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Posh Pups on parade Saturday The Posh Pups Parade steps off at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Crystal Palace street level entrance at 72 Depot St. in Manchester. The event will help raise funds for the non-profit Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. See Pg. 2 for details.

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More merriment: Bluegrass for kids

A new “Manchester Merriment” event takes place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Equinox Resort, when renowned singer/ songwriter Phil Rosenthal and the band Wildwood present a Children’s Bluegrass Concert. The concert, guaranteed to get feet tapping and hands clapping,

will take place in the resort’s Rockwell Room. Phil Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer. For many years, he was the lead singer and guitarist in the popular bluegrass group “The Seldom Scene.” Rosenthal

recorded seven albums with the band, and received a Grammy nomination for his work. In 1986, he started his own recording company, American Melody, with his wife Beth Sommers. Joining Phil Rosenthal will be members of the Manchester region’s bluegrass group

Wildwood, led by Randy Gates. Children will be admitted free to the concert. Admission charge for adults is $10. To reserve tickets, call the Manchester Chamber at 362-6313. A percentage of the proceeds from the concert will go to support all the area food cupboards. The Chamber thanks

“Manchester Merriment” sponsors Berkshire Bank, Cape Air and Orvis, along with supporting sponsors Efficiency Vermont, The Perfect Wife, Pyrofax Energy, Spiral Press Café and Vermont Renewable Fuels for supporting this new tradition.

Club Muse celebrates the Holidays on December 16 Take a break from the hectic holiday pace and celebrate with a holiday dance party from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, when Club Muse takes over the Bennington Museum. Step into a sophisticated nightclub atmosphere in the warm yet elegant space of the Bennington Museum. With great music spun by DJ Johnny Love, the club also has an expansive floor perfect for dancing. Those who prefer a quieter pace can relax at the intimate tables nearby. A cash bar will serve holiday drinks, wine, beer and soft drinks. While at Club Muse, enjoy the unique community created trees decorated for the Festival of Trees. More than 25 trees are set in themed vignettes that tell a story or represent the group that created the tree and setting. Vote for your favorite, and then wait for the “Best of the Fest” to be announced later in

the evening. Club Muse features a silent auction featuring lovely gift items, just in time for your last-minute shopping. Guests can also purchase a raffle ticket and take a chance at winning one of the delightfully decorated tabletop trees which have been decorated by elementary classes from schools in Bennington and the surrounding communities. Bring a date, a group of friends, and revel in the holiday spirit! Admission to Club Muse is just $5 at the door. On-site parking is available. Club Muse is sponsored by The Beverage Den and Smokeshop on North St. in Bennington. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. For more information, visit or call (802) 447-1571.

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Posh Pups on parade Saturday Manchester Merriment continues on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the Posh Pups Parade steps off at noon at the Crystal Palace street level entrance at 72 Depot St. The event will help raise funds for the non-profit Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Pups and their owners will parade a quarter mile to the red carpet finale at Manchester Square. There, judges will award prizes for the most original holiday costume, best fashionista dog, best matching contest for doggie and owner, most congenial dog and best trick dog in the small and large dog categories. Owners are encouraged to design fun, creative costumes for themselves and their four-legged friends. Among the judges reviewing the best costumes and tricks will be Steve Settler, producing director of the Weston Playhouse. Posh Pups is sponsored by the Manchester Designer Outlets. According to Lana Hauben, spokesperson for the Outlets, “Meals on Wheels is facing a staggering deficit this year. By donating 100 percent of the parade’s proceeds to the organization, we hope to alleviate some of the budget pressures on the organization.” Registration for the parade costs $10 and is available online at . On the day of the parade, registration opens at 11:15 a.m. at the Crystal Palace, 72 Depot St. in Manchester Center. Dress up your pup and join the fun!

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Bizzy (right) a two-year-old Irish Jack Russell Terrier, sports a pink argyle sweater in anticipation of the Posh Pups Parade set for Dec. 17 at noon in Manchester. Bizzy and his brother Brady, along with owner Gretchen Hunter, will be in the parade.

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This week at Northshire Bookstore

First quarter academic honors announced Arlington, Vt.— Arlington Memorial High School & Middle School and Arlington’s Accelerated Academy have completed the first academic quarter and announced the following honors. To be named to the Honor Roll, students must meet grade-point average (GPA) requirements. Principal’s Honors are given to students with the highest GPA in their class. The Accelerated Academy is an academic program within the Arlington Middle School for students in grades six through eight who wish to challenge themselves through rigorous coursework and enrichment activities.

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Grade 6 Principal’s Honors: Katheryn Berger Honors: Maclean Barlow, Geoffrey Gamble, Jamie Keel, Sofie Pedemonti, Gracie Smith, Kaleigh Ward Arlington Middle School Grade 8 Principal’s Honors: Maggie Murphy High Honors: Michael Caggiano, Charlie Crawford, Madeline Gutbier, Austin Hawley, Sean O’Dell, Shivang Patel, Brooke Therriault Honor Roll: Janessa Hoyt Grade 7 Principal’s Honors: Helena Hemendinger & Riley Lane Grade 6 Principal’s Honors: Aimee Frank High Honors: Ricky Davis, Bailey Therriault Honors: Ali Burdick, Xandria Hoyt, Samuel Luciano, Erin Murphy, Riley Phillips

Dr. Beach Conger Northshire Bookstore’s events this week begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, when Dr. Beach Conger presents his inspiring and witty memoir “It’s Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor.” After living and working in inner city Philadelphia, Dr. Beach Conger returns to Vermont to re-enter a medical practice that is worlds away from urban medicine. This collection of stories from the author of “Bag Balm and Duct Tape” showcases Dr. Conger’s irreverent view into the doctor’s role and his profound empathy for the characters he encounters along the way. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, Alan Benoit of Sustainable Design and Chris Morrow, founder of Local First Vermont, discuss the myriad of benefits that can be realized by support-




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ing independently owned, locally operated businesses. The talk will empower you to make real change through your purchases and teach you how the businesses in our area can provide more than just food, clothing and shelter. Author Susan Fillion conducts a discussion about impressionism, cubism and the world-famous Cone collection as she presents her book “Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Fillion tells the story of Etta and Claribel Cone, two wealthy, unmarried sisters in Baltimore’s German Jewish community, who broke new ground at the turn of the 20th century when they bought up experimental art by Matisse, Picasso and other modern painters before they were widely recognized. When they befriended two other siblings in Baltimore – Leo and Gertrude Stein – they bonded over their love of seeking and buying new, experimental art. The huge Cone collection is now part of the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, Michael Holley, co-host of “The Big Show” on Boston sports radio station WEEI, presents his new book “War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building a Perfect Team.” The book is an insider’s look at the most talked-about teams of the NFL. Vermont author Willem Lange returns for his annual Christmas reading at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 when he present his modern American folktale “Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story.” For more information about any of these events, call the bookstore at (802) 362-2200 or visit

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Author to present second volume of Christmas Break Art Camps at SVAC “The Coming of the Train” Give your children the gift of Art! The Southern Vermont Arts Center announces the return of their Christmas Break Art Camps Monday, December 26th through Friday December 30th in the Hay Madeira Studios. Using a variety of media and techniques such as painting, sculpture and printmaking, students will create mini-masterpieces based on the works of famous artists like Warhol, O’Keefe, and Picasso. There will be 10 half-day sessions taught by visiting artists. Morning sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ages four to seven and seven to 12. Afternoon sessions run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages seven to 12. You can take one class, or all 10! SVAC offers a 10 percent discount for members and a 25 percent discount for siblings registering for classes. Kids in the older children’s camp that are staying for both morning and afternoon sessions should pack a lunch. Early enrollment is encouraged as classes tend to fill quickly. To receive a Christmas Break Art Camps brochure or to register, visit our website at or contact our Outreach Coordinator, Stacy Gates, at 802.362.1405 extension 32. SVAC is located off West Road at 930 SVA

A participant creates a mini-masterpiece at SVAC's Christmas Break Art Camp. drive. Hours of operation are Tue-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sun 12:00-5:00 pm (closed Mon). Please also visit us through February in downtown Manchester at our new pop-up gallery, Off the Hill, located at the junction of Route 7A & 30 across from the Northshire Bookstore.

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A train dumps fill at Somerset Dam in January, 1912. Author Brian Donelson will discuss his new book, "The Coming of the Train, Volume II" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Bennington Museum. Learn how the Deerfield River Railroad impacted southern Vermont, when author Brian Donelson discusses his new book “The Coming of the Train, Volume II” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Bennington Historical Society’s meeting in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum. The program is free and open to the public. Written with a degree of authenticity that reflects Donelson’s meticulous research of original documents, “The Coming of the Train, Volume II” details the completion of the Deerfield River Railroad, the development and expansion of

the logging industry, pulping and paper mills, the hydroelectric development of the Deerfield River and the building of the Somerset Dam. It also delves into the electrification of the Hoosac Tunnel and the growth of industries in Wilmington, VT. Donelson captures the courage, determination and vision of the people of the upper Deerfield River Valley who helped build the country during the Industrial Revolution. The book will be available for sale by the Bennington Historical Society after the presentation. For more information, call the museum at (802) 447-1571.

Maple Leaf Half Marathon registration opens Runners, walkers and team challenge participants are encouraged to register now for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon and 5K Race set for Sept. 8, 2012. Participants who register before March 1 will save 30 percent on registration fees. The event is sponsored by the Manchester Lions Club and the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, and supports local community organizations. The 2011 Maple Leaf Half Marathon drew nearly 1,000 runners and walkers. For 2012, organization plan to limit registration to the first 1,000 participants. Held just prior to Vermont’ peak foliage season, the Maple Leaf Half Marathon traverses the beautiful countryside of southern Vermont. The 2011 race raised $35,000 for 20 area non-profit organizations. “The Chamber is proud to partner with the Manchester Lions in this event that funds so many worthy causes throughout our region,” said Berta Maginniss, executive director of the Manchester Chamber. Registrations received by

March 1 are $35 for the half marathon and $15 for the 5K and for runners 19 and under. After March 1, fees will incrase to $45 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K and runners 19 and under. Registration and information is available by calling the Chamber at (802) 3626313. For online registration, go to Runners may also register at

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The winners of Hildene’s “Guess the Lincoln Pennies in the Jar” challenge have been announced. On Monday, Dec. 5 the 125 entries were examined. Guests from as far away as Texas participated in the contest, which took place from Nov. 21 through Dec. 4. Each of this year’s winning guesstimates was very close to the actual amount of 9,787 pennies. Winner of the youth 5-15 category, Atticus Bonny, guessed 10,000, and will be awarded a check in the amount of $48.94. The other $48.94 will be donated in his name to the Vermont Community Foundation for Irene Recovery Efforts. Winning adult, Christine Salatino, will be awarded a book of her choosing from the Hildene Library series, and a second copy will be donated in her name to her hometown library. The announcement of the winners came on the heels of the Museum Store’s annual “Our Home for the Holidays” weekend. To add to the festive spirit, on Sunday, Dec.18, Burr and Burton Academy’s Advance Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Julie Freeburn, will sing carols from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Lincoln family home will be decorated as if it were Christmas Even 1912. For more information about Hildene’s holiday celebration, visit

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FRI 12/16 GRANVILLE The Sylvan Star/ Skenesborough Chapter #122 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Slate Valley Masonic Center, 95 North St., Granville. Anyone wishing to donate items should bring them to the Masonic Center on the day of the sale. GRANVILLE A classic holiday film will be screened at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Everyone will be welcome. Information: 518-642-2525. BENNINGTON The Club Muse Holiday Dance Party will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. Holidaythemed cocktails from the cash bar will be available and the “Best of the Fest” awards for the public’s favorite tree vignettes will be announced. Cost: $5 at the door. Information: 802-447-1571.

SAT 12/17 SALEM As part of the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, volunteers will gather in Salem on Saturday, Dec. 17, to participate in this annual event (snow date Dec. 18). Come enjoy nature while supporting this scientific survey. Bird counts also will be done in Argyle, Hebron, Greenwich, Easton and Cambridge. Information/locations: Sue Van Hook at 518-788-7388, or email

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ARGYLE The Highland Quilters Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Argyle Methodist Church for a meeting and Christmas Party. Bring a dish to pass, your fabric Bingo card and two cans of food with $1 for the food pantries in Greenwich and Salem. Attendees are also welcome to bring any holiday wall hangings or quilts for “Show and Tell.” SALEM North Main Gallery in Salem will host a Holiday Open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. All are welcome. Information: 518-854-3406. GRANVILLE All children are invited to a Christmas Fun Morning activity at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Featured will be holiday stories, special crafts, refreshments, a very tall Christmas tree, and more. Information: 518-642-2525. MANCHESTER Sue Ritchie will read stories in Spanish and English from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. Free and open to all; children must be accompanied by adult caregivers. Information: 802-362-2607. GRANVILLE The Poultney Summer Theatre Company presents “Scrooge & Company,” a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Performances are Sat., Dec. 17, at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville and Sun., Dec. 18, in the Poultney High School library. All performances are at 2 p.m. Admission is free, donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the Dick Wright Performing Arts Fund. For information: 802282-2581.

MANCHESTER The Manchester Chamber and the Equinox Resort present nationally renowned recording artist Phil Rosenthal in a special children’s Bluegrass Concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Rockwell Room at the Equinox Resort. Members of the group Wildwood will join Rosenthal in this new “Manchester Merriment” event. Admission: Free for children, $10 for adults. Reserve by calling the Manchester Chamber at 802-362-6313. GREENWICH Con Brio Performing Arts will present “Songs of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 70 Main in Greenwich. Cost: $10 adults, $5 students, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Reservations are suggested at 796-8184, or email Dbchorale@ Information:

SUN 12/18 ARLINGTON The Battenkill Valley Runners will hold a Group Run at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 on Arlington’s River Road. Meet at the skating rink parking lot on Rt. 313 just down the hill from Rt. 7A. Choice of distance up to 12 miles. All runners and walkers are welcome. Information: Jon French, 802-375-8083. WELLS A Basket Party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Modern Woodmen of America Hall off Route 30 in Wells. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with drawings starting at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served and there’ll be a bake sale, raffle and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit a Granville youth group. Information/basket donations: Debbie Lewry at 642-9692, or Krystal Lewry at 944-1944. RUTLAND The Rutland County Humane Society will be at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 18. Society items suitable for gift giving will be offered for sale, donations will be accepted to benefit the animals, and information will be available on pet adoptions. Information: 802483-6700, or MANCHESTER The Christian Education Dept. of the First Baptist Church, corner of routes 30 and 7A in Manchester, will present a Live Nativity Scene from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Information: Maurie Hill at 802362-3997. BENNINGTON Brian Donelson will discuss his book, “The Coming of the Train, Part II,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. This book deals with the building of the Hoosac Tunnel and the Wilmington and Deerfield River railroads. Free and open to all. Information: 802-4471571, or GRANVILLE The Granville Area Chorus will perform a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Bethel-Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street in Granville. Traditional and contemporary seasonal music will be featured. Cost: Free-will offering. Everyone will be welcome. SALEM The Salem Volunteer Fire

Department will escort Santa Claus through the Village of Salem from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. When the tour is finished, Santa will do a “meet and greet” at the Proudfit Hall Firehouse on West Broadway. Children should make sure to bring their last-minute wish lists for this visit with Santa. MANCHESTER The choir of Christ Our Savior Parish will present its annual Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on Route 30, Bonnet Street, in Manchester. A mix of familiar and unfamiliar Christmas music will be performed by community members and a small orchestra. Free and open to all. SALEM An evening of Holiday Music will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Salem United Methodist Church on W. Broadway. Featured will be the Gee Family singers, along with other vocal groups, and refreshments will be served. Everyone will be welcome. Information: Arlene Coldwell at 854-7588.

WED 12/21 PERU The Peru Congregational Church invites everyone to a Winter Solstice Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Music will be provided by the female a cappella group, So Far, and storyteller Lesley Nase will spin a tale of renewal and hope. Cost: Free-will offering at the door and adults and children will be welcome. Information: Pastor Margaret at 379-1438.

WED 12/28 MANCHESTER Two-time Parents Choice Award-winning artist Roger Tincknell will lead children in singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments, songs in Spanish, and more at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. Free and open to all families; children must be accompanied by adult caregivers. Information: 802-362-2607.

THU 12/29 CAMBRIDGE Artists in all media are invited to submit works for the jurying process from Thursday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2012, to participate in the January/ February 2012 juried exhibition at the Valley Artisans Market’s Small Gallery, 25 E. Main Street in Cambridge. The theme will be “Reflection.” Information: 518-6772765.

SAT 12/31 MANCHESTER The Manchester Music Festival Strings will present two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. A family concert will take place at 4 p.m., with tickets costing $10 for adults and free admission for children 18 and under. The full program concert takes place at 6 p.m., followed by chocolates and bubbly. Cost is $27 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Tickets are available at www., at Northshire Bookstore or at the door.


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