Scholarship offered

Arlington Garden Club once again is offering a $1,000 scholarship to an Arlington Memorial High School graduating senior. The selection is made on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities and community service. Preference will be given to a student pursuing further education in an environmental area such as horticulture landscape design, forestry, agriculture, environmental studies or other allied subjects. Applications and details are available at the high school guidance office. The deadline for applications is May 12. The award will be given at the Senior Awards Night. For further information, please contact Dale Wood at 375-9628


Burn ban in effect

The Town of Bennington Fire Warden Matt Hathaway has issued a town-wide burn ban for all Bennington residents. There are no outside fires of any kind permitted to burn until further notice. Those with existing burn permits must cease all outside burning. No new permits will be issued at this time. Dry and warm conditions coupled with variable winds make outdoor burning hazardous. Contact the fire warden directly for questions or information.

Catherine Corcoran Scholarship available

The Catherine Corcoran Scholarship is now available to students furthering their education next school year. Applicants must be a descendant of a North Bennington High School alumnus and show financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. Applications are available at MAUHS Guidance office or by calling F Hardy 442-4075. The application deadline is June 2

Compost Bin Sale

The One World Center is selling two types of composting containers. This offer is for residents of the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Rupert, Pownal, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford.

Soil Saver Composters for $27.50. These provide an easy way to convert common yard and food waste into an effective fertilizer that you can use in your garden, flowerbeds or to fertilize trees. The Soil Saver has a large capacity (28" wide by 28" deep by 32" high) so it can serve a household of up to five people. In addition, the locking lid helps to keep animals out of the compost. They have two sliding doors for easy removal of compost and a self-watering lid feature.     

We are also selling the Busch Kitchen Composter ($9.80), which has a filter for eliminating odors and a capacity of 1.3 gallons. This can be used to store food scraps in the kitchen until you can take them to your back yard composter.     

We are taking orders now for distribution at the One World Center on May 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. You must pick up your order on May 6.     

Discount for Workshop Participants: In order to get this low price for the Soil Saver (normally costing $69.75), purchasers must participate in a workshop on backyard composting on May 6 which will run from 9 to 10 a.m. You must register for the workshop with your order.     

Please make checks out to the Bennington County Regional Commission. If you need more information, contact Holly Betit at the One World Conservation Center at or 802-447-7419.

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Hoosick Falls Elementary School seeking Field Day t-shirt sponsors

One of the end of year traditions we have at HFCS is the annual Field Day events. Every student in grades PreK through six participates in the challenge of these days on color-coded teams. We could use your help building this team spirit by donating to our Team Spirit Shirt Fund. Every year we hold a contest, with our students, to develop a design for the shirt front that honors this special day and the shirt back recognizes our sponsors. Last year, through the generosity of our sponsors, the children only paid $1 for their shirts. You could easily become a line sponsor by donating $25 or more, $100 or more sponsors will receive special recognition on our shirts by being in a box. Last year we distributed just under 700 shirts to our students. Any donation you would like to make will gladly be accepted. These funds are used to keep the cost low, so every child can afford the shirts. Checks should be made payable to Hoosick Falls Central School and mailed to: Hoosick Falls Central School Attention: Denise Campbell P.O. Box 192 Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. Donations are requested by May 10. Please place the name of the student that you are sponsoring on the memo line of the check.

Universal pre-k applications

The Hoosick Falls Central School District is currently looking for the universal pre-k class of 2017-2018. UPK is a special program established by the New York State Education Department to provide an early learning experience for the children of eligible families. Eligible families are defined as those who live in the Hoosick Falls School District and have children who will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2017. HFCS will be running UPK classes during the 2017-2018 school year and will accept the applications, verify eligibility, and place children as slots are available. Parents/guardians will be notified of the status of their child once slots have been filled. If more requests are made than can be placed, a random lottery will be used to select children for the program. Application and registration packets can be obtained at the Elementary Office. If you have an eligible child, it is important to return the completed Hoosick Falls registration forms and the universal pre-k application by 3 p.m. on June 2 to: Amy Netti, Elementary Principal Hoosick Falls Central School Universal Pre-K Program, P.O. Box 192 Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 12090


Burn ban in effect

Gary Hoag, fire warden for the town of Woodford, has instituted a burn ban until further notice.


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