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Business seminar: On Tuesday, there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employment is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. Feel free to bring a snack and beverage. To register for this workshop contact Annette Hoyle (802) 665-1744 or email at To learn what other programs and services BROC Community Action offers visit

Graduate School Fair: Southern Vermont College will host a Graduate School Fair on Tuesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Galley on campus. Representatives from more than 13 graduate and professional schools will attend. The Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to explore graduate school programs and the associated application process. The public is invited to this event. For more information on the Graduate School Fair at Southern Vermont College, contact Betsy Dunham, Director of Career Development and Internships, at 802-447-4631 or e-mail General information about SVC is available at


Open Studios: There will be open studios with M.Benjamin Herndon and Sol Pochat on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Road. Visit for more information.


Environmental Ethics: Green Mountain Academy welcomes back Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about environmental ethics. The talk will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. By examining John Rawls's philosophy of "justice as fairness," Professor Markowski will probe the idea of environmental justice in the context of global climate change. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Law Enforcement Issues Meeting: Senate Government Operations will be holding a Public Hearing regarding law enforcement issues at the Manchester Community Library from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The meeting is open to the public and two main areas will be discussed: "Coverage - who, what, when, where," and "Administration - including interagency relations, costs, and responsibilities." Feel free to bring written comments.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Battenkill Valley Health Center will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come toa special event commemorating the expansion of the Battenkill Valley Health Center, 9 Church St. Learn about the completion of the Center's nine-month renovation project and about future plans. RSVP with Marie at


Concert: Megan Schubert will be performing on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College. Megan Schubert '04, soprano, has shared the stage on multiple occasions with such luminaries as Meredith Monk, Bang On a Can and with many ensembles championing art music and experimental jazz of today.

Poetry reading: Marie Howe will reading her poetry on from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College. Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Magdalene: Poems (WW Norton, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review and The Partisan Review, among others. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-14, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

Qi Gong for cancer survivors: Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a 12-week Qi Gong class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The classes are scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and will take place in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Dr. There is no charge to participate in the class. For more information and to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Stellar, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244.


Charter Review Informational meeting: The public is invited to a presentation given by Jim Barlow, an attorney that specializes in municipal law on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bennington Fire House.. Mr. Barlow will review: what a municipal charter is, the different forms of local government in Vermont, things to consider while reviewing a charter and the governance amendment process to change a charter. Mr. Barlow will\ answer questions on these topics as well as presenting information. The Charter Committee has been meeting weekly reviewing the Bennington Town charter page by page section by section. The public is welcome to attend these meetings as well as submit comments to the committee via the Bennington Town website The Bennington Charter can be found at web link above, in addition, all the past agendas and minutes are at this website.



Blood Drive: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive. Those who have questions about the drive may contact Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.

Public Policy Forum: A forum on "The Healthcare Debate: The Free Market and Universal Healthcare" will be held on Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. This series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue.

Author presentation: Dean Braxton, author of "In Heaven," will be at Grace Christian School, 104 Kocher Dr., on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss his book.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Device education: Cheney Library will host a Cornell Cooperative Extension program with Sarah McFadden on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Buying a new device can be overwhelming. Tablet or laptop? iPhone or Android? How much is it going to cost? Come to this class all about taking the unknowns out of your search for the perfect device. Get overviews on the differences between tablets, laptops, desktops, smartphones, ereaders, and more. Come to this free class and get questions answered. Call 518-686-9401 to register for the class.


Heating Systems Demystified: Heating Systems Demystified will be presented at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation clarifies the often mysterious and sometimes confusing world of home heating. With Vermont's long winters, there's no escaping the fact that every home and business needs some type of heating system. Whether you are considering replacing a tired old furnace or building a brand new efficient home, this talk will allow you make more informed decisions. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.


Hoosick, N.Y.

Battle Loop Trail Hike: On Friday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. there will be a hike at the Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67. Join for a guided hike that will include history of the battle. The trail is approximately 1 mile over moderate terrain.


Young Playwrights Competition Award: Dorset Theatre Festival provides opportunities for regional middle and high school students to learn about playwriting and create a play of their own through its annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition. A public reading of this year's winning works will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.


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"Broadway Bound": Oldcastle Theatre's 46th regular season comes to a close with Neil Simon's warm and wonderful comedy "Broadway Bound" opening Friday, Sept.29 and running through Oct. 15. For additional information, or to make ticket reservations visit or call 802-447-1267.


Arts and Crafts Festival: The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. Hours are 10 to 5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-inside building and outdoors under tents. Free parking. No pets, please. Complete information is available at



Eagle Square Day: Shaftsbury Historical Society presents Eagle Square Day on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Governor Galusha's Homestead, 3871 VT Route 7A.

Hoosick, N.Y.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield: Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m., there will be a walking tour at the Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67. Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Open House: On Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Louis Miller Museum, 166 Main St., the Historical Society will be hosting an open house. In conjunction with the Walter A. Wood Tractor and Agriculture Show, the Museum will have on display Walter A. Wood equipment and two rooms of artifacts from Mr. Wood and his company. Besides the newly renovated Wood rooms, Grandma Moses, military history and famous folk of Hoosick Falls are all on display. There will also be food available and the gift shop will be open.


Discussion and Walk: A historical discussion and interpretive walk will happen at the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jock Irons, OWCC board member, will present a slideshow about the history of the One World Conservation Center and Norman and Selma Greenberg Reserve. He will then lead an interpretative nature walk in the Reserve with special guest, Jim Henderson, of the Bennington County regional Commission. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Members: No charge. Registration required: or contact: Cara Gauthier at 802-262-1222 or

Grandma Moses and Jane Stickle event: On Saturday, Sept. 30 (Rain Date: Oct. 1) , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, join the Bennington Museum for a day of family fun in the spirit of Grandma Moses and Jane Stickle. Quilting activities for all ages including creating "Woodland quilt squares" on the Aiken Trail. Bring a family picnic the museum will provide cider, apples, and apple pie from the "Apple Pie" contest entries. Music by the Bennington Ukulele String Ensemble from 12 to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will be given a pass to the museum to see the Grandma Moses: American Modern exhibition, the permanent Grandma Moses Gallery along with the 1863 Stickle Quilt. Best Apple Pie in Bennington Contest to be judged at the Picnic by Stuart Hurd, Bennington Town Manager and Justine Scanlon, Superior Judge of the Probate Court. All pies must be at the Bennington Museum Pavilion by 11 a.m. Wonderful prize for the winning pie.

All-Genre Open Mic: Bennington All-Genre Open Mic joins 100K Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change, an annual event that's happening all over the globe on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Poets, musicians, storytellers, actors, dancers, magicians, and artists of any persuasion are invited to perform in the spirit of peace, justice and a more sustainable world. There is a 5-minute time limit, all acoustic, no plug-ins. Microphone, sound system and piano will be available. Free, donations encouraged to support future events. For more info: 708-606-4673.


Author Presentation and Recipe Sampling: Tracey Medeiros will be at the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. for her new book "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook." Medeiros is the author of "Dishing Up Vermont," "The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook," and "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook." She is often seen on various television cooking segments preparing one of her favorite recipes while sharing helpful culinary tips with the viewing audience. "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook" honors the state's mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. It also serves as a guide for eating organically and non-GMO in Vermont. The book celebrates the region's esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes.


Annual Fall Bazaar: On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Stamford Community Church will sponsor its Ninth Annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which will take place both in the church and the outdoor pavilion, rain or shine, is open to the wider community and designed to be a fun-filled day of family-oriented activities, including children's games and the popular Corn Hole with prizes. There will be a silent auction, a Chinese auction for both adults and kids, a 50/50 raffle, as well as many items and gift certificates from local merchants and businesses. This year's bazaar will also feature a handmade quilt raffle. Baked goods for sale include homemade pies, cookies and breads as well as jams, pickles and relishes. Hot lunch refreshments of soups, hot dogs, and sausage grinders will be available as well. The Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Rd. (Route 8), a mile north of the Clarksburg, MA/Vermont line. There is plenty of parking. Further information may be obtained by calling 802-694-1533.


Harvest Festival: The 55th annual Harvest Festival of the First Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. Beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bullock Building a food sale will have a display of sweet treats, savory dishes, and more, treasures may be found at the rummage sale, a Chinese auction for children and adults, plants and tickets for the beautiful queen-sized quilt raffle will ,also, be available. Produce including potatoes, squash.onions, pumpkins and even mums will in a tent on the church lawn. From 11:30 to 1 p.m. luncheon will be served in the church. It will feature a variety of items: chicken and biscuits with gravy, sausage or meatball grinders, homemade soups or sandwiches. Desserts will be gingerbread and pumpkin cake. Donations to any of the tables are encouraged. For more info call Norm at 413-424- 5446 or any Fellowship member.



Just Bike: The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce JUST BIKE! Justice for kids. A biking event that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, is a fundraiser for the center. If you should have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out, or visit our website at

Singer at South Street Cafe: Rosie Porter will be performing at South Street Cafe and Bakery on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.. Porter, a singer-songwriter from Greenfield, MA, performs oldies, classic country, and original music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Rosie visit

Cambridge, N.Y.

Chicken Biscuit Dinner: Cambridge Valley Lodge #481, F&AM, will be holding a Chicken Biscuit Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 1 between 1 to 4 p.m. It will be held at Cambridge Valley Lodge, located at 6 Old Cambridge Rd. (across from The Garden Shop on Rt 372).


Blessing of the Animals: St. Mary's in the Mountains invites all to join in a fun and meaningful "Blessing of the Animals" service on Sunday, Oct. 1. The congregation of St. Mary's invites all of its neighbors to join, and bring along their four-footed, two-footed, furred, finned, feathered, or other animal family members to the service. Participants are invited to bring their pets, a photo of a pet (whether alive or departed), or a stuffed animal that represents a loved animal, to be blessed during the service. Come join on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., at 13 E. Main St., to be part of a joyous celebration and remembrance of our animal friends and family.


Be Brave Hike-A-Thon: The Merck Forest and Farmland Center will host the third annual Be Brave for Life Hike-A-Thon on Sunday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a hike to inform, support, and improve the lives of individuals affected by benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease, and to drive research for a cure. Participants set hiking goals and may join Scavenger Hunts. Register at https://runsignup/race/vt/rupert/bebravehike. For more information about the Be Brave for Life organization, check their website at Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located between Rupert and Dorset, at the top of the very large hill at 3270 Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Rd.) Please do not rely solely on GPS: Once on the top of the big hill on 315, turn into Merck Forest's Driveway. Contact by phone at 802-394-7836 or find on the web at



Author presentation: Vermont Mystery Author Archer Mayor will be at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his latest book, "Trace." Contact co-sponsor Bennington Bookshop: 802-442-5059 or


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