. and find out what we are all about. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

American Legion Post #69 Sons monthly meeting

ARLINGTON -- Please join us at 7 p.m. for our monthly meeting to find out what is going on. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Infant-Toddler playgroup

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Head Start in collaboration with Building Bright Futures and the Vermont Agency of Human Services is hosting Infant Toddler Playgroups on Thursdays, from April 26 through June 5 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the North Bennington Head Start Cottage. This is a parent-child, drop-in playgroup including art, music and movement, story time, snack, outdoor play and discussion. For more information, contact Beth Wallace at or call 802-442-3686 ext. 231.


Race for the Cure registration

MANCHESTER -- Planning to join the throng of runners and walkers at the 22nd Annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, on Saturday, September 20, at Hildene Meadows? If so, you can beat the rush and mark at least one item off your busy summertime to-do list by registering now or forming your team at

Part race, part festival, part rally and all heart, the Race is a 10K run and a 5K run or walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire.

The Race annually draws women, men and children from up and down the east coast to run, walk, amble and mingle on some the most quintessentially "Vermonty" acreage in Vermont. Good friends, great food, ice cream, an incredible silent auction and an expanded array of fun activities for kids will be the order of the day.

For more information, call 802-362-2733 or visit For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877-GO-KOMEN.

MGRHS art show

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mount Greylock Regional High School teachers, Jane Ellen DeSomma and Mike Powers, have brought samples of their students’ artwork for display during the month of May at the Milne Public Library. The work is from this past school year and represents the creative talents of students in grades 9 through 12.

There are a broad range of artistic expressions, from digital photography, mixed, acrylic, print-making, and 2D/3D designs. Stop in and take a look at the talent we have in our regional high school students.

For more information, contact library director, Pat McLeod at 413-458-5369.


Pownal Select Board Regular Meeting

Town office at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Agenda Approval 2. Approval of Minutes from May 1 meeting 3. Warrants 4. Mail 5. Old Business A. Comcast proposal for telephone consolidation 6. New business 7. Road Foreman’s Monthly Board meeting: A. 2013 Bridge Inspection Reports B. Structures Grant reimbursement C. Flag pole installation D. Dump Truck recommendation.


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