Morning Briefing -- Tuesday


Tuesday, Feb. 11

Bereavement support

BENNINGTON -- Weekly adult grief support 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 Bennington Moose

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 holds a story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Meditation for Everyone

BENNINGTON -- Meditation is practiced 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.

Library talk

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Michael J. Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, will discuss the architecture and history of the Williams College libraries. The talk, titled "Chalices of Words and Light: Williams College and its Four Library Buildings," will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

There are currently four freestanding campus structures built to be libraries. Each was designed by an architect of national distinction. Lewis will explain how each successive library differs radically in form and style from its predecessor and illustrates the changing nature of the college over time.

Lewis also will discuss how each library represents a different understanding of books and the nature of reading. The four different buildings illustrate that the notion of a house for books has always been in flux.

Shambhala meditation group

MANCHESTER --Manchester Shambala meditation group will offer a new course beginning from 7 to 9 p.m. titled "The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One" of the newly published "The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma," by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

This new three-volume text is edited from twelve seminaries presented by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to advanced students only, between 1973-1986. Now available to the public, longtime students Maggie Bernstein and Roger Guest will guide us through the first volume, which presents the wisdom of the hinayana, the first stage on the Buddhist path introducing core teachings on the nature of mind and the practice of meditation.

People new to meditation and students of all levels of experience are welcome. Classes will be held at Manchester Shambhala Meditation Group's center located at 107B Bonnet St. A $10 donation, per class, is suggested. For more information, contact Janette at 802-362-4015 or email For more information about the content of this course, contact Maggie at 802-681-7057 or email The center's website is

Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter meeting

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has formed and launched a Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter. Designed to give forward-thinking professionals an ongoing forum to network with like-minded peers, learn about operating their businesses in a socially responsible context, and discuss issues unique to the region, the chapter is open to VBSR members and guests from Rutland, Windsor, Windham, and Bennington counties. The first Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

Lions meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Lions will hold its February dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Bennington Station Restaurant. This meeting is the District Governor's official visit. Two new members will be inducted into the club by the District Governor and Years of Service Awards will be presented to a number of members. For reservations, call Lion Kathy at 802-442-4033.

Ecumenical Service for Caregivers of the Sick

BENNINGTON -- To observe the World Day of the Sick, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish will celebrate an ecumenical service for caregivers of the sick at 7 p.m. This service is meant to show support and ask blessings for the caregivers of the sick in our community.

Organizers invite everyone who assists the sick, whether on an individual at-home basis or as an employee of an agency or nursing facility to take part in this special celebration.


Cambridge Central School District Board

Room 80 at 24 South Park St., at 6 p.m.

Agenda: If the need exists, the meeting will be called to order at 6 p.m. and immediately adjourn to Executive Session for the purpose of personnel matters or other issues appropriate for executive session under the Open Meetings Law. The meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. for the Public Session and business meeting. There will be no action or discussion other than a motion to go into Executive Session at 6 p.m.

SVSU Personnel Committee

Executive Session SVSU Central Office Superintendent's Office at 4:30 p.m.

Agenda: Employment Contract Language with legal counsel

Regular Meeting Conference Room to follow. Agenda: 1. Minutes of Jan. 28 2. Job Descriptions A. Student Data and Assessment Specialist 3. SVSU Administer Support and Oversight of Special Education A. SVSU Organizational Chart B. Special Education Administrative Organizational Chart C. Recommendation to SVSU Personnel Committee: Assistant Superintendent to Special Education 4. Other.


Active shooter drill

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Cambridge CSD, members of the Cambridge/Greenwich Police Department, rescue squad, and fire department will be conducting an "Active Shooter Drill" within the building.

The school will furnish volunteers, including staff and high school students. This is the third time CCS has hosted the drill although it will be the first time with staff and student participation. The purpose of the drill is training for first responders.

During this drill we will have the added benefit of training our participating staff and students. The program will be overseen and conducted by certified instructors from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security to ensure the safety of all participants.

Bed time in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosipalooza-3 is just around the corner -- March 1 is only two weeks away.

Are you ready to win fame and glory throughout the community? This year more bed-mobiles will be racing down Main Street from Village Primary Care to Wood Memorial Park than ever before. The time to get your group or club ready to roll is now. Here's how it works: Teams design, construct and decorate a "bed-mobile" which has four wheels and is human-powered. Two team members must be on the bed during the race and a sign with the team's name has to be displayed proudly on it. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Most Creative and Funniest Bed Design.

To enter a bed in the race, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 or visit

Ski for scholarship

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The 6th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

The event will feature a 6 kilometer classic race, a 2.5 kids'/beginner's race, and a lollipop race for young children. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15 donation is requested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School -- M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund.

In the event of limited snow coverage at Mount Greylock, check http://blogs. for race updates.

The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias. For more information, please email Hilary at

Safe Routes to School

SHAFTSBURY -- Shaftsbury Elementary School students, teachers and parents, along with members of the school board and select board, will be participating in the Safe Routes to School Winter Walk on Wednesday, Feb. 12, rescheduled from Feb. 5, at 8:15 a.m. Walkers will gather at T&M plastics at 251 Church St. or at Howard Park. Parking and drop off starts at 8 a.m. The walk to school is about a half-mile from either location.


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