Community Briefs


The Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association has named Joe Miles, the president of r.k. Miles Inc., its 2016 Lumber Person of the Year.

Miles is the third generation of his family to lead the building materials and kitchen and bath design business, founded by his grandfather, Richard Miles in 1940.

"Our business has enjoyed such a long tenure due to my grandfather's early belief in fair business practices and participation in the communities we serve," Miles said. "At heart, we are a family business that focuses on being creative, forward thinking, and easy to do business with."

Miles received the honor on Sept. 22, at the lumber dealers association's annual meeting in Killington.

Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center invites the community to a weekend of events with Phil Zaldatte. There will be a healing service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Zaldatte, a speaker, life coach and executive consultant, has dedicated his life to helping people fulfill their dreams. He has helped and inspired people in all walks of life from political figures and top level business executives to spiritual leaders and artists.

For more information contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or For more information about Phil Zaldatte visit

Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A north, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern.

Stephen Long, the author of "Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England," will appear at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at Northshire Bookstore.

On Sept. 21, 1938, without warning, a hurricane struck Long Island and New England, killing hundreds of people and destroying roads, bridges, dams, and buildings. Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining high winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooting millions of acres of forest.

This book is the first to investigate how the hurricane of '38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later.

The hurricane's impact was erratic. Some forests were destroyed, while others nearby remained unscathed; some stricken forests retain their pre-hurricane character, others have been transformed. Long explores these contradictions, drawing on survivors' vivid memories of the storm and its aftermath and on his own familiarity with New England's forests,

Long is founder and former editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and author of "More Than a Woodlot: Getting the Most from Your Family Forest."

The First Baptist Church of Manchester is holding its annual Chicken Pie Supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The community is invited to attend.

The menu features bountiful chicken pies with all the fixings and ends with your choice of apple, mince or pumpkin pie served family style. A donation of $12 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under is requested.

Reservations may be made by calling Martha Thompson at (802) 362-3473.

This year, the Be Brave for Life Foundation raised more than $140,000 for brain tumor research at its 2nd annual Hike-A-Thon, Basket Bonanza, and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Merck Forest in Rupert. Some 95 teams, made up of about 600 people, participated in the four-hour event which included a three-level scavenger hunt, a live concert and an awards ceremony honoring everyday heroes.

With the money they raise this year, Be Brave for Life will continue to support two major research initiatives at Boston Children's Hospital and Barrow Neurological in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Mettawee School Generator Fund has reached its goal through a series of successful fundraisers.

According to emergency management director Robert Morlino, more than $16,000 was raised, matching the 75 percent FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant awarded to the Town of Pawlet to purchase and install an emergency generator for the school.

This will allow the town to use the school as an overnight emergency shelter for Pawlet and residents in surrounding towns, and use the school as its emergency operations center.

THe Northshire Bookstore will host Caitlin Shetterly, the author of "Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Shetterly is a journalist and mother who learned that genetically modified corn was the culprit behind what was making her and her child sick, "Modified" is a must-read book for anyone trying to parse the incendiary discussion about genetically modified foods -- among the most-consumed and the least understood substances in the United States.

Shetterly is the author of "Made for You" and "Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home" and "Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce." She has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Self, and on and, as well as on This American Life and various other public radio shows.

The 9th Annual "Share the Warmth" Free Clothing Give Away will be held at Mettawee Community School at 5788 Route 153, West Pawlet, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, Bring your own bags.

Mettawee's Brooke Burnham will be collecting clean, reusable, smoke-free clothing at the school from 2:30 to 4 p.m. om Thursday, Oct. 13 and also anytime before 4 p.m.on Friday, Oct.1 4. She will take any article of clean clothing, but the biggest need is always fall and winter children's clothes, men's clothes, all outerwear, shoes and boots.

If you wish to donate, but are unable to get there, or have any questions about the event, please contact Brooke Burnham at 802-342-6377.

The 10th annual Ski and Snowboard Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. New stand-up paddle boards will be sold this year.

Local delivery on all paddle boards will be free.

This fundraiser helps support the 8th grade class. Skis, boots, snowboards, goggles, helmets, hats, gloves, socks, poles and much more will be available to outfit you and your family. New and used along with famous brands of awesome gear will be available and experts and coaches will be on hand to fit equipment.

A bake sale will be held during the sale. All credit cards will be accepted.

Nick Bruel, the author and illustrator of the successful "Bad Kitty" series, will appear at the Northshire Bookstore at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 for a special story time with his new book "Bad Kitty: Scaredy Cat."

Bruel is the author og the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children's Choice Book Award winners "Bad Kitty Meets the Baby" and "Bad Kitty for President." He has also written and illustrated popular picture books, including "Who is Melvin Bubble?," "Bob and Otto," and his latest, "A Wonderful Year."

Author Tracy Kidder will appear at the Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to talk about his newest book, "A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success."

In "A Truck Full of Money," Kidder introduces Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur who discovered a talent for computers and the Internet as a young man despite suffering from bipolar disorder. The book follows English as he makes a fortune, selling the Kayak travel website for nearly $2 billion, and then sets out to give the money away.

Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. He is the author of "Strength in What Remains," "My Detachment," "Mountains Beyond Mountains," "Home Town," "Old Friends," "Among Schoolchildren," "House," and "The Soul of a New Machine."

This is a free event. Please arrive early for best seating.

H. Lee Allen, a professor emeritus at North Carolina State, will give a talk about the Long Trail at 5:30 p,m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy.

Allen's talk, presented by Green Mountain Academy, will include a brief history of the Long Trail and of the Green Mountain Club; a colorful contrast of what the Long Trail, hiking equipment, and Allen himself were like in 1973 and 2008; and highlights of nearby special places on the trail including Stratton Mountain, Stratton Pond, Lye Brook Wilderness, Griffith Lake, Baker Peak, and Little Rock Pond.

Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Clinical Supervisor Millie Dunn is retiring after 43 years with Manchester Health Services. She will move to Florida with her husband, George, to be closer to her Florida family. There will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 to honor her years of service.

Join David Hinton, one of the most renowned translators of the Chinese classics, on an exploration of the entire nature of reality as expressed in a single Chinese landscape painting at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

Hinton, the author of "Hunger Mountain," explores the nature of reality through the painting "Peaceful-Distance Pavilion" by Shih-t'ao (1642-1707).

Hinton uses his knowledge of Chinese philosophy, poetry, art, language, and writing system to illuminate this painting's message, which is ultimately the story of the glorious dance between nothing and everything,

The newly formed Manchester Community Chorus is seeking additional singers from the area to perform a Winter Solstice and Advent Season concert at the First Congregational Church in Manchester at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Rehearsals will take place at the FCC every Tuesday at 6 p.m., starting Tuesday, Oct. 18, There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal on Friday, Dec. 9.

The chorus is under the direction of Linda Hueckel, who recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with the First Congregational Church choir.

Please contact Anne D'Olivo at for further information and to sign up.

This year's Vermont Reads program is centered around the extraordinary story of how Ernest Shackleton and his crew survived their ill-fated expedition to Antarctica. You can take part through the Manchester Community Library.

Pick up a copy of "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. The book is appropriate for readers 6th grade through adult and features the photography of Frank Hurley.

Join the book discussion at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center, Judy Reid will facilitate the discussion.

Sandy Kraehling, chef and owner of Pan Latin Catering & Bake VT, will be joining the "Cook by the Book" discussion group at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Manchester Community Library.

Kraehling will discuss her career as a chef, describing her food food style and inspiration for her unique and delicious Latin food.

The group meets monthly and is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Participation is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Cindy Waters at or 802-362-2607.

The Dorset Library welcomes Jennifer Langstaff-French at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 for an herbal presentation.

Langstaff-French is a native of Dorset and has been a practicing herbalist for more than 20 years. Trained by the pioneers of the herbal renaissance, she has a sound foundation in both scientific application and folkloric tradition. She is the co-founder of Trifolium Farms in Dorset, where she and her husband are able to merge their passions for pollinators, plants and well-being.

"Herbalism 101, the why, what, when and how" will give those interested in using herbs for their health the tools necessary to source what they need. This will be an interactive discussion with personal inquiries encouraged. Refreshments will be served at this free event.

For more information: 867-5774 or visit

Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday at a family bubble dance party at Manchester Community Library's Super Saturday.

Calling all human beans to a phizz-whizzing costume bubble dance party at the Manchester Community Library's Family Super Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 15. Come as a favorite Roald Dahl character or wear a Halloween costume. Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with some delumptious cake, squiffling music, and swashboggling crafts. This free program, open to the public, is generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington. The Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave at the Corner of Route 7A in Manchester Center.

Danby and Mt. Tabor will be celebrating their new veterans' memorial during a special dedication at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the intersection of South Main Street and Mt. Tabor Avenue in Danby, one block west of Route 7.

In the works for over two years, the memorial will recognize and honor over 700 townspeople who served in the U.S. armed forces during wartime – from the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts in the Middle East.

Some seating is available, and attendees may want to bring folding chairs. Streets leading to the memorial site will be closed during the dedication. Parking is available at Currier Memorial School (one block to the north) and on adjacent streets. Visitors needing handicap accessibility may enter on Depot Street off Route 7 for close-in parking.

Northshire Baptist Church invites all women in the community to a new Women's Bible Study beginning Oct. 17, "Lord Teach Me to Pray." Learn what the Lord's Prayer teaches us about effective prayer and how to put into practice its timeless principles. The video-based curriculum includes teaching by Kay Arthur, discussion time, fellowship together, and Bible study homework for five times each week. The Bible study will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. for five Mondays: Oct. 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14, and 21, at Northshire Baptist Church in Manchester Center (5769 Main St, south of the Town Offices; Workbooks are $15/each. RSVP by Oct. 10 to: or 802-362-1988.

The Arlington Garden Club will have their monthly meeting at 12;30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at St. James Church. The Business Meeting will be at 1 p.m. followed by a program with Ryan McDaid of "Endless Spring Organic and Hydroponics" The program is entitled "Where the Growing Season Never Ends."

For more information: 802-379-1354 or

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about Antonin Scalia with Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre on Tuesday, October 18. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly earlier this year, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was one of the most outspoken and controversial justices in modern Supreme Court history. There are those who consider him to be one of the greats, while others insist he was one of the very worst. This talk will explore Justice Scalia's imprint on the Supreme Court's case law – whether viewed as good, bad, or indifferent – as well as the significance of his departure, including its effect on some recent major decisions. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Long Trail School started the 2016-17 academic year with the largest enrollment in its history: 195 students including 18 international students in grades 6-12. With students traveling from over 30 towns and with commutes ranging from 5 to 75 minutes each way, Long Trail's attendees come from a wide array of backgrounds, means and household circumstances. The school is also happy to announce the addition of the following administrative and teaching staff: Mary Ellen Mega, Amy Newbold, Laura Callen and Andrea Thulin.

As dean Of faculty and academics, Mary Ellen comes with a wealth of experience in the public school system with a concentration in curriculum design. Amy Newbold teaches 7th and 8th Grade Physical Science and Health And Human Biology. Laura Callen is teaching Early Literature and Literature by Genre in the English department. Andrea Thulin is the LTStudies International Coordinator.

Brush up on French conversation skills at Manchester Community Library. Burr & Burton Academy, Maple Street School, and MCL are teaming up to offer a six-week session from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 8, in the Cafe Commons.

These meetings are not lessons, rather opportunities to practice conversation skills. Beginners are always welcome but their participation may be limited to listening and absorbing until they are ready to join the conversation.

The groups are free and open to everyone.

Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, call 802-362-2607.

New Thought Vermont is sponsoring a retreat, "Great Love in Little Ways," regarding kindness on Oct. 14 and 15 with Gunilla Norris, a psychotherapist and author of several books on spirituality, poetry and books for children.

The group will explore how self-kindness and care is essential to a greater practice of kindness in families, workplaces and communities.

There is a public presentation on Friday, Oct. 14 at The Church on the Hill from 10 - 11:15 a.m. with time for coffee and conversation til noon. There is a suggested donation of $10.

The public is again invited for a poetry reading from 6:15-7 p.m. at the Village Green Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 15. Pot Luck snacks and beverages will be served, with the poetry reading from 7 - 8 p.m. A free will donation is welcome for this event.

The retreat takes place on Friday and Saturday at the Weston Playhouse. Retreat Session 1 is on Friday from 2 - 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Retreat Session 2 is from 9:30 a.m. to noon with Session 3 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

The cost for the retreat is $175 and must be received by Oct. 1. There is scholarship aid available. For more information, call 802-384-3845 or e-mail

A rummage sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Dorset Church.

This year, all outside merchandise such as baby accessories, ladies sweaters, sports gear, tools, garden equipment, small appliances, books and other treasures will go on sale outside at 8:30 a.m.

The bag sale will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Donations of clean, serviceable fall and winter clothing, jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items, houseplants and books will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 - 13 at the Dorset Church. Please do not donate furniture, large appliances, TV's, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30 in Dorset. For more information call 802-867-2260.

Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 in Manchester Center is hosting an Identity Theft and Fraud Protection Seminar at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. The seminar will be given by qualified AARP representatives. Anyone interested to learn more of how to protect your identity from theft is invited to attend.

The Northshire Seniors invite everyone to come to our potluck lunch and teacup auction at noon on Oct. 17 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Manchester.

Everyone over 55 is welcome.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is pleased to announce a collaboration with some of the most acclaimed practitioners in the sporting art world for their annual Angling & Art benefit auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. The event will be at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in the second floor Gardner L. Grant Library, and refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served during the auction.

There will be a full selection of different art media ranging from finished works and studies to oil and watercolor paintings.

This silent auction will include works by Arthur Shilstone, local favorites George Van Hook and Nick Mayer, and Brett James Smith's paintings will also be there. Additionally, the auction will feature oil paintings by Mike Stidham.

To place an absentee bid, please contact Becki Trudell at For more information about this event and to view the paintings that will be available at the auction, please visit our website angling- art-auction/.

A Contra Dance will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center on Rte. 140 in the center of town.

Luke Donforth will call the dance, with Shindy -- Randy Miller on fiddle and Roger Kahle on guitar -- playing the music.

Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund.

More info at

Don Tretler, from the Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) agency will be at Neighborhood Connections every fourth Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m., beginning Oct. 28, to assist Vermonters who need help finding a new or better-paying job.

Tretler will discuss where to look for jobs, offer help filling out applications and creating a resume, give interviewing tips and provide advice on starting a new job off on "the right foot." This is offered at no charge. Call 802-824-4343 if you would like to attend a Friday Job Club.

VABIR is a statewide private non-profit agency working to assister Vermonters who face barriers to employment in finding gainful employment.

Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace next to the post office. Check out our website at

Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss the work of Frederic Chopin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Manchester's First Congregational Church. His talk, "Chopin's Preludes," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Arnowitt will focus on the life of Frederic Chopin and his Preludes, quintessential Romantic miniatures that span the full range of human experience and emotion.

Arnowitt is a classical and jazz pianist and recording artist who has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe. His life and music is the subject of an award-winning documentary by the Susan Bettmann, "Beyond Eighty-Eight Keys" (2004). He lives in Montpelier.

Mikki Baloy, a shamanic healer, ordained minister and yoga instructor, will read from her new book, "Hallowed Underground: Sacred Hope and Healing in Dark Times," at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4,, at The Left Bank, 5 Bank St., in North Bennington,

Baloy's book, which debuted on Amazon in August, gives practical help for using the painful experiences associated with the everyday occurrences of life to cultivate consciousness about our lives. In addition to reading from her book, she will offer a guided meditation with healing songs.

Through story-telling about her own experiences, especially working downtown in New York City during 9/11, and later helping lead an agency that helped victims and families, Baloy shows readers how she came to conclude that she was meant to be a healer.

Baloy has studied with shamans and spiritual teachers from around the world, and her approach is also informed by three decades of creative training as a musician, actor and writer. She works with clients individually and leads ceremonies, retreats and workshops.

For more information:

Bart Adaptive Sports Center, located at Bromley Ski Area, is looking for volunteers for the upcoming ski season.

If you like to ski or snowboard for free, this is a great opportunity to help those who might otherwise never be able to enjoy the thrill of coming down the mountain on snow.

Orientation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5.

For more information contact the center at 802-824-6849 or email You can also visit their website at

Northshire Baptist Church is hosting Operation Christmas Child Craft nights from 6:30 - 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening thru Nov. 1 and ending with a packing party on Saturday, Nov. 5 (time to be determined). Come once or come for all the evenings. There is no fee and need to RSVP. To learn more about this ministry visit or call 802-688-5614. Anyone may make a donation for OCC through Northshire Baptist Church or pack a shoebox and bring it to the church during the National Collection Week, which is Nov. 14-20. Please see the OCC website for details regarding what to pack.


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