Apple harvest predicted to be good
Harvest prognosticators say this year's apple crop is good. The
weather cooperated, with few late frosts, moisture in the first
part of summer, followed by dry weather as the summer progressed.
The early precipitation made fruit larger; later dry weather
produces more sugar, so apples are largely sweeter. Because much of
the rest of the country (but not Washington state) also anticipates
a strong apple harvest, it's hard to say what per-bushel prices
Scenes of rural Vermont
Lakes Region folks recently had the opportunity to learn about the
art of Polish wycinanki, the folk craft of paper cutting, and
Polish life and customs from Carolyn Guest at the Slate Valley
Museum. She learned the art form during her time in Poland as an
International 4-H Youth Exchange student. A nationally recognized
artist, she uses antique sheep shears to cut out designs containing
barns, farm animals, and scenes of rural Vermont.
Town seeks Rutland Regional Planning
CASTLETON - The town of Castleton is looking for individuals who
would like to fill out unexpired terms on the Development Review
Board, Planning Commission, and Recreation Commission, and as the
Town's Rutland Regional Planning Commissioner. If you're
interested, write a letter of interest and hand deliver it to the
Town Manager's office, 556 Main Street, or mail it to Town Manager,
P.O. Box 727, Castleton, VT 05735.
Wind turbines to adorn CSC rooftops
CASTLETON - Castleton State College and Green Mountain Power
recently announced a plan to place power-generating wind turbines
on the roofs of the college's buildings. The first project at the
college is on the roof of Hoff Hall, sporting four wind turbines,
each with a three-foot blade diameter. At full capacity, they are
expected to generate a tad less than a kilowatt, or about as much
electricity as needed in a single home with teenagers. The
conference center and 162-bed dorm also supports a 120-panel solar
array that may produce as much as 28.8 kilowatts. The two systems
are said to complement each other, with more solar energy being
made in warm weather and more wind energy in the cold.
Granted that this project is experimental, the official spiel is
that "small-scale hybrid systems such as this one may be one of the
keys to bringing more renewable power on to the grid," and that
micro-wind turbine manufacturer JLM Energy of Rocklin, CA, gave the
college two of the turbines without cost.
Poultney Library programs and grants for
POULTNEY - 47 children spent part of their summer reading about 750
books at the Poultney Public Library. 20 teens signed up for the
Beneath the Surface teen program; 10 qualified for an annual
Four grants have enabled the library to offer exciting summer
programming. The Vermont Department of Libraries and Alex Kroll
provided a five-day Classical Connections program for middle school
children. Participants used the book The Lightning Thief by Rick
Riordan to learn about Greek mythology, art, and history.
A $100 grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries helped hire
Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate. A $750 grant from the Vermont
Community Foundation brought the Summer Encore Theater Group and
storyteller Simon Brooks and helped out with the library's weekly
crafts, weekly challenge prizes, and end of summer party.
The Children's Literacy Foundation provided a storytelling program
followed by a book giveaway for local children. CLiF founder
and storyteller Duncan McDougall came to the Poultney Public
Library to share stories and his love of books with 106 people, and
each of the 74 children in attendance picked out two brand new
books to take home.
Thanks to a scholarship from the Vermont Department of Libraries,
Poultney Public Library director Rebecca Cook will travel to Omaha,
NE, for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual
Thank you to Vermont artist Andrew Orr for his gift, a painting of
the historic Poultney Depot in winter, given to the library and
hung behind the circulation desk.
Sunday, Sept. 15 - Explore part of the evacuation route up to
Pittsford Ridge that the Americans took after the Battle of
Hubbardton on July 7, 1777, as site interpreter Carl Fuller leads a
hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Vermont Archaeology Month
program, Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., 2 - 5
Sunday, Sept. 15 - Pawlet Public Library book sale/potluck picnic,
for all past, present, and future volunteers. The library provides
burgers and hot dogs; you bring something to share and your
beverage. Maple Ridge Landscaping, 4243 Route 133, Pawlet.
Wednesday. Sept.18 - Cathy Miglorie speaks about Vt's marble
industry, and her pictorial history book, Vermont's Marble
Industry. The first in Castleton Community Center Enrichment Series
The "Stone" Age. 1 p.m.