Community Briefs



Hildene offers youth program

Hildene Youth Corps is a two week summer program July 9-20 for eight highly-motivated young people entering 7th or 8th grade. Youth Corps members spend their mornings working as a team to complete a project that allows for better access to the natural areas of Hildene. The 2018 project will be to create a vernal pool boardwalk. In the afternoon youth corps members will investigate the diverse ecology of Hildene, enjoy crafts, help with projects, and have fun.

Youth corps members will learn about the ecological work of some nonprofits. At the end of the two week session, each Youth Corps member will have the opportunity to direct $50 to one of the organizations with which they became familiar.

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Celebrate Recovery

How is your current thinking working for you? If you are like many of us, it may not be. Celebrate Recovery offers new ways of thinking about what hurts and what may hold you back from a peaceful and joyful life. The group meets every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, at the corner of Bonnet and Main streets. (6 p.,m. food and fellowship, 6:30 pm. meeting. More Information check our Facebook page at Celebrate Recovery at Manchester Vermont or contact one of our coordinators at 609-203-1293.

'Scoundrels Who Made America Great'

Author Martin Henley will speak about his book "Scoundrels Who Made America Great" on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. The book takes a fresh view of heroism by using a dramatic event in the life of each "scoundrel" to illustrate how disreputable labels can obscure heroic deeds. The characters portrayed in this book include Wehner Von Braun, Anne Hutchinson, Benedict Arnold, John Brown, Iva Toguri and Clarence Gideon. Henley is a professor emeritus at Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass. The program is free and open to the public.

Manchester Democrats to gather

The Manchester Democrats are hosting a "2018 Is Ours!" party on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilburton Inn on River Road. The free event will feature live music by the Merry Pranksters and a stand-up comedy set by Rabbi Bob Alper. Free appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served, along with beer and wine from the cash bar.

The goal is to recruit new members and get local Democrats fired up for the statewide and national elections in November. The party is open to all Democrats from Manchester, the Northshire and Bennington County. After the party, all are invited to stay to discuss politics, strategies, and what we can accomplish together in 2018. Bring an appetizer to share (appreciated, but not required).

Call 802-733-1435 or email

Middle School painting party

You're invited to register now for a free, fun painting party at the Manchester Community Library on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Create your own masterpiece with local artist Stacy Gates, owner of Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery. Stacy will demonstrate step by step how to complete an awesome painting with fabulous results. All materials will be supplied, including cake and goodie bags. Space is limited for this free program, open to kids in grades five through eight, so sign up now at

History of Lye Brook Wilderness

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes H. Lee Allen, Professor Emeritus of North Carolina State University, to talk about the history of the Lye Brook Wilderness. The talk will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Burr and Burton's Hunter Seminar Room. Its 18,000 acres once hosted logging camps, charcoal manufacturing and Rich Lumber Company's Lye Brook Railroad. This talk will discuss Lye Brook's past, present and future. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Junior Makers Club Begins at Manchester Community Library

Slime, volcanoes and more, oh my! The Manchester Community Library's new Junior Makers Club begins on Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Inspired by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) this workshop is free and open to students in grades two, three, and four. Space is limited so sign up now at

E.B. White lecture rescheduled

The Celebrating E. B. White talk at the First Congregational Church of Manchester has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine will share excerpts from White's work in her talk on White (1899-1985), celebrating his versatility and enormous legacy. From his exquisite essays in The New Yorker to the beloved children's classic "Charlotte's Web," White is still regarded as a master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence.

Taconic Music concert

Taconic Music Artistic Directors Joana Genova, violin and Ariel Rudiakov, viola, joined by their longtime colleague Nathaniel Parke, cello and guest Gili Melamed-Lev, piano, will present an hour-long concert at Zion Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 18 at 5 p.m. The program includes Taconic Music's rendition of Beethoven's Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D Major, op. 8 and Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25. Rounding out the concert is Fritz Kreisler's arrangement of Londonderry Air, which will be recognizable to all those are recovering from the previous day's St. Patrick's Day revelry — and most everyone else—as the Irish classic, Danny Boy. Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St.Suggested donation $15 at the door. For more information on Taconic Music's year-round offerings and summer music festival, visit

Senior lunch at VFW

All seniors (60 and over) who live in the Northshire are being invited to come to the VFW (Depot Street) on Wednesday, March 28 for a belated St. Patrick's Day Lunch. The event is open to all, but seating is limited, so reservations are a must. Call 802-258- 8240, voice or text. The VFW is providing the basics for this lunch, but donations from those who come to enjoy lunch and the comraderie will be welcomed. Everyone who attends is also being asked to bring one item to be added to the salad bar. Suggested items might be: a small container of grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped hard-boiled eggs, sliced celery, black olives, some nuts or bacon bits, etc. After lunch, there will be a panel of local people who will talk about "Safety Issues for Seniors", followed by an opportunity for coffee (or tea) and conversation, a puzzle, a game of Scrabble, or some cards. Representatives from some of the Senior organizations will be heartily welcomed to explain what they do. For more information contact Marian Haines at 802-258- 8240.


Legion breakfast

American Legion Post 69 is hosting a Sunday morning breakfast on Sunday. Seniors 65 and older are admitted free, all others are $7 each, and donations are greatly appreciated. Come out, have breakfast and catch up with your friends. Cal 802-375-6157 for more information.


Discover lost ski areas

The Dorset Historical Society will host Jeremy Davis at its next Third-Thursday Lunch-Lecture at noon on Thursday. His subject is "Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont." Davis has written several books on old-time ski slopes in different parts of Vermont and beyond, and he'll update earlier stories with new discoveries. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; liquids and desserts are provided. DHS's Bley House Museum is located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road. For more information, see or call (802) 867-0331.


Free tax assistance

BROC Community Action is again offering free tax assistance at their offices at 332 Orchard Rd. in Bennington. If you make $54,000 or less, are a person with a disability or are elderly, they can prepare and file Federal income tax returns, Vermont state income tax returns, homestead declarations and property tax adjustment claims, household income schedules and renter rebate claims. BROC Community Action staff receive training from the IRS and the Vermont Department of Taxes. Call for an appointment today; 802-447-7515. Visit to learn more about the programs and services offered at BROC Community Action.

Vermont's New "All Payer" Health Care System

Bennington Rights and Democracy is sponsoring a forum on Vermont's new "All Payer" healthcare system at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. "All Payer" is a complicated system that changes how some doctors get paid and how some people get their health care. If you're like most Vermonters, you don't know what that means. Few of us do. Here's your chance to find out. Todd Moore, the CEO of OneCare, and Norman Ward, OneCare's Chief Medical Officer, will be in Bennington on March 22 to explain what's going on, and to take your questions. The event is free and open to everybody. Light refreshments available. Questions? Contact: Bob Block, 802-375-5955;


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