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Vermont author presents first mystery novel

MANCHESTER — Vermont author Charles Fergus will present A Stranger Here Below at 6 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Northshire Bookstore.

The book is Fergus first novel in his new historical mystery series. In 1835 Gideon, a Pennsylvania Dutch Sheriff finds the body of his friend a local judge who has committed suicide. As Gideon investigates the judge's past, he embarks on a dangerous quest into the town's past.

Fergus is the author of 17 books. He is also the book review editor for "Shooting Sportsman" magazine, he has written for publications as various as "Pennsylvania Game News," "Audubon," "Country Journal," "Gray's Sporting Journal," "Yale Review," and the New York Times. A Stranger Here Below, his first mystery, is influenced by the personal tragedy of his own mother's murder. Fergus lives in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom with his wife, the writer Nancy Marie Brown, and four Icelandic horses. For more information,

Final free dinner in Arlington

ARLINGTON — St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will host the final gathering in its 2019 series of free community-wide dinners on Friday, April 26, from 5:50 to 7 p.m. in the church Undercroft. Menu features pulled pork, along with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, glazed roasted carrots, cornbread, desserts and beverages.There is no cost, although free-will donations are gratefully accepted and will be given to further the work of the Arlington Food Shelf. For more information, call 802-375-9952, or visit

Dana and Susan Robinson teturn to Tinmouth

TINMOUTH — Our fellow Vermonters and veteran touring musicians, Dana and Susan Robinson, will be at Tinmouth's Old Firehouse on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Living now in Cabot, they are just returning from a national tour with some great new songs about rural Vermont. An Americana-roots and folk duo, they combine vivid songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Suggested donation of $10 to $15. Contact: Jo Reynolds 446-3457 or

Cooking for Karlie, to raise funds for girl

RUPERT — The Mettawee Community School Girls on the Run program will be hosting, "Cooking for Karlie," a spaghetti dinner on Friday, April 26, at the Rupert Fire House. Funds will benefit Karlie Gates of Rupert, who is being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma. $8 with takeout available. Music will be provided by The Roadside Blues Band. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle. For more information, email, or call 802-779-4486.

Author presents novel at Northshire

MANCHESTER — The author James Lasdun will present his book, "Afternoon of a Faun, at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Northshire Bookstore.

When an old flame accuses him of sexual assault, journalist Marco Rosedale is brought rapidly and inexorably to the brink of ruin. His reputation and livelihood at stake, Marco confides in a close friend, who finds himself caught between the obligations of friendship and an urgent desire to uncover the truth. James Lasdun is the author of Afternoon of a Faun, The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, and Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at The New School and lives in upstate New York.

Planting a rainbow at the library

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LONDONDERRY — On Saturday, April 27th the South Londonderry Free Library is celebrating spring with spring stories and a planting workshop for children. Join art teacher Casey Junker Bailey at 10:30 a.m. for the fun. We will decorate pots, plant seeds, and create our own rainbows of spring color. The workshop is free of charge and appropriate for all ages. For more information, call the Library at 824-3371.

'80s dance party on Saturday

DORSET — The Dorset Library is hosting a 1980s themed dance party on Saturday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. The dance is free and open to all including families. Dance to your favorite hits of the '80s and wear your best '80s outfit. Take a break from dancing and visit our delicious snack table. Bring your old friends, make some new ones. For information, 802-867-5774

Hike to Hamilton Falls with the GMC

MANCHESTER — Hike to Hamilton Falls with the Green Mountain Club's Manchester Section. Meeting at 1 p.m. at Jamaica State Park, Sunday, April 28, and cover 7 miles round trip with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain over the final three-quarter mile in what is essentially a flat hike. Bring extra clothes, rain gear if any chance of rain, fluids, snacks, and bring a headlamp just in case. This is an easy hike along the West River and a moderately easy hike when you include the uphill to Hamilton Falls. Option to turn around at the beginning of the uphill climb. RSVP required to Joe Ninesling at 802-289-2801 or

Dementia discussion to take place in Dorset

DORSET — On Sunday, April 28 at 11:30, a panel discussion on Dementia will be presented in the Sanctuary of the Dorset Church on Church Street in Dorset. The panel will focus on the following topics: Prevention Possibilities, Emerging Trends in Research, and Daily Strategies You Can Implement Now. Dr Lisa Catapano-Friedman, Geriatric Psychiatrist and Medical Director of The Memory Clinic, and Neuropsychologists Dr. Cynthia Murphy, Dr. Diana Michalczuk, Dr Guy deBros and Dr. Courtney Wilson will comprise the panel.

Grange offers pancake breakfast

EAST ARLINGTON — Battenkill Grange will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road in East Arlington. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $8 adults and $4 for children. For more information call Mike Wood 802-375-9628

Arlington Rescue Squad opens house to students

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Rescue Squad is forming an Explorer Post, which will offer Emergency Medical Services training and experience to Bennington County students from ninth grade and onwards -- up to age 20. Find out more during the Explorer Post open house at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, which will be held at the Arlington Rescue Squad office, 66 Chittenden Drive. The opportunity is ideal not only for young people wanting to explore an EMS job, but those who are considering a career in the health or public service industry. For questions, contact Post Advisor Josh Williams at 802-683-5050.

Intermediate creative writing workshop slated

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will host a four-part intermediate creative writing course with writing instructor Christopher Dant. The sessions will take place on Mondays, April 29, May 6, 13 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Equinox Village. This creative (fiction) writing short workshop is for those who have some introduction to creative writing, even for those who have written short stories or tried their hand at a novel. This is not a beginning writing class. In this writing clinic, we will delve into the proven techniques of creative writing, re-learning how to create unforgettable characters, writing compelling dialogue and strong scenes and settings, studying the techniques for showing rather than telling, and creating strong points of view. Overall, we will learn how to write compelling stories. This is an opportunity for you to hone and sharpen your fiction writing skills. Each week, students will write short exercises, starting with an assignment before the class meets, and will read your work in a nurturing, supportive, and fun environment that will take your writing to the next level. Class size is limited. Registration is $100 for the four-part course. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

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.


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