Egg scramble!

BARRE — Armed with baskets and bags, Barre area children will turn Rotary Park into a very happy hunting ground on Saturday.

It won’t last long, because the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tradition that is now in its 32 years never does.

It’s billed as an “Egg Hunt,” but anyone who has ever witnessed Barre’s frenzied egg scramble will tell you there isn’t much “hunting” involved. There is, however, a boatload of eggs — close to 15,000 of them — and it is remarkable to see just how quickly they’re scooped up.

It’s why Councilor Rich Morey turned heads when plugging the “hunt” Tuesday night.

Morey initially indicated the hunt would run from 10 a.m. to noon before describing it as a 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. affair.

He got the 10 a.m. part right, but City Clerk Carol Dawes sought to save him by suggesting he probably meant to say “10 a.m. to 10:11 a.m.”

That’s much closer, but it’s probably still a little long, which is why Stephanie Quaranta, who started the tradition when she took over as recreation director more than three decades ago has always urged folks to arrive early for a “hunt” that starts promptly when the horn sounds at 10 a.m.

Barre’s egg hunt is a rain-or-shine event and while it sure looks like rain, Quaranta says parents should plan for it.

“Dress for the weather the eggs will be there,” she said, noting the “hunt” never lasts long.

Technically there are three “hunts” — one for youngsters 3 to 4, another for kids 5 to 7 and a third for children 8 to 10.

The little ones typically take a little longer, but in a matter of minutes a park that will be heavily peppered with thousands of colorful eggs — some filled with candy, and others containing toys — will look like a plain old park.

In addition to dressing for the weather, Quaranta says remembering a basket or bag is important, as is taking traffic and travel time into consideration. Overflow parking is available just up the hill at Barre City Elementary School. Expect to park there and leave yourself a few minutes to walk back down the hill with your children. The hunt is co-sponsored by the recreation committee in Barre and the Barre Town Recreation Board.

Batter up!

BARRE — The batting cages have been set up at the BOR arena on Seminary Hill all week and folks who’d like to get in some swings (they aren’t free, but they are reasonably priced) still have a couple of afternoons to do so.

Though the evenings are booked by Little Leagues and other youth baseball teams, the batting cages will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. today and again on Friday on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are four cages — two baseball, two softball — and it costs $5 for every 15 minutes. If you can spare a $20 it will buy you (and your friends an hour).

In order to use the batting cages you need to be at least six years old and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Got organs?

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott will lead the launch of an organ donation summit at the State House today at 11:30 a.m.

Scott will sign a proclamation declaring April as Organ Donation Month to encourage Vermonters to register as organ and tissue donors.

In 2018, 1,159 lives were saved in New England because of the generosity of individuals who joined the registry, and many more thousands of lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation.

The need for life-saving transplants grows every day with over 113,600 patients on the U.S. transplant wait list.

Scott will be joined by Health Department Commissioner Mark Levine, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Wanda Minoli and officials of Donate Life Vermont. There will also be a woman donor recipient who received an organ from someone who signed up to be a donor with the DMV; a father whose daughter saved lives as a donor; and Miss Vermont.

‘Mutt Strut’ meet

WATERBURY — If you like to run with your dog, then the 23rd annual Mutt Strut is a perfect fit.

Slated for Sunday, April 28, at 10 a.m., the event is a 3-mile road race on the Little River Park access road off Route 2 in Waterbury.

You don’t have to have a dog in the race (pet-less runners are welcome) and race-day only registration is from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

For a $10 entry fee, participants compete for prizes against others of the same gender in the same decade of age, and categories are further broken down into large or small dog sizes.

Dogs and runners will follow a well-marked course along park roads in a loop that bounces back through the woods, according to organizer Cindy Gardner-Morse. Owners are asked to clean up after their leashed, rabies-vaccinated pets as part of the agreement with the state park.

Participants are also asked to donate to the worthy cause with proceeds going to VT-CAN (Vermont Companion Neutering), a nonprofit reduced-cost spay/neuter clinic in Middlesex. Prizes have been donated by many local businesses.

In addition to the Mutt Strut, the Central Vermont Runners Club also holds fun runs and walks, every Tuesday from May 7 through the daylight-saving change in October. Participants are asked to join the 5:30 p.m. events on the Montpelier Recreation path near the parking lot behind the Department of Labor building on Memorial Drive.

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Raking away?

BARRE — It isn’t open just yet, but thanks to a cooperative arrangement with neighboring Barre Town residents of the Granite City will soon have a place to dispose of the leaves, brush, grass and other vegetative matter they’ve been raking up.

The town’s yard waste site on Upper Holden Road (that’s across from the Rock of Ages’ Visitors Center if you’re looking for a landmark) will open for the spring season a week from Saturday (that’s April 27 if you don’t have a calendar handy) and close on Saturday, May 18.

There are rules, it isn’t open every day and hours vary. On Saturdays (April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18) it will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. May 4 is Green Up Day so you might want to take that into consideration.

On Thursdays (May 2, May 9 and May 16) the lawn waste site will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. The hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays (May 6 and 13) and Wednesdays (May 8 and 15).

There is a long list of prohibited materials and some items (metal, animal carcasses and household garbage) are more obvious than others (stumps, stones and dirt).

If you stick to traditional yard waste you’ll be safe. Brush size is limited to 5 inches in diameter, though larger tree branches may be left in the designated firewood area.

Precious metal?

BARRE — There isn’t anything precious about a grill that doesn’t work any more, or a lawnmower that has outlived its useful life. However, that doesn’t mean they are worthless.

The metal has value and folks looking to unload surplus metal items lying around their property are encouraged to bring it to the Barre Municipal Auditorium a week from Saturday (that’s April 27) to benefit the nonprofit organization Caps 4 Cops.

In addition to clunky items like grills and mowers, they’ll be taking in aluminum, batteries (not the lithium ion variety) brass, copper, lead, stainless steel steel, radiators, and wire and cable.

No hazardous materials will be accepted, containers with fluids are a no-go, as are electronics, furniture, tires and wood.

‘Alive’ and well

MONTPELIER — Montpelier Alive is alive and well and the Capital City’s downtown organization has just announced a few new appointments to its board of directors.

Newly appointed board members include: The Hon. Denise R. Johnson, the first woman to be appointed a justice to the Vermont Supreme Court; Stephanie Kononan, who has worked in marketing, communications and promotions at Hunger Mountain Co-op and the Vermont Foodbank; Peter Walke, the deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources; and Jessica Turner, an English and journalism graduate of Castleton College who has worked in newspapers, TV and at Vermont Life magazine before opening Capital Kitchen in Montpelier in 2008.

Space prom

MONTPELIER — Bear Pond Books is the place to be on Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m., for a cosplay dance and book launch party, in association with Outright Vermont.

Authors Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy will present their sci-fi youth author novel, “Once & Future,” a space prom and their debut collaborative work that helps local youth to be engaged, according to Dana Caplan, executive director of Outright Vermont.

The novel is described as a “genderbending duology that boldly reimagines the classic story of King Arthur,” and fans attending are encouraged to wear their favorite incarnation of a King Arthur genderbending space character at this space prom, which will include music, a reader’s theater, cake and popcorn, author signings and door prizes.

Capetta and McCarthy are graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where McCarthy teaches in the master’s Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

Tickets costing $5 are available at the book store or online at or at the door on the night.

Ready to wear?

BERLIN — Following our story earlier this week about the Kids Trade & Play program at the Capital City Grange, the organizers contacted us to emphasize that they only accept donations of children’s clothing that is clean, unstained and without holes.

They tell us it helps to easily size and sort donations as they come through the door to restock bins at the program, held every second Saturday of the month, between 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There is a modest $3 entrance fee to cover costs; otherwise all children’s clothing, shoes, books and toys, and women’s maternity wear and clothing are free for the taking.

To learn more, email organizer Erin Barry at

Book launch

MONTPELIER — Bill McKibben, Vermont’s veteran climate-change activist, will give a talk and read from his new book, “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” at the local Unitarian Church on May 7, at 7 p.m.

According to reviews of the book, McKibben is far from being completely pessimistic about the future of the planet as temperatures rise due to fossil-fuel use. Instead, the book starts with “An Opening Note of Hope,” stating that McKibben “lives in a state of engagement, not despair,” and with a belief that coming together as a team, and with the help of modern advances, can address the challenges of climate change.

There will also be a question-and-answer session and a book signing at the event.

Sponsored by the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club, tickets costing $5 are available at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier or by visiting

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