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POULTNEY- Local artist/photographer Alan Nyri from Poultney has an exhibit of his work entitled The Vermont Barn on display in the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. The display is an attempt to preserve the visual heritage of the barn. The opening reception, Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

WELLS-A state Public Service Board ruling has resulted in Olga Julinska and Felix Kniazev's decision to move from their home at the top of Northeast Mountain in Wells. Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) received approval to replace the radio tower next to their home with a larger tower, transmitting a wider range of signals that the couple feels will endanger them and their family.
The 53-page decision gave them $25,750 for site changes, including granting a wider easement for utility lines for the project which VELCO states improves the company's in-house statewide radio network, and gave the company 24-hour access seven days a week to the tower. Although VELCO says the house is habitable, the family disagrees. Rutland civil court will determine the validity of the couple's appeal.

POULTNEY -A 300-foot span of concrete completes the sidewalk along Route 140/East Main Street to form a continuous path from the intersection of Main and College Streets to East Poultney On-The-Green. To be completed by mid-October, the six-foot-wide sidewalk runs next to the high school baseball field and is a Safe Roads to School project.

Complete with curbing, the sidewalk and its resultant construction also will create storm drainage and a 100-foot retaining wall to eliminate erosion, plus parking lot paving. Project cost is estimated at $133,000.

CASTLETON-The Castleton Cares Food Shelf is asking for donations of canned meals like stews and hearty soups plus canned meats to help out residents who need Emergency Food Assistance. The food shelf is open for donations Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.; contributions may also be dropped in the box between the doors at the back kitchen entrance of the Federated Church, 504 Main St.

FAIR HAVEN-After Fair Haven town manager Peter Hathaway voluntarily resigned from his position in early August, he claimed he was forced out by select board actions and micro-management. Interim town manager William Humphries has told town employees not to talk to the public about the matter during office hours, not because he's stifling free speech but because he believes they shouldn't be paid for talking about non-work topics.

Will a power struggle develop? This is hometown politics. There are sure to be some interesting ramifications.

Sunday, Sept. 9 - Fair Haven's American Legion Post #49 hosts a breakfast buffet from 8-11 a.m. Call 265-7983.
Monday, Sept. 10 - John Elder Robison speaks on Be Different in Glenbrook Gymnasium, Castleton State College, at 7 p.m., sharing the effects of living with Aspergers syndrome. He has seen success as "a guitar pyrotechnic genius, a Milton Bradley game designer, [and] a multi-million dollar car specialty entrepreneur."
Thursday, Sept. 13 - Castleton State College theater arts professor Harry McEnerny discusses the impact of the arts in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. 12:30 p.m. Location TBA.