Missing something?

BARRE TOWN — On Saturday afternoon, town residents Matt and Kristi Wolfrom took their 3-year-old son Jackson to Thompson Park in Stowe to ride the Recreation Path and then walk through the Percy Farm corn maze. Unfortunately, a parking lot conversation with out-of-state visitors was enough of a distraction that Jackson’s bike was left behind.

Bummer!

On Sunday evening, Ranch Camp, a bike shop and restaurant in Stowe, posted a photo of the bike on Instagram. They captioned the photo of the bike leaning against a picnic table at Thompson Park, “Missing something?”

Good news?

Not quite.

The Wolfroms realized what had happened, but to their dismay, when they arrived at the parking lot to retrieve it, the bike was gone.

Double bummer!

Or not?

Ranch Camp, Stowe Parks and Recreation, Go Stowe, the Stowe Police Department and many friends helped spread the word on social media about that missing bike.

On Tuesday, Kristi Wolfrom, an advertising rep at The Times Argus, received an unexpected message from Ranch Camp. It read: “Hi there, talked to my partners at Ranch Camp. We’re bummed the bike disappeared! Heartbreaking!! So we’d like to give your son a new one.”

While the little, blue bike remains missing, the Wolfroms said Vermonters are definitely not missing a sense of comradeship, goodwill and love.

“We promise to pay it forward,” they said. “We are glad we call Vermont home.”

We’re confident the feeling is mutual.

Teddy’s ready!

BARRE — Councilor Teddy Waszazak broke some big news over the weekend when he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Shirley Plucinski, and, well, she said “yes.”

The way Waszazak tells it, this one was a bit of a negotiation because while young couple has been together for nearly seven years, she was looking for an engagement in the “three- to five- year” range. Waszazak talked her down to two years and the wedding will be held on Oct. 20, 2021.

“If it was up to me, it would be next week,” says Waszazak, who noted his bride-to-be plans to hyphenate her new name: “Shirley Plucinski-Waszazak.”

Spell that one time fast.

‘Rising Tide’

BARRE – It’s not all practices and playing games for the Spaulding High School football team, which is always looking for ways to thank the Barre area community for its support.

They call it the “Rising Tide Program” and team members who recently ran a free youth football camp and last weekend helped with a playground project in Graniteville will be saluting those who serve in the military during Friday night’s home game.

Anyone with a military ID will be admitted free of charge and everyone else is invited to join the team in showing their appreciation for those who served.

Those who attend next Friday’s game will get in free if they bring a diaper bag item to donate. Seriously. The team is partnering with local cub scouts to create “emergency bags” for the state Department of Children and Families and donations won’t just be appreciated, they will be rewarded.

Go Tide!

Red alert!

MONTPELIER — Hurricane Dorian may have come and gone, but the disruption it caused has led the Red Cross to issue an urgent call for blood and platelet donations to make up for blood drives canceled in areas affected by the super-storm.

Blood donors in Washington County will have a number of opportunities to roll up their sleeves and make a donation this month staring in Montpelier on Friday.

The first of two Montpelier blood drives will be held at City Hall on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If Waterbury and weekends are more convenient there will be a Saturday blood drive at the municipal office building on North Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can’t make it? You’ll have two chances – one in Barre and another in Berlin – a week from Friday.

The Barre blood drive will be held at the McFarland State Office Building, which was once the local hospital, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The Berlin blood drive will be held at the Central Vermont Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that same day.

Live in the Mad River Valley? There will be a blood drive at the Waitsfield Telecom Garage on Wednesday, Sept. 25, (that’s a Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The series of blood drives will start in the Capital City on Friday will end there on Monday, Sept. 30, when donors are invited to sing by VFW Post #792 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bee(r) buzz

STOWE — Vermonters are always coming up with new ways to celebrate a harmonious rapport with the state’s bucolic landscape.

Take The Alchemist in Stowe.

Later today folks there will be hosting a launch party for a new beer – “Honey Bunch” – that is made using honey harvested from flowering, pollinator-friendly solar farms.

Take a moment and let that marriage of innovation sink in.

Perhaps we can help.

Today’s party, which will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (speeches are at 6!) will celebrate the combination of solar power and pollinators, where pollinators encourage the propagation of bee-pollinated flowers among solar panel installations.

Credit last year’s passage of a pollinator-friendly solar bill and a collaboration that involved The Alchemist, Bee the Change, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and Fresh Energy.

All will be represented at the launch party that is open to beer lovers far and wide.

Though “Honey Bunch” is the main attraction there will be more than beer. Ben & Jerry’s will bringing ice cream samples and the folks from Jasper Hill Farm will be offering cheese pairings.

Attendees will also be able to take home samples of pollinator-friendly seed mix from High Mowing Organic Seeds and connect with the folks at Bee’s Wrap – an alternative to plastic made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin that is washable, reusable and compostable.

Co-op cookout

BARRE — The board of the Granite City Grocery is holding a summer-ending cookout on the last full day of summer and they could use some help.

The picnic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vermont Granite Museum and folks who wouldn’t mind pitching in for an hour or two to make sure the event runs smoothly would be appreciated.

It isn’t particularly heavy lifting.

You could help set up, tear down, work the grill or join the rope pull team.

If you can help or have questions just shoot an email to info@granitecitygrocery.coop. If not, mark your calendar because you’re welcome to attend the summer-ending community cookout.

Walk talk

MONTPELIER — What do sections of sidewalk in Moretown, East Montpelier, Montpelier and Northfield have in common?

All will be constructed or upgraded with a mix of federal and state funds that were just announced by the Agency of Transportation.

The grants, totaling $3.6 million, are designed to improve “connectivity and safety for the traveling public, as well as providing tangible economic benefits.”

In central Vermont that means sidewalks.

Take Moretown, which was awarded $412,800 for its West Side Sidewalk project, which will require a $103,200 local match.

East Montpelier also received funding for a large-scale design and construction project. The East Montpelier Village Sidewalk will receive $116,000 in just awarded funding with the town on the hook for an additional $92,800.

The state also announced an additional $300,000 for similar projects more than half of which will be spent on two Washington County projects.

Northfield was awarded $150,000 for its South Main Street Sidewalk Upgrade and Replacement project and Montpelier will receive $70,000 for its sidewalk project on Granite Street. Both projects require 50 percent matches.

Memorial fund

MONTPELIER — Disability Rights Vermont just announced it has established a memorial fund in honor of Mark Johnson, who was shot and killed by police in the Capital City August 9.

In a statement released Wednesday the organization’s board of directors said they were responding to a request for a public remembrance of Johnson and a way for people to make contributions in his honor that: “… might be used to help with relationships between law enforcement and people in emotional or mental health crisis.”

The statement added that the fund would be used to “… further our system improvements by working collaboratively with law enforcement and other community partners and, when necessary, by investigating reports alleging inappropriate use-of-force.”

Donations should be sent to: The Mark Johnson Memorial Fund, c/o Disability Rights Vermont, 141 Main St., Suite 7, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Freedom forum

SOUTH ROYALTON — The importance of the First Amendment will be discussed at a public meeting at Vermont Law School next week.

“Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” is the title and theme of a Constitution Day Panel Presentation that will be held at the law school from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday.

The panel will include a pair of Vermont Supreme Court Justices – Harold Eaton and Beth Robinson – Superior court Judges Dennis Pearson and Timothy Tomasi, and Vermont Law School Professor Peter Teachout. Gary Franklin, president of the Vermont Bar Association, will moderate what should be an informative overview of the United States Constitution.

Did we say “Constitution?”

All attendees will receive a free Pocket Constitution and if that isn’t enough of a draw they will have the chance to mingle with the esteemed panelists following the presentation and enjoy some light refreshments.

For more information, contact the Vermont Bar Association at 223-2020 or visit www.info@vtbar.org.

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