Morning Briefing -- Thursday, Aug. 21


Pownal Legion 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. 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. Please 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 to 3:30 p.m.

Meditation and Shambhala class

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Shambhala teachings will be offered by Maggie Bernstein, a retired psychologist, on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the "Left Bank" at 5 Bank St. For more information, call 802-447-7065.

Blood drive

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Aug. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. at 2 Blackberry Lane. Get a $2.50 off a 48 oz. container of Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream coupon for donating.

Please schedule your donation today. or call 800-RED-CROSS.

'Wine, Chocolate and Socrates' benefit for Alzheimer's

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "Wine, Chocolate and Socrates," an evening to benefit the Alzheimer's Association will be Aug. 21 at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road. The schedule is: 7 p.m. -- Wine and Desserts; 8 p.m. -- Performance by actor Stephen Collins as Socrates. RSVP at 413-458-8371. $10 suggested donation, all checks payable to The Alzheimer's Association.

Movie showing

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join HAYC3 for a free showing of "The Jungle Book" on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 p.m. at Wood Park. Grab some chairs or a blanket, some popcorn, and friends and family members, and come out for the second flick in our Under the Stars movie series. Bring the whole gang to experience this upbeat, feel-good, heartwarming family classic. For more information, visit Click on the Community Events button. (If it rains, we'll see you at the same time on the same night at The HAYC3 Armory.)


VTrans issues campaign season reminder on sign policy

MONTPELIER -- Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles would like to remind candidates for public office and their supporters of the need to comply with Vermont's sign control law. (10 VSA Chapter 21)

"The Vermont sign law prohibits off-premises signs within the state highway rights-of-way," Searles said. "Every campaign season we have candidates and their supporters, many of them unknowingly, placing campaign signs within the state highway right-of-way when they believe they are on private property. Most of the state right-of-way in Vermont is 49.5 feet wide, which extends 24.75 feet on either side of the center line and sometimes it's wider," he said.

The Agency of Transportation is required by statute to enforce Vermont's sign control law by removing temporary off-premise signs when they are placed within the state highway right-of-way. "It is not unusual during the election season for our offices to receive complaints from the public about clusters of signs that have been placed in the state highway right-of-way," said Searles. "Our district forces will again this year be enforcing the Vermont sign control law which means they will be removing all temporary off-premise signs that they encounter in the State right-of-way."

In addition to the state sign laws, there may be local sign laws which govern the placement of signs in the local municipal right-of-way. To understand the local sign requirements, candidates should contact their local zoning administrator or town official.

For more comprehensive information on political signs,

Primary election date fast approaching

MONTPELIER -- With the Primary Election a week away, Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters about the importance of voting. See the deadlines below:

Primary Election: The 2014 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26. All polls in Vermont open between 5 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To locate your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's website at:

Voter Registration Deadline: To vote in the Primary Election, the deadline for voter registration is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Early and Absentee Voting: Any registered voter may request a ballot from their town clerk, whether in person, by phone or by mail. All early and absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. or close of the town clerk's office on Monday, Aug. 25 -- the day before Election Day.


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