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CASTLETON - A grant from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging is helping Doris Markie take the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener class, with the aim of using what she learns to guide other CCC members in using the community garden to grow and harvest healthful food on-site. Thanks too to the Castleton Lions Club for fence installation and the Home

Depot Team for new raised beds and pathways. Let Doris know if you want to take part in the garden project.
A hearty welcome to Barb Gustafson, back on the Castleton Community Seniors board of directors. She had been a board member from 2002 to 2009 and was also secretary for the group. On the CCSI program committee, she is working on plans for fall and next spring learning series.

Also welcome to kitchen manager Stephen Anderson, CCC's newest Vermont Associates trainee. Before he retired, Steve worked as a manufacturer's representative.

Thanks to all who gave Christmas cheer to the Knitters Network and the Operation Doll effort. In all, community members gave more than 1,250 items, including knitted and crocheted items, dressed up dolls, and toys. The Open Door Mission donated 673 items; the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County donated four pairs of steel-toed Red Wing boots. These gifts went to newborns, preschoolers, school children, teens, clients at the Woman's Shelter, homeless veterans, active military, elderly, shut-ins, nursing home patients, food shelves, home fire victims, and cancer patients. The RSVP doll project and Toys for Tots received dolls and toys. Everybody won. Spread the help around.

CASTLETON-The Castleton Select Board has continued to put out information on recent accomplishments. The listing sounds impressive, including improving Crystal Beach at Lake Bomoseen and Dewey Field on North Road. Two rain gardens put to use rain from the structure at the beach, which also sports a new roof and electrical upgrade. A new playground at the beach is safer than the old one.

Not all townspeople are responding positively to these positive reports, not all appreciate having the select board's successes pointed out. Some question whether hiring anyone to write and disseminate this kind of town news is a waste of taxpayer funds.

BENSON-The Benson Fire Department recently held its second annual recognition and awards dinner. Tomas Bowen and Kevin Hurd received first-year pins; Justin Bartholomew, a third-year pin; and Mike Daigle, a five-year pin. The group recognized Wes Orr as Firefighter of the Year. Chief Tom Neumann thank those who support the department all year long, but especially at fundraisers the Family Day BBQ and the Haunted Hayride.

BENSON-Benson Valley School recently received 50 free poetry books paid for by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. Thanks to Jaci Lussier and librarian Ann Maria Witt for putting the grant application together.

BENSON-Thanks to Fernande Washburn and Millie Ricketts for their hard work in the Benson Heights senior garden last summer. Thanks also to Paul and Pete Parent, who brought in compost to fill empty raised beds and top off the rest of the garden. It produced excellent vegetables, including sweet potatoes, a variety of tomatoes, mini-cabbages, and more. Thanks, too, to Jan Burleson for healthy and hardy seedlings, and brightly colored zinnias. Plans are to lay a weed barrier between the nine raised beds to reduce the need for straw and keep the garden tidy.

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS-The Middletown Springs Henderson Scholarship Fund Selection Committee recently awarded three $500 scholarships to Middletown Springs students who are beginning their college careers. Timothy Carr is attending Gordon College in Wenham, MA; Emma Lamberton is attending Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA; and Zoe Carswell is attending the University of Bath in southwest England.

Middletown Springs Elementary School has begun putting to use a $20,000 matching grant from the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, replacing deteriorating slate roofing tiles with new ones.

The week of February 4-8 is one local grade schoolers won't soon forget. Circus Smirkus came to visit for a week-long residency, teaching circus performance arts. Students then put on two shows on Friday, the 8th, demonstrating what they'd learned.

FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven concert organizer Fred Capron recently announced the schedule for the town's summertime Concerts in the Park. The Thursday evening concert series begins with Yankee Dixie, playing music of the American South, on June 20, followed by Mellow Yellow on the 27th.

The 40th Army Band of the Vermont National Guard comes to Fair Haven the first concert in July, taking place on Friday, July 5, so as to not conflict with other local celebrations on Thursday. More than 1,300 people came to hear the band in Fair Haven last summer.

The series return to Thursday evenings on July 11 with local musician Freeman Corey in Snake Mountain Bluegrass, and then Burlington-based Left Eye Jump with Dennis Wilmott on the 18th. The summer music continues with Possum Haw on July 25; Prydein on August 1, Moonlighters Big Band on August 8, and TS Ensemble on August 15. August 22 wraps up the season, with the Starline Rhythm Boys -- rained out last year - with an evening of honky tonk.

Concert goers will enjoy more than free music. Local businesses and organizations plan door prizes, food, and a 50-50 raffle plus free ice cream socials. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fair Haven hosts its February community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Call Catherine McCauley, 265-4010, for details.

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