Community Briefs


Landlord how-to at MCL

Attention landlords! Gain the confidence you need to manage your rentals more efficiently at a free program specifically designed for apartment owners and residential rental owners. How to Stay Out of Court and Other Preventative Measures for Landlords will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Manchester Community Library. The program will be taught by James M. Dingley of Manchester and Angela Zaikowski of the Vermont Apartment Owners Association LLC in Shelburne. For more information or to register for this free program please call 802-366-1010. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.


Contra Dance with the Shrewdberries

Dance to the splendid tunes of the Shrewdberries from Shrewsbury with Lausann Allen calling. This is a young, hot local band, and we are excited to have them play in Tinmouth from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. The Community Center is on Route 140, five miles west of Wallingford. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children, 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at Like us on Facebook at Tinmouth Contra Dance. Our email is


Nathaniel Philbrick at Northshire

Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of "In The Heart of the Sea" and "Mayflower," will appear at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, to discuss "Valiant Ambition," his account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "Valiant Ambition" is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.


Danby-Mt.Tabor VFD hosting breakfast

The Danby-Mt.Tabor VFD is hosting a breakfast at the Danby-Mt.Tabor Firehouse Main St., Danby. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Adults, $8.00 and children 5-10, $5.00, 5 and under free. Benefits Danby Mt. Tabor volunteer fire department. Take out available.


Garden Club of Manchester plant sale

Don't miss the Garden Club of Manchester All Things Gardening-Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, at Northshire Day School, 5484 Main St., Route. 7A. Hardy perennials from members' gardens, plus some surprises, will be for sale at very reasonable prices, half price at noon. Special thanks to Northshire Day School for its help and support.

Plant Sale proceeds fund GCM's many civic beautification projects such as garden beds at Factory Point Town Green; flower boxes and planters in Manchester and Dorset; hanging baskets at the Rec Center Park House; floral arrangements at Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Manchester Community Library; and holiday wreaths donated to the Town Offices, the Library, and area churches. For further information, contact Sally Brown at 802-362-3834 or Mary Schwartz at 802-362-7235 or


Annual Children's Fishing Derby

Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion is hosting the Annual Children's Fishing Derby at the Pond on Route 313 Fire Station. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Certificates will be awarded to each child that participates. Trophies awarded in the following categories: Under 6 years of age 1 boy and 1 girl; 7 to 11 years of age 1 boy and 1 girl; 12 and older 1 boy and 1 girl. One Trophy will be awarded for the largest fish caught.

Please join us for a morning of great fun and memories for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, it is a wonderful bonding experience and the children have such fun. Find us on Facebook: Sons of the American Legion Post 69. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.

East Dorset

Church supper planned

The East Dorset Congregational Church will serve a fundraising supper from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the chapel next to the church on Mad Tom Road in East Dorset. The menu will consist of country style pork ribs with stuffing, cornbread, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce and a variety of desserts. We offer coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade or water. The cost will be $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 5 -12 and children under 5 free. We will have take out available beginning at 5 p.m.


Garden sale to benefit library

The Rupert Kittay Library's Plant Sale will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the library. There will be well labeled annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables available for all your gardening needs. The plants will be in both pots and 6 packs,as well as hanging baskets. If your garden has produced more perennials than you need, the Library will be happy to add them to the sale. Please label the plant, place in a plastic bag and bring them to the Kittay Library from May 17-19. If you need more information or help please call the library at 802-394-2444 and leave a message. The Kittay Library is located at 2827 Route 153. For more information visit the Library website at


Wine, cheese and books

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, enjoy wine from Wines by George, cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm and a book presentation with author and award winning journalist Bianca Bosker for her new book "Cork Dork," which became an instant New York Times best-seller.

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine -- until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a "cork dork."


Household Hazardous Waste event

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Bennington Transfer Station, 904 Houghton Lane. The event will be free for residents of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford and for the Villages of Old Bennington, North Bennington and Manchester. Visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or if you have questions.


Stories of the Deepwater Horizon disaster

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, Connie May Fowler will present "A Million Fragile Bones," her story of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the Gulf of Mexico, at the Northshire Bookstore. In her memoir, Fowler details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point, Florida after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at its heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.


Pancake breakfast at Battenkill Grange

Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday. May 21 at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. Menu to include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, coffee, juice and milk. Adults, $7. Children under 12, $4. For more information, call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518. For pavilion rental, weddings, reunions etc. call Nathalie Caler at 802-375-6135.

Salem, N.Y.

An afternoon of funny songs

Humorist Byron Nilsson will perform his one-man program of funny and forgotten pieces, "Rhyme on My Hands: A Tribute to the Comic Song." at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at Fort Salem Cabaret.

Tickets are $20 including coffee and dessert is available for purchase. Reservations are strongly suggested since seating is limited. More information is appears on the theatre's website at Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 518-854-9200.


Green Mountain Academy hosts 'Cork Dork' author

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday May 23, as part of "Cork Dork Weekend", Green Mountain Academy welcomes Bianca Bosker - author of "Cork Dork," for an unorthodox evening of wine drinking, blind tasting, and sniffing that will stimulate all your senses and reveal the stories lurking in a glass of wine. The class will take place at the Manly residence in Dorset. Space is limited. Registration is required and is $55 per person, which includes a copy of Cork Dork. For more information or to register visit or call our office at 802-867-0111.

North Bennington

Head Start hosting art show

Bennington County Head Start and the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) will host its annual art show from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 22 at North Bennington Head Start, at 2 Park St. For more information contact North Bennington Head Start at 802-442-3686. For information on Bennington County Head Start and United Counseling Service programs visit


'Merchants of Doubt' screening

The free screening of "Merchants of Doubt" will be held at the First Congregational Church in Manchester at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 24. It is sponsored by Earth Matters, The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. A discussion will follow the film showing. For more information, contact Betsy Hardy at or 802-434-3397.


Community Forum: Discussion of ITVFest

A Community Forum: Discussion of ITVFest will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Please join us for a discussion and presentation about the Independent Television Festival or ITVFest coming to Manchester for the first time this October 11-15, 2017. Executive Director Philip Gilpin Jr. will be speaking about this exciting event which is the world's largest, most accessible and longest running independent television festival.


Lini Mazumdar to discuss medicinal herbs

Lini Mazumdar, a certified herbalist and owner of Lotus Moon Medicinals at Anjali Farm, will be at Neighborhood Connections at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 at Neighborhood Connections to discuss various medicinal herbs which you may want to include in your garden and detail how they can be prepared to treat various medical conditions. This lecture is free, but space is limited, call 802-824-4343 to attend. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.


Hike up Bromley Mountain

Meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the Route 11/30 Long Trail/Appalachian Trail parking lot for a hike up to the summit of Bromley Mountain and down to the Bromley Ski Area base lodge with lunch at the summit (bring your own lunch). Bring an extra layer, if there is any chance of rain bring a raincoat, lunch and snacks and fluids. Total distance 6 miles with about 1500 feet elevation gain. Moderate hike. RSVP to hike leader Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016 or


Walk on the wild side at Hildene

From 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, Hildene, in collaboration with Transition Town Manchester, will host a "Wild Edibles Talk and Walk." Naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen will lead workshop participants on a tour through Hildene's varied habitat and extensive grounds identifying edible plants, discussing the conditions necessary for each plant to thrive, and demonstrating responsible and safe harvesting practices. Cohen will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make "wild dishes." Participants will have an opportunity to sample food and beverages made from wild plants. Cohen will also sign his book, "Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten," available for purchase in The Museum Store. Check in is at the Welcome Center where the program begins in the Beckwith Room. Registration is required as class size is limited. The event is $10 for Hildene members. $15 for non-members. Please RSVP by May 25 to Stephanie at or 802-367-7960.


Arlington Garden Club plant sale

The Community House in Arlington Center is hosting a Plant and Bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. A healthy selection of homegrown plants plus a nice variety from your local nursery. Home baked goods and raffle items will also be available.


Author to present at Orvis Flagship Store

Tim Weed will present his book "A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the Orvis Flagship Store on Main Street in Manchester. In Weed's book fishing guides, amateur sportsmen, teenage misfits and others embark on disquieting journeys of self-discovery in far-flung places from the granite quarries and ski slopes of New Hampshire, to Venezuela's Orinoco basin.


Pig roast and square dance

The Weston Community Association, in association with the Farrar Park Association, Weston Women's Club and the Inn at Weston, is pleased to host the tenth sort-of-annual Memorial Weekend Pig Roast and Square Dance, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at the Weston Green on Route 100, with dancing on Park Street and the musicians performing under the portico of The Weston Playhouse. Pulled pork barbeque plates, including sides, soft drinks and dessert, will be served beginning at 5 p.m. for $15 per adult, with discounts for children. Hot dogs and other menu choices will also be available. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Inn at Weston. Music for listening or square dancing will be performed by the Cold River Band from 5 to 6:45 p.m.


Memorial Day Service, Parade and Picnic

The community is invited to attend the Dorset Memorial Day Service and Parade at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 29. The service will begin at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, 143 Church St. (off Route 30). At the end of the service the parade will march to the Maple Hill Cemetery and then return to the Dorset Green for the lowering of the flag. A potluck community picnic will be held on the Dorset Church lawn after the event. Please bring a salad or dessert to share and we'll provide the hot dogs. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. Questions call the Dorset Church at 802-867-2260.


Bromley hike with Green Mountain Club

At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29, meet at the Routes 11/30 parking for a hike up to the summit of Bromley Mountain and back down to the parking lot, with lunch at the summit (bring your own lunch). Bring an extra layer, if there is any chance of rain a raincoat, lunch and snacks and fluids. Total distance 6 miles with about 1500 feet elevation gain. Moderate hike. RSVP to hike leader Marge Fish at 802-384-3654 or


Conducting An Orchestra: What's It All About?

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on conducting an orchestra with Ariel Rudiakov, the violist and co-founder of Taconic Music, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at the Manchester Community Library. This presentation will offer a brief history of conducting with photos and commentary, and insight into technical fundamentals with audience participation. 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


LEGO League at Manchester Community Library

Whether you're a first time builder or a master at LEGO construction, you're sure to have a fun time putting the pieces together at the Manchester Community Library's LEGO League for kids in grades 2, 3, and 4. LEGO League will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, in the Library's Kids Barn. LEGOs of all shapes, sizes, and colors will be available to encourage kids to build, create, and interact with one another. Participants will be challenged to build a variety of different creations, and many of the challenges will be timed. Kids can take part in the challenges or simply build whatever they want. LEGO League is free and open to the public.


'Atomic Veterans' at MCL

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at the Manchester Community Library, Garry DuFour, a former staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and reporter for "Stars + Stripes" will present "Atomic Veterans," a compelling presentation about U.S. veterans who were exposed to radiation during atomic and hydrogen bomb testing between 1945-62. Two atomic veterans and a scientist who helped create the first hydrogen bomb will also share their experiences during the free presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.


Pedorthics for Summer Footware

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, Gretchen Lima, a certified Pedorthist will be at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections to discuss how she modifies summer footwear to help people maintain or regain their mobility. Lima was here last year and is back by request. This presentation is offered at no charge, but reservations are necessary, so call 802-824-4343 if you want to attend. The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.


Hot water bath canning 101 at Hildene

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Hildene, avid gardeners and veteran canners, Jane and Ken Moriarty, will host a workshop on hot water bath canning. Jane, who refers to rhubarb as the herald of the spring garden, sees the workshop as an opportunity to prepare and preserve rhubarb so it can be enjoyed throughout the year. Those who participate will go home with a jar of rhubarb conserve. Pre-registration is required. $15 for members. $20 for non-members. The workshop is limited to eight participants. To learn more about the canning workshop or to register, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email


Quilt Guild Potluck Picnic

The Quiet Valley Quilt Guild will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, for the Guild's Annual Potluck Picnic. The picnic will be followed by a trunk sale of quilt-related items, such as fabric, notions, and quilting books in the upper parking lot behind the Second Congregational Church on Hillside St.


Palliative care workshop offered

At noon on June 8, the Bennington office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and Brookdale at Fillmore Pond will sponsor a free community forum on the value of palliative care and the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. The session will be held at Brookdale at Fillmore Pond on 300 Village Ln. Allen Hutcheson, M.D. and Diane E. Smith, M.D., physicians affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will provide information on palliative care and the importance of documenting your healthcare wishes. The session is free and open to the public and lunch will be served. To reserve your place, call 802-447-7000 before June 5.

Salem, N.Y.

New firehouse grand opening

The Salem Volunteer Fire Department's new firehouse will host an open house from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, with a grand opening ceremony at 2:30 and refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Go the Distance 5k to support UCS

The UCS Go the Distance 5k Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at 316 Dewey St. in Bennington. The day's events will include a pre-race warm up offered by local Zumba instructor Andrea Malinowski, followed by a run or walk along a paved roads 5k course through beautiful Bennington. United Counseling Service will offer a family fun day including a free Kid's Fun Run and family activities throughout the morning. Interested runners can register for the event on Registration by June 15 is $20 and registration after June 15 and on race day is $25. Up to a family of four can register for $35. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. All runners will receive a free t-shirt for participating. For more information please call JoAnne Larsen at 802-442-5401 or email her at


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