Community Briefs

East Dorset

Wilson House AA meetings

The following is a weekly schedule of meetings at the Wilson House in East Dorset.


8 a.m.: "As Bill Sees It" (with bagels and donuts -- by donation)

8 a.m.: Al-Anon meeting (small meeting room)

7 p.m.: 11th step meditation meeting (small meeting room)


6:30 p.m.: Beginners meeting

6:30 p.m.: Al-Anon meeting (small meeting room)


6:30 p.m.: Women's AA meeting

6:30 p.m.: Men's AA meeting

8 p.m.: Al-Anon meeting


7:30 p.m.: AA step meeting


2 p.m.: AA topic/discussion meeting

7:30 p.m.: AA speaker/discussion meeting

Sunderland GNAT wants your input

Greater Northshire Access Television, the region's community media and training center, is conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment. The purpose is to gauge the community's awareness of, satisfaction with and needs from GNAT's programs and services. The results of the survey will help shape the development of GNAT's strategic access plan.

GNAT is encouraging anyone living or working in its service area to complete a short online survey. GNAT's service area includes: Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Peru, Londonderry, Rupert, Sandgate, Stratton, Sunderland, Weston and Winhall. Surveys will also be available at GNAT's Studio in Sunderland. Anyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a new iPhone (made possible by donations from GNAT's Board of Directors). The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 31.

GNAT is one of twenty-five community media centers in Vermont providing media education and broadcasting public, education, and government content on Comcast Cable. GNAT's programs may also be viewed on GNAT's website:, on Roku and on YouTube.


Kids' writing contest is back

The 22nd Vermont PBS Kids' Writers Contest is underway.

Kids in Kindergarten to grade 5 are invited to submit an original written and illustrated story for

consideration by following the instructions on the Vermont PBS website at Submissions are due by March 31 and will be judged by a panel of expert judges, and winners and runners up will be selected from each grade. Winning stories will be read by their authors and filmed for use on television and the web.


Flood Brook kindergarten

If you have a child who will be five years of age by Sept. 1 and live in the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston or a tuitioning town, please plan on visiting Flood Brook School at 91 VT Route 11 in Londonderry between March 6 and 10, to register them for the Kindergarten class of 2017-2018. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, immunization record, most recent physical exam, and proof of residency (lease or deed), and plan on spending a few minutes to fill out registration paperwork.


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


Author to discuss battle with clutter

Join us for a presentation from memoirist Eve Schaub, as she shares the story of her year-long battle with clutter at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3.

Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "Hell Room," she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art supplies, an old vinyl raincoat.

But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity. Our things represent our memories, our history, a million tiny reference points in our lives. If we throw our stuff in the trash, where does that leave us? And if we don' do we know what's really important?

Cambridge, N.Y.

'The Book Club Play' at Hubbard Hall

Hubbard Hall and Battenkill Books are thrilled to be producing Karen Zacari as' hilarious "The Book Club Play," opening March 4 at Hubbard Hall's Freight Depot. Performances of The Book Club Play will run Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m on Sundays. Tickets are $25 general admission/$10 student. Members of a local book club can call in to our box office to save $5 on general admission. All tickets are available online at or by calling our box office at 518-677-2495. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; performance tickets are also available at-the-door if the show is not sold out.


National Theatre Live: Saint Joan

National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "Saint Joan," which follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at


Workshops help build social media strategy

PowerWeek Workshops will start its next round of Social Media Bootcamps for small businesses and non-profits. A few spots are available for the two-week Saturday course starting March 4. During the workshop, participants will develop a social media marketing strategy and learn how to organize their social media posts for maximum impact across various social channels. The workshops are limited to no more than 8 participants for a guaranteed 4 to 1 participant to leader ratio and are held in Dorset. Learn more or register online at, or call Caren McVicker at 802-379-8921.


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 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.


Iceland's rugged landscape

Discover some of the world's most spectacular and untamed wilderness at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Equinox Village, when Rafting Guide Steve Merrow shares his experiences in Iceland, the Land of the Midnight Sun. The illustrated talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library.

Merrow will introduce us to the Nordic island nation, defined by its wild and remote rivers, towering waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and massive glaciers.

Originally from Shaftsbury, VT, Merrow has spent the last eight years guiding rivers in Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, and Nepal.

The program is free and open to the public. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-362-2607 or email


Hike in Equinox Preservation Trust

The Green Mountain Club, Manchester Section is hosting a hike through the Equinox Preservation Trust starting at noon on Sunday, March 5 at the Red Gate on West Union Street in Manchester. We will snowshoe or hike via several EPT trails to the Southern Vermont Arts Center. We'll eat lunch at the Arts Center (bring your own, they will provide a warm place inside for us to eat), view the exhibits and return the same way we came. Bring extra layers,a snack and fluids. The hike is about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 600 ft. RSVP to Marge Fish at 802-384-3654 or


Meet the Select Board Candidates

The Manchester Community Library is hosting a Selectboard Meet the Candidates night from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at the library, at 138 Cemetery Ave. This is a great chance to get to know Karen Geriak and Jan Nolan and learn more about their passion and priorities for the Town of Manchester and why they are running for Selectboard, so voters are better informed to cast their ballots. Light refreshments will be served and there will be time for questions for the candidates; this forum is meant to be informative, civil, and a constructive way to learn more about our elected officials in town government. For more information please call 802-362-2607.


Learn to grow and care for roses

Have you struggled with growing roses? Do you want to care for your roses with greater ease and less effort?

Green Mountain Gardeners (GMG) invites you to join your neighbors and local gardeners for "Easy Care Roses" with Teresa Mosher at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6. The presentation is open to the public and will take place at the Londonderry Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100. This presentation is for gardeners of all skill levels.

Teresa Mosher is one of the leading garden and rose consultants in New England. Mosher is currently the president of the prestigious New England Rose Society and spends her free time as a Horticulture Rose Judge and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society. She is the author of "A Year in My Rose Garden" and owner of Purple Roses Publishing.

If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. by February 28th to May Bigelow;

Information about Green Mountain Gardeners, can be found at their website:


Spaghetti dinner at Northshire Day School

Northshire Day School is having their 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. The spaghetti dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at the Northshire Day School. The costs are $5.00 per individual and $10.00 per family. This hearty meal will consist of spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, toss salad, beverages, and dessert. This year the proceeds made from this event will go towards providing enrichment activities for the children. We hope you can join us and support local early education.

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 Wednesday, 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.


Shakespeare comes to Greatest Generation

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, a celebrated film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," comes to Manchester Community Library. "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," is usually regarded as Shakespeare's greatest play, both for its richness of language and its psychological and structural complexity. Sir Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version still stands out as a coherently conceived interpretation of Shakespeare and as a great work

of cinema.

The film won four Academy Awards, among them Best Picture, a first for a British film, and Best Actor for Laurence Olivier. Olivier directed the film as well.

The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. There will be one 10-minute intermission. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Info: 802-362-2607.


Make your own  comic book!

Make your own comic book or mini-book at the Manchester Community Library at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Local artist Trish Weill of Delish Design will lead this workshop for kids in grades 5 and up. Learn how to make handmade journals, mini-books, comics, and more. Drop by the Loft and discover your inspiration with Weill. Free program, open to the public and generously funded by Berkshire Bank. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Route 7A.


Sierra Club climate change discussion

The Sierra Club Vermont Chapter will hosting a meetup to discuss climate action in today's political environment. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the Spiral Press Caf in Manchester. All are welcome. Coffee and light snacks will be offered.


"Drop in Days" at Hiland Hall School

On Thursday, March 9 and Thursday, March 16, The Hiland Hall School will host two "Drop In Days" where prospective parents are welcome to visit and observe part of a typical school day. Families are encouraged to schedule a visit at another time if these dates are not possible. Hiland Hall School is located at 2196 Harwood Hill Road in Bennington. For more information please contact Meg Cottam at 802-442-3868.


Forsthoesfel to discuss "Walking to Listen"

Andrew Forsthoefel will appear at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at the Northshire Bookstore to discuss "Walking to Listen," his book about his adventure walking from his home in Chadds Ford, Penn., to the Pacific Ocean. Walking toward the Pacific, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Ultimately, it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how a life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.


Sign up in advance for 'Living Library'

Do you really know who lives in your community? Don't judge a book by its cover! Registration is underway for The Living Library, scheduled for March 11 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Due to popular demand, the Library is reprising this special community event, which first took place in October 2015. It proved to be a powerful and worthwhile experience for all involved.

The "Living Library" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Manchester Community Library lets you select from many community members who serve as living "books," who will share their unique stories about overcoming adversity, making life-changing decisions, discovering new strengths and talents, expressing deep passions in small group settings. As a "reader" you will listen to and then engage in dialog with the living "books," challenging your opinions, pre-conceived ideas and assumptions about who they really are. Compassion and understanding are nurtured not only for the "books," but also the "readers." Many local people have volunteered to speak about their lives as "books" to the"readers," who will listen in an informal atmosphere of respect, safety, and kindness. Register for The Living Library at MCL at, or at 12:30 p.m. on March 11 at the library. Those who are not computer savvy can pre-register at the Library. There will be three 1-hour sessions, with approx. five "books" speaking to small groups of "readers" at each session. Space is limited. A reception for the living "books" and their "readers" follows at 4 p.m.


Free Movie Event at the library

Join us on at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Winhall Community Arts Center. The Winhall Memorial Library and the Winhall Community Arts Center will be hosting a free showing of the movie based on the best-selling book "The Girl on the Train," by Paula Hawkins. We would appreciate a count beforehand to ensure seating. Please call 802-297-9741 or email: to RSVP.


"Two Owls and a Hawk"

Wilder Memorial Library will host "Two Owls and a Hawk," a presentation by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the library, at 24 Lawrence Hill Rd. This program includes live birds and audible sounds of owls and their calls. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the life of a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. Thank you to the Thrifty Attic for supporting library programs. For more information call 802-824-4307 or email


Storytime: "Sleep Tight Farm"

The Northshire Bookstore will hold a special storytime with children's author Eugene Doyle, who will present her new book "Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, "Sleep Tight Farm" lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring's new growth, summer's heat, and fall's bounty to winter's well-earned rest. Doyle and her family operate The Last Resort Farm, an organic berry, vegetable, and hay farm. She lives in Vermont.


The Zimmermann Telegram: America's Entry into War

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I with Derek Boothby, former Director of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 14 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. In January 1917, British intelligence decoded a diplomatic telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann proposing that if Mexico joined Germany in war against America, Germany would return to Mexico the lost lands in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. When Britain shared the telegram with Washington, there was uproar in Congress and on April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. 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


Garden Club of Manchester March meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Think Spring!" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at Mettowee Mill Garden Center on Route 30 in Dorset. Darren Godette will provide helpful information and discussion about propagating various annuals, houseplants and perennials. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.


Solid Waste Alliance meeting

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the progress to date on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, plan for the upcoming household hazardous waste event and compost sales and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board.

The mission of the Alliance is to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, by incineration or similar means by reducing the amount of waste generated, conserving resources and promoting recycling and reuse. The Alliance consists of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. For more information, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at (802) 442-0713 x 2 or


Learn about 'Vermont's Musical Ladies'

At 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, Neighbor to Neighbor is hosting Linda Radtke, who will speak at the First Congregational Church of Manchester on "Vermont's Musical Ladies." Radtke, a singer and researcher, will explore the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women's club music contests, and social reform efforts. Abolition, child welfare, temperance, the patriotism of war heroes, and the concerns of those left at home during times of war captured the hearts of these women who sometimes disguised their gender for publication. She will be joined by pianist Arthur Zorn. This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities."Vermont's Musical Ladies" is a Vermont Humanities Council program, hosted by Neighbor to Neighbor and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Neighbor to Neighbor at (802) 367-7787 or

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Visitor's Day at Community Bible Study

Southern Vermont Community Bible Study will have a Visitor's Day from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Rd. All adults are welcome to come and learn about our program. Community Bible Study (CBS) 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. The Bible is our textbook. Although we also have programs for children ages birth to 18, we cannot host unregistered children on Visitor's Day. Visit our local website ( or the national website ( for more information. For further questions, contact Joan Brokalis (303) 884-6230 ( or Mary Batcheller (518) 696-3166 (


Northshire Seniors to hold a 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 802-375-9780 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.


Contra dance to be held

Contra Dance with Cedar, Guillaume and Everest and Mary Wesley calling

Dance to the splendid tunes of Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on accordion and keyboard and Everest Witman on guitar and foot percussion with Mary Wesley calling from 8-11 p.m. on March 17 at the Tinmouth Community Center, at 573 Route 140. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8:00 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 dance takes place in the Tinmouth Community Center on the third Friday. The Community Center is on Rte 140 in the center of Tinmouth, Vermont 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 Like us on Facebook at Tinmouth Contra Dance.


Materials Management - a New Way to Look at Waste Training and Roundtable

A gathering for business, institution, and nonprofit representatives, civic leaders, haulers, and others to advance waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting in the Bennington region will be held at 8:00-11 a.m. on March 21 at the A. Luke Crispe, Vermont Veteran's Home 325 North St., (Snow Date: March 28.). This event will provide an overview of best management practices of recyclable materials — from cardboard to food scraps — for commercial and institutional sectors. Topics include: Commercial & Institutional Materials Management Basics, the Universal Recycling Law, Food Waste Reduction & Recovery; Food Waste Composting in Action — acceptable materials, set-up basics, collection/storage, outreach/training; Green business benefits; and, more. The event is free but registration is required by March 15. To register or for more information contact Athena at or 802.254.3636 or Michael at or 802.442.0713 ext. 2 or 518.669.7146 (cell). Refreshments will be provided.


Rural Vermont to visit during statewide tour

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Shaftsbury Community Hall, Rural Vermont presents its statewide Tour, "Groundswell: Community Conversations about land use, livelihood, food, and the future of Vermont." At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will share a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The program is free and open to all with light dinner, BYOB, plus live music and social time during breaks. Get more info, apply for farmer & childcare stipends, and RSVP at or (802)223-7222.


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