• Talk of the Town
    March 28,2013

    Driving for an important cause

    BERLIN — Emily Packard, the youngest female driver currently racing at Thunder Road, will display her car for a different kind of weekend drive April 6.

    The U-32 student will have her No. 9X Late Model car on display at the Berlin Mall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of a marrow donor registry drive where people ages 18 to 44 can have their mouth swabbed to join the Be The Match Foundation’s bone marrow registry.

    Packard, who is sponsored by Rutland Regional Medical Center, took part in the recent car show at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town and signed up five potential marrow donors.

    She’s hoping for many more next weekend.

    The event is designed to help boost the national registry to help leukemia and lymphoma patients and others in need of healthy bone marrow. More information can be found at www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/rrmc.

    ‘Hunting’ season

    BARRE — The recreation departments in Barre — both city and town — will be joining forces Saturday for an annual egg hunt that is in its 26th year.

    This one is way more about the eggs than the hunt, because organizers don’t hide the colorful plastic eggs that will be strewn across the tennis and basketball courts, as well as the parking lot, near the municipal swimming pool Saturday — they scatter them. Thousands of them!

    Some contain toys, others candy. All are hidden in plain sight and scooped up in a matter of minutes by youngsters between 3 and 10. The popular event starts at 10 a.m. and is typically over by 10:10.

    “Once the horn sounds it doesn’t take long,” admits Stephanie Quaranta, who is pretty proud of the tradition she started when she took over as recreation director in Barre.

    According to Quaranta, families should arrive early, park up at Barre City Elementary and Middle School and head down the hill to the recreation area where children will be divided into three age groups.

    Three- and 4-year-olds will be turned loose on the tennis courts; the basketball court is reserved for children 5 to 7; and 8- to 10-year-olds will do their “hunting” in the parking lot on the far side of the pool.

    There is no fee, though Quaranta says parents are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank.

    Children are reminded to bring a basket, bag or something else to carry their egg haul, according to Quaranta, who said all participants will receive a new book just for showing up Saturday.

    Same time …

    MONTPELIER — The time is one of the few things that annual egg hunts held in Barre and Montpelier have in common.

    Even the eggs are different.

    Montpelier favors the chocolate foil-covered variety (not counting the coveted gold and silver ones that will be carefully hidden in Hubbard Park on Saturday).

    Montpelier’s hunt is for youngsters 12 and younger. And it is more of a traditional “hunt,” with those who find the gold and silver eggs winning prize baskets.

    However, it will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, will start with the blast of a horn, and is free. Oh, and it’s probably a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early just to be on the safe side.

    Just desserts

    BARRE — Hoping to raise money for an upcoming mission trip to Atlanta, youth groups from two local churches will be peddling Easter pies this weekend.

    We’re told you’ll be able to find members of the youth groups from the First Presbyterian Church of Barre and the Barre Congregational Church selling pies Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m. at two downtown locations. Some of the youngsters will set up shop in the entranceway shared by Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel and Rite Aid pharmacy, and the rest will be selling pies in front of The Gym for Women (formerly Ladies Workout Express).

    We’re told the pies will be selling for $10 or less and the variety will range from cherry to chocolate cream. All proceeds will go toward helping underwrite a weeklong mission trip to inner-city Atlanta that is scheduled for the school break in April.

    Excuses, excuses

    MONTPELIER — Last week the principal and several staff members from Williamstown Middle/High School had a good excuse for missing school. Today, so do 11 of their students.

    They’ve got a date with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

    Seems the students from Williamstown will be the first recipients of the “Governor’s Career Ready Certificate” thanks to their completion of a 15-week pilot course that was run cooperatively between the high school in Williamstown and Community College of Vermont.

    Students worked with faculty from both institutions on a variety of tasks such as microcomputer applications, effective speaking and résumé writing, all in an effort to earn both an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate and a Vermont Governor’s Career Ready Certificate.

    The collaboration is part of a new approach to education that earned Williamstown Principal Scott Lang and some of his staff an invitation to tell a regional conference last week what they’ve been doing.

    Today the students get to skip school (at least a portion of it) to meet Shumlin and collect their certificates.

    The group includes two sophomores (Aric Avery and Shaylee Martin), seven juniors (Taylor Beaudet, Nathan Cone, Patrick Davison, Kaitlyn Florucci, Kimberlynn Gilbert, Jason Manwaring and Dylan Patterson), and two seniors (Derek Sheridan and Dylan Martin).

    Clean sweep

    BARRE — Armed with motorized sweepers, a crew supervised by the state Department of Corrections had the dust flying in downtown Barre this week.

    A winter’s worth of sand and salt deposited on sidewalks that were poured just last year was whisked away by a crew whose spring cleaning efforts didn’t go unnoticed, or unappreciated.

    So moved

    BARRE — School board member Katie Lane-Karnas offered a “moving” motion (her first) during a board meeting (her second) this week.

    Though Lane-Karnas is still learning the ropes, she said what she meant upon learning that one of the board’s three newly elected representatives to the Barre Supervisory Union Board would have to step aside for Chairman Lucas Herring to take their place.

    Lane-Karnas volunteered.

    “I motion I move to a different committee,” she said.

    The motion was seconded and passed, allowing Herring to fulfill one of his duties as chairman of the board.

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