Friday, May 10, 2013
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PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER DINNER AT WAYSIDE RESTAURANT
"SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS" SUMMER CAMPS IN
A TAX FOR CROSSING THE BORDER?
WAY TO GO!May 13 – 17. It’s Way to Go Time! Sign up to reduce your carbon footprint.
Have you signed up for Way to Go week? Way to Go! is designed to raise awareness of transportation options among commuters by encouraging them to travel in ways other than driving alone. Participants pledge to take the bus, bike, walk, carpool, car share, or telecommute during the week of the challenge, and become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including gym memberships, ski passes, hotel stays, transit passes, and much more. New this year, organizations can sign up to challenge another business to a Carbon Throw Down! The Mad River Valley Planning District has challenged Yestermorrow to get the highest percentage of employees signed up in what promises to be an exciting local battle.
“We are really thrilled to be participating in Way to Go! again this year,” said Josh Schwartz of the Planning District. “I know that taking advantage of commuting options such as carpooling, bicycling, walking, and public transit, you can save big money – and you’ll have a lot of fun doing it.”
Sign up today at www.waytogovt.org, challenge another business, and help us spread the word!
Sign-ups are Thursday, May 23rd from in the
The Berlin Recreation Committee subsidizes this swim lesson program at First in Fitness on
The sessions available are:
June 24th – June 28th
Levels 1, 2 & 4
(No lessons week of 4th of July)*
July 8th – July 12th
Levels 1, 2 & 4
Forms will be sent home with students closer to the sign-ups. If you have any questions, please contact Sonia Parton at son_ email@example.com . If you would like to have your child take swim lessons but can not make sign-ups, please call after the sign-up date.
The last day for students to attend school is Thursday, June 20th.
MOUNTAINEERSDid you know you can find the Mountaineers on facebook? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Mountaineers-Fan-Page/329932026457?fref=ts
PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER DINNER AT WAYSIDE RESTAURANTWe hope you will join in for a great dinner and friendly service at The Wayside Restaurant on Tuesday, May 14th from . For every meal that is purchased that evening, the Wayside Restaurant & Bakery will donate 25% of the proceeds to support
BERLIN — Just call it “sweat equity” because a group of local fifth-graders, who have been yearning for a better place to play, were busy working hard for it this weekend.
They also had a lot of help.
Thanks to a Vermont tradition that had residents around the state scouring roadsides for loose litter and debris on Saturday and the generosity of a local car dealership, a group of students from Berlin Elementary School inched ever closer to their goal of raising enough money to buy a play structure they will actually be able to use before heading to U-32 in seventh grade.
Green Up Day was, in more ways than one, all about the “green” for the students who juggled Green Up bags and “bottle drive” signs on Saturday in their quest to raise the last several thousand dollars they’ll need to expand a playground that they view as dated.
It’s actually not such a bad playground, but Annika Lague will tell you most of the equipment has been there for longer than any of her classmates can remember and a good bit of it has been off limits to them since they all hit third grade.
“We’re too old and too big to use it,” she said. “We wanted equipment we could play on.”
What started out as the shared lament of Annika, 11, her twin sister, Allyson, and their friend, Rachel Lawson, quickly morphed into a project for a core group of students who had already raised more than $12,000 — not counting $10,000 in matching funds pledged by the School Board — before Green Up Day dawned.
Business was brisk during Saturday’s bottle drive and while students did squeeze in a little greening up of their own, they were counting on others in central
A roll-off container at the car dealership was well on its way to being filled by on Saturday, as residents like Don Tofani of
“It’s amazing what people throw on the side of the road,” said Tofani, who spent two hours Saturday morning picking up a mile-long stretch of
“She (Dee) walked, I drove,” said Tofani, who had a full pickup truck to show for their shared effort.
“She likes to walk,” he said.
So, it turns out, does Holly Thompson.
Thompson, 45, of
“I brought crocheting and a book, but this (pitching in on Green Up Day) seemed more productive,” she said.
Just ask 11-year-old Logan Carbo. Moments after plucking a bottle from the wooded area that skirts the field behind
“I guess that’s the upside,” said Logan, who joined the Lague twins, Lawson, Dylan Lawrence and Emily Frazier in launching a fundraising effort that started in February following a face-to-face meeting with Principal Chris Dodge.
“This whole project has been completely spearheaded by kids,” Dodge said Saturday, crediting the students for quickly identifying two play structures — one suitable for the oldest students at Berlin’s K-6 school and the other for younger children.
“They really thought it all out,” he said.
After persuading the School Board to match up to $10,000 and securing a few sizeable donations — including $5,000 from Berlin resident/Northfield businessman Barry Chouinard, and $1,000 each from Cody Chevrolet and the Concord Group — the students have continued to raise funds, both in school and in the community.
Emily’s father Craig predicted early on the Green Up Day efforts would put a serious dent in what was a shrinking $6,000 gap, and a May 14 fundraiser planned at the Wayside Restaurant should all but erase it. With the roll-off container at Twin City overflowing at 3 p.m. and more than $1,000 in bottles and cans collected during the course of the day, Frazier’s mid-morning prediction was looking good.
The students deserve a lot of credit, according to Frazier, who said he loves the fact they’ve learned a lot along the way. However, what has been most heartening for him as an interested observer and facilitator was the outpouring of support they have received along the way.
“This is a total community effort,” he said. “This is really for the community, by the community.”
Frazier said both he and his wife, Vera, who serves on the School Board, are products of Berlin Elementary School, and while the playground has changed a lot since then a recently removed ‘triple tire swing” was there when they were kids.
The tire swing and two aging balance beams are the only pieces of playground equipment being removed, though two swing sets will be relocated to make room for a community garden that will soon be installed with a $16,000 grant.
“There is a lot going on,” he said, noting that Mike Pitonyak of Capital Earth Moving has volunteered to re-grade the adjoining soccer field starting Monday.
However, on Saturday as Green Up bags were piling up at Twin City Subaru and bottles were being dropped off at a steady clip, students were all buzzing about the “fitness cluster” that will be installed along with a second play structure for younger children over the summer.
Logan, the boy who noted there was an “upside” to trash on Saturday, said he wasn’t bothered that the fifth-graders will only get one good year’s use out of the new playground equipment they’ve been working for.
“It’s not just for us,” he said.
Emily Frazier quickly agreed, noting she likes the fact that the soon-to-be-expanded playground will be there for her 5-year-old sister, Alyssa, to enjoy.
“A lot of kids are going to get a lot of use out of this … not just us,” she said.
"SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS" SUMMER CAMPS INEcho Valley Community Arts is hosting their 7th year of "Shakespeare in the Hills" Summer Camps. This summer the camps will be held in downtown
Camp 1: introductory level camp, July 8th - July 20th will perform The Tempest.
Camp 2: an advanced level camp, July 29th - August 10th will perform the second half of Hamlet.
Consider a camp with adventure, philosophy, insults, romance, life, death, and a vocabulary to knock your socks off... (that's why we don't hold the camps in the winter!)
Register on our website at http://www.shakespeareinthehills.com and visit Echo Valley Community Arts Facebook page! For more information call Sue Hudson at 454-7770.
"A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!" - The Tempest, 1.1
"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love." - Hamlet 2.2
Pub. 5/6/13 Times Argus
Tom Coulter and his wife, Robin, took over the Sears on the
Tom Coulter said the event, which runs during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, will feature special discounts, giveaways and raffles for items such as a new grill and a $250 Sears gift card. A cookout will be held at the store Saturday.
Coulter said their store is not like the bigger corporate stores in
“We’re the little guy. We’re local. We support 10 jobs here trying to support 10 families. When you shop here, those dollars go back into the community,” he said.
He said the event will also give him a chance to let the public know about the services the store offers. Being a Sears retailer, he said, the store can schedule free consultations for those looking for installation of windows, siding, doors, flooring, roofing, kitchens, countertops and bathrooms. He said the store can then reach out to local contractors to do the work.
Coulter said that when he and his wife took over the store last year from Lou and Candace Lacroix it was a “baptism by fire.” He said what made it difficult was it was the beginning of the lawn and garden season.
“It was absolutely nuts. It was like a fire drill every day,” he said.
Now he and his wife are better prepared for what the year will bring, having already handled all four seasons.
A TAX FOR CROSSING THE BORDER?
Pub. 5/4/13 Times Argus by PATRICK LEAHY
Last month the Department of Homeland Security made a misstep in including in its budget proposal a request for appropriations to study charging people admission for crossing the border into the United States. It does not take a study to know that charging Canadian relatives, friends, tourists, business people and shoppers a fee to enter the
I will be fighting this on all fronts. Next week, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee I will introduce an amendment to the immigration bill, which is before the committee for bill-writing sessions that begin Thursday. My amendment would bar — outright — the implementation of this type of fee. I also am writing to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, asking her agency to shelve the idea of a study about this bad idea. And as the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I am committed to ensuring that no appropriations for a border crossing fee or study will be included in the DHS budget that we will soon begin writing in the committee.
There are legitimate border security needs, and I have worked to make possible sensible improvements, along with the resources, staff and equipment to implement them. But like many Vermonters, I am frustrated by the overdone security strictures that have been imposed on our border communities. From requiring passports to cross borders that are staffed by our neighbors whom we know by name, to closing streets that served as arteries to our communities, to erecting interior checkpoints on I-91, DHS has made living in
The steadfast men and women who serve as Border Patrol and field operations officers here in
These are exceptionally difficult budgetary times, and I understand the pressures the Department of Homeland Security is facing. I remain committed to ensuring the agency has the funds it needs to carry out its vital mission — both of securing our border, and facilitating trade. In return, I want to make sure federal laws and federal agencies respect the more than two-centuries-old relationship that
A tax for crossing the northern border? This Vermonter is emphatically saying “no.”
- Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, is