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CSC reaccredited; implementing strategic plan
CASTLETON-Castleton State College is officially reaccredited. In its official letter of approval to the school, the New England Association of Schools and College's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education commended Castleton for its candid self study and noted the increase in enrollment and number of students living on campus. The teacher-preparation program drew praise for innovation in combining education and the liberal arts. So did physical infrastructure improvement and sound financial position maintenance.

Castleton will report to NEASC on its "success in undertaking a formalized, multi-year strategic planning process" in spring 2014, and make a fifth-year interim report on implementing its strategic plan and weigh the plan's effectiveness in fall 2016.

GMC expands pick-frozen food reasearch
POULTNEY-Green Mountain College's Farm and Food Project has entered a partnership with Salvation Farms, a not-for-profit in Morrisville, Vt., to expand research on producing and integrating quick-frozen produce into the local food system. The partnership is to develop a minimally-processed frozen local produce food line to use at food access points serving vulnerable populations in the Rutland area, as a pilot for the Vermont Commodities Program.

It builds on projects already in place, using a flash-freeze unit at GMC and processing produce in the Solar Harvest Center Commercial Kitchen. The Rutland Area Farm & Food Link Grow-A-Row program collects surplus farm produce for the project.

Considering a vote on wind
CASTLETON-Castleton's selectboard is considering asking voters their opinion on the proposed wind power generation project on Grandpa's Knob ridge line. The question would be be in the form of a non-binding memorandum on either Primary Day or General Election ballots.

Both proponents and detractors are saying they appreciate the opportunity to be able to tell how large the numbers of people interested in supporting or stopping the project are.


LANI'S PICKS
Sunday, Aug. 5 - Mount Independence Coalition president Steven Zeoli leads a "hike into history" on the trails of the Mount. Walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers. 2 p.m. 948-2000.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 - Beatles tribute band Across the Pond (from Albany) performs the music of the Fab Four at the Castleton summer concert series. 273-2911.
Thursday, August 9 - Honky tonkers the Starline Rhythm Boys perform at the gazebo in Fair Haven's town park

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