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05.16.19 Grade 3 students are raising money to get plastic out of our oceans. We are collecting redeemable cans and recycling them in order to fund this project. Please bring your redeemable cans to Discount Beverage in Manchester or to the MEMS front lobby. We are working in coordination with Discount Beverage and both they and MEMS will donate all proceeds to 4OCEAN (

We are running our can drive through June 8 which is World Ocean Day. So far we have collected over 2000 cans and donated over $100 to 4Ocean. For every $20 we collect, 4Ocean pulls a pound of plastic out of the oceans.

Manchester woman named Vermont 'mentor of the year'

By Tiffany Tan, Bennington Banner


MANCHESTER - A local woman has been named Vermont's "mentor of the year," edging out seven other candidates in the annual contest.

Kasia Sosnow, 34, was recognized in Montpelier on Wednesday for her volunteer work with United Counseling Service's Big Brothers Big Sisters program. For the past 2 1/2 years, she has served as a "big sister" to 11-year-old Sophie Hill, spending time with the Manchester elementary student every weekend including going horseback riding, swimming and visiting an animal shelter.

"Kasia exemplifies everything we admire about mentors here in Vermont," said Chad Butt, executive director of MENTOR Vermont, which co-sponsors the award with Comcast. "Her dedication to her mentee Sophie and her program are an inspiration to us. We're grateful for Kasia's service and for everything that she and the many other volunteer mentors across the state do year-round to support youth in their community."

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Weather Routing

GNAT video - Elliot the Weatherman Episode 3


Elliot The Weatherman travels to Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, NY. He interviews WRI President Stasu Bizzarro to learn how ships are safely routed through storms around the world

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Trees removed at recreation fields

By Mason Roy, Special to the Journal


MANCHESTER — Did you know that they cut trees down at the Rec?

The kids were getting ticks during baseball games when they went into the high grass to get their balls.

The town decided to cut the trees and the grass down. Billy Brownlee of the Town of Manchester brought an excavator to the Rec. He cleared and burned the trees.

It's going to be a picnic area.

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Please click here for Manchester Journal editor Darren Marcy's shoutout to "A YOUNG JOURNALIST," MEMS student Mason Roy regarding the article above


Taconic & Green Budget Set for Voters

GNAT video - The News Project


The Taconic and Green Regional School District budget has been approved by its board of directors – now it’s up to the voters.

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T&G Board sends 0.9 percent increase to voters

Brandon Canevari (Manchester) Journal Correspondent


MANCHESTER — After discussing some recent changes since the last meeting, the Taconic & Green Regional School District unanimously approved its fiscal year 2020 budget to present at Town Meeting on Tuesday.

Voters will be asked to approve a budget of $32,178,698 for the 2020 fiscal year. The proposed budget is an increase of 0.9 percent over the $31,885,710 approved last year. The revised budget also shows a change to the preliminary projected tax rate. While definitive numbers have not yet arrived from the state, the projected adjusted equalized tax rate shows a decrease of $0.006 from $1.554 per $100 of assessed property value last year to $1.548 in 2020. The modification is a smaller decrease than the projection discussed at the last meeting on Dec. 18, which showed a decrease of $0.014 from $1.554 per $100 of assessed property value last year to $1.540 in 2020.

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Snow Days

Views from Taconic and Green - A Blog by Jacquelyne Wilson


As the January T&G Board Meeting on next year's budget was coming to a close on Tuesday night, an urgent email arrived on my phone. I knew immediately that this message would result in a sleepless night and a predawn decision that would affect over 1,000 local families. The weather forecast had changed. Heavy snow was now predicted to arrive overnight and continue throughout the next day. Would we need to shut down the schools?

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VTrans, Snowstorms and Brine

GNAT video - Elliot the Weatherman Episode 2


Join Elliot as he visits the VTrans Garage and interviews Rob Faley about winter storms, road plowing and brine.

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Landscape, safety issues for MEMS back on the table

By Greg Sukiennik and Darren Marcy, Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — The plan to address parking, playground and playing field space and pedestrian safety needs at Manchester Elementary Middle School is back, with a few new wrinkles in the plan, and new questions about how it might be funded, and who's paying for what.

Those improvements are estimated at $3.1 million, according to figures presented to the Manchester Select Board and the Taconic & Green Regional School District board in separate meetings on Tuesday night.

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Snow Storm Tips

GNAT video - Elliot the Weatherman Episode 1


Join Elliot as he launches his new weather show on GNAT-TV. His first show includes snow storm tips and a fascinating interview with BRSU Superintendent Jackie Wilson about what factors go into deciding to close schools for snow days!

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Select Board OKs resolution favoring bag ban

By Greg Sukiennik, Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — The Select Board approved a resolution Tuesday calling for a statewide ban on thin film single-use plastic shopping bags, after getting a pep talk about the problems posed by those bags from some concerned young residents.

A group of fifth-grade students from Manchester Elementary-Middle School attended the meeting, and presented letters to the Select Board outlining the environmental hazards posed by single-use bags.

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BRSU Educators honored with local, state-wide awards

Article from the Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — The Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union honored five educators for winning local and state-wide teaching awards during its opening in-service day on Monday, Aug. 27.

Superintendent Jacquelyne Wilson announced that Lisa Marchinkoski, a speech language pathologist at The Dorset School. Vicky Arthur, a classroom teacher at Currier Memorial School in Danby, and Darcy Perry, a media specialist at Flood Brook School, were honored as winners of the BRSU Teacher Recognition Awards, Ann Farris, a Spanish teacher at Manchester Elementary-Middle School, and Mark Rampone, a third grade teacher at Mettawee Community School in Pawlet, were recognized as having been named University of Vermont Outstanding Teachers for 2018.

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Food For Thought BRSU unveils new recipe for school meals program

By Greg Sukiennik, Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — It could have been a challenge from a cooking reality TV show. But on Monday morning, the task at hand was as real as the heat in the kitchen of Manchester Elementary-Middle School's cafeteria.

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What Matters in Education

Views from Taconic and Green - A Blog by Jaquelyne Wilson


This is a landmark week for the recently merged Taconic & Green and Mettawee School Districts that make up the vast majority of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU). A great deal of effort has been expended in recent years building community support, passing merger agreements, selecting new boards, constructing new budgets, crafting school policies, and getting the buildings ship-shape for the new year. But this Thursday, with the opening of school, comes the real work, and real joy, of educating our students.

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GNAT rakes in national awards

By Greg Sukiennik, Manchester Journal


SUNDERLAND — Greater Northshire Access Television has won a national award for overall excellence in community media programming, and three of its shows and their hosts and producers have also earned national honors.

The Alliance for Community Media, a group representing more than 3,000 public, educational and government television outlets nationwide, gives out its Hometown Media Awards yearly, dividing them by station budget. GNAT won in the category for stations with budgets of $300,000 to $650,000. They were part of a strong Southern Vermont showing, as Brattleboro Community Television won in the $300,000-and-under division.

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St. Baldrick's Day raises funds to fight cancer

By Anna Nicholson, Special to the (Manchester) Journal


MANCHESTER — On May 23, Manchester Elementary-Middle School came together with the community for our fourth St. Baldrick's Day. A total of 45 people cut their hair or shaved their head to do something to bring awareness to cancer, and $14,231 was raised for donations to the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Seven people kindly donated 8 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to create wigs, free of charge, for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

They were followed by 38 members of our community who stepped forth to "Brave the Shave."

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Kindness roars like a stock car engine at MEMS

By Greg Sukiennik, Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — Somehow, they managed to keep it a secret from Tyler Keyes until the last minute.

Even when the race car rolled out of the hauler and onto the pavement in front of the playground at Manchester Elementary Middle School on Monday, Keyes, a fifth-grade student, had no idea his writing about the importance and health benefits of kindness had earned him, his family and some of his classmates tickets to see a NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Thanks to Keyes' efforts, NHMS is providing 30 tickets to the July 22 race, first to Keyes and his family, and then via a lottery to Keyes' classmates and their families.

And there was another surprise for Keyes — a few laps around the MEMS parking lot in the passenger seat of that race car.

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Manchester Elementary Middle School 8th graders explore CCV

By Derek Carson, Bennington Banner


BENNINGTON — For the second year, eighth grade students from Manchester Elementary Middle School got a sample of college life at Middle School Access Day, hosted by the Community College of Vermont.

The students arrived at CCV's Bennington campus just after 9 a.m., and participated in College Bingo before being broken up into smaller groups for a sample of "mini-classes."

After the success of last year's event, a second access day was created for seventh graders from Bennington's Mount Anthony Union Middle School. That took place last month, and also included stops at Southern Vermont College and Bennington College.

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