Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, April 30

Thrift shop open 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. 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.

Introduction to somatic experiencing

ARLINGTON -- An introduction to somatic experiencing will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $20 at St. James Episcopal Church at 46 Church St. RSVP to Rebecca Hammer at

Poetry reading

BENNINGTON -- The Poetry at Bennington series presents a reading and discussion with Shane McCrae, recipient of the 2011 Whiting Writers and 2013 NEA Creative Writing Followship, in Tishman Lecture Hall at Bennington College at 7 p.m.


SVSU Board of Directors

MAU Middle School

Executive Session for PersonnelConference Room, 7 p.m. Arbitration Decision

Regular Meeting Library, 7:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comments 2. Presentation: Focused monitoring response to the Agency of Education. Charlie Gingo, Facilitator; Wendy Pierce, Interim Special Education Director; Committee members 3. Mathematics Resources purchase. Donna Leep, Assistant Superintendent; Patricia Conway, Teacher Leader Mathematics 4. Finance/Operations related A. Treasurer's Report, March 2014 B. Heritage Family Credit Union 5. New Business 6. Consent Agenda A. Minutes B. Warrants C. Resignations D. Retirements E. Leave of Absence F. Nominations 7. Policies (None) 8. Superintendent's Reports A. Agenda Items 2 and 3 B. Career Week 2014 9. Chair's Report A. March 31: VSBA Essential Work of School Boards 10. Other A. Next meetings, May 28 and June 25 11. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment, April 2014 B. SVSU Budget Status Report C. State of Vermont AOE: April 7 A-133 Audit Letter 12. Executive Session for Teacher negotiations.


PAVE needs volunteers

BENNINGTON -- PAVE is currently seeking new applicants for the domestic and sexual violence crisis hotline. No prior experience or specialized education is necessary; just a willingness to help. PAVE will provide relevant advocacy training that will increase a volunteer's confidence in his or her ability to provide a heightened level of support for and trust from victims of violence, and a degree of professionalism needed to work with various agencies within the community.

Volunteer advocates are an integral part of PAVE, and become part of a valuable community-wide support system that promotes and helps create positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by relationship violence. An evening training will begin mid-May. Call Nancy at PAVE at 802-442-2370 for additional information and for an application.


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