Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, Jan. 9

Bennington County Beekeepers

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will meet in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans Home at 7 p.m. There will be a pot luck meal and a 7:30 p.m. business meeting. The guest will be Dan Conlon of Warm Color Apiary, South Deerfield Mass., president of Massachusetts Beekeepers Association. For information, call Jacob 802-447-0198.

Community HU Chant

BENNINGTON -- At 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Chanting HU, this once-secret name for God, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. All are welcome to a free half-hour HU chant; this HU Chant is sponsored by ECKANKAR, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions, and walks of life to deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. For more information, go to

Bingo in Pownal

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal 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, and a snack bar will be available.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Every Thursday in January the Bennington Senior's Center on Pleasant Street will host bone builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. RSVP. They are also offering quilting from 1 to 3 p.m. and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call 442-1052.


Shaftsbury School Board

Finance/Budget Meeting Shaftsbury School Library at 6:30 p.m. Meeting Agenda: 1. FY15 Budget Work Session 2. Other

Pownal Selectboard

Town Office at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Agenda Approval 2. Approval of Minutes 12/19/13 3. Warrants 4. Mail 5. Road Foreman's Monthly Board Meeting 6. Old Business A. Personnel Policy Amendment 7. New Business A. EPA cleanup grant application for fomer tannery hydro site information/questions 8. Adjourn to Road Fund/General Work Session.

Additional Items: Hoosick River Hydro intends to submit an EPA cleanup grant application for the former tannery hydro site located in North Pownal. The informational meeting coincides with the Selectboard's regular meeting. Public comments/questions are welcome.

Bennington School Board

Bennington Elementary Budget Work Session Music Room from 5 to 6 p.m.

Regular Meeting Music Room at 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Presentation: None 2. Task List from last meeting 3. Citizens' Comments 4. Financial Report A. Treasurer's Report, December 5. Personnel 6. Consent Agenda 7. Educational Matters A. Regular Education 1. Anticipated Resources from the participation of Bennington and Molly Stark Elementary Schools in SWIFT 2. Vermont Award: 37 Million for Universal Pre-K B. Special Education 1. Status of Special Education Focused Monitoring Response 8. Policies A. #4035 Conflict of Interest in Hiring ADOPT B. #5002 Prevention of Harassment of Students ADOPT 9. Old Business (None) 10. Committee/Board Meeting Reports A. FSAC Next Meeting 1/16 B. SVSU Technology Committee, next meeting 1/9 11. Chair's Report 12. Superintendent's Report A. Next SVSU Legislative Breakfast 1/20 13. Other 14. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for January B. Budget Status Report 15. Task List Review for this meeting 16. Adjourn by 9 p.m. Executive Session if necessary.

Battenkill Valley

Supervisory Union

Budget, Maintenance Budget and Elementary Budget Meeting

Arlington Memorial High School Marsh Library at 5 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Minutes 1/5/14 3. Public Comments 4. BVSU Budget Review 5. Other Business 6. Adjournment


Annual ‘Stuff the Bus' event

BENNINGTON -- Green Mountain RSVP, Green Mountain Express and Price Chopper will once again partner to hold Stuff the Bus.

The event will take place at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Weekend to honor his vision of neighbors banding together to fight hunger, homelessness and poverty. On Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, volunteers will welcome shoppers and urging them to purchase a little extra to Stuff the Bus.

The non-perishable items will then be distributed each evening to local food pantries. The most-donated foods are pasta, sauce, canned tuna, peanut butter, cereal, soup, canned vegetables, baby food and diapers, personal care items and pet food.


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