Support group offered for low-income mothers

The Rocking Horse Circle of Support program, an educational support group offered by United Counseling Service for low-income mothers living in Bennington County, will be starting a new ten-week session on March 12 at 339 Dewey St.

Meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Monday for ten weeks (March 12-May 14), the program offers assistance to pregnant and parenting women who are seeking to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their lives, acquire improved life skills, and learn more about safe, nurturing parenting. Transportation, childcare and light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for participants. The Rocking Horse Program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Any pregnant and/or parenting woman of childbearing age who may be questioning their own drinking and/or drug use behaviors or experiencing the effect of someone else's substance use can benefit from the group. For more information, or to discuss a referral, call 442-5491 and speak with Christine Ouellette or Amy Breese.

Training offered in 'mental health first aid'

United Counseling Service will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on March 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Ledge Hill Drive, in Bennington. There will be two more trainings during the year, in May and September.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Amie Niles at or call 802-445-7443. There is no charge for this course; however, space is limited.

Free trainings for agencies and organizations are also available. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training has been generously funded in memory of Gregory Hillman.

UCS serves children, adults, families and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education and clinical support. Visit to find out more.


Lecture to focus on rising sea levels

Jeff Goodell, author and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, will speak on "The Water Will Come: How Rising Seas Will Change the World," at Williams College on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing.

Goodell's lecture will focus on sea level rise and the floods of the future. It will be based on his 2017 book "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World." In the book, Goodell gives an account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across 12 countries and reports from the front lines, Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

Goodell is also the author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future" and "How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate." The event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies and the Class of 1960 Scholars Program in Environmental Studies.


Church to host forum on opiate crisis

A forum on the opiate crisis will be held at the Federated Church of East Arlington on March 6 at 7 p.m. The forum is a collaboration between the Federated Church of East Arlington, The Arlington Renewal Project and The Collaborative with additional support from the Arlington Nursing Association. The church is located on Ice Pond Road.

The forum on March 6 will convene a panel of local experts who will provide an overview of the current impact on the Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate communities. There will be significant time for attendees to ask questions and

gain perspective on the opiate abuse issue. Following the discussion there will be a time to continue the discussion over refreshments in Bailey Hall. This event is a public event and all are invited to attend.

For more information please contact Rev. Kathy Clark at 802-375-2548.


Makers and farmers return to Cambridge Taproom

Don't be a stick in the mud! Mark your calendar for the Second Sundays Makers and Farmers Market at Argyle Brewing's Cambridge tap room. The second of the four winter and spring markets will take place March 11 from noon to 4 pm.

Sponsored by the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, this market brings together local farmers and crafters in the historic Cambridge passenger Depot on Broad Street, opposite the former Cambridge Hotel. Maple products, poultry and eggs, greens, storage vegetables, and prepared foods will be available.

Music will be provided by Joe Tucker, and Iggy's Wicked Good Eats will be serving lunch. "Like" the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce and Argyle Brewing Company to stay up-to-date on Second Sundays and taproom news.


Officer offers training in surviving assault

Cpl. Christopher Mason from the Manchester Police Department will lead a workshop on ALICE Training Institute's "Citizen Response to a Violent Encounter" at Manchester Community Library on Saturday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ALICE stands for "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate." The National Standard of Care and the leading training solution for active shooter response, ALICE Training provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to ensure their survival and minimize the loss of life in the event of an aggressive intruder.

Mason began his law enforcement career in 2005. He has worked for the Rutland County Sheriff's Department, Woodstock Police Department, and Windsor County Sheriff's Department before starting at the Manchester Police Department in 2012. Corporal Mason is a certified ALICE Training Institute instructor (Citizen Response to Active Shooter). Corporal Mason is community-based policing oriented, is one of the department's training officers, and manages the department's fleet of patrol vehicles.

The ALICE training is a free workshop, open to the public. Space is limited: please register at For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607.


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