• Community News
    April 06,2013

    Army Pvt. Tyler W. Wells graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Wells is the son of Sandy Spaulding of Webb Road, Cambridge. He is a 2010 graduate of Harwood Union High School, Duxbury.

    Army Pvt. Christopher R. Moore has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Moore is the son of Richard Moore of Oak Ridge Drive, Colchester, and brother of Joe Moore of Sylvan Park Road, Stowe. He is a 2011 graduate of Stowe High School.

    Army National Guard Pfc. Thomas K. Bartlau has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

    Bartlau is the son of Jennifer and Werner Bartlau of Tanner Road, Jeffersonville. He is a 2010 graduate of Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park.

    Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., has announced the following academic honor awards for the winter 2012-2013 term.

    Iris Dayton of Montpelier, a senior, earned honors.

    Laura Moore of Waitsfield, a junior, earned honors.

    Students have been named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the fall 2012 semester.

    The following students were granted an achievement for earning a spot on the Dean’s List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Nathan Fullerton of Plymouth; Shawn O’Neill of Middlesex; Lorne Nix of Waterbury Center; Mathew Lyon of St. Johnsbury.

    VTC student honored

    RANDOLPH — Vermont Technical College announced that Alex Gay, a sophomore Diesel Power Technology student, was recently selected to participate in the esteemed Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program. Gay, the Randolph campus Student Council president at Vermont Tech, is one of only 75 Americans to be awarded the fellowship. Funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, the CBYX is a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Germany, designed to strengthen ties and understanding between the people of both countries.

    “I’m extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious exchange program,” said Gay. “Living and studying in Germany for the academic year will be an invaluable experience that I look forward to sharing with my peers.”

    Selected student participants immerse themselves into German culture and participate in intensive language training, university study, an internship in a German-speaking work environment, and accommodation in a German home or student residence. CBYX participants act as ambassadors of their home country and culture while immersing themselves in the academic, professional, and everyday life of their host culture.

    Historical research

    BARRE — The Vermont Historical Society will host a forum of undergraduate students from across Vermont as they share their recent research on topics in Vermont history on April 17. This free forum will take place at the Vermont History Center at 60 Washington St in Barre, beginning at 6:00 pm and the public is welcome.

    The presenters will include Deidre Miller of Middlebury College, speaking about her research into the temperance movement in Addison County during the nineteenth century. Miller’s research previously has been recognized by the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

    Ariel Mondlak of the University of Vermont will present her research about the “flower girls” who appeared at past Memorial Day parades in Brandon. Mondlak’s work is a fascinating example of public history and shows a clear appreciation for the deep roots of Vermont’s communities.

    Lyndon State College will be represented by Justin Pepe, who will present his research about the history of Vermont microbrews. “Our state has a strong tradition of academic excellence, and these undergraduates typify the fascinating, original research still being done into the state’s history,” said Vermont Historical Society’s Public Programs Coordinator, Amanda Gustin.

    The society’s Leahy Library at the Vermont History Center is an excellent resource for these students and others, containing hundreds of collections that document all aspects of Vermont’s remarkable history. Each Wednesday evening, the Leahy Library is open late for researchers who want to work during evening hours. Attendees at the program on April 17 are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity to speak with librarians and explore the Vermont Historical Society’s collections.

    Elks honored

    BARRE — On March 13, Barre Elks Lodge No. 1535 held its annual Membership Recognition Night. Each year, the Lodge recognizes and pins members who have reached certain years of membership in the club’s Order. This year, our Lodge honored and pinned 50-year member Richard Hutchins. Leonard Normandeau, William Corrigan and Lawrence Gingras were recognized for 45 years of membership, while Gary Clark and William Smedy were recognized for 35 years of membership. Robert Spaulding, Pierre Ducharme and Bruce Bartlett were recognized for 30 years of membership.

    Twenty-year members honored were Leonard Cotnoir, Brian McAvoy and Todd Benoit; and the 10-year member recognized was Tammi Holden. Many other members reached levels of membership and were honored in addition to those present at our Membership Recognition night. In addition to honoring our members, Exalted Ruler Stacy Holden presented three awards. The Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award was presented to Diane Fontana.

    This award is presented for “outstanding and meritorious service to humanity.” This award is given to someone who has shown leadership in the community; has contributed voluntary service and is recognized as being an all-around good citizen.

    The Elk of the Year Award was presented to Allen Thivierge. This award is given as an expression of the gratitude and appreciation of the members of the Lodge and of the Grand Lodge for the loyal and eritorious services. This award is given to a member who has performed outstanding service to Elkdom, particularly at the local Lodge level.

    The Officer of the Year Award was presented to Kristin Calcagni. The Officer of the Year Award is given for dedication and meritorious service to the Lodge, who by unselfish commitment and cheerful enthusiasm furthered Elkdom’s programs while fulfilling the responsibilities as an Officer of the Lodge in an exemplary manner.

    Counseling available

    Through a partnership with the South Burlington Vet Center, Johnson State College is now offering counseling services to area veterans on Fridays.

    “Although there are many services available to help veterans make a successful post-war adjustment, one of the main barriers is accessibility to those services,” says Marie Milord of the South Burlington Vet Center, who staffs the new Vet Center at JSC. “Until now, veterans and their families have had to travel to South Burlington or even farther away in order to meet with someone at a veterans’ center.”

    The Vet Center at JSC is housed in the JSC Counseling Center, located on the lower level of Senators South. Appointments are available to veterans and their families or significant others from 10 a.m. to 2:30 on Fridays.

    “I encourage veterans who have questions about their VA benefits, or who are having trouble coping with wartime experiences, to reach out to me,” says Milord. “We also are here to provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to veterans and their loved ones.”

    Establishing the Vet Center at JSC is one of several steps the college has taken this year to reach out to veteran students.

    To schedule an appointment at the JSC Vet Center, call Marie Milord at 802-862-1806. For information about veterans’ services at JSC in general, contact David Bergh at 635-1200.

    Fiddlers to meet

    RANDOLPH — The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is performing their “10th Anniversary Reunion Concert” at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph under the direction of Sarah Hotchkiss.

    This performance of traditional fiddle music is not to be missed! Eleven of the VFO’s soloists from past performances will be returning to play with the orchestra. These extraordinary fiddlers are Susannah Blachly, Adam Boyce, Scott Campbell, David Gusakov, Donna Hébert, Franklin Heyburn, Sarah Hotchkiss, Spencer Lewis, John Mowad, Roger Perrault, Beth Telford and all will be joined by clogger Ann Whiting. A special addition to the line up will be 94 years young legendary Chelsea fiddler and 2004 recipient of the Governer’s Heritage Award, Harold Luce.

    The concert will open with the Sap Run Fiddlers, a group of young fiddlers ages 5-14. There will be dancing in the aisle, refreshments, a raffle for a beautiful fiddle made by VFO’s own Michael Spencer, as well as artist merchandise for sale at the event. Raffle tickets can also be purchased ahead of time on the VFO website. Concert tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and students; 12 and under free and may be purchased at the door. If you wish to reserve tickets in advance, call or email before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12. For more information visit www.vtfiddleorchestra.org, or call 1-877-343-3531, or email info@vtfiddleorchestra.org.

    Videofest slated

    CASTLETON — Castleton State College, in partnership with Vermont Public Television, invites Vermont High School students to enter the 18th Annual Castleton Videofest.

    High School students throughout Vermont are encouraged to submit DVDs in any of four categories: documentary, experimental/animation, narrative fiction, and public service announcements/advertisements.

    Scholarships of $500 will be awarded for first place in each category. Video professionals will judge the entries on creativity, content, and execution.

    Submissions must be postmarked by April 22. A public screening of the winning videos and an award ceremony will be held at Castleton State College on Friday, May 10.

    Tractor safety

    The registration deadline for the youth tractor safety certification course offered this spring in Derby has been extended to April 19. Certification is required for all 14- and 15-year-old who work on a farm other than their family’s farm although the course also is strongly recommended for older teens.

    Dates for the four-session course, which will be held at the North Country Technical Career Center (NCTCC), are April 25, April 27, May 4 and May 11. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. The certification course, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H and NCTCC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program, is open to all teens, 14 to 19 years old, from Vermont and neighboring states.

    The fee is $60, which covers all sessions, lunches, materials and the testing fee for the certification exam. Scholarships are available.

    To register, contact Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at ekenton@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967, ext. 308, or toll-free at (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only). If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate or to request financial assistance, call by April 19.

    Poet to speak

    NORTHFIELD — Norwich University will host a public reading by award-winning Vermont poet Major Jackson on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

    Jackson’s reading will be followed by a book signing and Q&A session.

    Jackson is the author of three books of poetry, “Holding Company,” and “Hoops,” (both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry) and “Leaving Saturn,” which won the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.

    License services

    MONTPELIER —The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced its license services unit has moved into a spacious and welcoming new office in the Dewey Building adjacent to the National Life Building.

    Since the Irene flood, Vermont Fish & Wildlife personnel formerly located in Waterbury have been temporarily stationed in several communities.

    “We’re excited to let people know that our license services center is now open at the National Life complex in Montpelier,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “Our licensing personnel have moved from a temporary office on the Barre-Montpelier Road and are available at National Life to help people who want to purchase licenses as well as license agents from all over the state who need information and supplies.”

    Anyone purchasing a lifetime license, typically for a child, or any of several types of disability licenses will need to contact staff at the licensing unit in the new Montpelier office.

    Other Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses can be quickly and easily purchased on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

    Briggs honored

    CALAIS — Recently, many, like East Calais resident Chet Briggs, took assignments in New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to help the Red Cross shelter and feed the thousands who were displaced by the storm. Briggs recently was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Chief Response Officer Tim Stetson and Board Chair Max Levy, both of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross.

    Chet Briggs joined other volunteers and local Red Cross leadership for a ceremony with Gov. Peter Shumlin who signed a proclamation marking March as American Red Cross Month in Vermont. Shumlin noted that the Red Cross “works tirelessly to help when disaster strikes,” recognizing both the national deployments of our volunteers as well as the over 120 local disasters that they are called to each year. The responses to local disasters, predominately house and apartment fires, help those who are devastated “to start their road to recovery,” the governor said.

    Central Vermont Medical Center

    A son, James Francis Bair, born March 24, 2013, to Leila (Gray) and Daniel Bair of East Montpelier.

    A son, Daniel Orrin Farnham, born March 26, 2013, to April (White) and James Farnham of Barre.

    A son, Colin Charbonneau, born March 27, 2013, to Erin and Andrew Charbonneau of Duxbury.

    A son, Levi Hatch Haviland, born March 28, 2013, to Liza (Haines) and Daniel Haviland of Middlesex.

    A son, Brian Lee Roberts, born March 28, 2013, to Amber (Straight) and Eric Roberts of Danville.

    A son, Elliot Daniel Young, born March 29, 2013, to Ginger (Graves) and Steve Young of Graniteville.

    A daughter, Audrey Ann Royea, born March 29, 2013, to Catherine (LaRock) and Joseph Royea of Barre.

    Copley Hospital

    A son, Mason Charles Eli, born on March 17, 2013, to John and Heather Elie of Johnson.

    A son, Robert Van Rensselaer Barnard IV, born on March 23, 2013, to Robert and Katherine Barnard III of East Berkshire.

    A son, Matthias Volker Curschman, born on March 26, 2013, to Matthew and Krystin Curschmann of Hardwick.

    A son, Hazen Paul Hanley, born on March 27, 2013, to Jesse and Emily Hanley of Waterville.

    A daughter, Sadie Luca Moore, born on March 29, 2013, to Jessica Gerhart and Lucas Moore of Elmore.


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