Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, May 21

Thrift shop hours

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, please 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 to 6:45 p.m.

Grafton historical society meeting

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The Grafton Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Grafton Town Hall. This month’s program is Native American Culture presented by Lisa Little Wolf. Little Wolf will talk about the traditions of different geographic regions, which have changed little over the years and are passed along through families. Little Wolf is originally from the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Lame Deer, Mont. An educator for many years, she travels the country speaking to peoples of many nations.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

’Success in America’ shown

MANCHESTER CENTER -- It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Find out why when Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and Israel Congregation present a special screening of the 92nd Street Y’s program, "Success in America," from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room.

Husband-and-wife team Amy Chua (author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother") and Jed Rubenfeld -- both Yale professors -- discuss their new book, "The Triple Package," and expose the three unlikely traits that explain the rises and fall of cultural groups in America, in a talk that could transform the way you think about success and achievement.

Tickets are available for $10. For more information, contact Karen Dreiblatt at 802-867-0111. You may register online at or by calling Karen directly.

Cambridge Literacy Festival

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The 13th Annual Cambridge Literacy Festival is scheduled for May 21 to 23. This year the festival will offer reading selections for the 7 to 12 and adult school community in the high school library.

This event will run Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities will include a book fair (vendors: Battenkill Bookstore and Northshire Bookstore), a used book bargain table, and a book swap (trade one used book for a "new" used read).

The festival will be run as a service to the school and local community with any profits from discounts being applied to book purchases and activities for both the high school book club. Organizers look forward to putting as many books in as many hands as possible.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesdays is May the Senior Center will host Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will show a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Moving Bennington Forward discussions

BENNINGTON -- In celebration of the 20th Quantum Leap exhibit, orrganizers are inviting the Bennington community to join in Moving Bennington Forward on May 21, 22, and 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Quantum Leap exhibit space at Mount Anthony Union High School. In addition to the community discussion series, the student-organized Knowledge Cafe will be open to serve coffee, tea, and pastries. Student art and academic work will be on exhibit.

May 21: A Collaborative Effort from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: David Beriau, assistant principal and dean of students at Mount Anthony Union High School. We will explore ways that schools and parents can partner together to encourage and inspire students to be happy, effective, productive, and self-reliant.

The National Heroin Epidemic from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Ralph Provenza, executive director, United Counseling Service. What can we do as a local community regarding the national heroin problem? We will discuss the facts about opiate use, how to prevent using in the first place, and explore some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs. Discussion led by Ralph Provenza, Dr. Doris Russell, United Counseling Service; Kristyn Harrington, assistant principal and school-based clinician at Mount Anthony Union High School; Bennington College students who are on the Heroin Epidemic Task Force; and Quantum Leap students.

Issues facing small businesses and non-profits in today’s growing economy, from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitator: Matthew Perry, executive director, Vermont Arts Exchange. Why is it essential that high school students be aware of these local and global economic issues? How do these issues impact rural America? In what ways do consumers influence local economies and communities? Can students produce products and objects for the local community and economy, and in what ways would this benefit them? Discussion led by Matthew Perry with Bennington small business owners and Quantum Leap students.

May 22: Understanding the role media and social media play in the image of our community, from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: Jeff Grimshaw, national media consultant.

What are the needs of my community?, from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Anais Dupin, Bennington College student and Quantum Leap academic mentor. Do you feel like you matter to the Bennington Community? Explore your role as a community member and contributor. In your opinion, what are the needs of the Bennington community? Your thoughts and ideas, as a member of this community, are absolutely vital to this forum.

Getting around Bennington from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitator: Donna Baker, executive director, Green Mountain Express. There are students in Bennington who want to participate in after school activities and get jobs, but they think they can’t due to lack of transportation. This community discussion will focus on our public bus service and other forms of transportation in the area and in Vermont. There are a surprising number of inexpensive transportation options that people don’t know about. We’ll be thinking out of the box when it comes to transportation in and out of Bennington. Discussion led by Donna Baker, executive director Green Mountain Express; Bennington College students; Quantum Leap students.

May 23: The Kids Gym: Health and Wellness for youth in Bennington from 3 to 4 p.m. Facilitator: Chris Bongartz, Vermont Department of Health, Bennington. How can we, as members of our community, combat the growing obesity issue, while ensuring that the youth of Bennington have healthy lifestyle options? We will discuss the proposal of a "kids’ gym," which would be hosted by the Recreation Center and dedicated to youth health and fitness. Discussion led by Chris Bongartz, Vermont Department of Health, and Quantum Leap students.

Solving the Impossible: Climate change and action from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilitator: Susan Sgorbati, faculty member, Bennington College Center for the Advancement of Public Action. This discussion will focus on the ways that citizens, especially students, can contribute to the action needed to combat climate change. Local food access, energy reduction, and protection of our water sources are a good beginning. Discussion led by Susan Sgorbati, faculty member, Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College; Bennington College students; and Quantum Leap students.

Window of Opportunity: Reengaging today’s youth from 5 to 6 p.m. Facilitators: Richard Crosier, director, Bridges Summer Transitional Program; Danielle Crosier, director, Quantum Leap Exhibit Program In what ways does the teenage brain differ from an adult brain, and why does it matter? When discussing the importance of education in the lives of adolescents, it is essential to understand the transitions that are taking place in their brains during this vital stage of emotional, social, psychological, and physical development. Discussion led by Richard Crosier, director of the Bridges Summer Transitional Program, Mount Anthony Union High School; Danielle Crosier, director of the Quantum Leap Exhibit Program, Mount Anthony Union High School; former Bridges students; Quantum Leap students; and Bennington College student mentors.


The MAUHS Messenger student newspaper, included as an insert with the Banner on May 17, misidentified the author of a story on page 2 about the French exchange students. The author was Sophie Peacock.

The headline on a story that ran on Monday’s front page about Hoosick company R.M. Bacon, which produces a byproduct used in compostable packaging, was incorrect. The headline should have read "Hoosick company gets loan to help produce compostable packaging."


Pownal Elementary School District Board

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

Agenda: 1. Opening, Pledge of Allegiance by Second Grade classes 2. Presentation: What’s Happening in Second Grade by Mrs. Derosia and Mrs. Hunt 3. Public Comments 4. Special Education Update 2013-14, Wendy Pierce, Director of Special Education 5. Personnel A. Job Description 6. Finance/Facilities 7. Action Items A. Financial a. Treasurer’s Report for April b. Budget Transfers c. VSBIT/VEHI Medical and Dental Programs B. Facilities C. Consent Agenda D. Policies 8. Principal’s Report A. School Effectiveness Plan updates a. Leadership Team Presentation of GMS School Effectiveness Plan B. Summer and After-school planning 9. Chair’s Report 10. Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer reports 11. Other 12. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for May B. Budget Status Report 13. Executive Session for Administrative Evaluation.

Mount Anthony Union High School District Board

MAU Middle School Library at 6 p.m. for the Education Committee Meeting

MAU Middle School Conference Room at 6:45 p.m. for the Executive Session for Teacher Negotiations

MAU Middle School Library at 7 p.m. for Regular Meeting

Agenda: 1. Public Comment 2. Presentation: Common Core: Sue Maguire, Principal MAUHS and Tim Payne, Principal MAUMS 3. Finance A. Treasurer’s Report B. Budget Status Reports C. Gym Shed Purchase D. VSBIT/VEHI Medical and Dental Programs 4. Personnel A. Academic Mentor B. Increase in Secretarial Position C. School Counselor Leave of Absence 5. Consent Agenda A. Minutes B. Budget Transfer Request C. Warrants D. Leave of Absences E. Resignations F. Retirements G. Nominations H. Reassignments I. Field Trips 6. Administrator’s Report A. MAUHS, Sue Maquire, Principal B. MAUMS, Tim Payne, Principal 7. Student Representatives’ Reports 8. Committee Reports A. MAU Agriculture B. MAU Education 9. Superintendent’s Report 10. Chair’s Report A. Appointment of Woodford Representative to MAU Board of Directors: Steven Yarnell through to March elections 11. Policies 12. Other 13. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for May 14. Executive Session for Administrative evaluations.


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