CASTLETON-Castleton voters are a bit curious about their select
board. The board was quick to vote in opposition to the Reunion
Power proposal, yet slow to take action on a town hall solution.
Voters took heart when it appeared that the select board would
utilize the Castleton Polling Institute to develop a way around
what seemed to be an impass.
Voters turned down a bond issue for a new town hall to be erected
on vacant land at Castleton Corners. The institute has conducted
focus groups to determine questions to be on a townwide poll, but
now they say there will not be a subsequent poll.
New subdivision regulations
PAWLET-Pawlet's planning commission is working to adopt
denity-based subdivision regulations which would supplant the
town's current zoning. Up to now, the town had six zoning
districts, each with defined usage and lot sizes. Pawlet has been a
"one-acre" town, so that any commercial activity occupying more
than one acre requires an Act 250 permit.
Adopting subdivision regulations would mean Act 250 would apply
only on developments of more than ten acre. It encourages clustered
development and common areas. The town's development review board,
not the state, oversees commercial development management.
Proponents of the subdivision approach say it reflects the town's
needs and historic settlement patterns, eliminating the requirement
for 5-, 10- and 25-acre lots. Agricultural properties remain
Subdivision regulations will aid growth in West Pawlet's designated
village center as the town reworks its 30-year-old wastewater
treatment plant. The town plans a public forum on Monday, June 25,
to discuss the community's responses to a survey on switching to a
POULTNEY-The Poultney Public Library is now accepting donated books
and movies for its annual book sale, planned for Saturday, July 7,
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 287-5556 to find out more. Also visit
the Youth Flea Market that day.
Do you have your float ready for the Poultney July 4 parade? This
year's theme is Books Come Alive!
Free swim lessons for Tinmouth
TINMOUTH - Swimming lessons are free for all children in Tinmouth,
courtesy of the Tinmouth Community Fund. Call Jenn Rocque-Tifft,
558-1061, to register or find out more.
Thanks to all who helped with and/or bought plants at the annual
Tinmouth plant sale. It garner more than $3,000, distributed
between the Tinmouth Community Fund and the Tinmouth School Parents
Buzz in Benson
BENSON-Benson residents Shannon Moriarity and Jeffrey Peltier
recently received $1,000 Community Awareness Scholarships at Fair
Haven Union's honor awards ceremony. Peltier also received the
Bertha Franke scholarship. Mortiarity and Rachael DuBois each
received an Eaves Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. In addition,
Moriarity and Jacob Silver each received a $200 H. Glenn Munger
Scholarship, awarded to the Benson senior boy and girl with the
highest grade point average.
Online farmers market
WELLS-Cynthia and Rich Larson are organizing an online farmers
market in Wells and looking for local producers to participate.
Vendors post their offerings, including price by weight, volume,
number, and other specifics. Customers enter the website to buy;
when they do, that quantity is subtracted from vendors' lists.
Farmers learn by e-mail what has sold and bring that amount to the
Larson farm. Buyers pay from PayPal accounts and pick up their food
at the farm. Interesting concept!
Saturday, June 23 - The Pawlet Historical Society holds a tag and
bake sale at the Pawlet firehouse from 8:30 a.m. to 12-noon.
Saturday, June 23 - The Fair Haven Welcome Center hosts its sixth
annual outdoor even from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dozens of booths
display the offerings of local business, with WJJR broadcasting
live on-site. Call 265-4763 or 265-2210.
Saturday, June 23 - Poultney dedicates the stone bench at Stone
Valley Co-op at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., Mark LeClair transforms logs of
wood into carved animals with a chain saw at Lake St.
Tuesday, June 26 - Satin and Steel energizes the evening in
Castleton, on the lawn of the old Medical Chapel at 7 p.m.. The
nine-piece group splits into a five-piece horn section and
four-piece rhythm node, overlain by crisp vocal harmonies. Rain
site is the tent also used during the college's graduation
ceremony. For info, call 273-2911.