Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, Jan. 16

Multiple Sclerosis resource

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting on the Third Thursday each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MS Resource of the Tri-State Area, located at 85 Main St., Suite 212. No registration or fee is required. Contact Lisa at 413-664-2011 for more info.

Public lecture

BENNINGTON -- "A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Life Legacy" with Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center at the One World Conservation Center on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the OWCC 802-447-7419. This event is sponsored by the Bank of Bennington.

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. There will be two progressive games. A Snack bar is available.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Today the Senior Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a movie screening from 1-3 p.m. This week is also the Berkshire Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

Town revitalization workshop

ARLINGTON -- Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., Windham Regional Commission, and Bennington County Regional Commission are presenting a village and town revitalization workshop on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Martha Canfield Library, East Arlington Road, at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to anyone who is organizing or interested in organizing to create a more resilient village or town center economy.

Three panelists will include Susan McMahon, associate director at Windham Regional Commission; John Broderick, executive director, Regional Affordable Housing Corp. for Bennington County; and Darren Winham of DarWin Dynamic Solutions and executive director of Barre Area Development, Inc.

The panelists will present strategies ranging from identifying and mediating brownfields while building partnerships, the importance and value of integrating housing into the downtown and village centers to create an active community, to an interactive presentation on the success of the Barre Downtown revitalization still in progress.

The Implementing Strategies program is the fifth in a series of six informative village and town revitalization workshops held in Windham and Bennington Counties over the next three months until March 2014. Through these interactive forums community members will learn about reinvigorating their villages and towns through public and private partnerships, building on community assets, design approaches, implementation strategies, and village and town promotion.

Irish Basket Bingo is back

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The St. Patrick's Day Committee Presents Basket Bingo on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 67 Main St. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; Games begin at 6 p.m. $10 regular games, $3 special game, packets, daubers, and extra packets will be available. Pizza, hot dogs, desserts, soda, and water will be sold.

For more information contact Marie O'Neil at 518-686-4829

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. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.


Pownal Select Board

Town Office, Center Street

Agenda: Approval of minutes, warrants, mail, old business; treasurer re: Personnel policy issues, personnel policy amendment, new business; approve constable expense line changes, designate surplus funds, approve ballot article to create planning fund; adjourn to road fund/general budget work session

North Bennington Prudential Committee

North Bennington Graded School Library, 5 p.m.

Agenda: 1. 2015 budget work session 2. Other

Food Service Advisory


Mount Anthony Union Middle School conference room , 3:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Minutes: Nov. 21, 2013 2. Policy #5156 Student Nutrition and Wellness, Ddscussion 3. New business 4. Other

Hoosick Falls Central

School Board

High School Library at 7 p.m.

No agenda given.


French Toast Fly In

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Sport Flying Club EAA Chapter 1375, and New England Airmotive are sponsoring a French Toast Fly In at William H. Morse State Airport on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is open to pilots or anyone in the public who is interested in aviation. There will be French Toast, butter, bacon, and real Vermont Maple Syrup from the Horst Maple Farm in Bennington. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served.

Donations will be accepted for the Local EAA Chapter. Evans News has donated free Maple Drops (maple candy) to the event. CAT-TV will be setting up a photo booth and will be filiming a documentary for television. There will be awards for the aircraft that flew the farthest distance, shortest distance, etc. Pilots have RSVPed from Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Rain date: Jan. 25.

For more information, call 802-442-5503 or email

Gouging for Good slated Feb. 1

BENNINGTON -- Mark your calendar: Gouging for Good: An Overpriced Snack Sale to Benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 -- just in time for you to pick up some snacks for Super Bowl Sunday.

The event, to be held in Webster Hall at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Ave., will feature delicious "grab and go" baked goods, snack trays and other munchies for the big game prepared by a number of volunteers. But these snacks will be priced a bit higher than you would expect. For instance, a cupcake might cost $5. But this "price gouging" is for a good cause: 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels, which is facing a budget shortfall. The fundraising goal for this benefit is $5,000.

Also on the menu is a New England Patriots tickets raffle -- enter to win two Patriots tickets at a cost of $20 per entry. There will also be a Chinese Auction for items including a catered dinner for six in your home.

There will be a "snow date" of Sunday, Feb. 2.

For more information, call Becky Amos at 802-447-3869, email or visit the Gouging For Good Facebook page.


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