On March 8, 2017

Lakes Region News Briefs

Castleton Community Center adds board members, plans March activities

CASTLETON—Joan Chader and Mary Beth Hadeka joined the Castleton Community Seniors board at that group’s February meeting. Chader and her husband moved to their Lake Bomoseen home in 2002. Hadeka and her husband have lived in Castleton for 36 years.
The Castleton Village School Band entertains with pop musical selections for the monthly potluck dinner with entrée of meat loaf or mac and cheese, March 31. The Castleton Community Center has begun a Wednesday afternoon video series through May 24, How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone with video professor Melinda Myers, horticulturist and certified arborist.
Video professor Timothy Taylor, managing editor of The Journal of Economic Perspectives, discusses how to apply economic thinking to a range of problems in Unexpected Economics, a lecture in the Great Courses program, Thursday afternoons through March.
Other activities include a photo collage workshop (March 24), advance directives (March 16), Tuesday evening smoking cessation workshops, and Friday morning coffee hour.

Thrift shop celebrates first year, three tons of clothing donated

FAIR HAVEN—Second Chance Thrift Shop, 73 Main St., Fair Haven, celebrates its first anniversary with an open house Mar. 11. The store has recycled an estimated three tons of new and used clothing across western Rutland County and beyond since opening its doors in late February 2016, while proceeds help prevent homelessness and hunger in Fair Haven, Benson, and West Haven.

St. John’s in East Poultney gets restoration funds

POULTNEY—The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation has awarded $5,000 toward the restoration of St. John’s Episcopal Church in East Poultney, consecrated in 1832. The slate stairs will be repaired this spring before the June 10 service, an annual ceremony recognized for its Welsh theme, a reflection on the community’s cultural history. Other summer services will be July 8 and Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.

School squibs

The Mettawee Community School PTO sold packets of culinary and medicinal herb seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds company in February to offset costs of producing the school yearbook. Receiving 50 percent of the seed packet cost, the group hopes to harvest a paycheck of $500.

Poultney High marine biology and eighth-grade classes have been selling Java Joe’s Coffee to finance a trip to Maine.

Poultney Elementary is among the recipients of a Universal Meals pilot grant from the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Markets, awarded March 1. It is one of 13 schools tapping more than $121,000 in grants and technical supports to expand the department’s farm to school programs. In all, its benefits reach 40,000 Vermont students.

Twelve Tinmouth students are learning to ski and snowboard at Pico each Monday afternoon, while about 30 spend that same time at Giorgetti Arena learning to skate.

Tinmouth anticipates September town plan update after survey

TINMOUTH—Rutland Regional Planning Commission senior planner Barbara Noyes Pulling presented a draft contract and scope of work to update Tinmouth’s town plan at the town’s Jan. 30 planning commission meeting. She asked whether Tinmouth wished to be a pilot town for new energy planning requirements. Tinmouth commissioners decided to complete the update of the current town plan, and to take on the Enhanced Energy Plan after their current task is complete. To participate in the expanded effort, towns must provide more data and mapping.

Bob Lloyd, Grant Reynolds, Vito Macaluso, and Denise McGinley presented a survey draft to be posted to Survey Monkey and mailed to Tinmouth property owners, voters, and residents. It is due March 10.

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