Volunteers needed

Girls on the Run Vermont, a physical activity-based youth development program designed to empower local girls in grades 3 to 8, needs coaches for spring programs at Monument and Pownal Elementary. Meeting twice a week for 90 minutes, volunteer coaches utilize the curriculum to engage small teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. The program culminates with all teams in Central Vermont participating in a celebratory 5K on May 19, 2018 in Castleton. Volunteer coaches do not have to be runners but must complete a background check and participate in the Girls on the Run online and in-person training/workshop. To learn more about empowering our local girls or register to be a coach mentor please visit, call 802-246-1476 or email

Driving checkpoint

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department has a planned Impaired Driving checkpoint during the week of Dec. 24. This checkpoint is in conjunction with the Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program Christmas Holiday Impaired Driving mobilization.


Thrift shop open

The Thrift Shop, located at the Manchester office of the VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, 5468 Main St., has supported compassionate home health and hospice services to the community for many years. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Thrift Shop offers clothing, antique and contemporary household items, books, collectibles, jewelry, toys and more. The shop accepts donations of clothing, linens, furniture, housewares, antiques, collectibles and jewelry. For more information, contact 802-362-1255.

Calendar available

350Vermont has released the 2018 We are Vermont calendar, featuring images of activism, agriculture and people enjoying Vermont. Published by Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, all photos were donated by Vermont artists, all content and layout is donated, and the calendar is printed in North Springfield on recycled paper. Sales benefit 350Vermont, a statewide environmental justice organization. The calendar can be purchased at Northshire Bookstore.


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