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News briefs from the Lakes Region 5.24

GMC snips

POULTNEY-Prof. Eleanor Tison (E.S., Sust. Ag.), Garland Mason, and Dave and Cindy Ondria of Chartwells recently represented Green Mountain College in the opening plenary session of "Food Connections: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth, and Mind through Food Systems Education." The conference included reps from Unity College, UMass, and McGill University.
Prof. William Prado's business law class visited Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) headquarters; the head of GMC's legal team spoke to the group about legal work at GMCR. The group also received a tour of the company's factory.

College graduation

POULTNEY-Green Mountain College's 2012 commencement participants recently walked down Main Street to the campus green. Undergraduate and graduate students taking part numbered 183 in the school's 175th commencement ceremony.

Commencement speaker Majora Carter, founder of economic and environmental development organization Sustainable South Bronx, received an honorary doctor of laws degree, while health administrator and consultant Cornelius "Con" Hogan received a doctor of humane letters degree.

Therapy dogs aid finals prep

CASTLETON-Castleton State College students taking their finals this year could receive a support from the friendly canines visiting the college library's student lounge. Petting their warm, furry coats is believed to provide welcome stress relief, or at least a much needed study break.

Town office progress

CASTLETON-New ripples continue to surface in the ongoing bubbles of Castleton's turmoil on the location and budget for the seat of town government. Town attorney John Liccardi recently announced that the structure recognized as the Buel building (site of what has been recognized as the town hall) is not only seated on three parcels of property but that one of those has specific rejections on it. The western end of the structure is available for the community's use only as long as it contains some form of interpretive history on the town, especially the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War period. It doesn't now.

Any changes to the building require getting current officers of the historical society to file a quit claim deed, since the grantors of the provisional deed signed the transfer to the town as historical society officers.

In the meantime, there is a petition out to build a new fire station for the community south of Castleton Family Health on Vermont Rt. 30N, with a bond of $1.5 million; the figure includes funds for land purchase. Petitions are already available at many businesses throughout Hydeville, Castleton Four Corners, and other sites.

Volunteers needed to help fight fires

CASTLETON-Both the Castleton Firefighters Association and the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department are seeking new members. The non-profit association raises funds to buy additional equipment and restore the equipment it has. It meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Castleton Fire Department, 39 Elm Street. The association is a non-profit organization made up of community members, and the membership of the Castleton Fire Department. Call 779-1187 or 282-9526 for more info.

The Fire Department is seeking applicants interested in helping fight fires in the community. To join, you must live in Castleton or a neighboring town and be at least age 16. Training is provided. Call fire chief Heath Goyette, 342-0167 or visit the fire station at 7 p.m. any Wednesday evening.

For community good

FAIR HAVEN-A group is forming to repair the West Street Cemetery in Fair Haven. Town officials have agreed to appoint a five-member cemetery committee, and have appointed Charlotte Capron, Dani Roberts, Tim Pockette, and Mary McNeil. A fifth member is yet to be appointed. The work will begin with cleaning up fallen trees and cutting out tall grass with long term goals to fix some of the fencing and replace a dilapidated slate berm.

Fair Haven officials have also created a committee to research and evaluate the town's recycling practices and make recommendations that will make the process more efficacious. Among which is a look at whether to switch to single-stream recycling. The committee will also develop and implement promotional and educational programs on recycling. Volunteers are invited to submit a letter of intent.

A new non-profit group has formed in Pawlet to buy and conserve 65.5 acres of land atop Haystack Mountain. Members have until December 31 to raise a minimum of $130,000 to purchase Haystack's summit. Some 900+ acres around Haystack are already conserved, either owned or under conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. The Friends of Haystack already has 501(c)3 status, aimed at protecting the mountain, allowing public access for recreation, and preserving habitats for certain rare species including the peregrine falcon.


Friday, May 25 - Contra Dance, Tinmouth Community Center. 8 p.m. All dances taught, no partner needed. 235-2718.

Saturday, May 26 - Fair Haven Spring Fling celebrates Memorial Day beginning with a ceremony honoring troops and veterans at the POW monument, followed by a parade and great food and vendors in the park. 265-8600.

Sunday, May 27 - Benson's celebration of Memorial Day features the Fair Haven Union marching band. 537-3434.

Wednesday, May 30 - Learn about deer ticks and Lyme disease at an informational meeting at 6:30 in Castleton Free Library. Call 468-5574 with questions.

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