Community Briefs, Jan. 26


Town Meeting dates set

A number of dates have been set leading up to Manchester's annual Town Meeting on March 3. Monday, Jan. 29 is the last day to submit nominating petitions and consent forms for local offices. The annual Taconic and Green Regional School District Meeting will be held Feb. 27, and those with questions should contact the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. The annual town floor meeting will be held at Manchester Elementary and Middle School on March 3, at 1 p.m. On March 6, voting by Australian ballot will occur at the Manchester Town Hall between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those with questions should contact Manchester Town Clerk Anita Sheldon.

Neighbor to Neighbor news

On Thursday, Jan.18, Neighbor to Neighbor care recipients and volunteers enjoyed a delicious baked ziti lunch provided by Martha Thompson and her crew, followed by a lively session of conversation and various board games. What sharp minds our fellow seniors have! If you would like to volunteer as a caregiver or know of someone who could benefit from our services, please call 802-367-7787.

Library offering dance, yoga classes

Shake it up and find your center during two free demo classes at the Manchester Community Library, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

At 10 a.m., join Alexandra Langstaff for a 45-minute session of Shake Your Soul, an engaging, fun, and creative dance class for adults. No experience is necessary, just a desire to release tension and move to excellent music in a supportive, joyful environment.  Irene Cole will offer a free hatha yoga class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Guided by the breath, we will flow through a gentle practice of classic poses. All are welcome to discover what hatha yoga can bring to the body, mind, and spirit. Please bring a yoga mat. This day of energy and renewal is free and open to the public. Participants should wear comfortable clothes to stretch in. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Space is limited; to reserve your space, email or call Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-549-4577.

French Exchange ambassadors hold Moroccan dinner

The sixth annual Moroccan dinner will be held on Jan .27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Burr and Burton Academy cafeteria, with proceeds supporting the BBA exchange trip to France. Tickets are advance sale only at $30 per person for a complete 3 course meal plus activities (henna and photo booth). Tickets may be purchased at This evening of authentic fun and food has proven to be a popular way to put some warmth into a cold winter's night! Advance tickets sales are advised. If you have dietary concerns or wish to check on ticket availability, please contact Michelle Emery at From 4:30 to 5 p.m., appetizers will be served while guests enjoy a slideshow of past trips, henna art, and a photo booth where they can try on authentic Moroccan garb. Guests will be seated at 5 p.m. and will enjoy an authentic chicken tagine with couscous, followed by desserts and mint tea. All food will be prepared by chef Eric Emery of Manchester, former maitre d'hotel for the French President. Proceeds will go to support student travel to France and to support the work of the Atlas Cultural Foundation in Morocco. During April break a group of students will head to to France for 14 days as a part of BBA's French Exchange with Michelle Emery, French teacher and Melissa Michaud, school and college counselor, as chaperones. This exchange is with the high school Lyc e St. Crique in Pau, France, after which students will explore Paris before returning to Vermont. Students from Lyc e St. Cricque will be visiting Manchester in the beginning of February.

Circus camp registration open

Resigstration is now being accepted for the 11th-annual Wunderle's Big Top Adventures Circus Camp at Maple Street School this February 19-23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This adventure day camp is open to the entire community of K-8th graders.

Participants receive world-class circus skills instruction from founder, Troy Wunderle, artistic director of the nationally renowned Circus Smirkus and director of clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Students will work with a variety of circus equipment, and will hone their juggling, balancing, unicycling, and clowning skills in a fun and supportive environment. A big showcase circus event will take place on Friday afternoon. This camp sells out yearly.

For more information, call Jeff Barclay at Maple Street School: 802-362-7137, or e-mail

Fossil Free Fast watch party

On Jan. 31, Earth Matters, and Transition Town Manchester are hosting a watch party for Fossil Free Fast, a event in Washington D. C. at which environmental and political leaders will lay out their plans to resist the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on our climate, The event is being held at the Wilburton Inn and is free to the public, and to enliven the evening even more, there will be a cash bar with wine and beer throughout the evening, and a pot-luck dinner starting at 7 p.m. The live stream will run from 8-9 p.m. Earth Matters, Transition Town Manchester, MoveOn Manchester, and 350VT will co-sponsor the event.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care Invites Public to Cooking with Your Heart Event

Medical studies indicate that eating healthfully prevents heart disease. In recognition of the American Heart Association's Heart Month, observed each February, Southwestern Vermont Health Care will host Cooking with Your Heart, a fun event designed to help community members lessen the effects of heart disease on their lives. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, VT. The program is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP at by Feb. 10. Presenting at the event will be Penny Grace, heart attack survivor and patient of SVMC Cardiology; Laura LaCroix, SVMC executive chef; and Alison Malmborg, MSN, ARNP, and Jennifer Thuermer, DNP, ACNP, cardiac care nurse practitioners at SVMC Cardiology. Each will share their favorite heart-healthy recipes, and Chef LaCroix will demonstrate a few that audience members can try at home. Tastings and a door prize will be offered.

A Tribute to Howard Frank Mosher

Northshire Bookstore is proud to pay homage to a special friend, the late Howard Frank Mosher for his final book "Points North," on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. We will begin the evening with wine, cheese and great conversation about a very special man. We had the pleasure of hosting Howard for nearly all of his previous books and we are again honored to celebrate what he believed to be his best work, released nearly a year to the date of his passing away. In attendance to read from "Points North"; and to speak about Howard's life includes authors Eric Rickstad, Sara Henry, Bill Schubart, and more. This is a free event.

Levi Laub Presents "The V l d'Hiv Raid: The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo"

Northshire Bookstore is proud to honor International Hollocaust Rememberance Day as Levi Laub, translator and close friend of the author Maurice

Rajsfus presents "The V l d';Hiv Raid," on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

Beginning in the early morning hours of July 16, 1942, and lasting for two days, the French police went beyond Nazi ordinances and took it upon themselves to arrest and imprison more than 13,000 Jews at a Paris sporting arena, the Velodrome d'Hiver. For most of the Jews, this detention without water, food, or sleep was the first horrific step toward death in the concentration camps. This uniquely detailed study of the roundup offers the only contemporary analysis of both the precursors and the aftermath of the events of those two days. Using recently opened police files, Maurice Rajsfus details the internal organization of the police, showing the mechanisms of this raid in particular and of raids in general, making the book an indispensable micro-history of the Holocaust. A companion piece to Rajsfus's Operation Yellow Star / Black Thursday (DoppelHouse Press, 2017), The "Vel d'Hiv Raid" includes witness and police reports, shocking excerpts from the collaborationist press, and speeches by contemporary French politicians whose official apology is still not complete and terribly overdue. With a foreword by Israeli activist and author Michel Warschawski.

Manchester Memories Shared at MCL

Enjoy stories of yesteryear about Manchester and the surrounding areas, at the Manchester Community Library as part of the Library's new Manchester Memories program. Several locals, including Shawn Harrington, Mike Nawrath, Gail Rice, Terry Tyler, and Bill West have agreed to donate their time to share recollections of the Northshire. The program will take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the month of February, Terry Tyler will share his remembrances on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Mike Nawrath will on Feb. 20. Join us for this free program.

Daffodil Days return

Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they are at the center of the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign. The campaign will deliver thousands of yellow flowers across the country to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days is a simple, yet effective way for you to help bring hope into the lives of people with cancer right in our community.

Place orders now through Feb. 5. Options include: One bunch of daffodils for $10, one potted mini-daffodil plant for $15 and for a $25 donation, instead of receiving flowers yourself, you can support the Gift of Hope program where volunteers will deliver daffodils to local hospitals. To place an order, contact local Daffodil Days Coordinator, Heather Aldrich, at or 802.362.4061. Please make donations checks payable to the American Cancer Society. Orders will be available for pick-up the week of March 19th at Equinox Village, 49 Maple St., Manchester Center, Vermont 05255. For additional questions contact Elizabeth Gardner, American Cancer Society Community Manager at


Martha Canfield Library presents "How Solar Works" with Bill and Danielle Laberge

Join Bill Laberge and Danielle Laberge at the Martha Canfield library on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., for a look at how solar works. They will explore the history of solar technology and the advances made in the industry and why renewable energy is replacing fossil fuels. Bill and Danielle will also look at the practical considerations of connecting solar power to the grid amidst an ever-changing regulatory landscape. A question and answer session will follow the illustrated presentation. Bill Laberge is the owner of Grassroots Solar; Danielle Laberge is involved with sales and system design for the company. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Library at 375-6153 or visit our website at

Post 69 holding monthly meeting

American Legion Post 69 is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the post at 54 Legion Rd. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Night of music at Post 69 John Davis II and Barry Hyman will perform at American Legion Post 69 on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 7-10 p.m. The event is for ages 21 and over. $5 cover charge at the door, light snacks will be available. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


Dance at the Dorset library

The Dorset Library is hosting a "Winter is HERE" dance party from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday. This fun, free dance is open to all, including families. There will be snacks and dance music (appropriate for all ages, young, medium and old)! For more information call the library 802-867-5774 or check the website at

Parent Visit Day at Long Trail School

Long Trail School invites all current and prospective parents to attend a class, have lunch, and experience the school first-hand at parent Visit Day on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 am to 1 p.m. Parents are welcome to sit in on a class or two, join us for lunch, and witness the exceptional opportunities that abound at LTS.

Classes in these time blocks include math, science, history, English, world languages, and arts. Visitors can observe middle school, upper school, and mixed-level classes. Parents may come for one or two classes and join a round table lunch with faculty and administration.

Classroom space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information and registration, please contact Kim Murphy, admissions coordinator, at 802-867-5717 x 191 or You can also register online at

Dorest church presenting "Quilters"

"Quilters," a musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek about a pioneer woman and her daughters, will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Fellowship Hall, United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, 143 Church St. "Quilters" is being presented by a consortium of Rutland area women who have been involved in all aspects of local school and/or community theater for decades. Director Jennifer Bagley and music director Rita Lane have assembled a cast of talented actresses with beautiful voices including Marsha Cassel, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Julia Doiron, Mikki Lane, Maureen Sullivan, and Tegan Waite. All profits will be donated to the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter (now renamed the New Story Center). Admission will be by free will offering. Questions, please call the church office at 802-867-2260 or email us at

Artist Katherine Buckmayr featured at Dorset Public Library

The Dorset Public Library will feature the work of Katherine Buchmayr during the month of February. The public is invited to meet Buchmayr at the opening reception on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the library. Buchmayr has been sketching and painting since she was a child, and has taken numerous art and craft courses over the years. A love of Vermont and New England and a fascination with light are what inspire her paintings. The serenity of the Green Mountains, the warmth of the sunshine, coolness of shadows and reflections of light is what Buchmayr seeks to capture on canvas whether it be a landscape, flowers, or still life. She is well-known for her Dorset landscapes, and enjoys painting both farm and domestic animals. She has had solo exhibitions at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Dorset Library, Northshire Medical Center, Equinox Village and the Village Fare and has also exhibited at Dorset Then and Now, Spiral Press Caf and the Stratton Arts Festival. In addition to her fine art paintings she also paints wooden accessories such as tissue boxes and waste baskets and does fine art and craft commissions.


Benefit concert for Flood Brook Student Activities Cooperative Feb. 9

The popular band "The Old Main" will play a special, one-night-only concert on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at The Black Line Tavern at Magic Mountain to benefit the students of Flood Brook School. Hailing from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to bands such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes, while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. With catchy original music and creatively reimagined covers, they've been called everything from Folk-Rock to alt-Americana, though no label or description compares to hearing their foot-stomping music in person. Acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies make up The Old Main's raw acoustic sound, and their high-energy live performances are enjoyed by all. The Old Main continues to build acclaim and expand their already strong following all over the North East. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Flood Brook School, the Weston Marketplace, Brown Enterprises or by emailing Proceeds benefit the Flood Brook Student Activities Cooperative, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for enrichment activities for the students of Flood Brook School.


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