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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-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 kachina dolls.

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 challenge.

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 March 9.

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 classes.

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 discoveries.


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 Dinner.

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 Dental Society.

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 passengers.

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.


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.

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