Supper time

WILLIAMSTOWN — For nearly 120 years the Williamstown United Federated Church has hosted an annual chicken pie supper and the latest generation of culinary congregants aren’t about to let that longstanding tradition lapse.

The next in what has been an awfully long line of suppers will be held at the church a week from today (that’s Thursday, Oct. 10 if you don’t have a calendar handy) and there’s not mistaking the menu.

Or is there?

Kathy Moran, who has helped prepare the church’s chicken pie supper for more than 40 years, tells us some folks confuse “chicken pie” with chicken “pot pie.”

The difference?


“We make chicken pie,” she says. “There are no vegetables in it.”

That’s the recipe that has been handed down in Williamstown from one generation to the next and its one that a cadre of cooks will use to prepare 31 chicken pies for next Thursday’s three-seating supper.

More than a dozen cooks, including veterans Grace Bagalio, Janice Covey, Carolyn Wernecke, and Phyllis MacAskill, will be preparing chicken pies this year.

The family-style meal will feature those chicken pies, along with riced potatoes, coleslaw, cranberry relish, pickles and pie – apple or pumpkin – along with a choice of coffee or tea.

Seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. and Cece Miller (433-5382) is already taking reservations as she has for longer than most folks in Williamstown can remember. Though they’re no doubt charging more than their predecessors, the price – a flat $12 – hasn’t changed in years.

Tebow time

BARRE – A football mom with a famous son and a story all her own plans to share it with those who attend Saturday’s “Women of Influence” day conference at the Barre Municipal Auditorium.

Pam Tebow has a last name people know courtesy of her Heisman Trophy-winning, son Tim, who played briefly in the NFL following a tough-to-top collegiate career at the University of Florida.

The younger Tebow couldn’t have done it without his mother and who has quietly collected awards of her own and is a noted women’s speaker.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s conference, which will be held at the auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Barring a sell out, tickets can be purchased at the door for $55, and are available online at for $42 per person. There is a group pricing option for those who order 10 or more tickets though you have to call the box office at 863-5966 to take advantage of the $5-per-ticket discount, plus one free ticket.

Feeling festive?

WILLIAMSTOWN — The annual Fall Festival is set for Saturday at Williamstown Middle-High School and lots of folks will be there.

The Ainsworth Public Library will be selling books, the Charity Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #57 will be pedaling pies, and there will be plenty of crafts, syrup and other local products.

The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and folks from Williamstown and beyond are welcome.

Play it again!

BARRE — A pair of world-renowned musicians, who hail from Prince Edward Island sure seem to have a soft spot for central Vermont and thanks to the folks at the First Congregational Church in Berlin they will be bringing their act to Barre a week from Sunday.

The church on Scott Hill Road in Berlin has hosted several well-attended performances of Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher over the years and Oct. 13 the dynamic duo, which has delighted audiences all over the world, will be the center of attention at the Barre Elks Lodge.

The larger venue for the 3 p.m. performance will provide more people with a chance to hear what Wood, an award-winning fiddler, and Belsher, a guitarist and vocalist, can do when they put their music together.

Though the latest Wood and Belsher bash will be held in Barre, proceeds from concert will again benefit the church in Berlin, which keeps bringing them back.

To make reservations for the family-friendly performance just call 229-9504. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 12. Though reservations are appreciated, tickets will be available at the door a week from Sunday.

Winter is coming

MONTPELIER — It’s still more than two weeks away, but if you’re looking for a sure sign that winter is coming notices of the Recreation Department’s annual Ski and Skate Sale fit the bill.

This year’s sale is set for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montpelier High School. We mention it now to give folks time to dig out their older or too-small winter equipment they would be willing to sell and to volunteer to pitch in this year.

For some the sale is a great opportunity to sell items you aren’t, or can’t, use any more. For others it’s an economical way to gear up fro the winter. It can be both and the win-win nature of the event doesn’t stop there.

Those with stuff to sell keep most (80 percent) of the money their items fetch, while the balance (20 percent) goes to the recreation department.

Prospective sellers are urged to bring their equipment to the high school on Friday, Oct. 18 for sale the following day. Any unsold items must be picked up after the sale between 5 and 7 p.m. or the recreation department gets to keep them.

Volunteers are needed for both days and they get the chance to do their shopping Friday night.

If you’d like to volunteer just call 225-8699.

Community buy-in?

CALAIS — A public meeting to pitch a shareholder buyout of the Maple Corner Country Store will be held this weekend at the Maple Corner Community Center.

Storeowners Artie and Nancy Toulis have been trying to sell the store they bought 12 years ago – the one that includes The Whammy Bar pub and music venue, an in-store post office and an upstairs two-bedroom apartment with a loft space and a large deck overlooking a waterfall and stream.

However, after two years with no takers, neighbors and friends have launched a shareholder buyout of the store for $450,000 dollars. They’ve already raised $300,000 and have a Nov. 1 deadline to close the purchase.

That brings us to Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at the community center – an opportunity for supporters of the buyout to attract more shareholders to save the store that has been an anchor in one corner of Calais since the mid-19th century.

Fall hall call

NORTH CALAIS — The latest edition of the popular Calais Fall Foliage Festival is set for this weekend and will provide those who attend an opportunity to check out historic Memorial Hall.

Built in 1866 the hall is the subject of a fundraising drive to restore the building and maintain the war memorial and scenic grounds overlooking Mirror Lake, a.k.a. No. 10 Pond.

The hall and grounds will be open to the public on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. when members of the recently formed North Calais Memorial Hall Association will be on hand to discuss plans and listen to ideas about how to revive the local attraction.

To learn more about the site and the association, visit

Food for thought

MONTPELIER — In a response to a recent surge in demand at the Montpelier Food Pantry, the Vermont Center for Independent Living has launched a drive for food and other household items.

Donations are accepted at VCIL’s offices at 11 East State Street until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

In addition to non-perishable foods and canned goods, the center also seeks donations of pet food and personal care products, such as soap, shampoo, sanitary supplies and diapers.

In return for donations, VCIL will give you a reusable shopping bag.

‘Justice’ league?

MONTPELIER — Informed citizen engagement is the recurring theme of a new series by the League of Women Voters of Central Vermont at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, beginning this month.

For the past three years, the league has partnered with the library to present a series of programs to encourage informed citizen engagement.

Two years ago, there were five programs on the First Amendment, and last year they addressed election security, partisan redistricting, liberalism and Conservatism, and single-issue politics under the theme “Constitutional Crisis?”

This year it’s all about criminal justice in Vermont.

Next Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., three panelists will delve into a discussion of issues around women’s incarceration – how it differs from men’s incarceration, its impact on families and children, and a correctional facility program which utilized writing as a tool for self-change. The event features a reading from an anthology of incarcerated women’s work.

Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, will moderate Wednesday’s discussion, which will feature panelists Ashley Messier, smart justice organizer for the ACLU of Vermont, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, D-Chittenden, and Kassie Tibbott, coordinator of the Community Legal Information Center.

The series will resume on Nov. 19 when the focus shifts to prison health care, followed by a two-hour workshop on racial bias in policing prosecution and sentencing and a March 11 session and transitioning back to the community after incarceration.

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