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Manchester Democrats to hold biennial caucus

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Town Democratic Committee will hold its biennial reorganization caucus on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Wilburton Inn.

The purpose of the caucus is to nominate and elect new officers, welcome old and new members, and discuss plans for the 2020 election.

"The upcoming election is the most important of our time," says town chairwoman Kathleen James. "If you've been worried about the direction our country has been heading in since 2016, it's time to take concrete action. The first step is to attend the caucus, where we'll elect officers — and start planning how to organize and support Democrats at the local, state and national level in 2020."

All caucus members and interested Manchester residents are welcome to attend. Information: Jerry Skapof at 802.362.3169 or email

Craft festival to

offer activities,

music and more

CHESTER — The 45th annual Chester Fall Craft Festival will take place from Sept. 21-22, daily from 10 to 4. The Victorian painted ladies lining the green will welcome over 60 vendors with unique items to their lovely lawn. Handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, pottery, quilts and soaps. A children's tent will offer kids' activities, and Cheryl the Clown will be coming by. Discover the beer garden behind the Fullerton Inn on Saturday, stroll through the quaint Stone Village, explore local shops and galleries, and sample a wide variety of interesting food. Take a train ride to Ludlow or Bellows Falls from Chester Depot. Children can also play at the elementary school playground and visit the disc golf course at the Pinnacle on Lover's Lane Road.

Musical entertainment on Saturday is as follows:

11 to noon: Beth Adams — Rust and Ruin, rock n' roll.

12:30 to 1:30: Jennings & McComber — original, contemporary Green Mountain folk

2:30 to 3:30: Crowd the Plough — a new band from Keene playing Celtic Music

Musical entertainment on Sunday:

11 to noon: Owen Nied of Chester — singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

12:30 to 1:30: Root7 of Burlington — a capella group with lively vocals in all genres

2 to 3: John Specker — "old-time music for modern times," on fiddle and claw hammer banjo. Admission to the festival is free. The festival takes place rain or shine.

Parking is available by following signs on Main Street (Vermont Route 11) to Cobleigh Street. The Newsbank parking lot is on the right on Cobleigh Street. Free shuttle service between the Newsbank parking lot and the green. Handicapped drop-off at the east end of the green is available on School Street.

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Four Seasons SIR welcomes two sales associates

MANCHESTER — Adrienne Sherwood and Kathy Zikha have joined Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty as sales associates in the company's Manchester office.

Sherwood was born and raised in Southern Vermont and attended the University of Vermont and Southern Vermont College followed by two years of national service with AmeriCorps in San Luis Obispo, California, and Burlington.

"I am excited to be joining the Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty team." Sherwood said. "I look forward to continue working with buyers and sellers as a Sotheby's International Realty agent."

Zilkha has lived in Manches ter for more than a decade. She grew up in Manchester and after graduating from the University of Vermont, left for Manhattan where she spent 14 years before deciding to return to her childhood home. This time she brought her husband, Patrick, and their three children so they could be raised in Vermont.

"I'm excited to be working with the fabulous team at Sotheby's and taking advantage of all the benefits that come along with such a well recognized and well respected brand."

Neighbor to Neighbor plans pie auction

MANCHESTER — Neighbor to Neighbor, a local non-profit that helps the elderly maintain its independence, is having its second annual pie auction on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Burr and Burton Academy. Many types of pies, both sweet and savory, will be available to bid on. The silent auction will allow plenty of time for picking favorites. Sponsors include Vermont Country Store, Chandler 4 Corners and Bromley Manor. Light refreshments will be served and there will be entertainment by the BBQers of Dorset. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 802-367-7787.

Introduction to Medicare at Community House

ARLINGTON — Those new to Medicare or who want to get a better understanding of the system, are invited to an education-only event at the Arlington Community House on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:30-8 p.m. Topics covered will be Medicare Part A and B (original Medicare), Part C (the Advantage Plans), Part D (prescription drug plans) Medicare Supplemental Insurance and enrollment periods. This session is hosted and presented by Arlington residents, Kathy Hall and Dave Hallett. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Information: Kathy, 802-379-2223.

Pawlet Scholarship Committee holds raffle

PAWLET — Raffle chances for an original Brian Sweetland painting or framed Brian Sweetland print are available at Flower Brook Pottery, the Dorset Union Store, the Dorset Inn, or from any of the Pawlet Scholarship Committee members. Paintings can be seen at Flower Brook Pottery and the drawing will take place on Oct. 16. Brian Sweetland was a beloved Pawlet resident, successful artist, and dedicated supporter of the Pawlet Scholarships. Tickets are $10 for 1, or 3 for $25

GNAT's weekly program highlights

GMALL Lectures - Perennial favorites, Derek Boothby, Peter Radford and Steven Sinding, gather to debate the motion: "The Present Constitution Is Obsolete and Should be Replaced."

Ch. 16, Friday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"Destigmatizing Mental Illness" — Vermont attorney general, TJ Donovan and John Broderick talk to Burr & Burton Academy students about destigmatizing mental illness. Ch. 16, Saturday at 8 p.m.

"SpeakSooner " Community Education Forum - The forum explores complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. Ch. 16, Sunday at 3 p.m.

"Anything for Speed" - A story full of colorful personalities, innovative design and tight-knit communities that takes place in every corner of the state. Ch. 16, Sunday at 9 p.m.

"The News Project" airs nightly at 7 p.m on Ch. 15 and 8.

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