Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, Feb. 19

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.

Programs at the Milne Public Library

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Chess Club will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. , and third graders through teens are welcome. From 3 to 4 p.m. on the same day, Otha Day will do a drum circle for tweens and teens in the rear of the library. Drums will be provided, or you can bring your own. Sign up in advance for the drum circle at the main circulation desk.

A local railroad history presentation

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Historical Society's next program is "The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad" presented by Bill Badger at the Long Trail School at 7 p.m. Come find out how a library brought forth a railroad. This 5.9-mile-long railroad line was constructed to transport marble from the Dorset quarry meant for construction of the New York Public Library.

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School choice day open house

BENNINGTON -- Come celebrate School Choice Day at Forrest Ward Memorial School's open house. Activities are from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to all children grades 1 to 8. There will be a crafts, games, make-your-own pizzas and more. Parents are invited to tour the school at 11:30 a.m. Call 802-681-7029 to reserve space for your child. Forrest Ward Memorial School is located at 404 Houghton Lane.

Movie showing for kids

MANCHESTER -- Come to the Mark Skinner Library at 11 a.m. for a screening of "Despicable Me 2." Enjoy snacks while watching this movie. Free program, open to the public.


Pownal Development Review Board

Town Office, 6 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Approval of Feb. 19 Agenda 2. Approval of Continuance of Public Hearing Minutes of Jan. 15 re: Frey, Permit #NB120023 3. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of Jan. 15 4. Approval of Continuance of Public Hearing Minutes of Jan. 15 re: TAM, Inc., Permit #NB130032 5. Approval of Site Visit Minutes of Jan. 18 re: TAM, Inc., Permit #NB130032 6. Approval of (2) Continuance of Public Hearing Minutes of Jan. 29 re: TAM, Inc., Permit # NB130032 7. Approval of Finding of Facts of Jan. 29 re: TAM, Inc., Permit #NB130032 8. Mail 9. Other Business 10. Public Comments 11. Guests.


MAU needs host families

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Music Department led by Instrumental Director Marjorie Rooen and Choral Director Lynn Sweet, is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting the New England Music Festival this spring. On March 20-22, 450 high school musicians will take part in this memorable musical experience in our community. This festival attracts the top high school student musicians from all over New England.

One of the most unique features of the New England Music Festival is that students stay with host families in the local community during the festival.

We are in need of families who are willing to host these great kids. This will involve two nights of housing, two breakfasts and a dinner as well as transportation to and from MAU. Ideally each student would have a bed, but if that is not possible, sofas, air mattresses and cots would work too.

Please consider opening your home to the students. They are the very best of their high school music department. Past hosts have commented that this is a great experience for them as well as for the visiting student. If you would like to get involved, please go to for a Host Family Packet, complete and return it to Christina Gabrus, Festival Coordinator, MAUHS as soon as possible. Call 802-447-7511 with questions.


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