Done good?

MONTPELIER — We said it last year and we’ll say it again this year: “The National Life Group has done a lot of good thanks to a summer festival that has fast become a popular tradition.”

They aren’t done yet.

The sixth annual “Do Good Fest” is set for Saturday. The gates will open at National Life at 2:30 p.m. and the fun won’t end until after a fireworks display that is set to start at 9 p.m.

As always admission is free, though there is a price to park — $20 if you pay in advance and $25 if you wait until Saturday.

It’s a small price to pay considering all the proceeds — nearly $135,000 in the Do Good Fest’s first five years — are donated to Branches of Hope cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Last year’s festival raised $42,000 for the fund, which provides financial support to cancer patients.

For those unfamiliar with the festival it’s a mix of fun, food, five hours of live entertainment and fireworks in a family-friendly, smoke-free environment.

Though children’s activities will start at 3 p.m., the music will begin when Soundbrother takes the stage on the bottom of the National Life lawn at 4 p.m. The music won’t end until this year’s headliner, Michael Franti and Spearhead, complete their 90-minute performance just in time for the fireworks.

Soundbrother will be followed on stage by Syd at 4:45 p.m., Hailey Knox at 5:30 p.m., Noah Kahan at 6:15 and last, but not least, Franti and Spearhead at 7:30 p.m.

In keeping with the company’s philanthropic values the motto for the rain-or-shine festival is “Do good. Be good. Make good.”

For more information about what you can and can’t bring and where you can and can’t park, visit

The festival will feature more food trucks this year, as well as a new beverage from co-sponsor Harpoon Brewery.

Eating in

BARRE — The American Legion Post 10 attracted a pretty prestigious crowd to an indoor picnic on Tuesday and we’re not talking about Mayor Lucas Herring or Gov. Phil Scott, though both were in attendance.

Five World War II veterans and another 10 who fought during the Korean War were on hand for what was initially planned as a barbecue on the Legion’s front lawn.

Given the unusually hot weather, organizers made the command decision to shift the quarterly “All-Veterans” meal indoors because even the Greatest Generation appreciates air conditioning.

The Legion has nearly 30 World War II veterans on its roster and two of the five who made it on Tuesday — Homer Fitts and Tim Hoyt — are 74-year members of Post 10. Lawrence Reilly and Bernard Roy were also on hand, as was George Shirlock, who just turned 95.

Add in 10 veterans from the Korean War roughly two dozen other Post 10 members along with Scott and Herring and you’ve got a small crowd.

Post Commander Melvin McKnight was pretty pleased with turnout for the noon-time luncheon he thought would be a good change of pace.

As for the World War II vets?

“They’re a special class of people,” McKnight said, noting it was a pleasure watching them swap stories with each other and Scott, whose father, Howard, was severely injured during the D-Day Invasion 75 years ago.

“It was sort of like a class reunion,” McKnight said.

Fat cats?

WASHINGTON — Every once in a while we get a call from “Old George Matheson” who asks us to pass along a little personal trivia.

Sometimes we oblige.

SPOILER ALERT: This is one of those times.

Seems Old George has been sharing his home on Williamstown Road in Washington with “Little George” whose name we’re assured is misleading.

“He’s a big feller,” Old George says of Little George — a year-old cat “part Bengal, part regular cat” that, according to his owner, measures 27 inches and tips the scales at 18 pounds.

“I got him when he was a kitten and he’s been growing like a weed,” Old George says of the cat with the familiar name he picked up from the Brotherly Farm in Brookfield last September.

Old George remembers the date because it was two days after his old cat — “Stranger” — died of liver cancer.

“He was a 14 and he was a big feller, too,” Old George says of Stranger — a 20-pound Maine coon cat who died on Sept. 6, 2018.

That’s the latest from Williamstown Road, where Old George and Little George are getting along famously and Stranger is missed.

Check ’em out!

BARRE – You can check out more than books at Aldrich Public Library and that already growing list just got a little bit longer courtesy of two local service clubs who don’t believe money should be an obstacle for families who want to go swimming on hot summer days.

Members of the Barre Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have each purchased family passes to the municipal swimming pool that can be checked out at the library by folks who can use them for a day. The clubs are hoping the passes are a hot commodity this summer and are encouraging those who borrow them to promptly return them so that others can check them out.

Read all about it!

MONTPELIER — A Capital City bookstore will host a “Border Aid” fundraiser on Friday and the folks at Bear Pond Books aren’t worried about our nearby northern border.

Joining bookstores across the county to help with the crisis on the U.S. southern border Bear Pond Books will be donate 10% of its Friday sales to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. So far the movement has raised $1,000 nationally.

Bear Pond will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. An online shopping option is available at the shop’s website If you’d like more information call Claire Benedict at 229-0774 or email

Please, ‘come buy’

BARRE — Hoping curiosity draws a crowd the folks of at the Barre Area Senior Center say they will be selling an interesting mix of donated items at their indoor tag sale this weekend.

There are “treasures” to be had, but organizers say the list is simply too long and they really want you to swing by the senior center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday to check out what they have to offer.

Don’t expect to find clothing or books, they intentionally discouraged those donations to make room for other items to fuel Saturday’s fundraiser.

Parking shouldn’t be a problem on Saturday because the senior center is in the Wall Street complex on South Main Street — a building many members remember as the long-time home of capacitor manufacturer Sprague Electric Co. In order to accommodate those who attend the tag sale the senior center will be accepting credit and debit cards with a minimum purchase of $10.

Travel tales

MONTPELIER — If you are an adventurous traveler and don’t mind talking about where you’ve been and what you’ve seen then the folks from the Montpelier Senior Activity Center and Kellogg-Hubbard Library want to hear from you.

Seems the library and senior center are co-sponsoring a travel talk series and are looking to line up speakers so they can start promoting it.

The series called “Off the Beaten Path” will be held at both venues, feature travelers who have exciting stories to share and be open to the public.

If you have a travel-related story to tell and would like to sign up to speak you can pick up a proposal form at the senior center, call 223-2518, or email The deadline is Aug. 15 so if you’re vacationing between then and now you might want to take photos and notes.

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