POULTNEY-What lies in Poultney's future? Poultney 2020 conference
attendees hope to see a community art center on Main Street, a
localvore restaurant, a park on Main Street, and an in-town hub for
recreation trails in town. Participants are working toward all
four objectives; each of the four committees plans to meet within a
month to outline how to reach its specific goal.
Thanks are due the Downtown Poultney Revitalization Committee,
Green Mountain College, and community members who partnered to host
this day of planning activities.
Participants in Poultney's 2013 Earth Fair also planned for the
future, demonstrating inventions and information that point to a
brighter tomorrow. Attendees could learn about the variety of food
products produced on local farms, consider whether the state could
grow 100 percent of its own food, and talk about composting and
alternative transportation, as well as other topics.
As spring thaws the ground, grass reaches to the sky and flowers
zoom up into view, there are certain considerations to keep in
mind. Local cemeteries are likely to ask that holiday decorations
be removed, and that spring decorations not create difficulties for
mowing machines and other maintenance. Some ask that there be no
Green Up Day Saturday, May 4, is organized on a town-by-town
basis. To help spruce up your community check in with your town
clerk about where to pick up green-up bags and meet up with work
Engineering is nearly complete and one more public meeting is yet
to come before sidewalk construction at Castleton Corners itself
follows. Workers will lay sidewalk from the corners north toward
the Castleton Family Health Center, west toward the Bomoseen Inn,
and east toward the site of the town's temporary offices. A
$300,000 grant from Transportation Enhancement funds pays for 60
percent of the $500,000 project. Local officials hope to expand the
sidewalk on to the elementary school, driving the project cost up
to $1.1 million.
Grady Bridge, on Float Bridge Road at Lake Bomoseen, is also
scheduled for repair. Popular with fishermen, the bridge has
already received $60,000 in repairs. Estimates for a thorough job
hover around $560,000, while town officials have already set aside
more than $100,000 in a reserve fund and are planning to apply for
$175,000 in structure grants.
CASTLETON-Castleton State College's coordinator of campus wellness
education, Barbara McCall, recently received the Affiliate New
Professional Award from the American College Health Association
(ACHA). The award recognizes ACHA members who have been providing
service in the field of college health for three years or less and
while making significant contributions to their institutions and/or
CASTLETON-More regular hours and greater availability was what
Castleton residents asked for from town clerk Katy Thornblade.
Their request was fruitful and a new agreements between Thornblade
and town officials has been adopted. She has agreed to spend 35
hours a week working from her office, although she may not be
publicly accessible for all that time. The primary exceptions to
her availability will be during elections and dog registration,
times when the type of work she performs requires little
interruption. Other than that, her open hours will remain Monday
The select board also voted to add $2,500 to the budget for
constable services and mileage, supplementing the annual sum of
$23,202. The budgeted funds have been 99 percent spent, although
more than two months remain in the fiscal year. Doing without
constable service when the budget has run out is not an option,
especially at season when college parties and the end of the school
year are coming up before the year's end.
TINMOUTH - Neighbors recently pitched in to rebuild John Marro's
barn, consumed in a fire recently. Nearly 50 volunteers joined in
the effort, erecting a new 2,400-square-foot barn on the site of
the old one.
Much credit for the old-fashioned style barn-raising goes to Ray
Pratt, lead contractor for the project and to Cathy Reynolds, who
coordinated the fund raising. Some $15,000 has been sent in to help
the Marro family replace livestock, feed, and equipment.
Saturday, May 4 - Statewide Green Up Vermont Day.
Saturday, May 4 - Truck Day, an all-age celebration of trucks and
other wheeled things at Castleton Elementary. Donations support
town library children's programming; food sales will benefit the
CSO and Friends of the Castleton Free Library. Call, 468-2203, or
468-5574, for details.
Sunday, May 5 - The Burlington Ensemble joins Castleton's
Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers to present George Frideric
Handel's Chandos Anthem no. 4, O Sing Unto the Lord, and Laudate
Jehovam by Telemann in the Casella Theater at 5 p.m. Call 468-1119
Sunday, May 5 - Devils Bowl Speedway hosts its spring opener
beginning at 1:30 p.m. 265-3112.