Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, March 5

Lecture explores history of genre painting

MANCHESTER -- James Maroney, former head of American Paintings at Sotheby's and Christie's, will discuss genre painting -- the portrayal of people engaged in everyday activities -- in a talk at First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. His talk, "Painting Ordinary People," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Southshire Community School open house

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Southshire Community School -- where children of all ages come together to learn, explore and share their individual interests in a safe, nurturing environment -- will host an open house at 7 p.m.

Educators and parents are invited to visit, meet faculty, parents and students, ask questions and hear more about this unique community of learners.

Southshire Community School is an accredited, family-oriented elementary school (K-8). Founded in 1987, its goal has been to help children become individuals who possess academic and critical thinking skills, love learning and value themselves as creative, contributing members of a community.

Gentle yoga for cancer


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.

Alumni panel discusses fiction writing

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dan Josefson ‘96, Fiona Maazel ‘97, Ethan Rutherford ‘02, Vivien Shotwell ‘03, and Miles Klee ‘07 will present a panel discussion and reading at Williams College on Wednesday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in room 3 of Griffin Hall. The panel will discuss careers in fiction writing.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception after the discussion.

After school community center

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- St. Luke's Episcopal Church is offering free tutoring and fun. Every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. St. Luke's parish hall, located at 4 St. Luke's Place, will be transformed into an after school community center for Cambridge Central School junior and senior high students.

There will be free tutoring as well as quality fun and fellowship. We are pleased to offer free snacks, a pool table, air hockey table, Foosball table, full kitchen, TV, much more. If you are a student looking for a place to hang out, get some help with some homework or just have some fun, then swing by.

Battenkill Grange meeting

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. This will be the annual baking contest, so bring your entry. The chapter also will be taking in three new members.


MAU Middle School Ag Land Committee

MAU Middle School room 1517, 4 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of minutes, Nov. 20, 2013 2. Update of Grants A. Availability in 2014/15 3. Shed for Youth Ag Program: Update 4. Composting Update 5. Long Range Plans: Updates A. Greenhouse B. Outdoor Classroom 6. Other Business 7. Next Meeting.

Pownal Development Review Board

Town Office, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of March 5, 2014 Agenda 2. Approval of the Regular Minutes of Feb. 5 3. Mail 4. Guest 5. Public comments 6. Other Business. Reminder Stewart's Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. Adjourn.

Woodford School Board

Woodford Hollow School at 3 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Reorganization of Board and Appointments to Committees 2. Public comments 3. Action Items A. Financial 1. Treasurer's Report, Feb. 2014 2. Approve 403B Plan B. Consent Agenda 1. Minutes, Jan. 29 2. Warrants 3. Resignations 4. Leave of Absence Request 5. Nominations 6. Field Trips 1. May 9: Montpelier, V.T. State Offices C. Policies 4. Reports A. Principal, Sandy Foster B. Superintendent, Catherine McClure A. Legislative Breakfast will meet March 24 C. Chair, Mark Tilley 1. Food Service Committee will meet March 20 5. Other 6. FYI A. Budget Status Report B. SVSU Student Enrollment for March 7. Executive Session if necessary.

Art exhibit of river

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- During the month of March on the display at the Joyce and David Milne Public Library is art by Joanna Gabler. This is Gabler's seventh exhibition at Milne Library. The title of the exhibition is "Broad Brook and Hoosic" since all the images shown in the library were created out of photographs taken by the artist on her many walks by the Hoosic River or its little and very picturesque tributary Broad Brook.


VFW St. Patrick's Day dinner

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 will be holding a St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 15, starting at 6 p.m. Corned beef or ham and cabbage; entertainment by Tommy T and the Black Velvet Girls. Tickets are $13 each or $25 per couple. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Veterans' Home receives award

BENNINGTON -- Vermont Veterans' Home proudly announces the receipt of the Pinnacle Quality Insight's 2013 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories Nursing Care, Cleanliness, and Treatment/Dignity, Vermont Veterans' Home displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

Melissa Jackson, Administrator of the Vermont Veterans' Home describes receiving the awards as an honor, stating that, "The Home has a great deal of oversight and inspections throughout the year. The Pinnacle results come directly from those we care for and are the true reflections of the incredible job our staff does day in and day out caring for America's Heroes."

Throughout its 129 year history of serving the community, The Vermont Veterans' Home has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every Veteran and Member are met. Over the course of 2013, a sampling of the Vermont Veterans' Home customers and their families have participated in monthly telephone interviews that include open-ended questions, as well the opportunity to rate the Vermont Veterans' Home in specific categories.

Every month, the Vermont Veterans' Home has gathered its real-time survey results in order to gain a better understanding of the Veterans' and Members' needs and make improvements when necessary.

By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, the Vermont Veterans' Home has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15 percent of the nation across a 12-month average. Clients have the opportunity to achieve this Best in Class distinction on a monthly basis in many categories designed to accurately reflect each Veterans' and Members' experience.

A customer satisfaction measurement firm with over 17 years of experience in long-term healthcare, Pinnacle conducts over 100,000 surveys a year and works with over 1,500 clients in 47 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


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