Morning Briefing -- Weekend


January 18

Diabetes Support Group

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- REACH for Community Health will offer a free diabetes support group that will meet on the third Saturday of every month at noon. Meetings will be held in the ground floor conference room near the North Adams Regional Hospital Cafeteria.

The first meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic will be "Diagnosing Diabetes." Registered dietitians Kristin Irace and Melissa Davis will discuss different topics at each meeting. Attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch or purchase lunch in the NARH Cafeteria. For more information, contact Irace at 413-664-5266.

Habitat potluck

EAST ARLINGTON -- Join with Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers and families to share good food, good company and inspiring conversation at the Annual Potluck Dinner which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Federated Church on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington at 5:30 p.m. Please bring a main dish or a side dish for eight people. Beverages and dessert will be provided. RSVP is encouraged. Contact Alison at 802-367-1000 or to learn more.

Winter snow animal tracking

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation invites winter outdoor enthusiasts to join in a winter snow animal tracking program at Sheep Hill on Saturday, Jan. 18. The program will be led by naturalist and tracker Dan Yacobellis. A family-friendly walk for beginners will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. From noon through 4 p.m. there will be a more in-depth program for adults and children 8 years and older. Venture into the forest to look for some of our more secretive creatures, like fisher and bobcat, examine tracks more closely, and go a little deeper with interpretations. Program cost is $5 per individual and $10 per family. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Rotary in Williamstown. For more information contact the WRLF at 413-458-2494 or or visit

Healthy schools seminar

MANCHESTER -- A seminar, "Healthy Schools: The Hidden Component of Teaching and Learning," will be presented Saturday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7:15 p.m at Northshire Bookstore.

Attendees will learn how to use communication skills to establish interpersonal trust; how to build a collaborative team; how to listen to what is said and not said; how to incorporate multiple perspectives.

Reservations required, admission $5 per attendee, admission receipt good as voucher toward the purchase of "Healthy Schools: The Hidden Component of Teaching and Learning." Call 802-362-2200 for more information.

French Toast Fly In

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Sport Flying Club EAA Chapter 1375, and New England Airmotive are sponsoring a French Toast Fly In at William H. Morse State Airport on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is open to anyone who is interested in aviation. There will be French Toast, butter, bacon, Vermont Maple Syrup from the Horst Maple Farm in Bennington, hot chocolate and coffee.

Donations will be accepted for the Local EAA Chapter. Evans News has donated free Maple Drops (maple candy) to the event. CAT-TV will be setting up a photo booth and will be filiming a documentary. Pilots have RSVPed from Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Rain date: Jan. 25.

For more information, call 802-442-5503 or email


Shaftsbury petition deadline

SHAFTSBURY -- Petitions must be submitted to the Town Clerk's Office by Jan. 27, 2014 in order to have your name appear on the ballot for the March 4, 2014 vote.

Greenwich Food Buying Club seeks members

GREENWICH, N.Y -- If you prefer to eat organic food but can't always stomach the prices, you may be interested in the Greenwich Food Buying Club, a club to access non-perishable organic foods at near wholesale prices. With everyone contributing a few hours of work, our buying club can pass on big savings to members.

The next order goes out at the end of January, so the deadline for individual members to place orders is Jan. 25. We only plan to order two or three times in 2014.

Contact Tracy Frisch, or 518-692-8242 (no voicemail) with questions or to participate.

Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market returns to the First Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up locally grown produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; and lots of arts and crafts. Additional parking is available behind the church, which is located on West Main at Valentine Streets.

January 19

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange Breakfast for Jan. 19 will be held at the American Legion hall on East Arlington Road from 8 to 10 a.m. We will be serving the same great menu and great service thanks to our friends at the Legion. The breakfast has the same low price, $6.


GRAFTON, N.Y. -- High school seniors attending public, private school or who are home schooled, and are residents of Grafton who will be graduating this year are invited to apply for The Ethel Simmons Memorial Award. This award of $300 is given to the applicant who submits the best essay about some aspect of Grafton's history and his or her relationship to it.

The award is presented annually by the Grafton Community Library and the Grafton Historical Society in memory of Ethel N. Simmons, a native of Grafton and, for many years a Grafton teacher, librarian and the town historian. Call Anne at 518-235-8317 for assistance.

The application form is available at the library, guidance offices of Berlin and Brittonkill Central School or by e-mail at The deadline for receiving applications is 7 p.m. on April 1, 2014 at the library.


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