Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Wednesday, May 7

ADAPT holds basket bingo

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- ADAPT will host a basket bingo event beginning at 5 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall. The cost is $10 to play.

Literature reading by novelist

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College will present a literature reading by novelist Jenny Offill from her new book, "Dept. of Speculation." This event will be in the Franklin house living room at 7 p.m.

Fashion lunch benefit

MANCHESTER CENTER -- A fashion show, style workshop and luncheon is scheduled for noon at Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. The event will feature spring and summer styles from eight local retailers: Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coldwater Creek, Joy -- all things underthings, Loft, Overland, Orvis and TSE and local celebrity models. Attendees will be entered to win a shopping spree at local Manchester clothing stores. Tickets are $45. Seating is limited. Call 802-345-9252 or e-mail to reserve.

Beekeepers Association Spring meeting

MANCHESTER -- The Southern Vermont Beekeepers Association (SVBA) will hold its spring meeting at 7 p.m. at the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce on Bonnet Street.

Spring is the most important season for beekeepers. Preparation for a productive season starts now -- hives need to be cleaned, conditions must be checked, bees have to be fed until the first bloom of flowers, and potentially, you may need to re-establish the hive. Some beekeepers will be receiving and introducing new colonies over the next few weeks. All of these topics will be discussed, and best practices shared.

Other business will include election of officers and adoption of bylaws. They welcome all beekeepers and those interested in learning more about beekeeping to the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, visit or call Susan Marmer, president, at 802-362-2080.

Cambridge UPK info session

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge School District will offer two informational session regarding the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2014-15 school year. Children who will be 4 before Dec. 1 are eligible for the program. The sessions will be held in the district office/bus garage at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Parents will be provided with info packets and administration will answer any questions they may have relating to the program. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Lester, principal, at 518-677-8527, ext.1433.

Thrift shop

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 in Johnsonville, N.Y., is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Gentle yoga for cancer survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Center and is free to all participants. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or visit

Community yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D. RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Barn Quilt painting day

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- May 7 is the next Hoosick Barn Quilt Project Painting Day. Come help work on the barn quilt blocks during the HAYC3 Artisan Exchange and Farmers' Market upstairs at the HAYC3 Armory in Hoosick Falls from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

No previous experience necessary. Just bring yourself, wear painting clothes, and they will supply the frames, the paint, and the brushes.

Spring instrumental concert

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School Instrumental Program will host the annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. The bands will include: Beginner 4th Grade, Elementary Band, Beginner Junior High, Junior High and Senior High.

The theme of this year's concert is folk music from around the world. There will be other pieces included such as "Skyfall" by Adele and "The Final Countdown" that will be performed by four of the school bands.

Farmers' Market open

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The first HAYC3 Artisan Exchange and Farmers' Market of the 2014 season opens on Wednesday, May 7, upstairs at The HAYC3 Armory in Hoosick Falls from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The market will be open every Wednesday through the summer (except Wednesday, July 2) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Early featured goods include spring plants, freshly baked goods, cheeses, Rock Pop Popcorn (the best ever), artisan-created goods and original art.

Hoosick Hickory will be there with its hickory smoked pulled pork and pulled chicken sliders. Running Brook Sugar Shack will have a variety of the best maple syrups and other maple products. New vendors are always welcome. The cost is $5 per 10-foot by 10-foot space per week with no monthly or seasonal commitment. Purveyors of small and unique antiques are welcome, also.

Language and Culture with Dr. Rabbi Ronald Sobel

MANCHESTER -- Dr. Ronald Sobel, Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El in New York City, will look at the relationship between language and culture in a talk at First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. His talk, "Words We No Longer Use: A Study in Language and Culture," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Mark Skinner Library.

Sobel's lecture will explore how, from the Biblical period to our own time, language has influenced culture and the way people relate to each other. The 2013-2014 First Wednesdays season in Manchester will conclude with "The Examined Life" with philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton on June 4 (rescheduled from Feb. 5).

For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802-362-2607 or at

American Legion Auxiliary monthly meeting

POWNAL -- The monthly meeting and Election of Officers for the American Legion Auxiliary Post 90 will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at the Pownal American Legion on Route 7.

All members are urged to attend the 7 p.m. meeting. They will be having nomination of officers for positions that are open with election to follow.

Members are reminded to bring items for the Vermont Veteran's Home as they plan to deliver these soon. They are also collecting items for the Vermont Veteran's Hospital in White River Junction.

Programs to plan will be the Poppy Poster Contest at Pownal Elementary School, distribution of poppies, and Memorial Day services.


Pownal Development Review Board

Town Office, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Reorganize 2. Approval of Agenda for May 7 3. Approval of Regular Minutes from April 2 meeting 4. Mail 5. Guest 6. Public comments 7. Other Business.

Bennington School District Board

Molly Stark Multi Purpose Room, 7 p.m. for the regular meeting Molly Stark Library at 7:45 p.m. for executive session for Legal Matters, Teacher negotiations, and Administrative Evaluations.

Abbreviated agenda: 1. Citizens' Comments 2. Task list from last meeting 3. Finance/Facilities A. FY2015 Budget Vote B. Treasurer's Report, April C. Status, Molly Stark Project D. VSBIT/VEHI Medical and Dental Programs 4. Consent Agenda 5. Other 6. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for May B. Budget Status Report 7. Task List review for this meeting. Adjourn by 9 p.m.

North Bennington Prudential Committee

North Bennington Graded School District Building Library, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Citizens' Comments 2. Consent Agenda 3. Treasurer's Report, March and April A. Budget Status Report 4. Policies 5. Special Education Director's Report to Board, Wendy Pierce 6. SVSU Interim Superintendent Search Update 7. NB Board Discussion A. Shaftsbury study B. Legislative Actions and Proposals C. Other 8. Chair's Report 9. FYI: March 1 Annual School Meeting minutes 10. Executive session for contracts.

Woodford School Board

Woodford Hollow School, 3 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comments 2. Action Items A. Financial a. Treasurer's Report, April 2014 b. BSBIT/VEHI Medical and Dental Programs B. Consent Agenda a. Minutes, April 2 b. Warrants c. Resignations d. Leave of absence request e. Nominations C. Field Trips D. Policies 3. Reports A. Principal, Sandy Foster B. Superintendent, Catherine McClure C. Chair, Mark Tilley 4. Other 5. FYI A. Budget Status Report B. SVSU Student Enrollment for May 6. Executive Session for Administrator Evaluation.


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