Londonderry: Flood Brook School benefits from "Nordic Rocks"program

LONDONDERRY — The "Nordic Rocks" program was developed to provide elementary school students with an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing with a clear pathway to further advancement in the sport. By participating in the "Nordic Rocks" program, Flood Brook is introducing a new generation to a healthy lifestyle and lifelong activity. The National Winter Sports Educational Foundation in conjunction with USSA and local Nordic ski club, West River Nordic, has provided Flood Brook School with 30 pairs of Nordic skis that physical education teacher Mark Weikert can use during class time. They have also provided detailed, age-appropriate lesson plans, and West River Nordic will provide volunteer mentors and equipment assistance. A big thank you goes out to Mark Weikert, John Ogden of West River Nordic, USSA and the National Winter Sports Educational Foundation for bringing "Nordic Rocks" to Flood Brook!

Stratton Mountain

Free CPR and AED classes offered

Free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) instructional classes will be held three times a week through the month of February at Stratton.

February classes are held in the Homeowner's Lounge in the main Base Lodge on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Fridays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and are all open to the public.

The classes are being offered in partnership with the Stratton Mountain Carlos Otis Clinic and part of the mountain's HEARTSafe community initiative, a program designed to increase survival rate for individuals who have suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Class participants will learn life-saving techniques, such as recognizing the early signs of cardiac arrest, how to properly perform hands-only CPR and use an AED, as well as understanding what to do in an emergency.

Stratton has recently installed 12 additional AED units, bringing the total units on resort to 17, all in accessible locations across the resort.

Advanced registration is required for each class, which is limited to 24 participants each. To register, email


Dorset Players perform '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.


Brendan Taaffe and Kelsey Wells to perform

Musicians Brendan Taaffe and Kelsey Wells will perform crankies, ballads and fiddle tunes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at The Old Firehouse in Tinmouth. A donation of $10-$15 at the door is suggested.

"Crankies" are scrolling illustrations in a wooden puppet theater that accompany songs (think of MTV, but in 1843). Think of them as a magical antidote to the digital age.

Taafe plays guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira and has performed with Magic Foot, The Waxwing Four, The Bright Wings Chorus, and Northern Harmony. This year, he is a research fellow at the Appalachian Sound Archives at Berea College.

Wells plays fiddle, banjo, and mbira and is best known as half of the popular contra dance band, Turnip the Beet. She was the 2013 U.S. delegate to the world folk music project Ethno Denmark and has worked extensively with the Folk School of Chattanooga and the Musical Heritage Center in Pegram, Tenn.


ESPN's Mike & Mike Producer at SMS

The SMS Summit Lecture Series continues from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Stratton Mountain School with a lecture entitled "Power of Sport/Power of Story" by Valerie Gordon,

the coordinating producer of ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike." She is a 10-time Emmy and three-time Murrow award-winning television producer and lifelong storyteller who will share the power of a story and how you can craft your own next chapter. Tickets are $10.


National Theatre Live: Amadeus

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, Feb. 11. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of Amadeus, the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, who arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

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


Snowshoe/Ski Over Bromley Mountain

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Manchester chapter of the Green Mountain Club will trek to the top of Bromley Mountain in a snowshoeing and/or skiing adventure.

Participants will meet at Bromley Ski Area at the east of the main parking lot at 6 p.m. and carpool to the Long Trail winter parking lot on Vermont Rts. 11 and 30. The group will snowshoe or ski up the Long Trail by headlamp to the summit of Bromley Ski Area, stop in at the ski patrol building to warm up and have a snack, then ski or snowshoe by moonlight together on a designated ski trail. Bring extra clothing, snacks, fluids, a headlamp with spare batteries and hand warmers. The event is a three-mile climb with 1,460 feet of elevation gain, followed by skiing or snowshoe down the ski trail, and is rated as a moderate to difficult trip depending on snow depth. Bring microspikes for the climb if icy. RSVP to Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016.


Boy Scout Bottle Drive

Arlington Boy Scout Troop 334 is having a bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Fisher Elementary School. If you would like a Boy Scout to pick up your returnables, please contact Erica at (802) 779-7572 to arrange a pick-up time. All money raised will be used for future Boy Scout activities.


LTS hosts Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser

From 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Long Trail Parents Association Friends of Athletics is hosting a pulled pork dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips and pie. The dinner will take place in the Whalen Common Room at Long Trail School in Dorset. Reservations are requested as the dinner precedes the school's popular Airband event. Prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds will benefit the fund for a new Hunter Field scoreboard. Make reservations through Chelley Tifft at or (802) 867-5717 ext. 190.


Sip and Swirl to support girls' fitness

Local outdoor recreation and running/walking club Training for More (TFM) is having a Sip and Swirl event to benefit Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Moose Family Center, 916 Main St.

GOTRVT is a non-profit for girls in the 5th through 8th grades that has a fun curriculum that combines physical activity with emotional inspiration, culminating with a celebratory 5k run/walk.

The girls learn they can accomplish anything and form a lifelong appreciation for health and fitness.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a painting canvas, guidance, snacks, soft drinks, and one complimentary door prize ticket (other tickets available for purchase).

You must be present to claim a prize. Raffle prizes include hand-painted wine glasses, a TFM 5k training gift certificate, and more. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds will benefit GOTRVT.

Seats are limited. Please contact Malinowski at or by calling 802-379-5468 for tickets, to donate a door prize, or to make a monetary donation to GOTRVT.


'Love Letters'

"Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney and directed by Christine Decker, will be presented at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.on Feb. 11 and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the U.U. Meeting House on School St. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit for more information.


American Legion Post 69 Morning Breakfast

The American Legion Post 69 will be hosting a breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Seniors 65 and over are free; all others are $6.00 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Come out and enjoy breakfast with us and catch up with your friends.

Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


HeART and Bowl Empty Bowls Event

From 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.12, Stacey Gates of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery will offer fun for the whole family! In addition to a Valentine craft with Stacey, attendees will be able to make bowls from clay slabs or try their hand at throwing pottery on the potter's wheel. Suggested donation is $5. All bowls will be added to the Empty Bowls at Long Trail School event on March 25 to support local hunger-related charities. For more information, please contact Courtney Callo at or 802-867-5717 x141.


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 on Monday, February 13; and "Spotlight" (2016) on Monday, February 20. Both films begin at 6:30 p.m. With Flaxman's guidance, we will explore the styles and the content of each film and contrast the filming and acting techniques as well as the social messages. The program is free and open to the public. Info: 802-362-2607


Film discussion at the library

Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS invite you to attend a film screening and discussion of POV's Art and Craft at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the library, at 138 Cemetery Ave., as part of the PBS Film Series.

The film tells the story of an enigmatic, vastly talented and sometimes troubled man who, through hard work, perseverance and chutzpah, fooled the art world for nearly a third of a century. Art forger, conman and prankster Mark Landis was never in it for the money. Find out what motivated him in this enthralling film.

Following the film screening, Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, will lead a stimulating discussion about the film and the world of art forgery.

The program is free and open to the public. Info: 802-362-2607.


Section Hiking Vermont's Appalachian Trail

Join One World Conservation Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16, along with Silvia Cassano, a Green Mountain Club volunteer and former Appalachian Trail Conservancy Staff, as she describes her section hiking journey on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont.

Silvia will explain how she broke up hiking the trail into sections to make it worked for her, and will answer any questions on section hiking. The Appalachian Trail aligns with the Long Trail for approximately 100 miles as they pass above and through Bennington and Woodford.

One World Conservation Center is in 413 VT Rte. 7 South, Bennington.

Admission at the door: non-member $5.00, members free.


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


American Legion Post 69 Hosts Meet and 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 Northshire

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 Northshire Bookstore

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 at Tilting at Windmills

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. Along with the "Tilting at Windmills" bronze there are several other pieces that will stun you with detail such as her large piece, "The Legend."

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.

Jiang offers yet another very original style, with each one of his brushstrokes in oil offering multiple ranges in hues and texture to produce a very realistic effect. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

For more information, call the Tilting at Windmills gallery at 802-362-3022.


American Legion Posts 13 and 69 to hold Four Chaplains Ceremony

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.


American Legion Post 69 to host 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.

East Arlington

Pancake breakfast offered by Battenkill Grange

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


BROC-Community Action to host two 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


Religious Liberty: 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

South Londonderry

Computer classes at South Londonderry Free 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


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


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.


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.


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