Thursday, March 14, 2013
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PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE / ZONING COORDINATOR POSITION
5th & 6th GRADE PLAY IN APRIL THIS YEAR
POSTCARD PROJECT GOAL IS TO KEEP RUPERT POST OFFICE OPEN
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*Thursday 3/14 is the one day only performance of "STRIDER" (one hour show) HS matinee and evening performance at . Admission is by donation with all proceeds to benefit Stage 32's participation in the VT Drama Festival in St. Johnsbury on Saturday. See you there on Thursday! (Minda is in it - can't wait!!)
*Friday, March 22nd is the annual 8th grade Spaghetti Dinner which also includes a raffle, silent auction and live music. Seatings at & . See an 8th grader for advance tickets or get them at the door. Adults $10, families $30, students/seniors (62+) $5. Take-out $10 each.
The 26th Annual Vermont Scholastic Chess Championships will be held on
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at . This is the fifth year this spring event has
been held in Berlin. Berlin
students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to compete for State
Championships in each grade Kindergarten through Grade 6, Middle School (Grades
7 & 8) and High School (Grades 9 through 12). All abilities are welcome and
encouraged to participate. Vermont
The tournament will be USCF rated and follow USCF rules. Registration is from until . Games will start at . Complete rules and registration information can be found at http://vtchess.info or by contacting Mike Stridsberg, Tournament Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 223-1948.
Emergency Management Team - 14th at
Four Corners Fire Station
The following upcoming meetings, all start at unless noted and will be at theSelectboard 18th
office - Berlin
Development Review Board 19th
Sewer Commission 25th
Historical Society 26th
Planning Commission 27th
PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE / ZONING COORDINATOR POSITIONThe Town of Berlin, VT seeks a qualified person to fill the position of Administrative / Zoning Coordinator, a highly responsible and independent position that provides administrative and technical assistance to the Town Administrator and other town departments. The work involves a variety of responsible complex tasks that require sound, independent judgment and action. The ideal candidate will b...e proficient with various computer programs, including Excel, Word, and Outlook. Previous zoning experience or work experience in a municipal office is desirable. This position requires interaction with the public and town employees. This is an appointed position that reports to the Town Administrator. This is a part-time position (18-20 hours per week). Candidates must have a combination of education and job experience to fulfill the minimum requirements of the job. The salary is commensurate with experience. To apply, send résumé, cover letter and list of three references by
SUGAR-ON-Weekends in March Sugar-On-Snow with all the fixings is served up Friday, Saturday and Sunday to .
SNOW AT MORSE FARM
MIDDLESEXSaturday, March 23 at
ALL YOU CAN EAT
PIE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
5th & 6th GRADE PLAY IN APRIL THIS YEARThe 5th & 6th graders are having their annual play on Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th at
POSTCARD PROJECT GOAL IS TO KEEP RUPERT POST OFFICE OPENNote - the postcards can be seen at:
Pub 3/11/13 Times Argus by Courtney Parker, CorrespondentOn the outside, the tiny white post office in Rupert may look quiet, with the occasional chicken or two occupying the front porch.
But lately this local post office has been buzzing with an influx of vibrant homemade postcards from around the world.
After being faced with the possibility of hours being cut or even a total closure, local residents knew something needed to be done to save their post office.
In an attempt to increase the post office’s mail volume, landlord Jane Davies posted a plea for help on her personal blog asking family, friends and strangers alike to send in art postcards.
“They really came in fast and furiously,” said Davies, astonished by the amount of mail she received in the first week. “There were beautiful paintings of the post office and stitched mini quilts and collages and all sorts of cool stuff.”
Those willing to help were encouraged to send handmade postcards addressed to Davies and in return the first 200 participants would receive a personalized homemade card.
Though the card count has rapidly surpassed the 200 mark, she still attempts to respond to as many cards as possible.
Davies scans each card she receives and posts them to an online gallery for people near and far to admire.
“It was overwhelming at first,” she said, adding that she would spend hours a day simply uploading new cards.
“People are aware that this office could go away if we don’t support it,” said Davies, hoping the postcards will continue to trickle in and bring up numbers until the office’s annual review scheduled for the end of the year.
The U.S. Postal Service has fallen upon hard times in the past year, registering a $15.9 billion loss.
“We are happy that our customers feel the passion and commitment to participate in this project to boost the fortunes of their local office,” said Tom Rizzo, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Northern New England District.
Rizzo said that to positively affect the small town post office, the project would need to run for a long time and include significant purchases of postcards and postage, coming in many individual transactions.
“Considering the scope of the continuing financial challenges facing the organization, it is hard to predict with certainty how effective this activity would be,” he said.
Though the project has its skeptics, the uncertainty has not stopped participants far and wide from standing up for the cause and sending in their handmade postcards.
“As an artist and art teacher I am always on the lookout for ways that art can impact change in communities,” said Sharon Gorberg, of
Gorberg said small town post offices, like the one in Rupert, play an important role in the community and serve as a liaison between the town and the people who call it home.
“And one of the best things about this project is that anyone can participate at any age,” she said.
While postcards have been received from almost every state, news of the project has traveled far beyond the U.S.
“A local post office is more than just a place to send and receive mail,” said Australia resident Jo Murray, “but a community meeting point where local news is exchanged, meetings arranged, and generally a focus for those who might be alone at home.”
After reading about the project on Davies’ blog, he knew he wanted to help the small town and quickly took out his painting supplies and stamps to begin his card.
“I realize that ‘people power’ can make a difference,” he said. “I fully support these post offices, wherever they are.”
The ongoing support and dedication to the post office has been greatly appreciated townwide, but one resident in particular has been especially moved.
“I love my post office,” said Postmaster Elizabeth Winters, the officer in charge at the Rupert office, who has been in awe of the amount of attention her office has received.
Winters has been with the USPS for more than a decade and has been stationed at the Rupert office for three and a half years.
She said that although she is worried about the financial hardship that decreased hours or a closure would cause her, her main concern is the impact on the community.
She said she hopes the postcards will continue to come and believes the project has helped the office’s business.
“Everyone has been very supportive of the post office during this time of uncertainty,” she said. “And I thank them for that.”