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Elks Lodge organizes Fenway Park trip

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the Bennington Elks Lodge invites you to join in the fun of a trip to see the Boston Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. The cost is $140/person and covers the cost of the ticket, the bus to and from the park and prizes for the bingo games that help pass the time on the bus.

To purchase tickets, go to the back entrance of the Elks Lodge at 125 Washington Ave. For more information, please contact Lori Pinsonneault at The game seats are located in the Pavilion Reserved Section PR20. This event is open to the public.


Jewish film series offers Perlman documentary

The Jewish Film Series continues with the screening of "Itzhak," a fascinating and upbeat documentary that explores the life of violinist Itzhak Perlman - from the son of Polish refugees to polio survivor to a performer on the world's concert stages. "Itzhak" will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at the Manchester Community Library.

"Itzhak" is the second of four Jewish-themed films to be presented this summer by the Israel Congregation of Manchester. Future screenings in the series include "Nicky's Family" on Monday, July 29 and "Shoelaces" on Monday, Aug. 5.

The Jewish Film Series is free and open to the public. To help underwrite its costs, free-will donations are appreciated. For more information, call Israel Congregation of Manchester at 802-362-4578.

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Debate on Constitution at Long Trail School

At 5:30 p.m. on July 30, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will host a genuine debate on the motion, "the present Constitution is obsolete and should be replaced." Loosely using the format used since 1823 by the Oxford Union of Oxford University in England will be debaters are Derek Boothby and Peter Radford, with Steven Sinding again moderating the proceedings.

Members of the audience will then be invited to make short statements for or against the motion. After concluding remarks by the two speakers, there will be a vote by show of hands. The debate takes place at Long Trail School, 1045 Kirby Hollow Road. Registration for the talk is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


Talk on Teddy Roosevelt, Progressive movement

Steven Sinding will talk about Teddy Roosevelt and the Progressive Era at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. The talk is sponsored by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning.

The Progressive Movement arose during the last decade of the 19th century and then gained national momentum during the years between Theodore Roosevelt's ascendancy to the presidency and the 1920 election of Warren G. Harding. A central aim of the Progressive Movement was to address the excesses of the Gilded Age and bring a greater sense of equity to national life.

The talk will identify how the Progressives grappled with the issue in their time and what we can learn from their experience and apply to today. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


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