Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, Oct. 12

Boy Scout car wash/bake sale/bottle drop

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Boy Scout Troop 334 will hold its annual car wash/bake sale and bottle drop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at St. Margaret Mary Church on Route 7A. The scouts are raising money for various camping/outdoor activities throughout the year.

Stop by and get your car washed and have a baked good while you wait. Thescouts will also take any returnable bottles or cans.

Benefit Clothing Sale for Friendship Center Food Pantry

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The second annual Friendship Center Food Pantry Benefit Clothing Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at All Saints Episcopal Church hall (located next to the North Adams Post Office) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All types of clothing -- new and used -- will be offered at reasonable prices. All proceeds will benefit the food pantry -- an effort of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative -- which in 2.5 years of operation has served more than 1,400 households in North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida, Mass.

Chicken Pie Supper

SHAFTSBURY -- The annual Chicken Pie Supper will be held at the United Methodist Church, 127 Church St. Settings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults, $12; children 6 and under $6. Take-outs available.

Turning Point Center gala and fundraiser

SHAFTSBURY --The Turning Point Center will hold a gala fundraising auction at 10 a.m. Furniture, art, appliances, services and gifts -- all donated by Bennington businesses and residents, will be auctioned at Brent Peacock's Storage and Rentals, 123 Airport Road. Ron Seifert is the auctioneer for this event. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be available.

Tag and Garage Sale

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The annual Knights of Columbus tag and garage sale will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 17 South Park St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BBQ Dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Pittstown Volunteer Fire Department will holding a chicken barbecue dinner at the Pittstown Fire House, 134 Parker School Road. Price is $10 per dinner. Serving take-outs from 3 to 5 p.m. To reserve dinners, call 518-663-5773 and leave a message.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Bingo at American Legion

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 Bingo new hours. Sunday, doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Blessing of the Animals in Peru

PERU -- The Peru Congregational Church invites all animals (and their humans) to join them on Sunday for a service in their honor. Outside or inside, no matter the weather or temperature, furry and feathered friends are welcome to come to church for a blessing, fellowship, and a good dose of communion. There will be a memorial table for photos of pets that have passed on and a spot for beloved stuffed animals on the altar. Service begins at 9:30 a.m. or when everyone has arrived. For more information, call Pastor Margaret at 379 -1438.

Senior breakfast

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post No. 69 will hold its first breakfast. The cost is $4 for all you can eat. Senior's 55 and above are free. Children 12 and under are also free. The breakfast runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Any questions, call 375-6157.

MAU music students fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Music students will be running a car wash and coin drop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Earl's Service Station on North Street.

Fall Fest and Kid's Fair in Adams, Mass.

ADAMS, Mass. -- The Parish of Pope John Paul the Great will hold its annual Fall Fest/ Bazaar and Kid's Fair on Sunday, Oct. 13, Columbus Day weekend at the Notre Dame School. Doors open at 9, and the event runs until 4 p.m.


An article published Friday, "Shaftsbury will vote on revised garage plan," contained an error. The actual projected cost of the town's proposed new garage building is $750,000, for a total estimated project cost of $1,170,000.


Columbus Day closing

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Town Offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day and will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m.

Bennington project list

BENNINGTON -- Town of Bennington project list for Monday, Oct. 14, thorugh Friday, Oct. 18, follows:

Wastewater Department: Throughout the week wastewater crews will be cleaning and televising sanitary sewer lines throughout town all week. This work may require one-lane traffic so please use caution when approaching work sites.

Water Department: On Tuesday and Thursday water crews will be flushing in line water valves in preparation for the fall hydrant flushing which will begin on Oct. 21. Water crews will also be continuing with hydrant maintenance and painting. Use caution when approaching work sites.

Highway Department: Monday through Friday, Highway Department crews will be replacing storm drainage on Harrison Avenue from the Main Street intersection south.

Tuesday: Highway Department crews will be finishing the paving project on Shady Lane.

Monday through Friday, highway crews will be doing normal maintenance throughout town all week. Use caution when entering a work zone.

All work will be dependent on weather conditions.

Residents and Contractors are advised to make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

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