Saturday, August 13, 2016

Australian Navy sub visits Subic (

The HMAS Sheean. Royal Australian Navy website
MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) -- One of the Royal Australian Navy's six Collin-class diesel electric submarines, HMAS Sheean (SSG-77), arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo Friday morning.
Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the Australian submarine arrived at 9 a.m. for a port visit and will be there until Aug. 27.
PN delegates rendered the customary welcome ceremony on the ship and crew, headed by Royal Australian Navy Cmdr. Jason Cupples.
This was followed by a port briefing on health and security aboard HMAS Sheean.
Lincuna said the officers and crew of the Australian submarine are set to conduct subject matter expert exchanges and workshop training with PN personnel.
The visit of the RAN submarine and the personnel interaction with their Filipino counterparts are in accordance with the Philippines-Australia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement, which provides a comprehensive legal framework to support defense personnel who are engaged in joint training and other related activities conducted in the Philippines or in Australia.
The visit is expected to strengthen the longstanding partnership of the two nations which paves way for an enhanced cooperation in capacity-building and interoperability to undertake humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.
Named for Australian seaman Edward Sheean -- the only submarine of the class to be named for an enlisted sailor -- the ship was laid down in 1994 and launched in 1999.

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Battle Day Weekend events begin: Bennington Fire Department to host events at its station on River Street. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burgers, sausage and hot dogs available for purchase. Chicken barbeque dinner at 4 p.m. until gone, $10 per person. Silent auction from 4 to 9 p.m. Car cruise 6 to 8 p.m. A parade of cars down Main Street is at 8:15 p.m. Las Vegas Night, 6 to 10 p.m. with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM. VSFA Executive Board Meeting and Dinner, 6 p.m. at the Bennington Station Restaurant, but  150 Depot St.

Music: Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith are a duo from the Berkshires with a harmonious blend of voices. The duo will be at the Meetinghouse Café, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. 

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m.



Author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m., Robin MacArthur, "Half Wild." A powerfully authentic new literary voice debuts with stories that carve out a distinctive vision of the wildness and beauty of rural Vermont.


Lego Club: McCullough Free Library, meets every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up.

Cocoa and coloring: McCullough Free Library, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join your neighbors for a cup of cocoa and meditative adult coloring activities. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring book if you'd like.


Reception: The public is invited to Confluence gallery for an artist's reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jen Violette is the featured artist. For more information see the web site: or email


Alive & Dead Fest: A special weekend of music and camping is coming to Woodford today through Aug. 14. Three days of Grateful Dead inspired music will be performed by some of the best talent in the Northeast today. Kicking off at 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Join your Grateful Dead Family and enjoy the beauty of Prospect Mountain. Tickets are available online now at You'll find pre-event pricing that's just right for you. A family weekend ticket is $80 per adult. Kids under 11 free. Weekend Adults can choose to upgrade to the "Inner Circle" for an additional $120, rounding the weekend ticket price to $200. Inner circle access get you a weekend of meals, backstage, and wifi service. Other ticketing options include a Friday or Sunday dday pass at $20 per person, and an RV-site camping option that includes two $80 weekend camping passes for the price of $200 (Inner Circle upgrade not included). The "Bed Head" ticket, $50, is a 3-day weekend ticket designed for those who live a reasonable travel distance away and, instead of camping, chose to sleep "in their own beds," outside of the festival grounds.





Norman's Attic: St. James' Episcopal Church again presents the community-wide festival of Norman's Attic from 9 am. to 4 p.m.


Pow wow: 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow, Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North Street, today and Sunday. All tickets purchased at the gate. Pow Wow One Day Admission; adults - $8, seniors 65+ and youth 11-17 - $5. Children 10 and under - $1. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry: 1 p.m.

French Toast Fly-In Breakfast: William Morse Memorial Airport, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Info: Leik Myrabo, 802-447-6275,

Battle Day Weekend events: Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bennington Rec Center, 655 Gage St. sponsored by Bennington Fire Department. VSFA Sports Parade and games, 12 and 12:30 p.m., Willow Park. USS Bennington Memorial Service wreath-laying ceremony at the Ship's Bell, 12 p.m., Bennington Town Office, 205 South St. Softball game, Bennington Fire Department versus the Bennington Police Department, 6 p.m., Willow Park.

Battle Day 5k: Starting at the Bennington Battle Monument. The race starts with historic cannon fire and celebrates Vermont's famous August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington. Cost is $18 for pre-registration, $20 day-of, or $15 and $17 for Battenkill Valley Runners. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The course is mostly flat and takes runners from the Monument to the Bennington airport and back. Following the 5K will be the children's fun race around the circle. For further information, visit us online at the Friends of the Monument's website, like us on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites, or call 802-447-0550.


Living History Encampment: Historical re-enactors will be at the Bennington Monument from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the Public.


Bike ride: The Hoosic River Ride is a recreational bike ride leaving and returning from the Hoosac School in Hoosick. There are rides of 100, 75, 50, 30 and a guided 7 mile family ride in Hoosick Falls. The first ride (a Century Run) begins at 8 a.m. and other rides every 1/2 hour after that. Riders can register at the by the Hoosac School dining hall on the day of the ride. Arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time. For more information, go to or and search for Hoosic River Ride. Proceeds from this event benefit the Hoosic River Watershed Association.


Scavenger hunt: Northshire Bookstore, 2 p.m. Our annual store-wide scavenger hunt is back. This year, we invite kids of all ages to uncover a trail to hidden prizes by deciphering picture clues and riddles. All sleuth skill-levels are welcome, though our youngest guests might want some parental guidance. Drop in between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to begin your quest. Bookseller help and some snacks will be provided. 

Author: Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m. Cynthia Kane, "How to Communicate Like a Buddhist."

Novice triathlon: Manchester Parks and Recreation will be hosting its 6th annual novice triathlon. The triathlon will include a 200 yard swim, a 5 mile bike ride, and a 2 mile run. The cost is $20 for pre-registration or $25 for registration on the day of the event. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Manchester Parks and Recreation Park House. Winners will receive prizes, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.


Tales for Tots: This growing group meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the McCullough Free Library for stories, games, songs and occasional crafts. All ages are welcome.





Battle Day Parade: Annual parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. This year's grand marshal is Scott Legacy, who served as head wrestling coach at Mount Anthony Union High School for 31 years. Legacy is a New England Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee and 2014 USA Today National Coach of the Year. Parade lineup is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The parade route is Main and Safford Streets to Depot Street, north on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to the fire station. Reviewing stand at intersection of Route 7 and 9. Marching route is one mile.

Battle Day Parade simulcast: CAT-TV from Bennington and GNAT-TV from Manchester, will once again simulcast The Bennington Battle Day Parade. The show will be on Channel 15 on both stations beginning at noon with the pre-parade show and run through the entire length of the parade, approximately 2:30 to 3 p.m. The pre-parade show will focus on previous Battle Day Parades and historical facts presented by Judy Ziller, previous CAT-TV Board of Director and former CAT-TV staff member. At 12:30 p.m., CAT-TV hosts, Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, and John Shannahan, executive director of the Better Bennington Corporation, will give a live synopsis of what the television viewers will see. At 1 p.m. radio announcer Ben Patten, from Magic 100.5 FM & 590 AM, takes over with a description of what's coming up the rest of the afternoon.

Historical society: Bennington Historical Society meeting, 2 p.m., Ada Paresky Education Center at Bennington Museum. David Pitlyk will speak about the role of the Loyalists, the "other" participants in the Battle of Bennington. 

Legion bingo: Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Jazz at South Street cafe: Come to South Street Cafe for Jazz Brunch with Banulis and Miller. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam session open to additional artists from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Irish music sessions: A gathering of musicians for the purpose of celebrating a common interest in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting. Every Sunday at The Publyk House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to the public.


Music from Salem: "The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges," 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Visit





Office closed: Bennington Town Offices will be closed today in Observance of Bennington Battle Day and will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery; a support group that welcomes people on all pathways to recovery. It is a facilitated topic-discussion meeting with the focus on recovery, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous at 5:30 p.m. Al-Anon Beginners at 6:30 p.m. Al-Anon at 7 p.m., for anyone whose life is affected by someone else's drinking or substance abuse, free, anonymous, confidential.

Open mic night: South Street Cafe, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome. 


Fundraiser: Hathaway's Drive-in movie theater screening "Footloose" at 8:30 p.m. to raise money for the Mount Anthony Union High School Dance Team. $20 per car load. Adult single is $9, child single is $5. Half of money raised goes to the team. 

Coloring and Zentangle: De-stress at Cheney Library at 5 pm with Coloring and Zentangle. Zentangle is a creative art form where all you need is paper, pencil and pen. Drawings can be turned into art designs. Your stress will also be reduced with Zentangle and your focus improved. Zentangle can be done by almost any age ... children, teens and adults. Cheney Library supplies the sturdy paper and the Micron pens; you supply the imagination.





Garden club meeting: Arlington Garden Club meets at 12:30 p.m. at "Rogerland" in East Arlington. Photographer Matt Lerman will be there to speak to us. "Picture Perfect" is the theme. The club will enjoy Lunch and a Tour hosted by Roger Cooper and Kathy Cotrofeld. Assisting Hostesses: Linda McDevitt, Anna Giglio, Dale Wood. Web site: will show you some of the the special events and projects of the club. We welcome new members: call Nancy at 375-1354


History podcast: Join local history enthusiasts Jonah Spivak and Bob Hoar for a special live version of their podcast, "History and a Pint" at the McCullough Free Library in North Benningtonat 6 p.m.. Learn more about the Battle of Bennington and the hosts' recent research and experiences at the battlefield. A question and answer period will follow. Folks who are 21+ are also invited to sample Harvest Brewing Company's homebrew.

Story night: Tap House, 309 County Street, seating at 7 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Inspired by Moth radio hour on NPR. Contact Forest Byrd at for more information.

Grief support group: A confidential and free grief support group for any parent living with the death of a child (any age), meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Road. For information, call 802-688-4557.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church.

Free Peer Support group meetings: NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with mental illness meets every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at United Counseling Services, 316 Dewey St.

Live piano: South Street Cafe, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Rakia Montane (BEGINS April 26)

Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Bennington Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, find healing from hurts, hangups and habits. Group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday is a potluck/meeting at 6 p.m. Held at 115 Hillside St. at the Second Congregational Church. For more information, contact Peter Grimes at 518-677-5414 or Christa Jan Ryan at 631-559-1594.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Women's self-esteem group, 11 a.m; Meditation group, 5 p.m.; Hand in Hand recovery meeting, a facilitated meeting where family members in recovery come together with persons in recovery from substance abuse.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome. 


Battle ceremony: The Battle of Bennington will be commemorated at 7 p.m. with a ceremony at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site located on New York State Route 67. The event is open to the public at no charge. It should be noted that the Bennington Battle Monument in nearby Bennington, Vt., will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer, and both sites can be easily visited in one outing.

Story time at Cheney Library: Cheney Library will have story time for preschoolers and their caregivers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. There will be crafts and snacks.


SpeakSooner Community Education Program: "Being A Caregiver & Caring For Oneself: A Delicate Balance" Manchester Community Library from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The program, second in CCM's 2016 SpeakSooner community education series, will explore the challenges of caring for a loved one who is seriously ill and addressing one's own needs. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP: or call 802-442-5800

Cuban history: Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the history of Cuba at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Buddhist meditation and teachings: Buddhist meditation and teachings will be offered by Roger Guest every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Call Harda at 802-447-7065 with any questions.

Small Business Networking Group: The group meets every Tuesday in the Cafe Commons at Manchester Community Library at 9 a.m. To join or contact organizer Suzanne Moore, go to Networking-Group.

Yoga classes: Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. Classes are designed for all levels of yoga and includes meditation, breathing techniques, and postures on the mat. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Activity Room at the Park House at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. Class fees are $10.00 or purchase a package of 6 classes for $50.00. Mats are available and drop-ins are welcome. For more information please contact MPR at 802-362-1439.





Free live music: West Mountain Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For info, please call 802-375-6516


Stress relief with easy moving meditation: No experience necessary. Free to attend. Every Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7:30 am at Upper Willow Park Pavilion. Contact Tracy Purdy-Martin with questions at 802-379-8339.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: Narcotics Anonymous, noon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome. 


La Pizza con Funghi: Aug. 17, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Freight Depot at Hubbard Hall. Pay what you will! (Advance Reservations $15) This year's conservatory performs Seymour Barab's satiric 50 minute piece that pokes good fun at opera seria with a story of four characters caught in a lovers' quarrel, full of miscues and witty humor. Sung in English with piano, this piece presents a perfect pill for anyone who needs to remember to take opera less seriously. Directed by Kirk Jackson. Visit


Japan presentation: The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Japan from Tokyo to Hiroshima" at 1 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Garden Club member Hoa Campbell and her husband Orland visited Japan in 2014. Orland will present a pictorial tour of temples and gardens from Tokyo to Hiroshima and answer any questions about their visit.

Author event: Northshire Bookstore, 6 p.m., Anam Thubten, "Embracing Each Moment: A Guide to the Awakened Life." 

Support group: For anyone living with any type of loss due to a death. The first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm, Manchester Library. For more information contact Beth Newman at 802-688-4557 or


Music: Park McCullough, 7 p.m. Cellist Ashley Bathgate. $15.





Landowner workshop: "What Every Woodland Owner Should Know," at One World Conservation Center, 413 US Route 7S, Bennington. Social hour, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Presentation, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Holly Betit at One World Conservation Center,, or call 802 447-7419. Or view the agenda at A fee of $5 for the evening will be collected at the door.

Bennington Free Clinic hours: The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday at 6 p.m., for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment.

Live music at South Street cafe: Come to South Street Cafe for live music(Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange) for your lunch hour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Thrift store hours: Bygone Boutique, located in the rear of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Houghton Lane, is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the operating budget of Forrest Ward School.

Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 11 a.m. Making Recovery Easier meeting, 4 p.m., this is a 6-week series of workshops for those new to recovery or for those who have struggled with the recovery process. It helps people to better understand and get the most out of 12-step meetings. A certification of completion is awarded for completing the series; Codependents Anonymous 6 p.m. 

Free workout group: Get Fit Bennington meets 6 p.m. at Willow Park. All ages and abilities welcome. 


Concert: Manchester Music Festival, Four outstanding singers, all current or alumni of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, will be performing arias, duets and ensemble pieces from popular operas. These talented artists perform at the Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $52, $18 for students, are available at or 802-362-1956.

Yoga classes: Irene Cole will offer hatha yoga on Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., through June 30 at the Manchester Community Library in the Hunter Community Room. All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and whatever props you might like (blocks, straps or blanket) and wear comfortable clothes to stretch in. The yoga session is offered by donation to benefit the Manchester Community Library with a suggested minimum donation of $5-10 per class. For more information about the class, contact Irene Cole at


Celebrate Recovery Meeting: A Christ centered 12-step recovery program Thursdays 6:30 pm Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill Road. Come find healing from any of life's hurts, hangups, and habits For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485 or Sandy 518-686-5962


Food Shelf Hours: The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open the last Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Peach shortcake supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of RT 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper at 5 p.m. The menu includes: grilled chicken breast and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Filtration system installed. Pownal water is safe. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. 

Bingo: The American Legion Post 90 in Pownal will host bingo at 5 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.


Farm chores for children: On Thursday afternoons in July and August (through Aug. 18), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest and Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered workshops are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands- dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant. If you go: Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont. For more information about this activity, call the Visitor Center at 802-394- 7836, or visit the website at

Repost: The Battle of Stonington, CT 1814 — Rocket’s Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air [feedly]

Repost: The Battle of Stonington, CT 1814 — Rocket's Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air
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Two hundred and two years ago this week, in a three day battle, the militia at Stonington, CT drove off a four ship Royal Navy flotilla during the War of 1812.  Here is lightly edited repost about the battle from July 11, 2012.

Stonington, Connecticut, is a small village on the extreme eastern coast of the state.  In the center of the village, two 18 pound cannon are on display in the fittingly named Cannon Square.  On their tampions, blocking the ends of the cannon's muzzles, is the date 1814, when the two cannons, manned by local militia, almost miraculously drove off a British force of four Royal Navy ships under the command of Captain Sir Thomas Hardy, Nelson's flag captain on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.  The battle may not have been of any great strategic importance, but was one of a series of American victories in the last days of the War of 1812.

The British  flotilla of the 74 gun HMS Ramillies, the 38 gun frigate HMS Pactolus, the 18 gun brig HMS Dispatch, and bomb ship HMS Terror arrived off Stonington on August 9, 1814.  Captain Hardy was under orders to burn the village. He sent a note ashore giving an hour " for the removal of the unoffending inhabitants."  The residents of Stonington were not ready to leave.  They replied to Hardy, "We shall defend the place to the last extremity; should it be destroyed, we shall perish in its ruins."

These were not the first British ships that the residents of Stonington had faced. In 1775, Captain Sir James Wallace of the HMS Rose had attempted to seize a herd of cattle located just outside the village for the provisioning of British troops. The herd had been moved from Block Island to Stonington to try to avoid being seized by the British. British marines tried to land in Stonington but were driven off by local militia.  HMS Rose bombarded the village without doing significant damage until Captain Wallace gave up and sailed away.

Despite being faced by a much larger and more determined force, the residents of Stonington were not about to give up their village in 1814. They pulled out two 18 pound and one 4 pound cannon from storage in a local shed.  The cannon were left over from the Revolutionary War.  The militia began returning fire, once the British  bombardment got under way. The British lobbed 130-pound incendiary shells from the 10 and 13-inch mortars on HMS Terror and round shot from the  guns on HMS Ramillies, HMS Pactolus, and HMS Dispatch.  Congreve rockets were also fired from the ships' barges.

Despite being seriously outgunned, the Stonington militia did significant damage to HMS Dispatch, the one British ship the came within range of their two 18 pounders. One of the gunners, Jeremiah Holmes, had been pressed by the Royal Navy for three years before he managed to escape. While in the Royal Navy, he became an expert gunner and now used his skills against his former masters.  During the bombardment, HMS Pactolus grounded off Sandy Point and had to unload round shot in order to float free. The shot was later salvaged by local residents and sold for scrap.

On the morning of August 13, the British ships up anchored and sailed away. The had failed to burn the town, one of their ships was damaged,  the American guns were still firing and ever larger groups of militia kept arriving on shore to oppose a landing.

Amazingly, through the three-day cannon battle, no one in the American militia was killed.  The village of roughly 120 houses and buildings had been bombarded by an estimated fifty to sixty tons of bombs and shot.  Nevertheless, only 8 to 10 buildings were seriously damaged.  A volunteer fire brigade prevented fires set by the incendiary shells from spreading.

There is no record of the number of British sailors and marines killed. The figures vary from two to over twenty on the brig HMS Dispatch.  The brig attempted several landings, sending marines toward shore in the ship's boats, but were driven back by grapeshot and musket fire. One boat full of marines was reportedly torn in half by round shot and grape.

The failure of over 100 ships' guns against the two cannon at Stonington would be repeated in the British defeat at the Battle of Baltimore only a month later, when five British bomb ships, including HMS Terror, fired an estimated 1,500 to 1,800  bombs without doing serious damage to Fort McHenry.

After the British failure to burn Stonington, the American poet, Philip Freneau, penned "The Battle of Stonington, on the Seaboard of Connecticut" which became very popular in America.  It reads in part:

Four gallant ships from England came
Freighted deep with fire and flame,
And other things we need not name,
To have a dash at Stonington.

Now safely moor'd, their work begun,
They thought to make the Yankees run,
And have a mighty deal of fun
In stealing sheep at Stonington.

The bombardiers with bomb and ball
Soon made a farmer's barrack fall,
And did a cow-house badly maul
That stood a mile from Stonington.

They kill'd a goose, they kill'd a hen
Three hogs they wounded in a pen—
They dashed away and pray what then?
This was not taking Stonington.

But some assert, on certain grounds,
(Beside the damage and the wounds),
It cost the king ten thousand pounds
To have a dash at Stonington.

To learn more:

The Defence of Stonington Against A British Squadron, AUGUST 9TH TO 12TH, 1814.

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The Great Naval Act of 1916
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  A century ago President Woodrow Wilson signed into law what at the time was the largest expansion of the U.S. Navy. In previous years, Congress had generally appropriated, say, two battleships and a destroyer flotilla, which left the Navy lobbying in vain for the cruisers that the battleships needed to scout for them. Now, at one stroke, Capitol Hill and President Wilson promised the service 10 battleships, 6 battleship-sized battle cruisers, 10 light cruisers, 50 destroyers, and 30 submarines, plus lesser ships. The origins of the act are traced to pressures generated by World War I. As a major... Read the rest of this entry »

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Holloway Society Member Visits Cold War Gallery With Family [feedly]

Holloway Society Member Visits Cold War Gallery With Family
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Mike Wallace and family visit the National Museum of the United States Navy's Cold War Gallery. (NHF Photo)

Mike Wallace and family visit the National Museum of the United States Navy's Cold War Gallery. (NHF Photo)

On a recent Sunday at the Washington Navy Yard, an Annapolis family demonstrated across three generations the importance of philanthropy in general and the value of America's proud naval heritage in particular.  Annapolis residents Mike and Vicki Wallace, both Marquette University graduates, hosted four of their grandchildren for a week of seamanship and history.

After earning his Ensign's commission through Marquette's NROTC program, Mike spent five years in the Navy's nuclear submarine force in the early 1970s, starting out as the Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618). He is believed to have been, at the time, the youngest officer to qualify as Engineer Officer, reaching that milestone at age 24 ½ after having been on active duty less than three years.  After his 4th deterrent patrol, he was assigned as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, MD. This assignment was evidence of the value that Admiral Rickover placed on the importance of good training and education for future nuclear-trained officers, by the level of expertise and capabilities of the school's instructors.  While her husband was at sea, Vicki mastered the challenges of being a Navy wife and raising a family while developing her nursing career. After a distinguished career in the nuclear power industry, Mike has served on the Naval Historical Foundation's Advisory Council and together with Vicki joined the Foundation's Admiral James L. Holloway III Donor Society. Their generosity has helped NHF pursue its mission of preserving and commemorating naval history, and was instrumental in the construction of the "Covert Submarine Operations" exhibit in the Navy Museum's Cold War Gallery.

NHF Executive Director poses with the Wallace family during their recent visit to the Washington Navy Yard. (NHF Photo)

NHF Executive Director poses with the Wallace family during their recent visit to the Washington Navy Yard. (NHF Photo)

Travelling to the Washington Navy Yard to visit that museum and exhibit, Mike stood in the midst of the nuclear submarine display to explain to his grandchildren Alexander, Nathaniel, Isabella and Henry, whose ages ranged from 14 to 7, what he did to contribute to our nation's defense during a tense and uncertain time in our history.  The grandchildren learned something special about their grandparents' service and sacrifice for their country, and together with Mike and Vicki, each made donations to the Naval Historical Foundation on behalf of their family foundation. We congratulate Mike and Vicki Wallace and their family for their strong "giving back" ethic and for their generosity towards the Naval Historical Foundation. And we encourage other members to emulate this outstanding example of support for naval history!

Holloway Society Member Visits Cold War Gallery With Family was published by the Naval Historical Foundation and originally appeared on Naval Historical Foundation on August 11, 2016.


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U.S. Raises 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook: Here’s What to Expect This Peak Season [feedly]

U.S. Raises 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook: Here's What to Expect This Peak Season

Hurricane Earl over the Yucatán Peninsula. Photo credit: NOAAThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has raised its outlook for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, forecasting a higher number of named storms as conditions now point to a more active hurricane season. In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA called for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases […]

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GAO-16-710, Nuclear Supply Chain: DOE Should Assess Circumstances for Using Enhanced Procurement Authority to Manage Risk, August 11, 2016 [feedly]

GAO-16-710, Nuclear Supply Chain: DOE Should Assess Circumstances for Using Enhanced Procurement Authority to Manage Risk, August 11, 2016
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What GAO Found As of May 2016, the Secretary of Energy had not used the enhanced procurement authority, and the Department of Energy (DOE) had not developed processes for using the authority, as it had not fully assessed the circumstances under which the authority might be useful. To use the authority, the Secretary must be made aware of a supply chain risk by officials from DOE or its semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Once aware of a risk, the Secretary must make a written determination that using the authority is necessary to protect national security and that less restrictive measures are not reasonably available to reduce the supply chain risk, among other things. However, DOE has not developed specific processes to collect information to provide to the Secretary for making the determination. DOE officials said that they expect instances under which the authority would be useful to be infrequent, but DOE has not conducted an assessment to confirm that view. NNSA officials said that it is unlikely that management and operating (M&O) contractors who operate NNSA's sites and are generally responsible for procuring parts for nuclear weapons and related systems, would need to request that the Secretary use the authority. NNSA officials and M&O contractor representatives told GAO that, as nonfederal entities, M&O contractors are generally not required to disclose security-related reasons to explain why a particular supplier was not selected. Additionally, DOE officials stated that mechanisms exist within the Federal Acquisition Regulation for federal entities to reject suppliers that pose a supply chain risk. Some DOE officials identified circumstances under which the authority could be useful, but DOE has not fully assessed these or other circumstances under which using the authority would help it manage supply chain risk. Under federal standards for internal control, management should periodically review policies, procedures, and related control activities for relevance and effectiveness. Without assessing the circumstances under which the authority could be useful, DOE will have difficulty determining its relevance and, if necessary, developing processes for using it. As a result, DOE may miss opportunities to use the authority to manage supply chain risks. DOE has not examined whether adequate resources are in place for using the enhanced procurement authority. DOE officials stated that there were some resources in place, such as information and trained personnel, that could be important in using the authority. However, DOE has not examined whether these resources were adequate, consistent with federal standards for internal control. DOE officials and M&O contractors expressed a range of opinions about whether the resources in place were adequate to support using the authority if needed. For example, while officials in DOE's Office of the Chief Information Officer said that they did not anticipate a need for more resources, some M&O contractor representatives said they might need more trained personnel. However, M&O contractor representatives stated that they could not assess the need without a requirement to do so in their M&O contracts and that DOE had not established such requirements. Examining whether adequate resources are in place, consistent with internal control standards, can help provide assurance that resources are available to support using the authority in accordance with any processes that DOE develops. Why GAO Did This Study DOE, through NNSA, is responsible for ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, among other nuclear weapons-related activities. According to NNSA, the trend toward a non-domestic supply chain for components of nuclear weapons and related systems may pose risks to these weapons and systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 provides the Secretary of Energy with an enhanced procurement authority, which may be used to exclude a supplier that poses a supply chain risk from a contract or subcontract, and limit disclosing the reason for the exclusion to the supplier. The act includes a provision for GAO to report annually on DOE's use of the enhanced procurement authority. This report assesses the extent to which DOE has (1) used and developed processes for using the authority, and (2) examined whether adequate resources are in place for using the authority. GAO reviewed DOE and NNSA documents, interviewed DOE and NNSA officials, and interviewed M&O contractor representatives for seven NNSA sites—selected based on their NNSA management and activities. What GAO Recommends GAO recommends that DOE assess the circumstances that might warrant using the enhanced procurement authority and take additional actions based on the results, such as developing processes to use the authority, if needed, and examining whether resources for doing so are adequate. DOE concurred with the recommendation. For more information, contact John Neumann at (202) 512-3841 or

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Italy Heightens Security Level at Tourist Ports

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ROME, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Italy raised the security level at its tourist ports on Thursday, a coastguard spokesman said, meaning intensified controls of people and vehicles during the height of the summer tourist season. Coastguard Admiral Vincenzo Melone sent a letter ordering passenger and cruise-ship ports to raise their alert level to 2 from […]

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Friday, August 12, 2016

52nd Bennington Battle Day Weekend activities returns today By Edward Damon

English: The Bennington Battle Monument in Ben...
English: The Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington (town), Vermont. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BENNINGTON >> The 52nd Annual Bennington Battle Day Weekend returns today with three days of events.
The events, which run through Sunday, are in commemoration of the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington.
A "kids' day," a silent auction, a car cruise, historical re-enactments and barbecues are all on tap this weekend.
It'll all be topped off with the Battle Day Parade on Sunday. This year's grand marshal will be Scott Legacy, a celebrated coach and physical education teacher. The Bennington native served as head wrestling coach at Mount Anthony Union High School for 31 years and brought students through 28 straight Vermont state championships. A New England Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee and 2014 USA Today National coach of the year, he was chosen to lead Castleton University's new wrestling program this fall.
The parade lineup starts at 10 a.m. and the parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. The rout
e is one mile long. It starts at Main and Safford streets and moves west to Depot Street; heads north on Depot Street to River Street; then east on River Street before it ends at the fire station. A reviewing stand will be at the intersection of Routes 7 and 9.
This is the 50th year the parade has been organized by the Bennington Village Fire Department.
Volunteers meet throughout the year to plan for the annual weekend, according to Fire Chief Jeff Vickers, chairman for the Battle Day Committee. He said support from the town and volunteers, like longtime parade organizer Rick Knapp, are what keep the events going every year.
More than a dozen floats are expected for the parade, according to Knapp. He's organized the parade for about 20 years, but has been involved in it for nearly 50. Community organizations like Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and scouts, as well as two fife and drum corps, will march as well. Some politicians are expected. Joining Bennington's local delegation will be Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.
Battle Day is a state holiday unique to Vermont and observed on Aug. 16. On that day in 1777, a colonial force made up of 2,000 New Hampshire and Massachusetts militiamen defeated a detachment of 700 British soldiers, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum. Baum had been sent by General John Burgoyne to raid Bennington for horses, food, and other supplies, believing the town to be lightly defended. Unbeknownst to Burgoyne, the militiamen of General John Stark had recently been stationed there. During the battle, Stark's men were reinforced by Colonel Seth Warner and members of the Green Mountain Boys. The Bennington Battlefield site is in nearby North Hoosick, N.Y. on Route 67A.
The events start today and include some at the River Street fire station. Department members will serve lunch at noon; hot sausage, burgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A chicken barbecue dinner starts at 4 p.m. and runs while supplies last; the cost is $10 per person.
A silent auction is from 4 to 9 p.m. A car cruise is from 6 to 8 p.m., with a parade of cars down Main Street to follow. A Las Vegas Night at the station is from 6 to 10 p.m. and will feature guest DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM.
The 11th annual Battle Day 5K Road Race takes place at the Bennington Battle Monument on Saturday. The cost to register is $18 beforehand and $20 the day of, or $15 and $17 for Battenkill Valley Runners. Race registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m.
Historical re-enactors will be at the monument from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
A Kids' Day, sponsored by the fire department, is from 10 a.m. to noon at the recreation center 655 Gage St.
The USS Bennington Memorial Service, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ship's Bell, will be held at noon at the town offices, 215 South St.
A softball game between the Bennington fire and police departments is at 6 p.m. at Willow Park.
The Bennington town offices and Public Works Department will be closed Monday, August 15, in observance of Bennington Battle Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.

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