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Tea cup auction for Race for the Cure

The Komen Vermont Race for the Cure is hosting a tea cup auction, featuring a generous donation from McWayne Jewelers of Manchester.

The three jewelry items are: a pair of Pink Sapphire Stud Earrings (value $595), a Pink Sapphire & Diamonds Ring (value $1395) and a Blue Sapphire Pendant on 14K necklace (value $495).

Tickets are on sale now at $10 for 1 and $50 for 6. Tickets purchased may be allotted to one item or split up as purchaser wishes.

Auction proceeds benefit the 2018 Vermont Race for the Cure.

Tickets will be on sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at Michael Rodriguez Hair Studio, Manchester Center; from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Thursday at Stella's Salon; and on July 21 from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester.

Tickets may also be purchased at the race office at 1009 Depot St., 2nd floor, Manchester Center. Call ahead at 802-362-2733 for daily office hours.

Drawing to be held on Saturday, July 21 at the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure. Winner need not be present to win.

Winners read — and readers win!

Sign up now for the Manchester Community Library's Summer Reading Program and earn free raffle tickets good for chances to win one of an assortment of fun and fabulous prizes. See them all on display at the library.

Ranger station extends hours

MANCHESTER — The U.S. Forest Service is extending the hours of operation at the Manchester Ranger Station, at 2538 Depot St,. this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in an effort to provide weekend services to the public leading up to and following the Fourth of July holiday. Depending on the quantity of visitation, the Forest Service may continue to extend Saturday coverage for other high traffic weekends throughout the summer and fall months and at other Green Mountain National Forest visitor center locations. The Manchester Ranger Station can be reached at 802-362-2307.

Family Dog Day is Saturday

Don't miss Family Dog Day 2018 on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. This fun event will take place at the Manchester Dog Park, located in the Dana Thompson Memorial Park off Bonnet Street. Family Dog Day is open to all nice dogs for free, while human adults (ages 12 and up), on the other hand, will pay $5 per person to attend. All proceeds are earmarked to support and improve southwestern Vermont's first off-leash dog park, founded 11 years ago, as well as to benefit the work of Boy Scout Troop 332 in Manchester. Dogs will be sorted into four categories—small, medium, large and puppy—and be put through their paces by their handlers, while volunteer judges will rate them on obedience and good behavior. Award-winners in each category will go on to compete for Best in Show.

Everyone will have to register to enter the park, so plan to arrive in plenty of time to sign in with your name and e-mail address. Or, you can register in advance by contacting Jonathan Saunders at

Questions? Get in touch with Jonathan or Nancy Boardman, of the MDP, at Please note that the dog park will be closed to the public after 9 a.m. on the morning of the event so that we can set up.

FidoFest at Stratton

STRATTON —On Saturday at Stratton Mountain Resort, FidoFest will be celebrating the dog days of summer while raising awareness for those looking for their forever homes. Stratton will be partnering with the Second Chance Animal Center, located in Shaftsbury, and the Windham County Humane Society in a day specifically planned for dog friendly fun. Adoptable dogs will be present and waiting to steal

your heart.

"By participating in FidoFest, we give our shelter dogs more exposure to potential adopters," says Cathi Comar, the executive director of the Second Chance Animal Center. "By getting these dogs out of their usual shelter setting, these events enrich their day, strengthen their socialization skills and allow them to meet new people."

The day is free and open to all dog lovers. There are a limited number of dog friendly rooms at Stratton's Black Bear Lodge. For more information please visit

StoryWalk arrives at Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park

MANCHESTER —Read a story, page by page, as you walk a trail when this year's two StoryWalks officially open at the Manchester Community Library and the Manchester Rec Park on Saturday, July 9 and continue all summer long. StoryWalk is a wonderful way for kids and adults to combine literacy skills and healthy outdoor activity as they stroll the paths and read. Have fun trying out some simple poses yourself as you amble along the Rec's walking path, reading the story of "Yoga Bunny" and his efforts to teach his friends the joys of yoga. People come in many shades, even in the same family. Stroll along the Library's path and be inspired by vibrant photographs of children accompanied by short text in "Shades of People." Visit the Library's Help Desk where kids can have their pictures taken. Be sure to visit the Library after enjoying each StoryWalk to receive your free raffle tickets, good for chances to win one of the exciting baskets on display in the Library. The more you read, the more free raffle tickets you'll earn, and the better your chances will be to win. StoryWalk, generously sponsored by W. H. Shaw Insurance, is free, open to the public, and fun for all ages. Don't wait. Get outside and read.

MoveOn sponsoring event with State's Attorney candidate

MoveOn Manchester is pleased to sponsor a "Meet the Candidate" evening with Arnie Gottlieb, Democratic candidate for Bennington County State's Attorney on Monday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. With the increased awareness these days on racial justice and the high rate of incarceration in the U.S. and in Vermont, it has become clear that the role of State's Attorney is a key part in the determination of how justice is carried out within each county in Vermont. Join in a Q & A with Gottlieb, who will explain the current prosecutorial procedures in Bennington County and the changes he plans to make to those procedures if elected. This event will be held in the Northshire Bookstore conference room adjacent to the Spiral Press Cafe. Any questions about this event can be directed to

Tabletop family game night at MCL

MANCHESTER —The next date for the Manchester Community Library's monthly Tabletop Family Game Night is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with friends and family. Bring a board game from your collection to share or choose from the library's abundant assortment including everything from Tenzi and Slapzi to chess. Chat with Tom, our chess guru, who will answer your questions and set up games. Join friends and family in an evening of tabletop fun for all ages, and free and open to the public. Call the library at 802-362-2607 for more information.

Salem carnival is next weekend

SALEM, N.Y. — The Salem Volunteer Fire Departments annual carnival and fireworks will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The three night carnival will start at 6pm on all three nights. This year's entertainment will be the band Welkin on Friday, July 13 and Krystal's Lytle DJ Service on Saturday, July 14. Our fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a rain date for the fireworks at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

Stop by and try some of the delicious food that will be served or try your luck at one of the many games for kids or adults. Also try your luck at winning by buying a raffle ticket for one of the many donated prizes. As usual we are asking for the communities support in providing baked goods for our cake booth for all three nights. If you have any questions call: 518-321-9430.

A garden tour of town and country

ARLINGTON — Take a stroll through nine beautiful gardens located in Arlington and Sunderland, each one unique in style, design and horticultural choices. This self-guided tour of town and country is hosted by the Arlington Garden Club on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour may be enjoyed at your own pace and in any order, keeping in mind that live music will be performed at 12 p.m. at the garden at Hill Farm Inn as you enjoy a beverage and an (optional) bag lunch available for purchase,

Tickets ($20) and bag lunches ($15) may be purchased at the Community House in Arlington Center, Rt. 7A or call Pat at 802-375-1223 or Joanna

at 802-375-9330 for further information.

Celebrate America with the Washington County Band

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Washington County Band will play its first concert of the 2018 summer season on the library lawn, Main Street, Cambridge on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Lions Club will sponsor this program titled "An American Celebration" featuring songs by Gershwin, Copland, Williams as well as patriotic songs, show tunes and fan

favorites by Sinatra, Disney and Sousa.The concert is free and open to the public.

It's alive! Library celebrates Frankenstein's 200th anniversary

DORSET -- Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein" turns 200 this year, and to celebrate, Dorset Village Library is hosting a Frankenstein movie night. Children and adults of all ages are invited on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. to watch the 1931 Boris Karloff film.

This event is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Dorset Village Library, located at the corner of Church Street and Route 30 in Dorset.

Popcorn, soda, and candy will be provided. Grab a seat, flop on one of the library's bean bag chairs and cushions, and cozy up for a spooky Friday the 13th experience!

For more information on this event, please contact Erica Shott at 802-867-5774 or or visit

Fifth annual Barnyard Ball to support Dorset Equine Rescue

DORSET -- The Dorset Equine Rescue is holding its fifth annual Barnyard Ball on Sunday, July 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Celebration Barn at The Inn at Manchester. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Casual attire is welcome. Proceeds will support Dorset Equine Rescue's mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and slaughter-bound horses of all breeds and sizes. To purchase tickets or learn more visit

Book club is back for the summer at MCL

MANCHESTER — Summer is almost here, and so is the Manchester Community Library's Kids' Summer Book Club.

The group will meet at the Library beginning on Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. and will continue on consecutive Wednesday mornings through Aug. 15.

Members will meet and discuss this year's Vermont Reads book, "Bread and Roses, Too" by renowned Vermont author Katherine Paterson. Copies of the book can be picked up at the library in advance of the first meeting. Book Club members will earn free raffle tickets good for prize baskets and packages on display in the library.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so call the library now at 802-362-2607 to sign up for this free book group, open to the public, and recommended for ages 9 and up. The MCL Kids' Summer Book Club is generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore.

Celebrate Vermont's 4 Freedoms Festival at the library

MANCHESTER — Be part of Vermont's statewide 4 Freedoms Festival at the Manchester Community Library's Summer Reading Program event on Thursday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. Just as renowned artist Norman Rockwell illustrated these essential freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear in his famous paintings, kids and their families will have an opportunity to create their own interpretations of these basic freedoms through art projects, banner making, sticky note murals, and collage.

This is the perfect opportunity to sign up for the Library's Summer Reading Program. Kids can read all summer long to earn free raffle tickets good for a chance to win any of the fabulous prizes on display in the Library throughout the summer. Free program, open to the public and generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.


ARLINGTON -- A bingo night will be held Wednesday July 25 from 6-8 p.m. at 184 Old Mill Road Arlington, to benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Refreshments will be available.

Vendor space available for Norman's Attic 2018

St. James' Episcopal Church is again presenting the community-wide Norman's Attic festival in Arlington on Sunday, Aug. 4, from from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and organizers are seeking vendors for the day.

Vendors who sign up to participate in Harvest Fest (Sept. 29) at the same time will enjoy a special break in the price; the fee of $40 per event for a 10 by 10-foot space becomes $70 if both events are reserved by the July 2 early deadline.

Listed as one of Yankee Magazine's Top 20 Summer Vermont events, Norman's Attic has been drawing crowds to Arlington for more than 20 years. Named for one of Arlington's most famous residents —Norman Rockwell, who lived here with his family from 1939 to 1953 — the festival features tag sales throughout the town as well as along busy Main Street. A day-long slate of food, entertainment and vendor booths that always attracts throngs of residents and visitors alike is planned.

To find out more and to request a registration form, contact Joanna Taylor at 802-375-9330, or by e-mail at Or, you can call the church office at 802-375-9952, or visit our website at, where you can download an application.


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