• Talk of the Town
    January 10,2013

    Those were the days

    PLAINFIELD — You can travel back to a simpler time during an upcoming talk at Goddard College.

    J. Brooks Buxton, a sixth-generation Vermonter with family ties to Plainfield, will speak at the college’s Clock House at 2 p.m. Sunday about his memories growing up in the 1930s and ’40s. The talk is free and open to all, with refreshments served.

    Buxton remembers people and places, relatives and friends, things they did and where they did them. His relatives lived in houses all around the village, and he remembers homes and buildings connected to early times at the college.

    Though he left Vermont for a 40-year corporate career living abroad, Buxton’s fondness for the state brought him back to live in Jericho, where he spent much of his early family life. His niece Lori Buxton Myrick designed his Jericho home, inspired by the farmhouse in Marshfield just across the town line from Plainfield, where several generations of Buxtons grew up.

    For more information contact Dan at 454-1102.

    Taking reservations

    BARRE — Sure, walk-ins are welcome (in fact they’re encouraged), but folks who want to make short work of giving blood in Barre next week might want to make an appointment.

    The Granite City’s bimonthly blood drive will be held Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Jefferson Street, and we’re told if you’d like to make an appointment just log on to www.redcrossblood.org and follow the prompts, or call 800-GIVE-BLOOD.

    Organizers are hoping for a big turnout for the drive, which is being co-sponsored by the Barre Lions Club and Project Independence and will feature an added perk courtesy of the folks at Dunkin Donuts.

    Dunkin Donuts is again teaming with the American Red Cross to reward those who donate blood during National Blood Donor Month (that’s this month, in case you were wondering) with a coupon for a pound of coffee. The “Give A Pint, Get A Pound” promotion is in its fifth year, and organizers hope it will help bring out a good number of donors (appointments or not) on Monday.

    First-time donors should remember to bring a photo I.D., and regulars can rely on their Red Cross blood cards.

    Showing that you care

    BARRE — Not everyone is lucky enough to have a door they can lock and a place to call home, and people who want to show their support for the homeless in Barre will have that chance this afternoon in City Hall Park.

    The folks at the Good Samaritan Haven are hosting a “homeless observance” in the park at 5 p.m. We’re told there will be stories of struggle and success. It will last less than an hour, and everyone is welcome.

    Attention, young hunters

    WATERBURY — Hey, kids, remember that time you bagged that buck? Or when you walked around all morning and didn’t even see a squirrel?

    Now’s your chance to share your experience, as the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has extended the deadline for the sixth annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest to Jan. 31.

    Hunters 16 and younger can submit a short essay or an artwork describing their time in the field on a hunt.

    The work should indicate why hunting is important to the young hunter and must include a description of one of his or her hunting experiences. Criteria for judging include creativity, knowledge of hunting ethics, appreciation of wildlife, the hunter’s relationship with landowners, respect for our hunting heritage, hunting skills and family. Entrants are encouraged to send hunting photos with their stories.

    Entries will be categorized by age: 9 and younger, 10 to 12 years, and 13 to 16. One entry from each category will win prizes.

    Winners will be announced April 20 at the inaugural Youth Hunting Awareness Day at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton.

    Submissions must include the hunter’s first and last name, address, age, telephone number and location of the hunt. Submissions can be emailed to ann.shangraw@state.vt.us or mailed to 2012 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.

    The department reserves the right to publish photos and essays, and the submitted works will become property of the department.

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