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Arlington Farmers Market seeks vendors

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Area Renewal Project is seeking vendors and artists for the Arlington Farmers' Market, to be held on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. from June 21 through Sept. 6. The market committee is especially interested in providers of fresh produce; baked goods and pastries; and any other type of farm products such as fresh eggs, cheese, jams and jellies, maple syrup, meats, prepared foods, and even coffees and teas. Bedding plants are always a big draw at summer markets. The market will also feature a weekly "Artist's Corner" with a different local artist each week. The Market Committee is looking for local artists working in oils/acrylic/watercolor; pottery/ceramics; sculpture; photography; wood. Several weeks

are still available. For a vendor or artist application, visit the "Farmers Market" tab on our website or send an email of interest to and request the appropriate application.

Peanut Butter

& Jam Slam

United Way of Bennington County and Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) have teamed up to hold Bennington County's third annual "Peanut Butter & Jam Slam," a friendly, competitive food drive challenge designed to help local food shelves during low supply months. The event started on Monday and runs through April 2. The challenge is open to any Bennington County groups, and collected items will go to benefit a number of Bennington County food distribution centers including HIS Pantry, BROC Community Food Shelf, The Kitchen Cupboard, Arlington Food Shelf and the Manchester Community Cupboard.

The initiative has collected nearly 5,500 jars of peanut butter and jam since its inception in 2017. Past challenge winners include the Arlington Lions Club in 2017, and Fisher Elementary School of Arlington in 2018. Groups interested in participating should contact Caprice Hover at or 802-773-7477.

Rotary seeks scholarship applicants

LONDONDERRY — The Wantastiquet Rotary Club is seeking students to apply for scholarships for the coming year. Deadline for making application is April 15. If you are a graduating senior within the following towns, Jamaica, Londonderry, Peru, Stratton, Weston, Windham, or Winhall please send your completed application to Bob Fish, 243 Sherwood Forest, Londonderry, Vermont 05148 or email to Applications are available at your respective high school. Last year over $6000 was distributed to graduating seniors.

Visitor's day

at Community

Bible Study

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Tri-State Northeast Community Bible Study will hold a Visitor's Day 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thursday. Community Bible Study offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We are open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying the Word together strengthens our understanding. This includes age-appropriate programs for people up to age 18. We meet at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church on 484 Hill Road. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our class has members from Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Visit our local website,, or our national website,, for more information. If you have questions, contact Joan Brokalis at 30-884-6230 or or Mary Batcheller at 518-686-3166 or

Guitar jam session at Manchester library

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library will be hosting a "Guitar Jam Session" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. All guitarists are invited to bring their instruments. So tune it up, dig out the old amplifier and bring your gear to the library for a night of fun at this free event. The jam sessions have changed their schedule to the third Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or

AARP holds Smart Driver course

LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections and AARP are offering a Smart Driver Course on Friday, March 22, 12-4 p.m. After completing the program, participants may become eligible for an auto insurance discount. Because driving has changed since you first got your license, this session aims to give you a greater understanding of the challenges you face behind the wheel today and how to avoid collisions. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Schubart presents new novel at Northshire

MANCHESTER — Vermont author Bill Schubart will present his new novel "The Priest" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday at 6 p.m. "The Priest" explores the struggle many boys have becoming men - especially around sexuality - and how one boy finds safety within the vocational confines of his Catholic faith, only then to be astonished as he experiences life vicariously in the shadow of the confessional. Ultimately, he must confront his own emerging sexuality in the real world and reconcile the inevitable collision between the security of doctrine and the risks of being human.

Pancake Breakfast

on Saturday & Sunday

RUPERT — Merck Forest & Farmland Center is hosting a pancake breakfast in the Frank Hatch Sap House on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $10 ages 12 and up, $5 ages 5-11, and little ones free. Celebrate Vermont Maple Open House Weekend with a country breakfast including scrambled eggs and pancakes, Merck raised sausage, juice, and coffee - all locally sourced - and our organic maple syrup will be center stage! After breakfast, check out tapping and boiling demonstrations, explore our farmstead and trails, and stop by the Visitor's Center to support MFFC educational programs by purchasing special items available for this event ONLY! Merck-made food items and MFFC memberships will be available as well. Merck Forest & Farmland Center is at 3270 VT Route 315, Rupert. Call 802-394-7836 or visit

Animal shelter

offers rabies clinic

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ARLINGTON — There will be a rabies clinic at the Second Chance Animal Center on Saturday from 12-2 p.m. The fee for vaccination is $12. Clerks from Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland will be on hand for dog licensing. Dr. Koch and the animal shelter will be volunteering their time at the event.

Explore the Four-Season Greenhouse

MANCHESTER — On Saturday at 2 p.m. at Manchester Community Library, explore the four-season greenhouse -- a place where a person can escape to and enjoy the sun, warmth and plants. Jonathan Hescock of Vermont Victory Greenhouses will dig into the challenges and solutions for creating a four-season greenhouse for the Northeast. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more info, call the Library at 802-362-2607 or email

The Trial of Lizzie Borden

MANCHESTER — Cara Roberston, the author of "The Trial of Lizzie Borden," will appear at the Northshire Bookstore to discuss her work on Saturday at 6 p.m. The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than 100 years. Robertson, a lawyer who has studied the case for 20 years, explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, "The Trial of Lizzie Borden" offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.


Memories welcomes Ted Hopkins

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Memories series continues on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Manchester Community Library with Ted Hopkins, long-time Manchester resident, antique tool expert, and former board member of the Manchester Historical Society. Hopkins will share stories about Manchester Village, its people and places, as they were in the late 1930s to the mid 1950s. The program is free and all are welcome. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607 or visit our website at

Maker's Club

MANCHESTER — On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., the Maker's Club at the Manchester Community Library will use spatial reasoning and mirroring to create stamps and prints from styrofoam sheets. The Maker's Club is generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington. Email to pre-register.The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Social Security planning for baby boomers

MANCHESTER — On Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Manchester Community Library, Richard Gray, from the Social Security Administration, will share insight and tips on the ins and outs of Social Security. Topics include how to apply, factors to consider in determining when to apply, coordinating benefits with your spouse, info for those widowed or divorced, reading your earnings record, etc. The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Cindy at or 802-549-4577, to register and reserve an info packet for you.

Creating Live Scores for Movies from

the 1920s

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Wesleyan University professor Ben Model to talk about silent film scores on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Model will explain the history, technique and practice of creating and performing live musical scores to movies from cinema's "silent era". The program includes an informative slideshow, a demonstration of scoring a scene, and accompaniment to two silent film shorts. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Free winter supper

DORSET — We will be serving (and eating!) a delicious free supper at The Dorset Church, 143 Church St., on Thursday, March 28. Dinner will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. This is our last supper of the winter season—please come and enjoy!

The menu will be a meatloaf dinner with roasted potatoes or a vegetarian curried cauliflower stew (lots of people, call this their favorite!) Winter Community Suppers are for everyone—Moms & Dads that need a break, people who want a night out in the middle of winter, families rushing from work to sports, people stretching their budget — the suppers are meant to build community for everyone. We hope you'll join us for warm fellowship and a hot meal. Take outs available. A free-will offering will be accepted to help fund the dinners of the future. Questions call Jane at 867-2260 or email at

Meatloaf Mania, Bundt Cake Bonanza

ARLINGTON — St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington welcomes one and all to its third free community dinner of 2019—a delicious, comforting meal featuring a variety of home-made meatloaves, baked potatoes, salads and breads, along with beverages and a selection of old-fashioned bundt cakes. The dinner will be served on Friday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church undercroft. Hosted by parishioner Gayle Potter with the help of St. James' cooks and bakers, this will be a great way to spend an evening relaxing with friends and neighbors while enjoying a hearty, nourishing meal. All are welcome, and the church and its undercroft are handicapped accessible. There is no charge for dinner, but free-will donations are most gratefully accepted and are earmarked for Bennington Project Independence, which provides supervised day-time programs and activities for seniors in our area. For more information, call the St. James' church office at 802-375-9952 or visit us on Facebook.

Goat Care 101

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, March 31 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Hildene goat dairy manager Aimee Braxmeier and staff will offer a workshop at the dairy for those considering raising goats. They will cover the basics of shelter, feed, health and care. The workshop is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and is limited to 15 participants. Preregistration is required by Friday, March 29 at 12 p.m. Contact or call 802-367-7960 for more information. Check-in is at the Welcome Center.

David Macaulay to give First Wednesday talk

MANCHESTER — David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of "Castle," "Cathedral," and "The Way We Work," will discuss current projects and challenges in his work in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on April 3 at 7:00 p.m.. His talk, "Life in the Studio," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

An exhibit of selected drawings and sketches from Macaulay's books is on display, now through April 8, in the Upper Gallery of Manchester Community Library. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit

Extended passport hours

SHAFTSBURY — To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Shaftsbury Post Office is offering extended processing hours, with no appointment necessary, on Friday, April 5, April 19 and May 3. Just stop by the Shaftsbury Post Office at 56 Church St. between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any of these Fridays. No appointment is necessary. Postal clerks can even take your passport photo if you do not have one.


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