Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, Aug. 13

Varsity student athlete and parents night

ARLINGTON -- The Athletic Office at Arlington Memorial High School will host an informational meeting for varsity student-athletes and their families from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. All students entering grades 9 to 12 who are interested in playing a varsity sport this year should plan to attend the meeting. Arlington Memorial Athletic Director Tim Stewart will discuss the fall sports season and distribute Student Athlete and Parent Handbooks.

Fall coaches will meet with players to discuss practice times and schedules. For more information, contact Stewart at or 802-375.2589, ext. 137.

Intuitive healer and medical clairvoyant

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Eat to Total Health welcomes Sage Perretta of Healing With Sage, she is an intuitive healer and medical clairvoyant. She will be talking about the importance of mind, body and soul connection. In order to live your happiest, healthiest life all three must be in alignment. She will give us insight into this process. The talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at 14 Ashland St. Cost is $10 and seats are limited so you should pre-register. Call 413-329-4710 or email to register.

Mad Scientist Bash

at Free Library

BENNINGTON -- A Mad Scientist Bash, a special event to celebrate kids' reading efforts, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the library. Strap on your safety glasses, button up your lab coat and celebrate with crafts, activities and snacks. Reading certificates will be awarded.

Chartered Bus Trip

to the NYS Fair

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band on a trip to the New York State Fair on Aug. 27.

For $40 per person, you will receive a round trip chartered bus seat, driver gratuity, and pass into the fair. There are many free concerts and entertainment to see while at the fair. The jazz band will be playing at 2 p.m. in the Empire Theater, located inside the Art & Home Center, as well as playing in the hometown parade, which starts at 6 p.m.

If you sign up to be a jazz band "groupie" you will save on gas, tolls, parking fees and just be a part of the group. The bus will leave HFCS at 7:45 a.m. and will arrive back by 11 p.m. Call Joyce Brewer at 518-258-5772 or email at to reserve your seat by Aug. 13.

Nutshellapalooza at the Milne Public Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Nutshell Playhouse will perform their show Nutshellapalooza at the Milne Public Library on Wednesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and is free. The library is located at 1095 Main St. This event is part of the library's Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom Read! The event is sponsored by the Fund for Williamstown and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Friends of the Milne Public Library.


Manchester Community Food Cupboard schedule change

MANCHESTER -- Beginning the first week of September, the Manchester Community Food Cupboard will no longer be open on Tuesdays. The new hours of distribution, which will begin on Sept. 3, will be Wednesdays from 2 until 4, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m. New volunteers and visitors are always welcome, and donations of food can also be dropped off during these hours. Non-perishable items can be left in the bin outside our door in the Manchester Town Hall at any time. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call 802-362-0057 or visit for more information.

Battle Day Parade

road closures

BENNINGTON -- This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Bennington Battle Day parade. There will be increased motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Bennington throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Bennington Police will begin road closures and traffic detours at 11 a.m. These closures and detours will be in place until about 3 p.m. They are the same closures and detours that are in place for the parade each year. We ask that you plan your route accordingly, knowing these closures and detours are in place.

The Town of Bennington, Bennington Fire and Police Departments request your help is spreading the word for No Parking on the parade route on Sunday, Aug. 17. We will begin to contact car owners beginning at 6:30 a.m.

If vehicles are not moved in a timely manner they will be towed at the owner's expense.

Public invited to join March to Battle of Bennington

BENNINGTON -- One of the unique activities planned for the Brigade of the American Revolution's Battle of Bennington event will be the recreation of a section of Colonel Nichols' flanking march. This march was part of a two pronged pincer movement initiated by General Stark to envelop the Brunswick Dragoons in their barricade on "Hessian Hill."

The modern march will take place on Saturday afternoon, August 16, and will consist of a three-mile hike over terrain varying from steep hills to open fields to rough wooded paths to country lanes. Just as it did 237 years ago, the march will end on "Hessian Hill," in time for the reenacted attack on the "Dragoon Redoubt." As part of its educational mission, the Brigade of the American Revolution is inviting members of the public to join the march, alongside authentically dressed and accoutered interpreters. It's a rare opportunity to get a first-hand taste of what it was like to be part of this historic military action.

The hike is free, but is limited to 15 able-bodied participants. For further details, and to reserve a spot, please contact Peter Schaaphok at or 518-369-0910.


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