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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.

Library enhancements
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 Christmas.
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 home. 
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 capita.

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. Albans, Vt.

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 department.
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 season.

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.