Community Briefs



Town Meeting  dates set

A number of dates have been set leading up to Manchester's annual Town Meeting on March 3. The annual Taconic and Green Regional School District Meeting will be held Feb. 27, and those with questions should contact the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. The annual town floor meeting will be held at Manchester Elementary- Middle School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. On Tuesday, March 6, voting by Australian ballot will occur at the Manchester Town Hall between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Voters can request absentee ballots through Monday, March 5. Those with questions should contact Manchester Town Clerk Anita Sheldon.

Photography camp registration open

Registration is now open for digital photography camp this summer at Burr and Burton Academy with instructor Alex Vincent. The camp will be held June 25-29 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the BBA digital photography lab and is for boys and girls entering sixth grade through ninth grade. Cameras will be available for students to use.

Through daily photo assignments, campers will explore digital photography and post-editing techniques using Photoshop. Campers will learn about composition, lighting, ISO, aperture, shutter speed and more. Campers will also learn basic to intermediate editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop as a post editing tool to enhance and manipulate photos. The camp is limited to 12 campers and there is a minimum of eight needed to run the camp. We will be going on daily photo shoots both on and off campus. For more information call 802-549-8186 or email at

Hildene offers youth program in summer

Hildene Youth Corps is a two week summer program July 9-20 for eight highly-motivated young people entering 7th or 8th grade. Youth Corps members spend their mornings working as a team to complete a project that allows for better access to the natural areas of Hildene. The 2018 project will be to create a vernal pool boardwalk to allow school groups and visitors to explore this unique and special habitat. In the afternoon youth corps members will investigate the diverse ecology of Hildene, enjoy crafts, help with projects, and have fun.

Youth corps members will learn about the ecological work of some nonprofits. At the end of the two week session each Youth Corps member will have the opportunity to direct $50 to one of the organizations with which they became familiar. To learn more about Hildene Youth Corps and for an application, visit

Celebrate recovery

How is your current thinking working for you? If you are like many of us, it may not be. Come find FREEDOM at Celebrate Recovery. CR offers new ways of thinking about what hurts and what may hold you back from a peaceful and joyful life.

The group meets every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, at the corner of Bonnet and Main. streets. (6 p.,m. food and fellowship, 6:30 pm. meeting. More Information check our Facebook page at Celebrate Recovery at Manchester Vermont or contact one of our coordinators at 609-203-1293.

Presidents Week Art Camp to be held

Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery will be holding one of its popular art camps during the President Week's school holiday for children in Grades K through 5. To accommodate busy schedules, flexibility is key to this program as children may choose to come to camp on a daily basis and for either a full day or a half day session. The full day runs from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each day, campers will complete 3-4 projects based on a fun daily art theme.

Projects will include a variety of art mediums; including painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking, clay and mixed media. In addition to art, the daily schedule will include some outdoor play, free choice art time, games and activities, and fun snack preparation. This year's daily themes include: Cats & Dogs, Outer Space, Movies, Hot & Cold, and Fantasy. Camp runs from February 19 to 23. Discounts are provided for attending multiple days and for families with siblings.

For more information, visit Manchester Arts Studio's website at or contact Stacy Gates at 802-768-8593 or

Artist's Soiree at Start Space

Start Space, Manchester's new contemporary art gallery, will host an Artist's Soir e on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. View original artworks and enjoy casual conversations with artists including Dona Mara, Erika Lawlor Schmidt, Carolina Ellenbogen, Dan Mosheim and Michael D. Ellenbogen.

The gallery, located in the former EMS showroom next to Price Chopper, showcases art in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Contemporary art forms include: non-representational and abstract, minimalism, avant-garde and conceptual.

Start Space welcomes emerging and established collectors, providing the opportunity for any person to start building an art collection or to expand an existing collection. For more information: or

Trace your roots

On Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., Manchester Community Library and Manchester Historical Society will host a one-hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world, Jerry Carbone of Whetstone Brook Genealogy will discuss methods and strategies to search the billions of indexed and unindexed records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog.

The FamilySearch database makes accessible over 5.6 billion names in the historical records; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and has over 7.2 million users, world-wide. The workshop will also cover the invaluable familysearch Wiki, which gives genealogical research advice and directs users to find the record collections in its 85,704-article encyclopedia. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., in Manchester Center. Info: 802-362-2607.

Manchester Memories

The Manchester Memories series continues on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Manchester Community Library. Join us from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for an insightful talk by Mike Nawrath on his remembrances of local life years ago. The program is free and all are welcome. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Information: 802-362-2607.

Trump's first year

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Middlebury College professor Matthew Dickinson to talk about the first year of the Trump presidency. This talk will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Despite fears of his authoritarian tendencies, Donald Trump has, to date, proved to be a rather weak president. But, history suggests weak presidents can be the most dangerous. Professor Dickinson will assess President Trump's record so far, and what we might expect going forward. Registration for the talk is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit

Staycation double feature, pizza party

Kids can celebrate school break at the Manchester Community Library's Double Feature Film and Pizza Party on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. In "Monster Trucks," starting at 1:30, Tripp, played by Lucas Till, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. He's helped by a strange, subterranean creature with a talent for speed.

This action-filled adventure, rated PG, will keep kids on the edges of their seats. But wait, there's more! Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not home? You'll get the answer in "The Secret Life of Pets," rated PG, and you'll never look at your fuzzy, furry friends the same way again. Screening of these two fun-filled movies will be followed by a pizza party.

This program is free and open to the public. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Learn about the library budget

The Manchester Community Library will be hosting question and answer sessions about its fiscal 2019 budget and request for appropriation from town meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. This year, the library is asking for $232,773 from the town to defray operating expenses. It's an increase of $10,873 from the $221,900 the voters allocated to the library last year. Voters will decide the question in Australian ballot voting on Tuesday, March 6. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.. For more information, call 802-362-2607.

Lasagna dinner at First Baptist

Meat and vegetable lasagna (both offered wheat or gluten-free) garlic bread and tossed salad will be served at the First Baptist Church in Manchester on Saturday, February 24th at 6 p.m.. Choose between a brownie sundae or cream filled puff pastry for dessert. Costs is $10. Proceeds go toward renovation of the church kitchen. Take-out dinners (cream puff dessert) are available for pick-up at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your seat or take-out dinner today! Call Martha Thompson at 802-362-3473.

Meet and greet Brad Peacock

Please join Brad Peacock, Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library for a meet and greet event. Brad will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding his candidacy. He looks forward to hearing your concerns regarding the issues our state and country currently face.

Visit peacockforsenate.comor email us at for more info.     


Turkey dinner at St. James

It's Thanksgiving in February at St. James' Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 23. Come enjoy a full turkey dinner with your friends and neighbors from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. This month's hosts at the second in the winter 2018 series of free community dinners are parishioner Eileen Rice and her colleagues at the Battenkill Valley Health Center.

On the menu will be fresh-roasted turkey, served with gravy, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and relish, along with beverages and desserts. There is no charge for the dinner, although any free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted and donated to the church's outreach efforts to help local charities; February's offerings will benefit the Arlington Summer Lunch Program. St. James' is handicapped accessible and there is plenty of parking in front of the church and along Rt. 7A.

For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952, visit our website at or check out our Facebook page.


Artist Buckmayr at Dorset Public Library

The Dorset Public Library will feature the work of Katherine Buchmayr during the month of February. The public is invited to meet Buchmayr at the opening reception on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the library.

Buchmayr has been sketching and painting since she was a child, and has taken numerous art and craft courses over the years. A love of Vermont and New England and a fascination with light are what inspire her paintings. The serenity of the Green Mountains, the warmth of the sunshine, coolness of shadows and reflections of light is what Buchmayr seeks to capture on canvas whether it be a landscape, flowers, or still life. She is well-known for her Dorset landscapes, and enjoys painting both farm and domestic animals.

She has had solo exhibitions at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Dorset Library, Northshire Medical Center, Equinox Village and the Village Fare and has also exhibited at Dorset Then and Now, Spiral Press Cafe and the Stratton Arts Festival. In addition to her fine art paintings she also paints wooden accessories such as tissue boxes and waste baskets and does fine art and craft commissions.


Felt bookmark workshop at Rupert Kittay Library

Join us for the Felt Bookmark Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Rupert Kittay Library. This workshop is for all levels of experience. You will have a choice of three felt bookmarks. Learn the blanket stitch to complete any of the three bookmarks. All three are colorful, fun bookmarks that offer a little something different to try. There is a materials fee of $10 that includes the felt, patterns, needle and floss. You will only need to bring scissors, everything else is provided. This workshop is limited to 10 people and requires preregistration to allow for appropriate materials. Stop by the library, call or email to register by February 20. The Rupert Kittay Library is located at 2827 Rte. 153 in Rupert For more information visit the Library website at , e-mail or call the library at 802-394-2444.


Art display at the Winhall Memorial Library

Throughout the month of February student artwork from The Mountain School at Winhall will be on display at the Winhall Memorial Library. The show honors and celebrates Black History Month. The artwork is inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King. The students share messages of hopes and dreams as well as celebrate diversity through their artwork and collaborations.

February Book Discussion

Join us on Tuesday, Feb 27 at 5 p.m. to discuss "We Were The Lucky Ones" by Georgia Hunter. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Please stop by the library to pick up a book. The Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road, Bondville,. Any questions, please email or call 802-297-9741.


Author to discuss Shays' Settlement archeology study

At 7 p.m. on March 8, join educator and author, Steve Butz, as he discusses his book "Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archeaology" at the Historic Salem Courthouse, 58 East Broadway. This book discusses the first formal study of the ruins of a fortified 18th century settlement located in the mountains of the New York/Vermont border. The settlement was founded by Captain Daniel Shays and his fellow refugees after they fled from Massachusetts following the uprising he led in 1787. Incredibly, this piece of lost American history lay hidden and untouched for over 200 years. The archaeological study began in April of 2013, and is still on going. The project is being supported by The Forestland Group, an independent timberland investment organization that owns the land and who is also committed to its continued study and preservation.


Free tax assistance

BROC Community Action is again offering free tax assistance at their offices at 332 Orchard Rd. in Bennington. If you make $54,000 or less, are a person with a disability or are elderly, they can prepare and file Federal income tax returns, Vermont state income tax returns, homestead declarations and property tax adjustment claims, household income schedules and renter rebate claims. BROC Community Action staff receive training from the IRS and the Vermont Department of Taxes. Call for an appointment today; 802-447-7515. Visit to learn more about the programs and services offered at BROC Community Action.


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