Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, May 10

Tag sale fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- On May 10, the Cancer Center Community Crusaders crew Lou's Angels will hold a huge tag sale to benefit local cancer center patients and research. Look for the signs -- East Road near D's market and Leblanc's Auto, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Festival and street market

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College's Intercultural Festival and Street Market is a celebration of cultural diversity, and will include a street market as well as intercultural performances. This event will be in the Student Center on Saturday, May 10, from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Fishing derby

SHAFTSBURY -- The Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club annual Fishing Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Daily Pond. Children must be 12 and under. There is no charge; only worms allowed.

Mental health awareness month movie

BENNINGTON -- In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness month, the Children's Local Interagency Team and the Bennington Free Library will present a 2012 coming-of-age comedy-drama based on author Stephen Chbosky's best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen.

The movie will be shown at 2 p.m. upstairs in the library's Rotary Room. The movie is rated PG-13 and contains mature content (length: 1 hour 43 minutes). Admission is free and open to the public and includes refreshments. The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. and is wheelchair accessible. For more specific movie information call the library at 802-442-9051.

Kites, cows and kids open house

LONDONDERRY -- Taylor Farm will host an open house for families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. The event will include a free kite building activity with supplies provided along with information on the Fresh Air Fund. If the weather allows, kite flying will be held in the field.

To find out more about the fund and becoming a host, visit For more information on Taylor Farm, visit

Hazardous waste collection event

ARLINGTON -- The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for the towns of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Rupert, Sandgate, and Sunderland will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arlington Memorial High and Middle School, 529 East Arlington Road. Contact Allison Langsdale at 802-442-0713, ext. 7 or with any questions.

Hazardous Waste Day

BENNINGTON --Hazardous Waste Day in Bennington will be held today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Transfer Station on Houghton Lane for Bennington and Woodford residents.

Household Hazardous Waste collection

SHAFTSBURY -- At the Transfer Station on 526 North Road from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be free tire drop-off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., limit is four rimless tires per household.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place will offer a Yoga Nidra workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at 532 Main St.

Yoga Nidra is a guided practice which helps participants to enter a deep level of consciousness, promoting profound rest and relaxation. The practice allows a deep form of healing to occur. The workshop is facilitated by Jane Schaeffer and cost is $20 advanced registration by May 5 or $25 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit

Nature walk at the Hoosic River Greenway

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Naturalist Kevin Hemeon and members of the Hoosic River Greenway steering committee will host a bird and bud walk on the Greenway.

They will look for early signs of spring, including warblers, waterfowl, and spring wildflowers. Meet at the southern end of the greenway, at the old waterworks site off of Carey Avenue at 9 a.m. They will spot cars at the northern end of the greenway at Treatment Plant Road so visitors may comfortably walk the entire 2.5 mile length of the trail, including the newly resurfaced northern section.

For more information, visit or call 802-442-2275.

Sugar intake reduction workshop

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leanne Yinger, M.Ed. Board Certified Holistic Health Coach at 1 p.m. at The David and Joyce Milne Library at 1095 Main St. to explore how to reduce the sugar in your diet and not miss it. Learn how to incorporate delicious, satisfying foods into your life, while developing an understanding of the impact of added sugars in your diet. Sample healthier alternatives at this interactive, child friendly workshop.

Hoosical Furnishings

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- HAY3's annual Hoosical Furnishings event will be held at the Armory.

Viewing begins at 6 p.m., bidding starts at 7 p.m. Ron Seifert will be auctioning 50 artist-made and artist-transformed pieces of furniture and home decor of widely varied designs. There also will be free refreshments and a cash bar. (This is a 21 and older event.)

Hiland Hall School's Spring plant and tag sale

BENNINGTON -- The Hiland Hall School will hold a tag and plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plant advice will be available along with a large assortment of plants labeled by type, color and garden design. There will also be a variety of brand new and used tag sale items including jewelry, sporting goods, clothes, books, bikes, housewares, and children's items. There will be a raffle for gift certificates from local establishments as well as students selling lemonade and baked goods. Proceeds support The Hiland Hall School. Sale one day only, rain or shine.

Contact the school at 802-442-3868 -- or by email at for more information.

Farmers market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join the region's farmers and producers for fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Bud Mattison and Fred Lantz and friends will provide music that day. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tag and food sale

BENNINGTON -- White Chapel Society on Chapel Road will be holding a tag and food sale on May 9, 10 and 11.

Sunday, May 11

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 will be admitted.

Legion Post No. 69 Mother's Day breakfast

ARLINGTON -- American Legion Post No. 69 Mother's Day breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. This monthly breakfast is all-you-can-eat, and includes eggs to order, toast, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, sausage and gravy and coffee and juice. Cost is $4. Seniors are free. Donations accepted. Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Downtown School open house events

MANCHESTER -- The Downtown School will hold two meet-the-teachers open house events. The first open house will be held on Sunday, May 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the second will be held on Monday, May 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Downtown School, opening this fall, is an independent, progressive education elementary school. The school has recently hired its faculty, and the upcoming Open House events will be a chance for families to talk with the teachers, ask questions, and learn about The Downtown School. The open house events are family friendly. The Downtown School asks families to call 802-379-8810 to schedule a time slot in advance so that each family can have one-on-one time with the teachers.

The Downtown School is located at 106 Palmer Place, just behind Ye Olde Tavern. More information is available at or by phone at 802-379-8810.

West Hoosick Mother's Day pancake breakfast

WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The West Hoosick Fire Department announces an "all you can eat" Mother's Day Breakfast at the firehouse from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The firehouse is located on Pine Valley Road near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. Any questions, call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

Dollars for Scholars car wash fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Dollars for Scholars will hold a car wash on Sunday, May 11 at Earl's on North Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Benefit concert for NARH employees

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- There will be a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at Community Bible Church, 135 Bridges Road to benefit employees of North Adams Regional Hospital. Featuring Williams College Gospel Choir, Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra and church worship teams. Donations and gift cards will be accepted and distributed to NARH employees.

Please join us for an uplifting evening of music and showing of community support, love, encouragement and faith. Sponsored by churches of Williamstown: Community Bible Church, First Baptist Church, First Congregational Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, Second Congregational Church and White Oaks Congregational Church.

Book signing at Bennington Monument

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. military historian and author Mark R. Anderson will be speaking at the Bennington Battle Monument State Historic Site about "The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony" and the years 1774-76 when the American colonies campaigned to try to bring Quebec into the Continental confederation. Anderson's new book of the same title is the first full treatment in over 100 years of this fascinating and little-known chapter in Revolutionary War history.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the University Press of New England, the book publisher, and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


AMHS Alumni banquet

BENNINGTON -- The AMHS 2014 Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 31, at The Elks Lodge. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with snacks and beverages. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 125 Washington Ave. If you have not made your reservations to attend, you still have time. Please contact Sandy at 802-375-2725 or the email address There will be music for your enjoyment as well.

Bennington project list

BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington project list for the week of May 12 to 16. Monday through Wednesday, highway crews will be removing trees and installing culvert at the intersection of Jewett Drive and Dermody Road; tree removal will also take place throughout the week on Dermody Road. Lane closures will be in place. Use caution when driving in this area. Sidewalk and retaining wall construction on Silver Street will continue all week, sections will be closed to through traffic. On Tuesday, town crew will be removing broken sidewalk slabs along South Street, between the Town office and Elm Street, parking and sidewalks will be closed until Friday. All work will be dependent on weather conditions. Please use caution when entering a construction zone.

Also, notice: Residents and contractors, please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and brush to the transfer station.


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