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A Chicago-based group brings the music of Mexico to Castleton State College in a 12:30 p.m. workshop and a 7:00 p.m. performance Thursday, September 29. The Sones de Mexico ensemble specializes in cross-cultural arrangements of traditional music. Make sure you get a ticket for the evening performance by calling the College box office, 468-1119.

Although school has started, local farm markets will stay open through October. Poultney's market is Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (call 325-3205); Wells' is Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (call 325-3478).

Vermont Crafts Council relies on the success of its springtime Open Studio Weekend to begin a similar weekend October 1 and 2. Foliage Open Studio Weekend promises to be another reason for visitors to enjoy Vermont hospitality. Look for yellow signs that mark participating studios. Call 223-3380 for specifics.

Find a new perspective on autumn coloration - from above - as you hike up Mount Zion led by Hubbardton Battlefield site interpreter Carl Fuller at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2. Wear stout shoes, dress for the weather, and BYOW (Bring Your Own Water). Call 273-2282 for more info.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra eases your transition from summer to autumn with an October 3 evening concert in the Casella Fine Arts Center, that begins with Honegger's Pastorele d'été. Following is a salute to autumn in a world premiere piece by Robert Paterson. Next, music director Jaime Laredo performs in Serenata Nottorno. Valse Triste by Sibelius then floats into a spooky waltz before Haydn's Symphony No. 53 concludes the evening. Call 863-5966 for details.

Soccer coach Luma Mufleh, central figure in the book Outcasts United, comes to the Casella Theater to talk about her Fugees team and its impact on the refugee children who participate in it at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5. Tickets are required; call the college box office, 468-1119.

Hubbardton Forge invites the public to an open house from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 7. Employees will demonstrate how the company creates designs, from initial idea to forming the metal in the forge, through assembly, finishing, and shipping. Please wear close-toed shoes to take part in plant tours. Call 468-2711 or (800) 826-4766 for details.

Game Days return to Castleton Community Center on Friday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. If you plan to be there, call 468-3093 to tell the CCC folks which games are your favorites so they know what to set up.

Former Vermont governor Jim Douglas shares his insights about Vermont's future at a breakfast buffet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, October 8, in the Trak In, Rt. 30 North, Bomoseen. Although this is a quarterly GOP get-together, all are welcome with a reservation - call Bob Helm, 265-2145, or Al Gustafson, 273-3954.

Frank Guinta, federal Representative from New Hampshire and winner of the 2011 Associated Builders and Contractors Free Enterprise legislator of the Year award, is guest speaker at the Saturday, October 15 dinner in the Franklin Conference Center. The fundraiser for tropical storm Irene recovery begins with a 6:00 p.m. social hour. Make your reservation by calling Tayt Brooks, 223-3411.

Hubbardton residents recently voted approval to spend $70,000 from the town's General Fund reserve to buy the leased 66 Hortonia Rd. property, site of the Hubbardton town garage and Pleasant View Cemetery.

The Castleton and Rutland communities mourn the death of Eleanor (Ellie) Anderson after a short illness. She was a gifted educator and a dedicated contributor to Castleton quality of life.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation recently awarded two game tickets and $1500 for the Castleton Community Center to Judy Boss in recognition of her volunteer work, leading a group that has been making helmet liners for US troops. Boss gave the tickets to Castleton State College students Megean St. John and Alex Davis in recognition of their volunteer work with the college's Alternative Spring Break program.

The Benson Fire department is planning its autumn activities with a weekend of fun October 14 and 15. Call Dave Bartholomew, 537-3315, with your questions.

Did you hear who walked away with the prizes from Benson Family Day/Burdock Festival? Parade winners were #1 the "Marilyn" Andronaco family; #2 the Benson Bunnies; #3 the DiSorda family's Klampett Kar. The grouping of Jake, Shane and Sebastian won the biggest burdock ball contest; Shane Lannon exhibited the most creative use of burdock; Jan Grenier showed the most theme-related use of  burdock; and Keely Flynn had the tallest burdock. Thanks to Ted and Jaine Kellogg for letting the Adirondack Equestrian Team use their lawn; to Nancy Kotsul for putting together the dog show; and to American Legion Post 49 for its part in the parade and ceremony.

Pawlet's public library has been looking for some additional storage space to use for books coming in for the library's annual book sale. At the last sale, more than 20,000 books came in. Call 325-3123 if you can help out or know someone else who can.

Castleton State College recently created an important first for Vermont: the state's first public opinion polling institute. Richard Clark, formerly director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, is the director of the full-service research facility. The college is purchasing hardware to set up and maintain a polling calling center in the school's Old Chapel building.

Poultney High seventh and eighth graders recently enjoyed a presentation by Dr. John Crock, director of the Consulting Archaeology Program for UVM. He gave the students an overview of Lake Champlain's archaeology. Dr. Crock and his team are currently working around Chimney Point, finding archaic tools. Junior high teachers Ron Adams, Chris Baker, Kyleen Martelle, Nick Münch, Linda Paquette, and Catherine M. Oliverio have been team teaching about the lake's history and ecology.

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