Morning Briefing -- Wednesday


Wednesday, Jan. 22

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Senior Center will holding Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the Wednesday movie screening from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 802-442-1052 for more information.

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 -6:45 p.m.

Talk on Trayvon Martin case

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dr. Neil Roberts, assistant professor and Africana studies affiliate in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, will present a talk, "It's Bigger than Hip Hop: Decoding the Trayvon Martin Event," at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218. The event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the MCLA Honors Program and the Department of Philosophy, Modern Languages and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Watercolor class at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- From Jan. 22 to March 12 Bennington artist Ann Kremers will teach a watercolor class at Sheep Hill in Williamstown.

The simplicity of still life will be used to explore a variety of watercolor techniques including brush drawing, wet in wet painting, dry brush and watercolor with pen and ink. Assignments will guide students toward dynamic composition of the picture plane. All classes will be designed so that experienced painters can use the demonstrations to build on what they know, and newcomers will be given additional instruction to the use the techniques to begin.

The class will meet eight Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Sheep Hill is the home of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at 671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7 south). The cost is $240 for the eight three-hour sessions. A materials list will be provided. To register or for more information, contact Ann Kremers at or 802-442-7108.

Register for snowmobiling event for those with special needs

WOODFORD -- The Woodford SnoBusters will once again host its annual Very Special People Ride which gives snowmobile rides for adults and children 6-plus with special needs.

The event will be held at the McKenna Barn in Woodford. Come join them for hot dogs, refreshments and snowmobile rides on Saturday, Feb. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. This event is free. RSVP to Jeanne McKenna by Wednesday, Jan. 22, via email: or by phone: 802-447-0591. Children under 16 and anyone needing assistance must be accompanied by an adult.

A pre-school story hour at BFL

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a Pre-School Study Hour will be held for children aged 3-5 years upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Art, games, songs, science and math activities will be used to explore children's literature. Early literacy and listening skills will be emphasized. For more info, call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.


Bennington Select Board

Town Office Conference Room, 5:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Executive Session A. Litigation B. Real Estate.

Arlington School Board

Arlington Memorial High School Marsh Library, 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Executive Session (TBA) Approval of Minutes 1/8/14 3. Public Comment 4. Final Approval of FY13 Audit 5. Principal's Report 6. Fisher Elementary School 7. Arlington Memorial High School 8. High School Student Council Representative Report 9. Superintendent's Report A.

School Choice B. Common Core Article 10. School Board Report A.

Financial 1. Contracts 2. Purchases 3. Warrants 11. Other Business 12. Next Meeting 2/12/14. Adjourn.

SVSU Board of Directors

MAU Middle School

Executive Session: Contract Agreement and Personnel Employment Contract Matters

Conference Room at 7 p.m.

Regular Meeting Library at 7:30 p.m.

Agenda: 1. Public Comments 2. SVSU Budget FY15 3. Policies (None) 4. Finance Related A. Treasurer's Report, December 2013 B. Budget Status Report C. Proposed Lease D. Attorney Contract 5. Consent Agenda 1. Minutes 2. Warrants 3. Job Descriptions 4. Resignations 5. Retirements 6. Leave of Absence 7. Nominations 6. Superintendents' Reports A. Legislative Breakfast 1/20/14 B. Joint BSD, MAU, SVSU, CDC and Bennington Town Presentation , 2/10/14 7. Chair's Report A. Update on Superintendent Search and other personnel matters 8. Other 9. FYI A. SVSU Student Enrollment, January 2014 B. February 26, 2014 1. Teacher Evaluation Revision 2. Transportation Bid 10. Possible Continuation of Executive Session. Adjourn by 9 p.m.


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