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Gold rating awarded to residence hall
CASTLETON - Hoff Hall, Castleton State College's newest residence hall, recently received a gold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a system for rating the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. Hoff Hall is the school's second LEED gold building - the first to achieve this status is the campus center. In addition to its 28.8 kW,120-panel solar array, Hoff Hall also boasts four micro, power generating wind turbines, the first commercial deployment of the technology in Vermont.

Three master's programs added
CASTLETON - CSC recently announced it is adding three master's degree programs to its catalog, in mathematics education, theater, and music education. The 36-credit, one-year education degree begins in the spring 2014, designed to bridge the gap between math and math education theory.
The theater degree begins with the summer session; "unlike any other in northern New England," according to a recent release, it is designed to prepare students for professional theater work.
The 30-credit music education curriculum begins in the fall. Taught by experienced music educators, it emphasizes real-world application.

Elementary education
Castleton Village School sixth graders have been connecting art to social studies with a pair of projects on Egypt. They have made a papier-mâché and clay canopic jar that appears like those found in an Egyptian tomb. They also created a detailed line drawing on a black-coated gold scratchboard of an Egyptian doing something in modern times, observing how modern drawings of humans differ from those found in the pyramids.
CVS seventh and eighth graders studied master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his methods before creating their own by heating different colored plastic pieces and transforming them into 3D sculptures.
Fair Haven Grade School and its PTA are working toward the annual Supermarket Bingo, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 in the St. Mary's School auditorium.

Town vs. state?
CASTLETON - Should towns like Castleton have more input into the state's energy generation project permitting process? Karen Horn, director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, recently told a joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy meeting that towns have little say in these projects under Section 248, which guides energy generation and transmission siting procedures. The quasi-judicial Public Service Board approves or disapproves them.
Jim Volz, board chair, says that his board decides whether projects are in the state's public interest, looking at the state as a whole. The current public hearing process with its disclosure of publicly available documents and written opinions that outline the board's reasons for their decision is transparent enough, he believes.
The Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission's April report has recommended that the board hire a case manager, who would likely serve as spokesperson for the board in discussing the board's procedures but not confidential project details. The commission's recommendation was for a four-tier project approval approach, with varying processes dependent on the amount of energy to be produced.
Small projects producing up to 500 kilowatts would be approved faster than larger projects. The Public Service Board believes the tiers should also consider project footprint size, not energy output alone. There is a lot to consider, including how much influence local opposition may carry, especially if it stands in the way of private landowners' income.

Historic photos on display
PAWLET - The Pawlet Public Library hosts a display of historic photos, spanning nearly 100 years. Featured Pawlet photographers are Archie Burdick (1866-1936), Helen Mary Bushee (1862-1947), Ella Clark (1893-1980), and Neil Rappaport (1942-1998). See the exhibit before it closes Monday, Dec. 9.

Lani's weekly picks
Friday, Nov. 22 - Casella Theater, Castleton State College, hosts The Vermont Choral Consortium, presenting  Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessor, KV 339 featuring all three chamber choirs, Vermont soloists, and Burlington Ensemble. 7 p.m., 468-1119.
Saturday, Nov. 23 - Poultney United Methodist Church hosts a holiday bazaar and café luncheon, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 287-9689.
Saturday, Nov. 23 - Tinmouth Volunteer Fire Department 44th annual game supper, Tinmouth Community Center, 4-7 p.m. Call Chief Marshall Squier, 235-2718.
Saturday, Nov. 23 - Rupert gourmet game supper, Rupert Fire House, 5 - 7:30 p.m. 394-2491.