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News briefs from the Lakes Region 2.9

Town Meeting issues

CASTLETON-The upcoming Castleton town meeting asks voters to approve a $2 million bond to construct a new town building complex with a meeting room large enough to hold voting, and including town clerk, police, fire, and first responders. The bond carries a 3.4 percent interest rate over 20 years.

The town's select board is already and continues to be stewards for the historic town office building at 556 Main St. and plans to create a committee to determine the building's future.



SPLIT, HUBBARDTON REALIGNMENT NIXED

CASTLETON-The Vermont House Government Operations Committee has re-decided to put Hubbardton in with Pittsford as they re-draw district lines. That was revision number two. Not true in revision number three. At latest report, Hubbardton was put back with Castleton and Castleton was not split and retained its two representative positions. If approved quickly, the districts will stay that way.

Currently, Rutland 1-1 comprises Poultney and part of Ira, with a single representative; Rutland 1-2 includes Clarendon, Proctor, and West Rutland plus the rest of Ira, and has two representatives. Rutland 2 is formed from Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, and West Haven, with two representatives. Rutland 6 is Pittsford and Sudbury, with one representative.

We're lucky this kind of turmoil takes place only once every 10 years. What is disappointing is that the Senate apportionment is similarly based on population rather than local government units as it was when the Senate was created. If both are based on population, why have a Senate?

Did you know that Vermont's Senate is not part of the original state constitution? Up until 1836, the state had a governor's council. Vermont re-organized with a constitutional convention that year, which replaced the governor's council with the state senate.



GRANDPA'S KNOB TO SERVE NEW YORK COUNTY

CASTLETON-Essex County, NY, has proposed adding to the Grandpa's Knob tower as a public safety radio upgrade in early May. Under the P25 standard system, four six-foot diameter, and two four-foot diameter microwave dishes would serve New York State Police and Essex County public safety agencies.

Installation will be on the lower part of the tower, which will not increase in height. Castleton town officials have already stated they have no comment on the project, nor is there any need for comment because the project is only an addition to an existing structure and not a new one.



Computer help at Castleton Free Library

CASTLETON-A Castleton State College business major is offering free technology tutoring at the Castleton Free Library from 3-8 p.m. Mondays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Although appointments are not mandatory, you may make one by calling the library, 468-5574, to reserve a time slot.



H.E.A.T. SQUAD AT CASTLETON LIBRARY

CASTLETON-Rich Dow of the NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad plans to speak at Castleton Free Library on Wednesday, March 21, answering questions and signing up individuals for a Home Energy Check-Up. This winter has been mild but that may not be a portent for the future. The H.E.A.T Squad can help Rutland County residents save energy regardless of income. Check-ups are available for a reduced rate this year, maybe because few have asked for help this year; a $350 to $500 check-up costs only $100.



CASTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER BRIEFS

•    Drew and Elaine Danyow of Castleton won the 100 gallons of fuel in the Castleton Community Center fuel raffle. Raffle proceeds support Castleton Community Seniors programs and services. Thanks, Johnson Energy, for your help.

•    The CCC is accepting orders for American Cancer Society daffodils through Friday, March 2. Check out the various selections of bouquets, potted bulbs, bears, and more. Order at the CCC front desk.
 
•    WalkRutland launched its third annual 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge in mid-January. Join in with other CCC members to walk one mile a day for 100 days, or the equivalent thereof. Lose weight, strengthen your heart and bones, prevent memory loss, relieve stress, gain energy.

•    Castleton Community Center's Knitters network recently received thank you letters from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The warrioers had received helmet liners that helped to keep them warm and also made them feel appreciated. Meet up with the Knitters Network second and fourth Mondays of the month in the CCC library at 10 a.m.

•    Jack Gaither, vision rehab teacher for the Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, recently visited CCC. During his presentation at the Lunch  & Learn program he spoke about the differences between vision impairment and blindness, and outlined local aid available to those who need his services.



High school band and choir festival

CASTLETON-More than 225 high school musicians from 20 Vermont high schools attended the second annual Castleton Honors Music Festival recently. The daylong festival ended with a concert in the Castleton State College Casella Theater. Participants had the opportunity to work with Quincy Hilliard, Ph.D., composer in residence and Heymann Endowed professor of music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and Francois Clemmons, Ph.D., director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble.
Students came from as far away as Winooski High, Black River, and Lamoille Union. Among the nearby participating schools were Fair Haven Union, Otter Valley and West Rutland.



A new high school opens in Poultney

POULTNEY-Vermont is no stranger to innovations in learning. The new private school recently formed in Poultney is one in generations of a tradition that includes Green Mountain College and Castleton State College and their predecessors, and now LiHigh School LTI. The three-member student body focuses its attention on personalized learning.

Each high school junior is concentrating on diverse fields of study, working with his or her advisor and parents to create an individualized learning plan. Logan Patnaude is specializing in photography and creative arts; Tom Becker studies the out-of-doors and environmental sustainability; and Giulia Rosenthal is delving into music, photography, and writing. Each has created an individual website; together, they have held public informational sessions and exhibits. For information, call Greg Rosenthal, LiHigh School director, 488-4191.



CONGRATULATIONS

POULTNEY-Poultney High student Martin Van Buren was a finalist in the 32nd Photographer's Forum High School Photography Contest. His work is to appear in the hardcover book Best of College and High School Photography 2012.



NONPROFIT PUSHES COMMUNITY SOLAR

Poultney-Local non-profit Energize Vermont representatives recently met with Poultney area residents at the neighborhood high school to discuss a community solar farm for Rutland County. Local residents would own the 150-kilowatt installation.

The organization's executive director Lukas Snelling describes the project as a "people-powered model." The proposal's 600 shares would cost $1,200 each, with payout coming in six to eight years. Other Vermont communities have also been approached with similar proposals.



VEGGIE VENDORS NEEDED

WEST PAWLET-The West Pawlet winter farmers' market needs vegetable vendors. The market is open for business through the winter on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. at the West Pawlet Fish and Game Club. For more info, call Helen Wood at 325-3478.



NEWSLETTER FEATURES LOCAL RANGER

The Vermont State Parks division featured regional ranger supervisor, deputy game warden and hunting educator Rick Hedding in its February newsletter. He has worked at Bomoseen, Half Moon, and Lake St. Catherine state parks.



LANI'S PICKS

Saturday, Feb. 11-The Poultney Rotary Club presents its first annual Valentine Wine & Cheese Tasting at The Station on Depot Street. For details, call Linda Justin, 236-0407.

Saturday, Feb. 11-The Poultney Elementary School PTO holds a Silent Auction in the school gym to raise money to fund its artist-in-residence.

Saturday, Feb. 11-St. Raphael's Church hosts a Sweetheart celebration of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, and dancing. Call 353-0341 for more info.

Monday, Feb. 13-Preservation Trust of Vermont partners with the Episcopal Diocese and the St. John's/Trinity Vestry to seek compatible and sensitive community uses for Trinity Church in Poultney and St. John's Church in East Poultney. Call Ann Cousins, 343-8180.

Tuesday, Feb. 14-Castleton State College presents Viver Brasil: Feet on the Ground, the martial arts dance form of Brazil, at 7 p.m., Casella Theater. Call 468-1119 for tickets.

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