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Junk Jam, Toy Jam ahead at Makerspace

Bring junk items to take apart and maybe build something new at the Bennington Area Makerspace on Thursdays this December from 6 -7:30 p.m. Items okay to bring include computers, hard drives, servers, routers, hubs, modems, printers and scanners (no laser), phones, tablets, pagers, PDAs, GPS devices, answering machines, keyboards, mice, microphones, VCRs, DVD players, cassette players, stereo tape decks, webcams and digital cameras. Dates are Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, Bennington Area Makers will hold a Toy Jam. This is an opportunity to clear out the closets of neglected and broken battery-operated toys before new ones arrive this holiday season. Bring battery operated children's toys to take apart and figure out what makes them tick. This is a Junior Junk Jam for families.

BAM is located at 239 Main St., Bennington.

Bank collects hats, gloves to benefit the homeless

The Bennington branch of Community Bank is collecting hats, gloves and socks for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless, as part of the bank's efforts to give back to the communities they serve to ensure all families have a happy holiday season. In addition, the branch adopted a family to provide gifts and household needs for Christmas.

"Giving back to our communities during the holidays is our favorite tradition," Community Bank N.A. Bennington Branch Manager Bette Smith said. "The true spirit of the holidays comes from helping those in need. Our branches will be bustling this December to help make a difference! We encourage everyone to get involved."

In total, more than 70 Community Bank N.A. branches are celebrating the holidays by lending a hand to their neighbors. Each branch team selected a local cause to support based on its community's needs. From hosting food, clothing and toy drives to fundraising initiatives, Community Bank N.A. branches want to make the world a brighter place this holiday season.

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Students to present Prospect Mountain plan

On Thursday at 5 p.m. a group of Williams College students will present a final management proposal for Prospect Mountain. With a focus on sustainability — in community, in business, and in energy — the students' analysis seeks to provide background information on possible routes forward, the hopes and preferences of Prospects usership, and feasible ways to keep Prospect thriving long into the future. The presentation takes place at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.


Christmas sale Saturday at First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Readsboro will hold a Christmas Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will include a table of baked goods, candy and baked beans. Raffles for a nativity set and baby items, including a gorgeous quilt, will be held. Homemade foods including pies, cakes, cookies, candy and baked beans will be available. At 11 a.m. a lunch of soups and sandwiches with gingerbread for dessert will be served.


Pico Mountain to collect canned goods for BROC

Every year, more than 1,500 households are helped in the BROC Community Food Shelf. On Dec. 14 and 15, skiers who bring a minimum of three canned goods to donate will be eligible for discounted Pico Mountain lift tickets. Donations will benefit BROC Community Food Shelf, where it will stay local to help low-income Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties.

Discounted single-day lift tickets will be available all weekend at the Pico Ticketing Sales Center for just $45 for all ages with a donation of three non-perishable food items (regularly $85). Tickets are only good for that day and cannot be use for future dates. All lift tickets must be loaded onto a reloadable One Pass, the resort's RFID card, and can be purchased for $5 each at the ticket window. The One Pass is not transferable.


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