Community Briefs


Bingo at Neighbor to Neighbor

The most recent Neighbor to Neighbor event on Jan. 19 featured a lively game of "Hoy," complete with prizes for the winners. Hoy is a European version of Bingo. Game time was preceded by a delicious lunch of homemade soups by Philippa Cully together with side dishes provided by volunteers and members. To volunteer as a caregiver or know of someone who could benefit from our services, please call Philippa Cully at 802-367-7787.


UCS announces 3rd Annual Youth Summit

United Counseling Service (UCS) is delighted to announce that registration is open for the Youth Summit of Bennington, sponsored by UCS and Teens for Change. The Youth Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Mount Anthony High School.

This is the third year that UCS has hosted the Youth Summit. It is an exciting experience for transitional age youth and is open to all teens. "The workshops this year will be very interesting and there will be a multitude of resources available," says Abby who is a member of Teens for Change and has helped organize the event. The theme of the summit, "Healthy State of Mind," provides a focus for teens to explore what mental wellness, community wellness and substance abuse prevention may mean to individuals and the Bennington community as a whole. This year there are new features added to the event including special recognition to individuals who have stood out in the community by demonstrating leadership and empowerment.

The summit is open to any individual aged 13-10. To register for this free event visit and search Youth Summit of Bennington. If you have any questions please contact Katrina Hollis at or 802-442-5491 ext. 503.


Sign up now for Parent Visit Day at LTS

All current and prospective parents are invited to attend a class, have lunch, and experience Long Trail School firsthand at the Opportunity Day from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 1. LTS welcomes all to come and sit in on a class or two, join us for lunch, and witness the exceptional opportunities that abound at LTS. Classroom space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information and registration, please contact Kim Murphy, admissions coordinator at 802-867-5717 x 191 or Register online at


Call to artists at Winhall Memorial Library

The library would like to share the display space with local artists; for works of various media, such as paintings and photography. The library is currently showcasing the photography of Joel Bluming and poetry of Linda Kurtz Beher through the month of January. The space is available on a monthly, first come basis. Please call Dawn at 802-297- 9741, or email to reserve a spot.


Emergency planning committee to meet

Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its winter meeting from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Bennington Project Independence located at 614 Harwood Hill Rd. Please contact Allison Strohl at 802-442-0713 x 7 or with questions.


Winter dinners at St. James

Starting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will again be hosting its annual series of four winter dinners that are open and free to all.

January's menu will include homemade lasagna, green salad, bread and dessert, as well as beverages, coffee and tea. Hosts will be parishioners Joanna Taylor, June Sherwin and Shirley Letiecq. Everyone is welcome to share in a great meal and good fellowship with their friends and neighbors. St. James', Vermont's first Episcopal church, is located on Rt. 7A in the center of Arlington across from the town offices.

Mark your calendars now for the future dinners in the 2017 series, which will take place on Feb. 24, March 31 and April 28; all are Friday evenings. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952, visit us on Facebook, or check out our website,


Bohjalian to discuss  "The Sleepwalker"

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, author Chris Bohjalian will visit the Northshire to discuss "The Sleepwalker." Described as a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire, "The Sleepwalker' is the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. Publishers Weekly calls this "a stylish fusion of mystery and domestic thriller." Bohjalian is the best-selling author of 19 books including "Midwives," was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Celebrate Chinese New Year at Long Trail

The Long Trail Parent Association invites everyone to their Java House at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Long Trail's Whalen Common Room. Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the evening is a fun gathering with exceptional entertainment and tasty treats! The event will take place in a room transformed by upholstered furniture in a cozy showcase where the audience can enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, some dessert, and friends. LTS students, faculty and community members will serenade and entertain as they share their talents with the crowd!

Doors open at 6:30 in order to allow folks to choose their seating before the 7 p.m. start. Come out to Long Trail School and enjoy our coffee house as we celebrate The Year of the Rooster! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. Contact Chelley Tifft at or 802-867-5717 x190 for more information.


Book discussion at Winhall Memorial

Please join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 to discuss "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. Copies of the book are available at the library. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served.


VFW Post 6471 Wounded Heroes Weekend Dinner

VFW Post 6471, located on Depot partnering with the Bart Adaptive Sports Center to host the Wounded Heroes Dinner. Veterans arrival at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner being served at 6 p.m on Sunday, Jan. 29. All donations are appreciated and go to help pay for the dinner. A donation check may also be sent to Wounded Heroes Dinner, PO Box 181, Manchester Center, VT 05255. Call VFW Post 6471 at (802) 362-9840 after 3 p.m. for more information.


Broomball at Riley Rink

The Collaborative is wrapping up this year's season of Broomball hosted by Riley Rink and sponsored by TMS Inc, Spiral Press Caf , and The Perfect Wife. Broomball nights are free events for local high school students at Riley Rink. Similar to hockey, Broomball is played on ice; but instead of skates, hockey sticks and a puck, the players wear sneakers or boots and use a broom and ball. The last high school Broomball night of this year is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. All equipment is provided and dress for fun on the ice. Hope to see you there! Broomball is open to all area high school students. For further information contact or 824-4200. The Collaborative promotes the development of a healthy involved community supporting substance free youth in a caring environment.


Sign up for Equinox Lacrosse

The Equinox Lacrosse Association's 2017 registration event will be held from 5:30 through 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 in the Manchester Elementary Middle School gym. Come and enjoy pizza, drinks, baked goods, games, raffle items.. Meet the coaches and learn more about the game. Boys and girls grades 1-8 are welcome and registration is free for all first time players. Scholarships are available for needy families. For more information contact: David Sands at or at 802-867-4079.


Maple sugaring: The old and the new

The Rupert Kittay Library is pleased to welcome Axel Blomberg and Fred Truehart at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 for a talk on the history of maple sugaring in rural Vermont. Starting with a short film, the presentation will be a comparison of past and present methods used to produce maple syrup. Axel will review how he got started as a child in the 40's tapping trees. Using photos and his great humor, he will share methods used and people he worked with at that time. Fred will describe making syrup in the present using the reverse osmosis method. After the talk there will be tasting samples of different grades of maple syrup as well as maple creme and maple sugar candy. The Rupert Kittay Library is located at 2827 Route 153. For more information visit the Library website at, e-mail or call the library at 802-394-2444.


Register now for fondue party

Green Mountain Academy will host a fondue party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 with Chef Ali West. Come in from the cold and enjoy this easy, fun, crowd-pleaser of a party food. Chef West will show us how to whip up a variety of creative sauces for dipping breads, vegetables, and fruits. Wine will be served with dinner. This culinary class is sponsored by Vermont Kitchen Supply. Seating is limited; reserve your space at $45 per person online at or by calling our office at 802-867-0111.


The fascinating history of the electric car

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on the history of hybrid and electric cars with Eugene A. Rowland, retired from General Electric corporate research and development. The talk will take place in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. This presentation will trace the development of vehicles from the early days of the automobile (around 1900) to the present day, focusing on major technical advances achieved through both government and industry-sponsored R&D programs. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


IB information night at Long Trail

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)  information night will be held in the Long Trail School theater. This event is for students and families interested in the IBDP, not for those already participating. Parents of 8th-10th graders are strongly encouraged to attend. LTS coordinators as well as some LTS IB teachers will be available to answer questions after the presentation. For more information about the IB program at Long Trail School, please contact Deb MacDonald at or Alex Ramsvig at or call 802-867-5717.


First Wednesdays considers story of Eve

Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman will revisit the story of the biblical Eve in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Her talk, "All About Eve," 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.

Ackerman will consider both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve.

Ackerman is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan). She earned an undergraduate degree in religion at Dartmouth and MTS and PhD degrees at Harvard.

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

"All About Eve" is underwritten by Woolmington, Campbell, Bernal & Bent, P.C.

Manchester Community Library is underwritten by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Caf , and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Battenkill Chorale young singer scholarships available for spring

The Battenkill Chorale is offering young singer scholarships to deserving singers ages 14-26, who will become members of Washington County's premiere choral ensemble, the 100-voice Battenkill Chorale, with all membership costs covered by their scholarship award.

Repertoire for the spring concert features Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living, music by Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, Estonian Arvo P rt, and Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki. Concerts dates are April 22 and 23 at Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls.

Rehearsals are from 7:30-9:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings either at Hubbard Hall, at 25 East Main St., or at Cambridge United Presbyterian Church. The first winter rehearsal is Feb. 2 at Cambridge United Presbyterian Church.

The Battenkill Chorale is also accepting experienced choral singers for their spring concert. The chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only. Singers should be experienced choral singers possessing good sight-reading skills and vocal technique. New members will be accepted through Feb. 16. There is a $35.00 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music.

For information on the Young Singer Scholarships, call (518) 677-8233 or email


Hone your computer skills

Are you feeling left out of the digital world? Do you need help managing e-mails, writing a letter, saving an attachment or picture? This three-part program is designed to increase your skills and will concentrate on what you specifically want to learn. All you need is a laptop or tablet.

Bring a list of the skills you want to acquire and Sue Parks, who enjoyed a 40-year career in healthcare and recently retired after twenty years with Bayer Healthcare, will work with you from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Feb. 2nd, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at The Meeting Place @ Neighborhood Connections. There is no charge for this series, but space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 if you want to attend. Check out our website at The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.


SVMC hosting blood drive

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 in the employee cafeteria.

To make an appointment to donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive.

Those who have questions about the drive may contact Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.


Comedy show at Magic Mountain to benefit Flood Brook School

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, Flood Brook Student Activities Cooperative (FBSAC) will host a Comedy Show at the base lodge at Magic Mountain in Londonderry. Comedians for this event include Tom Hayes, Rob Steen, and Mark Scalia, all of whom have made appearances on major networks such as Comedy Central, The Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, ABC, and FOX. Tickets are available at the door for $25, or in advance of the show at Brown Enterprises in Londonderry, the Weston Market Place in Weston, or Flood Brook School for $20. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar for ticket holders. FBSAC would like to thank Magic Mountain, Vermont Foam Insulation and Hunter Excavating for sponsoring this fun night for parents and friends of Flood Brook School. For more information, contact Sarah Reed, assistant principal at or 802.824.6811.


15th Annual 'Mom's Day Off' fundraiser

On Friday, Feb. 3, Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold its 15th Annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser. Moms ski or ride for just $20, which represents more than $50 in savings, when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year's event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $20 lift ticket cost as a donation. During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center, whether on the slopes or in the lodge. Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, six miles east of Manchester. For more information visit


"Boston Strong" author Dave Wedge at Northshire

Dave Wedge, the co-author of "Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy," will appear at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

Wedge is a best-selling author and writer based in Boston. A Boston College graduate, he writes for VICE and was an award-winning investigative reporter at the Boston Herald for 14 years. He has also written for Esquire and Newsweek. "Boston Strong," about the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, was written with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherma and is the source for the film "Patriots Day."


Community Day is Free at the Bennington Museum

The Bennington Museum invites everyone to Community Day on Feb. 4 when admission is free. Explore the permanent galleries including Gilded Age Vermont, Bennington Modernism, Battle of Bennington along with our Cabinet of Curiosities, the original Museum dating to 1855.

Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Rt. 9.) The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday, Feb. 2 through May. It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum's website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.


Super Saturday "Musical Paintbrushes" at Manchester Community Library

Come to the Manchester Community Library for a unique Super Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 when violinist Joana Genova and artist Carol Berry will help kids, ages 5 and up, paint their impressions of live music. Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is Feb. 2. Email now to sign up. Free program, open to the public and generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./ Corner of Rte. 7A.


Emily Fridlund to talk about "History of Wolves" at Northshire

Author Emily Fridlund will discuss her book "History of Wolves" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Northshire Bookstore. This breakout debut novel won the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for its first chapter, has been called "electrifying" by NPR, "a literary tour de force" by Kirkus Review, and as quoted from Northshire Bookstore's own Stand Hynds, "A brilliantly imagined novel about a fourteen year old girl of peculiar upbringing who becomes entwined in the lives of a neighboring family. It is a rare novel whose story and astonishing writing style grab me on the very first page. This is the work of an amazing talent." Fridlund's fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, Sou'wester, New Delta Review, Chariton Review, The Portland Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly.


Downtown School invites you to Dollar Skate

The Downtown School, Manchester's independent, progressive-education elementary school, invites the community to a Dollar Skate at Riley Rink from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Enjoy ice skating and a bake sale before your Super Bowl party while supporting The Downtown School. Information about admission and scholarships at The Downtown School will be available,and current Downtown School parents will be there to answer any questions you might have. Admission is $1 for children 13 and under, and $3 for those 14 and older. Skate rentals are not included. This Dollar Skate is generously supported by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and the Spiral Press Caf . The Downtown School is an independent progressive education day school located at 106 Palmer Place in Manchester Center. To learn more, visit To schedule a visit, call 802-768-8769 or email


The Azores: Affordable, Exotic, & Oh So Close

Where are the Azores and why are some predicting that the island chain will be the next big travel destination? Join Alan and Nancy Benoit with Cindy Waters and Curt Merrow at Equinox Village at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 to find out why the Azores are a smart travel choice, especially for those living in the Northeast. This armchair travel talk will feature images of the lush green volcanic craters, breathtaking blue lakes, thermal springs, dark sand beaches and European charm of the budget-friendly archipelago.

The program, which is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607.


Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad seeks fundraising volunteers

From 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 5, volunteers are needed to help label and stuff over 6,000 letters for the rescue squad's annual benefit and fundraiser at the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad ocated on Rt. 100 North of the blinking light in Londonderry, approximately 1/3 mile north of the intersection of Routes 100 and 11. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!

LVRS serves the tri-mountain towns of Bondville, Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, South Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, Windham, and Winhall. The funds raised by this benefit will cover the squad's day-to-day operating expenses, training, ambulance maintenance and replacement, and the purchase of equipment and supplies.


How your day begins with quantum physics and vice-versa

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on quantum physics with professor Chad Orzel of Union College. The talk will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Quantum physics has a profound influence on many ordinary activities, and the strangest parts of the theory have roots in surprisingly ordinary phenomena. This talk explores the origins of quantum mechanics, and the essential role it plays in the mundane process of getting up in the morning and getting ready to face the day. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Dorset Players holding One Act Play auditions

The Dorset Players will be holding auditions for their 14th Annual One Act Play Festival at 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Dorset Playhouse.

Produced by Lynne Worth, the evening will feature five one-act plays covering both comedy and drama. The directors include Dom Degnon (The Fifteen Minute Hamlet); Richard Grip (Wanda's Visit); Todd Hjelt (The Scary Question); Kevin O'Toole (Sorry Wrong Number) and Peter Van Haverbeke (Talking Cure). There are roles for seven females and 10 males ages late teens and up.

The Festival will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2. Please contact office manager Kathy Stephens at 802-867-5570 Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for further information or to review a script.


AARP smart driver course at Neighborhood Connections

On 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Neighborhood Connections will host an AARP Smart Driver Course. This course aims to give senior drivers a greater appreciation of the driving challenges they face behind the wheel and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions which could cause injuries. The course lasts four hours with a lunch break around noon and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments will be served. Depending upon your insurance company, you may be eligible for an auto discount upon completion on the course. To register, call Estelle Schwartz at 802-375-4831. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.


Greatest Generation Film Series presents 1942 Musical Drama

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Manchester Community Library will present Yankee Doodle Dandy. James Cagney stars in this dynamic film about the life of the famous composer, George M. Cohan. This 1942 film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Cagney.

The screening is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The running time is 126 minutes. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue. For more information: 802-362-2607.

South Londonderry

West River Montessori School accepting enrollment

The West River Montessori School will be hosting an Open House from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. The school,located at 3650 D Route 100 North in South Londonderry, is now accepting enrollment for our toddler and pre-K program children for the 2017/2018 school year. Both programs are based on Maria Montessori's teaching method and philosophy.. This is a great opportunity for everyone to come visit our school, experience the Montessori method, and meet our teachers and families. For more information, please go to our website at or call 802-824-5033.


Bulgarian folk music topic of talk

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Bulgarian folk music with violinist Joana Genova. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Manchester Community Library. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria and is heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms. This talk will explore the history of folk music in Bulgaria and we will listen to recordings as well as some examples played on the violin. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Dorset Players to perform reading of 'Ancestral Voices'

A staged reading of A.R. Gurney's "Ancestral Voices" will be performed for one night only at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Playhouse. Director, Kevin O'Toole has cast seven experienced actors to portray this American family. Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1940s, "Ancestral Voices" is a bittersweet story, perceived through the eyes of young Eddie, whose family is turned inside out when his grandmother unexpectedly divorces his grandfather in order to marry his grandfather's best friend. Simultaneously, the outside world is undergoing temporal changes, and we follow the family through the ensuing decades of war and social upheaval.

This performance is free to the public. Good will offerings greatly appreciated.


Contra Dance with Shindy and Lausann Allen calling

Dance to the splendid tunes of Shindy (Roger Kahle on guitar and Randy Miller on fiddle) at the Tinmouth contra dance with Lausann Allen calling from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing and a fun night for all. The Community Center is on Rte 140 in the center of Tinmouth, 5 miles west of Wallingford. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at or at


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