Community News in Brief

Friday December 7, 2012

MAU Music Department presents winter concerts

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High Sshool Choirs, directed by Lynn Sweet, will present a winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the MAU auditorium. The concert will feature the 150-member MAU Choir, Chamber Choir and Da Capos in a performance titled "Music Makes the World Go Round," with selections from various countries and cultures as well as traditional American selections. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the door to help support local food shelves.

The MAUHS Bands directed by Marjorie Rooen, will present a Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. The concert will feature the MAU Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the door to help support local food shelves.

Sanders announces third annual State of the Union Essay Contest

BURLINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched his third annual State of the Union essay contest to engage Vermont's high school students on the major issues facing the country.

"It's my hope that this essay contest will provide an opportunity for students to explore current issues in depth, and will help develop their critical thinking about some of the problems we face as a nation," Sanders wrote in a letter sent to Vermont's educators.

So far, during the past two years, more than 500 students from schools throughout Vermont wrote essays to the senator about such important issues as the declining middle class, climate change, health care reform, and the rising cost of a college education.

A panel of Vermont high school teachers will judge the essays. The winning and finalist essays will be entered into the Congressional Record and posted on the senator's website. The winner will also have the opportunity to have Sanders visit their school to hold a student town meeting to discuss the state of the union and the future of our country. Further, the finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Sanders.

The U.S. Constitution calls for the president to "give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." As the president prepares his State of the Union speech for delivery in late January to a joint session of Congress, Sanders' essay contest asks Vermont's high school students to write an essay of 250 words to 500 words about their view of the "state of the union."

"We need our young people to be engaged, to help find solutions for the problems that confront us, and to think about the future of our country. That's what democracy is all about," Sanders said.

The deadline for student essays submissions is noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. More information can be found on the senator's webpage at

Vermont Fire Cadet Academy moves to VTC

RANDOLPH CENTER -- Vermont Fire Cadet Academy, a weeklong, intensive summer program for youth ages 14 to 17, has selected Vermont Technical College as its new location for 2013. A program of the Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA), the Academy develops the confidence and self reliance of its participants, promotes a sense of both team cooperation and individual responsibility, teaches and develops basic fire fighting and emergency service skills, and helps build in young people a strong sense of the need for community involvement and support.

"We chose Vermont Tech because we were looking for new ideas," said Francis Buck, who serves as both president of the VSFA and director of the Academy. "With a top fire science program and a state-of-the-art burn building, Vermont Tech is a great fit with the our program and goals."

Vermont Tech currently offers an associate's degree in fire science, which prepares students to pursue careers as firefighters; emergency medical technicians; fire suppression/alarm system installers and technicians; fire inspectors; and fire investigators. The curriculum includes coursework in fire behavior, emergency medicine, hazardous materials chemistry, incident strategy and tactics, administration of emergency services, fire prevention, and building construction. The program offers certifications in both Firefighter I and II, and Technical Rope Rescue.

Cadets are typically sponsored by their local fire departments and attendance is limited to 48. In making final selections, factors such as age, the location of the cadet's sponsoring department, number of other applicants from the same area, present involvement in a cadet program and/or current participation with a fire department are considered. Graduates of the program receive a certificate from the VSFA.

"These cadets are our future leaders in the state fire service," said Buck. "We hope that we can instill in them the lessons we've learned and that they will carry on our best practices."

About Vermont Technical College - Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state. Its academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.

Arlington Girl Scouts Award Ceremony

ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington hosted the awards ceremony for the Arlington Girl Scout troops on September 16, 2012. Claire Grupe and Emma Sheldon were bridged from Daisies to Brownies, and Audrianna Ennis flew up from Brownies to become a Junior Girl Scout. The Juniors who were bridged to Cadettes were Angela Caggiano, Anna Freebern, Florrie Hynds, Kierstyn Hess and Alyssa Harrington.

They were welcomed by current Cadettes, Sofie Pedemonti, Katheryn Berger and Kaleigh Ward. The girls were presented with badges by troop leaders Janne Pedemonti, Elizabeth Berger, and Amanda Harrington, that they had earned over the past year. A special recognition was also given to parent volunteers; Elizabeth Berger, Kim Baker, Rose Caggiano, Julie Freebern, Stephanie Hynds-Moffett, and Janinie Moscarelllo. Cynthia Browning, a local state representative,e was also recognized for her work with the Girl Scouts growing vegetables in the community garden in Arlington over the summer that were harvested for the food shelf and local schools.

The girls who bridged to Cadettes were each presented with the Bronze Award, the highest award given to a Junior. This distinction required that the girls develop an ambitious leadership project that would impact their community. Florrie Hynds and Angela Caggiano focused their efforts on pollution and recycling. They did a workshop with Don Knaak of Junkmusic to use bottles caps and other objects to create musical instruments. They also made a wind chime, played games, created refrigerator magnets and stamps using bottle caps. Florrie and Angela were also able to get the children at Happy Days Daycare in Arlington involved with playing games while learning about recycling. A petition of 75 signatures were collected and sent to the three top bottling companies; Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle, asking them to consider making their caps out of compostable material. The girls were able to raise the awareness of the importance of recycling in their community and were able learn a lot about it themselves.

Alyssa Harrington, Kierstyn Hess and Anna Freebern chose to create a gardening project at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR) in Bennington. The girls worked with the local Garden Club gaining knowledge about planting for their project. At CLR, they cleaned and prepared garden beds, planted bushes and herbs. A butterfly and hummingbird garden was created for the enjoyment of the residents.

The girls gave a presentation on nutrition and explained the different parts of a flower. They created garden themed projects and celebrated the end of summer harvest with a garden party complete with a garden themed food, music, games and decorations. They were able to make a connection with the residents of CLR, fostered a relationship with the Garden Club and gained a great amount of knowledge.

Holiday celebrations at Martha Canfield Library

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington is celebrating the holidays all December with an arts and crafts show in the Canfield Gallery, a basket festival, a visit by Santa, and a holiday wish tree in the reading room.

The 14th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show is now open during regular library hours now through Dec. 29. The show exhibits the work of local artists and craftspeople, including woodworking, felt bags, a variety of hats and scarves, jewelry, ornaments, and many other items. This show is a place to find a unique gift for that person who has everything.

The holiday baskets filled by local organizations are on display at the Library and the Berkshire Bank in Arlington. Each basket to be raffled has a theme such as Angels, Baking, Chocolate!, and many other delightful choices. Raffle tickets for the baskets will be available in both locations, and you may enter for as many baskets as you'd like. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5 with proceeds supporting the children's programs and book collection of the library. The drawings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Santa will be here from 6:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, Dec. 20, to visit with children and read "The Night Before Christmas."

If you would like to make a gift of a book to the library, you can choose a "book" from our Holiday Wish Tree. We can order it for you, you pay the library the discounted price, you get to read the book first, and it is added to the library's collection for others to enjoy.

The Martha Canfield Library is located at 528 East Arlington Road, across from the high school. Library hours are: Tues. and Thurs. 9-8, Wed. 9-5, Fri. 2-6, and Sat. 10-3. For further information, call the Martha Canfield Library at 802-375-6153.

Cambridge school Communication Advisory Committee

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Central School District is developing a Communication Advisory Committee. The goal of the Communication Advisory Committee is to bring stakeholder groups together to develop a Communication Plan. Those interested should send a letter of interest to Vincent Canini, Superintendent of Schools, at 58 South Park Street, Cambridge, N.Y. 12816, by Dec. 31.


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