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Library programs set for summer
POULTNEY - School is nearly out, and the summer library programs will soon begin. Before school lets out, the library staff visits Poultney Elementary in costume, and tells of the summer's planned free events at the library. On this summer's schedule are Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate, Summer Encore, Simon the Storyteller, CLIF Storyteller Event (Free Books), "Diggin in the Dirt"(with live animals), Stuffed Animal Sleepover, and more. All programs are family-friendly and fun for all ages.

Town buildings see progress

CASTLETON - Castleton voters may have a say on the proposed fire station building on July 22. That's the tentative date set for a vote, depending on how the state views the selected site on Route 30 as to its wetlands designation and the permissibility of a curb cut. Given the state's go-ahead signals, voters will decide whether to approve a $1.5 million bond for construction.

If the state says yes and the voters say yes, the town can activate a purchase agreement to buy the five-acre site for $125,000. The station could be a concrete reality by sometime in 2015, provided it can jump the Act 250 hurdle.

Renovating the historic town office building is also underway. The architect, John Berryhill of NBF Architects in Rutland, recently met with town employees in a discussion aimed at planning the building's interior. In November, voters approved spending $750,000 for the renovation and another $240,000 will come from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.

It seems likely that Castleton voters will use American Legion Crippen-Fellows Post 50 as their polling site in the future. The post's executive committee recently considered and approved a Letter of Understanding to that effect from the town.

Congratulations to...
Lucy DeMatties and Sadie Brown, named valedictorian and salutatorian of Poultney High's graduating class of 2013. Both are members of the National Honor Society and were varsity cheerleaders and members of the Interact Club. DeMatties was also a member of the Student Council and Athletic Council and was co-president of the Senior Class, with plans to attend the University of Vermont. Brown was in the Poultney High School Band and Chorus and was also active in 4-H. She is on her way to SUNY Plattsburgh.

Aaron Ashton, recently joining the Brass Butterfly in Poultney as general manager and sales person. A Green Mountain College graduate, Ashton recently finished a year working in AmeriCorps-VISTA as part of Vermont's Agency of Human Services in Rutland County.

Lani's weekly picks
Saturday, June 8 - Learn to make a simple kite or fly your own at the Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., Hubbardton, 1-4 p.m. 273-2282.
Tuesday, June 11 - The Panhandlers Steel Band, a 13-member steel 'pan' band, makes happy music at the Castleton State College pavilion, starting at 7 p.m. Director Scott Paulson leads the group, based at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, as it brings the sounds of joy in the tropics from an assortment of steel and lead oil drums, lead pans, and other metal, 'repurposed' containers. Rain or shine. For more info, call 273-2911.

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