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Lakes Region News 10.6

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursdays, October 6 - The Castleton Community Center begins hosting a Thursday Healthier Living Workshop series from 1-3:30 p.m. The weekly program runs through November 10. Classes help people with chronic illnesses including arthritis, asthma, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and other long term medical conditions. To register, call Rutland Regional Medical Center, 772-2400.

Friday, October 7 - See how the forged steel projects at Hubbardton Forge, 154 Route 30 South, are made at an open house from 4 - 8 p.m. Wear close-toed shoes to tour the plant. Find out more by calling  468-2711 or (800) 826-4766.

Saturday, October 8 - Get your end-of-summer yardsale savings at Poultney's annual yard sale day, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. While you're there, drop in the United Baptist Church of Poultney, holding its own rummage and bake sale with decorative items, Christmas goodies, and more. If it rains, bring your umbrella - the town-wide sale is a rain-or-shine event. Call 287-4114 with questions.

October 14 & 15 - Benson Volunteer Fire Department is looking for vendors for the Benson Haunted Hay Ride, planned for Friday and Saturday from 6 - 10 p.m. Call Gina Cull, 537-2063, to ask questions and/or reserve vendor space.

OTHER NOTES AROUND THE REGION:

Netbooks are replacing picture books, pen and paper for Middletown Springs in the upper elementary grades. The community is one of 24 towns receiving the small computers through the Vermont Council on Rural Development, e-Vermont, and educational non-profit Digital Wish.

Squatters ran up Michael Billewicz's water bill and damaged his Willard Avenue duplex; Billewicz wants the town of Fair Haven to pay for his expenses and damage repair. He had acquired the property at a town tax sale a year ago last spring and had requested water be shut off. However, the town had to keep the water on because the duplex shared a water line with housing for a resident with a medical need. Since then, the water has been shut off and Billewicz has an outstanding water bill plus major property damage. No court date has been set for the case and both parties will need to submit a court schedule.

Beaver Wood Energy, a biomass plant and wood pellet production facility planned for Fair Haven, is edging closer to reality, having obtained funding necessary for the permitting process. The 29-megawatt power plant will cost about $250 million to build.

Many of the folks who came to the recent Crazy Cat Clearance at Rutland County Humane Society were from the Lakes Region. Congratulations, together, you and other visitors took home 44 adult cats and lots of kittens (and a few dogs). Thanks for the blankets and other donations too.

Before you use stream or lake water to drink, swim, fish, water livestock, or irrigate, check to make sure it is not under an advisory. Local waters have been recently treated with chemicals to poison Lake Champlain sea lampreys.

Castleton town offices are on the move again. They had recently relocated to the Old Chapel on the college campus, but now must find a new site by early November. One possibility is renting mobile trailers until reaching a more permanent solution. The town must choose whether to renovate the historic town hall or to buy another site and reconfigure it to fit the community's need.

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