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News briefs from the Lakes region 1.26

POULTNEY NEWS

POULTNEY- Tori Greenough's art is on display in the Poultney High library until middle February.

Congrats to Nicole Bogucki for being awarded the 2012-2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship. The one-time $1,000 grant recognizes high school seniors living in Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership. 

Congratulations to Rachel Horn. The Daughters of the American Revolution selected her as its Good Citizen of the year.

A number of Poultney eighth graders may take part in the 2012 Lincoln Essay Competition sponsored by Hildene. Entries are due by February 12.


SCHOOL NEWS

Poultney students may also take part in the Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest. Categories are grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All entries must be postmarked by March 31.

Poultney High plans a semi-formal winter ball in its gymnasium, Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-10 p.m. All seventh through twelfth graders are invited.


Poultney High students Abigail Teetor, Justin Mackey, Kim Rupe, Shawn Kerber, and Julia Simons, and their advisor and English teacher Don Keagy, recently attended the annual Model Congress at American International College in Springfield, MA. They joined more than 250 other high school students fromt New England and New York at the three-day event.

They debated and voted on legislation for replacing the Imperial System of weights and measures and with the Metric System, reducing abuse of the welfare system, immigration laws, foreign policy, internet censorship, legalizing marijuana, alternative forms of energy, and other prominent issues. 

Thanks for so many years of service to Trish Capron, district librarian, who retired this month. She worked for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union from 1980 to 2012.


BENSON POLICE COVERAGE


BENSON- folks have begun receiving up to three hours a week of police coverage through a contract with the Fair Haven Police Department. The current agreement is in force through the end of June.


HUBBARDTON SHORTED BY PROPOSED RE-DISTRICTING

HUBBARDTON-folks are largely unhappy with the proposed statewide redistricting. Putting Hubbardton in with Pittsford is a poor idea, they say. It has been in a district with Castleton, Fair Haven and West Haven, communities with which it shares schools, lakes, parks, roads, libraries, transfer station, and the chamber of commerce.

Getting from Hubbardton to Pittsford requires going through at least three towns or taking a single rough back road that is frequently closed in winter if weather is bad.

If the change takes place, Pittsford's concerns would outweigh Hubbardton's in the eyes of its representative because Pittsford has roughly five times Hubbardton's population.


FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven Union High School Project Graduation for the Class of 2012 plans a basket raffle for Jan. 29 at the high school. Raffle prizes include home heating fuel donated by Johnson Energy, a cash calendar drawn each day of February and the annual Shed Raffle.

Castleton Community Center is participating in the 2012 American Cancer Society Daffodil Days fundraising program. Buy your bouquet, potted daffodil bulbs, or send a Bear and A Bunch. Order by Friday, March 2; flowers are delivered the week of March 19.


FAIR HAVEN VOTES ON WASTEWATER TREATMENT

FAIR HAVEN-Costs to continually repair Fair Haven's wastewater treatment facility on River Street have reached a critical point. Town officials plan to ask residents to approve replacement for a plant that has been in operation for more than 40 years. Project cost would run about $238,000, potentially financed through the federal Agriculture Department's Rural Development arm and municipal bonding.

Project engineers Aldrich & Elliot Engineering of Essex Junction plan to build a new submersible duplex pump station next to the current River Street one and above the 100-year-flood level. Its life expectancy would be about 30 years.
If voters approve the project, construction may begin as early as September while the current system continues to operate.


RENOVATION GRANT ELIGIBILITY WEIGHTS DISCUSSION

CASTLETON-A group opposing building a new town building in favor of renovating the existing town hall in Castleton's village center recently revealed grants for which reworking the old building would qualify. They include $240,000 from the Donchian Foundation; and $75,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act elevator modification.

Utilizing these grants would save taxpayers $621,000, they say, and urge Castleton's select board to reweigh the Renovate Existing vs. Build New options for the town offices.

TOWN HALL SAFTY

CASTLETON-More than expense, safety is the top concern for numerous Castleton folks contemplating which course will give the best results in their struggle for a more efficient, safer town hall. In 2000, a licensed structural engineer assessed the foundation's safety, reporting his findings to the select board in a letter. That letter, however, seems to have disappeared.

LANI'S PICKS

Thursday, Jan. 26 - Castleton State College celebrates the beginning of spring with a convocation at 4 p.m. in the Casella Theater. Dr. Mike Kiernan leads the event, which commemorates the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program calls for readings by contemporary pacifists who were influenced by philosophies similar to Dr. King's.

Friday, Jan. 27 - Haynes House of Hope in Granville, a comfort care home for the terminally ill, prepares chicken parmesan for Castleton Community Center's first pot luck of the year. Hope you've called 468-3093 to reserve your seat.

Saturday, Jan. 28 - Zumba Master Class fundraiser helps out Ashley Mulholland, an instructional assistant at the school. She was injured in an auto accident early in the month and has since had surgery.

Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31 - Writer/activist Rick Bass discusses his book Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands at 6 p.m. in the Gorge, Green Mountain College, on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, he reads from his nature works in the Griswold library.

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