Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, May 14

Thrift shop at church

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. 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.

Jonathan Goldsmith

at Second Chance

BENNINGTON -- An actor and supporter of many worthy animal-related causes, Jonathan Goldsmith of Manchester will be the guest speaker at the 55th Annual Meeting of Second Chance Animal Center. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Second Congregational Church in Bennington. The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available.

Goldsmith is best known as "The Most Interesting Man in the World," a character he plays in the television commercials for Dos Equis beer.

He will discuss his dogs, his work to fund a cure for canine cancer, his careers in advertising and show business and other facets of his life.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center is having Potluck today, from noon on, and a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.


* A press release, "Two MAUHS students recognized for musicial abilities" that ran on Tuesday’s community page omitted the name of a third student who also participated in the Vermont All State Music Festival: Abel Lefebvre was also a participant.

* A story, "Drive-in to open for season after going digital" that ran on Saturday’s front page wrongly attributed Greenawalt’s primary funding to the Maurice Sendak Foundation. The most significant contribution came in the form of a personal donation from Lynn Caponera, Maurice Sendak’s personal assistant, friend and caretaker. She made the donation because she believed it was something Sendak, the creator of "Where the Wild Things Are," would have contributed to. Caponera donated what was needed under the stipulation that Hathaway’s be made a collection point for non-perishable food items.


Arlington School Board

Arlington Memorial High School, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Minutes, March 26, April 9, April 23 3. Public comment 4. Old Business/Deliverables from Previous Meetings A. Welcome new board member B. Idling policy -- Wayne Michaud C. Gym Use/Fee Schedule - Tim Stewart D. Coaches Pay schedules E. Status of Enrollment Study -- Karen Gallese F. Status of Waste Water Engineering Firms -- Jamie Paustian G. Key Control -- Karen Gallese H. Rediker and Edline software use I. Maternity Leave request -- Karen Gallese J. Cafeteria Revenue/Expense Report -- Karen Gallese/Brenda Pike K. Technology Purchase Proposal -- Ben Leslie 5. Administrative Reports A. Student Council Representative B. AMHS Principal C. Fisher Elementary School Principal a. Residency presentation by Grade 3 D. Superintendent 6. School Board Reports A. Subcommittee Reports B. Contracts C. Purchases D. Warrants 7. New Business A. Subcommittee Selection a. Finance b. Policy c. Technology 8. Executive Session.

Next meeting is May 28 at 6 p.m. Adjourn.

Shaftsbury Elementary School Board

Shaftsbury Elementary School Learning Center, 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Citizens Comments 2. Presentation -- No Presentation 3. Action Items A. Financial 1. Treasurer’s Report, April 2. Budget Transfer Request of May 5 3. VSBIT/VEHI Medical and Dental Programs B. Consent Agenda C. Facilities 1. Kitchen Floor Repair 2. Parking Lot Update 3. Otter Creek/Water Line 4. Reports A. Principal 1. Walk and Roll Day, May 7 2. Teacher Appreciation Day, May 6 B. Superintendent C. Chair D. Next SVSU Legislative Breakfast is June 2 5. Other 6. FYI A. Next Regular Shaftsbury meeting date is Wednesday, June 11 B. Budget Status Report C. SVSU Student Enrollment for May D. 2014-15 School Boards’ Member listing 7. Executive Session in necessary.


New home caregivers workshop scheduled

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library and the Bennington County Caregivers Coalition are pleased to announce a new workshop in the Home Caregivers’ series, "Living with Parkinson’s" on Thursday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

The featured speaker will be Jean Baker, Department of Neurology at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Jean has worked with patients with Parkinson’s Disease for fifteen years, first as a nurse and for the past two years as a Nurse Practitioner. She will be presenting a research poster on the issue of hospitalization in Parkinson’s Disease patients at the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society International Congress in Stockholm, Sweden in June.

The workshop is free and open to the public and is funded through a grant from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. Pre-registration is recommended by June 2. A light supper will be served. The Library is wheelchair accessible. Call the library, 802-442-9051 to pre-register or for additional information.


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