Morning Briefing -- Thursday, July 31


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 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will be holding RSVP Bone Builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 11:15 a.m.; Quilting from 1 to 3 p.m., and Beginning Belly Dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Also this week, "Young Frankenstein" at MacHaydn from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Ice cream social

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is hosting its annual summer Open House and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Sheep Hill headquarters. Sheep Hill, a former small dairy farm, is a unique property with panoramic views from the top of its scenic meadow, a pond, and an interpretive center.

The Open House is a way to familiarize residents and visitors alike with the WRLF, Sheep Hill, and its other conservation properties, which are always open to the public for hiking and nature exploration.

The afternoon will feature activities, interpretive hikes of the meadow, and local ice cream served with seasonal fruits.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the new Dietze Interpretive Center exhibits and explore Sheep Hill's varied habitats. A $3 donation is suggested. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust, has been working to preserve the rural New England character of the area for more than 25 years.

The WRLF sponsors nature education, local history, and seasonal food events throughout the year.

Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 south in Williamstown, approximately one mile south of the rotary.

For more information, visit or call 413-458-2494.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- Vermont Wildlife session with Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Meet a variety of live animals, including raptors, reptiles and amphibians at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room.


Student and Parent Handbook meeting

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- There will be a public meeting on Thursday, August 28, at 5 p.m. in the high school auditorium for parents and students regarding the HFCS 2014-2015 Student and Parent Handbook. At this meeting, Principal Vadney will present the proposed changes to the handbook for the upcoming school year. Please note that this is not the Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct meeting which is being held on August 25 for HFCS student-athletes and their parents.

Can drive

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosier Hopefuls, the ACS Relay for Life team, collects redeemable bottles and cans all year long for cancer. Please bring your items to Nickelback Redemption Center on lower Carey Avenue and add to our account. You can call Terri Burdick too 518-686-7851 for pickup. Another way is to donate a few of your own when you are at the center. A great way to help a great cause.

Southern Vermont Sprint Triathlon

MANCHESTER -- The 2014 Southern Vermont Sprint Triathlon will be held on August 24 at 8 a.m. The SVST begins at Hunter Park (Riley Rink) with an eight mile bike to Emerald Lake with a mile swim (out and back, close to the island), an eight mile bike back to Hunter Park and a 3.4 mile run that finishes through the path from Rec Park to Hunter Park.

"The SVST is an event designed to introduce people to triathlons," said Stephen Murphy, the race director. He went on to say, "The reach is mostly local from Middlebury to Williamstown and Greenwich to Brattleboro. However, there are some people coming from out of the area as well. While triathlons have grown in popularity, it is unique to have one so close to home and at an affordable price. Most tris cost $75 or more."

To encourage more people to experience a triathlon, SVST is offering a 20 percent discount to students and teachers (contact Hunter Park 802-362-0150 or to verify eligibility for the discount.)

The proceeds from the event go to support Hunter Park to develop as a more diverse facility that will offer more to the community both in terms of healthy, fun activities and as a draw for people to make Manchester and the area a travel destination.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephen Murphy or Vanessa Beattie at 802-362-0150 or email

Craig Clemow Photography at the Milne Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Craig Clemow, Williamstown resident is an avid photographer and will show his works the month of August at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library.

Craig's photography has appeared in the Berkshire Museum, Tunnel City Coffee and Pera Bistro; the Community Arts Project at North Adams Regional Hospital and at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge.

You can view his work at Library hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information contact Pat McLeod, Library Director at or 413-458-5369.

Meetings today

Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 meeting

Bennington Project Independence from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Pownal Select Board

Town office at 7 p.m.


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