Morning Briefing -- Wednesday

Wednesday November 7, 2012

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Bennington Free Clinic volunteer training

BENNINGTON -- There will be a volunteer training for Calling All Women at the Bennington Free Clinic at 6 p.m. Volunteers will be trained on how to screen women throughout Bennington County for free mammograms. This is a public outreach project that involves direct interaction with women. Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Senior Center activities will include a visit from Vermont Associates from 9:30 a.m. to noon; the movie from 1 to 3 p.m. will be "Dave," starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Zumba Gold will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bingo at Moose Lodge

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held at the Bennington Moose Lodge every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and food will be available. There will be a $500 "Red Special."

Battenkill Grange meets

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Cynthia Browning will be the speaker. The members will also plan the Nov. 18 breakfast. Refreshments will be served.

Knitting for the animals

SHAFTSBURY -- During the months of November and December, Yarns for Your Soul will continue its charity knitting campaign "Knit for Your Soul and Theirs" by making small blankets called "Snuggles." Snuggles provide a soft lining for their cages while these cats and dogs await adoption at the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Shaftsbury. This is an ideal first project for someone just learning to knit or crochet, because the recipients are not particular about little mistakes.

Snuggles must be made from machine washable fibers. Visit the shop for recommended yarns. A free pattern, including different size options will be available with the yarn. Yarns for Your Soul is located at 605 Depot St. For information call 802-362-3151.


Pownal Development Review Board

Town Office Pownal, 6 p.m.

Agenda: Approval of Nov. 7 agenda; approval of regular meeting minutes of Oct. 3; approval of public hearing minutes of Oct. 3 re: NB120025 Randall; approval of finding of facts of Oct. 3 re: NB120025 Randall; mail; other business. Public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Charles and Merle Gray permit # NB120028.

Bennington School District Board

Molly Stark Elementary, Cafeteria/Gym, 7p.m.

Agenda: Citizens’ comments; presentation: mathematics instruction: Pat Conway, teacher leader for mathematics; financial report: treasurer’s report September and October, budget status report; old business: continued discussion: short and long range programmatic/building configurations and facilities, schedule Rutland K-2 visitation dates; new business; consent agenda; committee reports; administrators’ reports; policies: #1000 Policy Drafting Committee; chair’s report: restructuring VSBA, VSBA resolutions to legislature; other; executive session for contract negotiations.

MAU Middle School Ag Land Committee

MAU Middle School, Room 1517, 4 p.m.

Agenda: Approval of minutes: Sept. 12; composting update; closing the gardens; teacher gardens; proposal for next year and funding requests; other business.


Fundraiser to benefit Isaac Sprague

BENNINGTON -- ZUMBA® FITNESS with Andrea is hosting a Zumba Fitness Dance Party with instructors from Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to raise money for Isaac Sprague as he battles Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Dance Mill, Suite 59, at the Vermont Mill Properties (South Wing, 4th floor), 160 Benmont Ave.

Sprague was one of four boys instrumental in the conception, approval, fund raising and building efforts for the Norshaft Lions Skateboard park in North Bennington.

No dance experience is necessary. Suggested donation is $10 (but more is always welcome) at the door and includes one free raffle ticket to win some donated prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

For more information contact Andrea Malinowski at 802-379-5468 or go to Facebook events at

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