Bennington Community Health
e- Newsletter

October 2019
© Timeless Memories, photography by Sarah Crawford


It's Autumn in Vermont, and there is so much to do and enjoy. Apples are still in season, and picking your own apples makes for a fun family event. Take a drive and marvel at our beautiful foliage. Pick up pumpkins for decorating and carving. Head to a corn maze. Take a walk in the woods. Eat some cider donuts. For more fun ideas, check out , the town's new marketing website.

Each month, we highlight one of our many partners working for the health of the Bennington community. This month, learn more about Bennington County Head Start from Beth Wallace, Head Start's Family and Community Partnership Manager.
Shannon Barsotti, Community Development Director
Carrie Fabricius, Senior Center Director
Chris Barbagallo, Rec Center Assistant Director
Bennington Rec Center News
AquaFit at the Rec Center

To download a copy of the
October pool calendar, click here .

To view the 2019-20 Swim Lesson schedule, click here .
A recent Lifeguarding Class

If you are interested in future Lifeguarding classes, contact Morgan Flynn at
Upcoming Fall Programs
As we progress into the fall at the Bennington Recreation Center, we are glad to have Andrea Malinowski return to AquaFit class on Monday nights 7:30-8:30 pm and Friday mornings 9:30-10:30 am. This class is free of charge for everyone.

The first session of Swim Lessons will be starting October 1st. Stop in today to register your child for parent and child swim lessons or any of the learn to swim levels. Click here for a swim lesson registration form.

The boot camp workout class will continue at Willow Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm. Aqua Tai Chi will be changing day and time. In October, it will be on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm with Nancy Messina from SASH. This class is free of charge to members and $2 for non-members. 

For more information on programming this fall please contact Morgan Flynn at  

We will be closed Monday, October 14th in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

The New Addition

Bennington County Head Start is planning to break ground in October for the addition at the Rec Center. As this month's Community Partner, you can learn more about the upcoming expansion by reading the Community Partner News below.

Keep tabs on the progress of construction by attending the Pulse Meetings. See Senior Center News, below, for more information.

Bennington Bike Around

Join us for the first Bennington Bike Around community bike ride on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. The ride will begin and end at the Bennington Rec Center and is a beginner 3.5 mile ride open to all ages. Please bring a helmet and children 16 and under need an adult chaperone. 
To see the flier, click here.
Bennington Senior Center News
Rock Painting Craft
Kate and Edi strike a pose
during Jewelry Making class.

 To download a copy of the
October calendar , click here .

To view full Senior Center Newsletter, click here .
Tech help has arrived!
Do you have a smartphone? Does it make you feel not-so-smart?

Thanks to the School to Work program at Mt. Anthony Union High School, we now have two young men coming here every school day between 9:30 and 10:00 am. They are available to help you learn how to use the various functions on your smartphone or tablet. If you have questions, they have answers! They will be coming here for the duration of the school semester.
We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are no membership fees or dues. Remember, our Senior Center is for ages 50+; feel free to stop in and check it out.

We will be closed Monday, October 14th in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.
Pulse Meetings
Pulse Meetings are bi-monthly meetings meant to keep the public up-to-date on the Head Start construction at the Recreation Center, as well as to discuss programming and YMCA involvement at the Recreation Center and the Senior Center. The next meeting is Wednesday, October 16th at 5:30 pm at the Bennington Senior Center (124 Pleasant Street).

For Pulse Meeting dates , click here .
Community Partner News
3-D architect's renderings of eastern, northern, and western views of the Recreation Center with Head Start addition.

To see a larger version:
right click on a picture, then click "open in new tab"

New Addition Coming to the
Bennington Recreation Center

Bennington County Head Start is very excited to be partnering with the Town of Bennington and the Bennington Recreation Center to add an Early Childhood Center onto the existing recreation center building! The facility will expand capacity for much-needed infant/toddler and preschool child care. It will also include a large multi-purpose room able to provide indoor gross-motor activities for young children, youth programming, community meetings and events, and will include a community café. We will be increasing outdoor recreation opportunities for young children with the addition of new playground equipment and a trike-track. 

Parents who can depend on child care that is safe, nurturing and educational are more productive and reliable members of the workforce. Unfortunately, Bennington does not currently have the capacity to meet this need. According to the 2018 Let’s Grow Kids report, 78% of infants likely to need care in Bennington County do not have access to high-quality (4-or 5- star) programs. 53% of toddlers do not have access. [1] The new Early Childhood Center will allow for up to sixteen new infant-toddler slots and four additional community slots.

We hope that you will join us in a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16th to celebrate this success for children and families in our community.
Click here to view the invitation.

Keep tabs on the progress of construction by attending the Pulse Meetings. See Senior Center News, above, for more information.

Bennington Rec Center
802 442-1053

Bennington Senior Center
802 442-1052