Community Briefs


The Manchester Farmers market is going strong all month. This week will be feature musician Paul Brotchie. Summer squash is out in full force.

The Manchester Farmers Market is every Thursday from 3 - 6 p.m. in Adams Park.

Northshire Baptist Church invites all to discover Jesus with the Gospel of Mark. A new sermon series going verse by verse through the Gospel of Mark will begin Sunday, Sept. 11. The Worship Service is Sundays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Pastor Tim Counts examines important questions and Jesus' life, with an emphasis on his death and resurrection. It is also the fastest-moving of the four Gospels. Northshire Baptist Church is at 5769 Main St in Manchester Center, south of the Town Offices. For more information:, email or call 802-362-1988.

Green Mountain Academy welcomes back artist and teacher Anharad Llewelyn to lead a four-part collage painting workshop at Long Trail School on Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. Materials will include (but are not limited to) acrylic paint, handmade paper, old letters, drawings, doilies, musical scores, and more. Some supplies will be provided, however, students are urged to bring their own personal items to collage into their pieces. The fee is $75 for the workshop series. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the spirituality of laughter with Rabbi Bob Alper at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 13 at the Manchester Community Library. This talk will explore humor in ancient through modern times, demonstrating why laughter is far more than a simple diversionary entertainment. The psychological, physical, and spiritual value of clean, un-hurtful comedy will be discussed, as well as using humor as a coping mechanism in times of transition, celebration, and stress.

Rabbi Bob Alper performs across North America, the Caribbean and Europe and is heard regularly on Sirius/XM satellite radio. 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

Dr. Deb Henley, the new volunteer youth coordinator of First Congregational Church in Manchester, announces a program for children of all ages, that encourages them to participate in volunteerism and community service. The Sunday morning program will cover three main themes – Food, Giving Thanks, and Shelter.

Hands-on activities will instruct children on hunger and shelter in our community and the wider world. Classes will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 11. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.


Pre-K Story Time and Rhyme Time for Tots at the Manchester Community Library will begin the fall season with the first Pre-K program at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. This weekly program focuses on helping children ages 4 to 5 develop school readiness and a love of books and reading, and reinforces early language and literacy skills. It will feature age appropriate stories, nonfiction, poetry, music, crafts and art projects. School groups are welcomed.

Rhyme Time for Tots begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. This weekly program features lots of wiggling and rhyming with songs, stories, books and music especially appealing to the youngest children. Daycare groups are welcomed.

Free programs, open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Rte. 7A, in Manchester Center.

The UVM Master Gardeners are back at Neighborhood Connections beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 with a discussion about soil. Daryle Thomas, a volunteer with the Master Gardener Program and veteran of the Rutland County Master Gardener Hot Line, will discuss the makeup of soil and how to determine the type of soil in your garden. He will also address the importance of testing your garden soil and will go into detail about how to read the soil test results and put the recommendations into practice.

Thomas will have UVM soil test kits at the presentation. They are available for $14.

This program is offered at no charge, but reservations are necessary. Call 802-824-4343 to register.

Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

The series continues on Sept. 21 and 28 at The House of Sabbath, 1010 Route 100 in Weston.

For more information:

On Saturday, Sept. 10 the Thrifty Attic on Main Street in Londonderry will hold the semi-annual Bag Sale. New fall and winter merchandise will go out on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Store hours are 8 a.m. until noon.

Sunday, Sept. 11 begins the fund-raiser Pancake Breakfast season sponsored by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department.

The breakfasts are at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department at 2806 Vermont Route 153 (Main Street). They are open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The West Pawlet firehouse is a handicap accessible site. All are welcome.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry and local maple syrup; as well as waffles, West Pawlet's world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. The menu's beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice.

Breakfast prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-12 years and free to children under 5 years old.

As a charity fund-raiser event, breakfast profits are dedicated to the department's equipment and training needs. The department is a non-profit. New members are welcome.

The department pancake breakfast events are monthly events September through April. For more information: 802-345-4312 or email

The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA), established in 2001 under the wing of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), offers lessons in violin, viola and cello to area children. The new semester starts on Sept. 12, and two new Suzuki method violin instructors Andrew Snow and Francois Secordel will join the long-time faculty Deanna Baasch (violin), Vesela French (violin and viola), Joana Genova (violin), Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Jared Shapiro (cello). Most lessons are in Festival House, Manchester Village and students' ages range from 3 to 18. Home-schooled children are welcome. Some financial aid is available.

Visit for more information or call 802-362-1956.

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Food, Ornamental Gardening and Edible Landscaping" at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Manchester Community Library. Charlie Nardozzi, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality, will speak about food, ornamental gardening and edible landscaping. This is a shared event with Green Mountain Gardeners. There will be a $5 fee for non-members. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

On Sept. 11 at Hildene, Jane and Ken Moriarty, who have been doing their own canning for years, will show participants how to make a simple tomato sauce in a "how-to-begin home pressure canning workshop."

Starting with how to prepare vegetables through to the finished Mason jar, participants will learn about supplies and techniques that make canning fun and easy. Beyond the two-hour basics class there will be a jar-cooling waiting period for any who wish to stay for a "do-it-yourself" guided round two.

All participants will go home with a jar of tomato sauce. The workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. is limited to 15 participants. $15 for Hildene members, $20 for non-members.

To register call 802-367-7960 or email

Bennington County Habitat for Humanity's 2016 'All Women's Build Day' is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14. Come help build a house with homebuyer Samantha Stone on Jennifer Lane in Manchester, just off Route 11/30 going east past the Double Hex. The build day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with snacks and lunch provided. If your time is limited, come build from 8:30 a.m. - noon or from noon - 2:30 p.m. Space is limited so advanced registration is requested. Mentoring and guidance will be available.

The three bedroom house is a single story with a hip roof. The trusses went up on Aug. 17. On going work will include putting on a roof, installing windows, putting on the siding, wiring and plumbing (contracted jobs) and insulating. A slide show of build progress can be viewed at - click Jennifer Lane on the left side menu. Please contact the Habitat Office for more information and to sign up: 802-367-1000 or email

The United Church of Dorset invites families for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The Church Choir will be back in service after their summer break. Following worship these is an all church potluck in the Vestry.

Childcare and nursery for infants through 3-year-old, church school for 4-year-old through 6th grade, middle school and high school youth group, confirmation and adult education opportunities are offered.

Workshops include music, technology, art, cooking, games, drama, puppets, science, mission, etc.

For more information: 802-867-2260.

Battenkill Grange #487 will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Bailey Hall in East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits. Coffee, juice and milk will also be available. Adults cost $7 and children 12 and under cost $4. For more information call 802-375-2518.

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 Downtown School in Manchester opened its doors for a third year on Wednesday, Aug. 31 with 16 new students — a 50 percent increase in enrollment over last year.

This year the school added a third grade class, and will keep adding an older grade each year through eighth grade. The youngest students at The Downtown School are in pre-kindergarten.

This year, the school offers Mandarin, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, movement, and yoga in addition to a full complement of academic, social-emotional, and physical development opportunities.

In addition to new students, The Downtown School welcomes a new head teacher. Alley Mazzullo joins the existing faculty. Mazzullo earned her Master's Degree in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Antioch University New England where she concentrated in place-based learning.

The Downtown School is an independent, progressive education elementary school at 106 Palmer Place in downtown Manchester. For more information: email or call 802-768-8769.

The Pawlet Station Restaurant reopened for one special night on Monday, Aug. 29, as the fundraising site for "Mexican Monday," to benefit the Mettawee School Generator Fund.

According to Robert Morlino, who serves as the Town of Pawlet Emergency Management Director, the event raised about $6,300, building the fund halfway to the goal.

For those still wishing to send a contribution, checks may be made out to 'Mettawee School Generator Fund' and sent to: Robert Morlino, 4825 VT RT 30,

Pawlet, VT, 05761; or mail to: Principal Brooke DeBonis, c/o Mettawee Community School, 5788 VT Rt 153, West Pawlet, VT, 05775.

The Mt. Tabor-Danby Historical Society invites everyone to a tour of the Danby cemetery, often referred to as "Scottsville Cemetery" because of its location, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The cemetery is at the intersection of US 7 and Scottsville Road, across from the former Peel Art Gallery. This is a great opportunity to view some impressive monuments and learn how the individuals resting beneath them contributed to our local history. We will also be given a rare glimpse inside the tomb constructed by Silas Griffith. Cider and donuts will be served at the conclusion of the tour, and there will be a free will donation. For more information, call 802-293-5160.

Ted Cronin, CEO and founder of Manchester Capital Management, has been ranked 7th in Barron's annual ranking of "Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors" for 2016. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Cronin has been ranked among the top 100 Independent Financial Advisors by Barron's with this year's ranking being his highest yet.

Maintaining offices in Montecito, CA; Manchester, VT; New York, NY; and Charlottesville, VA, Manchester Capital Management is an SEC-registered Independent Investment Advisor dedicated to helping families steward their wealth, values, and legacy from generation to generation.

For more information or to contact Manchester Capital Management please visit, or call 802-362-4410

The Dorset Library will be offering one evening with paranormal investigator Becky Shott from 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 17. Limited seats will be available for each ghost investigation, so please register early. Contact the library or visit our website for a full description and to acquire a registration form.

There will be a half-hour introduction to the equipment and ghost hunting, and the opportunity to make dowsing rods. Participants can bring their own equipment, or borrow ours to conduct a personal investigation. Evidence captured will be shared with the library and included with Shott's presentation for her return visit in October. At the end of the evening, the group will discuss findings and Shott will answer questions.

Please call, email, visit the library or our website to obtain all the details and register. A minimum donation of $5 for each participant will benefit the Dorset Library. For more informastion: 802-867-5774, or email

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

Since 2012, United Counseling Service has been the beneficiary of a charitable fundraiser organized by The Barn Sale Committee. This year's Barn Sale is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester. The proceeds of the Barn Sale support the Northshire UCS outpatient counseling services, particularly for those who cannot afford them.

United Counseling Service's mission is to build a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. For information on United Counseling Service or to make a donation please visit or call 802-442-5491 or the Northshire Office at 802-362-3950.

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 East Dorset Congregational Church will be serving a ham and bean dinner on Saturday, Sept. 17. The menu includes Wallingford Ham, home made baked beans, coleslaw, broccoli salad, and rolls. Dessert will be a choice of pumpkin or apple dump cake with whipped cream. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. until all are served. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for young people ages 5 - 12 and children under 5 are free. Dinner will be served in the chapel next to the church on Mad Tom Road in East Dorset.

Five craft beers and a five course dinner is offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Barrows House, 3156 Route 30 in Dorset.

The cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity, or $45 without alcoholic beverages.

The all inclusive prive including a Guest Room for the evening is $299

For reservations, which are required, call 802-867-4455.

Featured Brews include Black Cat Porter, Mungo Berry, Bamberg Helles, Conehead, and Green State Lager.

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 a small fee, participants can choose between a season pass to Stratton Mountain Resort, Riley Rink or Viking Nordic Center. Students who complete the program successfully receive a Dorset Theatre Festival season pass for the following summer.

Students are expected to attend five educational events: the kick off event, an intergenerational-community dialogue night, and three more events focusing on substance use prevention education. Students in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in participating schools are able to join the program. These schools are Arlington Middle & High School, Maple Street School, Manchester Elementary-Middle School, Burr & Burton Academy, The Dorset School, Long Trail School, Mountain School at Winhall, Flood Brook School, and Leland and Gray Union School.

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

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. West Pawlet

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.

The Pawlett Historical Society is raffling off another handcrafted wooden piece made by Vermont cabinetmaker Ray Finan of Arlington. The donated Craftsman Style Bedside Cupboard is made of curly maple, with the dimensions 28" high x 13 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" deep. It is valued at $2,400.

The PHS has raffle tickets on sale at the Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Town Hall. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will be Sunday, Sept. 18, during the PHS presentation at the Braintree School on VT-153 in West Pawlet. Winner need not be present to win.

For more information on the raffle, or the PHS itself, please contact Steve Williams at or 802-645-9529.

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.


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