Community Briefs


Good Friday Fish Fry at Post 69

A Good Friday Fish Fry will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 14 at American Legion Post 69 on Legion Road. The cost is $8 per person. Take out will be available. Fish, chips, cole slaw. Come out and enjoy dinner with Post 69 members. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


'Good Night My Honey Bunnies' at Northshire

Join us at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 for a special children's story time as author Sandy Wilbur and illustrator Kimberley Ray give a charming reading from "Good Night My Honey Bunnies."

Wilbur is an award-winning composer with over forty songs recorded and five chart singles to her credit. Ray is a decorative painter specializing in custom fine artwork and murals. She is also the artist that painted the two murals in the Northshire Bookstore Children's room.

This adorable story was conceived and written by Wilbur using Ray's paintings from her beautiful and fanciful children's murals. Wilbur also composed and / or arranged and played the sixteen lullabies contained on the CD included with the book. Designed to delight and soothe babies and children of all ages.


Easter pie sale

The Arlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is holding an Easter pie sale from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 15 at Berkshire Bank on Route 7A in Arlington.


Arlington Garden Club to meet

The April meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the American Legion on East Arlington Rd. The Business meeting is at 1 p.m.. At 2 p.m. the program will be a demonstration of "Lifting and Dividing Plants" by club member Lynette Novick.

Hostesses: Joann Rose, Head Hostess with Ellen Lipshutz and Linda McDevitt

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Membership information: Marilyn Frandfors, 375-9275


Zero Balancing presentation

There will be a free introductory presentation about Zero Balancing at Heart of the Village Yoga from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Zero Balancing is a leading-edge, hands-on, body-mind therapy.

This introductory presentation includes information, theory, and demonstration on energy medicine, on why and how it is effective and essential, through the lens of Zero Balancing. Please join Dr. Michele Doucette for a lively and interactive evening, or simply sit back and take it all in.

Zero Balancing combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture. It affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously. Practitioners learn to engage, evaluate, and balance the deepest currents of movement through bones, joints, ligaments and other soft tissue.

This event is free and open to the public. It may be of particular interest to health and wellness professionals, and anyone interested in maximizing human potential.

Please register at or 802.362,9004 or at Heart of the Village Yoga, 3556 Main Street, Manchester. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows.


'All About Eve' at MCL

The Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present ENCORE! A Second Showing of Favorite Programming. Bring your bag lunch to the Manchester Community Library and enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks, from the GNAT-TV archives.

At noon on April 19, attend a free screening of the VHC's First Wednesdays program "All About Eve," originally presented on February 1. During the talk, Dartmouth religion professor Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story.

The film screening is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607.


National Bird in Manchester

The PBS Film and Discussion Series at Manchester Community Library presents "National Bird" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The film follows the dramatic journey of whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. A panel discussion will follow the film screening.

The film series is presented by Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS; National Bird is presented in collaboration with the Peace and Justice Center. The film screening and discussion is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.


Barriers Along the Mettowee

At the Dorset Historical Society's Third-Thursday Luncheon-Lecture at noon on April 20, Hilary Solomon will discuss local barriers on the Mettowee River. Ms. Solomon is manager of the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD). She has a master's degree in Water Resources from Duke University. She worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Ohio before moving to Vermont, where she was Watershed Coordinator for the Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership from 2004 to 2008. Beginning in 2012, she served as Water Quality Supervisor for PMNRCD, and in 2014 became the organization's manager.

The Mettowee rises in Dorset Hollow and flows north (16 miles of it in Vermont), ultimately becoming a tributary of Lake Champlain.

Recently Ms. Solomon has been working with the town of Dorset and property owners in Dorset Hollow who have related Mettowee structures — dams, culverts, and a bridge — on their land.

Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; liquids and desserts are provided. The event, which is free, begins at noon and lasts an hour or so; it takes place at DHS's Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd.


Contra Dance

Dance to the splendid tunes of Nimble which is Shirley White on fiddle, Rachel Clark on flute and George White on guitar with calling by Luke Donforth from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Route 140. 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. 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.


Poetry salon at MCL

At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, the Manchester Community Library will host its second annual Poetry Salon. Claire North will serve as the emcee. Poets from the local area and beyond are invited to come and read their work, and the community is invited to come and listen.

The Community Poem will be read aloud with copies of it available.

A reception will follow, giving everyone a chance to mingle and celebrate poetry. Email to reserve your place to read your 2-3 minute poem(s). Free and open to the public; donations to the Library are gratefully accepted.

Salem, N.Y.

California students performing "L'il Abner"

The classic musical, Li'l Abner, opens Fort Salem Theater's spring and summer seasons at 8 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, performed by twenty-five high school students from Orange County, California.

Because a young performer can never get enough time onstage, these students from the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts have elected to spend a significant part of their spring vacation in Salem, as a part of a week-long program on the east coast, which will include taking in several Broadway shows. Billed as the California Musical Theater Ensemble, and sponsored by The Rose Center Theater in Westminster, California, the Salem production of Li'l Abner, the 1956 show based upon Al Capp's famous comic strip, reprises the students' very successful winter high school musical.

Directed by Tim Nelson and choreographed by Diane Makis, their musical theater and dance instructors in Huntington Beach, the troupe will be singing and dancing to tunes by Oscar-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and composer Gene DePaul, in the show that won Tonys for its star, Edie Adams (the Muriel cigar lady) as Daisy Mae, and choreographer Michael Kidd.

The California Musical Theater Ensemble production of Li'l Abner plays for two evening performances at Fort Salem Theater, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors and $10 for any student still in high school or younger. For reservations or more information, call the theater box office at (518) 854-9200, or visit the theater's website (


Breakfast to support Danby-Mt.
Tabor VFD

A Breakfast Buffet to support the Danby-Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department will be held from 8-11 am on Saturday, April 22 at the Danby-Mt. Tabor Firehouse on Main St.

Adult $8.00, Children 5-10 $5.00, 5 and under free.

Hoosick Falls. N.Y.

Battenkill Chorale to perform

The Battenkill Chorale presents "Rise to Life's Beauty!" featuring Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living" for chorus, chamber orchestra, and soloists at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Immaculate Conception Parish, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, The colorful orchestra for Dan Forrest's ravishing "Requiem for the Living" includes harp, gong, bell chime, glockenspiel, cymbals, drums, strings, winds, and organ. Soloists are soprano Gene Marie Callahan, tenor Michael Gallagher, and organist Erich Borden. Shorter works by Estonian Arvo P rt, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, and Polish composer Henryk Gorecki complete the program.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling (518) 692-7458 or emailing


50/50 Raffle at Martha Canfield Library

The Martha Canfield Library is currently holding a 50/50 Fundraiser.

Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Tickets are available at the front desk of the library on East Arlington Rd.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 22 at our spring Reduce, Reread, Recycle book sale.

All proceeds will benefit the Martha Canfield Library. For additional information call 802 375-6153 or check out the library's website at


Auxiliary Unit 69 hosting a Sip and Swirl

The Auxiliary Unit 69 is hosting a Sip and Swirl at Post 69 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 for painting on canvas. This event will fill up quickly, tickets on sale now at Post 69 to benefit Happy Days Play School. Cost is $25.00 per person. Please "like" us on

East Arlington

Pancake breakfast at Battenkill Grange

Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on April 23 at Bailey Hall on Ice-Pond Rd.

Menu to include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, coffee, juice and milk. Adults, $7. Children under 12, $4.

For more information, call Lillian Wood at 375-2518 for pavilion rental, weddings, reunions etc. Call Nathalie Caler 375-6135

West Pawlet

Pancake Breakfast rescheduled

West Pawlet Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the West Pawlet fire house. Originally scheduled for April 9, the date was changed as a courtesy to the Granville Rescue Squad which is serving a breakfast on the same date. Pancake menu includes regular as well as chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry. Sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and home fries are also served, along with coffee, milk and orange juice. Prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $6 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5. The firehouse is located on Route 153 (Main Street), and it's a handicap-accessible site. Everyone is welcome. A 501(c) (3) non-profit, all proceeds are for the benefit of the department's equipment and training needs. Contact: Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or email:


Hike to Hamilton Falls

Hike to Hamilton Falls with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section

Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Jamaica State Park. Hike on the West River Trail north to the junction with the Hamilton Falls Trail, hike up this trail to the base of Hamilton Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Vermont. Total round trip distance 6 miles, elevation gain 600 feet. Easy hike. Bring an extra layer, raincoat if any prediction for rain, snack and fluids. RSVP to Joe Ninesling at


"Canoes: A Natural History in North America" at Orvis

In honor of Earth Day, Norman Sims, the co-author of "Canoes: A Natural History in North America" with Mark Neuzil, will be signing his book between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the Orvis Flagship Store on Main Street.

Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast and across the Caribbean. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.


Practice Italian Conversation at MCL

Parliamo italiano? Join native Italian Letitia Scordino at the Manchester Community Library at noon on Sunday, April 23, for an hour of fun and una conversazione in italiano. Letitia would love to share her love of Italian with the community.

The group, with intermediate to advanced skills, will pick an interesting topic to discuss and see where it goes. Beginners are also welcome.

The meeting is free and open to everyone. Space is limited; please confirm by calling Letitia at 802-867-0187.

Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.


What's cooking at the farmer's market?

From 10-2, Sunday, April 23, at the Dorset Farmers' Market, Sandra Kraehling of Pan Latin will be cooking up some scrumptious surprises using market ingredients and providing printed recipes and samples.

The market is open 10-2 every Sunday, at J.K. Adams. Further information on our website: and on our Facebook page.


Local auditions at Oldcastle Theater

Local auditions announced for the 2017 Season Announced. Both Equity and Non-Equity individuals will be seen.

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 24. Please call and request a time. Have prepared 2 contrasting monologues for the audition not to exceed 3 minutes. Please call and reserve a time at 802-447-0564. Individuals without reserved time, will be seen as time allows. Please have a headshot and resume with you.


Garden Club of Manchester April meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Manchester Community Library. Club member Carol Berry will speak about her book. Carol will read from her book and show several artworks that relate to her subject. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.


Book discussion at library

Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to discuss the 2017 Vermont Reads "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson and "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Copies of both books are available at the library. The Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the library 30 copies of "Brown Girl Dreaming" to share with the community. Stop by the library to get your complimentary copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 802-297-9741 or email Please like us on Facebook to follow our events.


Electronic Recycling Day at The Dorset School

The Dorset Teachers' Association and the Dorset Energy Committee are co-hosting an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to raise money for the school's technology fund. This event is open to everyone and is not limited to Dorset residents. For more information visit their website at or e-mail Phyllis Tate at


Spring Rummage Sale is coming

The most fabulous shopping experience of the spring season will take place in Dorset when the Dorset Church holds its Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be no early-bird shopping. The bag sale will take place from 12-1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, and until noon on Thursday, April 27.

Donations of clean spring and summer clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden equipment, small appliances and books will be accepted. Other items not listed are also accepted. Please bring only items in good condition and be sure that everything is in working order.

We may accept by approval some larger items. Please contact Sandi at at 802-362-1459 or Ellen at or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.


Learn composting at Hildene

From 2:00 to 3:30 on Sunday, April 30, at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, those interested in composting have a golden opportunity to join in the conversation with one of the best. Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D., teacher of ecological agriculture, soil science and composting for nearly 3 decades, is leading a program, "Make Great Compost: Implementing Act 148: Vermont's Universal Recycling Law in Your Home, Yard, and Garden."

Check in is at the Welcome Center. The program is in the Beckwith Room.

$15 for Hildene members and $20 for non-members. Registration is strongly recommended. To register contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or

To learn more about programs at Hildene visit or find Hildene on Facebook.


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