Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, March 12

Concert fundraiser

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Police Union, MassCops Local 382 will present its annual concert at the Drury High School Auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m., this year featuring "America Ride" A Tribute to Southern Rock/Modern Country. Proceeds will benefit the community. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 508-804-5352, or at the door, for a suggested $10 donation.

Workshop on writing farm produce safety plans

BENNINGTON -- The University of Vermont Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture free local workshop on the principles of good agricultural practices will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (co-sponsored by Bennington College) at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action Center, at Bennington College.

Having a food safety plan in place can help fruit and vegetable growers improve operational efficiency and produce quality as well as improve on-farm sanitation and minimize the risks of microbial contamination.

All participants will complete a detailed draft of a farm produce safety plan for their operation. They also will receive a free practical produce safety manual. Register by phone at 802-656-5459.

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 at 802-447-0393 or visit

Thrift shop at church open

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.

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.

Presentation on ‘Kid 382'

BENNINGTON -- Thondup Tsering, a community organizer from Amherst, will offer a presentation, entitled "Kid 382," at Southern Vermont College on Wednesday, March 12.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hunter Hall, Greenberg Atrium. A reception will follow where guests may personally speak with Tsering.

Tsering's presentation is a story of a Tibetan refugee boy named "Kid 382," the story of Tibet and the work of the Tibetan Children's Village, the largest Tibetan Non-Governmental Organization in India for the care of over 15,000 Tibetan refugee children. Through hard work and support from strangers, Kid 382 works his way from the streets of India to a professional career in the United States.

For more information on Tsering's presentation, contact SVC's Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or To view future events at SVC, go to

Berkshire Symphony concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music will presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.

There will be a pre-concert talk with guest conductor Michael Adelson before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both of these events are free and open to the public. This concert will include works of Keith Fitch, Bernard Rands, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Red Cross blood drive

MANCHESTER -- A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Manchester Village's First Congregational Church from noon to 5:30 p.m. Dorset Church members will furnish the canteen. If you are healthy and over the age of 16, consider giving. Call 800-843-3500 with any questions.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The the Senior Center will offer a St. Patrick's potluck, starting at noon, and a movie from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- Opening last weekend and running for the next two weeks, Oldcastle Theatre Company's theater on Main Street hosts "Sherlock Holmes -- Knight's Gambit," a new mystery story written specifically for small theaters like Oldcastle by playwright Paul Falzone. Directed by Eric Peterson, Oldcastle's Producing Artistic Director, the show captures all the suspense, wit and intrigue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous stories using a single set and a small cast.

"Sherlock Holmes -- Knight's Gambit" offers an engaging theater experience that promises to get even better over its next two weeks at Oldcastle. Showings run Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at


Cambridge Central School District

Announcement: Budget workshop cancelled: The CCSD budget workshop that was scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m. has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for March 18 during the regular Board of Education meeting in Room 80.

Arlington School Board

Marsh Library, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. School Board Information Packet 3.

Reorganization of the Arlington School Board A. Elect Chair B. Elect Vice-Chair C. Elect Clerk D. Elect 3 BVSU Representatives E. Designate Newspaper (suggest: Bennington Banner) F. Designate Legal Services (Suggest: Lynn, Lynn, Blackman) G. Designate School Board Member to approve budget transfers over $1000 4. Linda Crosby, Town Treasurer A. Sinking fund and borrowing information 5. Approval of Minutes Feb. 27 6. Public Comment 7. Student Council Representative Report 8. Principal's Report A. Fisher Elementary School B. Arlington Memorial High School 9. Superintendent's Report A. Strategic Plan Development B. Policy Work C. Other 10. School Board Report 11. Financial A. Contracts B. Purchases C. Warrants 12. Other Business 13. Executive Session, if needed 14. Next meeting, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Adjourn.

Pownal Board of Sewer Commissioners

Pownal Wastewater Treatment Facility conference room, 6 p.m.

Agenda: Special meeting: 1. A work session has been scheduled for the fiscal 2014-15 WWTF operations and maintenance budget.

Shaftsbury Elementary School Board

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

Agenda: 1. Re-organization of Board and Appointments to Committees A. Appointment of vacant seat on Board 2. Citizen's Comments 3. Presentation (none) 4. Action Items A. Financial 1. Treasurer's Report, February 2. Budget Transfer Requests (2) B. Consent Agenda C. Facilities a. Cafeteria: Refridgeration 5. School Improvement Plan Approval 6. Reports A. Principal a. Happenings at Shaftsbury Elementary B. Superintendent C. Chair 7. Other 8. FYI A. Next meeting date April 9 B. Budget Status Report C. SVSU Student enrollment for March D. Vt. AOE, Participation in Statewide Assessments 9. Executive Session in necessary.

BVSU Board

Arlington Memorial High School Marsh Library following Arlington School Board meeting

Agenda: 1. Call to Order A. Reorganization of the BVSU B. Elect Chair C. Elect Vice- Chair D. Elect Clerk E. Designate Newspaper (suggest Bennington Banner) F. Designate Legal Services (suggest Lynn, Lynn and Blackman) G. Designate School Board Member to Approve Budget Transfers over $1,000 2. Approval of Minutes of Feb. 27 3. Public Comment 4. Special Education Director's Report 5. Superintendent's Report A. Business Office B. 21 Century after-school program C. Bus Purchase D. Other 6. School Board Report 7. Financial A. Contract B. Purchases C. Warrants 8. Other Business 9. Executive Session (Contract) 10. Next meeting: March 26 at 6 p.m. Adjourn.

North Bennington Prudential Committee

North Bennington Graded School District Building Library at 7 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Swearing in: Oaths of office Administered by the Secretary of the district 2. Reorganization of the Board A. Election of Officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Board Secretary B. Representatives 1. SVSU Board 2. SVSU Policy Committee 3. SVSU Food Service Committee 3. Citizens' Comments 4. Consent Agenda 5. Treasurer's Report, Feb. A. Budget Status Report B. New treasurer 6. Policies A. #5003 Prevention of bullying of student by other students: Adopt 7. Superintendent's Report 8. Board Discussion and setting forward agenda A. Role as a Non-Operating district B. Educating ourselves as Board members 1. VSBA Training, March 31: Essential Work of Vermont School Boards CDC, 5 to 8 p.m. C. Relations with SVSU D. Renewable of Tuition agreement and lease with VSNB E. Review Residency and tuition payment policies F. Public information responsibility regarding choice 9. Update on NBGSD Website discussion: Maria Scully 10. Other 11. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment for March 12. Executive Session, if necessary.


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