Morning Briefing -- Thursday

Thursday October 4, 2012

Thursday, Oct. 4

5-hour Prelicensing Course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The New York 5-hour prelicensing course, needed to obtain a New York driver’s license, will be offered at the Hoosick Falls Central School. Registration is that evening, beginning at 4:30 p.m., in the HS office. A valid learner’s permit and $35 correct cash or check is needed. For further information, call Terri Burdick, Registrar, at 518-686-949, ext. 1034. Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include bone builders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m.; beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and a "Mystery Ride" from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bennington Free Clinic

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 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. Call 447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Legislative candidate forum

BENNINGTON -- The six candidates for State Representative from Bennington Districts 2-1 and 2-2 have been invited to take part in a Candidate Forum at the Bennington Fire House, 130 River St., third floor, at 7 p.m. The forum, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, will be cablecast by CAT-TV.

Bingo at Pownal Legion post

POWNAL -- Pownal American Legion Post No. 90 offers bingo every Thursday evening. Doors and concession open at 5 p.m. There will be 30 games including three progressive jackpots, door prizes, raffles, and family fun.

Vt. Yankee decomissioning discussion

MANCHESTER CENTER -- A panel discussion titled "Decommissioning: A Future Without Vermont Yankee," will be held at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Books, 4869 Main St. The panel will feature Deb Katz, executive director of the Citizens Awareness Network; Chris Williams, Vermont Citizens Awareness Network; Bob Stannard, peoples’ lobbyist Vermont Citizens Action Network.

Learn more about the current status of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon,: the lawsuits and appeals, the Public Service Board process; public engagement and the inevitable nuclear power plant decommissioning. The discussion is eree and open to the public.

Aviation and Aerospace Association event

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace and Aviation Association will hold an event on "Supply Chain Opportunities in Composites for Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Naval."

The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at William H. Morse State Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington. For more infromation, call Sandra Young, aviation coordinator, Vermont Agency of Transportation, aviation program, at 802-310-0112.

Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School open house

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Parents and community members are invited to attend an open house for grades 7 to 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Central School. The activity agenda includes a short introduction by the administrators and an opportunity for visitors to take part in a mini-school day by following a student’s schedule through a series of seven minute periods. Teachers will give a short description of their courses and take questions in their classroom. Teacher appointment books will be open for parents who would like to meet at a later date with the teacher to discuss individual students.

Final market day

in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- This Thursday is the finale of the Manchester Farmers Market’s 11th year. It will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Adams Park, on Route 7A. Parking provided by Gringo Jack’s Restaurant. For more information or directions, contact:

Blessing of the animals

ARLINGTON -- St. James’ Episcopal Church announces its annual observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m.. If the weather permits, the service will take place on the church lawn. If not, it will be held in the church.

All pets are welcome. Dogs must be leashed, please. Cats, birds and other pets must be suitably contained and under owner’s control at all times. The service recognizes the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi, who wrote a "Canticle of the Creatures," an ode to God’s living things.


Manchester School Board

Manchester Elementary Middle School

Multi-Purpose Room. 6:30 p.m.

Rescheduled from Oct. 2

Agenda: Public comment; approval of Sept. 4 meeting minutes; report of the superintendent of schools: tuition requests for 2012-2013, ends policies, AYP information, update on boiler project; report of the principal; appointments/resignations: hiring updates; other business.

Day trip to Kateri Shrine on Oct. 11

BENNINGTON -- The Ladies of St. Anne at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington have set up a trip to Kateri Shrine (Katherine Tekakwitha) and Auriesville, N.Y. (This is the shrine of North American Martyrs.)

The bus will pick the group up at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 7:45 a.m. There will be a Mass at Auriesville at 11:30 a.m., and the group will then return to a catered lunch at Kateri Shrine. The cost of lunch is $6. The group will return to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church around 5 p.m.

If the bus is filled, the cost for the bus will be $13 per person. If the bus is not filled, the cost will be based on the number of people who sign up. Payment is due at time of signup.

For more information, call Marie Ray at 442-9348 by Oct. 7.

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