Community Briefs


The Manchester Farmers market is going strong all month with a featured musician. The Manchester Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 - 6 p.m. in Adams Park.

On Sept. 29, Vermont Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, and challenger Jonas Rosenthal, will square off on the political issues that impact Rupert, Tinmouth, Wells, Middletown Springs and Pawlet.

District officials have been invited to submit debate questions through their town's select board. Questions will be organized by topic and questions selected so that each town is represented. There will also be an opportunity for district voters to ask questions from the floor.

The debate will be on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Pawlet Fire House on Route 133 in the Village of Pawlet. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the debate commencing at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 802-645-0109.

As part of the Fall Gardening Series sponsored by The Windham County Extension Master Gardeners, Kathy Gentry, a Rutland EMG, will be at Neighborhood Connections from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27 to discuss houseplants. When is it safe to move indoors and outdoors? How should you prepare the plants for moving? How do you control and monitor for pests over the winter? When should you re-pot a houseplant?

This lecture is offered at no charge but please register by calling 824-4343 or by e-mail at

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in the area mountain towns of south-central Vermont. The Meeting Place is located in The Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

Mettawee Community School students are selling Dutch Mill Bulbs as a fundraiser to benefit the Mettawee Generator Fund. The school has been designated as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter. With the generator in place, Mettawee Community School will become the location for the town's Emergency Operations Center.

Ms. Robertson's 4th Grade is organizing the fundraiser and working with their Kindergarten Buddies of Mrs. Warneke's class.

The goal is to raise $1,000. Students will earn at least 50 percent profit on every package of bulbs sold. Payment is due at the time of sale. Customers paying by check should make them payable to "Mettawee Community School." Please be sure to order no later than Sept. 28.

For more information: 802 645 9009.

Peace activist, author, priest and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rev. John Dear will speak on "Creating a Culture of Non-Violence" from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the First Baptist Church in Manchester Center. Organized by Rev. Dr. Steve Berry, the Manchester event comes on the heels of the Campaign Nonviolence "Week of Action" — peaceful marches and demonstrations at more than 600 sites across the U.S. and around the world.

Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S.

For more information, go to or

Northshire Baptist Church is hosting Operation Christmas Child Craft nights from 6:30 - 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening Sept. 27 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.

The 58th annual Weston Antiques Show, dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the best small shows in New England," is on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.

The show will be preceded by a Gala Preview, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 29, offering an advance opportunity to examine – and snap up – the cream of the crop and to enjoy a social evening with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

The show is in the Weston Playhouse, adjacent to Route 100, in the center of Weston Village.

The show will introduce three new dealers: Black Feathers Antiques (

The Weston Antiques Show is entirely managed and staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds from the show go the preservation and enhancement of the Weston Playhouse.

Admission to the show is $10 and to the Gala Preview $75. In 2016, all admissions to the Show will entitle patrons to be entered into a drawing for a framed photographic print of a Weston scene, which will be on display, by resident professional photographer Nobushi Fuji'i and will be offered a complimentary trial subscription to the Maine Antiques Digest.

Green Mountain Academy will present a talk about Thomas Jefferson's legacy with Sydney Stokes, Jr., the founder and chairman of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room.

This talk will explore Jefferson's living legacy and will also cover his famous trip to Vermont with James Madison during the summer of 1791. 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

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk with economist Peter Radford at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. American economic growth has been very slow since the Great Recession of 2008. This has led to an ongoing discussion about the nature and possibility of future growth. This talk explains the debate and tries to answer that same question is growth over? 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


The Dorset Library welcomes Adam Boyce from 5 - 6 p.m. on Friday Sept. 30.

Boyce will be discussing and reading selections from the book he compiled of his grandmother's writings: "Because I Loved the Daffodil: The Writings of a

Vermont Farm Wife, Mildred F. Boyce."

Mildred Farr Boyce (1884-1965) grew up in the Mad River Valley of central

Vermont, becoming a teacher and librarian, later marrying a Williamstown farmer, Earl Boyce. Her strong intellect and natural curiosity prompted her to write many poems, articles, and letters which appeared in several newspapers and magazines throughout New England, including The Vermonter, New England Homestead, Driftwind, Rural New-Yorker, The Barre Daily Times, and the Boston Herald.

The library has a copy of this book in circulation and copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served at this free event. Please call the library for additional information, 802-867-5774.

Brush up on French conversation skills at Manchester Community Library. Burr and 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, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, at in the Cafe Commons.

BBA French teacher Michelle Emery along with French teacher Lizzy Lindenberg from Maple Street School will keep the meetings lively.

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 members do have the added advantage of using "Mango Languages" and "Powerspeak," online foreign language learning systems available for free through their library membership.

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

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/.

Join Someday Farm at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Dorset Library, and find out what to do with your garden bounty. The presentation will include tips and techniques for beginning canners. The focus will be on water bath canning of acidic vegetables such as tomatoes and pickles and jams. We will also touch on other methods of preservation such as freezing and drying.

Bring a favorite canning recipe to share and browse our display of relevant books. Light refreshments will be served, featuring the proven winners of the Someday Farm pantry. This event is co-sponsored by NOFA Vermont and is free of charge. Please call the library for more information: 802-867-5774.

"I don't know any other single people."

That seems to be a common refrain expressed by singles throughout the Northshire. In response, Manchester Community Library will host "Ice Cream Social & Words with Friends" at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The event is open to adults age 55 and up who are single (never married, separated, divorced, or widowed) who want to meet fellow singles and establish new friendships through participation in a rousing game of Scrabble.

The event is free and open to singles, age 55 and over. Pre-registration is required; call Cindy at 802-549-4577 or email by Sept. 26. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.

The community is invited to the GNAT studio from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Take a tour of GNAT's state of the art facility, meet the GNAT staff, enjoy refreshments and be part of a live studio audience.

At 6 p.m. Andrew McKeever will moderate a roundtable discussion with Bennington-4 District state representative candidates Steve Berry, Cynthia Browning and Brian Keefe. Bennington-4 District includes the towns of Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, and Sunderland. The live studio show will include questions from the audience.

The show will be broadcast live on GNAT's Comcast Channel 15 and streamed to the web at To participate in the studio audience, please arrive by 5:45 p.m. GNAT is in the Applejack building at 6378 Route 7A in Sunderland. For more information call 802-362-7070 or visit

The Town of Pawlet Select Board would like to announce that it is seeking applicants for appointment to the Planning Commission. Interested parties should send a letter of interest

Attention: Select Board, c/o Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT, 05761, by Sept. 27

Officials with Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Manchester broke ground last Friday at 4519 Main Street, site of the future hotel. The 97-room hotel is owned by Mullaney Hospitality Group and will be operated by Mullaney Hospitality Management. Construction, led by Hutter Construction and BMA Architectural Group, is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

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 Rupert Kittay Library annual book sale is from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year there is a large quantity of like-new quality books. There are a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction,and children's books, as well as media selections. Again this year, there will be the $1 for a bag of paperback books of your choice.

Many thanks to all who have donated books. This is one of the fundraisers that help to continue the free programs at the Rupert Kittay Library. The book sale will be in the Rupert Firehouse on Rte. 153 in Rupert. For more information visit or call 802-394-2444

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Manchester Community Library. Peter Burke of the Daily Gardener will show us how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than 10 days. He will show us in a few steps how to have a homegrown salad in the dead of winter. His starter kits will be available for sale. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

The South Londonderry Free Library is gearing up for its Annual Book and Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are requesting White Elephant items to be sold for the benefit of the library. Please contact Susie Wyman at 824-3537 or email if you have hidden treasure to donate. She will arrange for pick-up and/or delivery if need be. If you would like to donate any baked goods of your choice, please call the library at 824-3371 or drop it off at the Library on Oct. 7.

Vendors are invited. Each vendor will be asked for a donation of $35 for each space but will keep all other profits. We are also welcoming artists and crafters to demonstrate and sell their creations.

Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 6378 Route 7A, Suite 1, in Sunderland on Oct. 5 to create a one minute video announcement or public service announcement. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's a fun and free way to get information to the community. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information.

The video will air on GNAT's five TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain Towns. They will also be available on GNAT's online Video Player for viewing and sharing on your social media and website. If anyone can't make it to the studio on October 5th, they can set up another time. For more information or to register visit:, or call 802-362-7070.

Burr and Burton Academy teacher Jon Wilson is looking for real entrepreneurs with real problems. Wilson has revamped his Economics and Entrepreneurship course to make it more authentic and experiential for students. He is looking for businesses who are willing to share a real problem they are having with Wilson's students. Students will immerse themselves in one business problem at a time. They will work in small groups and at the end of a two-week period they will present their recommendations and research to the entrepreneur and an audience.

Wilson has modeled this course using an Entrepreneurial Studies program developed by the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Any entrepreneur or business owner that has a real problem and a few hours to spend with high school students, please contact Jon Wilson at or at 802-379-8472.

The Refuse to Use program provides substance use prevention education to students, schools, and families along with the offer of a healthy alternative to substance use.

In order to participate in the program, families must attend the mandatory Kick off on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Stratton Mountain Base Area Tent. Participants must also register online at before Oct. 14. The event starts at 11 a.m., doors open at 10:30 a.m. for sign-in. No late arrivals will be admitted. A parent/guardian/caring adult MUST attend with their student. The keynote speaker is Matt Bellace who has a positive, science-based and seriously entertaining approach to substance abuse prevention. BBQ and discounted gondola rides to the summit of Stratton will be available for purchase after the event.

For more information:, or 802-824-4200.

All members of the Manchester Historical Society are encouraged to attend this year's annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Manchester Community Library. Board members and officers will report on MHS 2016 achievements and events, programs, acquisitions and finances. Please visit or the MHS Facebook page for more information, or send an email to or call 802-549-4582.

The Vermont Department of Labor together with BCIC, will sponsor a Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Bennington Firehouse on River Street in Bennington.

The event is free to all job seekers. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring résumés to present to employers.

For more information or to request an exhibitor table, please call your local Vermont Department of Labor office at 802-442-6376.


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