Morning Briefing -- Tuesday


Tuesday, May 6

Lions' meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its May board of directors meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the TD Bank conference room. All members are welcome to attend.

CAT-TV open house

BENNINGTON -- CAT-TV will hold a structured open house on Tuesday, May 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

CAT-TV operates the area's local public, educational and governmental access channels, while providing access and training for local citizens to make use of those channels. Community members are encouraged to create local programming using the equipment and facilities maintained by CAT-TV which is then shown on the three cable access channels, channels 15, 16 and 17, for the community's enjoyment.

During the one-hour event, those attending will have the opportunity to learn about the organization's history -- why and how it exists, classes it offers, how to submit messages to the community bulletin board, how CAT-TV can help non-profit organizations, the new logo, and many more topics.

Staff members will be available to answer questions about the organization, equipment used, classes, and other topics. A tour of the facility will be given. Refreshments will be served. CAT-TV Studio is located at 625 Main St., just to the right of the First Baptist Church, across from Mahar's Funeral Home. For more information, contact William Gardner, CAT-TV operations manager, at or Darlene Young, CAT-TV outreach coordinator, at or call 802-442-8868.

Conversation about end of life care

BENNINGTON -- On May 6, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of SVHC will host a public discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. The discussion is designed to help people begin to have the conversation about end-of-life-care.

Dr. Allen Hutcheson and Elizabeth Fredland, a local primary care physician and medical director of the hospice program and a licensed social worker with hospice, respectively, will lead the talk. The discussion is part of a public education initiative by Vermont's non-profit VNA, home health, and hospice agencies and the Vermont Ethics Network. For more information and to reserve your spot at this important discussion, call the VNA & Hospice at 802-442-5502.

Loss of child

grief support group

BENNINGTON -- A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with a loss of a child (any age), due to a death is being offered. This group meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Public lecture by graphic artist

BENNINGTON --The Visual Arts Lecture Series at Bennington College will present a talk by graphic artist Endi Poskovic, who employs the classic mokuhanga of ukiyo-e artists, while making visual reference to such disparate influences as early 20th-century devotional pictures, primitive strategies of early cinema, and hard-edged Eastern European propaganda posters. Merging visual representation with text, Poskovic shifts the reading of the print by providing an unexpected new context, forcing the viewer to continually reinterpret. The lecture will be held at Tishman Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

Story time at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be offered. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support group for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Overeaters Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Storytime at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers" will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for children 4 months to 36 months, upstairs in the Rotary meeting room at Bennington Free Library. This special time for babies and toddlers will include stories, finger plays, songs and movement that involve active participation. Come early and play. For more information call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.


The "Clean and Green: Shaftsbury rewards Green Up Day volunteers" article that ran Monday contained errors. The Shaftsbury Recreation Committee does not receive $200 from the town of Shaftsbury to conduct the Green Up Day scavenger hunt. Shaftsbury taxpayers vote to provide $200 to the statewide Green Up agency toward its work. The refreshments and prizes for Shaftsbury's Green Up are donated. Also, Shaftsbury Recreation Committee member Karen Mellinger visited only Shaftsbury Elementary to speak with students.


Bennington Development Review Board

Bennington Fire Facility, third floor, 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Minutes 2. Interested Persons -- Appeal Rights -- Reading of Witness' Oath 3. Disclosure of Ex parte communications and conflicts of interest 4. Southern Vermont College, Ira and Marcia Wagner, 897 Monument Ave.: seeking development plan approval for the conversion of existing residence to administrative offices for SVC 5. Other Business.

Emergency meeting today in Dorset

DORSET -- Due to the lack of a quorum, the prudential committee meeting for Dorset's fire department and water company Monday night was abandoned. An emergency meeting is scheduled for today, Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m.

SVSU Board of Directors

SVSU Central Office Upstairs conference room, 7 p.m.

Agenda: Special meeting: 1. Executive Session for Interim Superintendent search.


Apply now for The Eagles Nest summer 2014

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy is now accepting applications for its Eagles Nest summer program being offered for students from Pre-K through fifth grade. The summer program will offer weekly themed programs in which students will be challenged to continue to enrich their academic knowledge through hands on activities, crafts, and play. The programs will group children by age and encourage them to continue growing in their ability to work with one another and assume responsibility. The program will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (with extended care available) and will be offered beginning June 23 and ending Aug. 22.

Registration will be offered on a weekly, daily and hourly scale. Afternoon snacks will be provided and campers will bring their own lunch. The cost for five full days a week would be $120.

Contact Principal, Maureen Daurio at 518-686-4314 or for a registration packet.

Art for Ayden fundraiser to be held May 10

SALEM, N.Y. -- Art for Ayden: Creativity in Memory will be held Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Salem Art Works, 19 Cary Road, Salem. This event is being held in memory of Ayden Burdo who committed suicide on April 24, 2013.

Her family and friends have formed a team named Roses 4 Ayden and we will once again participate in The Walk for R.I.T.A. this fall in Saratoga. This walk helps bring awareness, prevention and education to suicide. Ayden loved anything to do with art so this event is being held on her 21st birthday. The event will celebrate her life and raise money to make sure that no other family has to endure the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.

Still needed are local artisans to donate their artwork to sell at his event. There is a lot of space available for prints, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry etc. To donate artwork to be sold by silent auction, contact Stacy Trueheart Smith, 518-791-5161; Jennifer Trueheart Hoffman, 518-260-9239; Tonia Burdo Goddard, 518-796-5580; or Michelle Burdo, 802-430-8836.

Also, Roses 4 Ayden is putting a call out to any local bands or musicians that would like to donate their time to this event and play a few songs. Ayden also had a passion for spoken word poetry.

The entertainment lineup includes Saratoga Drum Ensemble, The Diva Project, The Buzzsaw Boys, James Frederick & the Foxmen; Peerless Pressure, individual soloists and poetry readings

The fee to get into the event will be $10 for an adult and children under 10 will be free. Proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event is BYOB. Please note IDs will be checked. There will be a food vendor.

For more information, visit the Art for Ayden: Creativity in Memory Facebook page.


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