Community Briefs, Jan. 5


Town Meeting dates set

A number of dates have been set leading up to Manchester's annual Town floor meeting on March 3. Jan 18. is the last day to submit petitions for articles to be included in the 2018 Manchester Annual Town Meeting Warning. Please note: Petitions will need 5% of the voter checklist, or approximately 195 signatures. 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 on Feb. 27, and those with questions should contact the BRSU. 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 the Manchester Town Clerk, Anita Sheldon.

Planning Commission hearings Jan. 8 and Jan. 22

The Manchester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to solicit comment on a proposed new zoning map and ordinance for the Town of Manchester. This is the most comprehensive reconsideration of zoning in Manchester since zoning was established for the town in 1970. The hearing will open at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, and will be continued to a second two hour meeting on Jan. 22.

Holiday Inn Tours benefit community

Continuing a decades long tradition, the Northshire Holiday Inn Tours, coordinated by The Shires of Vermont DMO, were offered to the public on two Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9. Putting real meaning behind the word hospitality, thirteen local lodging properties from historic hotels to inns and B and B's opened their doors to visitors from near and far. The popular annual event provides a chance for participants to showcase their properties while those visiting enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere unique to each one. Proceeds from this year's ticket sales enabled The Shires of Vermont DMO to present a check for $2,000 to the Manchester Community Food Cupboard and $1,000 to the Arlington Food Shelf, on behalf of the lodging properties. Those participating were: in Arlington, The Inn at Covered Bridge Green, Arlington's West Mountain Inn, and The Arlington Inn; in Sunderland, Ira Allen House and Hill Farm Inn; in Manchester, The Inn at Ormsby Hill, Equinox Resort, The Taconic Hotel, The Inn at Manchester, The Reluctant Panther and Wilburton Inn; in Dorset, Marble West Inn and The Squire House.

Red Cross Blood Drive Jan. 10

The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be coming to Manchester's First Congregational Church on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To speed up your visit, use the Rapid Pass available on the Red Cross website when you sign up for an appointment. Visit to answer health and history questions. To schedule an appointment dial 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit You may contact Linell Pike with questions at 802-362-3380.

Coffee with a Cop at MCL

On Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., come to the Manchester Community Library and join your neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, give kudos, and get to know the officers of the Manchester Police Department. At the risk of reinforcing a stereotype, there will indeed be free donuts from Mrs. Murphy's and coffee provided by Tall Cat Coffee Roasters on hand in the Cafe Commons. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave/Route 7A in Manchester Center.

"Antiques Roadshow" Rare Book Appraiser Visits MCL

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston, and frequent guest appraiser on the PBS "Antiques Roadshow," will share the history of his book store, and will discuss the value of old and rare books, on Jan.17 at 6:30 p.m. the Manchester Community Library. His talk will be followed by free verbal appraisals of books, manuscripts, autographs, brochures and maps, etc. that attendees have brought with them.

VT PBS, MCL to screen "The Opiate Effect"

On Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m., join Vermont PBS and the Manchester Community Library for a showing of The Opiate Effect, an award-winning short documentary that deals with the overdose of a University of Vermont student, and will be followed by a panel discussion. Parents and those who work with children and adolescents are encouraged to attend. The panel will focus on prevention and education strategies and resources, geared towards youth and will include James Reilly of United Counseling Service, Beth Sausville of DCF, Maryann Morris, of The Collaborative, Wendy Galbraith, of Fed Up, Manchester and Nissa Walke with Blueprint for Health. Andrew McKeever of GNAT- TV will moderate the discussion. This event is presented in partnership with United Counseling Service, The Collaborative, Fed Up Manchester, and GNAT-TV. The event is free and open to the public. Please register at .

Super Saturday Interactive Family Concert Performed by the Taconic Music Players & Students at Manchester Community Library

Ring in the New Year at an interactive Family Concert with teachers and students from Taconic Music's "Strings for Kids" program. This Super Saturday "Music From the Shelves" Family event will take place at the Manchester Community Library on Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington, this concert is free and open to the public.

Family Fort Night at Manchester Community Library

Camp in at the Manchester Community Library on Jan. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Family Fort Night in the Kids Barn. We'll read stories, sing songs, eat snacks, and build forts. Bring your own blankets, pillows, and flashlights, and feel free to wear your pajamas. We'll provide the s'mores and the books. Free program, open to the public.

January 2018 Makers Club Workshops at Manchester Community Library

Are you kinda crafty? Kinda artsy? Do you like to work on really big projects, one small step at a time? Then our Post-It Note Castle Mural is for you. It's kinda like paint-by-numbers, kinda like grafitti, but with sticky notes on a wall. Build it at our Makers Club Workshop on Jan. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come to the Makers Club Marble Run Challenge on Jan. 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and build your own marble run. Make it as simple or complex as you like. Use your imagination to engineer the fastest course you can make out of simple supplies like cardboard, craft sticks and glue. The race is on!

Makers Club Workshops are generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington. They are free and open to middle school kids in grades five through eight.

Minecraft Club at Manchester Community Library

Kids in grades two, three and four who are interested in playing Minecraft are invited to join the new Minecraft Club at the Manchester Community Library. The Club will meet every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning on Jan.11. Players will need to bring their own chargers and devices (smart phone or tablet) pre-loaded with an established account (user name and password) and the $6.99 Pocket Version of Minecraft. Space is limited, so call Janet at the Manchester Community Library at 802.549.4580 now to reserve your spot. This program is free and open to the public.

Afternoon Classic Film Series at MCL

Manchester Community Library is launching a reworked afternoon classic film series. The new Classic Film Series is inspired by the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list. The film screenings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Enjoy a 1956 RomCom Musical about the foibles of high society on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.. A spoiled heiress played by Grace Kelly must choose between three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, a stuffy businessman, and an undercover tabloid reporter. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra also star. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshment will be served. Running time: 111 minutes.

Zion Church series: "A Life Worth Living"

In the future, scientists will be able to prolong life, but will it be worth living? Without purpose or joy, extended life seems a hollow victory. So how do we live life to the fullest? Nicky Gumble's A Life Worth Living, based on Paul's letter to the Philippians is a practical and positive guide to achieving this—uncovering in us a new heart, new purpose, new attitude, and a new confidence to the way we live our lives. This 10 week series begins on Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Zion Church in Manchester Center, VT. Light refreshments will be served.

Vocal Improvisation Workshops

Green Mountain Academy will host a series of three vocal improvisation workshops with vocalist Bidi Dworkin. The workshops will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 15, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29 at the Maple Street School. This three-part workshop is open to everyone who enjoys singing. Participants will play with melody, rhythm, language and harmony. This workshop requires a minimum of twelve participants. Preregistration is required and costs $45. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Early Intervention is Key for Mental Health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness one in five young people ages 13 to18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness in their life, and half of all lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 14. Unaddressed mental health concerns in young people can affect every aspect of their lives — from relationships to performance in school. In order to help the adults recognize issues and how to support a young person, United Counseling Service along with the Manchester Community Library will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at the MCL from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 17.Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. For more information or to reserve a spot contact Amie Niles at or call 802-445-7443. There is no charge for this course however, space is limited. If you are interested in scheduling a free training for your agency or organization please contact us. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training has been generously funded in memory of Gregory Hillman. UCS serves children, adults, families and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education and clinical support. Visit to find out more.

Super Saturday Interactive Family Concert Performed by the Taconic Music Players & Students at Manchester Community Library

Ring in the New Year at an interactive Family Concert with teachers and students from Taconic Music's "Strings for Kids" program. This Super Saturday "Music From the Shelves" Family event will take place at the Manchester Community Library on Jan.13 at 10:30 a.m. Generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington, this concert is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Rte. 7A, Manchester Center, VT.


Snowshoe or Ski Mother Myrick

The Green Mountain Club's Manchester Section will be leading a hike to Mother Myrick on Jan. 12. Interested hikers are encouraged to meet at the top of Nichols Hill in Dorset at 9 a.m. The hike will be a challenging ski or snowshoe up 3,356 ft of elevation, keeping a fast pace in order for the group to stay together. Hikers will be rewarded with a stunning view from the ridge-line, about 30 minutes beyond the summit. Participants should bring extra clothes, extra gloves or mittens, fluids, snacks, a lunch, and hand-warmers. Those interested must RSVP to Katie Adams at 802-516-978-4016 or



Pancake Breakfast Jan. 14

On Jan. 14th, 2018, the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will serve a Pancake Breakfast at the West Pawlet Fire House. Breakfast will be served between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The facility is a handicap accessible site. The menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, and the return of the cranberry pancake and served with local maple syrup; as well as waffles, West Pawlet's World famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $10 for those 12 years and older, $8 for seniors 65 years and older, $5 for those between 5 and 12 years of age, and free under 5. As one of many charity fund-raiser events, all profits from the breakfast are dedicated for the department's equipment and training needs. The department is a nonprofit. Donations are appreciated and are gratefully received. New members welcome.The department members all wish to extend a sincere thank you to the many patrons of our pancake breakfast events held monthly September through April. For more information contact: Antonio Landon at (802)345-4312 or by email:

Snowshoe to the Thoreau Cabin at Merck Forest

The Green Mountain Club's Manchester Section will be leading a hike to Thoreau Cabin on Jan. 7. Those interested are encouraged to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Shaw's parking lot in Manchester Center, or at the Merck Forest Welcome Center at 10 a.m. Hikers are encouraged to bring extra clothing, hand warmers, fluids, snacks, and a lunch. Depending on conditions, snowshoes or traction spikes may be needed. If you are interested, RSVP to Keld Alstrup at 802-362-1422 or


Stratton Mountain School: Summit Lecture Series

Stratton Mountain School's Summit Lecture Series will return this winter for its third season. The Summit Lecture Series features noted academics and professionals from a broad range of fields discussing important issues of the day.

The first lecture of this series will be on Jan. 11th at 6 pm, and is titled "The Vermont Backache Quiz: New Research and Hope for People with Backaches" given by Dr. Andrew Haig. Andrew J. Haig, M.D. is one of the world's top backache experts who uses research to improve care for people with back pain and disability. Come have some fun as Dr. Haig mixes surprising new research findings with the absurd things people (and their doctors) really think about back problems. This talk will be held in the Patti Kaltsas Center on the Stratton Mountain School Campus. General Admission is $10 and accessible to those with disabilities. Please purchase tickets at Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Jennifer Grigsby at 802-856-1179 or


Rally for a New Way Forward

On 1 p.m. on Saturday all Vermonters are invited to a "Rally for a New Way Forward" at the Shaftsbury Community Club, located just off Route 7A at 455 Old Depot Road in Shaftsbury. Local farmer Brad Peacock will be giving a speech announcing his run for political office. Please join him in standing up for Vermont, and embarking on a new way forward for our state and country. For more info, email:

Macaroni and Cheese competition Jan. 20

It's time to dust off the cheese graters and casserole dishes for the Bennington Farmers Market's Second Annual Macaroni and Cheese competition to benefit the Bennington County Meals on Wheels program Jan. 20.

Last year's event was a big success with more than a dozen delicious dishes delighting the palates of attendees. More than $400 was raised for Meals on Wheels, the figure to beat this year.

Over $100 dollars in prizes have been provided by the King Arthur Flour company, including a $50 gift certificate for the chef who creates the winning mac and cheese. Entrants pay a $5 entry fee and bring a large slow-cooker full of their best Mac and Cheese. Patrons purchase tickets which give them samples and votes. Everyone leaves with full stomachs and the satisfaction of participating in a good cause.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to join the fun as chefs or samplers. Interested cooks may sign up at the Bennington Farmers' Market manager's table Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by contacting Audrey Pietrucha at

Beginning Beekeeping Course

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free beginner course for new beekeepers, though donations are welcome. Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face. Classes will meet at the Crispe Room within the Vermont Veterans Home on Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, and March 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. To sign up, or for more information, call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 or e-mail     


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