Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, July 2

Register now for culinary ‘localvore' workshop at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College and Sodexo will host a one-day culinary "localvore" workshop on Friday, July 18, hosted by award-winning regional chefs Bradley Labarre, executive chef of Merrimack College in Andover, Mass., and Andrew Cox, general manager and sustainability director for Dining Services at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn.

This two-hour workshop, followed by a gourmet lunch with beverage service, is sponsored by Southern Vermont College and is open to all individuals with a curiosity for preparing New England food using local ingredients. The menu will include a local green salad with organic candied nuts, grilled peaches and a blackberry vinaigrette; hot-smoked trout with local butter; grilled Misty Knoll chicken breast with apple ginger chicken sausage, wild mushroom ragout and pickled root vegetable slaw; caprese salad with house-made Maplebrook Farm mozzarella; and donut holes with house-made maple bacon ice cream and raspberry jam dipping sauce.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes the class, gourmet lunch and beverage service along with recipes and a gift. Participants may choose to attend one of two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 3 p.m. Both sessions include a group luncheon from noon to 1 p.m.

Registration is required by July 2. Contact Kelli Cressy-Gassaway, dining services general manager, by e-mail at or 802-447-4024. Payment is to be made and mailed to Southern Vermont College, Attn: Kelli Cressy-Gassaway, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.

'The 251 Club' presentation

MANCHESTER -- Join Dave Quesnel and his grandsons, Eric and Zachary Shambo, at 7 p.m. at the Mark Skinner Library, when they discuss "The 251 Club: Visiting Vermont's Towns and Cities." Presented from the perspective of their three-year quest to stop by all 251 towns and cities in Vermont, the trio will offer great tips on stops and strategy and explain the ins and outs of Geocaching.

Quesnel is a Vermonter who has lived in Manchester most of his adult life. Once a baker, he has had a long career in the building industry and an active life of service to Manchester. He also has an enviable relationship with his almost-grown grandsons, for whom age is not an issue.

This program launches MSL's Summer Wednesdays Series and is a free event. The library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester Village. For more info, contact Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 or

Thrift shop open Wednesday

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Gentle yoga

for cancer survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room C, at SVMC. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Center and is free to all participants. You can join at any time and at any stage in your treatment or recovery regime. For more information, call Jane Schaeffer, 802-447-0393 or visit

Community yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D. RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Seniors' event

at Meals on Wheels

BENNINGTON -- Jeff Munger and Phil Fiermonte, representatives from Senator Bernie Sander's office, will be the special guests at Bennington County Meals on Wheels, 124 Pleasant St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They want to hear your questions, concerns, and ideas about challenges facing you as an older American. If you have questions, call Susan Fox, executive director, at 802-442-8012.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- This Wednesday, the Senior Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and will show a movie from 1-3 p.m.


Hoosick Falls Soccer Club In House Rec registration

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Please sign up for Hoosick Falls Soccer Club at or at Registration period id July 3 to August 1. Season runs from September 6 to October 11, with practices starting approximately two weeks prior. Call 518-944-4971 with any questions.

Hoosick Falls Soccer Club Summer Clinic for kids grades 1-6 runs from August 4-8. Register at $50 per child.


Pownal Development

Review Board

Pownal Town Offices, 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of July 2 Agenda 2. Approval of June 4 Minutes 3. Approval of June 4 Public Hearing Minutes re: Permit #NB140004 Carter 4. Approval of Finding of Facts of June 4 re: permit #NB140004 Carter 5. Approval of Public Hearing Minutes of June 4 re: permit #NB140005, Peckham 6. Approval of Finding of Facts of June 4 re: permit #NB140005, Peckham 7. Approval of Public Hearing minutes of June 4 re: permit #NB140006 Armstrong Holdings, Inc. 8. Approval of Finding of Facts of June 4 re: permit #NB140006 Armstrong Holdings, Inc. 9. Mail 10. Guest 11. Public Comments 12. Other Business A. Performance Evaluation of the Secretary.

MAU Middle School

Ag Land Committee

MAUMS Sustainable Living Classroom, 4 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of June 4 minutes 2. Connections to CDC 3. Compost update 4. Grants 5. State of the gardens 6. Summer Work Camp 7. Summer Garden Program 8. New Business 9. Next meeting 10. Other.


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