Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, May 1

Chicken and biscuit supper

MIDDLE GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- A family-style chicken and biscuit supper will be held at the Middle Granville Presbyterian Church on Route 22A from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, cole slaw, homemade pies and drinks. Tickets at the door; adults, $8; kids 5 to12, $4; under 4 free. Gift certificates and take-out available. Call 518-642-3871 for more information.

Blood drive at American Legion in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the American Legion, sponsored by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, or call 800-RED-CROSS or visit to set up an appointment.

Win a Eureka camping package worth $1,670; all presenting donors during May and June may enter to win this package that includes: two tents, four sleeping bags with sleeping mats, four chairs and a table, non-transferable or redeemable for cash.

The American Legion is located at 225 Northside Drive.

NYS Pre-Licensing course

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The NYS pre-licensing course, needed to obtain a N.Y. State driver's license, will be offered on Thursday, May 1 at the Hoosick Falls Central School.

Registration will be held that evening (no pre-registration) beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the High School office, with class following promptly at 5 p.m. A valid learner's permit and $35 correct cash or check is required. Call Terri Burdick at 518-686-9492, ext. 1034 for further information.

Greenwich Library book sale

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- May 1 will be all about reading when the Friends of the Greenwich Library's First Thursday Boomerang Book Store in the basement will be open for business from 4 until 7:30 p.m. Come and pore over the thousands of new and like-new books on the shelves. New material arrives every day, and materials that haven't sold are routinely rotated out.

This month's incentive-to-shop: Free VHS tapes. Clip out this item and bring it in for as many free VHS tapes as you can carry. All proceeds from First Thursday Boomerang Sales go toward library programs and materials.

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 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.

American Legion Post #69 monthly meeting

ARLINGTON -- The American Legion Post 69 will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Monthly gathering

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center's May gathering will be held on Thursday, May 1 at the UU Meetinghouse on School St. Join us for a Potluck Dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed up with our business agenda at 7 p.m.


BENNINGTON -- A miscommunication led to some inaccurate information being printed an article about the Bennington County Sheriff's Department moving to 811 Route 7. The building that was a former car dealership showroom may become a new vehicle impound lot.


Pownal Select Board

Town Office, 7 p.m.

Agenda: Regular meeting: 1. Agenda Approval 2. Approval of April 17 Minutes 3. Warrants 4. Mail 5. Transfer station supervisor's Monthly Board Meeting A. Green Up Day May 3, 2014 B. Household Hazardous Waste collection May 10, 2014 6. Old Business A. Amy Moore re: Use of Tennis courts B. Town Website. 7. New Business.


Register for Crusaders' premiere event

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host its premiere event on May 31 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

The Cupcake Crusade and Community Remembrance will feature a cupcake tasting contest, entertainment, children's activities, and food vendors from 2 to 6:30 p.m. A candle lighting ceremony and time of reflection will follow from 6:30 p.m. until dark.

Community organizations, families, friend groups and anyone else who would like to join the crusade to raise funds and support local cancer patients and local cancer research are invited to join the celebration and set up a game booth or activity to benefit the event. No commercial vendors. Carnival games are especially encouraged.

Groups are also invited to form a crew and take part in the Cupcake Crusade. There is a small fee to enter the contest. Participants must bring a dozen full-size cupcakes for the judges and 48 mini-cupcakes for the crowd to sample. Be creative and express the meaning of the word "Survivor" in your entry.

For information on how to register to participate, call Beth Dillard at 802-440-4239 or e-mail

Registration by May 1 is requested. The Cancer Center Community Crusaders provides financial, physical, and emotional support to members of the community and their families as they strive to obtain the best cancer care and treatment possible.

The group allocates a portion of the funds it raises to support local and regional research efforts to end cancer. Most importantly, all funds raised by the Cancer Crusaders and the individual crews, stay right here in the community that the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center serves, including Bennington and Windham counties and nearby New York and Massachusetts.

Host families needed in July

BENNINGTON -- Expand your family's horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home through the STEP-to-U.S.A. program. The boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 18, will arrive on June 25 and spend 3.5 weeks in southern Vermont, departing on July 20.

The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and must have excellent grades, attendance and behavior in school and also pass an English conversational interview to be accepted into the program.

Host families are asked to provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips (to New York, Boston, and Six Flags, and host siblings are invited to come along). It's fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling. The students have their own spending money and phone cards; since the students arrive soon, interested families are encouraged to call Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or email


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