Community Briefs


Tax help available through AARP

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Vermont with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Tax-Aide, in its 50th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.
Trained counselors are ready to help Vermonters file electronically and get the refunds they deserve where appropriate. To find a site near you and times go to or call 888-227-7669. When you go, be sure to bring photo ID, a Social Security card or statement, health insurance information and last year's tax return.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. 160 Tax Aide Volunteers participated last year, helping more than 9,200 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 66 sites in Vermont including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.
February break art camp for grades K - 5

Send your child on an artistic adventure this upcoming school break, Feb. 17-24. The camp will be run by well known artist and instructor, Stacy Gates, at Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and full and half day options are available. Daily art topics are Fun with Negative Space Designs; Sculpture & 3D Art; Pokemon, Emojis & Minecraft; Rainbows & Color Exploration; Fish & Oceans; and Architecture & Cityscapes. Discounts are provided for attending multiple days and for families with siblings. For more information, visit
Manchester Arts' website at or contact Stacy Gates at 802-768-8593 or
Contra dance with Shindy & Lausann Allen

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
Meet & Greet with Denise H. Rohan

Post 69 hosts meet and greet with Denise H. Rohan who is the candidate for National Commander of the American Legion - "Family First" from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb.17. All members are encouraged to attend. Afternoon tea will be served.
Call: 802-375-6157 for more information. Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington.
Mac and Cheese competition planned

Gold, Silver and Bronze decorated wooden spoons await the top finishers in the Bennington Farmers' Market's Macaroni and Cheese Competition from 10 a.m. till noon, Saturday, Feb. 18.
Mac and cheese devotees of all kinds are encouraged to come to the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., during regular farmers' market hours to join the fun. In addition to the coveted wooden spoons gift certificates from a number of local business, including Hannaford and DiBuono Ravioli, will be awarded to the cooks who produce the crowd's favorite crocks of macaroni and cheese. There is a $5 entry fee per crock and samples will be sold for $1 apiece. The winning recipes will be determined by popular vote and winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels.
Author Richard Mason to give presentation

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, award-winning author Richard Mason will present his newest novel, "Who Killed Piet Barol?" A haunting novel by the acclaimed author of "History of a Pleasure Seeker," set in early twentieth-century colonial Cape Town.
Richard Mason was born in South Africa and currently lives in London.
He was 21 when his first novel "The Drowning People" was published. It sold more than a million copies in 28 languages and won Italy's Cavour Prize for Best First Novel. After his second novel "Us," he began a collection of interconnected works that now include "The Lighted Rooms," "History of a Pleasure Seeker" and this latest, "Who Killed Piet Barol?" which has been named A Book of the Year in The Times, The Observer and The Mail.
Author Jim Shepard to present

At 7 pm on Saturday, Feb. 18, join the ever popular author Jim Shepard for his newest book "The World to Come: Stories."
Shepard delivers a new collection that spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to - among others - English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale.
Taste buds awake!

A real homemade Vermont dinner will be prepared for you at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Meet at the First Baptist Church across from the Northshire Bookstore and whet your palette with a delicious pot roast dinner served family style. Sit down to enjoy a menu including pot roasted beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, gelatin salad and homemade rolls. Dessert will tempt you with a choice of apple pie with ice cream or cheesecake. You may also request take-out dinners for a 5:30 p.m. pick-up.
For dinner reservations or 5:30 p.m. take-out meals, call Martha Thompson at (802) 362-3473. The requested donation is $12 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. The church is located at the corner of Bonnet St. and Main St.
Three artists, three mediums on display

Tilting at Windmills Gallery is presenting a three-artist, three-medium show featuring sculptor Kathleen Friedenberg, copper and mixed media artist Diana Cook and painter X. Song Jiang, opening at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the gallery at 24 Highland Ave.
Friedenberg has honored the gallery by creating her new piece "Tilting at Windmills," depicting rider Don Quixote and his horse Rocinante. There will only be five of these pieces produced in this edition.
Cook has evolved in the copper expression from the training received in Italy and a mural business in New York City to many different, present day expressions. Her finite detail is best seen in her exquisite shadow boxes. She will be at the gallery starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 to discuss her work and discuss and show some of her copper creating processes.
For more information, call the Tilting at Windmills gallery at 802-362-3022.
Four Chaplains Ceremony to be held

A Four Chaplains Ceremony will be hosted by the Arlington Post 69 and Bennington Post 13 Legion Family at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 18. at the Vermont Veteran's Home in the Chapel. If you have never attended a Four Chaplains Ceremony you are encouraged to attend. Call: 802-375-6157 or 802-442-8028 for more information. Facebook: American Legion Post 69.
Artist's reception at library

There will be a reception for Maya Drummond at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 18 at the South Londonderry Free Library.
Maya has reinvented herself many times over. She is a mother, innkeeper, artist and musician. Maya has worked in a variety of media over the years including watercolor, oil, and acrylic. She has done silk painting, tile art and ceramic glazing, hand-hooked rugs and beaded batik lamp shades.
Maya enjoys playing the violin and composing original music for it. She teaches violin at The Londonderry Inn and performs with other musicians around town.
On display at the library is some of her colorful acrylic paintings and hand decorated lamp shades. At the reception Maya will play her violin and perform some of her original compositions. Other musicians will be there: Judy Cyr playing the library's organ, Sean Dunn on banjo and possibly a trumpet player. Others are welcome to join in.
Enjoy the cozy surroundings, meet the artist, view her art and listen to toe-tapping music. Refreshments will be served. The library's phone number is 824-3371.
Valentine's Dinner and Dance

The American Legion Post 69 will host a Valentine's Dinner and Dance starting with a reception from 6-7 p.m., dinner from 7-8 p.m. and dancing from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. at Post 69. Dinner will be roast pork, roasted potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, bread/butter, and dessert.There will be dancing to "Champagne Jam." Tickets are $10.00 per person for dinner/dance and $5.00 for the band only. Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to purchase tickets. Please R.S.V.P. to the dinner by Feb. 13, dinner tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington.
Yoga for Kids

Kids, ages 5 and up, come to the Manchester Community Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 for yoga with Hullabaloo's own Alexandra Langstaff. Join us for a morning of yoga fun and mindfulness that is great for balance, strength and confidence. This free program is open to the public. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.
Pawlet Post Office hosting Passport Day

To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Pawlet Post Office at 5707 VT Rte 30 is hosting a Passport Day with extended hours between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. No appointment is necessary and postal clerks can even take your passport photo if you do not have one. Pawlet Officer In Charge Jennifer McDermott says "With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it's never too early to start planning for that out-of-country trip. And we're here to help."
East Arlington
Pancake breakfast

Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Rd in East Arlington. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
The menu will include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, coffee, juice and milk.
For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518. For pavilion rental, weddings, reunions etc. Call Nathalie Caler at 802-375-6135
The Oscars: Then & Now at MCL

February 26 is coming up and all of us will be glued to our televisions for the glitz, glamor and suspense of the 89th Academy Awards.
Before that date, join Professor Emeritus Harvey Flaxman for a discussion and a viewing of two exceptional Oscar winning films: On the Waterfront (1954) will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20; and Spotlight (2016) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. Please note that these dates were revised due to a winter storm-related postponement.
The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.. Info: 802.362.2607.
Free financial capability workshops

BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont will be hosting two free financial capability workshops in February. Shelley Faris will present on Making Ends Meet, Emergency Savings and Preparing for Your Taxes (where to go for tax help and planning for your tax refund.) Join the thought provoking discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Bennington Free Library and Wednesday, Feb. 22 at BROC-Community Action, 45 Union St, Rutland. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742; 1-800-717-2762 or
Fundamental Right or nuisance?

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on religious liberty with Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 21 at the Manchester Community Library. 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
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten kick-off

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten kick-off event will be held with storyteller Marilyn Taylor McDowell at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Bennington Free Library. Information: 802-442-9051,
"Into the Woods" screening for kids

Kids in grades four and up, spice up your school break at a screening of the movie, "Into the Woods," from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Manchester Community Library. This modern musical mash up of the beloved Grimm's fairy tales, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, is a "Once Upon a Time" tale that has it all -- greed, revenge, betrayal, murder, and mayhem. This program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave..
South Londonderry
Computer classes offered at Library

Do you have questions about how your computer or tablet works or want to know more about its capabilities? Marc Fontaine will be on hand to give answers to your technical questions at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 , March 1 and March 8.
Fontaine will provide one-on-one instruction and will encourage participants to help each other out.
He will help you with writing in Microsoft Word, making a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, emails and saving or forwarding attachments and images. Please list what specifically you need to learn and bring your laptop, digital device, or tablet with you.
Do you know that you can download free ebooks and free audio books on your Amazon Fire or iPad through the library? Signup is required. Please call the library at 824-3371, stop in, or email
Library hours are from 10-noon & 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. We are open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The phenomenon and experience of fear

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on overcoming fear with Melanie Curtis, a life coach and professional skydiver. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Spend an evening talking strategy and steps to identify and overcome fear. This workshop will give you a step-by-step approach for the next time fear, big or small, tries to take the figurative wheel inside you in any situation. There is zero requirement to actively participate but the opportunity is open to those who would like to share and coach real-time for the benefit of themselves and the group. 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
Free dinner offered at St. James' in Arlington

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m on Friday, Feb. 24, St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will be hosting the second in its 2017 series of free winter dinners that are open to all. February's menu will include a variety of homemade chicken entrees, salads, bread and dessert, as well as beverages, coffee and tea. Your hosts will be parishioner Eileen Rice and her colleagues at the Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington. Serving begins in the undercroft. St. James', Vermont's first Episcopal church, is located on Route 7A across from the town offices. There is plenty of parking, and the church and undercroft are handicapped accessible. Mark your calendars now for the future dinners in the series, which will take place on March 31 and April 21.
Shake your tail feathers at the library

The Dorset Library is hosting a mid-winter dance party from 5-7p.m. on Saturday Feb. 25. This fun, free dance is open to all, including families. There will be snacks and dance music (appropriate for all ages) spanning seven decades! Dance away the winter blues (or celebrate the fantastic snow we've been having!) Bring your old friends, make some new ones... and have a great time! Please call the library or check our website for more information. 802-867-5774
Chef Evan Mallett to discuss 'Black Trumpet'

Join us at the Northshire Bookstore for an evening of culinary inspiration at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 as renowned chef Evan Mallett presents his new book, "Black Trumpet," featuring more than 250 innovative recipes that respect and transcend regional food traditions.
The basis of great cooking has always been the creative use of fresh, seasonal ingredients whether the kitchen is at home or in a high-end restaurant. At the Black Trumpet, in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mallett and his staff reflect the constantly changing seasons of New England, celebrating the unique flavors and traditions of fished, farmed, and foraged foods in their ever-changing menus..
Mallet is a three-time James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef, Northeast. He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef's Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater New England Seacoast region.
Beat the winter blues movie series

Make time fly with three Oscar-nominated films Saturday afternoons before Daylight Savings begins! At 2 p.m. on Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11 meet in the Rotary Room of Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. for recent Oscar-nominated films and free snacks! The library is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit or call 802-442-9051.
Kindergarten screening set at Maple Street School

Maple Street School will host a screening for prospective kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year from 3:20-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. The afternoon screening will also provide prospective kindergarten students with the opportunity to meet with Maple Street School's primary team, while parents will learn more about the school in a conversation with Jeff Barclay, the director of admissions, and Fanning Hearon, head of school. If you are interested in enrolling your child at Maple Street School, please call Jeff Barclay at 802-362-7137, ext. 204 to learn more about the admissions process.
Maple Street School is an independent, coeducational, day school serving children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information about the school, please visit
Grace Initiative to present report on retreat

On 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Northshire Bookstore, please join us for a presentation given by Grace Initiative. (The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence). This presentation will be an overview of the retreat that took place here in Manchester in the fall of 2016. the G-77 Retreat in Vermont: A Discourse on the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable and Resilient Communities.
Grace Initiative is a registered Vermont non-profit that seeks to promote and to implement transformative processes that bring about inclusive and peaceful societies, which are sustainable and resilient.
In September of 2016 the Permanent Mission of Thailand co-organized the G-77 Retreat in Vermont with Grace Initiative. During this unique retreat, 45 diplomats from 25 countries learned about the practices in Vermont for fostering sustainable and resilient communities with site visits at: Burr and Burton Academy, Merck Forest and Farmland, The Marble House Project, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.
The report that was generated from this retreat will be available for purchase from Grace Initiative at this event.
Practice Inner Peace for Outer Peace

Join us for a free Community Yoga Class for all levels, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Maple Street Gym.
Come breathe together, move together, chant together, and raise the vibe in our southern Vermont Community together! Remember how the Women's March on Jan. 21 made you feel part of something beautiful and powerful? Join us for a Slow Flow Yoga class with Laurae Coburn, Jo Kirsch and Bob Speck, and celebrate peace, joy, loving-kindness and compassion and a sense that together we are indeed beautiful and powerful.
Roll out a yoga mat and do some sun salutations with us! Breathing together, we will dedicate this class to peace, justice, and fairness, and to a diverse nation of people and communities who learn to thrive together without succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness born from fear and anger. It is our intention to promote positivity and the power of peaceful citizen action, while expressing our support of democratic legislation and policies which advance human rights and dignity, including: women's rights; immigration reform; healthcare reform; natural environment sustainability; LGBTQ rights; racial equality; freedom of religion; and workers' rights.
All ages welcome. No experience? No worries. Have difficulty getting up and down from the floor? You can practice in a chair. Bring your own yoga mat.
Act 46 merger info session planned

"Understanding Act 46: An objective discussion of what you need to know about the proposed school district mergers" will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts. Parents and voters in Manchester, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Danby, Mt. Tabor, and Sunderland are invited to attend. The meeting will be moderated by Andrew McKeever of GNAT-TV and panelists will include Taconic and Green merger committee chairman Jon Wilson, state representatives Cynthia Browning, Brian Keefe and Linda Joy Sullivan, Ethan Allen Institute president Rob Roper, and former Manchester School Board chairman Brian Vogel.
Annual Shrove Tuesday feast

The community is invited to the Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Mardi Gras at the Dorset Church from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Tickets: Adults $15.00, Family Tickets (Mom, Dad & kids) are $30.00. Tickets may be ordered by calling the church office at 867-2260, or you may purchase tickets at HN Williams Store or the Dorset Union Store.
Featuring the cuisine of Sherrie Baker, the menu will include shrimp and crab bisque, carnival roasted chicken thighs, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, stuffed white fish bundles with white wine sauce, corn & cheesy grits souffl , praline topped sweet potatoes, green salad, Jim's buttermilk pancakes, maple sausage links and assorted desserts. The church is located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30.)
American Legion Post 69 monthly meeting

Post 69 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2.
EBoard meeting immediately follows. Please attend the monthly meeting and support Post 69.
Call: 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member. Please "like" us on Facebook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington.
Canfield Gallery March Artist is Tom Atkins

The Canfield Gallery in Arlington is happy to announce its exhibition for the month of March will
feature the paintings of Tom Atkins, an artist, photographer, poet and writer.
Atkins is leadership trainer and coach through the John Maxwell Team and Quarry House in West Pawlet and a bi-vocational pastor at Rupert United Methodist Church.
Creating art for the past 30 years, Atkins works in watercolor, oil, pencil and pen and ink. His pen and ink drawings derive from real places — castles, mansions, cottages, spiritual spaces, and abandoned buildings long fallen into ruin and disrepair. His watercolor and oil paintings, however, come from less tangible sources.
The public is invited to the opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. His work will be on view in the art gallery of the Canfield Memorial Library on East Arlington Road until March 30. Library hours are Tues. and Thurs. 9 - 8; Wed. 9 - 5; Fri. 2 - 6; and Sat. 10 - 3. For more information call (802) 375-6153 or visit
Northshire Seniors to hold  St. Patrick's Day luncheon

The Northshire Seniors are having a St Patrick's day luncheon at The Ye Olde Tavern at noon on March 17. The cost is $12 but please call Sally at 375-9780 to make your reservation. Send your $12 to Northshire Seniors, PO Box 1051, Manchester Center, VT 05255. You have a choice of corned beef, cider chicken or scrod.
As this event sells out quickly, please call today to reserve your spot. All seniors 55 and over are welcome to attend.


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