Weekend Briefing


Saturday, May 17

Dance concert

BENNINGTON -- The Martha Hill Dance Concert will feature works by Bennington College dance students at the Martha Hill Dance Studio, VAPA, on Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m.

Bowl-a-thon fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- ADAPT will host a bowl-a-thon beginning at 6 p.m. at the Bar-B-Que Bowling Alley. Teams of five people, $25 a person to bowl.

Children's fishing derby

ARLINGTON -- Children's Fishing Derby registration begins at 9 a.m. Fishing start time is 10 a.m. at the West Arlington Fire Station Pond. There will be prizes for the children.

Call the Legion at 802-375-6157 with questions.

Free seedling swap

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up to present the third annual free Seedling Swap on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Storey Publishing on the MASS MoCA campus. This event will offer gardeners, both experienced and beginners, the opportunity to share extra seedlings for their summer gardens.

All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event to exchange, but it is not required to attend the event. Seedlings will be available to experienced and beginner gardeners alike and everyone will walk away with plants. Small pots and soil will be available to transplant seedlings. To make a donation (seedlings or other) or for more information, contact Darlene Ellis at 413-346-4471 or nandn33@msn.com.

Family movie night

BENNINGTON -- Bring the kids for a wonderful family night out. You can all watch the movie "Frozen" together or the kids can watch it with our babysitters while you and your friends have a relaxed dinner at The Grille. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, please call 802-442-2617. Email questions to maru@mtanthonycc.com. We encourage kids to bring a blankie, pillow and pajamas too.

Turkey Dinner benefit

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is hosting a Turkey Dinner to benefit those in need in the greater Northern Berkshire community, including those affected by the closing of the North Adams Regional Hospital, on Saturday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children 10 and under. Dine in or take out. Tickets are being sold by conference members and at the Parish Office, 413-663-5316. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parties of 8 or more may make reservations if desired. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency funds, advocacy, and spiritual support to Northern Berkshire County residents.

Pure Yoga with Peter Rizzo

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place in Bennington is offering Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo on Saturday, May 17, 9 to 11:15 a.m. at 532 Main St. Peter Rizzo teaches yoga in the Jivamukti, or bliss, style and is a master teacher, teaching in New York City and Brattleboro.

The cost is $35 at the door, or by donation. To register or for more information, 802-447-0393 or www.benningtonyoga.com.

Farmers' market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Musicians to be featured at the May 17 market will be Hale Mountain Pickers. And master gardeners will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

'The Lost Meaning of Memorial Day'

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Saturday, May 17, Voice of a Vet along with the Hoosick Township Historical Society, Heroes at Home and the American Legion are sponsoring a Memorial Day program that will inform and challenge us to refocus our Memorial Day priorities from those of picnics and parties back to the true meaning -- honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Doors will be open at HF Community Alliance Church from noon to 1 p.m. for light refreshments, to view exhibits and watch a re-run of a few of the segments of the Memoirs of War program from May 3 in case you missed it. At 1 p.m., there will be a short program entitled "The Lost Meaning of Memorial Day" that will be followed by a cemetery walk that will take us to St. Mary's and Maple Grove Cemeteries to tour grave sites plus hear commentary on those in our community who were Killed in Action. We will also stop by the sites of a few other historical figures such as Walter A. Wood and Edith Craig Reynolds on our way.

Shari Hand will also share a couple of meaningful songs.

For more information, contact Gail at HF Community Alliance Church at 518-686-3269.

Second Chance fundraiser by Bennington CrossFit

BENNINGTON -- The Cornhole for Second Chance Animal Shelter will be held at Bennington CrossFit on Saturday, May 17. The cost per team is $15 at the door, with all proceeds to be given to Second Chance Animal Shelter. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Bennington CrossFit is located at 190 North St. (in the old CB Sports building). For questions please call us at 802-681-7350.

WRLF annual meeting

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The public is invited to the annual meeting of members of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 4 p.m.

A short business meeting will precede this year's program with naturalist, artist, educator and author Clare Walker Leslie. Rather than speaking, Leslie will lead attendees out to observe and record their observations.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust. Sheep Hill, the a conservation property and the headquarters of the WRLF, is located approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

For more information, visit www.wrlf.org or www.clarewalkerleslie.com.

Free train rides

NORTH BENNINGTON --To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Vermont Rail System will be offering two free train rides from North Bennington to Manchester and back, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The North Bennington Trustees will have the train station open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. Tickets are still available from VRS' website, vrs.us.com/50th. For more information, email shoughton@vrs.us.com.


Women Against the Registry (W.A.R.) and Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) are organizations that are here to assist registered citizens and their families. If you are a family member of a registered citizen W.A.R. has a chapter here in Vermont, and if you would like to help or to get involved, or if you are a registered citizen in Vermont and would like to get involved or need assistance with resources please feel to contact your Vermont Chapter. Visit http://www.womenagainstregistry.org.

Town of Bennington Projects List

BENNINGTON -- The water department will continue flushing fire hydrants throughout town this week. Our general flush pattern is from East to West through the downtown area. This is done in the spring and fall of each year to rid the water system of any debris and rust that tends to form in some of Bennington's Old Cast Iron water mains. Every precaution is taken to maintain safe and potable drinking water during this process. Some residents will see a slight discoloration of their tap water, which can be taken care of by running a cold-water tap for a short period of time. If you have any further questions, please call the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037 or 802-447-9719 for more information.

Highway crews will be excavating on Silver Street in order to install new concrete curbing on the East side of the street. All driveways will remain open until May 27, when all the curbing will be poured.

Highway crews will be working on Jewett Drive and Dermody Road to prepare for black top.

Highway crews will be patching pot-holes throughout the week, and other regular maintenance.

Please use caution when entering a work zone. All work dependent on weather conditions.

Sunday, May 18

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.

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange holds a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion on East Arlington Road. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage, real Vermont maple syrup, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee, juice and milk. Adults $6, children under 12 are free.

Donna Dearborn at the Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- "Every Sunday" is a memoir about a revered recreation director and an inspirational father-daughter bond -- a story of faithfulness, hope, and love.

Donna Dearborn grew up in an active family in Brattleboro, where her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors emerged at an early age. She will present her book "Every Sunday" on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m.

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. In this class, we introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

Our primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any of our other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more info regarding this class, call us at 802-681-7350.


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