• Talk of the Town
    April 17,2014

    BYO basket

    BARRE — An annual scramble for eggs (the colorful plastic variety) that has been a fixture in the Granite City for 27 years is set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

    Don’t be late for this rather important date, because folks familiar with Barre’s egg “hunt” (we use the term loosely because there’s never really been much of an effort to hide the eggs and other prizes) will tell you it’s typically over in a matter of minutes.

    There’s no reason to think things will be different this year, because the familiar format of an event that is co-sponsored by the Barre and Barre Town (who says they can’t work together?) recreation committees hasn’t changed much in recent years.

    Same time: 10 a.m.

    Same place: Rotary Park in the vicinity of Charlie’s Playground and the municipal swimming pool.

    Same advice: Bring your own basket or bag to stash all those eggs in.

    Parking is available at Barre City Elementary and Middle School, so give yourself time to park and get your children back down the hill before the horn sounds.

    It’s still free, though volunteers will again be collecting donations of nonperishable food for the Vermont Foodbank.

    This one is for children ages 3 to 10, although, as usual, there will be three “hunt” zones to give the little ones a fair shot at finding their share of the eggs that will be strewn throughout the park first thing Saturday morning..

    Supper time

    BERLIN — Chicken pie is so last fall (and next fall, let’s be honest), but the folks at the First Congregational Church in Berlin believe spaghetti is always in season, and they’re out to prove they’ve got more than one recipe in the cookbook.

    Sure, they make a mean chicken pie supper, but the kitchen crew — led by the likes of Ellen Moody, Cally Clifton, and Ray and Cindy Cyr — is no slouch when it comes to spaghetti, which, as you may have guessed, is what they have planned for a Green Up Day meal.

    That’s right, on May 3 the church will host a dinner that includes spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, French bread, salad and dessert. Seatings will be at 5 and 6:30 p.m., and space is limited, so reservations are recommended, though takeout will be available. Just call Ellen at 229-4042 and she’ll take care of you.

    What’s it cost?

    Adults are $10. It’s $5 for 7- to 12-year-olds, and those 6 and younger eat for free.

    Tennis, anyone?

    BERLIN — If you are looking forward to getting out on the courts this summer but aren’t sure how your game weathered the winter, you might want to invest in a tennis tune-up that will benefit the Green Mountain United Way.

    Here’s how it works. Donate $20 to the Green Mountain United Way and you get to take part in a 90-minute workout with a man who knows more than a little about tennis.

    The date is April 26 (that’s a Saturday). The time is 1 p.m. The place is First In Fitness in Berlin. And the man is Scott Barker.

    Barker has been involved with tennis in Vermont for decades, currently serves as tennis director at First In Fitness, and recently launched the Vermont Tennis Academy offering tennis training for folks of all ages and abilities. We’re told he has worked over the years with the likes of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King and Stan Smith.

    All proceeds from the April 26 “cardio tennis” fundraiser (it’s a straight donation with no additional fees) go to the Green Mountain United Way, which serves Washington, Orange, Essex, Orleans and Caledonia counties. You can register by shooting an email to sbarker@firstinfitness.com

    Bound for glory

    MONTPELIER — Capital City native Crystal Baldwin says her life is not what she expected — it’s better. Baldwin, who credits her college education with redirecting her toward a successful career, was recently honored by the program that helped make it possible.

    She joined Upward Bound at Lyndon State College while she was still in high school. The program is aimed at reaching first-generation college-bound students from modest family incomes and/or students with disabilities.

    Recently Baldwin was honored at a ceremony in Connecticut as one of two Upward Bound alumni from Vermont by the New England Educational Opportunity Association.

    According to the group, Baldwin “utilized the tools and opportunities available through Upward Bound to transform into a highly motivated student, citizen and professional.”

    Baldwin earned her bachelor’s in business administration in 2004 from Berea College. She now works in the Vermont attorney general’s office as program coordinator in the Consumer Assistance Program.

    Says Baldwin, “I know the factor that drives the significant difference in my life from being what I had expected is having obtained a college education. In doing so, I obtained the resources that empowered me to navigate every obstacle that has come my way.”

    She hopes to inspire others to change the course of their lives the same way.

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