Morning Briefing -- Tuesday


Tuesday, March 11

Cancer Crusaders meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders Crew meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. If you have not already done so, bring your registration form and check. If you would like to form a crew, come and join them. For more information, call Joanne at 802-442-6106, Erica at 802-442-2432 or Lynn at 802-379-4899.

Taconic Community Grange meeting

SHAFTSBURY -- Taconic Community Grange No. 491 All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Grange Road, next to the Shaftsbury Head Start building. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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.

Bingo Tuesdays at Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.

Story time at Cheney Library

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

Meditation for everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for everyone is held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. There is a $1 requested contribution, if possible. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one.

Travel and tour night

MANCHESTER -- Catamount Tours of Vermont, luxury coach tours serving Bennington County and beyond, will launch with a travel and tour night on March 11 at the Mark Skinner Library.

Catamount Tours is partnering with Vermont's Green Mountain Tours of Milton and will provide customized group and individual, domestic and international travel. Catamount Tours of Vermont is located at 5927 Main St. and may be reached at 844-362-1009 or at

Town revitalization workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Windham Regional Commission, and Bennington County Regional Commission are presenting a village and town revitalization workshop at the Bennington Firehouse, located on River Street, at 6:30 p.m.

This event is open to anyone who is organizing or interested in organizing to create a more resilient village or town center economy. The evening will lead off with Leanne Tingay, downtown program coordinator of the Vermont Downtown Program, who will provide an overview of successful marketing tools used in Vermont and the nation.

A panel comprised of Lisa Sullivan, past president and current board member of Mount Snow Valley Chamber; executive directors: Berta Maginniss, Manchester and Mountains Chamber; Joann Erenhouse, Bennington Area Chamber; and Kate O'Conner, Brattleboro Area Chamber, will be on hand to field questions from the audience and share some of their best practices for marketing and event development. Rounding out the meeting will be a status update on the Southern Vermont

Sustainable Marketing Program and next action steps. Laura Sibilia, director of economic development at Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. will facilitate the final segment.

For more information, contact Anthony Summers at 802-257-7731, ext. 225, or Wendy Rae Woods-Hartwell at 802-451-9754 to discover more opportunities for flood recovery, grant funding and business resources.

Homebuyer orientation with TRIP

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Thinking about buying a home in Rensselaer County? This informational program with experts from TRIP (Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program) will look at the

advantages and disadvantages of home ownership, qualifying for a mortgage, and costs to expect during the homebuying process. You will also learn about TRIP's Pre-Purchase Program and First Time Homebuyer Grants. This event will be held at the Everett Wagar Senior Center from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sign up in advance on the TRIP website or by contacting Grafton Community Library.

Young Woman's Softball signups

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Young Woman's Softball signups will be held at the Bennington Fire House on March 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. This is open to all girls 6-12 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014. The cost is $40 per child, or $65 for two children in the same family, and $85 for three children in the same family. Contact Danielle Simmons with questions at 518-423-1241.

Lions March meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its March dinner meting at Jensen's Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in March, the Senior Center will hold bone builders from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and RSVP and HELP from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Updated school website

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales has launched an updated website: Visit the site for information about the curriculum, sports, extracurricular activities and registration information. The School of SHSF is now accepting applications for Pre-K through 8th grade for Fall 2014.

Rotary's annual Italian Night to benefit Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Rotary Club is planning its 19th annual Italian Night, this year to benefit Oldcastle Theatre Company, on Wednesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elks Club, on Washington Avenue.

This candlelight Italian Night dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed shells, tossed salad, bread and a dessert. A cash bar will be available. All this and live entertainment for $10, children $5 and no charge for children 3 and under.

Tickets are available at the door, from any Rotarian, and at the Oldcastle box office on Main Street.


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