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Castleton Residents Gain Free Access to Crystal Beach

Relax to French-Canadian and American folk songs, Celtic and novelty tunes from the Woods Tea Company in the Fair Haven Park at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21. Think they're just another local group? They've performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York, three times at the Chautauqua Institute, and on PBS and National Public Radio.
Award-winner songwriter Meredith Luce sings about life, love, and landscapes from Canada and Appalachia in a concert for all ages at 4:00 p.m., in Bomoseen State Park, 22 Cedar Mountain Rd. Friday, July 22. Call 265-4242 for details.
Come to Our Lady of Seven Dolors in Fair Haven at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, for a memorial mass for Diane Flood. Head for the Fair Haven Union High cafeteria for a reception afterwards.
Fair Haven Town Park hosts the third annual expanded Farmer's Market and Local History Day 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 24. Shop at stalls of  crafters, flea market vendors, and interactive historical displays. For more information, call Sherry Smith, (518) 282-9781.
Members of the Killington Music Festival visit the Castleton Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25. Come early for the "Make Your Own Sundae" bar, courtesy of Stewart's Shops. Call the Center, 468-3093, by Friday, July 22 to assure that there are plenty of sweet treats.
No local band has more community love than Satin & Steel, performing at the Annual Summer Concert Series on the Castleton Village Green, at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 26. Come early to make sure you have the best seats on the grass.
Rhythm echoes through the halls and across the Castleton State College campus Tuesday through Sunday, July 26 through 31, pouring out of participants in The 16th Annual KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Camp and Festival. To find out more, call (800) 541-8401.
Learn about When Healing Hands Harm, an educational presentation from the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the Castleton Community Center. The program emphasizes how to help detect and prevent incidences of prescription drug diversion. For a lunch reservation, sign up by calling the Center, 468-3093, by 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Does fear of falling keep you at home? Reduce your fear, set realistic goals to increase activity, remove risk factors in your environment, and learn exercises to improve strength and balance in an 8-week course from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. August 4 through September 22 at Castleton Community Center. Register by Monday, August 1, by calling 468-3093.
Castleton Community Center's monthly pot luck suppers are taking a break during the summer. They will resume in September.
Castleton Community Center holds its monthly birthday lunch at noon, Wednesday, July 27. East Creek Catering provides a roast turkey dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, hot vegetable, cranberry sauce, salad, and dinner roll. Get your reservation in by 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 25, by calling 468-3093.
Explore Castleton history with local author Don Thompson. Wednesday, July 27, he speaks at 7:00 p.m. in the Castleton Free Library, using material from his histories of Castleton and Lake Bomoseen. Call 468-5574 for details.
The Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced winners of the July 4 parade float contest. Poultney Area Artists Guild won for "best depicts theme"; Poultney Women's Club for "best depicts organization"; Poultney Bluegrass Society for "most photographic"; Poultney Rotary for "most patriotic"; and Trolley Stop Restaurant for best theme depiction.
Castleton State College recently hired a new associate academic dean, Yasmine Ziesler. She previously worked at CCV in Burlington and Waterbury and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Boston University.
The town of Castleton has opened Crystal Beach to all local residents without charge. To get in, they must show proof of residency and a driver's license to the access gate attendant.
Upward Bound students at Castleton State College recently built a rain garden on campus. They used a combination of landscape fabric, recycled newspaper, local mulch and perennial plants that work together to absorb runoff rainwater from the school's science center. Ann Honan, Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory instructor at the school, aided the students as they built the 300-square-foot plot, with advice from Chuck Domenie, watershed instructor with the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District. Project funding was from a $14,000 Champlain Basin grant to the conservation district for installing local community rain gardens. The district plans to build  a rain garden in Wells or Pawlet and another at Poultney High, once students return to local schools.

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