Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, June 4

Talk on the importance of self-reflection

MANCHESTER -- Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton will discuss how self-examination contributes to a richer life, in a talk at First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Her talk, "The Examined Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. The Manchester series is hosted by the Mark Skinner Library.

Touching on the famous proclamation from Socrates, "The unexamined life is not worth living," Claxton will explore what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it.

Thrift shop open

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 in Johnsonville, N.Y., 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. One can join at any time and at any stage in one's 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.

Ladies Golf League back for summer

BENNINGTON -- The Ladies Golf League starts Wednesday, June 4. Welcome back golfers from previous years and new players to join either the 18-hole or 9-hole group. Register in the Golf Shop, before Wednesday if possible, to expedite the process. The first morning of the League can get hectic.

New developments: Sandy Stevens, physical trainer and massage therapist will offer a Golf Stretch Class starting at 7:45 a.m. for 30 minutes. Class is available to both ladies leagues (18-hole and 9-hole). Cost is $5 per session. It will take place in the 19th Green. Bring exact change or make checks payable to Sandy Stevens.


BENNINGTON -- A son, Eli Robert Hall, was born on May 7, 2014 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, to parents Jami Marie and Robert Joseph Hall of North Adams, Mass.


MAU Middle School Ag Land Committee

CDC, 4 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of April 2 and May 7 minutes. 2. Outdoor classroom 3. Connections to CDC 4. Budget update 5. Compost update 6. Grants 7. State of the Gardens/Update of the American Chestnut Nursery 8. Summer Plan/Garden Camp 9. New Business 10. Next meeting is July 2 11. Other.

Woodford School District Board of Directors

Woodford Hollow School, 3 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comments 2. Action Items A. Financial a. Treasurer's Report: May 2014 B. Consent Agenda a. Minutes for May 7 b. Warrants c. Resignations d. Leave of Absence request e. Nominations C. Field Trips D. Policies 3. Reports A. Principal Sandy Foster B. Superintendent Catherine McClure C. Chair Mark Tilley 4. Other 5. FYI A. Budget Status Report B. SVSU Student Enrollment for June 6. Executive Session for Personnel Compensation for 2014-15.

Bennington School District Board of Directors

Monument Elementary Library, 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Open Regular Meeting and present motion to move to Library for Executive Off Contract Personnel Compensation and Teacher's Negotiated Agreement 2. Return to open session at 7:30 p.m. 3. Citizens' Comments 4. Presentation A. School Action Plans, Maura Hart, School Effectiveness Coach and BSD Principals B. Role of Special Educators in SWIFT: Wendy Pierce, Director of Special Education 5. Task list from last meeting 6. Finance/Facilities A. Treasurer's Report, May B. Tax anticipation note for FY15 C. BCRC Applegate to Willowbrook Path Support 7. Consent Agenda 8. Educational Matters, Reference #2 Presentation A. Regular Education B. Special Education 9. Policies A. #5156 Student Nutrition and Wellness WARN 10. Committee/Board Meeting Reports A. FSAC, June meeting date to be set B. SVSU Technology Report C. SVSU Meeting of May 28 11. Chair's Report 12. Superintendent's Report A. Retrospective and Thank You 13. Other 14. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for June B. Budget Status Report C. Molly Stark Award: Vermont Department of Health School Wellness Award 2014 15. Task List review for this meeting. Adjourn.


Pool open at country club

BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Country Club pool is open for the summer; hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lifeguards will be on duty on weekends until school ends, and daily starting June 25 through Labor Day.

All members and their guests must sign in with the lifeguard on duty daily. If no lifeguard on duty, check in at the bar. Guest fee is $7 per person per day. Swimming lessons at Mount Anthony Country Club this summer: visit them online.


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