Bennington Community N ews

February 2020
Cabin Fever


Greetings!

DON'T LISTEN TO THE GROUNDHOG; HE LIES.

We watch intently while a rodent is pulled out of a box. Will there be six more weeks of winter?

Of course. Groundhog Day is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Personally, I think this is why we start feeling a bit of Cabin Fever at this point. We have a couple more daylight hours, and we're itching to get out of the house. Getting outside is important, too. Here in the Northeast, sunlight is a rare commodity in the winter, so if it's sunny get out for a walk and improve your level of Vitamin D.

To Your Health!     -Carrie
 
Shannon Barsott i , Community Development Director
Carrie Fabricius , Senior Center Director
Kayla Becker , YMCA Branch Manager at the Bennington Recreation Center
Bennington Rec Center News
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Ed Doucette

Click here to read our member spotlight, and his thoughts about the Rec Center.

For the February pool schedule,

For the Session 4 Swim Lesson schedule, click here .



NEW PROGRAMMING
click on links for more info







CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Work on the UCS/Headstart addition is moving along. Construction is not yet involving the interior, and disruptions to the facility and operations are little to none. Some anticipated closings will take place, but there will be plenty of notice given and the impact will be minimized as much as possible by working closely with the Town, Breadloaf Construction, and UCS. We are grateful for the great work environment that has been maintained.

REMINDER: PULSE meetings are every other month at the Bennington Senior Center, and keep the public informed on the progress of this construction project. The next meeting is on Wed, February 26th from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Click here to view the PULSE meeting flier.
Bennington Senior Center News
Crafts made in January

February craft will be Valentines; Thursday February 13th from 1-3pm.
Sign up by calling 442-1052. 
COFFEE WITH THE CHIEF
Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette and Lt. Camillo Grande came to the Senior Center on January 22nd to discuss seniors' concerns and questions. 17 people came - a great turnout for a first time! They had so much fun that they will be coming again on Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30 am. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the Senior Center at (802)442-1052.
 

Boston Flower Show

Seats are still available for the Senior Center trip to the Boston Flower Show on Saturday, March 14th! The bus departs from the Bennington Station parking lot at 7am. Cost is $67 per person, due by February 14th. Stay at the Flower Show for the day, spend the day in Boston on your own, or split your time between both.

Sign-up at the Senior Center @ 442-1052. For more information, call Eleanor Mattison @ (802)379-7216.
Community Partner News -
Catamount Connections
The friendliest greeter in town!
Learn more at
  or email Bridgette at bridgette.walden@vermont.gov .


Catamount Connections is a local nonprofit organization which hosts programming that offers connection and support for families in the Bennington area. Recently re-located, Catamount Connections is now located at Mission City Church at 416 Main Street in Bennington.

The group offers open hours at the space for casual meet-ups and socialization for children and their caregivers. They also hold structured programming including support groups for postpartum, breastfeeding, returning to work, and more. The space offers community services such as child watch during the programs offered as well as a clothing swap.

Catamount Connections is not a childcare center, but rather a child-friendly space which provides support for the adults! Catamount Connections also works to bring opportunities to children and families in the community by partnering with other organizations and groups. Examples include sponsoring a playgroup at MAYCA studio, hosting CLiF book giveaways, and sponsoring family swim time at the Recreation Center.
Community Events
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Bennington Rec Center
802 442-1053

Bennington Senior Center
802 442-1052