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3D modeling competition
FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven Union H. S. librarian Deborah Ehler-Hansen is looking for team members to participate in the annual Vermont: Town History in 3D competition. Participants will use 3D modeling software Sketchup and 3D printing technology as they research and create models of historical buildings in their area. They will explore and document building histories and create a multimedia presentation to accompany their printed 3D models.
“All completed models and their accompanying multimedia presentations are entered into a now annual statewide spring invitational showcase where they are judged for their technical mastery, architectural accuracy and historical research and presentation,” according to the contest’s website. It encourages teams to research, reproduce and document more than one building in their community. There are many resources available to researchers in Vermont: preserved land records, microfilmed newspapers, research library facilities, and local historical societies.”
FH law enforcement scores protective gear
FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven Police Department’s police canine Sammie, a German shepherd, posed recently wearing a new, U.S.-made, state-of-the-art protective vest. The vest bears the embroidered words, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in East Taunton, Mass., committed to protecting the dogs who protect us. Thanks are due sponsors Elliot and Karen Allen of Fair Haven, Vt.
For Sammie’s human counterparts, the town of Fair Haven’s Select Board learned at its Oct. 25 meeting that the town has received a $3,193.50 grant to buy eight bullet-proof vests. The grant pays 50 percent of the cost for these life savers. Town Manager Herb Durfee plans to confer with Police Chief William Humphries on how to pay for the other half of the purchase price and who is responsible for doing so.
Concerts in the Park to benefit from new lighting
FAIR HAVEN—Concerns over safety during the Concerts in the Park series has caused the town to hire a lighting consultant, with half the expenses paid by the Concerts Committee. The entire project will cost $125,000. The project also includes an option to add sensors in the future or expand public Wi-Fi.
Food shelves made available to collegians
CASTLETON—Castleton Cares, Inc., is offering food shelf access to commuter students at Castleton University. Commuters and struggling community members may go to the food shelf behind the Federated Church of Castleton to receive free meats, vegetables, and canned or packaged foods once a month. To be eligible, commuting students must live in Castleton, Bomoseen or Hydeville and fill out paperwork about their residency status. The food shelf is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
GMC students offer thanks to the town
POULTNEY—Green Mountain College students plan to thank the town of Poultney for providing the learning environment they enjoy with a Thanks & Giving Day celebration Tuesday, Nov. 15, that features three community meals during the day. Students will prepare food, host workshops, play music, and plan social events while meeting their community neighbors. Heading up organizing the event is Carl Diethelm, a renewable energy and ecological design major who plans to graduate in the spring.

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