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Coming next week! The FreePress will mail the official 2011 Fair Haven Community Guide to every home and business in Fair Haven and Benson next Saturday. Be looking for this 36-page keepsake magazine which The band 'Witness' will play at Family Fun Day Saturday at the Poultney Elementary School. you will want to keep handy around the home throughout the year!

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Summer theatre auditions April 2

The Poultney Summer Theatre Co. is holding auditions for two summer 2011 productions on Sat., April 2. Come one, come all Shakespearean enthusiasts for an opportunity of shining auditions from 10 a.m. until noon in Withey Hall at Green Mountain College. Shakespeare On Main Street‘s production of “Romeo and Juliet” welcomes actors of all ages. Auditions for the PSTCs Junior Company is open to high school students held at the same time for “As You Like It”. Technical support personnel may also interview during the same hours. Summer performances are scheduled for two weekends in July and August. For additional information, please contact Gary Meitrott, artistic director, at 802-2352400.

Enjoy Family Fun Day Saturday By Derek Liebig Pastor Lyandon Warren needs a break from cabin fever and would like to invite everyone to a Poultney Family Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 inside the gymnasium at the Poultney Elementary School. Warren, who is the pastor of the Mettowee Valley Church in West Pawlet, wanted to provide local residents with an opportunity to get out of the house, have fun and beat cabin fever.

“It’s something we could all use right now,” he said. He described the event as an indoor carnival and said there will be a number of attractions, including games, door prizes, food and music. Warren, who held a similar event in Granville this past summer, said this is the first time the church has held an event in Poultney. He said some members of the church live in Poultney and thought it would be nice event to bring to that community.

e-Vermont program coming to Castleton Wednesday The e-Vermont program will hold an open public forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at the Castleton Free Library on Main Street. The event is being hosted by the Castleton e-Vermont Steering Committee and will allow residents to learn more about the project and provide input on e-Vermont projects they would like to see implemented within the community. “e-Vermont offers Castleton

a way to lessen the digital divide by raising our tech skills, access, and comfort level, thereby jumpstarting our entry into the 21st century,” library director Jan Jones said. “This meeting is to share our committee’s goals for the project and hear our neighbors’ ideas about how e-Vermont can help them both personally and professionally.”

See CASTLETON, pg. 2

“We felt like we needed to serve that community,” he said. The Granville event was quite the success. “We had a great crowd and a great time,” he said. Most children will enjoy the obstacle course bounce house that will be setup in the gym. There will also be face painting and balloon animals. Adults will enjoy live music from the band Witness. “There will be lots of door

See FUN, pg. 2

Weather key to maple harvest By Derek Liebig There’s an old expression that refers to Vermont’s climate, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” The age-old adage is a fitting description of how local maple producers have felt this season. After a slightly later start than normal, maple produc-

See MAPLE, pg. 2

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METTAWEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Each spring, the Mettawee Community School Early Education Program offers a free child developmental screening for young children living in the towns of Pawlet and Rupert. The purpose of an early childhood screening is to provide parents with a picture of their child’s developmental strengths and/or needs and to increase awareness of services available to children and families in our area. The school district also utilizes screening information to plan for future student enrollment and special programs. We encourage parents of all 0-5 year olds to take part in the screening, regardless of potential eligibility for early education services. The play-based screening will take place in The Early Education Classroom at The Mettawee Community School, 5788 VT Rte 153, West Pawlet, Vermont. Please call Susan King at 802-645-9009 to schedule an appointment.

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According to Jones, input from this forum, and the future involvement of Castleton residents, will help clarify the projects the steering committee will ask e-Vermont partners to implement over the next year. Representatives from e-Vermont’s partner agencies will be present at the meeting to explain what services they provide and to answer questions from the public. Castleton was recently selected as one of 24 pilot towns to participate in the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. On its application, some of Castleton’s ideas included

improvements to community websites, website training for small businesses, digitization of local history and tourism resources, and the creation of a community calendar. They also hope to fully utilize ways to take advantage of future broadband connection through the federally funded FiberConnect project. The goal of e-Vermont is to help Vermont residents design ways to take full advantage of the Internet to create jobs and innovative schools, provide social services, and increase community involvement. e-Vermont is not stringing cable, but instead helps implement projects that each community identifies as a need. Communities receive e-business consulting, teacher training, free computers for some

Public Notices Mettawee Community School 5788 VT Rte 153, West Pawlet, VT 05775 (802) 645-9009

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Mettawee Community School is seeking bids on lawn mowing for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year and the 20112012 school year. Specifications for bidding may be picked up at the Mettawee School office during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bids, clearly marked with “Lawn Mowing Bid” on the outside envelope, are due by 3:00 p.m. April 11, 2011, addressed to the attention of:

Now available at the Town Manager’s Office Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm All 2010 Transfer station permits will expire on March 31st. The fee remains at $15 per residence (household) for the first vehicle and $10 for each additional household vehicle.

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What is publicly funded preschool education? Publicly funded preschool education is six to ten hours per week of developmentally appropriate early education and learning experiences provided by a licensed early education teacher.

What is publicly funded preschool education? Publicly funded preschool education is six to ten hours per week of developmentally appropriate early education and learning experiences provided by a licensed early education teacher.

Where is this publicly funded preschool program? The Poultney School District’s publicly funded preschool programs are early education programs that meet specific quality standards. The early education programs that the Poultney School District partners with are: • RSWSU Early Essential Education Program – VT licensed & STARS accredited program serving EEE students, located at Poultney Elementary School • Leap Frog Nursery School – VT licensed & STARS accredited program, located at The Stonebridge in Poultney

Where is this publicly funded preschool program? The Wells School District’s publicly funded preschool programs are early education programs that meet specific quality standards. The early education programs that the Wells School District partners with are: • RSWSU Early Essential Education Program – VT licensed & STARS accredited program serving EEE students, located at Poultney Elementary School • Leap Frog Nursery School – VT licensed & STARS accredited program, located at The Stonebridge in Poultney

Is this 6-10 hour/week preschool program tuition free? The above listed Preschool programs are tuition free to Poultney residents.

Is this 6-10 hour/week preschool program tuition free? The above listed Preschool programs are tuition free to Wells residents.

Is my child eligible for publicly funded preschool? If your child is 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2011 and resides in Poultney, then your child is eligible to participate in one of these programs.

Is my child eligible for publicly funded preschool? If your child is 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2011 and resides in Wells, then your child is eligible to participate in one of these programs.

Please Note: If we receive more applications than we have funding to support, then we are required to use a random selection process to determine which children receive publicly funded preschool education. We will inform you whether your child has a slot in one of these programs by May 27th, 2011.

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elementary classes, ways to connect residents through a project called Front Porch Forum, and opportunities for in-depth training. Other towns around the state, including Poultney, have already implemented projects to increase online access to government meetings, offering computer classes for seniors, creating community calendars, and a number of others. To find out more about this meeting, contact Jan Jones or Meg Fitch at 468-5574 or email castletonfreelibrary@gmail. com. e-Vermont is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Updates are posted at www.e4vt.org or contact Project Director Helen Labun Jordan at 802-225-6091 or email Helen@vtrural.org. You can also follow e-Vermont on facebook and Twitter.

Maple Continued from front page ers have enjoyed favorable conditions for the harvesting of nature’s sweetest crop. On March 9, many local producers were just beginning to collect and boil sap. “It’s been kind of average so far. We’re just getting started,” Pam Green with Green’s Sugarhouse in Poultney said at the beginning of last week. “It was kind of a late start.” However, since that time conditions have begun to change. “About a week ago, it was all doom and gloom, but it’s really turned around,” Bill Clark said. Ryan Wood, who operates Wood Family Sugarhouse in Poultney, said last week had been pretty good. “This week (March 13-20) it’s really started to run,” he said. Despite a slightly later start, he said his production is about the same as last years at the same point in the season, but that it was still too early to determine what kind of season it will be. In the local region, the sugaring season typically begins around the beginning of March and normally lasts for about six weeks. Like most agricultural practices, yield is directly linked to the weather. Producers favor warm days and cold nights, which means daytime temperatures in the 40’s and nighttime temperatures below freezing. Air temperature, however is but one part of the formula. There are several other factors involved as well, including how much frost is in the ground. According to Wood, the frost in the ground was already gone. “Normally when we don’t have

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Fun Continued from front page prizes as well. We’ll give away gift cards and cake,” Warren said. Admission to the event is completely free and an assortment of refreshments and snacks will be available. Signage will be up to help folks find the school and more information is available on the church’s facebook page.


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frost in the ground, it’s usually a good year,” he said. The amount of snow on the ground also plays a key role. Too much snow can make it difficult to reach and collect sap, but it also helps moderate temperatures if it gets to warm like it did at the end of last week. “We still got a little snow on the ground which is good. It keeps it at least 10 degrees cooler than it would be on a bare field with no snow,” Clark explained. Most producers agree that when the right conditions align, a lot of sap can be collected. “You can make a lot of syrup in a

Castleton church hosting dinner The Castleton Federated Church is holding a roast pork supper, complete with home made pies, on Saturday, April 2nd, from 5 to 6:30 PM. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and benefits the church’s restoration fund. We are now fully handicapped accessible via our new rear entry. For more information, please call Norm or Cindy at 265-8686.

short amount of time,” Wood said. He added that they were able to boil nearly 200 gallons of sap last week alone. The other factor, and perhaps the most important, is less a question of the environment and more to do with economics. You can boil all the syrup you want, but you need to be able to sell it, which seemingly hasn’t been a problem for most producers. Wood said the price of commercial sap has gone up so much that it pays to keep going as long as you can. “The industry has made a fabulous turnaround in the last few years,” Clark added. Most producers agreed that it was still a little too early to clas-

sify this season as good, average or poor. “There’s no way to tell the season we’re going to have until it’s all over,” Green said. Clark said as long as producers had already set up all their equipment and were ready to collect and boil sap, he foresaw at least an average season. Another week of favorable weather and producers could be in for a really good season. “Another good week like this past one, and there will really be a good crop,” Clark said last Friday. Wood however summed it up best. “So far, things are looking good. We’ll see what happens. It’s farming, it depends on the weather.”

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Fair Haven honor students named

Thank you Lakes Region FreePress! DeeDee Carroll (r) of the FreePress presents Fair Haven Troop 30042 members Jade McQuilkin, Paige Langlois, Olivia Bowen, Briana Juckett and Brianna Clark with a check for $190 in support of Lakes Region Girl Scouting. The FreePress ran a salute to the Lakes Region Girl Scouts on Friday, March 7. This edition profiled all the area troops and saluted them on National Girl Scout Week.

Students inducted into National Honor Society National Honor Society: Fair Haven Union High School is pleased to announce that the following students will be inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, March 31st, at 7:00 p.m. in the band room. Congratulations to the following: Austin Amery, Catherine Baumgartner, Celina Bronson, Nicholas Bruno, Maria Burt, Sarah Czarnecki, Sarah Daley, Kaylie-Ann Flannigan, Dakota Folmsbee, Zachary Harvey, Erin Irons, Chelsea Montello, Kaci Jo

O’Rourke, Eva Orr, Katherine Pouliot, Michelle Rogals, Jacob Silver, and Megan Wooster. New England Concert Music Festival: Two of our students, Abigail Rampone and Celina Bronson, participated in the 84th annual New England Concert Music Festival this past week-end in Burlington, Vermont. Students are selected from all over New England from a solo and ensemble festival that these students performed at in December. Congratulations, girls, on a fine performance and

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Basket party to benefit local Relay for Life team By Derek Liebig West Pawlet resident Carol Herbst is doing everything she can to find a cure for cancer and her neighbors are pitching in to help. Herbst and several friends and family members will host a Basket Party at the West Pawlet Fire House on Saturday, March 26. Proceeds from the event will benefit Team Lee at the Relay for Life event held in Rutland on June 25 and 26. The team is named in honor of 28-year-old Lee Herbst, Carol’s husband, who is suffering from a terminal form of cancer. His illness first appeared three years ago and has since spread to his lungs. Over the

past couple of years, Lee has had six separate surgeries to repair damage to his lungs and undergoes chemotherapy eight hours a day, five days a week. If having to deal with her husband’s illness wasn’t hard enough, Herbst has also had to cope with the death of her father who died of cancer several months ago. Despite mounting medical bills and a 20-month-old child to care for, Herbst has refused financial assistance from those in the community. “We wanted to do something to help but Carol said she ‘wasn’t going to accept any handouts,’” said Shannon Landon, who has been friends with Carol since they were children.

Despite her objections, Landon and Morgan Hosley continued to look for ways they could help their close friend. “Carol is such a strong willed woman,” Landon said. “She’s wanted to give up so many times but she hasn’t. She’s an inspiration to us.” Landon said she was in her car one afternoon when she heard something on the radio about Relay for Life. After hearing about the event, Landon relayed the information to her close friend and she thought it was something she wanted to do. “The town wanted to give us the money from the basket party, but we would rather give it to the charity,” Carol said during an interview last week.

“We’re trying to find a cure for cancer.” Since they began organizing the event, the girls have experienced an out flowing of support from the local community. Family, friends and businesses located within the Lakes Region and beyond have pledged their support in the form of money, baskets and raffle items. According to Herbst, the Vermont Country Store has agreed to double the amount the girls make, the Rutland EMT will match half the funds from the party and Telescope has donated four chairs, a table and an umbrella that will be raffled off during Saturday’s event. “Our goal is to raise $2,000” Landon said.

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To learn more, call 518-6429283. A short distance away in Poultney, the classes of 2013 and 2016 will host their own Basket Raffle in the gymnasium at Poultney High School. The cost of admission is $5 and includes a sheet of 25 tickets. An additional sheet of tickets can be purchased for $2. Organizers will also have food concessions available for purchase, and there will be a number of door prizes and raffles. Everyone is invited.

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Easter may be several weeks away but you don’t need to wait until the big holiday to enjoy baskets full of goodies. Besides West Pawlet, two other basket parties will be held in the Lakes Region on Saturday, March 26. Doors to each event are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with drawings expected to be held at 1 p.m., so an ability to be in more than one place at one time could certainly come in handy this weekend. Cub Scout Pack 44 will host a Basket Party at the Modern Woodmen of America Hall off Route 30 in

In all, the girls have collected more than 200 baskets. Their contents range from gas cards and gift certificates to Easter themed baskets and maple products. “There are lots and lots of different baskets,” Landon said. Doors to the event will open at 11 a.m. and baskets will be raffled off beginning at 1 p.m. For $5 patrons will receive a sheet of tickets upon entering the firehouse that they can use to put in the baskets they would most like to win. Later in the day, organizers will select one ticket from each basket and whoever has the corresponding ticket will win that basket. The party will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a light lunch will be available for $3.

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Happenings Fri 3/25 VERMONT Vermont Public Television invites all children in kindergarten through grade 3 to enter its PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Children will write and illustrate original stories. Entry forms are available at 1-800-6393351, or www.vpt.org/writers. The entry deadline is April 8. BENNINGTON/RUTLAND COUNTIES The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging offers a free Senior HelpLine that provides possible solutions to seniors having trouble paying for basic living expenses in Bennington and Rutland counties. Call 802-7865991 or toll-free 1-800-642-5119 and learn about programs to help pay for health care, pharmaceuticals, food, fuel, and telephone. Information: www.svcoa.org, or e-mail seniorhelpline@svcoa.org. PAWLET Morning Flower Lodge 71, Free and Accepted Masons, will offer $500 scholarships to two senior students living in the Pawlet/Rupert area and who have been accepted to a school for post-secondary education. Applications are available at the Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Post Office and the deadline to apply is April 29. Applications should be mailed to Robert Bryant, 3449 Route 133, Pawlet, Vt. 05761. Information: Robert at 802-3253172. QUEENSBURY The Great Upstate Boat Show will be held Friday through Sunday, March 25 to 27, at the Adirondack Sports Complex/The Dome in Queensbury. Twenty-five dealers, 60 brands, 200 boats, and vendors will be featured. Cost /hours: 518791-0070, or www.greatupstateboatshow.com. GRANVILLE An ecumenical Lenten Luncheon and Prayer Service will be held at noon on Friday, March 25, at the South Granville Congregational Church on Route 149. Noon luncheons, all sponsored by the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council, will follow on April 1 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, April 8 at the Granville Baptist Church, and April 15 at the Bethel-Peniel Presbyterian Church. Everyone will be welcome. SALEM The Salem United Methodist Church will hold a “Huge Auction” inside its Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Fran’s Auctions will conduct this auction of household items, jewelry, antiques, small furniture, children’s toys, and much more. Homemade refreshments will be available, too, and everyone will be welcome. MANCHESTER The Stamford Hotel will present the Harlem Superstars comedy basketball team versus the Bulldog Dream Team at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25, in the gymnasium at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Included will be audience participation, door prizes, and a halftime show. Cost: $7 in advance, $8 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the school’s Booster Club. Advance tickets: Manchester and Londonderry branches of Peoples United Bank, and from Kathi Bierwirth at 549-8819, or Terry Merrow at 824-3134. ARLINGTON Vermont comedian Rusty DeWees, “The Logger,” will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, in the

gymnasium at Arlington Memorial High School. Cost: $20, with proceeds benefiting the Mack Attack AAU Girls Basketball Team. Tickets are available at the AMHS School Store, or the main office at Fisher Elementary School. Information: Deanne Lacoste at 375-6409, or e-mail lacosted@bvsu.org. TINMOUTH Will Mentor will call while Rodney Miller and Brendan Taaffe provide the music during a Tinmouth Contra Dance for all ages at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the Tinmouth Community Center. Cost: $8; $6 teens; $3 ages 5 to 12; free younger than 5. Refreshments will be available. Information: 235-2718, or www. Tinmouthvt.org.

Sat 3/26 NEW YORK STATE The 16th Annual Maple Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout the state of New York on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. For information on local open houses, demonstrations, and maple product sampling call 585-591-1190, or visit www.mapleweekend.com. POULTNEY A Community Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Episcopal Ministry Center, 84 Church Street in Poultney. Cost: $1; free age 14 and younger. Everyone will be welcome. PAWLET Local artist Heidi Hammell will lead a “Create with Me” workshop for parents and children from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, on the lower level at the Pawlet Public Library. Children will learn about the proportions of the human face and then draw a self portrait (no experience needed). Cost: $10 per child and adult. Information/registration: 802-645-9051, or e-mail hamfamvt@myfairpoint.net. SOUTH LONDONDERRY The Fresh Air Fund will hold its annual meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the West River Trail’s restored historic depot in South Londonderry. All who are interested in this nonprofit organization, and who may wish to host an inner-city child during the summer, are encouraged to attend. For information, visit www.freshair. org, or call Tom Kisiba in Brattleboro at 802-722-4315; Lisa Pearson in Rutland at 802-770-4280; Pat Meulemans in Jamaica at 802297-9886; Martha Thompson in Dorset at 802-362-3473; or Heather Corcoran in Bennington at 802-681-8394. WHITEHALL Whitehall Central School’s teachers will play a team of U.S. Olympians in a benefit basketball game at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, in the school gym. The athletes include teammates of Whitehall student Codie Bascue who is on the U.S. bobsled team. Food will be available at this event. GRANVILLE The Friends of the Pember Library will hold a Spring Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in the main room at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Only paperbacks will be sold at 25 cents each. GRANVILLE Cub Scout Pack 44 will host a Basket Party on Saturday, March 26, at the Modern Woodmen of America Hall off Route 30 in Wells. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with drawings at 1 p.m.

Cost: $5 for an admission sheet of tickets; $3 each additional sheet. Special tickets will be available for four Disney hopper passes, Telescope camping cots, and two season passes to the Green Jackets at one ticket for $5 or five for $20. Also, for every non-perishable food item you bring you’ll receive a ticket for a chance to win a set of Telescope director chairs. Proceeds will benefit Cub Scout Pack 44. Information: 518-6429283. POULTNEY The Poultney High School classes of 2013 and 2016 will host a Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 26, in the gymnasium at Poultney High School. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with drawings starting at 1 p.m. Cost: $5 admission and sheet of 25 tickets; $2 each additional sheet. There’ll be a lunch concession, door prizes and raffles, too, and everyone is invited. WEST PAWLET A Basket Party will be held on Saturday, March 26, at the West Pawlet Fire House. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with drawings at 1 p.m. More than 150 baskets will be up for bid and a light lunch will be available. Proceeds will benefit Team Lee and Relay for Life. Information: Shannon Landon at 802-3452867, Morgan Hosley at 802-2870600 or 802-645-0158, or Carol Herbst at 518-361-6869 or 802645-9032. POULTNEY The Mettowee Valley Church will host a Spring Carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in the gymnasium at the Poultney Elementary School. Free and open to all, this event for all ages will feature carnival games and foods. GRANVILLE The VFW Post 1653 Men’s Auxiliary will host a Ring in the Spring Chicken Barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the post on North Street in Granville. Cost: $8. EAST ARLINGTON The Federated Church of East Arlington invites everyone to a Chicken Pie Supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in the church’s Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. Cost: Free-will offering to benefit the church. Reservations are required at 802-375-2548. GRANVILLE Granville Hook and Ladder Fire Co. on Quaker Street invites everyone to participate in its Queen of Hearts Drawing that will be held at 6 p.m. each Saturday. Information: 642-2401. DORSET A “Big Kid AirBand” charity fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 26, at the Long Trail School off Route 30 in Dorset. Groups will lip-sync well-known songs and compete for cash prizes to be donated to the groups’ favorite charities. A bistro with appetizers and cash bar will precede the competition from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets/to enter the competition: Simone at 802-867-5717,. GRANVILLE Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Hook and Ladder Fire Co. in Granville. This bingo will be held each Saturday, with few exceptions, refreshments will be available for purchase, and everyone is invited. Information: 642-2401. WHITEHALL Elks Club 1491 in Whitehall invites everyone to a “Winter Blues” event from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 26. Admission: $10, $12 if you’re not wearing blue, with proceeds benefiting local charities.


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by Jim Carrigan Episcopal Church in Granville. Noon luncheons, all sponsored by the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council, will follow on April 8 at the Granville Baptist Church, and April 15 at the Bethel-Peniel Presbyterian Church in Granville. Everyone will be welcome. WHITEHALL The Whitehall Drama Club will stage “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the auditorium at the Whitehall Central School. Tickets are $5. Information: 499-1770.

Vermont comedian Rusty DeWees, “The Logger,” will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, in the gymnasium at Arlington Memorial High School. Cost: $20, with proceeds benefiting the Mack Attack AAU Girls Basketball Team.

Sun 3/27 WHITEHALL Elks Club 1491 in Whitehall will serve a Sunday Breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on March 27. Cost: $7 adults; $3.50 younger than 10; free younger than 5. Everyone will be welcome. MANCHESTER The award-winning, 2004 documentary, “Paper Clips,” will be screened at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, at Israel Congregation on Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester. A free-will donation will be accepted and everyone will be welcome. Information: Sandy at 802-2971185. VERMONT The Outright Vermont organization will host a Support Group Meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. This group’s mission is to build safe, healthy and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 13 through 22. Information: 802-865-9677, Ext. 3, or www.outrightvt.org.

Mon 3/28 GRANVILLE The GranvilleWhitehall Girls Scouts Service Unit will host a Spaghetti Dinner with seatings at 5, 6 , and 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, at Bernardo’s Restaurant in Granville. The cost is $5 to eat in and $6 for takeout. The dinner benefits the group’s AdoptA-Family program for the Christmas season. For further information, please contact Tami Clark at 642-3395 or by e-mail at granvillescoutm@hotmail.com. IRA Gentle Yoga will be offered beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 28, at the Ira Town Office, 808 Route 133. This class is for those wishing to maintain good health and also for those recuperating from an injury. Information: AmeriCorp member Sherri DurginCampbell at the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, 802786-5990.

Tue 3/29 SALEM Tuesday, March 29, is the deadline to register for a Bow Hunter Safety Education Course that will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at the Salem Fish and Game Club. Participants must pre-register and pick up a manual prior to the class. Ed Kenyon at 854-7827.

CASTLETON In conjunction with Brandon-based artist Fran Bull’s touring exhibition, “In Flanders Fields,” pianist Tanya Gabrielian and colleagues from the Julliard School will perform Oliver Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” on Tuesday, March 29, at Castleton State College. The exhibition, inspired by Lt. Col. John McCrea’s World War I poem, will run through April 1. Open to all. Information/time: 802-468-1394, or www.castleton.edu.

Thu 3/31 SALEM The Salem United Methodist Church on W. Broadway invites everyone to a Turkey Dinner at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Cost: $10 adults; $5 younger than 12. Takeouts will be available. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at Salem Hardware and A&J Enterprises in Salem. Information/family rates: Arlene Coldwell at 854-7588. DORSET A free Winter Community Supper will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at the Dorset Church, 143 Church St., off Route 30. Everyone will be welcome. Information: Jane at 867-2260. GRANVILLE The high school Drama Club invites everyone to its stage production of “The Sound of Music,” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 31 to April 2, in the auditorium at Granville High School on Quaker Street. Information: Barbara Chellis at 499-1295. PITTSFORD The Rutland County Humane Society is seeking donations of old blankets, sheets and towels for use in its Pittsford animal shelter. Information: 802-4836700, or www.rchsvt.org.

WEST RUTLAND The Marble Valley Players will stage Comedy Extravaganza II, featuring three one-act comedies, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday the third, at the West Rutland Town Hall Theater. Cost: $15. Tickets are available at www.paramountlive.org, the Paramount box office, 775-0903, and will be sold at the Town Hall an hour before each show. Information: Gary at 779-2722.

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Sat 4/2 RUTLAND The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont will present a Home, Garden and Recreation Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Spartan Arena behind the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland. Information: 802773-0672, or www.cvthomebuilders.com. RUTLAND The Winter Farmer’s Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at 77 Wales St. in Rutland. The winter market will be open through May on Saturdays. Information: Greg Cox at 802-683-5791, or www. vtfarmersmarket.org.

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POULTNEY Ivor Hughes, coauthor of “Before We Went Wireless,” will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Hermit Hill Books on Main Street in Poultney. And at 2 p.m., Ivor will speak about his travels involving the writing and publishing of the book with coauthor and North Wales resident David Ellis Evans. Everyone will be welcome and refreshments will be served.

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Fri 4/1 GRANVILLE A painting by Brian Sweetland depicting downtown Granville, including the recently rededicated World War II veterans clock, is being raffled by the Pember Library and Museum’s First Fridays series. Cost: $5 per ticket, or five for $20. Tickets will be available at each First Friday event that runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pember, 33 W. Main Street in Granville, and from Pember trustees. Information: 518-642-2525. GRANVILLE An ecumenical Lenten Luncheon and Prayer Service will be held at noon on Friday, April 1, at the Trinity

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Post 50 hosting ham dinner April Castleton Fellows Post 50 American Legion is hosting a Baked Ham Dinner from 5 to 7pm on Friday April 1 to benefit the Castleton Community Center. The meal includes mashed potatoes, veggies, apple sauce, tossed salad, rolls, home made desserts and beverage for $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. There will be a 50/50 raffle and Basket Raffle. Penguin Productions with DJ John Saltis will provide music for listening or dancing. For info call Greg at 468-8962 or 2658003.

Bob Williams thanked for supporting Class of 2012 Annual Chaffee Student Art Show Congratulations to the following students with artwork in the Annual Chaffee Student Art Show: Sadie Brown, Grade 11; Austin Bach, Grade 8; Marissa Mazur, Grade 8; Jacob White, Grade 8; Meghan Wood, Grade 8; Molly Mead, Grade 11; Raeney Paquette, Grade 12; Swan Connelly, Grade 12; Alexis Hill, Grade 9; and Leah DelPezzo, Grade 12.The opening reception is March 20 from, and the show will run through April  9. The Chaffee Art Center is located at 16 South Main Street in Rutland.

Thanks to Bob Williams

Many thanks to Bob Williams for offering the PHS Class of 2012 the opportunity to earn $800 dusting his store from 1-5 on Sun., March 6. A huge thank you to these juniors and parents for working: Nicole Bogucki, Alan-Glen Burnell, Zac Chestnut, Dan Cook, Ali and Kim Jones, Shawn, Marie Kerber, and a friend Robby Hirst, Chris and Tammy Loomis, Justin Mackey, Jacobe Maynard, Anthony Mazur, Kim Rupe, Chris and Sandy Shepardson, Josh, Rusty, and Wanda Stiles, Abby and Mary

Jo Teetor, Jeremiah Wade, and Jared White.

March Basket Raffle

The March Basket Raffle will be held on Sat., March 26, in the PHS gymnasium. The doors will open at 11 a.m. with the drawing starting at 1 p.m. The cost of admission and one sheet of 25 tickets is $5 with additional ticket sheets priced at $2 each. There will also be door prizes, raffles, and a lunch concession provided.

P.H.S. NEWS

Open Studio

Open Studio begins Thursday, March 31. Every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Mrs.

Kristiansen will be available for the use of the pottery wheel, creating Japanese puppets, making masks, or any other artistic idea to explore. Open Studio is for students and staff so come on down to the art room.

Photography Course

Starting Tues., March 28, there will be two-week course in photography taught by a Green Mountain College student, with the first class meeting at 3 p.m. on campus. If interested, there is a sign-up sheet in the guidance office, and more information will be available upon signup.

EXPERIENCE Nestled in Vermont Green Mountains is historic Rutland, Vermont. This beautiful city has an architectural legacy second to none and a wide variety of professional and service businesses, offering great shopping, dining and more. Most of the businesses are owner operated by people who know the value of personal service. From specialty shops to boutiques to national discount stores, you’ll find everything you need in Rutland.

Plus, you’ll find an unmatched variety of great dining experiences, with more than 30 distinctly different eateries ready to cook up anything your appetite desires. From soup, salad or sandwiches to sumptuous cuisine and a global array of ethnic delights, stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a late night snack.

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PHS Continued from page 8 Sarah Mook Poetry Contest

Students please see English teacher Catherine M. Oliverio for more information. Time is running out with the deadline March 31. Monetary prizes will be awarded.

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball will once again return to the PHS gym April 6. Further details forthcoming. Anyone interested in receiving PHS news electronically, please e-mail catherine.oliverio@rswsu.org or visit PHS’ Website www.phsvt.org

Encore Theatre’s Annual Fashion Show. Latest fashions in prom dresses & Tuxedos. Rutland High School Theatre 7:00-8:30pm. , Rutland County Humane Society’s 5th Annual Spring for the Animals Auction at Rutland Country Club 5:30-7:30pm.

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, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast at Franklin Conference Center 7:30AM. , Annual Easter Egg Scramble. Children ages 2-8 at Depot Park, downtown 10AM-Noon. Refreshments & Prizes. 17th Annual Night of Italian Opera at Tuttle Hall Theatre College of St. Joseph 8-11PM.

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Dear Editor, Mettawee Mania 2011, A Talent Extravaganza is now more than just a memory!  This year’s show was better than ever and could not have been possible without the efforts of so many hardworking individuals of whom we’d like to thank.  A show like this just does not “happen” without tremendous effort and we’d like to thank Brooke Burnham and the Mettawee P.T.O., the Pawlet & West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Departments-parking, Dave Ricard-parking/security, Rich Cleveland & Bill Wood-set/tear down and site prep, John Mooreset up, Judy Zinn, Denise Fisher & Gail Nelson-ticket sales, Dot Leach-Stage Manager,  John Freed-Sound Tech, Luke Hawkins-Music Coordinator/ Stage Crew, Carrie Smith, Josh Brooks & Howard Waite-Lights, Lisa Hoyt, Ashley CrandallStage Crew, Mike CutlerVideographer, Eric MachStaging, Linda ManessPromotion, MCS 5th Grade-

Concessions,  Show Sponsors: Mach’s General Store, Mettawee Auto Repair, Matt Waite Excavation, Inc., Sheldon’s Market, Baierlein Landscaping, Hyatt Home & Estate Care, Webber Discount Fuel, Ma & Pa’s Place, The Liquor Stop, American Hardware, Branch Auto Parts, Bardin Tire, Warner’s Auto Body of Granville, &  Indian Hill Image Works.  We would also like to thank Rich Hulett and Deer Flats Farm for the time and equipment donated for emergency snow removal.  Thank you to the Miss Vermont Scholarship Program and Miss Vermont 2010, Caroline Bright for gracing the stage with her presence and poise.  There would  have been no show to offer if it wasn’t for the amazing talent that came out this year.  To each and every act who gave 100% to the show, you were all shining stars and we are grateful for your willingness to share your gifts with all of us.  The Mania audience is

beyond compare and each act is treated very well by you.  Each year you welcome them, applaud them and cheer for them making their moment in the spotlight memorable.  Also, each year Manchester Newspapers (publishers of the Granville Sentinel and Lakes Region FreePress) is very good to the show and we owe them a HUGE debt of gratitude for their amazing coverage and promotion of the show.  They help to make it a big deal.  Deb & I put our heart and soul into this event which benefits the Mettawee Community P.T.O. and the community.  It is an event that draws the young and young at heart both to the stage and to the audience.  To see everyone working together and enjoying that togetherness truly defines a community that extends beyond borders.  We hope you get out of it as much as we do.  See you all in 2012!!!!    Rod & Deb Hawkins Pawlet, VT

County humane society asks for help Now that the weather is getting nicer, many people clean out closets and do some Spring cleaning.  If you find old bedding or towels, please think about bringing them to the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS).  They make great bed-

ding for the animals and keep them cozy and comfortable while they’re here.  The animals  especially love comforters, blankets, sheets and towels. If you have any questions, please contact the shelter at 483-6700.

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Home and recreation show planned The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont will sponsor the 14th Annual Home and Recreation Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Spartan Arena, located behind the Diamond Run Mall on Route 7 South in Rutland. The show provides patrons an opportunity to gather information and see some of the latest products in the building and remodeling industry. Throughout the day, attendees will be able to observe a

number of exhibits including: kitchens, appliances, banks, insurance, chimney services, windows, door, building materials, paint, decking, railing, flooring, baths, pools and spas, building, remodeling and green building contractors, energy efficiency, heating, renewable energy, lawn care, realtors, vinyl fencing, and more. There will also be entertainment geared to children. The first 50 kids will receive a birdhouse and The Boys and Girls Club and The Mentor Connector

have planned a number of free activities for children. The Home Builders and 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 and its members. Admission to the show is free and door prizes will be given away throughout the day. For more information, call/ fax 802-773-0672 or email cvthomebuilders@yahoo.com.

Shumlin to talk education in Poultney By Derek Liebig One of Vermont’s most wellknown elected officials will dine with Poultney residents this weekend. Governor Peter Shumlin will serve as the guest speaker at the seventh annual Rotary Club Community Dinner this Saturday, March 26. The dinner will be held in the East Room of Whitey Hall at Green Mountain College. A cocktail/social hour featuring a cash bar and hor d’oeuvres is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Shumlin, who was elected in November, will address the crowd for 20 or 30 minutes and field a number of questions from attendees. “It serves as our annual fundraiser for the high school and elementary schools,” White said. Because the dinner serves as a fundraiser and benefits local

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schools, education will be at the heart of Shumlin’s discussion. “We try to get someone on the state level who can really talk about education,” White said. “He’ll (Shumlin) discuss his vision of education for the state of Vermont over the next several years.” White said education is more important than ever with impending budget cuts and the discussion of consolidating supervisory units. “Education is a big topic,” he said. White said a member of the local Rotary Club contacted the governor’s office to see if he would be interested in speaking and he was. In the past, proceeds from the dinner have been used to purchase various teaching tools, such as an electronic smart board. White said they typically alternate the school that receives

benefits. Last year’s event benefited the elementary school and this year’s event will benefit the high school. He said school officials typically discuss amongst themselves how to spend they would like to spend the money and then submit a proposal to the Rotary Club. “As long as it advances the education of the students we will it accept it,” White said. Shumlin is Vermont’s 81st governor. He began his political career in 1980 at the age of 24 as a member of Putney’s select board. Later he served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives before representing Windham County in the state senate. He lives in Putney.

MWA Hall to host Ole Tyme Maple Sugarhouse Dinner

The MWA Hall will host an Ole Tyme Maple Sugarhouse Dinner on Saturday, April 9 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. The dinner will include a full salad bar, maple glazed ham and potatoes, maple baked beans and breads, maple boiled eggs and maples sundaes and more. This tasty event is being sponsored by the Wells United Methodist Church. Details call 802-325-3203.

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