Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:19 PM
Schools ready for students
Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union students will return to
classrooms on Wed., August 28.
Castleton State College residence halls open for new students on
Aug. 22; returning students are welcome to enter their
dorm rooms on Monday, Aug. 25. Green Mountain College new students
arrive on Saturday, August 31, while upper class students return to
campus the following Monday.
Zero-Sort recycling to begin in Poultney
POULTNEY - As soon as construction is complete at Poultney's
transfer station, residents won't have to sort their recyclables
anymore. Poultney is going Zero-Sort. Town Manager Jonas Rosenthal
recently announced that the new recycling program would begin as
soon as construction of a new platform and electrical work were
The town expects to save money through its 10-year contract with
Casella Waste Management Systems; it calls for combining all
recyclable materials and compacting them before transport to
Casella's sorting facility in Rutland City. Because recyclables
will all travel to the Casella plant in a single haul, the cost
goes down, perhaps more than 70 percent some estimate.
If recycling increases by 30 percent as expected - because it's
simpler - the town is likely to save as much as $40,000 a year.
Poultney residents may drop metal cans (including aluminum), foils,
glass bottles and jars, plastics 1-7, and both white and colored
paper, magazines and soft cover books, corrugated cardboard,
newspapers, and envelopes and mail into their recyclable bins. For
more info, call 287-9751.
Community center welcomes Belden, celebrates
CASTLETON - David Belden has joined the Castleton Community Center
as its front desk receptionist, working Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday afternoons as part of the Department of Labor Reach Up
program. He is a life-long resident of the Fair Haven region.
Thanks to all who made the July basket party the Center's most
successful ever. The Basket Committee collected more than 170
baskets and 102 raffle items. Thanks, too, to American Legion Post
50 for allowing use of its hall and the volunteers who helped with
ticket sales, food service, and basket transport. Moneys raised by
this event help maintain the CCC Wellness Center.
Japanese rock garden appears at the entrance of GMC
POULTNEY - Green Mountain College students will likely spot a rocky
change at the school library. A team of facilities workers recently
transformed the entrance into the beginning stages of a
Japanese-style rock garden. The design team included Steven Fesmire
and Heather Keith, both professors of philosophy at the college,
alumnus Joseph Markowski, and Glenn LaPlante, GMC director of
facilities. Students will be invited to pick up a rake to change
the alignment of the stones it contains, participating in the
design process. Water features in the two fountains at the
library's front will provide welcoming and tranquil space.
Small town dilema
The recent discussion in Castleton whether a selectman should
recuse himself from a hearing being conducted by a board on which
he also sits is not all that uncommon a question. In the specific
instance, selectman John Hale also sits on the local zoning board;
when it ruled on a request for a variance in setbacks to the town
office building made by the select committee, new zoning
administrator Jim Thomas asked Hale to not take part in the zoning
discussion. Ruling on whether or not to allow a variance when he
was one of the individuals responsible for the request is a
conflict of interest, Thomas said.
Hale at first disagreed that he had any interest in the outcome
because he would make no personal gain regardless of the outcome;
when members of the audience indicated that, regardless, taking
part would appear as such a conflict, Hale removed himself from the
discussion, taking a seat in the audience.
Lani's weekly calendar picks
Saturday, Aug. 17 - Castleton's history is open to the public
during its annual Castleton Colonial Day House Tour, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Participants tour more than a dozen sites that include
outstanding period homes, public buildings, galleries, and historic
sites, viewing exhibits of antique tools, carriages, a period
costume display and demos of crafts. An ice cream social will be
held at the Castleton Library from 2-4 p.m. and a ham dinner at 5
p.m. in the Federated Church.
Sunday, Aug. 18 - Carol and Brook Aldrich dress in period attire,
telling their audience at Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic
Site, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., of 1700s apparel, 1 p.m.