Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, Feb. 26

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.

Registration deadline to vote

BENNINGTON -- The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerk's Office.

Grafton Book Club meets

GRAFTON -- The Grafton Community Book Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. This week, it will discuss M. L. Stedman's novel about an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife and the devastating choices they must make when fate brings them the child they have so long wished for in an unexpected way.

New AARP driver safety course

BENNINGTON -- Starting at 8:30 a.m., the new AARP Smart Driver Course will be taught at the Bennington Senior Center on Pleasant Street. The overall look and feel of this new four-hour AARP Smart Driver Course is entirely different from the past courses. It has been designed to include older adult learning strategies and is now more participant-friendly and easier to follow. As a result of completing the course, participant's will learn research-based strategies which can reduce the likelihood of their having a crash.

To sign up for this new course, call Sue at the Bennington Senior Center at 802-442-1052.

Gentle Yoga classes

ARLINGTON -- Gentle Yoga classes will start at 9 a.m. at the Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road. The fee for a six-week session is $65. Arrive 10 minutes before the class, if this is your first time. If interested, contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve your space. A Tuesday evening class in Arlington also continues.

'Preparing for Matchmaker' workshops

MANCHESTER -- The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) invites Vermont business owners to a free workshop, "Preparing for the Matchmaker." This two-hour workshop is intended to prepare business owners for the upcoming Vermont Matchmaker Event on March 6.

This free workshop will be offered at the Manchester Town Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Businesses can register for these free workshops and see a complete listing of training events at

Contact a VT PTAC procurement counselor by email at Joanne.Spaulding@state.vt. us or call 802-828-5243.

Gentle yoga for cancer survivors

BENNINGTON -- Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6-7 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

Free FAFSA workshops at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Do you need help paying for college? Are you confused about how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? SVC invites students and families, who are applying for financial aid for Fall 2014, to attend a free FAFSA workshop.

Computers will be available to complete the FAFSA online. Staff from SVC and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) will be available to help with questions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

The event will take place at SVC in the Interdisciplinary Computer Lab on campus (located in the building behind the Dining Hall). Travel up the SVC driveway, turn left into the first parking lot and look for signs.

Bring your questions and financial information (tax return, W-2s, etc. ).

The free, drop-in workshops will give students and families an opportunity to complete and file their online FAFSA applications by the March 1 deadline. For more information on the FAFSA workshops, contact Susan Rochette, director of student financial services, at 802-447-6339 or


Board of Civil Authority

Bennington Town Clerk's Office, 4:30 p.m.

Agenda: Discuss the upcoming March Town and School meetings.

BVSU Board

Arlington Memorial School Library, 5 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Superintendent Candidate Interview (Executive Session requested) 3. Discussion/Action -- recommendation to hire superintendent (executive session requested) 4. Motion to Adjourn.

SVSU Board of Directors

MAU Middle School

Executive Session for Personnel at 6:30 p.m. at Conference Room Regular Meeting Library at 7:30p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comments 2. Finance/Operations related A. Treasurer's Report, Jan. 2014 B. Update on Emergency Management plans and results of security audit 3. Personnel A. Job descriptions a. Human Resources Manager b. Maintenance Foreman c. Accounting Manager d. Administrative Assistant Finance e. Student Data and Assessment Specialist (to be posted) 4. New Business A. SVSU Technology Plan B. SVSU School Calendar 2014-15 5. Consent Agenda A. Minutes B. Warrants C. Resignations D. Retirements E. Leave of Absence F. Nominations 6. Chair's Report A. Update on Superintendent Search 7. Other 8. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment, Feb. 2014 B. SVSU Personnel Committee Minutes, Jan. 28: Unapproved C. SVSU Budget Status Report 9. Continuation of Executive Session. Adjourn by 9 p.m.


Annual report available

BENNINGTON -- Catamount Access Television Corporation, which provides, public, educational and governmental access services to the people of Woodford, Bennington, Pownal, North Bennington and Shaftsbury, will cablecast its 2013 Annual Report on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. Tune into channel 15 to see how 74 individuals helped to provide approximately 2900 programs covering a wide range of viewports and interests. Watch and glean information and facts about CAT-TV, its classes, membership and much more.

Paper copies of the 2013 Annual Report are available at CAT-TVs Office at 625 Main St. For more information, contact Darlene Young, outreach coordinator, at 802-442-8868.

VSAC: Student applications due by March 7

WINOOSKI -- The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. administers more than 160 scholarships for Vermont organizations and individuals looking to help worthy students in their local communities or who share a common academic pursuit. But students need to act fast -- the deadline for applying for the 2014-15 academic year is March 7.

"VSAC is the one-stop source for students and their families when it comes to talking about and financing education and training after high school," said Scott Giles, president and CEO. "The scholarships that VSAC administers are a real benefit to accomplished students with academic goals in mind."

Information on available scholarships and eligibility can be found in VSAC's online brochure, Scholarships for Vermonters, available at

VSAC also has links to complete the online unified scholarship application, or USA, and any required transcripts, recommendations or other documentation can be uploaded right at the VSAC website. For more information, call 888-253-4819.


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