The Town of Shaftsbury, our Recreation Committee, and the Shaftsbury Elementary School Student Council invite residents to help "Green-Up" Shaftsbury’s roadsides. Now that the snows of a very long winter have melted, let’s work together to help clean up what has been left behind. We are encouraging residents to "adopt" a road, or neighborhood. Cleaning up as a family provides a great model for our children.

Join the fun on Saturday, May 3, at Cole Hall between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. where you can exchange filled Green-Up bags for refreshments. Those lucky enough to find a strategically placed "lady bug" underneath the litter they collect may turn it in for a prize.

Supplies of Green-Up bags are available prior to Green-Up Day at the following locations: Whitman’s Feed Store, Paulin’s in Shaftsbury, Clear Brook Farm, the Town Office and the Shaftsbury Transfer Station (on open days). Bags will also be available at Cole Hall on May 3.

Filled Green-Up bags can be left at the following locations: Town Transfer Station (on open days), North Shaftsbury Fire Station (north side of station), the corners of East Road and Maple Hill Road, Buck Hill Road and East Road, Lamb Road and Mattison Road, Coulter, Myers and Tinkham Roads, West Mountain and Bennett Hill Roads, Mead, Bouplon Hollow and Murphy Hill Roads, Shaftsbury Hollow Road and Granger Hollow Road.


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Participants may also bring filled bags to the Cole Hall/Town Garage lot on Green-Up Day. For more information, or to "adopt" a neighborhood or road for Green-Up Day, please contact Karen Mellinger at 802-447-1950.

KAREN MELLINGER

Shaftsbury

Thanks again to the Mark Skinner Library

The MSL opened National Poetry Month in Manchester with a bang. They hosted Michael Arnowitt at a Vermont Humanities Council event; the venue was provided by the First Congregational Church. Attendees of Tuesday’s concert and lecture enjoyed an evening of entertainment and education. Arnowitt, a gifted pianist, is also an inspired public speaker. He transforms what could be a dry subject, studying vowels and consonants and how they work in literature, lyrics and poetry, into two hours of pure pleasure. We will never read poetry again without looking for ways that authors use the sounds and placement of nouns and consonants to enhance the meaning of their work. Arnowitt illustrated his lecture with sources as disparate as Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, James Joyce, the Beatles and William Shakespeare. Manchester’s own, Claire North, read from many of the written sources; her Irish accent served to add depth and drama to the program.

Michael Arnowitt has twice before visited Manchester; he spoke about Beethoven’s notebooks in 2012 and Gershwin in 2013. We can only hope that he will return again and will continue to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with us.

ROBERT JOHNSTON

Manchester

Friends of the Dorset Quarry group forming

The Dorset Quarry is known locally, nationally and -- thanks to the internet -- internationally as a wonderful swimming hole. During the summer hundreds of people visit the quarry on any sunny day.

Most people don’t realize that the Dorset Quarry is private property. It belongs to Dick and Kirsten McDonough. For years, the McDonoughs have worked tirelessly to keep the quarry area clean and safe for families. They have landscaped the property, worked with the town to provide an orderly parking area, picked up trash, removed graffiti, and done everything they can think of to maintain this unique and historic feature of Dorset’s past and present.

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce would like to help the McDonoughs by forming a "Friends of the Dorset Quarry" group. The Friends -- not just Chamber members but also neighbors from the wider community -- would volunteer some of their time and energy to clean the area regularly and assist with occasional planting efforts directed by the property owners. The Chamber can’t do the work alone -- but together as "Friends" we can.

Anyone interested in volunteering a bit of their time to maintaining the Dorset Quarry should contact the Dorset Chamber at chamber@dorsetvt.com. The more friends that help, the easier it will be for all. Friends who would prefer to assist financially can send gifts payable to Dorset Chamber of Commerce, memo "Quarry fund" to P.O. Box 121, Dorset, Vt. 05251.

Let’s keep the Dorset Quarry beautiful for the next 100 years.

ROGER SQUIRE

President, Dorset Chamber of Commerce

Dorset