Sat, Nov 23, 2013 09:47 AM
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
The 30-credit music education curriculum begins in the fall.
Taught by experienced music educators, it emphasizes real-world
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
Fair Haven Grade School and its PTA are working toward the annual
Supermarket Bingo, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 in the St. Mary's
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
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
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.