Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, Aug. 20

Historical Society picnic

MANCHESTER -- This year the annual picnic of the Manchester Historical Society will be held at the Casablanca Motel located at the north end of Manchester Center. The picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all, provided that you bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. Following the food and socializing, the program will begin. Adam Boyce, a composer, historian and fiddler, is a recognized authority on local traditional dance and music history of central Vermont, including fiddling and calling for square and contra dances.

He will perform at the MHS picnic at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a summer evening in Vermont. MHS is grateful to the Perfect Wife Restaurant and the Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital for underwriting this event. For more information, contact Sally at 802-362-2523 or visit

Outdoor concert at Vets' Home

BENNINGTON -- Looking for a great way to spend time with your family? The Eagles Band and Trombone Ensemble from Pittsfield, Mass., will be performing music from Broadway and movies, to marches and patriotic tunes, at the Vermont Veterans' Home located at 325 North St., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6:15-8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community; bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.

Vermont Vineyard

Wine Pairing dinner

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Pangaea is hosting East Shore Vineyard for a wine pairing dinner. Three wines paired with three courses, featuring Traminette, Cabernet Franc and La Crescent wine varietals produced by East Shore Vineyard of Grand Isle. Chef Nic Disorda, a representative from the East Shore, and host George Z will serve a meal in this intimate setting. Seating will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Call now for reservations 802-688-8449. Visit and for more information.

Summer Book Club

at the Beach

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Babcock Lake resident and Grafton Community Library Trustee, Nancy Chase, invites the Library community to the second installment of the "Summer Book Club at the Beach" at Babcock Lake Beach Gazebo at 7 p.m. August's book selection is "The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden." Copies are available at the library. Participants are invited to gather at the Babcock Lake Beach Gazebo shortly before 7 p.m. to have a swim and then join in a lively book discussion.

For more information, contact the library at 518-279-0580 or visit

Democratic Caucus to meet

BENNINGTON -- The Democratic Town Committee of Bennington will hold a caucus for the purpose of electing nominees to stand for election as justice of the peace on the 2014 general election ballot.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bank North Room of the Bennington Free Library.

All Democrats are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Judy Murphy, Democratic Chair of the Town of Bennington, at 802-442-8816.



MAU Middle School Conference Room at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comment 2. Presentation: None 3. Finance A. Treasurer's Report B. Budget Status Reports C. Technology Lease D. Drivers' Education Lease 4. Personnel A. Amendment to 2013-16 ESP Agreement 5. Consent Agenda A. Minutes B. Budget Transfer Request C. Warrants D. Leave of Absences E. Resignations F. Retirements G. Nominations H. Field Trips 6. Administrators' Report A. MAUHS, Sue Maguire, Principal B. MAUMS, Tim Payne, Principal 7. Student Representatives' Reports 8. Committee Reports A. MAU Agriculture, August 6: Tim Payne and Jim Marsden B. Readiness of Facilities for start of school: Jim Marsden 9. Superintendent's Report 10. Chair's Report 11. Policies A. #5156 Student Nutrition and Wellness ADOPT B. #4020 Appointments of Administrators other than the Superintendent WARN C. #7300 Public Participation at Board Meetings WARN 12. Other: Next Meeting is September 17 13. FYI A. VSBIT VBA Motor Vehicle Idling Policy Guidance 2014.

Pownal Elementary School Board

Pownal Elementary School Library at 5:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Opening: Pledge of Allegiance by Book Mobile Students 2. Presentation: Pownal Summer Book Mobile 3. Public Comments 4. Personnel A. Amendment to 2013-16 ESP Agreement B. Executive Session: Contracted Services, Teacher's Negotiated Agreement and Off Contract Employee Compensation 5. Action Items A. Financial a. Treasurer's Report June and July B. Facilities a. Update on work completed and what is still to do C. Consent Agenda D. Policies a. #5156 Student Nutrition and Wellness ADOPT b. #4020 Appointments of Administrators other than the Superintendent WARN c. #7300 Public Participation at Board Meetings WARN 6. Principal's Report A. Introduction of New Staff B. Beginning of the Year information C. Request for Beginning of the Year Morning Bus Paras D. NECAP Report 7. Chair's Report 8. Superintendent 9. Other 10. FYI A. Budget Status Report B. VSBIT VBA Motor Vehicle Idling Policy Guidance 2014.


Tickets available

for Mystery Dinner Theater

BENNINGTON -- "The Mystery on Gilligan's Island: a Parody." Join us for the second annual Mystery Dinner theater on September 20 at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales parish hall as Gilligan and the castaways meet King Pogo and Princesses Loco and Pogo Nogo for a great adventure. Tickets are $14 per person and available at the parish hall office, after weekend masses, or call Mary Flood at 802-447-1967. Call or purchase your tickets now as no walk in seating will be available.


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