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Public hearing set

on town ordinances

MANCHESTER — There will be a public hearing on proposed changes to the Manchester Land Use and Development Ordinance on Jan. 13.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, at Manchester Town Hall.

When the new zoning was adopted by the Select Board in 2018, the Planning Commission was tasked with monitoring new provisions for the first year and to propose any changes to address issues that arose.

The Planning Commission has proposed some fixes, and in addition, other revisions had been in the works, such as changes to the sign regulations that was deferred during the major zoning overhaul, and are now part of the proposed changes.

One issue getting a lot of attention is the substantially revised sign regulations.

Revisions are aimed to provide content neutral regulation of signage that offers dimensional limits that are proportional to facade and frontage patterns. Also under these proposed sign regulations, temporary signs would require online registration rather than the permitting process that is currently in effect.

Other proposed general ordinance changes involve small revisions to the zoning district boundaries. Still other changes are organizational or aimed at streamlining administration of the ordinance.

The meeting will begin with a presentation summarizing and illustrating map and sign changes.

Public input is sought during this step in the process before the Select Board considers revisions for adoption.

Library offers screeningof Masterpiece drama

MANCHESTER — Join Vermont PBS and the Manchester Community Library for a special free preview of "Sanditon."

The latest drama from Masterpiece and the first adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel will be screened at the Manchester Community Library on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m.

Following the preview, tea, refreshments and surprises from Vermont PBS will be offered.

Those so inclined may attend in period costume or dressed for a proper English tea.

Visit go.vermontpbs.org/SanditonScreening for reservations.

For more information, call 802-362-2607.

Nuclear energy

— friend or foe?

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes James W. Bray, chief scientist at General Electric Global Research, to talk about nuclear energy.

The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy.

Nuclear energy is part of our daily lives as a portion of the electricity we use and as a recurrent warfare threat influencing world politics. It offers the promise an inexhaustible energy source for our use in the future.

But has nuclear gotten a bad rap as a result of highly publicized accidents such has Chernobyl and Fukushima? Can public concerns be assuaged by safer reactor designs and operating procedures? Can concerns about long term storage of reactor waste be satisfactorily addressed? And could nuclear be a renewable energy via use of breeder reactors?

This lecture will review all of these aspects of nuclear energy.

Registration for the talk is $18 in advance or $22 at the door.

For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.

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Association to hold

annual meeting

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Riverwalk Association will gather for the organization's annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Manchester Community Library.

All members of the community are encouraged to join us to learn more about our project and to hear from a special guest speaker, Lorraine Ballard, executive director of the Battenkill Conservancy in Cambridge, New York.

Ballard will share information on the work her organization has done for the river and watershed and how our two organizations can coordinate efforts for the protection and enjoyment of this remarkable resource.

Other business to be transacted will include the election of new trustees as well as a review of the work we have completed this year and our plans for the future bridge and trails.

For more information, go to manchesterriverwalk.org or see us on Facebook.

American Legion postsoffer help to veterans

ARLINGTON — Military veterans in and around Bennington and Rutland counties are invited for a special service session at The American Legion Post 69 located at 54 Legion Road in Arlington and at The American Legion Post 50 located at 378 Route 4A in Bomoseen on Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. American Legion staff will be available to discuss veterans' benefits, the Legion's legislative efforts, membership opportunities and service to the community.

A veterans service officer will be available to discuss claims and other benefits questions.

All veterans who have honorably served for at least one day, are eligible to join.

Ski or Snowshoe

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to Mt Antoine

at Merck Forest

RUPERT — On Jan. 19 meet at the Dorset Green at 9 a.m. or the Merck Forest Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m.

As a group, ski or snow shoe up to the viewpoint on Mount Antoine and have lunch there.

Those who want to can then ski down and those who want to can snowshoe down. Bring extra layers, wool or fleece hat, snacks, lunch, fluids and hand warmers.

RSVP required to Jim and Marilyn Hand for the skiing at 802-362-1673 or jimehand@gmail.com and for the snowshoe to Greg Hopper at 917-287-0246 or gbhopp85@gmail.com.



to be subject of talk

DORSET — Everybody in East Dorset knew Mark Whalon who delivered their mail from 1925 to 1950.

But Whalon was also a poet, whose verses were regularly published in the "Rutland Herald."

"Rural Peace," a collection of his poems, was published in 1933 and his "Rural Free Delivery," an autobiographical book, was published in 1942.

One newly uncovered Whalon poem, which saw the light of day only once (in 1934), will be the subject Jon Mathewson, curator of the Dorset Historical Society, will address in DHS's Third-Thursday Lunch-Lecture on Jan. 16.

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In "Living on the Margin," Whalon saw eugenics from a perspective that was not one held by many Vermonters — including some famous people — at that time.

These free monthly events begin at noon and last about an hour at the Dorset Historical Society on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd.

Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided.

For more information, see www.dorsetvthistory.org or call 802-867-0331.

Storyteller to discusshistory of Vermont

MANCHESTER — Vermont author and storyteller Dave Quesnel will discuss the history and heritage of the Green Mountain State and the man-made features that have helped to define it on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Manchester Community Library.

Quesnel has extensively traveled Vermont and his talk with feature the stone walls, poor farms and covered bridges of the state. He will present a factual telling, embellished with stories, without the hindrance of being an historian.

The program is free and all are welcome. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester.

For more information, call 802-362-2607 or visit www.mclvt.org.

Locals get skibargain on Thursdays

STRATTON — Thursdays are for locals at Stratton.

Ski or ride on any Thursday this season for just $59, except for Feb. 20.

Proof of residency in the form of a valid Vermont or New Hampshire driver's license or state-issued ID is required. Utility bills are not accepted as proof of residency.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult with valid identification.

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Weekly menu for Meals on Wheels

The weekly menu for Bennington County Meals on Wheels: Monday, Jan. 13: Carrot Ginger Soup, Broccoli Casserole, Whole Wheat Biscuit, Cottage Cheese, Baked Apple. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Beef Stew with Biscuit, Scalloped Tomatoes, Fresh Squash, Applesauce. Wednesday, Jan. 15: Chicken Salad Plate, Potato Salad, Carrot Raisin Salad, Lettuce & Tomato, Whole Wheat Bread, Yogurt. Thursday, Jan. 16: Birthday Lunch - Lasagna Bundles, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Tossed Salad, Birthday Dessert. Friday, Jan. 17: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Celery Bake, Chef's Choice Dessert.


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