Morning Briefing -- Thursday


WRLF to hold firefly program, campfire

BENNINGTON -- Start your Independence Day celebration early. On Thursday evening July 3 head out to Sheep Hill at dusk to meander the meadows for a bedazzling firefly show. One of Williamstown Rural Land Foundation's most popular events, the evening will include a performance by local musician Mike Quinones. Mike hails from western Massachusetts, and has been writing songs ever since he got his first guitar in high school. Musical inspirations have included Paul Simon, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Cat Stevens. His music has been described as passionate, adventurous, and intricate, and features melodic, evocative songs that carry listeners to unexpected places. His performance will include songs appropriate for all ages.

Before heading out into the meadow amongst the "lightening bugs" there will be marshmallows to roast over the campfire for s'mores.

The event starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.

Suggested donation is $3, $6 per family. Severe weather cancels the event.

For more information call 413-458-2494 or visit

Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts

BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Route 9, 44 Gypsy Lane) at 6 p.m. on Thursdays: June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24. Solo piano pieces and chorus are performed by students, ages 7-16, from all over the world. A reception will follow the immediately after the concert.

For more information, please contact 802-442-9197 or check out

Pownal Legion bingo canceled

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 90 bingo scheduled for Thursday, July 3 is canceled this week. We will resume next Thursday, July 10.

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.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will be holding RSVP Bone Builders from 8:30-9:45 and 10-11:15 a.m., Quilting from 1-3 p.m. and Beginning Belly Dance from 5-7:30 p.m.


Registration for Mark Skinner library programs open

MANCHESTER -- Fizz, Boom, Bang on that Drum at the Mark Skinner Library. Don't wait, call now and sign up to have fun and drum with Saragail Benjamin at the Mark Skinner Library on Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. This family program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Visit the library at 48 West Road or call at 802-362-2607 to reserve your spot.

McCullough Free Library seeks donations

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The John G. McCullough Free Library is planning their annual book sale and is seeking donations of adult and children's books, DVDs, and CDs and LP records. Area residents can bring donations to the library during operating hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 1-8, Thursday and Friday 1-6, or Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No textbooks, VHS tapes, Readers Digest books, encyclopedias or badly outdated non-fiction can be accepted.

To make arrangements for other times to drop off donations, please call the library at 802-447-7121.

The Book and Bake Sale will take place at the McCullough Library in North Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14.


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