Morning Briefing -- Tuesday, May 20


Tuesday, May 20

Myeloma Support Network

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network -- including the Berkshires and eastern New York -- will hold a support group meeting on Tuesday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend.

Remember, knowledge is power, so learn and share as much as possible about myeloma. To either reply or get more information, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at or 802-681-7074. The Support Network is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Community gardening workshop

BENNINGTON -- Vermont Community Garden Network will present the 2014 Spring Grow It! Workshop for community and school garden leaders from 4 to 7 p.m., including a light dinner, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Visit to register for the workshop and for more details on this opportunity for community and school garden leaders.

Workshops provide garden leaders with training and networking opportunities at seven regional locations around the state. The Bennington workshop is presented in partnership with local and regional groups, Morgan Springs Community Garden and Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

This will be the second year VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership.

The spring workshops will look at how to promote commitment and engagement in your garden. Participants will learn more about strategies to boost their garden program, share ideas and problem- solve together, as well as spend some time at a school garden learning about their program and gaining garden tips for the season.

The Grow It! Workshops are designed for community and school garden leaders and are open to anyone working with a community or school garden. The cost is $30 each, with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Pre-registration is urged. Registration information is available at or by calling 802-861-4769.

Student art show at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College announces the opening of the 2014 Senior Show, an exhibition featuring works from graduating seniors focused in the visual arts. This event will take place at Usdan Gallery, VAPA, at 7 p.m. The show will remain open to the public during Usdan Gallery's normal operating hours (Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.) until May 30.

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Arlington bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 will hold bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Any questions, call 802- 375-6157.

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 shared. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

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

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.

Codependents Anonymous meeting

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous meets at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

'Letters from a Confederate Soldier' at library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Branch of the American Association of University W omen will feature the personal story of a Confederate Soldier at a free public meeting to be held at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library.

Martin Arnold was a teacher and lawyer from Hartford, N.Y. Due to health circumstances, he relocated to Georgia and consequently fought for the Confederate side when war broke out. He wrote a number of letters describing his personal experiences as a Confederate soldier.

His story will be told by three presenters. Mike Armstrong, the Hartford town historian, will review the history of several of the battles of the Civil W ar and give a genealogical background of the soldier who was an ancestral uncle of the second and the third presenters.

Carolyn Gibbs Whitney will read Civil War letters written by her ancestral uncle, Martin Arnold.

David Gibbs, Carolyn's brother, will conclude the program by presenting a ballad, which he composed and often sings at family gatherings. It is his method of preserving their history for future generations.

The public is invited to attend and there will be light refreshments available following the meeting.

Playgroup for toddlers and parents BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for children 2 to 5 and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. They meet each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children's Center at 901 Main St. Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in May, the Senior Center will host bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 11:15 a.m., RSVP. It will will also host HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Autism support group

BENNINGTON -- The Parents Supporting Our Children autism group will meet at the Atwood Center on Dewey Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. This will be our last meeting; thank you, everyone. For more information, call Wendy at 802-447-5716 or visit


Bennington Development Review Board

Bennington Fire Facility Third Floor at 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. Election of officers 6. Other business.

Pownal Planning Commission

Town Office at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of agenda 2. Guest: Michael Bratcher, BCRC A. Federal Grant re: MHP in Flood Hazard Zones B. Consultant, BCRC 3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of April 15 4. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of May 12 5. Mail 6. Public Comment 7. Other Business A. ZA Monthly log B. Potential members.

Hoosick Falls Central School budget vote and Board of Education elections

Hoosick Falls High School Gym from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hoosick Falls Central School Board of Education

Hoosick Falls High School Gym at 7 p.m.

No Agenda provided.

SVSU Board

SVSU Central Office Upstairs Conference Room at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Interim Superintendent search 2. Executive Session: For discussion of Interim Superintendent Final Candidates 3. Possible Action: Appointment of Interim Superintendent.


Donate eye glasses to the Lions

SHAFTSBURY -- With Spring cleaning season underway, the NorShaft Lions Club is asking people to look through drawers and closets for old, unwanted eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

On Sunday, June 1, the Nor-Shaft Lions Club will collect used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses at the Shaftsbury Elementary School as part of the Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The glasses will be distributed to those in need in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

If you cannot drop the glasses off on Sunday, donation boxes can be found at the Shaftsbury Swap Shed at the Transfer Station, Whitman's F eed Store, Hoosick Country Club, Hoosick, N.Y., Merchants Bank, Advanced Eye Care, and Moulton's Spectacles.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions