Morning Briefing -- Thursday


Thursday, Oct. 31

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

Bingo at Pownal Legion

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 the snack bar will available.

BHR Halloween celebration today

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Health and Rehabilitation, located at 2 Blackberry Lane, will hold a Halloween celebration today to allow local children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is for children under the age of 12.

Bennington Free Clinic and Vermont Health Connect

BENNINGTON -- We will be making appointments for folks wishing to know more about Vermont Health Connect, and to sign up on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Bennington Free Clinic is providing free assistance to individuals, families and small businesses who have questions about the new Vermont insurance system, which was developed as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. A team of 10 trained Navigators is available to answer questions and guide consumers through the enrollment process.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, all people in Vermont will be required to have health insurance, either through an employer or through the new online insurance marketplace, "Vermont Health Connect." The open enrollment period began on Oct. 1. Individuals and families will need to sign up for a VHC insurance plan by December 15, for coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2014. There are different sign-up deadlines for small businesses.

Navigators are available by appointment at the following times: Every Monday, 10 a.m. to noon; every Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Other times may be available upon request. Appointments can be made by calling 802-447-3700 or by email at

The Bennington Free Clinic is located at 601 Main St.


No Pownal meeting Oct. 31

POWNAL -- There will be no board of selectmen meeting today.


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