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News briefs from the Lakes Region 12.15

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS

CASTLETON-The CCC is adding two level-one Tai Chi For Arthritis classes in January. A level two class continues for those who have completed level one.  Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level.

Benefits of practicing Tai Chi include reduced stress, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation, and improved overall mind, body and spirit. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi Program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life. 
There has been an overwhelming response to our Tai Chi for Arthritis Class. The Community Center will offer two new level one classes starting in January. The morning class will meet Tuesdays from 11 a.m. -12-noon Jan. 10 - Feb. 14. The afternoon class will meet Thursday from 1-2 p.m. January 12 - Feb. 16. There is no fee for the Tai Chi for Arthritis classes.

Check out the variety of classes: Zumba, Bone Builders, Movement Medley, Better Balance, and Ball Room Dancing.

ACADEMIC ALL AMERICAN

CASTLETON- A senior forward Courtney Chadburn, a resident of North Clarendon, was recently named NCAA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award winner. She is a physical education major with a 3.96 G.P.A. and was named North Atlantic Conference's Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Chadburn is Castleton's all-time leading scorer (86 goals, 41 assists, 213 points).

FHUHS SCHOLARS IN STATE COMPETITION

Congratulations to Abigail Rampone, reaping the highest individual score in the recent Quest for the Nest competition at Lyndon State College. Overall, the team came in third, behind only pricey Phillips-Exeter Academy. The team is selling Lindt chocolate toward going to St. Louis in June.

ENHANCED LEARNING

FAIR HAVEN - FHUHS science teacher Ben Worthing is flipping his classroom as a new way for students to learn. Students do their homework before they come to class, in the form of watching a narrated video, either on YouTube or DVD, and filling out a worksheet to help remember the material. In class they perform other tasks with teacher support, receiving assistance as they need it.

Math teacher Kathy Gallagher has begun her classroom Smartboard and a microphone to record lessons as a video for upload to YouTube. Students access the work through an EdLine page, where they can see what they might have missed in class or review concepts and steps. 

FORMER STUDENT ARRESTED

CASTLETON-Most students attend our local schools and colleges and emerge with an enhanced money-making capability, or at least we hope so. Guess you could say that's true of Jill Ludwig and her companion John Maynard. They turned to robbing banks, hitting the Citizen's Bank in Poultney plus banks in  Rutland and West Rutland, and maybe Granville, NY, too.

A recent report said the pair are jailed in Rutland, with charges filed on three counts of robbery and one of assault. They are expected to be similarly charged in New York State.

NEW TOWN HALL RUSHED?

CASTLETON-Electricity has already been cut to the old town hall in Castleton. Offices are renting temporary quarters. A new building site is purchased. But is the entire process being rushed too much?

Some locals feel that the town government is avoiding getting feedback from the citizenry. A site designated for the new structure was purchased without voter approval. They're leery of the funding arrangements: $750,000 via bond vote (if passed), with the rest to be drawn from town funds, nipping contingency funds and taxes, and relying on a to-be-attached fire station. Too many questions are unresolved, they say.

LANI'S PICKS

Friday, Dec. 16 - Join your friends in Benson for an 11:30 a.m. turkey lunch with all the trimmings.

Saturday, Dec. 17 - Hope you already have your reservation in for the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce's holiday party (it was due Thursday, Dec. 1). Find out more by calling Mary Lee, Stitchy Women, 287-4114, or the Chamber, 287-2010.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Mettawee Community School all-school presentation of Snow Biz. A bus makes pick-ups at Rupert Fire House, West Pawlet Fire House and Pawlet Community Church to aid seniors and other community members to attend - and they get a ride back to their pick-up point too. Call 645-9009 for more info.

Tagged: Lakes Region News, Lakes Region, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Zumba, FHUHS