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Hannaford bag program to benefit PAVE

Project Against Violent Encounters has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for July. PAVE will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the 1 Hannaford Square, Bennington location during the month.

The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which launched in April 2014, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. "We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been selected as the beneficiary for July," said Nadia Lucchin, executive director of PAVE. "As an organization focused on the needs of those most vulnerable in our community, partnering with Hannaford in this way will help spread the word about PAVE services and provide the much needed funding to continue those services. Without the support of our community partners, we could not continue the important work that we do. Thank you!"


BCRC presents talk by climate change expert

At 5:30 p.m. on July 11, global climate change advocate, experienced climate strategist, and newly-settled Vermonter Edward Cameron will join the Bennington County Regional Commission for a presentation on carbon reduction, climate resilience, and inclusivity. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Mack Performing Arts Center of the Arlington Memorial High School. Light refreshments will be served at 5.Cameron has over 20 years of experience working with governments, businesses, philanthropy, and other sectors to create bold and actionable strategies against climate change. He has worked with BSR, We Mean Business, The World Resources Institute, The World Bank, the Government of the Maldives, and the European Union. He and his family relocated to Manchester in 2017.

This is the third in a series of energy-related public events organized by the BCRC to facilitate discussion of how people can act on global and local energy issues as a community. For more information, contact Madison Kremer at or 802-442-0713, ext. 9.


Lecture to shed light on German history

Mark Szuchman will talk about life in Germany between the cessation of fighting in November 1918 and the ascent of Adolf Hitler as chancellor in February 1933. The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning talk will take place on July 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room.

The post-war years in Germany signaled a seemingly continuous struggle to make sense of politics, the economy, indeed of normal life. This lecture will concentrate on key years of post-war Germany (1918-1933), serving to provide a broader context and a better understanding of what ensued thereafter. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit


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Early American life focus of Bumppo Day

The Hoosick Township Historical Society will host an afternoon celebrating the history of early American life and the people who lived it at 1 p.m. on July 13 at the First Baptist Church at 80 Main St. Natty Bumppo Day commemorates Nathaniel Shipman, a 19th century Town of Hoosick resident who was the basis for Natty Bumppo, the hero of James Fenimore Cooper's "Leatherstocking Tales."

Activities will include discussions of Shipman's life and legacy and how he became a part of Cooper's most famous works, including "The Last of the Mohicans" and "The Deerslayer." There will also be demonstrations of how early American woodsmen lived off the land and a tour of the First Baptist Church and the nearby burial ground where Shipman is buried. A Legends & Lore sign commemorating Shipman's life and connection to history will be unveiled along with a new headstone to mark his grave.


Le Creuset store offers baking demonstration

Sample homemade marshmallows and learn ways to up your baking game Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m when SoLo Farms pastry chef Elizabeth Derby holds a demonstration and answers baking questions at the Le Creuset Outlet Store, 135 Depot St., Manchester.

Derby is a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, who now works are SoLo Farm and Table in Londonderry. Food has always been her passion and her culinary education has included study of chocolates, breads and wine. She will share baking tips, take questions and demonstrate the art of making marshmallows.

For more information call the Le Creuset store at 802-366-8000.


HACA collecting supplies for back to school

Requests for backpacks and supplies are rolling into the HACA Food Pantry for the 14th annual distribution. Last year over 160 bags were packed for children in pre-school through grade 6.

Sign-up sheets are available at the HACA Food Pantry at 26 John St., as well as all HACA churches, Hoosick Falls Central School and CEO-Hoosick Falls Family Resource Center. Requests will be filled as supplies are received to be picked up at the Pantry in order that families can plan for any special back to school needs.

Supplies can be left at any HACA Church, the Food Pantry Cart in Tops Market, or Hoosick Federal Credit Union. Suggested items include: erasers, glue bottles, index cards, highlighters, markers, notebooks, composition books, loose leaf paper, 3 ring binders, Kleenex, pencils, rulers and pencil boxes.

Monetary contributions are appreciated as they enable us to purchase backpacks and other specifically needed items. A donation of $25 provides a fully stocked, age-appropriate back pack. Contributions may be sent to HACA, PO Box #1, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.


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