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BENNINGTON COUNTY

State Police to conduct safety, sobriety checks

Vermont State Police from the Shaftsbury barracks will be teaming up with local and county law enforcement agencies to conduct sobriety and safety enforcement for the remainder of May and into June. As of May 6, statewide Vermont has seen 13 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. The scheduled program is an opportunity to use high visibility enforcement to reduce the number of crashes/fatalities statewide. Any recent crash data can be found at http://ghsp.vermont.gov . In addition to checkpoints, troopers will also be aggressively patrolling and enforcing motor vehicle laws concerning impaired, distracted/aggressive driving, speeding and seat belt use in high traffic and high crash areas.

BENNINGTON

Rights & Democracy to meet on Wednesday

Rights & Democracy of Bennington will hold its next organizational meeting on Wednesday evening at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck; the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. There will be reports from work groups and the National People's Action Assembly. Gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist will be in attendance. For more information, contact Mary at 379-6311.

STAMFORD

Author to speak May 24 on North Adams Hospital

Dr. Paul Donovan, author of "North Adams Regional Hospital: A Historical Perspective, Part Three 1956-2014 (The Closing)," will talk about the book on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stamford Community Library. There will be time for discussion after the hour-long presentation. This is the third and final chapter in Donovan's series on the local hospital's history. Part Three covers the hospital's recent years up through its sudden closing in March 2014 and the impact that outcome had on the community. All three books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

DANBY

Smokey House Center joins Day of Giving

Smokey House Center will join nonprofits throughout Vermont to participate in Vermont Gives, the state's third annual day of online giving, to be held on Thursday. Initiated by Common Good Vermont, in collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation and other local sponsors, this event will raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations located throughout the state. Smokey House Center hopes to raise $5,000 to support their Community Farm project, Danby Mountain Day Camp scholarship fund, and other efforts serving Danby and surrounding communities. Donations can be made online at VermontGives.org. Use #VTGives as the hashtag in your social media.

WILLIAMSVILLE

Rock River Players present ''night, Mother'

Rock River Players present "'night, Mother" by Marsha Norman, Thursday through Sunday at the Williamsville Hall on Dover Road. Curtain times are 10 a.m. on Thursday, (student matinee with reworked ending), 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Thursday's student-friendly matinee is open to all by donation; admission for other performances is $12, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door: For more information and to reserve in advance, call 802-348-7156 or email verbatimvt@gmail.com.

DORSET

NEA awards $10,000 to Theatre Festival

The Dorset Theatre Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its New Play Development Program, the NEA announced in a press release. New Play Development Program works with playwrights from conception to production, providing an incubator to help nurture new voices to speak from their own experience. The Vermont Arts Council will receive $717,200 through the NEA's partnership program to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the Council's NEA-approved strategic plan.

MONTPELIER

Free Fishing Day coming on June 9

Vermont's annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is June 9. Resident and nonresident anglers have the opportunity to fish without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams. Fish & Wildlife also has teamed up with Vermont State Parks to offer the "Reel Fun Fishing" program to be scheduled by park interpreters on Free Fishing Day and during the summer at state parks. The program provides loaner tackle kits and fishing clinics free of charge. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 or older except on Free Fishing Day. To learn more about fishing in Vermont or to purchase a fishing license, visit vtfishandwildlife.com.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.

Cheney Library raffle

This month's raffle item was made by Carol Gaillard. Come in and see the container filled with flowers and purchase tickets, one for $1 and six for $5, during library hours, 73 Classic St.

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