Fisher students take knowledge into the field

ARLINGTON -- What better way to learn about something than to go to the source? Fisher Elementary students in Ann Davis’ Pre-Kindergarten class have been learning a lot about apples. They’ve read stories about apples, they’ve been counting with apples and they’ve even compared the taste of different apples during snack time. The students then took all of their new classroom knowledge into the field, literally, as they enjoyed a fun day of picking apples at Mad Tom’s Orchard in Dorset. Back at school, the students made applesauce and apple burritos and then counted up all of the apple seeds from the apples they used in cooking.

Doggiepalooza in Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- Doggiepalooza, a day of dog-related events, will be held in downtown Wilmington, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m.

There will be scheduled events, information booths and vendors -- including the Humane Society, Collie Rescue, Boxer Rescue, canine first aid and sled dogs. Hot dogs, burgers and lemonade will be available. The day ends with a dog show; all canine attendees are welcome to participate.

Scheduled events, time and location:

1 to 1:45 -- Nosework (canine scenting), west of "The Incurable Romantic" on Main Street.

1:30-2 -- First Aid -- Route 9, east of Crafts Inn.

1:45-2 -- Dancing Dogs, behind Memorial Hall.

2-2:30 -- Police Dog Demo, west of "The Incurable Romantic" on Main Street.

2 to 3 -- Agility Try-Its, behind Memorial Hall.

2:30 to 3 -- Tricks/Shaping, west of "The Incurable Romantic" on Main Street.

3 to 3:30 -- Blessing of the Dogs, front lawn of Crafts Inn.

3:30 to 4 -- Dancing Dogs, behind Memorial Hall.

4 to 5 p.m. -- Dog Show, Front Lawn of Crafts Inn.

For more information, contact Karen Jones at 802-464-6240.

Green Mountain Cadet program seeks enlistees

BENNINGTON --The Green Mountain Cadet program is looking for a few good high school men and women to join them in their leadership training program. Inclusion in the RANKS could include free visits to Bennington Crossfit and payment for your leadership skills.

The Green Mountain Cadet program is based on the teachings and philosophy of the U.S. military orgnizations. Cadet instructors are members of the military, either past or present and the Cadet program is run as a quasi-military unit. The development of body, mind and spirit are the key elements of this program. Through a challenging, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere, each cadet will have the opportunity to develop through personal experience, an increased level of self-confidence, self-reliance, and personal pride. This program will develop leadership qualities by recognizing excellence resulting in promotion in rank. Those that stick with the program will attain the full Cadet uniform with accompanying rank insignia.

Besides personal growth, the Cadets will also learn to work with others toward a common goal. The RANKS Cadets will also be involved in community service events as often as possible. Through this service they will become more aware of community needs and their role as community members.

The participants will learn discipline, dedication, motivation, responsibility and accountability.

The focus is on five components: academic instruction, leadership, ethical responsibility, community service and physical fitness. Besides community service, the RANKS will hold classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours each session. One of those hours will be spent on physical training is challenging, exciting, and rewarding.

We are leaner, tougher and more elite than last year and we want you to join us. Do you have what it takes to be a RANKS Cadet?

If interested, please contact Bob Marine, 802-447-7501, 802-733-7753, rmarine@svsu.orgPractice a Foreign Language @ MSL

Foreign language conversation

MANCHESTER -- Brush up on your foreign language conversation skills at Mark Skinner Library. Burr and Burton Academy, Maple Street School, and MSL are teaming up again to host conversation groups in German, French, and Spanish. Please note the following schedules:

German: one meeting per month, October to May. First Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8p.m. Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6.

Spanish: one meeting per month, October to May. First Friday of the month, 3 to 4p.m. Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2.

French: two six-week sessions, one meeting per week. Thursdays, 7 to 8p.m. Session 1 starts Oct. 10; Session 2 starts in February.

BBA foreign language teachers Barb Miceli, Michelle Emery, and Sue Ritchie keep the meetings lively along with teacher Lizzy Lindenberg from Maple Street School.

These meetings are not lessons, rather opportunities to practice conversation skills. Most meetings center on a theme and are geared towards those with intermediate or advanced skills.

Beginners are always welcome but their participation may be limited to listening and absorbing until they are ready to join the conversation.

The groups are free and open to everyone. Manchester’s Public Library customers do have the added advantage of using "Mango Languages" and "Powerspeak," online foreign language learning systems available through their library membership. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at (892) 362-2607.

Vermont Foodbank receives $10,000 grant

BURLINGTON -- The Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Vermont Foodbank’s Match for Co-Op Buying program. Through this program, purchases by local food shelves are matched dollar for dollar, doubling their buying power. The grant will help provide 30,000 meals to those in need in communities across Vermont.

Through the grant, 10 local food shelves will receive a $1,000 matching donation to purchase food. Among them is the Kitchen Cupboard, in Bennington.

The grant is part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative that focuses on eradicating hunger by supporting innovative programs and organizations that provide access to nutritious food.

The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. Through a network of 270 food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and after-school programs, the Foodbank feeds as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.

"Hunger is a serious problem in Vermont, but it is something that Citizens Bank is committed to doing something about," said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire and Vermont. "By supporting programs like Match for Co-Op Buying, we are able to ensure that local food shelves have even more nutritious food to provide individuals and families. We are proud to support the Vermont Foodbank and its food shelf partners. "

To find out more about services provided by the Kitchen Cupboard in Bennington, contact Sue Andrews at 802-379-0149. For more information on Vermont Foodbank programs and services, contact Judy Stermer, director of communications and public affairs, at 802-447-4108.

Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program addressing five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism. Get more information about Citizens Bank’s community initiatives online at www.citizensbank.com/community.

Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc. - the commercial bank holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens.