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Woodchuck Fest all ready to go By Matthew Rice Sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the winter, even if it is a mild one, and for nearly a decade the folks in West Pawlet have been offering up a midwinter diversion that’s fun for the whole family: The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department’s Woodchuck Festival and Firemen’s Games. The festival will be held at the Mettawee Community School off of Route 153 in West Pawlet Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing it for this long,” West Pawlet Fire Chief David

Hosley said. For nearly 10 years the community has been coming out to acknowledge the fire company, help them raise a bit of money and be entertained during what is sometimes a long, cold winter. Hosley is the man behind the maze, the creator of the obstacle course that makes up the fireman’s games main feature. “It’s a lot harder than it looks but its good fun and lots of excitement,” Hosley said. Teams of five take on the course that requires skill and stamina as the team must take a

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Fest Continued from front page stokes basket to put out a ‘fire’ and then retrieve a victim – in the shortest possible time. The course varies each year and Hosley is always tight lipped about what those chang es may be. “It’ll be new and different – can’t really say how… it’ll have its own twists and turns,” he said. Teams from as far away as Argyle and Manchester have come to compete in the challenge which provides these volunteers a chance to have some good clean fun at a time when they’re actually together in a relaxed atmosphere. “We’re hoping for different weather this year so we don’t have four foot snow banks; that would be all right,” Hosley said. Hosley said teams often wait until late or even the day of the competition to sign up so he was not sure how many teams would compete. The obstacle course starts up at 1 p.m. The games are capped by tugof-war with the host department taking on all comers. “Hopefully Mother Nature gives us a good day, it’s a good time, so come root for your fire department,” Hosley said. If you enjoy a bit of dancing, after the games members of the department will put on a dance number to the tune of ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ – in full bunker gear.

Across the street will be a little something for everyone. From open to close, hot food and beverages will be available in the Woodchuck Café featuring everything from hot coffee to hot dogs and woodchuck stew. The Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a silent auction featuring everything from flowers to furniture; fire extinguisher inspections will be available free of charge and, of course, the marketplace. The sold-out, standing room only marketplace features some 60 vendors from artists, bakers and crafters as well as maple products, cheese and much, much more. “The vendor part has gotten huge – it’s sold out and there are people waiting for spots,” Hosley said. From hand creams and homemade soaps to jewelry, rugs, stained glass and other treasures for the home, the marketplace has it all. Roaming around to thrill the little ones will be the Woodchuck Festival mascot WP and his buddy Smokey the Bear. Also for the kids, a woodchuck coloring contest in groups six and under and ages 7-12 judged by local artist Roy Egg – judging at 2 p.m. Egg will also reveal new collectable art for the show along with his menagerie of artworks. You’ll also want to get your spaces early for Cow Plop Bingo and a shot at winning as much as $250

Climate change topic at Science Pub Sunday Dr. Alan Betts will speak about “Climate Change and Vermont” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Lake House Pub and Grille in Castleton. The discussion is the latest in a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library, dubbed Science Pubs. The events are a series of informal lectures on topics of scientific interest in a pub setting. Events are held once a month from November through April at either the Iron Lantern Restaurant in Castleton or the Lakehouse Pub and Grille in Bomoseen. More than 85 people

attended last month’s lecture. The last two science pubs of the year are “The Ambivalent Egg: Gender and the Olympics” by Dr. Mark Fox at 4 p.m. on March 4 at the Iron Lantern Restaurant and at 4 p.m. on April 1 at the Lake house Pub and Grille, Dr. Helen Mango will discuss “Arsenic in our Grandwater: Natural-But Is It Good For You? Admission to the science pubs is free but patrons will have to pay for their own food or drinks. For further information on the entire Science Pub series, please call the Castleton Library at 468-5574

Sled rides from a snowmobile are a highlight of the Winter Carnnival.

Snow Devils have high hopes By Matthew Rice Optimism is more prevalent than snow at the moment in Poultney which means the Snowmobile Winter Carnival and associated activities remain set for Feb. 3 and 4. Several associated activities including the Poultney Chamber of Commerce spaghetti dinner fundraiser and the appearance of several Model T snow car conversions will go on regardless of the weather while the carnival will reschedule if the snow does not fall. Poultney Valley Snowmobile Devils president Ernie DeMatties said the crew holds out hope they will be arriving at the annual Chamber of Commerce spaghetti dinner fundraiser by snowmobile and not by car. “We’ve had it snow the night before so if we know (snow’s) coming, we’ll try to pull it off,” DeMatties said. “If there’s snow…” is a phrase DeMatties uses often as the 2011-2012 winter has dropped precious little snow on the trails around the area. Weather permitting (“If there’s snow…”) the Snow Devils will gather in East Poultney about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 to lead a torchlight procession into the village to the

Methodist Church. The club provides the torches and the assembled riders led by a fire truck ride the shoulder of the road into the village for the dinner. “Get there early if you plan to ride,” DeMatties said. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the meal will include spaghetti, bread and salad. “It’s a great dinner at a great price,” DeMatties said. “Come one, come all you’re going to love it,” dinner organizer Steve Broughton said. Find the Methodist Church on Main Street, for more information contact DeMatties at 802-287-9755. The following day is the scheduled winter carnival. Held on Bob Chestnut’s property off of York Street Extension, the carnival offers fun for the whole family (“If there’s snow…”). If the worst case should be realized, the winter carnival will be moved to the final Saturday of the month, Feb. 25 and all times and activities will be the same. “This is not a money-maker for us, we just want people to come from all over and enjoy themselves,” he said. DeMatties said the event is free and open to the public as a way of passing on their love of the sport to others who might

never have been on a snowmobile. Club members offer snowmobile rides, sliding is available as well as games and hot food. After sliders or tubers come down the hill, DeMatties said club members will tow them back to the top of the hill. DeMatties said Chestnut’s garage acts as a warming hut to get out of what can be cold weather and is also a place to get something to eat including hot dogs and hamburgers, soups and French fries. Another special event which will not be impacted by the weather is the arrival of Model T cars from the New England Antique Model T Club. DeMatties said these car enthusiasts have their antique cars converted into snow vehicles complete with front skis. “We just finished getting the permits so they’re coming, all the reservations are made,” DeMatties said. (“If there’s snow…”) the Model Ts will arrive at the winter carnival via the trail system. “They’re going to go on the trails from Castleton to Poultney,” he said. If not, they will be trailered to York Street Extension. The event is free and open to the public.

Down Home Derby set for Feb. 5-6 By Derek Liebig What a difference two weeks make. Mild weather earlier this month and throughout December had local anglers wondering if they would ever have the opportunity to wet their lines, but over the past 14 days temperatures have taken a turn for the better and bodies of water throughout the Lakes Region are now suitable for hard water fishing. What’s more, the cold weather arrived just in time for local fishing derbies, the first of which will be held next weekend. The Benson Fish and Game Club and the Benson Youth League will hold the “Lake Champlain Down Home Derby” on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 and 6. The 13th annual derby is traditionally the first local fishing derby each season and serves as the unofficial start to the derby season.

He said there’s as much as a foot of ice on some of the bays on Lake Champlain but encourages anglers to use caution and check the ice before venturing out too far. Local anglers will show off their prowess as they compete against each other for more than $2,500 in cash and prizes. The tournament features two days of fishing for adults, and the Kids Down Home Derby on Saturday, Feb. 5. The cost to enter the derby is $20 for adults and $5 for kids, which organizers define as any angler ages 14 and under. Derby tickets are available at local bait shops and at derby headquarters. Tickets will not be sold after 1 p.m. on Feb. 4. Last year organizers expanded the waters in which people could fish and that change remains this year. Anglers can set out in search of the derby winner anywhere on the Vermont-side of Lake Champlain south of the Lake

Champlain Bridge in Addison . Derby headquarters will once again be held at Benson Landing and will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5. Anglers who have already purchased their tickets, can begin drilling holes and setting up their tip-ups anytime after midnight on Friday. Fish must be at derby headquarters by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday for the kid’s derby or by 3 p.m. on Sunday for the adult derby. Bartholomew said one of the big changes this year is that prizes for the Kid’s Derby will be awarded on Saturday instead of Sunday. This year’s derby will include four categories (anglers are permitted only one fish per category): northern pike, walleye, three yellow perch and other. Prizes will be rewarded to the top three in the walleye and ‘other’ divisions and top five in the pike and perch divisions.

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Author Bass to speak twice at Green Mountain By Matthew Rice As debate over the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline continues, Green Mountain College will host award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass for a public talk at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30 in the Gorge in Withey Hall) His talk will be based on his 2010 book "The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands," co-authored by David James Duncan. He will also read from his nature writings on Tuesday, Jan. 12:30 p.m. in the College’s Griswold Library. Both events are free and open to the public. “People who care about the proposed ExxonMobile pipeline from the Alberta tar sands would be interested in the evening lecture, and those who care about literature, especially nature writing, would be interested in a public reading by a well-known author,” Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies Mary Jane Maxwell said. The 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas, passing through several states including Bass’ home state of Montana. Concerned about the environmental damage, Bass and his co-author Duncan postponed other writing projects to write the book. In a Northwest Book Lovers

interview Bass said: The Heart of the Monster isn’t just about Idaho and Montana. It’s about corporate power in America, about salmon and grizzlies and species extinction . . . it’s a story that pits irreversible global warming versus the integrity of wilderness.” The author of more than 25 books, Rick Bass’ fiction and non-fiction has received numerous awards including O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes. He is also the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Lyndhurst Foundation fellowship and his fiction has been anthologized in Best American

Short Stories as well as numerous journals and magazines. The New York Times Book Review calls Bass, “One of this country’s most intelligent and sensitive short story writers.” Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Bass received a B.S. in geology at Utah State University and currently lives in Montana where he has worked to protect the states wilderness areas from development and logging interests. Bass was the speaker for Green Mountain College’s fourth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture on April 20.

Two dinners set for Saturday The Castleton Federated Church, on Main Street in the village, will host a Roast Pork Supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The charge for the all-you can eat dinner, followed by an assortment of homemade cakes, is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Proceeds help benefit the church’s recently completed restoration program. J For more information, call the church at (802) 468-5725, or

Norm and Cindy at (802) 2658686. A Spaghetti Benefit Dinner for Todd Book will be held beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the West Haven Grange, Main Road, West Haven to help defray medical expenses from a serious accident. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, contact Allison Enny at (518) 499-1654 or Bruce Book (802) 265-8059

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Wells Library unveil new website; announces Library Month events The Wells Village Library is pleased to announce the launching of its new website, On the website you will find a beautiful picture of the library on the green, a map and directions, all the events going on at the library, service information including library hours, the history of this unique building and pictures, new books and links to the town and state government. Each month the website will be updated. Please view this new, full of information, website. February is Love Your Library month. Please stop by the library for free weekly raffle drawing for books and prizes starting Feb. 6 and ending four weeks later. The librarian will

hold her Guessing Game Contest with the winner drawn on Feb. 23. A handmade quilt raffle will be held with three chances for $1, starting Feb. 1. The lucky winner will be drawn on April 12, ending a week of festivities for National Library Week. Little Listener’s Story time will continue at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, 9, and 16. This is a funfilled program of stories, music and a craft for children ages 3-5 with a parent or caregiver. A nutritious snack will be served. The adult book discussion, Author of the Month, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on February 23rd. Please stop by the library to pick out a book. Bring a beverage and a treat will be served.


'heARTS' project coming together in Rutland The “heARTs of Rutland!” community street art project began as an idea of local artists to bring attention to the people, places and businesses in Rutland and the region. After the Hurricane Irene disaster, it evolved into a community street art project to showcase how the community comes together year after year, showing heart in so many ways. The project celebrates these people and their pride in everything the region has to offer. It will begin with a series of talented local artists who will paint oversized hearts that will be unveiled in late spring for all to see. The hearts will be on display in Rutland and around the region from late spring through fall. In fall 2012, there will be a live auction of the hearts. Profits will benefit victims of disaster in the Rutland Region and children’s art education. This street art project is a community partnership organized under the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont with sup-

Sponsors form a heart to reflect the new project. port from the Downtown Rutland Partnership, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and Rutland Economic Development Corporation. The presenting sponsor is Omya which is very involved with the project. “We are pleased to support such worthy causes in our community and look forward to seeing the hearts on display in the spring” says Jill Blanchard,

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Happenings FRI 1/27 MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester is accepting registrations for a winter plein air workshop, “Snow painting with Stapleton Kearns: "Design and Color for Outdoor Painting,” that will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 1 to 3. Information/ registration: 802-362-1405, Ext. 10, or RUTLAND The Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. is accepting registrations for a Women’s Winter Getaway for adult women that will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 8, at the Swiss Farm Inn & Mountain Meadows in Pittsfield, Vt. Escape the daily grind of work, family and life stress and meet new, active friends while doing healthy activities. Cost: $120, including meals, snowshoeing, yoga, and more. Information/registration: Cindy Wight at 282-1092. WHITEHALL The Whitehall Drama Club will stage ‘Annie’ at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door and refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Whitehall Drama Club. RUTLAND Collin Raye, a fivetime nominee for country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year Award, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Paramount Theater on Center Street in Rutland. Cost: $21.50 to $28.50. Information/tickets: 802-775-0903, or TINMOUTH A Contra Dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Tinmouth Community Center on Route 140. Cost: $9; $7 teens; free age 12 and younger. Wear clean, non-marring shoes. Refreshments will be available and everyone will be welcome (you don’t need to bring a partner). Information: 235-2718, or www.

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POULTNEY A Community Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Poultney Methodist Church on Main Street. Cost: $1; free age 14 and younger. This breakfast will be served by Poultney community members on the last Saturday each month and everyone will be welcome. MANCHESTER The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester will continue its series of fly tying lessons from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 28. This session will be for advanced beginners and supplies will be provided. Cost: $5. Pre-registration is requested at 802-362-3300, or email GRANVILLE Fireside Stories for children will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Soup will be this week’s theme. Information: 518642-2525. RUTLAND The Rutland Youth Theatre will hold Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Godnick Adult Center off Woodstock Avenue in Rutland.

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WEST HAVEN Everyone is invited to a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Todd Book at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the West Haven Grange on Main Road. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children. Todd lost a portion of his hand while logging on Jan. 9. Information: Allison Enny at 518499-1654, or Bruce Book at 802265-8059.

GRANVILLE Cub Scout Pack 44 will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, Jan. 30, at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street in Granville. Seating will be at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Cost: $5 eat in, $6 take out, including spaghetti, sauce, salad and bread; drinks and dessert extra. Proceeds will benefit the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council Community Fuel Assistance Program.

CASTLETON The Castleton Federated Church on Main Street in Castleton Village invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Roast Pork Supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Cost: $9 adults, $6 younger than 12, with proceeds benefiting the church restoration. Handicap accessible at the rear of the building. Information: 802-468-5725, or Norm and Cindy at 802-265-8686. GRANVILLE A Bad Dog Spike Show with Miss Carol will be staged at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at American Legion Post 323 on Columbus Street in Granville. “Rockin’ bone chillin’ harmonica, country, rock ‘n’ roll, blues,” including hits from the 1950s through the ‘80s, will be featured. Sing along and dance. Information: 518-642-1759. GRANVILLE The Granville Rotary Club invites everyone to The Forum in Granville at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, to compete in Rotary Trivia Challenge 2012. Teams of six will answer trivia questions in five exciting rounds. Entry fee: $150 per team; $90 per student team; $12 per spectator. There’ll be a cash bar and free appetizers will be provided. Information/registration: Peter O’Brien at 518-642-1010.

SUN 1/29 FAIR HAVEN A Basket Raffle to benefit Project Graduation…a safe, alcohol-free graduation event…will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, in the cafeteria at Fair Haven Union High School. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with drawings at 1 p.m. Cost: $5 first sheet of tickets; $2 additional sheet. Food and beverages will be for sale, too. More than 100 baskets, special baskets, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes will be featured. FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Historical Society and Jay Brown of Fabian Trucking will present 10th generation Vermonter Adam Boyce with a portrayal of Charles Ross Taggart, “the old country fiddler,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Fair Haven Grade School Learning Center. Mr. Taggart was a fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist who performed across the country for more than 40 years, starting in 1895. Free and open to all and refreshments will be served. Information: Lorraine Brown at 802-265-3843. RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart and Faure Requiems at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903,, or at the box office on Center Street. Also, there’ll be a pre-concert discussion for audience members titled, “Musically Speaking,” moderated by Barre Times Argus and Rutland

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POULTNEY Nationally acclaimed writer/activist Rick Bass will discuss his book, “Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. Learn about the fight to save salmon, forests and communities in Idaho and Montana by stopping the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This event will be held in the Gorge at Withey Hall on the Green Mountain College campus in Poultney and everyone will be welcome. GRANVILLE The public is invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the Granville School District budget for next year and beyond in the high school auditorium Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. The forum will provide a chance for taxpayers to ask questions about the budget and will include a presentation by Superintendent Mark Bessen and Business Manager Cathy Somich. Find the high school at 58 Quaker Street, Granville.

TUES 1/31 POULTNEY Author Rick Bass will read from his nature works at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Griswold Library at Green Mountain College in Poultney. The New York Times Book Review stated that Rick is “one of the country’s most intelligent and sensitive short story writers.” Everyone will be welcome.

WED 2/1 DORSET The Long Trail School will present an arts and academic showcase, “A Taste of Long Trail,” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the school off Route 30 in Dorset. Included will be academic presentations, artistic displays, international baccalaureate and upper-level musicians and chorus, upper school drama, and varsity a cappella and dance team presentations. Information: Courtney Callo at 802-867-5717, Ext. 141. WEST PAWLET Auditions for Mettawee Mania 2012, A Talent Extravaganza, will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Mettawee Community School on Route 153 in West Pawlet. Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, and other acts are needed. Information/audition appointment: Rod Hawkins at 802-325-3687. All acts using musical recordings should be prepared to leave a copy with Rod following the audition. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 10, with rehearsals on March 8 and 9. MANCHESTER The Mark Skinner Library will present Haviland

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The Poultney Valley Snowmobile Club will host a Torchlight Parade, snow permitting, on Friday, Feb. 3. Participants will line up at 5:30 p.m. at the East Poultney green and ride at 6 p.m. to the Methodist Church on Main Street in Poultney for a spaghetti supper. Smith, former CIA chief of counterterrorism, with a talk on “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Complicated and Incendiary Middle East” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. Free and open to all. Information: 802-362-2607.

THU 2/2 WELLS The Wells Village Library on the green will continue its Little Listeners Story Time for children ages 3 to 5 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16. Stories, rhythms, songs and craft activities will be featured. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Information/registration: 802-645-0611. MANCHESTER Elizabeth von Riesenfelder will lead a new bridge course titled, “Where Am I and Who Am I? Identity Crisis at the Bridge Table,” that will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 2 through 23 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. Learn to constantly evaluate your hand. Cost: $75. Pre-registration is required with Renee Bornstein at the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, 802-362-1199, or www. FAIR HAVEN American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at American Legion Post 49, 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven. This auxiliary meets on the first Thursday each month. Information: 802-2657983. POULTNEY Meetings will be held as follows at American Legion Post 39, 689 Granville Street in Poultney: Sons of the American Legion, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2; Ladies Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7; and regular Legion meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Information: 802-287-5229.

FRIDAY 2/3 GLENS FALLS The Friends of the Crandall Library will hold a Book Sale Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3 to 5, at the library in Glens Falls. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 518-792-6508, or

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 Feb. 3. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482. POULTNEY The Poultney Valley Snowmobile Club will host a Torchlight Parade, snow permitting, on Friday, Feb. 3. Participants will line up at 5:30 p.m. at the East Poultney green and ride at 6 p.m. to the Methodist Church on Main Street in Poultney for a spaghetti supper. The club will provide the torches. Information: Ernie DeMatties at 802-287-9755. WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.

SAT 2/4 COSSAYUNA The Cossayuna Lake Improvement Assn. will host an Ice Fishing Tournament and 50/50 Raffle from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Cossayuna Lake. Cost: $10 entry fee, with cash prizes for largest pike or tiger muskie, perch and crappie. You may register and buy bait at Lakeside General Store. Measuring will be near Pratt’s Point, by orange flag. Information: Tom Schultz at 531-4146, or Nancy Hieber at 692-9206. WEST PAWLET West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department’s Woodchuck Festival and Firemen’s Games. The festival will be held at the Mettawee Community School off of Route 153 in West Pawlet Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include an obstacle course, tug-of-war, dancing, food and a silent auction. CAMBRIDGE Hypothermic Hoedown 2012 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the new bandstand on Avenue B, off Route 22, in Cambridge Village. Teams and individuals will race through woods, fields, streams and frozen swamps. There’ll be three distance categories: a short race for children; a 1.5-mile race; and a 5K. Other events, too, if snow is sufficient. Time/registration: www.

DORSET The Dorset Library will host an opening reception for members of the Green Mountain Club who will present information about the club and its history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the library. This club is the builder of the Long Trail that runs from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. Books and trail guides will be offered for sale. Information: 802-867-5774,.. POULTNEY In celebration of Black History Month, the Green Mountain College Choir will perform with the Men’s Gospel Choir of the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church from Albany, N.Y., at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. You’ll find this event, featuring lively music from the spiritual and gospel song traditions, in Ackley Hall on the Green Mountain College campus in Poultney. Free and open to all.

SUN 2/5 GRANVILLE Everyone is invited to a Grandpa’s Tour of Italy Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the American Legion Hall on Columbus Street in Granville. Lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, goulash and more will be served. Cost: $6 eat in, $7 take out, with proceeds benefiting the medical bills of Britany Jordan’s grandfather who is battling cancer. RUTLAND A Spark Your Winter Blues Dance and Silent Auction to benefit Rutland Catholic Schools will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. Members of the Satin and Steel and the On the Rocks bands will perform, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served, and there’ll be a cash bar. Cost: $10. Tickets are available from CKS and MSJ students and at the school offices, and will be sold at the door. Also, for tickets or to donate and item for the silent auction, call Mary Lou Tedesco Harvey at 236-3485, or Joann Rotella Ballard at 747-8199. MANCHESTER The Equinox Curling Club will offer a Learn to Curl Clinic for ages 15 and older from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Riley Rink in Manchester. Cost: $35. Pre-registration is required at Information: Jacki Lappen at 802-645-0222, or email info@



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Building group names officers The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont announced its 2012 Slate of Officers and Board of Directors at the annual Holiday Party at the Rutland Country Club in December. The Executive Board will be made up of President Linda LaCroix of Aspen Construction Services; First Vice President Don Glendenning of Glendenning LLC; Also, Second vice president, Kevin Durkee of Durkee Insurance Agency; secretary, Jeff Larson of Gilmore Home Center; treasurer, Gene Hathaway of Hathaway Construction; The Board of Directors is Stewart Barker of Stewart Barker Builder; Justus Cameron of The McKernon Group; Jeff

Fowler of Stafford Technical Center; Dave Fucci of The Fucci Company; Also Jeff Gephart of Vermont Star Homes, a program of Efficiency Vermont; Brian Harrington of Harrington Custom Building; Also, Scott Moore of Johnson Energy Inc.; Scott Raymond of Sherwin-Williams Co. Paints; Jerry Stearns of Stearns Electric. Life directors are Joe Giancola of Giancola Construction & Real Estate; and Jim Mumford, Sr. Also presented during the evening were these special awards: Associate of the Year— LaValley Building Supply Builder of the Year— Glendenning LLC The Home Builders &

Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont is an organization of builders, suppliers, and associated businesses whose main purpose is to support and educate the building industry, the community and its members. The 15th Annual Home & Recreation Show, which has free admission, will be Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Spartan Arena (behind the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibitor space for the show is still available. For more information about the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont, call or fax (802)773-0672, send an email to, or check us out on the web at

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont is running a fundraising bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. The two-night trip is scheduled for March 5-7 and costs $340, which includes the roundtrip bus tour with box lunch, shared room with two double beds, a ticket to the flower show and a luncheon “tea” at the show.


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Think of a big friendly bear with a trademark “Handlebar moustache” sitting at the counter raising hell with the waitresses as he awaits his dessert. The waitresses at that “big truck stop in the sky” are going to think that they were sent to heaven when he gets there. May God be with you, Don Perkins.

“I’m headin down to Newburgh Falls. On that long, dark, turvey road. Don’t know when I’ll get there. Got an awful heavy load. But when I get back in a day or two I’ll be such a happy guy.

You talk about a close-knit father and son relationship. It was a show of mutual love and respect. Now think about it. It’s that little buddy – you changed his diaper, showed his first steps, watched him run, you showed him how to hunt and fish, haul wood, use a chainsaw. He is

gone and you are here with us elders just hanging on by a thread. Where is the justice in that? There has to be a reason. Perhaps the Good Lord has something special in mind for him. He needs him as part of his world. I cannot imagine the strains

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dealing with their problems. Enter, Bud Beebe at the Highland Gray Hotel, Main Street, Poultney. What a happy go lucky little guy. He was always smiling and handling all the difficult problems at ease. Later he took a job driving slate truck for Vermont Structural. He and Bob Warren and Bob Clark would stop in the Fair Haven Inn for a couple of pops. Oh, they were so much fun. You couldn’t tell who the

straight man was. But it sure as hell wasn’t Bud. We couldn’t wait ‘til they drove in. The last time I saw Bud was at his “Thirst Parlor” in Granville. There were cop cars out front. I peaked in and called his name. He came out and said, “Good timing, Twig, I just got robbed.” There he stood chuckling, with that big broad smile. Bud Beebe, one of a kind. May God be with you. -- Twig Canfield

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It takes a certain personality to make it as a bartender in a small town pub. You have to be able to mix well with all kinds of people for you never knew who was walking through that door. You also had to be nurse, psychiatrist and comic for you were going to be faced with all of that before you were through. You have to remember that this was before “post war trauma” and such and this was where the “WWII” guys were

When the waitress slides across the table that big chunk of apple pie.” Note: For those of you truckers who can’t recall this song, it was written last week by yours truly for Don Perkins. -- Twig Canfield

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of pain that run through the hearts of these poor people who have to go through this with their young ones. May God bless each one of you with an extra inner strength. And may God be with Danny Brill. -- Twig Canfield

Ricky Parker His mom was a Bixby and his dad was a Parker, two good names that blend to make good people. Ricky was a huge man and all in all he had a good bubbly personality. But don’t cross him. Remember he was a Parker boy from Middletown and he

could handle himself. A snowy winter day will not pass that I won’t think of big Rick rumbling down the road with that big red Poultney Town snow truck. May God be with you, Rick. -- Twig Canfield




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