Community Briefs


Join us on Sunday morning, Aug. 28 from 8 - 9:30 a.m., for a pancake breakfast in the First Congregational Church vestry at 3624 Main Street in Manchester. A free-will donation may be made.

Nicholas and Jennifer DeMauro will present a talk and slideshow on their recent mission trip to build two houses in Guatemala, which was made possible by the FCC community's donations.

First Congregational Church is located across from the Equinox Hotel.

Call 802-362- 2709 for more information

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the work plan from January 1 through June 30, 2016, review the proposed updated contract with the Bennington County Regional Commission, and discuss the upcoming household hazardous waste event and other aspects of the Universal Recycling Law. A complete agenda can be found at the Alliance website at Please call 802-442-0713 x2 for more information.

The featured artist at the Dorset Public Library in September will be Geoffrey Gilbert. The public is invited to meet Geoffrey at the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

After a 40-year career as a college professor of economics, Gilbert is now a full-time painter, with a studio in Geneva, N.Y. Through the years, he has made art in a variety of ways: sketching, designing and making hooked rugs, photography, and making cutout collages. His focus now is on acrylic painting, which he has been doing for about two years. This is his first solo show.

The library's hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Call 802-867- 5774 for more information.

July's Red Cross Blood Drive was a success — we exceeded our goal, surprisingly. We apologize to those who walked in to donate and had a long wait time.

Thank you to all the faithful blood donors and to the Catholic Daughters from St. Paul's and to BBA for the use of the cafeteria. If you are healthy and old enough to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at to schedule an appointment. Every drop is precious. The next Blood Drive is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester, 3624 Main Street.

With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course.

Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Vermont Fish & Wildlife's online Hunter Education Program registration system. All would-be hunters, trappers and bowhunters are required to complete their respective course before purchasing their first license.

To find your course, enroll at The system includes maps and directions, instant confirmation and reminder emails, and a function that allows you to contact a course instructor directly. You can view the number of open spaces remaining in a course and receive email notifications when new courses become available in your area.

The course and all materials are provided free of charge. There is no minimum age, but most materials are written at the sixth grade level.

You also can access online course registration through the department's website ( For more information or if you need help signing up for a class, call 802-828-1193.

Bringing Nashville to West Pawlet, Courtney Shayne appears as Patsy Kline at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Mettawee Community School.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 25 at the West Pawlet Firemen's Annual Auction. The price is $15 per person.

Light refreshments and a 50/50 raffle will be available.

This charity event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Fire Department.

For more information: 802-353-1089 or 802-645-0244.

Grandmothers are revered in many other cultures. In times past, their counsel was sought in all major decisions. This free event will honor women in the Grandmother stage of life, regardless of whether they have grandchildren, on Friday, Aug. 26, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. at The Left Bank, 5 Bank Street, North Bennington. We will embrace all that we've become, share our wisdom and reflect upon how we would like to see the role of grandmothers change in our society.

This event was inspired by the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Please RSVP to Teresa King at or 802-733-5729 with the number of people planning to attend.

Mexican Monday is back, for one night only on Aug. 29 at The Pawlet Station to benefit the Mettawee School Generator Fund.

The team is back in action for one night cooking up the Mexican Monday menu.

Come in for the Fish tacos with their citrus cilantro verde sauce, slow roasted beef burritos with chipotle sour cream, house made salsa & guacamole, and more. Margaritas will be pouring and of course the tequila watermelon will be waiting.

The Pawlet Station team has volunteered along with other members of the Pawlet community to make this happen in support of the Generator Fund. The Mettawee School is an American Red Cross certified shelter for the community in the event of major disasters. But the school needs a generator in order to be able to accommodate the people of Pawlet overnight. A FEMA grant has been awarded for 75 percent of the cost but the remaining $16,200 is being raised locally.

On Monday, Aug. 29 the doors open at 4:30 p.m. This is a first-come, first-serve event to raise as much money possible. Cash and checks only, please.

On Monday, Aug. 22, Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on volcanic eruptions.

The talk is at 5:30 p.m. in the new auditorium of the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts and Student Center at Stratton Mountain School.

Middlebury College Professor Ray Coish will explore why and where volcanoes violently spew lava and ash onto the Earth's surface. We will focus on the volcanoes of Italy, especially Vesuvius, whose eruption in 79 AD famously destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. This well-illustrated talk will be a fascinating look into how geological and historical studies intersected to give incredible detail of that fateful natural disaster. 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 our website at

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the power of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. with Williams College Professor Justin Crowe.

The talk will be at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room.

Professor Crowe will examine some landmark decisions from 1953 to the present affecting the fabric of the U.S. against the background of judicial philosophies and cultural and political movements. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Come to the Manchester Community Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream cup and a free raffle ticket when you turn in your Reading Logs.

This is also the last day to purchase raffle tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn on Monday, Aug. 22. For more information, call 802-362-2607. The Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave., the corner of Rte. 7A, in Manchester Center.

The Ailene Capen Floral Hall is once again the place where garden produce, cooking specialties, artistic endeavors and original works are on display. Entries are accepted Aug. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Aug. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. Two items per category for adults is allowed with unlimited entries for vegetables, fruit and all children items in all categories. Judging will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 26. The hall is open for viewing from noon to closing on Friday, Aug. 26 and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Entries must be picked up by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.

The 2016 Exhibit Categories are: Vegetables, fruits and eggs (Unlimited entries adult and child); Plants and cut flowers; Hay; Preserves and Pickles; Baked goods and Bread; Needlecraft & Clothing; Arts and Crafts (Must have been created within 2 years and not been awarded a cash prize Bondville Fair).

Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded for first ($4), second ($3) and third ($2) place in each category with rosettes awarded for outstanding displays. Children under 16 are judged separately in the Vegetable and Arts & Crafts categories.

For more information: 824-4658, or

New MEMS co-principals, Irene and Martin Nadler, have scheduled a "Meet the Parents" night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. This will be an opportunity for parents and interested community members to meet the new school administrators; but, and more importantly, ask questions and open a discussion and dialogue about the strengths and challenges of the school.

It will be, the co-principals hope, the beginning of a new, positive conversation aimed at helping MEMS's movement along the path of educational excellence.


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