Wed, Mar 7, 2012 09:15 AM
BENSON VILLAGE SCHOOL news
BENSON-Fifth graders recently spent their time building parallel
and series circuits. They made flashlights using paper, wires
batteries, battery holders, a light bulb plus light bulb holder,
and tape. What fun!
The school has been collect Box Top for Education proofs of
purchase. As February drew to a close, students had collected
nearly $100 worth.
ORWELL VILLAGE SCHOOL news
ORWELL-First to fourth graders in Orwell have been learning to
sculpt with papier mache. Kindergarteners and first graders made
birds, learning to shape the goopy stuff, getting a dose of
patience as it dried, and then painting the work in accurate
colors. Second graders made dragonflies, while third graders made
Fourth graders chose their own subjects and made their own
sculptures, using recyclables. Cartooning was what fifth and sixth
graders learned, before tackling a fantasy landscape
Seventh graders learned pen and ink drawing from nature, value
shading in charcoal, and perspective drawing. Hope to see some of
their results in this spring's Chaffee student art show.
Eighth graders acquired social and organizational skills as they
worked on the annual Eighth Grade Community Bingo, scheduled for
Physical Education participants have been learning floor hockey
skills. Seventh and eighth graders learned adult and child CPR and
how to use an automated external defibrillator in their Health
The Vermont Humanities Council sponsors the VermontReads program at
Orwell, awarding a grant for 65 copies of Bull Run by Sid
Fleishman, this year's selection. Community members are welcome to
pick up a copy, read the book and attend an evening to share their
CASTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER news
CASTLETON-Castleton Community Center hosts two computer learning
activities in March. Toni Lobdell teaches a five-day Computer Level
II class Monday, March 19, through the following Friday from 10
a.m. to noon. It covers spreadsheets, data and photo organization,
using search engines and intro to social media.
Castleton State student Roy Fetters visits the Center each Thursday
from 12-noon to 4 p.m., offering one-to-one help in setting
up an e-mail account or a Facebook account, or joining the
Castleton-Hubbardton Front Porch Forum. Call 468-3093 to find out
more about either experience.
Buy a $100 Shopping Spree gift card raffle ticket to help support
the CCC Wellness and Transportation program. The winner of the
Hannaford gift card is chosen at the April CCC Pot Luck
Design and produce your own Floor Cloth Painting in a class taught
by Lucinda Sayre from 1-3 p.m. on the Mondays of March 19 and 26.
Pre-register by Monday, March 12.
Enjoy singing or playing an instrument? An Acoustic Celebration on
Wednesday, March 14, 7-9 p.m., provides that opportunity,
regardless of experience level. Listeners are welcome too.
Castleton Community Seniors welcome Dr. James Wright to the Board
of Directors. A practicing dentist in Castleton since 1972, he
lived in Castleton for 25 years before moving to Fair Haven. Wright
is an active member of the Fair Haven Rotary and the Vermont State
CCC recently received a new bus, replacing a 2001 bus with 170,000
miles that had entered that stage of vehicle life wherein it has
"major repair issues." The next vehicle change will be replacing
the 2006 bus with a smaller, more fuel efficient van equipped with
wheelchair lift to use for trips with a small number of
Amtrak commends Vermont Rail
Recent work on the track has switched Vermont Rail System's 23.9
road from Whitehall, NY, to Rutland from the line as having the
worst delay in the U.S. to becoming one of the nation's best. The
company put in $750,000, and used additional New York State funds
to fix crossings and track beds. Apparently, the better, faster
ride is paying off in increased ridership, up 1,200 on the
Albany-to-Rutland run from October to December 2011.
CIVIL WAR BOOK PUBLISHED
Castleton History prof Andre Fleche recently published The
Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of
Nationalist Conflict, placing the American Civil War in an
international context. The American conflict grew out of the
revolutions that swept Europe in 1848, he postulates, rising from
the seeds of dissatisfaction with political leadership, demands for
more participation and democracy, working class demands, developing
nationalism and definition of reactionary forces within royalty,
aristocracy, army and peasants.
Friday, March 9-Chocolate Friendzy raises funds for Friends of the
Castleton Free Library. 7-9 p.m. At the library.
Saturday, March 10-Poultney Area Chamber spotlight on business
forum, Poultney Elementary. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 10-Mettawee Mania talent show, Mettawee Community
School, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13-Spaghetti Dinner at the Iron Lantern Restaurant
and Tavern benefits Castleton Village School eighth grade. 5-7:30
p.m. Take out orders accepted; call 468-5474.