News Briefs
May 11, 2017

Lakes Region News Briefs

Castleton U. honors and transitions

CASTLETON—The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently named Castleton history professor Adam Chill the VSC Faculty Fellow of the 2017-18 academic year. The semi-annual fellowship award recognizes teaching and learning accomplishments of tenured faculty. Chill became a full-time faculty member in 2009, teaching European history. His research includes the areas of bare-knuckle boxing and the role of coffee and other commodities in world trade.

Communication professor Bob Gershon plans to retire after this year’s graduation ceremonies. He has been teaching at Castleton for 40 years. Filmmaker and teacher Natasha Ngaiza will teach Gershon’s classes in the coming academic year as the department searches for a permanent replacement. She has been teaching at Middlebury College.

Castleton becomes the ninth member of the Little East Conference (LEC) Presidents Council in the 2018-2019 academic year, competing in 18 of the organization’s athletic championships. The inclusion is the 30-year-old LEC’s first expansion in 20 years and the first in Vermont. At the same time, Castleton leaves the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). During the 15 years Castleton has been part of the NAC, it has won 49 conference titles in 14 different sports.

Castleton Upward Bound students from seven local high schools worked to spruce up the school campus and other sites in Castleton, Fair Haven, and West Rutland. Among their efforts was picking up trash from sidewalks, parking lots, and gardens as the college prepares for its commencement ceremony.

Fair Haven talks trash

FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven’s Select Board discussed Green Up Day disposal snags. There is concern that residents save up items to drop off until Green Up Day, possibly sending the transfer station over its tire limit. There is also concern that non-Fair Haven residents bring their trash without windshield stickers. The state of Vermont pays for the green bags handed out to participants; the town pays for their disposal. Selectman Jeff Sheldon moved that the town allow free bulk solid waste disposal on Green Up Day, one time only, for current residential ticket holders, with the further restriction of no more than four tires (maximum 20 inches) without rims, sofas, chairs, mattresses, box springs, and mattresses, and that the town bring on two additional DPW workers for the day. Seconded by Neil Robinson, the measure passed 3-1.

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