Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, May 15

Arlington Spring Choral concerts and concert tour

ARLINGTON -- The Fisher Elementary School Chorus will perform "A Salute to America" at 6 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. The Fisher Chorus Concert, comprised of students in grades 3, 4 and 5, will sing a medley of patriotic songs to celebrate our nation's history.

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

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. A 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.

AHA First Aid and CPR class

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- There will be an American Heart Association first aid and CPR class on May 15 and 22 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. If you are in need of certification for the summer to lifeguard, give them a call. This class is open to everyone who is interested. The class will be held at the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad. For more information call 518-677-8211 and leave a message for Susan.

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 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.

Novelist at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- At 4 p.m., Megan Frazer Blakemore will discuss her new novel, "The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill" and her research process at the Northshire Bookstore. Suggested for children grade 3 and up.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Thursdays in May, the Senior Center will offer bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and from 10to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. The center will also offer quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Spring Choir concert

BENNINGTON -- The MAU Music Department will present the 2014 Spring Choir Concert on tonight at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. In two distinctly different acts, the first half of the concert will feature the 145 voice choir performing The Magnificat by Giovanni Battisti Pergolesi complete with a String Ensemble. The second half of the concert will celebrate "Throwback Thursday" featuring Music of the 80s. Admission is free. All donations gladly accepted at the door will benefit the Ashley Sullivan Scholarship Fund.

Meet the Candidates Night

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambrdige Central School Board of Education election is May 20. Join us for "Meet the Candidates Night," tonight at 7 p.m. at Cambridge Central School in the Pride Cafeteria.


Vermont Veterans Fund accepting grant proposals

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs and the Vermont Veterans Fund Committee are accepting grant proposals from this year's fund. The Veteran's Fund was established in 2010 and provides financial assistance to organizations supporting veterans. Over the last two years fund grants have supported homeless veteran transition programs, peer counseling, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, assurance that no veteran in Vermont need die alone and to provide funeral honors for those who have passed on.

A committee representing the Governor's Veterans Advisory Council, Veteran Service Organizations, VA Medical and Benefits, the National Guard, VT Dept of Labor and Agency of Human Services review all applications in early summer and make grants. "This committee really works overtime, as volunteers to try to distribute grant money fairly and effectively. In 2013 they made grants to seven organizations totaling $40,000," said Reed.

"Unfortunately that meant they had to turn down several other applications for lack of money. They would love to do more, with everyone's help." For more information on the VT Veteran's Fund, or to request a proposal packet please contact Richard Reed by email at or call the office at 802-828 3379.

Volunteers needed

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 will be hosting the disbursement of memorial flags on Sunday, May 18. We have over 2,000 flags to set up and call for all volunteers to make this a successful event. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the VFW post on North Street on Sunday, May 18. All volunteers will be fueled with breakfast, before heading to the gravesites. Please call 802-442-9857 so we know how many to expect and organize all into groups.


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