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COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP
WEST PAWLET-A team of Green Mountain College students, headed by Ben Smith, recently organized a clean up day for the burned barn at Pine Woods Farm in West Pawlet. Students were to remove charred wood that had collapsed on top of the foundation so that the foundation damage can be evaluated. Thanks to all for helping a farm family in need.

LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY
POULTNEY-GMC professor Philip Ackerman-Leist's op-ed article Open-Ended Turkey recently appeared in the Thanksgiving issue of GOOD Magazine. He wrote about "re-envisioning foodsheds" and developing food-based businesses to support a variety of dietary options. Ackerman-Leist is also the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, published by Chelsea Green, and scheduled for release on March 1, 2013. 
Business and economics prof Matt Mayberry and provost Bill Throop gave a joint presentation on "Setting Stretch Goals: Sustainability as the Organizing Principle for a Strategic Plan." Throop is chair of the AASHE Board of Directors and gave an additional presentation at the AASHE member meeting.
Yet another representative of GMC also contributed to the meeting's educational content. New sustainability coordinator Aaron Witham presented a poster on the Power of Three Partnership, showing how recycled office paper collected from the Poultney campus is processed through a local supply chain before returning to the school in the form of hand towels, napkins, and toilet paper.

SUCCESSFUL WALK
BENSON-Thanks to sponsors and participants in the not-so-long-ago Fair Haven Crop Walk. It raised $9,577.13.

RENEWED PARADE
CASTLETON-Shirley Seguin has begun organizing a renewed parade for the upcoming Castleton Colonial Day. She plans an organizational meeting after the New Year celebration.

NOT ENOUGH
CASTLETON-Town manager Charles Jacien has thanked the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation for its $240,000 grant offer to help renovate the Bul building at 556 Main St. as the town offices. However, the town won't be able to use the money for that purpose; the town lacks the $1.2 million necessary to pay for the remaining renovation cost.

TEA PARTY
CASTLETON-Castleton Free Library recently held a tea party with the theme Remembering Castleton Women; Nancy Ruby and Mary Waite were to relay some of the oral history they know and solicit more from their audience.

SANDY VOLUNTEERS
PAWLET-Firefighters from the West Pawlet Fire Department recently drove six hours to deliver post-superstorm Sandy support in Meadowmere Park, NY. They carried food, blankets, children's toys, cleaning supplies and gift cards to their contemporaries at the local fire department, which is providing two meals and shelter, much needed in its community.

The West Pawlet group has developed a relationship with the New York department over the past 30 years, since selling a decommissioned 1950 Chevrolet pumper truck to the folks to the southeast. Locals who took part in the delivery are amazed at the damage they saw around them, with many of the community's homes unable to be repaired without being completely gutted and rewired.

LANI'S PICKS
Friday, Dec. 7- The town of Castleton celebrates its 225th birthday with the debut of Big Heart, the history of the town as told by Ennis Duling, Marjorie Ryerson, Andre Fleche, Tony Marro, Chris Boettcher, and Burnham Holmes. Reception is at 4 p.m. in the Castleton Campus Center's 1787 Room.
Saturday, Dec. 8 - Vermont tracker and ecologist George Leonaki teaches wildlife track ID skills, animal behavior interpreting from tracks, and observation techniques in a workshop at the Benson Community Hall on Stage Road from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Call Monica Erhart, 431-5061, to reserve your seat.
Saturday, Dec. 8- Merck Forest and Farm Center hosts a wreath-making workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Joy Green Visitor Center. ­­Call 394-7836 for limited reservations.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments, in Castleton's Casella Theater at 7 p.m. Call 468-1119.

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