• Talk of the Town
    June 05,2014

    How about a lift?

    NORTHFIELD — Mayo Healthcare is looking for volunteers who drive time machines.

    The facility is putting on its annual pre-Father’s Day celebration from noon to 3 p.m. June 13, when an antique car show is planned featuring a rally for the residents.

    Volunteers who own antique or “cool” cars will participate in a short parade and then will be giving rides to seniors at the facility, according to a news release from Mayo Healthcare.

    A number of World War II and Korean War veterans and their spouses as well as civilians from age 60 to 100-plus will be part of the event. “Taking a ride in a car you might have ridden in or owned brings smiles all around,” said Christine Scott, Mayo’s administrator.

    Later, volunteers, staff and residents and their families will be treated to a barbecue.

    Owners of antique vehicles or Mini Coopers, sports cars and the like are invited to participate and can contact Kim Marcott at kmarcott@mayohc.org or 485-3161.

    They’re baa-aack!

    BARRE — Now that spring has sprung, Green Up Day is over and summer is almost upon us, tong-wielding members of the Barre Rotary Club have literally picked up where they left off last fall.

    That’s right — the Rotary Club’s “trash pickers” are back at it scouring North Main Street for loose litter once a week armed with 16-inch tongs (their weapon of choice) and trash bags donated by the folks at Nelson’s Hardware.

    There are more of them this year (six turned out for the May 29 season opener), and early reports are encouraging.

    Seems Lois Lafreniere is convinced that most merchants are doing a better job of cleaning up around their shops, and she isn’t getting any argument from Shirley Clark. “There’s less trash on Main Street this year,” Clark observed during the group’s first tour of duty last week.

    We’re told the group has two “newbies” — Kaitlyn Duke, whose mother, Heather, is an old-timer at the task, and Phyllis Rowell, who said she enjoyed the experience and planned to return tonight.

    You’re welcome to join them.

    The group meets behind City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and if you can spare an hour at that time, your help and your company would be appreciated.

    Really appreciated, according to the group’s fearless leader, Claire Duke, who says the trash pickers all reported being stopped and thanked by several people.

    As for Duke, she says her “plucking skills” deteriorated a bit over the winter, but she’s knocking the rust off and expects it won’t be long before she regains her old form.

    High water hunt

    MONTPELIER — The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is preparing an extensive “flood resilience” component to the regional plan and is kicking off the effort with a contest.

    They’re calling it the High Water Mark Photo Scavenger Hunt, and that’s a bit of a misnomer because it sure makes it sound like it wants folks to hunt for photos of high water marks, instead of snapping photos and submitting them.


    High water marks provide continued education about flood risks so folks can be better prepared to protect themselves and their property in case of emergencies like the Flood of 1927 or Tropical Storm Irene.

    There are many high water marks scattered throughout central Vermont, and while the commission knows where some of them are, it could use some help finding those that aren’t quite so prominent.

    That’s where you (and your camera) come in.

    Whether it’s an official sign or an informal marking on a building, bridge or pole, take a photograph of a high water mark you know of and submit it to the commission by the end of the month.

    You can email your photo to cvrpc@cvregion.com, or post it on the wall of the commission’s Facebook page. Just remember to include a brief description of the high water mark’s location.

    If you’d prefer you can post it on the community input map under the “flood resilience comment” category at http://plancentralvermont.org/participate/community-input-map. If you go that route, just remember to include your email address, because all who submit photos by the June 30 deadline will be entered in a random drawing for one of two prizes: a $50 gift certificate to the central Vermont restaurant of your choice, or a season’s family pass to Wrightsville Beach.

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