Tuesday, November 13, 2012


News to Know November 13, 2012

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Included below please find:
TOWN WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS http://www.berlinvt.org
Let's figure out how we can do a little more to support our local small businesses and self-employed people. Please share info on what you have to offer, both items and services. Purchasing gifts from these businesses / people (or maybe even gift certificates) would go a long way to help your friends and neighbors. Fresh vegetables, jams & preserves, baked goods, meats, handcrafted items, firewood, wood working, snow removal, photography, used books, ... I'm sure the list is endless. FrontPorchForum.com would be a great place to share this information but I'm glad to post it here also.
Front Porch Forum (FPF) recently became available to Berlin residents thanks to some businesses and individuals who provided the financial support necessary for Berlin to join on. You can sign up at no additional cost - over 170 people in our community are now members and it's growing! How often FPF emails are sent out depends on the number of postings that are submitted. It's important to submit event information several days in advance so it will get out prior to the date of the event.
November 14th at 7pm is the next meeting of the Berlin Historical Society at the Berlin Town Office. I noted in the agenda there will be an update on participation in the 250th anniversary of Berlin's Wentworth Charter on June 6, 2013.
The complete agenda and minutes from the last meeting on the history of Berlin Pond is posted on the town website under "Berlin Historical Society" on the left sidebar. Note there will be no December meeting. The first meeting in 2013 will be on January 16th.
Did you know membership to the Berlin Historical Society is only $10 and a brief application form can be found on their webpage. They would love to see more folks get involved.
TOWN WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS http://www.berlinvt.org
Check out the Recreation page on the Berlin town website (see "Recreation" on the left sidebar). I'm including here the information regarding the ice skating rink, but you'll have to visit the page to see what else is included!
"The Town of Berlin's ice skating rinkis adjacent to the Berlin Town Office at 8 Shed Road. There is a warm-up hut, port-o-let and lights for night skating. The switch to turn the lights on is located on the light pole located at the "elbow" of the "L" shaped rink. Part of the rink is utilized for hockey and part is reserved for recreational skating."
PTNA Parents are bringing back the Holiday Bazaar for Berlin Elementary students this year offering it on a Saturday morning, December 8th from 9-11 AM.
Instead of pricing items, there will be a box in the front lobby for parents to make donations if they're able to.
Half of the gym will be for shopping and wrapping while the other half will be available for kids who are done shopping and waiting for their siblings. Kevin Croteau will be there with those kids so they can play some basketball.
The plan is to have the front lobby as the area for the parents to socialize and enjoy coffee, donuts and muffins so their kids can shop without them. Vera Frazier is looking into donations for muffins or donuts and coffee.
Kim Boyd is looking for people to do the following:
Donations can be brought to the school or contact Kim kboyd76@comcast.net . The annual Holiday Bazaar has a long history at Berlin Elementary School with many adults having fond memories of purchasing gift items such as ornaments, socks, tools, mugs, books, puzzles, hand crafted items, etc. for their parents and siblings
HANDMADE CANDY CANES IN STOWE http://www.laughingmoonchocolates.com
It's almost time to visit Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe and be part of their awesome candy cane making. Candy Cane Making Demonstrations begin promptly at 11am each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between November 21st and December 23rd. Plus, Laughing Moon has added a 2pm demonstration on Saturdays.
Here is how it works: Space at Laughing Moon is limited so if you want to attend a demonstration and make your own candy cane it is best to call ahead and make reservations. They will reserve space for about 15 people at each demonstration.
Admission is free to watch and $6.00 per person to make your own Candy Cane. You can register for a demonstration by calling (802)253-9591. The folks at Laughing Moon do their best to accommodate everyone but be prepared, it does get crowded. Laughing Moon Chocolates is open daily from 9-6 on South Main Streetin Stowe Village, next to Mac's Supermarket.
Pub 11/11/12 WPTZ.com MONTPELIER, Vt.
The centerpiece of Vermont's newly designed mental health system is up for a public hearing this coming week.
Closure of the old Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene forced the state to come with a new plan to care for the mentally ill.
It's been developing a system that would include small psychiatric units in several different parts of the state, plus a 25-bed facility in Berlin.
The Berlin facility now is working on getting a permit called a certificate of need from the state Department of Financial Regulation.
DFR (Dept of Financial Regulation) will conduct a hearing on the application Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of 89 Main Street in Montpelier.
Lt. Governor Phil Scott would like to put the word out to Vermont college students about a paid internship opportunity in the Lt. Governor’s office during the upcoming legislative session, from January-April. (And we hope you can help us spread that message!)
If you know any college students who have an interest in policy and want a great vantage point to observe state government at work, please encourage them to visit the link below and contact us before November 30: Ltgov.vermont.gov/internships
I know many of you have enjoyed going to Silver Lake in Barnard as we have over the years. Whether you're there for the day or to camp for a few days it's likely you've gone into the Barnard General Store while you're down there. The townspeople in Barnard are trying to save their Barnard General Store which is the heart of their community. To keep this short, the bottom line is that they need to raise $500,000 by December 31, 2012, so far they've raised at least $351,000. They've made a fabulous little film about Barnard General Store "Restore the Store" .. with lots of great photos old and new ... ENJOY http://friendsofbgs.com/restore-the-store I so wish Berlin had this type of store... it's important to help Barnard save theirs.
Pub 11/8/12 Times Argus
The 20 students in George Cook’s “Inc.”class at U-32 High School are taking part in a project-based learning opportunity that Principal Keith Gerritt says “is something they can use to be economically viable citizens of not only this country, but the world.”
Cook, 40, started teaching at U-32 two years ago in the business education department. “One of my favorite things about U-32 is how robust and dynamic the programming is. There’s a lot of opportunity for these kids,” he says.
Last year, he saw a chance to further that opportunity by incorporating into the curriculum a class based on experiential learning; that is, the students learn not by lecture, but by experience.
“Inc.,” short for “incorporated,” is a course in entrepreneurship. The goal: to answer the question “how hard is it to start a business?” The students are expected to start a business from scratch and bring it into full operation by the end of the semester.
Though there have been some sleepless nights for Cook, the pilot class is shaping up to be the first in an established line of courses.
The “Inc.” class falls into the 21st century learning — or 21st century skills — approach to education, a growing movement that focuses on what some would say is a more holistic approach to teaching and learning. At the core of this movement is the drive to ensure that students learn three skill sets: life and career skills, learning and innovation skills, and information media and technology skills.
Financial literacy is one of those skills that students (and perhaps a lot of adults) need in order to be successful today. It can be defined as the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively. In 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission was created to promote a better understanding of finance within the
United States.
U-32 has committed to improving students’ financial literacy and has been rewarded for its efforts. The school was recently awarded two grants — one for $15,000 from Discover and the other valued at $26,500 from the Center for Financial Literacy at
Champlain College.
Student William Odell-Monley says about the class, “I think it’s pretty cool. I think it’s interesting and certainly different than anything else I’ve ever done before. It seems to be going really well so far. I think it’ll be fun to start selling.”
The doing-by-learning concept in business education is not new by any means. For example,
Babson College and Northeastern University’s business school have offered courses much like “Inc.” for years. But implementing the idea in a Vermont high school classroom is considered an advance in education.
In 2008, a survey by Jump$tart — a nonprofit coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of U.S. youth — found that 48.3 percent of U.S. high school students could be considered financially literate. “Inc.” is part of the push to increase that number.
The students in this semester, mostly seniors, have chosen to make and sell a product as their business. (The alternative would be to provide a service.) Their goal is to have a full line of T-shirts to sell by semester’s end — long sleeves, short sleeves, cotton and tech T’s, all with U-32 graphics. So far they’ve drawn up a mission statement, designed and printed their own “Inc.” T-shirts they wear to class, and have started working on market research within the school to determine how many designs they will be printing.
“Sometimes I feel I have to rein them in,” says Cook. “They’re very, very excited. And that’s common when a student is really into something that they’re learning.”
But the students have a lot of work ahead of them as they go from concept to raising capital, designing, marketing, advertising, promoting, accounting, selling and distributing the final product. Last week they learned they would be hearing a sales pitch from a local screen-printing business. “You guys should be excited, you’re in demand,” Cook told his students.
The students sit in teams around large oval tables in their newly renovated classroom, working on marketing, advertising, sales, and finance and accounting tasks. Thanks to the Discover grant, the school was able to upgrade the room, install high-speed wireless Internet and outfit the “company” with a top-of-the-line projector and laser jet printer, as well as new laptops.
The classroom is more like an office with the tables in place of desks, and the focus is on collaborative effort among the teams, with their respective responsibilities, to get the job done.
“The cool thing about project-based learning is my role in this,” says Cook. “I need to let them learn. I can’t jump in there and save them every time I know that they might be headed in the wrong direction. I think that it would be wrong if I gave it to them, because one of the missions of the class is: This is how you learn. Sometimes a lot of work needs to be redone.”
The other benefit to experiential learning is that it effectively teaches students who have diverse learning styles. As Gerritt says, “The beauty of the program is that it services the needs of all students. Kids are savvy. They know they’re not just competing with graduates from
Montpelier, or even Vermont, or even the U.S. — they’re competing with kids from all over the globe. They look at something like ‘Inc.’ and see that it is exactly what they need to be prepared to go out and get a job or be successful in college.”
Kathryn Eddy is a writer and researcher living in
These results can also be found on the town website. Please note, any changes from the unofficial results I sent out the night of 11/6/12 I have put the corrected number.
For President and Vice-President of the United States
Vote for no more than ONE
Ross "Rocky" C. Anderson and Luis J. Rodriguez - 7
Gary Johnson and James P. Gray - 18
Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio- 4
Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr - 792 correction: 795
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - 425 correction: 426

For US Senator
Vote for not more than ONE
Pete Diamondstone - 10
Cris Ericson - 16
Laurel Laframboise - 2
John MacGovern - 334
Peter Moss - 8
Bernie Sanders - 868 correction: 872

For Representative to Congress
Vote for not more than ONE
James "Sam" Desrochers - 21
Mark Donka - 299
Andre Laframboise - 4
Jane Newton - 17
Peter Welch - 886 correction: 889

For Governor
Vote for not more than ONE
Randy Brock - 517 correction: 520
Dave Eagle - 10
Cris Ericson - 16
Emily Peyton - 20
Peter Shumlin - 674 correction: 675

For Lieutenant Governor
Vote for not more than ONE
Cassandra "Cass" Gekas - 216 correction: 218
Ben Mitchell - 15
Phil Scott - 1010 correction: 1012

For State Treasurer
Vote for not more than ONE
Jessica "Jessy" Diamondstone - 20 correction: 21
Beth Pearce - 636 correction: 637
Don Schramm - 33
Wendy Wilton - 511 correction: 513

For Secretary of State
Vote for not more than ONE
James C. Condos - 985 correction: 989
Mary Alice "Mal" Herbert 122

For Auditor of Accounts
Vote for not more than ONE
Doug Hoffer - 520 correction: 522
Vincent Illuzzi - 613 correction: 615
Jerry Levy - 32

For Attorney General
Vote for not more than ONE
Rosemarie Jackowski - 21 correction: 22
Jack McMullen - 410 correction: 412
William H. Sorrell - 644
Ed Stanak - 131 correction: 132

Fore State Senator
Vote for not more than THREE
Bernard "Buddy" Barnett - 416 correction: 417
Ann Cummings - 650 correction: 653
William "Bill" Doyle - 738 correction: 742
Jeremy Hansen - 234 correction: 235
Dexter Lefavour - 301
Anthony Pollina - 527 correction: 528

For State Representative
Vote for not more than TWO
Colin T. Bright - 461 correction: 463
Anne B. Donahue - 640 correction: 643
Patti J. Lewis - 811 correction: 813

For High Baliff
Vote for not more than ONE
Marc Poulin - 1011 correction: 1015

Article 1
Should the Town of Berlin allow public access to the Town owned land along Berlin Pond for recreational uses?
Yes 790 correction: 793
No 440 correction: 441
For Justice of the Peace
Vote for not more than TEN (10)
Wanda Baril, Republican
Elizabeth Fitzhugh, Republican
John Fitzhugh, Republican
Cathy Lamberton, Republican
Matthew Levin, Democrat
Kyle Faye Mooney, Democrat
Muriel Morse, Democrat
Charles Pelletier, Democrat
Kathy Pelletier, Democrat
Sue Rich, Republican

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