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POULTNEY-Green Mountain College recently hosted the Fire in the Mountains Quidditch tournament. Seven college teams took part. As far as we know, none of the players became airborne.

CASTLETON - Dr. Ingrid Johnston-Robledo has recently become Castleton's associate dean of Academics. She most recently was full professor in psychology and women's studies, while also assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Women's Studies Department. 

CASTLETON - The college recently dedicated its newest additions: Hoff Hall, the pavilion, and facilities barn. Together they wind up a $13 million "Project 2012," the fulfillment of ten years of master planning and $70 million in investments. Hoff Hall is a 162-bed residence hall with LEED Gold certification, named for former Vermont Governor Philip Hoff. The pavilion is planned to be the site of future graduations, large college meetings and other college events, holding up to 3,000 guests. During the winter, it becomes a covered skating rink for both campus and community to enjoy. The facilities barn provides trade shop space, centrally located offices for facilities department employees, space for organized storage, and a secure yard.

CASTLETON-Castleton Elementary recently hosted its fall open house, an event that was well attended and included a book fair. The school had begun using a Bridges Block approach last January for grades 1 through 5. This year, the program will include grades 3 through 5, grouping students by instructional and enrichment needs. The school's goal is to bring all students to reading at or above grade level plus have sold math skills. Intervention for kindergarten through second grade takes place in the classroom.

BENSON -Shale Hill Adventure Center inaugurates its new course with the very first Benson Bear Obstacle Adventure Race on Saturday, October 6, at 8:30 a.m. Competitors cover more than four miles of varied terrain and water crossing, containing more than 25 obstacles and challenges. The race is limited to the first 500 competitors. Spectators are welcome; food is available for purchase.

Rob and Jill Butler are hosting the event, complete with live music.

ORWELL - Orwell Village school Principal Sue DeCarolis recently announced her final day at Orwell Village School, leaving a school building with freshly completed capital improvements that make it healthier and safer, as well as more cost-effective in terms of oil and electricity. She introduced the school's new principal, Patrick Walters, saying that his career as a principal includes three years at Holland Elementary School near Derby Line and eight years at Flood Brook School in Londonderry.

Saturday, October 6 - Homesteading 101, a hands-on opportunity to learn about gardening, canning, root cellars, chickens, harvesting, cooking, and other topics. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heron Brook Haven, 432 Kelley Hill Rd., 325-3880.
Saturday, October 6 - First annual Lake Bomoseen chili cook-off, 3 to 6 p.m., Prospect Point Golf Club. Also barbershop quartet, dunking chair, beer tasting. 468-5581
Wednesday, October 10 - Castleton Woman's Club, Castleton College Medical Chapel. Call Linda Pritchard, 273-2086, or Marion Cleary, 273-2140, to find out more.