Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, April 9

Chili Challenge fundraiser

MANCHESTER -- The town of Manchester, Manchester Parks and Recreation Department, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester, announce the 22nd Annual Chili Challenge to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The Chili Challenge is an evening to showcase your chili, macaroni and cheese and/or your wing recipe or to come taste and vote on your favorite chili, mac and cheese, or wings. Restaurants and individual chefs have long enjoyed this evening to promote their establishment while at the same time assisting Manchester and the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department in their fund raising efforts. This year all proceeds will go towards the 4th of July fireworks and the Manchester summer street fests.

Admission is $6 per person.

Contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at

802-362-1439 or

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.

Blood drive at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mountaineer Athletic Center gymnasium. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The college invites and encourages community members to participate in the blood drive.

For more information or to sign up to donate blood, contact SVC's Civic Engagement Coordinator Corie Steinke at 802-447-4667 or

Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or

Food experimentalist speaks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Food experimentalist Dave Arnold will visit Williams College to deliver a talk and demonstration on food science. The event, "Science and technology in the kitchen" will take place at 8 p.m. in the Bronfman Science Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Preschool story hour

BENNINGTON -- A preschool story hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be held for children 3 to 5 upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Join us along with Dare Meunier from Second Chance Animal Center for a special story hours where pets are the stars. For more info call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.


Arlington School District Board

Arlington Memorial High School Marsh Library, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of March 26 Minutes 3. Public Comment 4. Old Business A. ASD Board Candidate/Election update B. Capital Expenditure planning C. Fisher Vent Cleaning progress D. Lunch Tables at Fisher E. Weighted grades discussion F. Pay Schedule for coaches G. Other 5. Administrative Reports A. Student Council Representative B. AMHS Fisher Elementary School Principal C. School Principal D. Superintendent 6. School Board Reports A. Subcommittee Reports B. Contracts (all FY15 Administrator/Teacher/Staff contracts) C. Purchases D. Warrants 7. New Business A. Superintendent Elect Judy Pullinen visit in April B. Smarter Balance Student Testing Information (to replace NECAP in 2015) C. Summer/Fall 2014 Staff Development Plans D. Administration Summer Schedules and accomplishments E. Senior graduation update F. Bus bids -- Reggie Jennings, Rich Lederer G. Other 8. Executive Session if needed 9. Next meeting: April 23 at 6:30 p.m. Adjourn.

Vermont Veterans' Home Board of Trustees Meeting

Vermont Veterans' Home Crispe Room, 12:30 p.m.

An executive session regarding personnel or legal matters will be held immediately following the open meeting. No agenda provided.

BVSU Meeting

Arlington Memorial High School March Library, 5:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Executive session -- BVSU Contract Discussion 3. Other Business as needed 4. Next meeting, April 23 at 6 p.m. Adjourn.

Shaftsbury Elementary School District Board of Directors' Meeting

Shaftsbury Elementary School Learning Center, 6:15 p.m.

Executive Session for Interview. 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting

Agenda: 1. Appointment of new board member 2. Citizens comments 3. Presentations A. Southshire Challenge Project, Laura Boudreau and Sue Phelps 4. Action Items A. Financial a. Treasurer's Report, March B. Consent Agenda C. Facilities 5. Reports A. Principal B. Superintendent a. CFP Visit/Alignment C. Chair a. Update on appointment of vacant board seat b. VSBA Training held March 31 D. District 1 Update a. Updated Shaftsbury School District Configuration analysis 6. Other 7. FYI A. Next Regular Shaftsbury Meeting date, May 14 B. Budget Status Report C. SVSU Student Enrollment for April D. 2014-15 School Boards' member listing E. SVSU 2014-15 School Calendar 8. Executive Session if necessary.


Working program

SHAFTSBURY -- Kimberly Farms offers a working program for ages 11 to adult. For every eight hours you volunteer doing chores on the farm, you receive a horse-riding lesson or trail ride. For more information, email or visit

Bennington Monument opens April 19

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Battle Monument opens on Saturday, April 19, in time for Easter Weekend. To kick off the season opening of Vermont's tallest structure, an egg hunt for children ages 12 and under will start at 10 a.m., followed by a second egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Some of the eggs will contain free passes to the monument observation level that is accessible by elevator. Otherwise, admission to the monument is $5 for adults and $1 for children throughout the season. The monument and gift shop will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31.

The 306-foot monument is located in Old Bennington at 15 Monument Circle.

The Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union meeting schedule for 2014-15 is available at


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