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WELLS-The town of Wells recently gained access to Lake St. Catherine, purchasing 300 acres of undeveloped lakefront and forest land, working with the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Nearly two-thirds of the "Delaney property" will become a low-impact outdoor recreation area, sporting picnic tables and a canoe and kayak launch.

A seven-member group is working on a management plan for the rec area, with an open house celebration slated for mid-June.

Two small portions of the remaining land have been purchased, under stipulation that they not be developed further. One parcel, the Delaney farmstead, is conserved as Little Lake Orchard, to grow a variety of fruits and meet the public as a pick-your-own venture. The new owners are Rico and Jill Balzano.

Castleton school notes

CASTLETON-Castleton Village School sixth graders have been studying the earth and looking at what is unique about Vermont. Seventh graders were learning about cell division and then going on to genetics. Eighth graders were learning physics concepts and planning to work toward their NECAP test.

Eighth graders began learning calculus principles. They are getting a sampling of what they will learn in high school as well as learning how a speedometer, radar, and lidar work. An intro to trigonometry will follow.

Grades six through eight have been experimenting with linear perspective to add depth to what they draw.

Government has been the focus of the CVS social studies program, with eighth graders looking at the U.S. federal government seventh graders, contemorary European countries; and sixth graders, ancient Rome. 

Castleton State College sophomore Alec Alspach recently created a phys ed mentoring program for students in grades six through eight at CVS. The nine-week effort initially promoted physical activity to 30 students who were reserved in the classroom and less likely to participate in after-school activities. Activities the students tried ranged from tag to choreographed dances; fellow Castleton State students Cody Tancreti, Hannah Corkum and Mackenzie Gage helped to teach the course.


POULTNEY-A number of nationwide or regional publications featured activities at Green Mountain College. EE News mentioned Green Mountain in a discussion about the growing sustainability movement on U.S. college campuses. The Adventure Program and plans for spring break made The Western Star, a Canadian newspaper, while the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) certificate program were featured in both EcoSeed and The Sacramento Bee, and CleanTechnica focused on the new major in Eco-Design and renewable energy.

The school's recycling program also received recognition in Recycling Today, Environmental Leader, and Casella. 


FAIR HAVEN - The sidewalk project on Fourth Street in Fair Haven is expected to begin within the next several weeks. The sidewalks are being completely reworked in concrete, five feet wide, with new curbing and drainage, at a cost of $281,524. Town officials awarded the project to Belden Company of Rutland during a Selectboard meeting this week, marking the next step in the long-awaited sidewalk upgrade.

These footways are heavily used as peole walk between Route 22A and Route 4 as well as to Fair Haven Union High School and Fair Haven Grade School. Expectations are for the work to take about eight weeks.


FAIR HAVEN-Thanks to Sophia Hadeka, Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen 2011, and Caitlin's Closet, Fair Haven teens had an opportunity to find formal wear for their upcoming spring special events - prom, dance, academic awards, or sports banquets. Dresses were free for young women in the Fair Haven, Castleton, Poultney, Benson and Orwell areas.


Sunday, April 8-Easter Breakfasts - American Legion Post #49, Fair Haven, 8-11 a.m., Tinmouth Community Church, 6 Bliss Rd., 7:30 a.m.

Friday, April 13-Mothers Day Special at Devils Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 2743 Rt. 22A, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 14-Randy Brock, candidate for Vermont governor's post at Castleton GOP quarterly breakfast, Trak-In, Bomoseen 8:30 a.m.

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