Thursday, July 24, 2008


Almost August

August is almost here - UNBELIEVABLE!

Here is a link to an Astronomy Picture of the Day. They are always interesting but this one is certainly unique and worth a look. Enjoy.
Barre City Homecoming this weekend includes parade at 4pm on Saturday and entertainment (classic ROCK!) by Native Tongue Saturday evening at 7pm. I hope the weather cooperates - this is the band my husband is in and my understanding is it's rain or shine. There will also be a fireworks display Saturday night.
5th Annual ORS Century Ride needs your help! Every year, the last Saturday of July, Onion River Sports has a century ride that benefits the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The 5th Annual Century Ride is this Saturday, July 26. The race starts at 8:30am from the Montpelier Recreation area. There are two loops: one is 100k (62 miles) and the other is 111miles. We’re looking for people to bake cookies, (oatmeal, raisin, nuts, dates are all good) and cook up a batch of pasta salad or potato salad or make a lovely green salad. The baked goods are for the food stops along the way in Hardwick, Barton, East Albany, North Wolcott and Elmore. The salads are for the end-of-the-ride BBQ in Montpelier. If you can bake or cook, work at one of the food stops or at the BBQ please let us know! To register for the ride: Thanks for helping us out! - Rachel Senechal
Lamoille County Field Days in Johnson $8 to get in includes entertainment and midway rides! There is also a $1 parking fee. The Don Campbell Band which is playing Saturday night I've gone out of my way to see several times throughout the state and I would recommend.
Smoke Detectors - Watch the video on the Barre City Fire Dept. website regarding the difference between photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors: Did you know if you have a smoldering fire your ionization smoke detector may not go off in time to save you and the kids? However, ionization detectors are good at letting you know there is a flaming fire. There are combination detectors available. Most people hear the reminder about changing the smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks, but did you know that smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years and carbon monoxide detectors every five years?
The Berlin Fire Department is in need of volunteers - you don't need to be interested in fighting fires and you don't need experience! They are looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks... training available.... including for fighting fires. Call 223-5531 for more information.
Swim Lessons - There are still some opening for swim lessons August 4th -15th. The cost is only $20 per child. Lessons are 45 minutes Monday - Friday at First in Fitness. The time varies according to what level your child is. Let me know if you need more details. Have you had anybody move in with kids in your neighborhood this summer - if so, please be sure to let them know about swimming lessons!
KidWatch will be offering before and after school care for kids starting on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 26th. In order for your child(ren) to participate, you must have completed and submitted the necessary paperwork in advance. More information can be found on their webpage on the school website: then click News and Info on the side bar where you will then find a link for KidWatch. I could also send you the forms as an attachment or you can stop by the school for them. You should find the office staffed from 7:30-3:30 this summer, however, if you're going out of your way to drop by, you may want to call in advance.
Saturday, August 2nd at Towne-Ayr Farm in Berlin - Celebration of Agriculture Day. The Washington County Farm Bureau will host this event to provide education and entertainment for all ages. The day will begin at 9am with an open and 4-H horse show, pony pulling, working steer demo, animals to pet, antique tractors, pedal tractors, food vendors, music and vegetable growing competition. The day will be a fun family event at low cost to exhibitors and spectators. This event will showcase agriculture in Washington County and is dedicated to the memory of Ruth Towne, a long time member of the Vermont legislature and former chair of the House Agriculture Committee. Those wishing to compete or exhibit are invited to contact Bev McMullin at 802-223-3859 or by email, for information to reserve space to display or sell items. Special rates are offered for Farm Bureau members.
New low cost spay/neuter clinic in Middlesex to open August 11st - Vermont Companion Animal Neutering "VT-CAN". People who cannot afford to go to a full service vet are eligible for VT-CAN!'s services. Appointments can be made now by calling 802-223-0034.
FREE Credit/Budget Counseling - Did you know that the Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) offers Credit/Budget Counseling and Foreclosure Assistant FREE OF CHARGE to everyone in their service area which includes all of Washington County. CVCLT's phone is 476-4493
HAPPY NEWS - I haven't mentioned this in a while.... did you know about Happy News, nice site to visit and not be bombarded with what the typical media sources give you. It's especially handy when the older students have weekly Current Events assignments. Other on-line sources for kids to go to for news includes: Time For Kids; Sports Illustrated for Kids; National Geographic Kids; Smithsonian Magazine Kids' Castle and Family Fun which has a lot of fun activities, games, projects, & crafts This summer may be a good time to start checking out what these resources offer.

KELLOGG-HUBBARD Children’s Library Summer Events 2008
Remember, every Berlin resident can get a free card at the library! Summer hours are Children's Library M-F 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-1pm and in the Adult Library M-Th 10am-8pm, Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10am-1pm. The rest of the year the library is open until 5:30 on Saturday.
Monday, July 28: Cooking and Booking. NECI students will be here to help children make Blueberry Surprise! Program starts at 3:30 pm and is open to all ages.
Monday, July 28: Movie Night! “Bee Movie” is an animated feature and is rated PG. It is the story of a colony of bees who file a lawsuit against mankind for stealing their honey. Monday Movies start at 6:30pm, in the Hayes Room.
Tuesday, July 29, 3:30-5pm: Donald Johnson, beloved children’s illustrator and author of the “Henry Hikes” books will be here to talk about his craft! Appropriate for families and children ages 6 and up.
Friday, August 1: Our Annual Tie Dye Party on the lawn! Bring your white t-shirt and come have a blast! Program is scheduled for 1-3 pm Rain date is August 8.
Monday, August 4: Movie Night! A good old fashioned B Movie. “THEM!” is a terrifying movie about killer ants! Be afraid! Movie appropriate for ages 12 and up. Monday Movies start at 6:30pm, in the Hayes Room.
Friday, August 8: Stuffed animal sleepover! Children of all ages are encouraged to bring in a stuffed ani mal they can live without for one night. The animals will have their very own sleepover at the library (complete with pictures of their night time activities). Animals should be dropped off by 5:30pm on Friday.
Saturday, August 9: Stuffed animal pick up! Come to the library at 9am to pick up your stuffed critter and learn about all the fun stuff they did while you were sleeping! Picture slide show included! A light breakfast and story time will be provided.
Monday, August 11-14: Fairbanks Museum will be here to host Star Quest! An informative program about our night sky. The program runs 5-9 pm each day. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. We will have more info as we get closer to the date.
Tuesday, August 19: Altered Books workshop. Come make an altered book or notebook! Appropriate for adults and children 12 and up. Call Jane at the library for more information at 223-4665
VENTURE VERMONT 2008 OUTDOOR CHALLENGE Go to the Vermont State Parks website: and print out a scorecard - when you keep track of activities that you've completed and reach a total of 250 points, you win free day entry into Vermont State Parks for the rest of the 2008 season and for the entire 2009 season! Entries must be received by October 15, 2008. Some of the activities include identifying animals and birds; becoming a Junior Ranger; going to a Green Mtn Conservation Camp, touring a fish hatchery, create art or write a poem or story, hike, go fishing, visit State Parks and some outdoor challenges such as building a shelter with natural objects, build a fire without matches or a lighter, Green Up, plant a tree. and more.

Jon Gailmor peformance August 6th 6:30pm at the Marshfield Library
Circus Smirkus August 11 - 13 at Montpelier High School
Used Musical Instruments Sale an annual event by CVSM will be on Saturday, August 23rd from 9am-2pm at the Bethany Church on Main St. in Montpelier. Instrument drop-off will be on Friday, August 22, from 4pm-7pm.
Northfield Labor Day Celebration
K-9's & Company on the State House Lawn September 6th. Central VT Humane Society offers this annual event
Fall Harvest Festival at the Adams Apple Orchard in Williston September 20 & 21 Free admission includes performances by the No Strings Marionette Company
Ski & Skate Sale October 25th - Montpelier Rec Dept new and used winter recreation equipment sale at Montpelier High School (they'll be taking equipment in on 23rd & 24th)
Gingerbread House Contest - The Central Vermont Community Land Trust will once again be holding a gingerbread house contest in November. Look for more details this fall. CVCLT provides affordable housing, property management, homebuyer education, lending, and community development services to communities in Central Vermont.

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