Friday, October 02, 2009


October News You Can Use

Friday, October 2nd - Native Tongue classic rock band at Gusto's in Barre
Potatoes - did you miss the one and only pick your own potatoes day at Chappelle's? You still have a couple of options to purchase their fresh local potatoes. You can still drive to Williamstown and buy bags of potatoes from their warehouse in Williamstown (433-5930) over the next 6 months (prices vary according to the type of potatoes), or for a limited time you can buy some of their potatoes from our daughter, Minda, who picked extra and is selling them as a fundraiser for her trip to DC. at a cost of $5 for 10lbs.
Is your child interested in playing violin or cello? Lessons take place once a week at Berlin Elementary School. Contact Jill Pruitt at the Vermont String School

Is your child interested in piano lessons? Please contact Marcia Bowles 223-2796 x107

Young Singers Chorus of Vermont is accepting new singers in grades 1-12. Visit for more information.

U-32 Fall Concerts - High School October 14th at 7pm, Middle School October 15th at 7pm - both are free and open to the public. Prior to the Middle School concert will be the DC parent information night from 6pm - 6:45pm.
For planning purposes please note U-32 Concerts in December will be - MS on Dec 16 and HS on Dec 17th.

Parenting workshops
MAKE IT ROUTINE! - A 3-part workshop on how to set up family routines to help with the more challenging moments of the day. Help in setting up schedules to assist in organizing your day-to-day activities. Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30pm at Children, Youth & Family Services / WCMHS Beckley Hill Road October 6th, 13th, and 20th. Childcare and snacks provided. If interested or you have any questions please contact: Gary Frankel 802-479-0169 x324 or Tammy Starr at 802-479-0169 x 302 cell 802-793-1409

Dads and Kids Playgroup - for children birth to five and their male grown-ups. A relaxed place where you can eat free dinner and play with friends. Come every week or just drop by when you can. Thursdays 6-7:30pm at the Family Center of Washington County's new location 383 Sherwood Drive, Montpelier, VT. Note this playgroup is not held on days when Montpelier Schools are closed or delayed (No Dads Playgroups on Oct 22, Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31, Feb 25, Mar 18, April 20 and May 21. For further information contact CHristopher Robertson 262-3292 x115 To be added to the Dads Playgroup list, email

Active Parenting Six week course for parents of 5-12 year olds will focus on: the purpose of parenting; instilling courage and self-esteem; understanding your child; developing responsibility; winning cooperation; family meetings and more! Fee $35 for one or $50 for a parenting couple. Class size limited, advance registration is required. On-site child care is available. Six Wedneesday evenings 6-8pm October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 and 11. Family Center of Washington County now located at 383 Sherwood Drive, Montpelier. 262-3292 x115

Healthy Babies, Kids and Families Program - Family Support Home Visiting. Through Family Center of Washington County. Services offered include: Supporting children's healthy growth & development, advocacy for families, help with housing, assistance finding suitable child care, guidance around nutrition, support during times of crisis, help finding and utilizing health care, parenting support and education, assistance with education goals, help accessing vocational training and employment and more. If you are interested in these services please contact: Dawn Donahue 262-3292 x 106

Wednesday, October 7th - "Know what to do about the flu" forum will be held at the Barre Opera House 7-9pm. This is to brief local leaders and residents about preparations underway for the new flu - 2009 H1N1 influenza - along with the regular seasonal flu. State officials and public health experts will be on hand to discuss preparations the state is making - including plans for offering H1N1 vaccine to those groups most at risk for serious illness - as well as the actions communities and individuals can take to cope with the flu. More information can be found at or by dialing 211.
"Why Don't We Do It In Our Sleeves" a humorous video showing people the best way to cough and sneeze to lessen the spread germs (cough etiquette)

BAKED BEADS JEWELRY CLEARANCE October 9-11, 2009. Friday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. Route 100 at 46 Carroll Rd (next to the Big Picture Theater) Waitsfield. Fashion accessory clearances with prices at over 75% off retail. Merchandise includes: scarves and pashminas; PJ pants; tights and leggings; gloves; socks; pouches; reading glasses; ribbon belts; Michael Stars long sleeve t's; previous season's earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, toe rings, and eyeglass chains; hair accessories; beads; and much more! Berlin PTNA will receive 10% from any receipts turned in from this event. Receipts should be placed in an envelope and sent to the school office labeled "PTNA Baked Beads".

Whether or not you have a child at Berlin Elementary School, please remember the PTNA is still collecting Campbell Soup labels and Box Tops for Education. We'd love to have you send them in with your student or if you don't have a student drop them off anyway (collection bin is in the lobby) or give them to a neighbor who has a child at the elementary school. Thanks so much!

Don't forget the next Berlin PTNA meeting is on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Genevieve - orders that were received by September 18th are expected mid October. You can still order on line using account number 5355 to credit Berlin Elementary PTNA.

The PTNA will be hosting the Halloween Family Dance on October 30th from 7-9pm and volunteers are needed.


October 10 & 11 Chandler Costume sale in Randolph - Over the years the Chandler Center for the Arts collection of costumes has outgrown not only its space, but also its needs. Volunteers have been working this fall to cull out pieces that are no longer needed for stage productions. As a result, with Halloween right around the corner, Chandler is holding a gigantic public two-day sale in the Chandler upper gallery Saturday, OCtober 10 from 9am-3pm and Sunday, October from 11:30 - 3:30pm. Just the right trick-or-treating costume can be put together in minutes, from piles and piles of trousers, dresses, tops, gloves, belts, shoes, purses, hats - you name it. And of course, for the play-dress-up crowd there is much potential. Volunteer and sale organizer Pauline Garner promises there will be tones of bargains for all. One can walk in with a few dollars in hand and go home as a king, a queen, a ballerina, a pirate, or whatever one's imagination conjures up. The proceeds of the sale will benefit Chandler's general operations.

Also in Randolph is the Gifford Auxillary Thrift shop which is open during the week until 4pm and on Saturdays until 1pm. I think it opens at 10am. Located just past the hospital on upper Main Street, the thrift shop is known for having some fun items for Halloween.

If you travel further south, you'll find the "Listen" thrift stores. In October these two stores have an incredible amount of costumes and accessories for Halloween. Directions: White River Junction - Listen at River Point, located on Route 4 in WRJ next to the NH-VT bridge. Lebanon, NH - Interstate 89, to exit 18 east toward Lebanon. Turn left at stop sign onto Hanover Street. Store is located at 60 Hanover Street, on corner of Hough Street, across from Sacred Heart Church.

Please note in October the Berlin School Board will meet Wednesday, October 21st at U-32 High School for a "carousel" meeting. Individual boards will meet from 5:30-6:30pm and 7:30-9pm while the full board will meet from 6:30-7:30pm.
Usually the Berlin School Board meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Berlin Elementary School Learning Center. Agendas and minutes can be found on the school website - see the link on the side bar on the main page. The public is welcome to attend board meetings and encouraged to find out more about the school budget while it's in it's planning stage.

NO SCHOOL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND AND 23RD - VT NEA DAYS, also No School on Wednesday, Nov. 11th as it's a parent teacher conference day - although many parents will be scheduling conferences on other days as they can't all fit on one day and to accomodate work schedules to some degree.

Nine Mistakes Parents Make when their daughter is suffering from hurtful friendships. This is a 30 minute audio clip that our guidance counselor recommends.

FREE COMPUTER TRAINING offers 15 hours of free computer training in 180 easy to follow 5 minute lessons. This isn't a boring 15 hour lecture. This is the kind of relevant and uncomplicated computer training everyone needs. 180 free and simple 5 minute computer lessons that are emailed to you one day at a time from September to June.


Did you miss the Button-Up workshop this week in Berlin? Find out where other free weatherization workshops are taking place:

A 30 minute DVD demonstrating simple weatherization measures to Button-Up you home is available for you to borrow either at Berlin Elementary School (on the table just outside the main office) or at the Berlin Town Office on Shed Road. (turn to the right after you enter the main door, DVDs are on the shelf of the hutch on the left). There are 5 copies at each location, just return the DVD after you have viewed it.
All local libraries also have a copy and may be viewed on their computers.You can still borrow a half hour long DVD on basic ways you can improve the weatherization of your home.

Local Energy Resource Page on our town website: - Lots of great information and links to other sites.
Check this page to see if you qualify for Central VT Community Action Council weatherization services which are offered free of charge for those meeting income and other qualifications.

RETN (Regional Education Tech Network) Video on Demand ... I haven't had time to check this but I hear although you do have to register to make use of the site it's worth it to access the the videos. There is good local information and education information.

CVT Sportsnet - your hometown sports specialists Vermont High School and College Sports Coverage! Videos, photos, news coverage.
SENIOR POTRAITS - don't forget that The Wiggoddess right here on Route 2 in Berlin has portrait services (yes, they have wigs too!) Check out the photos they have on line along with their pricing. Give them a call at 229-1112


NEW Dollhouse Factory Outlet in BARRE!! Folks can SAVE 20-50% on factory seconds, overruns and MORE! Our business, REAL GOOD TOYS, has been making heirloom quality wooden dollhouses more than 30 years. Without any retail dollhouse shops in Vermont, we are now offering terrific discounts on handcrafted dollhouse kits, assembled & finished models, discontinued products, components, parts, panels and accessories – right from the source! Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm through the holiday season. Location: REAL GOOD TOYS, 10 Quarry St, Barre, VT 05641 Directions: Take Exit 6 off I89. Follow Route 63 East about 4 miles to the stoplight at Rte 14. Turn LEFT, go approx. 1 mile to Quarry St and turn RIGHT. The showroom can be seen immediately on your LEFT. 802-479-2217

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