Nor’east Trail Runs Announces 2019 Racing Season:

Nor’east Trail Runs Announces 2019 Racing Season:
Snowshoe Series, Trail Races from 5k to 50k, Multi-Day Endurance Races

Bennington, VT: Nor’east Trail Runs, which hosts running events throughout Southern Vermont that provide opportunities for “any runner, any distance” to connect to both the state’s natural environment and their own athletic potential, has announced its 2019 lineup of races.

“We were thrilled to introduce 5 new Vermont races last year, with over 200 runners from 20 states racing distances from 5k to over 160 miles,” said Co-Race Director Eliza Hamm. “This year, we’re expanding our calendar to include a new snowshoe series, our shortest race yet (just one steep mile!), and more to-be-announced events that offer runners more of what they love. We’re psyched to get more people out there in 2019, from first-time racers to elites looking for strong competition.”

Inaugural Nor’easter Snowshoe Series

From January – March 2019, Nor’east Trail Runs will offer a new seven-race Nor’easter Snowshoe Series, sponsored by Dion Snowshoes, held at the Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry, VT.

The series kicks off on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 PM with a night race under the lights. A full schedule of events and sign-up information will be available soon; check the series webpage for details.

Featuring both evening and daytime races from 5k – 50k, the Nor’easter Snowshoe Series provides opportunities for everyone from beginning snowshoer to die-hard winter sports enthusiasts to get moving this winter.

New England’s Only Fixed-Time Track Race

Held at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT, the Ethan Allen 24 is New England’s only fixed-time track race.

Beginning Saturday, July 13 at 9:00 AM, participants will race for 6, 12, or 24 hours on this USATF Certified all-weather, fully-lit track. Set a new PR or run a qualifying time in scenic Bennington, VT. Registration is open for the Ethan Allen 24.

Dorset Running Festival

A weekend of races in distances from 1 mile to 5k to 50k will return to Dorset, VT, in August 2019 with the return of the Dorset Running Festival.

On Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 AM, the Lost Cat 50k, marathon, and half marathon will challenge participants with a scenic road-to-trail course that winds through hardwood forests and past historic marble quarries on Dorset’s Mount Aeolus. Registration is open for the Lost Cat.

On Sunday, August 25 at 8:00 AM, the Dorset Hollow Road Race takes 10k runners through a rolling and scenic loop through Dorset Hollow, offering sweeping mountain views and approximately 500’ of climbing and descending. 5k participants will run the 300’ net downhill second half of the 10k: a beautiful course for fast times! Registration is open for the Dorset Hollow Road Race.

A portion of the proceeds from both Dorset Running Festival races will be donated to Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Multi-Day Racing During Peak Foliage

The Beebe Farm Classic, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, will take place from Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29.

Nestled in the narrow valley between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range, Beebe Farm Classic participants will enjoy spectacular scenery as they choose from a variety of race events, including 6-, 12-, 24-, and 48-hour fixed-time races or marathon, 50k, and quadzilla (only for the bravest and baddest) distances. Registration is open for the Beebe Farm Classic.

Run the Witch  

On Sunday, October 27 at 10:00 AM, runners are invited to get spooky at the Nor’witch Halloween Half’witch, Full’witch, and Ultra’witch. Held in the village of Norwich, VT, this event boasts half-marathon, full-marathon, and 50k offerings on a scenic, single-loop course featuring rolling hills, sweeping views, and small-town Vermont charm.

This race will feature a costume contest, hot cider, and spooky treats! Registration is open for the Nor’witch Halloween races.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at a race is a great way to join in the fun, and all volunteers will earn $15/hour in fully-transferable credits towards future Nor’east Trail Runs race entries or merchandise. Group volunteer opportunities and incentives are also available; contact Natalie Redmond at for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Both season-long and event-specific sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Natalie Redmond at for more information.

About Nor’east Trail Runs

Founded 2017 in Bennington, Vermont, our mission is simple: get more people out there! Whatever your thing is, we got you, from 5k to multi-day. Whether your happy place is on the road, trail, or track, we offer events throughout the year to put some “heck yeah!” in your miles. Built by runners; we get it.

Through partnerships with local businesses, charities, and community organizations, as well as encouraging runners to participate on their own, our aim is to give back to the community that is so central to our core values and the outdoors. Learn more at

Don’t Drink & Drive on New Year’s Eve

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Share with your friends & family. We want you all safe & sound for the new year.
Best of all, the ride is free, and that’s better than a ride to police/sheriff station for DUI processing.

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Select Board Meeting – January 5, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

8:00 A.M.

  1. F.Y. 20 Budget Work Session
    A. Fire Budget
    B. Police Budget
    C. Highway Budget
    D. If time allows – Recreation Budget and remainder of
    Administrative Budgets


Select Board Meeting – January 2, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Special Meeting

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room 2 (rear of building)
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

5:00 PM

  1. Consent Agenda                                (5:00 PM – 5:05 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 17, 2018
    B. Warrants
  2. Police Facility – HVAC                       5:05 PM – 5:15 PM)
  3. Executive Session
    A. Personnel
    B. Contract







Bennington Recreation Center/Winter 2019 Swim Lessons & Holiday Pool Schedule

Please click on the links below for the 2019 Swim Lesson Schedule and the Holiday Pool Schedule

Holiday School Vacation Schedule

Winter Swim Lessons


Select Board Meeting – December 17, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Monday, December 17, 2018
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room 2(rear of building)
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

5:30 PM

  1. Consent Agenda                        (5:30 PM – 5:35 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 10, 2018, if available
    B. Warrants
  2. Citizen Public Comments       (5:35 PM – 5:50 PM)
  3. Other Business                         (5:50 PM – 6:00 PM)
  4. Executive Session
    A. Contract












Public Notice -Town of Bennington – Public Auction




Per 24 VSA Sec 1061, the residents of the Town of Bennington are hereby notified and warned of the Select Board’s intent to sell the following properties acquired via tax sale:

PROPERTY LOCATION                    TYPE

209 Pleasant Valley Road                Single Family w/cabins            

These sales are subject to the right of petition under 24 VSA Section 1061.  Any petition regarding any of these properties must be signed by at least five percent of the legal voters of the Town of Bennington, and must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days following the board’s decision to sell. (December 10, 2018)

Property conveyance is subject to all additional costs arising from sale.  Sale is “as is” condition. Sale is contingent upon removal of cabins, two mobile homes, and other outbuildings.  The residence and one or two garage buildings may remain. Note that asbestos may be present in cabin tile floors.  The successful bidder must pay 10% at the close of bidding, such payment is non-refundable.  Closing must occur within 21 days of bid.  A Quit Claim Deed will be provided upon closing. 

A viewing will be held at the site on Saturday, December 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.

A public auction will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 in conference room #2 at the Town Offices at 10:00 a.m.  Action is expected the day of the auction. 

Dated at Bennington, Vermont this 13th day of December 2018.


Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager



Town Manager’s Column – December 2018

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Happy Holidays everyone! This will be the last All About Town for 2018. I know I said that last month, but I ‘ve found a little time to close out the year.

The Putnam Redevelopment Project continues to move forward albeit at a Winter’s pace. We look forward to the construction in Phase 1, the historic buildings including the Pennysaver building, the Putnam building and the Winslow building. This activity is a welcome change to the intense effort that it took to pull the necessary funding together. I understand that closing activities continue as well.

The design for Phase 2 of the municipal water line extensions into the northeasterly portion of the PFOA contamination area is now underway. This is great news and indicates that negotiations are moving in a positive direction. The PFOA crisis rocked this community, but we’re fighting through it. This community is very resilient. I look forward to construction in this area in the Spring 2019. Concerns raised about senior citizens and others not being able to afford municipal water should be set aside. The Town works very closely with those struggling financially to insure the affordability of this important service.

Along these lines, it has been said that the sale of Morgan Springs water is a bad thing. The sale of the water generates approximately $100,000 annually for the water system. That’s money the ratepayers need not raise. Currently, we sell our water to our customers, the ratepayers, for $0.005 per gallon. We sell the Morgan Spring water to Vermont Pure for $0.0075 per gallon. Beginning January 1, 2019, the price increases to $0.0095 per gallon for the remaining 4 years of the current contract. It is important to note that the Town has identified a new site for water pick-ups. It is the vacant lot at 747 Main Street now owned by Scarafoni. The Town recently received preliminary Development Review Board approval for this relocation. Plans are to restrict truck traffic to access the site from the east only using Route 279 and provide for a pass-through access so that no backing movements are planned. Route 9 averages some 6,000 vehicle trips each day. Our due diligence continues. A closing on the property may occur in January 2019.

At a recent meeting, a resident chastised the Select Board for the lack of jobs available in the community. Last month, the unemployment rate in Bennington was 2.5%. Both the retail service sector and local industries are looking for help. Jobs are available. Finding individuals to fill those jobs remains difficult.

The decision to enter into an exploratory agreement with the Berkshire YMCA is generating some concern among current users about rates and some in the community who worry that the Town will give away its Recreation Center. This management agreement with the Northern Berkshire YMCA is a one-year agreement allowing the parties to understand what is offered, if the offerings can be enhanced, and if new programs can be identified. At the end of the year, the parties will review the effort and determine next steps. All current Town employees remain with the Town. Rates will not change during this time. There is no intention to sell the facilities. Town ownership remains paramount.

Remember, if anyone has any questions or suggestions arising from this column or on any town matters, please contact me at 442-1037 or stop in at the Town Offices on South Street.

Stuart Hurd is Bennington’s Town Manager. He writes a monthly column on town issues.


Select Board Meeting – 12/10/18*

*Please note: Item #6.  Bennington Downtown Alliance-Marketing Plan, will be rescheduled.

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, December 10, 2018
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room -3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 PM
1.  Pledge of Allegiance
2.  Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – November 26, 2018
B. Warrants
3.  Citizen Public Comments   (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4.  Downtown Bennington Alliance – Marketing Proposal
(6:20 PM – 6:35 PM)
5.  Opiate Response Plan Discussion (6:35 PM – 7:00 PM)
6.  Bennington Downtown Alliance–Marketing Plan (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
7.  Lead Reduction Grant – Final Report  (7:15 PM – 7:35 PM)
8.  209 Pleasant Valley Road – Bid Discussion (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
9.  Manager’s Report   (7:45 PM – 7:50 PM)
10.Other Business        (7:50 PM – 7:55 PM)
11. Executive Session
A. Contract


Board of Abatement – Agenda

Town of Bennington

Bennington Town Office
Conference Room
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday, December 10, 2018
5:00 PM


1. Hear annual requests for Abatement