Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, June 7

Antique and Classic Car Show

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce Antique and Classic Car Show will be held on June 7 and 8 at The Dorr Farm.

This year's show will feature Special Marques -- domestic pickups and British Leyland imports -- and 38 classes of antique and classic cars and antique trucks. The show field will have food vendors, car corral, and flea market and games throughout the weekend.

There will be a car parade through Manchester on Saturday afternoon and an "early bird" cruise-in on Friday evening along Depot Street and a Saturday evening cocktail party at The Barrows House in Dorset plus a barn dance at Dorr Farm. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Full show details and registration are available at or or by calling the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce at 802-362-6313.

Defensive driving class

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor the Defensive Driving course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street , beginning at 8:30 a.m. Successful completion of this class allows for 10 percent reduction on collision and liability for 3 years and reduces 4 points from your driver's license on points acquired in the prior 18 months. Register early by calling 518-686-4854.

Fight for Air Climb at Bennington Monument

BENNINGTON -- The American Lung Association of the Northeast will host its annual Fight for Air Climb in Bennington at the Bennington Battle Monument. The Fight for Air Climb challenges participants to reach the top of the historic building -- 438 steps -- all to raise money to support the Lung Association's efforts to fight lung disease and support clean air initiatives.

The event will begin with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the first climber ascending the building at 10 a.m. More than 100 people, including several teams of firefighters who will climb dressed in turnout gear, are expected. The event will be held rain or shine. At the event this year, the Lung Association will also honor four local individuals who have helped to raise awareness on issues of lung health through their positive examples and community outreach. This year's honorees are: Kathy Carrier of Bennington; Judy Brownell of Eagle Bridge, New York; Gwen Hannan of Bennington; Jordyn Upright of Bennington. The Fight for Air Climb event is open to people of all fitness levels.

The Lung Association's Fight for Air climbs attract both elite athletes and novice stair climbers alike. Participants can choose to race, run, or walk up the stairs, while firefighters compete for a winning time while in full gear during the separate Firefighter Challenge.

An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the event at the Bennington Fire Department at 130 River St. Awards will be given to the fastest individual male and female climbers and firefighters in several age categories. There will also be awards for the fastest firefighter team, corporate team, fitness team and health profession team as well as awards for the top individual and team fundraisers. Everyone who raises the recommended $100 minimum will receive an official 2014 Bennington Fight for Air Climb t-shirt.

Registering for the event is simple at The registration fee is just $35 and all participants are encouraged to raise $100 by event day. Those who register on the day of the event pay a $50 registration fee.

Legions, Sons and Auxiliary installation dinner

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 Legion will hold its Sons and Auxiliary Installation Dinner. Cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Members should come out to support Post Post 69 and meet the new officers. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Amphibian workshop

BENNINGTON -- There will be an amphibian workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Whipstock Hill. The cost for the presentation and field trip is $20 (Limited to 20 persons). The cost for the presentation only is $5. The cost of the presentation and field trip for science teachers is $10.

Come and learn about the identification, distribution, natural history and conservation of local amphibians (and a few reptiles) during a presentation by renowned herpetologist Jim Andrews. The presentation will be followed by a field trip to locate and discuss local species, their habitat and conservation. The morning begins with registration at 10 a.m. with coffee and bagels, followed by the presentation at 10:30 a.m. The field trip will begin at 12:30 p.m. Bring your own lunch if you are planning to attend the whole day.

The field trip is about 1.5 miles round trip, hill and swamp. Expect wet feet. Tick protection strongly advised. Register by contacting Roland Smith at This program is sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Whipstock Hill Preservation Society.

Free chamber music concert

ARLINGTON -- St. James' Episcopal Church will present a free concert of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. This is the second in a series of concerts in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of St. James' as a community of faith and worship.

The concert features music for piano and strings by Mozart, Wolf and Schumann featuring Daniel Shulman, piano; Kaori Washiyama, violin; Melanie Dexter, violin; Catharine Hall Schor, viola; Jonah Thomas, cello. The music has been chosen with reference to the 250th anniversary celebration. Another special feature of the evening will be Daniel Shulman's conversational "Notes" on the music, offered during the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 802-375-9952; email; visit

Pancake breakfast and more at St. Luke's

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- St. Luke's will offer a full pancake breakfast the first morning of the Balloon Festival, from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend and enjoy pancakes, eggs souffle, hash browns, sausage and coffee and juice. This is a free breakfast. St. Luke's is located directly behind the Rice Mansion on St. Luke's Place.

The breakfast will be held in the white house next to the church. Starting at 8 a.m. a "tagless" tag sale, featuring many items, will be open in the tent directly behind the parish house.

Kid's Zone this year will be on the side lawn at St. Luke's. There will be activities for children throughout the day. At noon there will be hot dogs and cold beverages and tours of the historic Tiffany designed interiors of the churchb at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

In addition, St. Luke's parish nurse will be available for free blood pressure screening and health information and referrals.

Old First Church Monumental Tag Sale

OLD BENNINGTON -- The 7th annual Old First Church Monumental Tag Sale, Bake Sale and Silent Auction will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barn building, located at 1 Monument Circle.

Included will be antiques, attic treasures, furniture, sports equipment, garden, jewelry, household and children's items. Expect surprises. There willl be a silent auction and refreshments and homemade treats.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for a new hand hooked rug depicting a bucolic autumn scene of the village of Bennington. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Bennington Interfaith Council Food and Fuel Fund, The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation ( and general church projects. No early bird sales. For more information about the sale or the mission of Old First Church, call the church office at 802-447-1223, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by visiting

Senior Class Day recital

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Senior Class Day recital is Saturday, June 7, beginning at 11 a. m. at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Doors open at 10 a. m.

Featuring seniors: Casey McLellan, marimba; Abigail Adams, soprano; Maia McCormick, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Victoria Rosemann, violin; David Burns, cello Kirk Swansen, piano; Annie Jeong, flute; Sanghyun Im, tenor; Kerry Goettlich, baritone; Caroline Sinico, soprano; Daniel Schreiner, piano; Sato Matsui, violin; Lysander Jaffe, violin; Kevin Lawkins, guitar.

Sunday, June 8

American Legion fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 will hold a fundraiser to raise money for the Post baseball team on June 8 at Mount Anthony Country Club. Join them for an 18-hole golf scramble, tee time at 1:30 p.m., limit 18 teams. Registration begins at 11 a.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle, 50/50 men's fastest ball, 50/50 putting contest, live auction and more. For more information, call 802-681-0161. To register, visit Anytime Fitness, 120 Depot St. To make a donation, mail checks payable to American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Drive, Bennington Vt. 05201.

Flower festival

PETERBURGH, N.Y. -- The Grafton Peace Pagoda Flower Festival celebrating the Birth of the Buddha will begin at 11 a.m.

Join in celebrating Buddha's Birth in this world and in reawakening our belief in humanity's noble, spiritual purpose.

Program: traditional Buddhist ceremony, ecumenical prayers. Speaker: Deb Krol on educating the community about the dangers of fracking. Music from The Peace Poets and The Peace Band. Pot luck lunch. Nipponzan Myohoji, Grafton Peace Pagoda is located at 87 Crandall Road. For information call 518-658-9301 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Afternoon with Robert Frost

SHAFTSBURY -- "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series, held each summer at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, will start on June 8 at 2 p. m. when Frost scholar David Sanders returns by popular demand with a program he calls "Frost's Lyric Constellations: ‘Mending Wall,'

‘After Apple Picking,' and ‘The Wood Pile.'" Sanders will show how these three poems reflect the changes that were taking place in the traditional culture and economy of the New England that Frost knew and loved. The poems serve as a structural framework for Frost's second published collection, "North of Boston."

Strategically placed and celebrating three signature tasks of spring, fall, and winter, they reveal the underlying story of retreat in the face of a growing capital economy.

The programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series are offered free of charge. Reservations are not required. Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn, where the talks are held, are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Route 7A. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

Discover the ‘Neolithic World of Stone'

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Equinox Village and Mark Skinner Library will present "The Neolithic World of Stone: From Gobekli Tepe to Stonehenge" at 4 p.m. at Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. Art historian Bob Manning will examine two Neolithic sites: Stonehenge and Gobekli Tepe, which predates Stonehenge by 6,000 years. Sharing modern speculation as to their functions, Manning will focus on these "stone circles" as two distinctly different windows through which to view ancient humankind.

This Vermont Humanities Council event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Tree of Hope memorial service

BENNINGTON -- The staff and volunteers of VNA & Hospice of SVHC invite all members of the local community to their free Tree of Hope Memorial Service at 3 p.m. at 1128 Monument Ave. This annual service is in remembrance and celebration of the lives of people who have passed away.

Losing someone you love is never easy. Honor their legacies by joining together to share poetry, music, and memories. You may also add flowers to VNA's Memorial Garden in tribute to your loved one. A brief reception will follow the service. For more information and to RSVP, call Mary at 802-447-4567.


Free Mental illness and Recovery workshop

BENNINGTON -- NAMI Vermont is pleased to partner with United Counseling Services to offer a free one-day workshop "Mental Illness and Recovery" on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 316 Dewey St. The workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness and recovery.

Participants will learn basic information about major mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.

The curriculum also provides an overview of effective treatments for mental illness, accessing services throughout the state, evidence based practices available in Vermont, coping strategies and crisis prevention, recovery and next steps for making progress.

"NAMI Vermont is committed to educating the public about the needs of the one in four Vermonters affected by mental illness through our new workshop. Participants leave with a wealth of new information and resources. Many of the participants move on to join one of our support groups that we have available for both family members and individuals who have a mental health condition," said Laurie Emerson, Program Director of NAMI Vermont.

The NAMI Vermont Mental Illness and Recovery workshop is free and is made possible by a grant from the Department of Mental Health. For more information or to register, call Laurie Emerson, program director at NAMI Vermont at 800-639-6480 ext.102, email or register online at

Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- Throughout the week the Water Department will be replacing a water line on Safford Street, Main Street to Gage Street. Road closures may be necessary, please avoid this area. Water Department crews will also be painting and repairing fire hydrants. Workers and equipment will be working on the edge of the roadway, please use caution.

On Tuesday, wastewater crews will be working on a manhole on Pageant Street. Please use caution.

On Wednesday, wastewater crews will be working on a manhole on Polygraphic Lane. Please use caution.

Monday through Thursday, The Highway Department will be setting up and pouring new sidewalk on Silver Street, drainage and landscaping also taking place. Please avoid, road closures will be in place.

Tuesday through Friday, Traffic Control painting is scheduled throughout town, weather permitting.

All work will be dependent on weather conditions.


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