Community Briefs


A few local residents are organizing a weekly phone bank in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the law office of Brad Myerson, 5261 Main St., in Manchester Center. The last scheduled phone bank will be Nov. 2, although additional dates may be added in the days before the Nov. 8 election.

All are welcome; no experience necessary. Participants are asked to bring a cell phone and either a laptop or tablet. Training will be provided. Volunteers will have the choice to call registered Democrats in Vermont to recruit more volunteers or to call undecided voters in New Hampshire. Walk-ins are okay but advance registration is appreciated. To register, go to and enter 05255. For questions, email Or check out our Facebook page:

The Dorset Library would like to welcome back Becky Shott, clairvoyant and paranormal investigator, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of paranormal anomalies. We will then feature the findings of the ghost hunt conducted at the library in September. Shott has been featured on the

Halloween special of NBC's "Today" to discuss her opinion of famously haunted locations. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Call 802-867- 5774 for more information.

A concert with the Stockwell Brothers Band and the Bondville Boys begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Jamaica's Historic Town Hall on Route 30.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the Jamaica Community Arts Council.

This is the last in a series of concerts that have entertained both audiences and bands with the amazing acoustics resonating from the classically high ceilings. The Stockwells' music spans traditional and progressive styles with acoustic sound features banjo and three-part harmonies. The Bondville Boys have been playing together since 1990 with their hard-edged bluegrass that has matured over the years.

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.

The Peru Church invites all our scaly, furry, and feathered friends to join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 for the Blessing of the Animals. All pets and their humans are welcome and wanted to come and sing animal songs, enjoy appropriate canine interactions, and indulge in communion. Rain or shine we will gather on the church steps. For more information call 802-379-1438.

Manchester Community Library will screen a 1943 classic Hitchcock thriller at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the Hunter Community Room. A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be, casting a "Shadow of a Doubt." Director Alfred Hitchcock often said that "Shadow of a Doubt" was his favorite film.

The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 108 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Info: 802-362-2607.

Stratton Mountain School's Patti Kaltsas Center is hosting the Yale Whiffenpoofs for an evening of a cappella music at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Founded in 1909, the Whiffs began as a quartet of Yale seniors. Today, the group has become one of Yale's most celebrated traditions and is the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group.

Tickets to the Whiffenpoofs are $15 for adults and $10 for children/students, and are available at Seating is limited; please purchase tickets ahead of time. Stratton Mountain School is at 7 World Cup Circle in Stratton. For more information: or 802-856-1179.

Harald Schmidtke, weatherization director from the Southeastern Community Action agency (SEVCA) will be at Neighborhood Connections from 2 - 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 to discuss the national Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Local non-profit agencies such as SEVCA deliver no-cost weatherization services to eligible residents. The goals of the program are energy conservation and healthier living conditions for low-income residents who either own or rent their homes.

Please call 824-4343 to register for this presentation which is offered at no cost or e-mail Neighborhood Connections is in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

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 is a practising herbalist for more than 20 tears. 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 wellbeing.

"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.

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

Sunderland Elementary School recently received a $3,000 grant from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

This grant enables Sunderland Elementary School to update and develop the library collection, replacing outdated books and other materials. This is the latest in a series of improvements that

Sunderland Elementary School has undertaken to improve the school library. New library shelves, computers, and a new layout offer increased flexibility in programming for a room that serves as a classroom for Art, Music, and after-school programming in addition to Library services.

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 7:00-8:30 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.

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.

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.

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.

Contra Dance on Oct. 21

Come dance in Tinmouth with Shindy playing the music and calling by Luke Donforth. Shindy is Randy Miller on fiddle and Roger Kahle on guitar from 8 - 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center.

The dance is in the Tinmouth Community Center on Rte. 140 in the center of town, 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

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.

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/.

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.

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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