• Talk of the Town
    November 21,2013

    Stuff it!

    BERLIN — Students at Barre City Elementary and Middle School are hoping to stuff a few trucks of their own as part of what has become a popular pre-Thanksgiving tradition sponsored by three local radio stations.

    Now in its 12th year, the “Stuff-A-Truck” campaign kicked off this morning as residents began dropping canned goods and other nonperishable food items off at the tractor-trailer that will be manned by the folks from WSNO, FRANK and FROGGY at 802 Toyota Scion (right next to the Berlin Mall) through Saturday.

    Enter Students on the Move, a group of middle-schoolers from Barre who, we’re told, are well on their way to stuffing three pickup trucks (that’s their goal) by noon Friday.

    Barre parents, take note: If you haven’t pitched in (and maybe even if you have), it wouldn’t hurt to send a food item or two to school with your child Friday to put the food drive over the top.

    We’re told the students will take it from there and 30 seventh- and eighth-graders chosen by lottery from an honor roll that is longer than usual this semester will deliver the food to 802 Toyota Scion at noon Friday and volunteer for a couple of hours.

    All the food collected during the always successful three-day food drive will be used to restock the Central Vermont Salvation Army’s emergency food shelf in Barre.

    Christmas lights?

    BARRE TOWN — In what has become something of a Christmas tradition, Garritt Bresett and his clan will briefly interrupt an otherwise silent night with some good old-fashioned fireworks come Dec. 25.

    “We all love fireworks,” says Bresett, who this week obtained a permit to light up the Christmas sky above his Littlejohn Road home with a display that has become a part of his family’s holiday season.

    “It’s a pretty awesome display,” says Bresett, who explains his family has been passing the hat to pay for fireworks for the last few years.

    “We’re trying to grow it every year,” he says. “Maybe someday it’ll be like a Fourth of July show.”

    We’ve heard of “Christmas in July,” but July on Christmas?

    Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, according to Bresett, who says the five minutes of fireworks are part of a family get-together that includes a backyard bonfire, sliding and a lot of holiday spirit.

    The neighbors don’t mind, according to Bresett, who says two of them — his in-laws, Larry and Paula Tousignant — contribute to the cause, as do his brother- and sister-in-law, August and Michelle Pearson, who make the trek from their home in North Carolina to Barre Town each year for Christmas.

    A matter of minutes

    BERLIN — You know your select board is having trouble finding someone to take minutes of its meetings when one member asks another to consider recruiting his wife for the job.

    That happened in Berlin this week, when Pete Kelley turned to Chairman Brad Towne and urged him to consider recruiting his wife.

    “Your wife is a transcriptionist,” Kelley told Towne. “Would she be interested in doing the minutes for the (board)?”

    Towne seemed skeptical but promised to pop the question.

    “It’s a little far from medical transcription, but I’ll ask her,” he said.

    Just in case the answer is no (and Towne sounded like that was a pretty safe bet), we’ll cast a wider net.

    If you might be interested in dealing with the minutes for a board that meets the first and third Mondays of the month (not counting an occasional special meeting), the town is sure interested in hearing from you.

    All you have to do is send a proposal including a per-hour price quote, some information about previous related experience, and three references to the Berlin town administrator at Town of Berlin, 108 Shed Road, Berlin, VT 05602, or send it by email to jschulz@berlinvt.org.

    The job is there for the taking, unless of course Towne’s wife is actually interested, in which case you’re probably out of luck.

    Camera action

    BARRE TOWN — We don’t know how much they spent, how many they purchased or where they’ve been deployed, but we do know town officials recently acquired at least a couple of trail cameras.

    We know because this week Town Manager Carl Rogers was quizzed about a not-so-run-of-the-mill bill that was included in the latest batch of warrants submitted for the Select Board’s approval.

    Not to worry — Rogers assured board members the trail cameras were being put to good use.

    “It is town business for real,” Rogers said. “It’s not somebody wanting some for out in their favorite hunting spot. … We’re trying to protect some town properties.”

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