Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, June 5

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 through June 5 from 9 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.

Sacred Heart School book fair

BENNINGTON -- Sacred Heart will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 5, 6 and 7; on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will host a community day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds raised will help purchase books for the media center, classroom libraries, and needed school supplies and equipment.

Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The book fair will feature a special community day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with games, prizes, face painting, activities, food and books. This year's book fair theme is "Book Fair Fiesta."

Home caregivers workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library and the Bennington County Caregivers Coalition will present a new workshop in the Home Caregivers' series, "Living with Parkinson's" on Thursday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

The featured speaker will be Jean Baker, Department of Neurology at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Baker has worked with patients with Parkinson's Disease for 15 years, first as a nurse and for the past two years as a nurse practitioner.

The workshop is free and open to the public and is funded through a grant from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. Pre-registration is recommended. A light supper will be served. The Library is wheelchair accessible. Call the Library, 802-442-9051 to pre-register or for additional information.

Follow-up town hall about drug abuse

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- At 7 p.m. the HAYC3 Community Coalition will hold a second Town Hall Meeting at The HAYC3 Armory regarding the recent rise in heroin, prescription drug, and other substance abuse in our community and region.

This meeting will feature doctors and other health care workers as well as social workers and will focus on prevention, treatment and resources and services available in our area. Organizers encourage parents, youth, community members and leaders from Hoosick and surrounding areas to attend.

The upcoming meeting is intended to address both of these questions and more.

Medical, health care and social work specialists from Rensselaer County, Hoosick Falls and Bennington medical and mental health organizations, as well as other experts, will be on hand to answer questions and offer ideas for ensuring our communities' members get the support and attention they need and deserve.

Panelists will include, among others, Dr. Trey Dobson, the SVHC chief medical officer; Dr. Nels Kloster, an addiction psychiatrist and specialist in addiction medicine; Terra Stone, LCSW, MICA coordinator; and Eric Katz and Davia Plusch of the Hoosick Falls branch of Unified Services, Rensselaer County Mental Health Department and Harold McClellan, assistant chief of police in Hoosick Falls.

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- 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 will be 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.. 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.

SVC hosts Summer Decision Days

BENNINGTON -- The Office of Admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host three Summer Decision Days on June 5, June 19 and July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prospective students will have an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, obtain information on scholarships and financial aid and tour the campus.

For those who bring a copy of their SAT scores, transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation, if available, a decision will be made that day for acceptance into a degree program at Southern Vermont College. The application fee will be waived. Registration is encouraged online at, and appointments are expected to last about an hour.

Meditation and Shambhala class

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Shambhala teachings will be offered by Maggie Bernstein, a retired psychologist, on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the "left Bank" at 5 Bank St. For more information, call 802-447-7065.


Pownal Select Board

Town Office, 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Agenda Approval 2. Approval of minutes for May 29 3. Warrants 4. Mail 5. Road Foreman's Monthly Board Meeting 6. Old Business 7. New Business. Adjourn.


'Go the Distance' 5K Race registration open

BENNINGTON -- United Counseling Service has announced that registration is open for Go the Distance, a 5k fun run sponsored by the Batten Kill Valley Runners Club to benefit the Peer Support Program at UCS.

The 5k will take place on Saturday, June 21, starting at 9 a.m. at 316 Dewey St.

Interested runners can register for the event on the website, pre-registration is $15 or $20 on race day. Kids under 14 can participate for $10, and a family rate is being offered for $35. Pre-registered runners will receive a free Go the Distance t-shirt. T-shirts will be available to those who register on race day on a first-come basis. There will be a free fun run for children following the awards ceremony.

For more information, a registration form and a course map, call Jo Anne Larsen at 802-442-5491 or email her at


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