Thu, Nov 7, 2013 07:21 PM
Town split continues
CASTLETON - There is still no resolution to the Castleton town
office dilemma. Bond counsel Jake Facey recently told the town
select board that voting which approved a $750,000 bond would
likely not stand up in court if it were challenged. Now what? The
board agrees that the town must vote, yet again, but that the wiser
approach is to first obtain a bid of the project cost. Once a
dollar figure is established, a vote can be scheduled.
As the old joke goes . . . "and then the fight started." Board
chair Thomas Ettori thought to price improvements to the building
while splitting off the pieces of the project separately, so
bidders could put their price on different "alternatives" in the
plans drawn up by architect John Berryhill. Critics felt that
Ettori was breaking the project into parts to facilitate dropping
disputed portions of it, and make it easier for voters to approve
A revote could take place by early December, but going through the
bidding process and then warning a vote tends to push the vote to
early January. Some question whether the renovation requires a
permit because the state Environmental Court has not yet ruled on
whether the town office is an essential services building.
A recommendation that the board slow down enough to consider
evaluating the town's real needs and the viability of erecting a
new building drew applause from approximately half the people in
the room. Based on that response, the town still seems just about
split down the middle.
The primary/secondary picture
BENSON - Congratulations to Benson Village School eighth-grader
Samantha Hadvab, whose work was selected to appear in the Young
Writers Project Anthology this year, Her's was one of 70 pieces
chosen for inclusion out of more than 12,000 submissions.
Castleton Village School sixthgraders have been reading "Where the
Red Fern Grows." seventh graders were researching the medieval hero
with plans to follow their research by reading medieval
CVS physical education classes have had students readying
themselves for fall fitness tests. The CVS research class is
gathering data from the school drinking fountain, plotting usage
against days of the week and temperature. The information is being
used to generate graphs and make predictions. Students will predict
how many plastic bottles will be saved from using the fountain by
Monday, Nov. 25 at 10:50 a.m.
Castleton Elementary students recently got together with Castleton
State College students in a mentoring program.
Fair Haven Grade School students recently met with police chief
William Humphries for a walk to the Fair Haven town park. The
University of Vermont recently recognized Abby Wald, FHGS Middle
School language arts teacher as the Outstanding UVM Teacher of the
Year. Fair Haven Union High is planning a Turkey Trot fundraiser to
benefit Fair Haven Concerned and the FHUHS senior class. The event
includes a can drive, with all canned goods collected being donated
to Fair Haven Concerned.
Orwell Village School recently recognized John Tester with a
service award, Jennifer Jensen as outstanding substitute, Sara
Quesnel as outstanding paraprofessional, and Christine Brown as
The collegiate picture
CASTLETON - Castleton State College communications prof and
journalist Dave Blow recently released his first book "Blow by
Blow: A Quarter-Century of Voices from my Notebook." The volume
contains his best columns and news stories plus stories of
classroom experiences. In addition to his college teaching, Blow
has been a reporter and editor for The Post Star in Glens Falls, NY
for more than 20 years.
Castleton's director of Budget and Finance Heidi Whitney took a
September vacation hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in
Tanzania, Africa. She and 10 other climbers spent seven days
hiking, scaling and camping along the dormant volcano's edge,
standing more than 19,000 feet above sea level.
Castleton's 2013 fall Phonathon is underway, with plans for 16
student callers to make more than 8,000 calls to alumni, parents
and friends during the academic year. The generosity of these
people bridges the gap between tuition revenue and the total cost
of a student's education. Beginning October 21, the Phoneathon
will continue through December 5 on Sunday through Thursday
evenings. A spring session will begin February 3.
At Green Mountain College in Poultney, The Journal of Outdoor
Recreation, Education, and Leadership recently published an article
by Adventure Education prof Nate Furman entitled "Environmental
Factors Affecting the Predicted Decisions of Backcountry Skiers: An
Examination of the Obvious Clues Method Decision Aid." Wynn Shooter
from the University of Utah and Jonas Tarlen from Three Sisters
Backcountry co-authored the paper.
Lani's weekly picks:
Thursday, Nov. 7 - Local author Pam Rehlen will discuss her most
recent book "The Vanished Landmarks Game, Vermont Stories from West
of Birdseye" at 6 p.m. in the Higley House Museum, Castleton
Thursday, Nov. 7 - Green Mountain College welcomes journalist and
author Jim Sterba of the TV program Nature Wars at 7 p.m. in the
Gorge, Withey Hall. The program is based on Sterba's recent book
"Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned
Backyards into Battlegrounds."
Monday, Nov. 11 - Tovar Cerulli, author of "The Mindful
Carnivore-A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance" speaks at 7 p.m. in
the Gorge at Green Mountain College's Withey Hall. His book
describes his journey from eschewing not only flesh but all animal
products, to becoming a hunter. Cerulli's book is a text in the
class Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea reads from his
body of work at 7 p.m., Castleton Free Library. Tea and coffee plus
conversation with the author follow.