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Police to be with Fire and EMS on Rte 30
CASTLETON - As Castleton plans its new fire and EMS building, being erected on Route 30. Some believe the town's police department should be moved to that site rather than into the town office building in the middle of the village. Town police chief Bruce Sherwin is lobbying for his department to be housed in the Route 30 structure, saying that the community's population - and resultant demand for service - has shifted to the west; two thirds are along or west of the Route 30 corridor.
Town manager Charles Jacien concurs. Placing the department in the new building would be more efficient, saving time and money as well as providing better service. Putting law enforcement and fire suppression in the same building is also more efficient and enhances cooperation.
Some residents question moving a police presence outside the village and further from the college; they cite conflict with college students, often fueled by alcohol, let alone youthful spirits.
Sherwin noted that the start of the 2013-2014 academic year was a vast improvement over the previous year's beginning, which seemed to be exceptionally unruly.
Installation at the 30 Road building would allow room for a holding cell and adequate parking, both lacking at the old town office building, Sherwin observed. If there were a question that Sherwin might be "feathering his own nest," that's not so, he pointed out; the police chief plans to retire in the summer of 2014, before the building would be ready.

Officials needed, new laws considered
CASTLETON- The town is looking for a zoning administrator, willing to work 2 half days a week and some evenings. Candidates should be logical, comfortable dealing with documents and laws, and with working with other human beings. To find out more, call Charles Jacien, town manager, 468-5319.
The town also wants to fill vacancies on the Development Review Board, Planning Commission, and Recreation Commission.
The town select board plans to ratify a new open-container ordinance, attaching fairly heavy penalties for walking in public with an open cup, can, bottle, or other container. A first offense will cost $100; a second, twice that amount; and a third, $1,000. The new law would be applicable across all of Castleton, not merely the village, but only on public property, not private. "Public" does not encompass a business providing sidewalk dining or other outdoor areas, as open containers are covered by a permit.
Individuals may secure a permit covering parties and one-time activities. The ban does not stretch across Lake Bomoseen winter ice either, because the lake is a state-controlled entity.

GMC and its faculty featured in print
POULTNEY - MIT Press recently published the book Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation, which contains Green Mountain College provost William Throop's chapter "From Environmental Advocates to Sustainability Entrepreneurs: Rethinking a Sustainability-Focused General Education Program." The book encompasses a variety of tales on how higher education, from private liberal arts colleges to major research institutions, integrates sustainability into curricula, policies, and programs.
Two other Green Mountain faculty members, Tom Mauhs-Pugh (Education) and Meriel Brooks (Biology) are also recently published. Their collaborative essay "Seeking 'Productive, Caring, and Fulfilling Lives' Through the Environmental Liberal Arts at Green Mountain College" appears in The College Curriculum: A Reader (Peter Lang Publishing). Their contribution focuses on GMC's ELA curriculum against the context of U.S. higher education, historically and currently.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy magazine AT Journeys recently published an essay by GMC Natural Resource Management prof Sarah Mittlefehldt. She explains why she walked 2,175 miles on the Appalachian Trail, performing ten months of historical research on the trail. Her research makes up her book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics.

Village School education highlights
CASTLETON - The eighth grade is sponsoring a half-marathon and 5K run/walk on Sunday, October 27, in conjunction with Castleton State College. The course will cover dirt roads and pathways.
Seventh and eighth grade band members are learning the rock hit Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, popular in 1971. Sixth grade band members are learning Rock-A-Way. The Village School bands, jazz band, and chorus are all working toward their first concert, planned for mid-December.
Eighth grade math students have been solving multi-step equations, including combing like terms and solving for variables on both sides of the equation. Seventh grade math students have been learning about integers and basic operations.
CSC welcomes new admissions personelle
Castleton State College has added Nicole Adams, Hannah Corkery, and Raphael Okutoro to assistant directors of Admissions. Adams is a 2009 Castleton graduate with a degree in Sociology (Cultural anthropology concentration) and minor in Art. She has been coaching lacrosse at the college level and completed a master's degree at Durham University in England. At Castleton, her new job includes recruiting prospective high school students from various regions and assisting applicants through the admissions process.
In addition to being an assistant director in Admissions, Corkery is also an assistant women's lacrosse coach. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she received her master degree in Education while serving as graduate assistant for the women's lacrosse team.
New assistant director of Transfer Admissions, Okutoro is a University of Vermont graduate with more than nine years' experience in college admissions. He will work with prospective transfer students, schools and the Castleton admission department, strengthening existing communications and interactions.

Lani's weekly calendar picks
Sat. and Sun., Oct. 5-6 - Fall Open Studio Weekend is a great opportunity to sightsee in the Lakes Region. Visit Heidi Hammell's Dry Brook Studio in West Pawlet; Lynn D. Pratt watercolors in Pawlet; and Rising Meadow Pottery, Nance Dean Jewelry, Peter Huntoon's studio, and Mareva Millare's paintings in Middletown Springs.
Saturday, Oct. 5 - Poultney hosts the second annual Firefighter's 5K Run and Walk, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Firefighters are encouraged to run the race in full turnout gear, with a special award category for dressed firefighters. A pancake breakfast and awards ceremony follow the race.
Saturday, October 5 - Experienced stargazers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers share their telescopes and knowledge for a Deep Space Night at the Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring blankets, flashlights and your own binoculars or telescopes if you like. Call 273-2282 to confirm.
Sunday, October 6 -- Hike up Mount Zion with site interpreter Carl Fuller to enjoy fall colors and view of the Hubbardton battlefield and surrounding mountains. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Meet at the Visitor Center, Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Rd., 2 to 5 p.m., 273-2282.