Making Snow?

Sugarbush Resort snowmakers Adam Preston, left, and Steve Lyons clean debris from a seasonal diversion dam Wednesday at the resort’s snowmaking pond in Warren. Sugarbush began making snow for the new ski season on Tuesday night and the resort plans to open for skiing and riding on Nov. 23.

‘Hair-free’ and happy

BERLIN — Rosann Sayers shoulder-length hair has been reduced to salt-and-pepper stubble, but the manager of the Barre-Montpelier Road convenience store owned by Jolley Associates, is pleased with her fundraising prowess.

Let’s back up.

Sayers, who lives in East Barre and works in Berlin, decided to put her hair on the line in hopes of raising money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Mission accomplished!

Though the folks at Jolley Associates won’t have her final tally until Friday, Sayers surpassed her $5,000 goal two weeks ago and celebrated last Wednesday by having her head “buzzed” by Chuck Kelty of Hair Advantage, which is just up the road.

“I said I would, and I did,” Sayers says of a promise she made to customers who helped fuel her successful fundraiser.

For the last several weeks, Sayers has been selling Crock-Pot meals at the convenience store and raffling off an assortment of donated items. Also, she held some “paint and sips” with Elizabeth Lawson at Gusto’s in Barre.

Sayers had raised $5,082 as of two weeks ago and is expecting the final number to be a little more than $5,500.

Now sporting a low-maintenance look that she’d like better if winter wasn’t on the way, Sayers says she plans to let her hair grow back, but is happy to have raised more money than she expected for a cause that means a lot to her.

Sayers lost a sister and some friends to breast cancer, and has customers who are cancer survivors.

“I’m just happy to be able to help,” she says, sharing the credit for her little success story with supportive customers.

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” she says.

Lights out?

BARRE – Technically, the ornamental lights that will adorn the Pearl Street pedestrian way aren’t “out,” it’s just that they’re not “in” yet.

Seems the lighting for the nearly completed project won’t be shipped until next Friday, which puts a little glitch in this Friday’s 5 p.m. “lighting ceremony.”

“There will be lighting,” City Manager Steve Mackenzie said. “It just won’t be what we were hoping for.”

The ceremony was scheduled long before it became evident the lighting would be delayed. Rather than postpone it, when installation is still a bit of a moving target, city officials are ready to open the pedestrian plaza.

Mackenzie said he’s hoping the lighting will be up by Thanksgiving, but the ornamental walkway — that includes a significant new piece of public sculpture and is framed by a series of iron arches — is otherwise complete and ready for use.

Those who want to mark its opening should attend the 5 p.m. “lighting ceremony” at the downtown intersection of what used to be Pearl Street and North Main Street.


BARRE — A year after breaking with tradition in order to host the 20th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade, the Barre Area Veterans Council is returning to its familiar Nov. 11 format.

That’s Monday, and veterans are planning to gather at the Barre Civic Center complex at 10 a.m. for a parade that (weather permitting) will step off at 10:30 a.m. and end just in time for an 11 a.m. ceremony in front of the Youth Triumphant memorial in City Hall Park.

If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the parade and ceremony will be held in the Barre Municipal Auditorium.

Either way, Police Chief Tim Bombardier is this year’s featured speaker, and the ceremony will be followed by a free luncheon at the Barre Elks Lodge.

Dinner time

BARRE — The Veterans Day luncheon at the Elks Lodge in Barre will be preceded by a veterans’ dinner that will be held in the same venue Friday evening.

Those who served our nation will be served for free during the 6 p.m. dinner that is open to all. If you’re not a veteran, tickets are $10.

If you’d like to make reservations, call American Legion Post #10 (479-9058), or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #790 (479-9073).

Salute to veterans

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University will observe Veterans Day with a Corps of Cadets review on the Upper Parade Ground during a Friday afternoon ceremony.

The annual ceremony is designed to honor veterans — past and present — and is set for 3:15 p.m.

The reviewing officer and guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. John Lawlor, U.S. Army Reserve, Norwich Class of 2010. Lawlor is deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Country time?

NORTHFIELD – Norwich University will ease into Veterans Day weekend by hosting a benefit concert featuring Nashville country music star Jamie Lee Thurston.

The concert is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. in Norwich’s Plumley Armory. Proceeds will support The Veterans’ Place in Northfield.

Advanced tickets for $25 are available at, or you can pay $30 at the door.

Let it snow!

BARRE — Any time blacktop goes down before the white stuff starts falling, you’ve got to count that as a win in the Green Mountain State.

Don’t take our word for it, just ask officials in Barre who are breathing considerably more easily in the wake of this week’s visit from the paving contractor who wrapped up work on exposed sections of Hill, Merchant and Midway streets. With snow in the forecast, getting the pavement down put an end to anxious questions about when that work would be done.

Taxing tune?

BARRE — It hasn’t yet aired, but City Clerk Carol Dawes just added to her repertoire of simple songs designed to remind those who own property in the Granite City that it’s time to pay their taxes.

Typically a one-take wonder, Dawes took two tries to record her latest ditty because, she says, the tune to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is deceptively fast, and her latest lyrics are longer and “more tongue-twisty” than usual.

“It’s very fast. I feel like I’m doing ‘Hamilton,’” says Dawes, who writes and sings her tax songs to music she can use for free.

We won’t spoil the surprise by sharing the lyrics, but suffice to say “November 15” figures prominently in Dawes’ ditty, because that’s when taxes in Barre (and most other central Vermont communities) are due.

Don’t look now, but that’s a week from Friday, which is why Dawes’ song will get some serious airtime on the radio over the next several days.

Calendar call

MONTPELIER — With time to kill before next year’s much-anticipated commissioning of a fast-attack submarine with a Green Mountain moniker, a local committee is selling a commemorative calendar to raise money for the event.

Led by Chairwoman Debra Martin, of Middlesex, the USS Vermont (SSN 792) Commissioning Committee recently issued a 15-month calendar depicting the names of navy vessels — there are two others — that share the Vermont name, as well as those named after Vermont towns, cities and counties, as well as Vermonters who distinguished themselves on the high seas.

The USS Ethan Allen, USS Dewey and USS Fitzgerald are among the notable vessels commemorated in the calendar. Individuals celebrated range from Admiral George Dewey, who commanded the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet at its victory in the 1898 Spanish-American War to Henry Breault, the first and only submariner who was presented the Medal of Honor by President Calvin Coolidge.

Calendars are available at many American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across Vermont, or at

The Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine destined to bear the Vermont name is under construction in Connecticut and is due to be commissioned during a ceremony set for late spring or early summer next year.

Talking turkey

MONTPELIER — It’s getting to be that time of year when thoughts turn turkey.

The Montpelier Senior Activity Center is appealing for turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving for the FEAST get-together Nov. 26 at the senior center.

It’s expected to draw a crowd, and they could use eight or nine 12- to 15-pound turkeys.

Donors are asked to deliver the turkeys by Nov. 21 to allow time for them to thaw. Folks who prefer to donate trimmings — from cranberry relish and fresh cider to sweet pickles and pies — are encouraged to do so.

Those planning to attend the Thanksgiving dinner should call the senior center (262-6288) and let them know you’re coming.

Want to dance?

MONTPELIER — International folk dancing returns to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center for two hours on Friday night.

Set to start at 6:30 p.m., we’re told it’s all about getting a bit of exercise, meeting friendly people, having a good time and learning about other cultures.

You don’t need to be experienced nor do you need a partner. Nancy Schultz will supply the music and instructions and participants can expect to learn dances from a variety of countries, while the mix will include circle, line and couples dances.

The dances will be a recurring feature over the winter and will be held on the second Friday of the month through March. Adults of all ages are welcome.

There is no charge, but a $5 donation is suggested to support programming at the senior center.

For more information, email Nancy at

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