Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Program at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join us June 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a program on ticks and Lyme disease. The program, presented by Jennifer Mahoney, Senior Public Health Educator from the Rensselaer County Health Department, will cover the life cycle of a tick, the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses, the current levels of Lyme disease in our area, how to prevent tick bites and what to do if you get bitten. The program is free and no RSVP is needed.

Cambridge Historical Society program

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., Ken Gottry, local historian, will present a program at the Cambridge Historical Society & Museum entitled, "Ash Grove, James Bond, and the Historical Society." The presentation will start with the connection between Black Hole Hollow Farm in Ash Grove and master spy James Bond. Also included will be the 1854 scandal at the fair on Avenue A, as well as the 1954 Wheelbarrow Bet. Find out about moving the body of Philip Embury and the original 1950 design of the CCS building.

Also on tap will be the famous Cambridge girls' athletic teams of the 1930s, so good that Washington County suspended all girls' athletics for several years. And did you know that Cambridge was once the home of the pistol that fired the shot heard Round the World which marked the start of the American Revolution, and Mark Twain, rather reluctantly, gave a lecture at Ackley Hall? These are just some of the topics Mr. Gottry will discuss; an evening you don't want to miss.

The Museum will open at 6 p. m. for tours of the building with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. There will be light refreshments following the program.

This is the first in a series of the third Wednesday night summer programs.

Thrift shop

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church 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 6-7 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 go to

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 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays in June, the Senior Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and will hold a movie screening from 1-3 p.m.


Camp Lynx available at Long Trail School

DORSET -- LTSummer is back for its second year of summer fun and learning at its best. LTSummer extends Long Trail School's commitment to academic curiosity. LTSummer classes enable children to develop skills, gain confidence in their abilities, and work and play cooperatively with others.

Camp Lynx offers choices each week to our oldest campers: July 1 -- Adventure Treks, Drama (just for fun) and Farm to Table; July 14 -- Pottery and Robotics; July 21 -- Adventure Treks and Math in Motion; July 28 -- Arts Around the World and Sports Camp. Whatever his/her interest, there is something for your child at LTSummer. Check out our complete brochure including information on Busy Bees (ages 3 and 4) and Curious Crickets (ages 5 through 7) online at

You can also call Chelley Tifft at 802-867-5717, ext. 190, or email for a print brochure.

No parking Saturday and Sunday

BENNINGTON -- The municipal parking lot behind the Bennington Station Restaurant will be closed from Saturday night, June 21 at 10 p.m. until Sunday afternoon, June 22, at 4 p.m. for the Great Race event. Please use the municipal parking lot behind the fire station during this time. For more information contact the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037.

Check out Museum and Park passes at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Don't pass up the opportunity to experience some great destinations for no cost or low cost this summer and fall. Check out one of the many passes that are available at Mark Skinner Library: Manchester's Public Library.

Available this year are: American Precision Museum, admits up to two adults with school-aged children free of charge.

Clark Art Institute, admits two adults free of charge (children always free). Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center, admits up to two adults and three youth for $2/admission.

Shelburne Museum, admits two adults and accompanying children under 18 free of charge. Southern Vermont Arts Center, admits entry to one family or a group up to four people free of charge. Vermont Historic Site, admits up to eight people free to any Vt. Historic Site. (Sites range from early settlements, to pivotal Revolutionary War sites, to the private homesteads of U.S. Presidents.) Vermont History Museum, admits one family free to the museum. Vermont State Park, admits one vehicle with up to eight people free of charge for one day to any state park.

Stop by Mark Skinner Library at 48 West Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to check out your passport to fun this summer. Restrictions apply. For more information, call 802-362-2607.

Adult summer reading program

BENNINGTON -- Literary Elements is the theme for the Adult Summer Reading Program at the Bennington Free Library, and it's all about science: Natural sciences, social sciences, and even science fiction. Adults and high school students are invited to "explore new worlds" through biographies of famous scientists, try stargazing in your backyard, or practice using an app to download free audiobooks and eBooks.

No registration is required to participate and there are no minimum reading requirements.

Stop by the library and pick up activity sheets and book review forms in the main reading room, complete each sheet, and return it to the Reference Desk to be entered for biweekly prize drawings.

Enjoy two movie matinees: Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. watch a recent World War II movie (Rated PG-13, 1 hour 52 minutes); and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. enjoy a Viewers' Choice Matinee.

Vote for the movie you want to see. Ballots will be available in the display in the main reading room and at the June 28 movie. Movies are free, open to the public, and include refreshments. The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. Call 802-442-9051 for more information.


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