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Firefighter of the year

BENSON-The Benson fire department recently named Captain Dave Bartholomew as Firefighter of the Year. He accumulated the most training hours in the previous years, including attending regional fire school and a fire school in

Burlington. He then presented the new tactics he learned to the department. Chief Tom Neumann cited Bartholomew's work in coordinating the Haunted Hayride, and undertaking "additional projects that keep the department moving forward," Neumann said in announcing the honor.



Repair or replace fight continues

CASTLETON-A growing coalition of Castleton voters are preparing for a fight over the select board's decision to build new town offices outside the traditional village center. They feel that moving essential town services away from the traditional two-story brick structure diminishes the strong sense of place valued by both residents and visitors seeking New England charm. They say that concerns about the building's foundation crumbling are without basis, citing engineering and architectural studies made in 2000 and 2012.

Not only are they opposed to borrowing $2 million to build a new replacement building that would house not only the town offices but also the fire department, but they offer three candidates for select board seats.

John Hale is running for the three-year seat on the board, against current select board chair Thomas Ettori, while Frank Giannini and Julie Merwin vie against Edward O'Shea, Richard Combs, and incumbent James Leamy for two one-year seats.

If the self-proclaimed "New Idea" candidates are elected, the plan is to immediately call another election offering two articles: 1) borrowing $1 million to build a new emergency services building outside the village to house the fire department, first responders, and the police department, and 2) borrowing approximately $800,000 to renovate the traditional town offices at 556 Main Street.

Open studio weekend applications

CASTLETON-The Vermont Crafts Council is accepting applications for its 20th Open Studio Weekend, May 26  and 27. Castleton artists note that they plan to have at least six artists' studios/galleries open for tours that weekend.



Project Graduation requests help

FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven Union High's Project Graduation 2012 will be at The Fun Spot in Glens Falls, NY. The annual tradition follows the spring graduation ceremony, providing a parent-chaperoned celebration to let off steam in a variety of fun activities and refreshments before returning to the high school for an early morning breakfast and prize giveaways.

Organizers are asking for support to aid in making the evening "a most memorable, safe last night together as a class." Call Christine Pouliot, 948-2999, to learn how you can help.



Poultney High news

POULTNEY-Vermont history students Cory Mears, Shannon Rupe and Tyler Pitts recently made models of colonial homes as part of their study of colonial Vermont. Their work is on display in the high school library.

Joshua Stiles, an auto technology student at Stafford Technical Center, made second quarter high honor roll, while honor roll students are Christian Loomis (electrical/plumbing), Nicholas Scott (forestry, natural resources), and Mariah Thomson (cosmetology).



Metawee student chills for special olymipics

WEST PAWLET-Mettawee Community School fifth grader Henry Ahlfeld participated in the Penguin Plunge at Lake Paran in Bennington at the end of January. One of 112 who plunged in the icy water, Ahlfeld raised $305 for Special Olympics in honor of his cousin Chad, a lifelong Special Olympics athlete. The Lake Paran chill-out is the first of three Penguin Plunges in the state and raised $19,500 for Vermont Special Olympics, serving more than 1,000 athletes year-round in a dozen-plus sports.



LANI'S PICKS

Thursday, Feb. 16 - BirdShare and Brownies, Great Backyard Bird Count meeting, Castleton Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Bird ID tips, intro to online resources for tracking, recording, and learning about birds. Share your sightings while you enjoy dessert.

Saturday, Feb. 18 - Community Breakfast, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Fair Haven, 8-10 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Pawlet Library Mardi Gras Fund-raiser, in The Barn Restaurant, beginning at 5 p.m. Call 325-3123 for tickets or more info.

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