Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, March 27

Pownal Legion post bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., promptly. There will be two progressive games. A snack bar will be available.

Bennington Free Clinic

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.

Vermont Reads program features community discussions

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The J. G. McCullough Free Library is collaborating with several area organizations to hold a series of discussions and events in conjunction with this year's Vermont Reads Program from the Vermont Humanities Council.

This year's Vermont Reads selection is "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio.

"Wonder" is the story of fifth grader Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity, as he navigates his way through his first year in public school. He was previously home-schooled and now must deal with being the "different" one, at an age when fitting in is so important.

On Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, two book discussions of "Wonder" will take place from 11:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. The library will lend copies of the book to participants. The discussion groups are open to the public, but early sign-up is encouraged since places are limited. Call the McCullough Free Library at 802-447-7121 to reserve a spot at one of the discussions.

LTS students exhibit at Equinox Village

MANCHESTER CENTER -- All are invited to view the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibit at 5:30 p. m.

This spring, the Gallery at Equinox Village will feature seven young artists from Long Trail School who use their work to express very different themes. Some pieces are tranquil and address nature, family, youth and childhood. Others address topics like societal pressures, feminism and conflict. The media used are as varied as the subjects.

There will be live music by Long Trail School's IB Music students, and refreshments by the Equinox Village kitchen. Free and open to the public.

R. S. V. P. to 802-362-4061 by Thursday, March 20. The show will be on display from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily from Friday, March 28, until Monday, May 12.

Public lecture on travel

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come to Sweetwood at 4 p.m. for a special mud season escape. Local escape artist Julie Mackaman will describe her recent journey with her husband Rico as "independent" travelers in northern India and Nepal. They took public transportation, booked guest houses and homestays as they traveled, met people along the way, and saw a sunrise they'll never forget. A reception will follow the slide lecture. Free and open to the public. Call 413-458-8371 for more information.

Renters 101 workshop

BENNINGTON -- Are you new to renting? Have you struggled in the past to stay in good standing with your landlord? Or, do you just want to learn new strategies for being a successful renter? If so, consider taking a free five- week course on responsible home renting strategies.

Renters 101 will be offered every Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., beginning March 27, at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

Topics will include Housing Readiness, The Housing Search, Tenant Responsibilities, Landlord Relations, and Moving On.

Course participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each unit completed, a great verification of your willingness to be a responsible renter when meeting a prospective landlord.

To register, contact Denise Main at 802-442-6934 or email at

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will host Bone Builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., RSVP, quilting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and a Crossgates Mall outing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Local Emergency Planning Committee

East Arlington Fire Department located at 184 Old Mill Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please contact Allison Langsdale at 802-442-0713 x7 or if you have any questions.

Board of Sewer Commissioners

Pownal WWTF Conference Room at 5:30 p.m. A work Session has been scheduled for the FY14-15 WWTF O&M budget. Regular meeting following at 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Agenda Approval 2. Approval of Minutes Feb. 27 3. Mail 4. Chief Operator's Operations Budget 5. FY14-15 WWTF O&M Budget Approval.

SVSU Board of Directors

MAU Middle School Library at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Reorganization of Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Clerk 2. Presentation: NESDEC Executive Director, Art Bettencourt Superintendent Search 3. Public Comments 4. Reorganization of Board Continues A. Motion for Officers to sign "Off Meeting Schedule" warrants B. Committee Assignments 5. Finance/Operations Related A. Treasurer's Report B. Transportation Bid 6. New Business 7. Consent Agenda A. Minutes B. Warrants C. Resignations D. Retirements E. Leave of Absence F. Nominations 8. Policies A. #5002 Prevention of Harassment of Students ADOPT B. #5003 Prevention of Bullying of Students by other students ADOPT 9. Superintendents' Reports A. 21st Century Learning Grant, Bob Marine B. Legislative update C. Retirement Dinner, May 15 10. Chair's Report A. March 31 VSBA Essential Work of School Boards, 5 p.m. in the CDC Assembly Room 11. Other A. Next SVSU Meetings: Wednesdays, April 30, May 28, June 25 12. Executive Session for Personnel 13. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment, March 2014 B. SVSU Budget Status Report C. SVSU 2014-15 School Calendar D. Unapproved Minutes a. SVSU Personnel Committee Minutes, Feb. 11. Adjourn.

Pownal Board of Listers

Town Office at 10 a.m.

Agenda: 1. Board Reorganization 2. New Business. Adjourn.

Bennington Select Board

Town Office Conference Room at 5 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Merchants Bank donation.


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