Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:35 PM
Hubbardton Forge sold
CASTLETON - Boston-based private equity investor Bunker Hill
Capital recently purchased Hubbardton Forge, LLC, the 40-year-old
Castleton company that designs and produces branded hand-forged
premium lighting fixtures.
POULTNEY - Librarian Rebecca Cook recently returned from a meeting
of the Association of Small and Rural Libraries conference. She
says she is full of ideas for improving the local library,
including building a local oral history collection.
Expect the library to fill a larger footprint before too long. An
architect is drawing up finalized plans for an addition.
Many thanks to First Light Technologies Inc, the Vermont
Department of Libraries, and DeBonis Wright & Carris, whose
donations enabled purchase of an Early Literacy Station, pre-loaded
with 55 educational software titles for children aged 2-8 without
any Internet connection. It is scheduled to up and operative before
The annual Christmas ornament donation program is underway. Donate
$3 to help buy furnishing and educational toys for the Children's
Room, and choose your own snowman ornament to take
Congratulations to the Pawlet Public Library, chosen as one of two
libraries in the state to make the Library Journal's 2013 All Star
Libraries list. Criteria include high circulation, patron visits,
program attendance, and public Internet computer usage per
Game dinner serves a crowd
PAWLET - Congratulations also to the Pawlet Volunteer Fire
Department for the success of its 45th annual game supper. This
past Saturday night, Pawlet held its 45th annual game supper to
benefit the Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. This year, it
served about 330 people from a menu that included moose, deer,
pheasant, bear, squirrel, and a cod/trout chowder.
CSC business honor society inductees
CASTLETON - Castleton's Department of Business Administration
recently invited local businessperson John Casella and Castleton
President Dave Wolk to join 11 outstanding students for induction
into its local chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta
InternationalBusiness Honor Society.
Created nearly 20 years ago, the honor society encourages and
recognizes scholarship and accomplishments among students and to
promote personal and professional growth as well as recognizes
those in the college and surrounding community who have
demonstrated business excellence, achievement, and service.
Casella is chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems, a
30-year-old company that has remained committed to protecting
environmental resources, supporting its employees, and working to
improve the community. Casella holds a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Business Education from Castleton State College and is the local
chapter's first honorary inductee from the local community.
Wolk has led the college since his 2001 inauguration, overseeing
increased College involvement in the local community and an
expanded commitment to civic engagement and service learning. In
2012, Castleton completed Project 2012, which included the 162-bed
Hoff Hall, a new facilities barn, and Castleton Pavilion, the
largest venue of its kind in the state.
Inducted students are Abigail D. Adams, Swanton, Vt.; Kelly S.
Allen, Lyndonville, Vt.; Julie B. Boyd, Woodstock, Vt.; Stephanie
K. Brassard, Barre, Vt.; Kimberly M. Crosby, Rutland, Vt.; J. Ross
Herzog, Wainwright, Alberta; James A. Manning, Burlington, Vt.;
Alyson L. Marcucci, West Dover, Vt.; Shay M. Mattison, Arlington,
Vt.; Ethan J. Mercy, Montgomery, Vt.; and Benjamin J. Roberts, St.
Welcomes and accolades
CASTLETON - CSC welcomes new Fine Arts Center director Richard
Cowden. He was the former coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts
Advising at Metropolitan State University of Denver and artistic
director of Denver's Edge Theatre Company. He is to direct all
aspects of the FAC, working alongside department chairs and
faculty. He is also part-time faculty and will teach two classes in
spring semesters. In addition, Cowden is working with others to
create a masters-level program for art and theater majors.
Congratulations also to assistant LAN/Systems administrator Matt
Corriere, honored as the Employee of the Semester for fall
2013. In addition to his IT prowess, Corriere received praise for
an infectious can-do attitude and school spirit.
Supervisory union to outsource busing
Concern about state intrusion on local control appeared to remain
a major factor in local resistance to outsourcing Addison-Rutland
Supervisory Union's bus service as evinced in a recent school board
meeting. The subject has been under consideration for more than two
and a half years, initiated by a state mandate that the supervisory
union oversee transportation services within its boundaries as a
method to improve efficiency.
During the evening, participants discussed the lengthy process
leading up to reaching a decision. Questions included ownership/use
of buses owned by schools in the district, driver pay, and the
possibility of continuing the status quo wherein each school is
responsible for its own buses. Although subsequent debate was
acrimonious, the ARSU board voted 10 to 5 (with one abstention) to
outsource all district busing.
The ARSU encompasses Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, West Haven,
and Orwell schools as well as Fair Haven Union High School.
Revote on renovations scheduled
CASTLETON - After much discussion, Castleton's select board has
decided to schedule a townwide revote on authorizing long-term
financing for 557 Main St. renovation. Balloting is likely to take
place at the end of January.
Bids on the renovation will be in already, scheduled to be turned
in by December 13. If a bid comes in that is acceptable (about $1
million), the town's voters will be asked to approve a $750,000
bond to renovate 556 Main without mentioning the police
Deciding whether or not to move the town police department to the
new Emergency Services Building will be the responsibility of the
select board, who will also work out project financing.
Foods systems consortium
POULTNEY - Green Mountain Collage and five other collegiate
institutions have pledged to use Vermont as a "shared food systems
campus," as founding members of the new the Vermont Higher
Education Food Systems Consortium (VHEFSC). Other members of the
consortium are Sterling College, the University of Vermont, Vermont
Law School, Vermont Technical College, and the Vermont State
Colleges. Together, they focus on sharing courses, internships,
land-based learning experiences, faculty, and annual symposia
across institutions. The Vermont Council on Rural Development
(VCRD) founded and facilitated the Vermont Higher Education Food
Systems Council which spawned VHEFSC.
GMC athlete accolades
POULTNEY - Congratulations to Forrest Teutsch '14 and Jennifer
Seredejko '14. Teutsch's track performance at the North Atlantic
Conference (NAC) Championship ranked him 12th overall and gave him
a spot on the NAC All-Conference Second Team. Women's
volleyball setter Seredejko was named to the NAC All-Conference
Second Team for her overall performance during the regular
Poultney 2020 community revitalization
POULTNEY - After an April townwide revitalization conference,
participants had formed four action groups with the goals of
constructing a Main Street park, providing trail creation and
maintenance, create an arts center now known as Stone Valley Arts,
and supporting the local food movement.
Green Mountain College sees the effort as a way for students to
learn close up about the types of issues that towns face and to be
part of a community working together to solve problems. Students
can become involved in planning, building, communications,
outreach, fund-raising, leadership, and much more.
Lani's weekly picks
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 29-30 - Poultney High hosts the Poultney Christmas
Fair, sponsored by the Vermont Farmers Market. Traditional and
unique handmade holiday gifts, crafts, folk art, gourmet foods and
more, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 - Middletown Springs Volunteer Fire Department,
8 Firehouse Ln., hosts a pancake breakfast with Santa at the
firehouse, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1 - Iron Lantern Restaurant, 272 Route 4A, Castleton,
hosts prof John Van Hoesen for "Big Brother or Big Data," focusing
on the consequences of mass government surveillance revealed by
Edward Snowden. The Science Pub series.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Casella Theater hosts Spanish Brass, a
world-acclaimed brass quintet. 7 p.m.