Morning Briefing -- Wednesday, July 23


Thrift shop

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.

Southwest Vermont Beer and Spirits forum

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Industrial Corp., Better Bennington Corp., Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Bennington County Regional Commission and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development are pleased to announce the inaugural Southwest Vermont Beer and Spirits Forum on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Colgate Park.

Due to a significant increase in entrepreneurs looking to enter the brewery and distilling space, the forum will be designed to offer guidance in best practices and explore efficiencies of scale regarding co-locating.

There will be a breakout session toward the end of the agenda to optimize the programs and incentives that could support brewing and distilling in Southwest Vermont.

The event is open to the public.

Science Fair at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Make things fizz, bubble and pop at the Mark Skinner Library's Family Fun Science Fair on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Have fun making lava lamps, playing with nano sand and performing fun experiments.

Preregistration required. Call the library at 802-362-2607 now to reserve your spot. Free program. Open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will be having Zumba Gold from 9:30-10:30 a.m., will be showing a movie from 1-3 p.m. and will be hosting the AARP Driving Course from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free documentary screening

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free, exclusive screening of the acclaimed documentary "Honor Flight -- One Last Mission," a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers' race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. This event will take place on July 23, in the Crispe Multi-Purpose room, Vermont Veterans' Home at 6:30 p.m. (Donations gladly accepted.) Call 802-442-6353 for more info.

Veterans and Guardians can fill out applications that evening for upcoming Fall 2014 Leatherstocking Honor Flights or can download applications right now at Fall 2014 Flights: September 6 and October 4.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- Story Lab with Ms. H20, for 3- to 6-year-olds, parents and caregivers. Be a super scientist; experiment and explore different science principles with Ms. H20 as your guide. Join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room.


Vermont Information Technology Leaders to offer free VITLDirect webinar on July 29

BURLINGTON -- To enable health care providers to securely send clinical information for the patients they are treating, Vermont Information Technology Leaders has launched VITLDirect, a messaging system that electronically sends and receives patient data. VITL's e-health specialists will host a free webinar for health care providers and medical staff on July 29 at noon to learn more about adding VITLDirect to electronic health record systems, or as a stand-alone, secure email option for communicating patient information to other providers.

The VITLDirect secure communication system uses the national technical standard for sending and receiving health information known as the Direct project. It functions like regular email with additional security measures to ensure that messages are only accessible to the intended recipient, per the protection regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. For example, with VITLDirect, a primary care physician can share recent test results with a referring specialist in advance of a patient's scheduled appointment.

VITLDirect can be utilized to communicate among providers involved in a patient's transition of care from a hospital to a rehabilitation or long term care facility.

To learn more about VITLDirect and to register for the free webinar, please visit


An article published Saturday, "Cycle club makes donation to begin ‘Ninja Bike Path,'" incorrectly attributed the bike path sign work to GBH Studios in New Hampshire. It should have listed Bennington Selectman Greg Van Houten's GVH Studios in Bennington.


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