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FUTURE PLANNING
POULTNEY-What lies in Poultney's future? Poultney 2020 conference attendees hope to see a community art center on Main Street, a localvore restaurant, a park on Main Street, and an in-town hub for recreation trails in town. Participants are working toward all four objectives; each of the four committees plans to meet within a month to outline how to reach its specific goal.
Thanks are due the Downtown Poultney Revitalization Committee, Green Mountain College, and community members who partnered to host this day of planning activities.

Participants in Poultney's 2013 Earth Fair also planned for the future, demonstrating inventions and information that point to a brighter tomorrow. Attendees could learn about the variety of food products produced on local farms, consider whether the state could grow 100 percent of its own food, and talk about composting and alternative transportation, as well as other topics.

SPRINGING OUTDOORS
As spring thaws the ground, grass reaches to the sky and flowers zoom up into view, there are certain considerations to keep in mind. Local cemeteries are likely to ask that holiday decorations be removed, and that spring decorations not create difficulties for mowing machines and other maintenance. Some ask that there be no artificial decorations.

Green Up Day Saturday, May 4, is organized on a town-by-town basis. To help spruce up your community check in with your town clerk about where to pick up green-up bags and meet up with work crews.

CASTLETON CONSTRUCTION
Engineering is nearly complete and one more public meeting is yet to come before sidewalk construction at Castleton Corners itself follows. Workers will lay sidewalk from the corners north toward the Castleton Family Health Center, west toward the Bomoseen Inn, and east toward the site of the town's temporary offices. A $300,000 grant from Transportation Enhancement funds pays for 60 percent of the $500,000 project. Local officials hope to expand the sidewalk on to the elementary school, driving the project cost up to $1.1 million.

Grady Bridge, on Float Bridge Road at Lake Bomoseen, is also scheduled for repair. Popular with fishermen, the bridge has already received $60,000 in repairs. Estimates for a thorough job hover around $560,000, while town officials have already set aside more than $100,000 in a reserve fund and are planning to apply for $175,000 in structure grants.

COLLEGE HEALTH
CASTLETON-Castleton State College's coordinator of campus wellness education, Barbara McCall, recently received the Affiliate New Professional Award from the American College Health Association (ACHA). The award recognizes ACHA members who have been providing service in the field of college health for three years or less and while making significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.

TOWN STAFFING
CASTLETON-More regular hours and greater availability was what Castleton residents asked for from town clerk Katy Thornblade. Their request was fruitful and a new agreements between Thornblade and town officials has been adopted. She has agreed to spend 35 hours a week working from her office, although she may not be publicly accessible for all that time. The primary exceptions to her availability will be during elections and dog registration, times when the type of work she performs requires little interruption. Other than that, her open hours will remain Monday through Thursday.

The select board also voted to add $2,500 to the budget for constable services and mileage, supplementing the annual sum of $23,202. The budgeted funds have been 99 percent spent, although more than two months remain in the fiscal year. Doing without constable service when the budget has run out is not an option, especially at season when college parties and the end of the school year are coming up before the year's end.

BARN RAISED
TINMOUTH - Neighbors recently pitched in to rebuild John Marro's barn, consumed in a fire recently. Nearly 50 volunteers joined in the effort, erecting a new 2,400-square-foot barn on the site of the old one.

Much credit for the old-fashioned style barn-raising goes to Ray Pratt, lead contractor for the project and to Cathy Reynolds, who coordinated the fund raising. Some $15,000 has been sent in to help the Marro family replace livestock, feed, and equipment.

LANI'S PICKS
Saturday, May 4 - Statewide Green Up Vermont Day.
Saturday, May 4 - Truck Day, an all-age celebration of trucks and other wheeled things at Castleton Elementary. Donations support town library children's programming; food sales will benefit the CSO and Friends of the Castleton Free Library. Call, 468-2203, or 468-5574, for details.
Sunday, May 5 - The Burlington Ensemble joins Castleton's Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers to present George Frideric Handel's Chandos Anthem no. 4, O Sing Unto the Lord, and Laudate Jehovam by Telemann in the Casella Theater at 5 p.m. Call 468-1119 for tickets.
Sunday, May 5 - Devils Bowl Speedway hosts its spring opener beginning at 1:30 p.m. 265-3112.

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