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FreePress Friday, January 13, 2012

Vol. 23, Issue 2


Finally, ice ready for fishing

Lakes Region

Meeting on town hall in Castleton Jan. 17

An informational meeting regarding discussions about renovations for the old town hall will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan 17, at the Castleton Community Center. Architectural plans will be available.

St. Luke's hosting community breakfast St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host a community breakfast from 8-10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the church, which is on the corner of North Main & Allen Streets in Fair Haven, Vermont The menu includes farmfresh scrambled eggs, sausage, homemade biscuits and preserves, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in a friendly, family-style atmosphere. The cost is $1 per person with children 14 and under eating free. The event is sponsored by Episcopalians in the Slate Valley Region.

Fair Haven Legion plans dance Feb. 18 American Legion Post 49 at 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven invites everyone 21 and over to the Cabin Fever Dance on Saturday, Feb 18 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dance will feature the Sweetwater Band. Tickets are $5 per person and $10 per couple. Present coupon from Lakes Region Free Press Feb 10th edition, at the door and receive $2 off per couple or $1 off per person. The dance is open to the public, and all are invited to attend. For further information contact (802) 265-7983.

By Derek Liebig

Photos by Matthew Rice

Construction workers have already framed in the basement area and the first floor of the new Dutchies Country Store in West Pawlet.

Dutchies rises from ashes -- quickly By Matthew Rice

A new Dutchies Country Store is on the rise in West Pawlet and it doesn’t look anything like the old Dutchies Store owners Eric Kuban-Swanson and Will Swanson-Kuban said they were looking for an appropriate appearance for the new storefront, one that matches the area and blends with the neighborhood and looks nothing like the building lost the night of the tragic fatal fire that claimed the life of (Gary) Cary and two beloved pets. The result is part sugar shack and part barn. “We wanted to keep it New England style; to replace the building would have been just a monstrous project,” Swanson-Kuban said. Kuban-Swanson said that rebuilding the store as it was would also have cost an estimated $1 million given the three-story structure that burned little more than a year ago, March 26, 2011. And after the trauma the two suffered, neither could imagine working every day in a lookalike building. “If it looked like the old building I don’t know

Eric Kuban-Swanson and Will Swanson-Kuban if I could go back there,” Kuban-Swanson said. The plan includes parking along the front of the store as well as a large porch, 14 feet deep and all the way across the front, reaching out towards the road with another smaller porch wrapping around the side of the building.

See DUTCHIES pg. 2

Poultney All-Stars ready to take on Superstars The Harlem Superstars Basketball team, one of the most gifted entertainment basketball teams in the country, will bring their show time dunks, Chicken Dancing, razzmatazz passing, and exciting tricks to Capman Court at Poultney High School at 7 this

evening, Tickets to the game cost $8 and proceeds will benefit the school’s leadership council. Opposing the Harlem Superstars will be some of the greatest talent Poultney High School and the greater community can offer.

Not to be confused with the Washington Generals, the Poultney All Stars will consist of Poultney Dean of Students Joe DeBonis, boy’s varsity basketball coach Alfonso Howlett, eighth grade coach

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It may have taken awhile, but the ice fishing season has finally arrived. A cold snap last week and some temperatures more in line with January norms have the regions hard water anglers breathing a sigh of relief after unseasonably mild temperatures delayed the start of the ice fishing season by a few weeks. Leonard Field, who owns Honey’s Bait and Tackle in Whitehall, said that ice on South Bay was slow to form this year, but most of the area from Whitehall to Ticonderoga has frozen enough to be fishable at this point. “It’s froList of zen all the tournaments way up to Page 2 Ticonderoga. There’s probably four to five inches of ice and three to six inches on the back bays,” Field said Monday. And the anglers have taken notice. Field said a bunch of people were in buying bait last weekend and most were happy with what they caught. “Most guys were fishing in the shallower water; they weren’t finding much in the deeper waters,” Field said. “They have been catching some panfish and walleye.” Hank Neddo of South Bay Bait and Tackle was also busy last weekend, nearly selling out of bait. “This weekend was crazy. Everybody is biting at the bit to get out,” he said. Rob Steele with Tom’s Bait and Tackle in Bomoseen, Vt. said the season got off to a slow start, but like Field and Neddo, said things started to pick up

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Dutchies Continued from front page The floor space will echo the store as it was when it was lost. The plan is to reconstruct the interior to make it just like it was before the fire. “The depressing thing about it is we just got it to where we wanted it,” Swanson-Kuban said. The open floor plan’s second story will feature a balcony all the way around. “You’ll walk in and it will fly right up to the cupola,” Kuban-Swanson said. “For now,” Swanson-Kuban said. Although there is a plan, that plan is somewhat in flux they say as they try to keep rebuilding costs reasonable. Kuban-Swanson said the store is the exact same square footage as the old building just turned 180 degrees from the original position. “The old structure was right up on the road, so we’ve taken the opportunity to move it back a little bit,” he said. The owners say the deck is expected to be a popular place when they reopen. “It was a hot spot in the summer, for the deli, we had a lot of people coming by, bike riders, hikers, horse people” SwansonKuban said. Horses and the people riding them turned out to bring a big piece of business. “They’d get snacks and the horses would get apples and carrots, we’d always have apples and carrots,” Kuban-Swanson said. In the winter snowmobilers,

cross country skiers and snowshoers were frequent guests expected to return when they reopen. “It was a pretty hoppin’ little area so we plan to put in an actual hitching post and watering trough,” Kuban-Swanson said. Nearly dying in a fire and getting injured jumping to safety out a second story window in the middle of the night is going to have an impact on anyone. As a result the store will have a basement apartment. It’s walkout. “So now we’re going to walk up to work,” Swanson-Kuban said. “Our time jumping out of windows is over.” “Now we can just open the window and walk out,” KubanSwanson said. Although the fire that changed their lives took place nearly 10 months ago, both say they are reminded of it often. “We still wake up in the middle of the night and could smell smoke, really smell the smoke,” Swanson-Kuban said. Following the fire friends and family came to town to help support them and work through the loss. “They talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it really was complete depression and anxiety,” he said. It took time before they could even be comfortable around fire of any kind from bonfires to the gas grill. Months passed. “Then we kind of got bored with stressing, bored with the drama of being afraid,” Swanson-Kuban said.

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All-Stars Continued from front page Kurt Hewes, junior varsity coach Matt Hibbert, girls varsity basketball coach Dan Jones and his assistant Mike Starks, and town constable Dale Kerber, whose sure to keep everyone in line. The team will be led by high school Principal Tom Fitzgerald. The Harlem Superstars are a group of basketball players whose main mission is to entertain kids and their families through the game of exciting show time basketball. They do it by helping non-profit groups raise money. The game is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door.

After months of avoiding the site and not being able to look at the property, once digging began it was like a new space. “Once they dug it changed,” he said. Despite all that the have been through, rebuilding was never in doubt, the pair said. “The community stepped in so fast, you know? They were pretty much saying ‘we’ve got you’,” Swanson-Kuban said. After the spontaneous outpouring of support following the fire, the two said they could not have walked away from the site. Estimates vary, but some say as many as 3,000 people went through the area of the benefit April 10 when more than 1,200 meals were sold at the benefit. Since the rebuilding started nervousness has replaced fear left after the fire. “It’s exciting and scary at the same time. It’s like, every time you turn around now we’ve got to think of this or think of that,” Kuban-Swanson said. “Now we’ve got to be thinking two or three steps ahead,” Swanson-Kuban said. The construction is proceeding at a good pace due to the mild winter with the ground floor walls going up the end of the week of January 2. Earlier this week, the second floor was going up. What the two said they are most concerned about now are having all of their regulars return and not being able to remember their favorite sandwich orders and names. “We’re hoping April, so probably May and it could even be June we just don’t know. We’re just looking forward to the future, being a community center again,” Swanson-Kuban said.

Pancake breakfast to be held in Wells Wells United Methodist Church’s Youth Fellowship Monthly Pancake Breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14. The menu will be pancakes, homemade muffins, fresh fruit salad, eggs to order, sausage, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. Contact Regina Mason at (802) 325-2280.



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Below are the dates of some of the more popular fishing derbies in the area. Some dates have not been set. Look for more detailed information on each event as they near.

last weekend. “Everybody is getting anxious. We had a few guys in this weekend. Everyone is excited to get out,” Steele said. “2006 or 2007 was later than this, but when it did freeze that year, it froze good and that’s what we’re hoping for this year. We’ll be all right.” He said the main portion of Lake Bomoseen was still wide open as of Monday. But he added that some of the smaller ponds and bays have begun to freeze over and a few anglers were able to wet their lines near the floating bridge. Just south of Lake Bomoseen on Lake St. Catherine, the main portion of the lake had yet to freeze at the beginning of the week but that hadn’t stopped anglers from getting out on the “little lake” and some bays. Matt Hart made the drive all the way from Castleton on the Hudson to do a little fishing on Lake St. Catherine Sunday morning. And while the lack of ice kept him from fishing in his normal spot, he was able to find to some ice near the boat launch. Unfortunately, other than a few flags, he wasn’t able to find fish. “It’s just nice to get out, I’m excited for the season to start,” Hart said. Despite the formation of ice, Steele encouraged anglers to check out the ice wherever they are fishing even if someone fished in the same location the day before. As a general rule, if ice is less than two inches thick, people should stay off it altogether. Four inches is generally safe on foot, five inches can support an ATV or snowmobile, eight to 12 inches will generally support a car and 14 or 15 inches of ice is generally recommended to support larger vehicles. These are guidelines only; ice conditions can fluctuate near river mouths, points of land, bridges, islands, and over springs. Waves can also be a concern early in the season. Waves in areas of open water can cause ice to break up quickly and it’s advised anglers stay away from these areas. Officials also encourage anglers to carry a hand line or hand spikes or even wear a personal floatation device in case you do go through the ice. And always let someone else know where you are going to be and when you’ll be back. Anglers are also encouraged to brush up on their regulations. For instance, New York has increased the number of lines a person is allowed to have from two to three and baitfish restrictions are constantly evolving in both Vermont and New York. To learn more about these changes, visit the New York State Department of Conservation webpage or the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department webpage. A delayed start to the ice fishing season may have inconvenienced local anglers, but has not affected any of this year’s scheduled ice fishing derbies.

Lake Champlain Down Home Derby Feb. 4 and 5 (Kids Derby on Feb. 4). Where: All water south of Lake Champlain Bridge. Check in Locations: Benson Landing Access Area Organization/contact: Benson Fish and Game Club Great Northern Fishing Contest Feb. 11, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: South Bay Check in Locations: Halfway down South Bay; look for flags on shanty Organization/contact: Hank Neddo, 499-0846 Lake Hortonia Fishing Derby Feb. 11-12, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Lake Hortonia Check in Locations: Mouth of the channel outlet Organization/contact: 802-345-8009 Lake Bomoseen Ice Fishing Derby Feb 18 and 19 Where: Lake Bomoseen Check in Locations: Crystal Landing Organization/contact: Castleton Lions Club, Stanley Patch 802-468-5001 or s t a n a n d m a m i e @ my f a i Great Benson Derby Feb. 25 and 26 Where: All Vermont waters Check in Locations: Crystal Beach Organization/contact: Bob Day 468-5004; Dan Wood 468-2726; or Jeff Larson at Gilmore Home Cente, 468-5676 Tyke’s Kids Fishing Derby March 4, , 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: South Bay Check in Locations: South Bay Boat Launch Organization/contact: Elaine Phillips 282-0034 (Donations needed) Lake St. Catherine Frosty Derby Date to come Where: Lake St. Catherine Check in Locations: Lake St. Catherine State Park Organization/contact: Poultney Fish and Game Club

Most organizers have already set the date of this year’s events and none have been canceled or delayed yet. Although some bodies of water have yet to freeze, most tournaments are about a month away. Iif temperatures drop into the single digits and waveinducing winds stay calm, most surfaces will freeze in relatively short time.

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Woodchuck Festival urges vendors to register now By Matthew Rice Book space now for the Ninth Annual West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Woodchuck Festival and Fireman’s Games coming Feb. 4. This mid-winter break from what is often a cold and snowy period has lots of fun-to-watch competition and a great quality craft fair. “Spaces are going quickly. We have room for about 35 vendors and we are more than half full already so I expect it to be filled up pretty quickly,” Woodchuck Festival organizer Eli Norman said. Early booking insures a discounted price of $20 for 10’ x 10’ and $30 for 12’ x 12’ - after Jan. 20 add $10, Norman said. Tables are available for $10 each. Contact Norman at 802-

West Pawlet FD plans breakfast The West Pawlet Fire Department will host an allyou-can eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the firehouse. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Those under 5 are free. There will also be a fireman's food sale that will include rolls, pies, cookies and other items.




645-9224 or twfequines@yahoo. com or Beth Kashner at 802-6459231 or to reserve some space. Come be a part of the fun and lively marketplace, organizers said. Events scheduled throughout the day include Guest of Honor and WPVFD Mascot Mr. W.P. Woodchuck, local artist and festival sponsor Roy Egg, children’s games, and face painting. The Woodchuck Cafe by the fire department ladies’ auxiliary serving up mounds of home style foods for foraging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is a great place to connect with local community groups from the Mount Anthony Grange, Pawlet Historical Society and the West Pawlet Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Organizers are urging those involved with the festival to be sure to book early in order to make sure they have a space. The Ninth Annual Woodchuck Festival is an allvolunteer effort to raise funds for the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies’ Auxiliary who provide fire protection and public safety services to West Pawlet and the surrounding region. All funds benefit the department and in turn the community. The Woodchuck Festival will be held at the Mettawee Community School off of Vt. Route 153 in West Pawlet, Vt. Feb. 4. For information regarding the festival contact Estella Leach at 802-325-3697 or email


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FRI 9/13 GLENS FALLS The Winter Classic Girls HockeyTournament will be held Friday through Monday, Jan. 13 to 16, in Glens Falls and Lake George. More than 40 teams from the Northeast and Canada will compete in four age divisions. Free. Information/times: www. MANCHESTER Register by Friday, Jan. 13 to attend a Cane and Walker Fitting Workshop at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 at Equinox Village in Manchester. The workshop will be conducted by Physical Therapist John DiBlasio. To reserve a place, call Kylee at 802-362-4061. GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Theatre Festival will hold its Winter Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Information/cost: 518-874-0800, or POULTNEY All families are invited to attend a game between the Poultney All Stars and the Harlem Superstars, a comedic basketball team, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at Poultney High School. Cost: $7 in advance (call 802-287-5861, stop by the school’s main office, or see any Poultney High School Athletic Leadership Council member); $8 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Leadership Council. GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Phantoms will host Granville Night at the Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 games. Members of the Granville sixth grade chorus will open the game at 7 p.m. with the Star Spangled Banner. Tickets are available at the Granville Elementary School for both games at a cost of $13 for adults and $11 for children.

SAT 1/14 WELLS The Wells United Methodist Church’s Youth Fellowship will hold its Monthly Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Menu will include pancakes, homemade muffins, fruit salad, eggs, sausage, and more. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children five to 12, and free for children four and under. Information: Regina Mason at 802325-2280. QUEENSBURY Winter Blast Teen Softball Tournaments will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 14 through 29, at the Adirondack Sports Complex/ The Dome in Queensbury. Free. Information: 518-743-1086, or

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RUTLAND The Maple Leaf Quilters Guild will hold their meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Leahy Conference Room at RRMC in Rutland. The group is working on a community service project, and all who have an interest in sewing are welcome. Bring sewing machine if able, and sewing tools. GRANVILLE A live Canada Lynx will be on exhibit at the Pember Museum on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no admission charge to this special exhibition but donations will be kindly appreciated. Bernadette Hoffman, owner of the lynx and the museum’s educator will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about one of

New York’s forgotten species. Contact the Pember Museum 6421515. MANCHESTER The American Museum of Fly Fishing will host a series of four fly tying lessons beginning Jan. 14 at the museum. Each session runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Supplies will be available. Sessions will be held on Jan. 14 (Beginners); Jan. 28 (Advanced Beginner); Feb. 11 (Intermediate); and Feb. 25 (Advanced). Cost: $5 per session, or four for $18. Register in advance at kmurphy@ or call 802-362-3300. GRANVILLE The Pember Library will host Fireside Stories for children at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. The theme will be “Popcorn.” Information: 518-6422525. GRANVILLE The Birch Hill Farm at 7507 Route 22 in Granville will hold an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Meet Emily Embree the new instructor/trainer and watch a demo ride. Information: 518-6429557. LAKE GEORGE A free “Spice Up Your Winter Wine Tasting” event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday the 15th, at Adirondack Winery in Lake George Village. Spiced mulled wines paired with sweet treats will be served. Information: 518-6689463, or www.adirondackwinery. com. GRANVILLE Learn the fundamentals of volleyball with the Granville coaching staff and players Jan. 14, 21 and Feb. 11. Girls in grades 3 & 4 from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. and grades 5 &6 from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. Instruction is free. Bring permission slip, water, sneakers and wear a t-shirt and shorts for play. For more information email MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center on West Road will hold the opening of its 20th Annual Winter Members’ Exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the SVAC Yester House Gallery. Mingle with the artists and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. The show will be on display through Feb. 11. Information: 802-3621405 or

SUN 1/15 WEST PAWLET The West Pawlet Fire Dept. will hold an “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the fire house. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children five to 12, and free for kids under five. GLENS FALLS A free Family Discovery Day activity will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls. Take a short tour and then create your own art masterpiece. Information: 518-792-1761, Ext. 17, or www.

MON 1/16 DORSET Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “The Wiz of the West” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Dorset Playhouse. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to the group audition. No advance preparation is necessary. A $35 per child fee is

asked for each child that is selected for the cast. Performances will be at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Dorset Playhouse. Information: email dpi@vermontel. net or call Sheila Conway between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 802-8675570.

TUES 1/17 SALEM The Battenkill Time Traders will hold an information session for new members at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Proudfit Hall, 181 Main St., Salem. Those who choose to become members will get credit for attending the session. Information: www.battenkill. SOUTH GLENS FALLS The South Glens Falls Fire Company will hold Line Dancing lessons every Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the firehouse on Rt. 197. Open dance follows the class. Cost: $6 per person. Information: 518-798-4020. RUTLAND Make your reservations by Jan. 17 to attend the Comedy Improv to be presented by the Marble Valley Players on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at the South Station, 170 South Main St., Rutland. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, advance sale only. To reserve: 802-247-6778.

WED 1/18 SARATOGA Channel Z Productions’ Young Adult Ensemble will hold auditions for “Count Dracula” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. Open to all high school age students. No registration fee; tech volunteers are also welcome. Information: 518-583-0022 ext. 94 or visit Channel Z’s Facebook page.

THU 1/19 RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics as follows: 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Maple Village, Rutland; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Godnick Adult Center, Rutland; and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, Community Center, North Clarendon. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568. MANCHESTER Photographer George Bouret will be hosted at a reception at the Gallery at Equinox Village at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. All are welcome. Preview the artist’s work at MANCHESTER The Sustainable Living Series hosted by Alan Benoit, AIA, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Northshire Bookstore. This month’s topic is Socially Responsible Investing, with guest speaker Will Belongia, executive director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund. Free and open to the public. I n f o r m a t i o n : DORSET Environmental enthusiasts are welcome to attend “Green Drinks” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Dorset Inn, 8 Church St., Dorset. Enjoy drinks and conversation on topics including sustainable agriculture, climate change, local consumption, alternative energies, and more. Green Drinks is an informal group of community members who wish to

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RUTLAND The Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus will hold its first rehearsal of the new year from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Rutland Middle School’s Music Room. All interested singers are asked to call Lucy Tenenbaum at 802-775-8004, or email lucytune@, to confirm their placement in the choir.

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WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.

PERU Bromley Mountain celebrates its 75th anniversary with a “Bash for the Ages” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Base Lodge. Dance to the music of the Swingin’ Vermont Big Band, enjoy food and drink, Bromley memorabilia, souvenirs and more. Enjoy anniversary special prices on skiing for the weekend. For tickets:

QUEENSBURY The Queensbury VFW at 32 Luzerne Road, across from the West Glens Falls Fire Department, will host Bingo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Cards go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and homecooked meals and more will be available. Featured will be $1,000, $750, and $500 jackpots. This bingo is held each Tuesday, and the first Saturday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.


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GRANVILLE The Pember Library, 33 West Main St., will hold a Movie Night featuring a classic comedy at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Information: 518-642-2525.

GLENS FALLS “Sesame Street Live! 1-2-3 Imagine! With Elmo & Friends” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Information/cost: 518-7980202, or

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DORSET The eighth grade class at Long Trail School will hold a “breakfast for dinner” fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 at Sherrie’s Café. Menu includes quiche, steak and eggs, French toast and more. Cost is $10; take-out is available. Proceeds will benefit the class trip to Washington DC in March.

DANBY A Basket Raffle and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Currier Memorial School (Danby Elementary School). All proceeds will go towards the Coleman’s medical and disaster recovery. Doors open for the Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. for ticket purchases; the raffle starts at 1 p.m. Admission is 45, which includes a sheet of tickets. From 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by Sal’s Restaurant. Cost at the door is $10 adults and $5 for children under 10. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Sal’s Restaurant, 148 West St., Rutland and 15 South Main St., Wallingford, or at American Hairlines, 59 Elm St., Manchester.

Hustler Seniors will meet for lunch at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Mettawee Community School on Route 153 in West Pawlet. The school’s students will share information about their activities during this event. Members are encouraged to invite a neighbor to come along to the lunch. Also, food will be collected for the Pawlet Food Shelf and there’ll be a 50/50 raffle. Information: Phyllis at 325-3196.

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WHITEHALL American Legion Post 83 at 148 Main St. in Whitehall invites everyone to its Friday Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482.

GRANVILLE The Pember Library, 330 West Main St., will hold Fireside Stories for children with a theme of “Snow” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Information: 518-642-2525.

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RUTLAND The Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., will hold its annual Cabin Fever Book Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the library. Thousands of pre-owned books will be available, including a special children’s section and video and audio tapes. Go to to print out a coupon for one free book. Information: 802-773-1860.

FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Union High School Community Chorus will begin one-hour weekly rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Chorus Room. All are invited; all voice parts are needed. The Spring Chorus Concert will be held on May 16. Information: 802-2654966, ext. 254. WEST PAWLET The Haystack


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SALEM Learn how to knit a Zig Zag scarf with instructor Jane Gibson on Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Courthouse Community Center in Salem. Must have ability to knit and size 8 knitting needles. Stop in the Courthouse to see a sample scarf. To register: 518-854-7053 or email HSCPA@salemcourthouse. org.

FAIR HAVEN A Community Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, corner of N. Main and Allen streets in Fair Haven. Cost: $1; free age 14 and younger. This breakfast will be served on the third Saturday each month by the Episcopalians of the Slate Valley Region and everyone will be welcome.


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MANCHESTER The Manchester and the Mountains Bike Club (MMBC) invites the community to a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 on the second floor of the rkMiles business offices (located to the right of the hardware store). Enjoy a slide show, presentations on projects, and mingle with other outdoor enthusiasts. Bikers of all ages are welcome. RSVP to milesj@rkmiles. com. For more info about the club, visit

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GRANVILLE Little League of Granville will hold registration for all players, former and new, on Monday, Jan. 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Granville Elementary School. Registration form, birth certificate and $15 fee is required. Forms will be distributed in the school during the week of Jan. 13 to 20.


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All families are invited to attend a game between the Poultney All Stars and the Harlem Superstars, a comedic basketball team, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at Poultney High School. Cost: $7 in advance (call 802-287-5861, stop by the school’s main office; $8 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Leadership Council.

MANCHESTER I s ra e l Congregation of Manchester continues its winter film festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 with “Everything is Illuminated,” a quirky film from the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. The critically-acclaimed film stars Elijah Wood in this strange and unexpectedly funny journey of a young man searching for the heroine who saved his grandfather’s life during World War II. Admission: free-will donation. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome. Information: 802297-0167.


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POULTNEY The Poultney Valley Snowmobile Club will hold its 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Poultney Elementary School. Drive or snowmobile in. Information: Ernie DeMatties at 802-287-9755.


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Devil's Bowl meeting Stock car competitors from around the region will be heard from as Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts its second winter “Town Meeting” Saturday, Jan.21. The open-forum discussion will be held at the Holiday Inn-Rutland in Rutland, Vt. The meeting will be divided into four one-hour blocks, each dedicated to a specific racing division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The meeting for the Modified division will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Late Model

group at 2 p.m., eight-cylinder Renegades at 3 p.m., and fourcylinder Bombers at 4 p.m. Among the key items to be discussed are divisional rulebooks for the 2012 season and promotional ideas for the race track and competitors. NASCAR licenses and other necessary forms will also be made available at the meeting. The Holiday Inn-Rutland is located on Route 7 in Rutland, Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens on May 6, 2012.

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Fair Haven gets grant to improve playing fields By Derek Liebig The Town of Fair Haven is hoping a $10,000 grant from the state allows them to transform an old ball field into a “Field of Dreams.” Town manager Peter Hathaway announced last month that the community received a recreational facilities matching grant from the state Department of Buildings and General Services that will be used to improve drainage on the Babe Ruth Baseball Field located behind the grade school. “Every time it rains, the field was unusable,” said Jackie Phillips, who coordinates the baseball and softball programs for the town’s recreation committee. “It doesn’t matter how much or how little water we get, if it rains we can’t use the field.” Phillips said the water collects in the infield and creates large pools around the pitcher’s mound, home plate and second base. This past spring, the rain was so frequent that a majority of the games had to be played on fields at the high school. As is the case of many baseball fields in the Lakes Region, the infield consists of slate dust, which isn’t particularly porous and does not drain well. And the problem is exacerbated by the fact the field is more than 50 years old and untold layers

of dust have compacted over the years. Volunteers work on the field before and after each game, but in many instances it isn’t enough, so last summer the town hired an independent contractor to evaluate the field and how the problem could be remedied. He suggested that the slate dust be dug up and replaced by a soil that is more porous. The estimated cost of the project was pegged at approximately $21,000. Having compiled the information and determined a course of action, town officials applied for a $10,000 matching grant and recently learned it was accepted. Phillips said the recreation committee has already raised $10,000 through several fundraising endeavors and the project could begin by as soon as this spring. “The goal is to be ready by this baseball season,” she said. Phillips hopes the project encourages the local legion team to return. “I’m excited. I can’t wait,” she said. Sign up forms for baseball and softball leagues will be sent to local parents in February and interested participants can sign up in person from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday in March. Last year more than 150 youths participated in the program.

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