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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 Thursday, 
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 complete.
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 success
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 library
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.