The G A Z E T T E DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

The
GAZETTE
The official newsletter produced by the Town of Starksboro
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NOVEMBER 2014
COMMUNITY
CALENDAR
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
TOWN OFFICE & LIBRARY CLOSED
NOV. 27th FOR THANKSGIVING
WORSHIP SERVICES
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“SUNDAY’S COOL”
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TOWN GARAGE ADVISORY COM p 3
FRIENDS OF JERUSALEM SCHOOL
HOUSE
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HUNTER’S BREAKFAST, Nov 15, 22, 29
CAROLING, Dec 14
HARVEST SUPPER, November 1st p 4
To benefit Four Winds Program at
Robinson School
MEMORY TREE CEREMONY, Dec 22 p 4
TWEEN SCENE, 2nd Fridays
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LIBRARY NEWS
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EMT CLASS
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CONTACT PAGE
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The General Election is Tuesday, November 4th. Voting at the
Robinson Elementary School multipurpose room takes place
from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ballots to be voted are: To elect 7
Justices of the Peace, Mt. Abraham improvements bond in
the amount of $32,625,000, and the General Election ballot
to elect: Representative to Congress, Governor, Lt.
Governor, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of
Accounts, Attorney General, State Senator, State
Representatives, Probate Judge, Assistant Judge, State’s
Attorney, Sheriff, and High Bailiff.
You may vote anytime by absentee ballot up until Monday,
November 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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WORSHIP SERVICES
The FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF STARKSBORO:
The First Baptist Church of Starksboro, 2806 VT Route 116. Church phone 453.5577. Pastor Larry Detweiler,
802.434.6715 (home), [email protected] In emergency situations, phone 802-989-2679.
http://www.starksborobaptistchurch.org/
Sunday’s Schedule:
10:00 a.m.
Chat, Chew & Renew, bible study and adult fellowship
11:00 – 1:00 Sunday’s Cool youth bible study and fellowship (grades K-7)
11:00 a.m.
Worship service with communion every 1st Sunday
Roberta McKinney, Associate for Youth Ministries [email protected] Phone: 802.922.1766.
JERUSALEM GATHERING: a congregation in the Episcopal tradition that has services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays
of each month at 9:30 am. We meet in the Jerusalem Schoolhouse, 397 Jerusalem Rd, in South Starksboro.
Everyone is welcome. Contact: Vickie Backus – 434-6488.
SOUTH STARKSBORO FRIENDS MEETING: Singing every Sunday at 9 am, meeting for worship at 9:30 am at
the
Meeting
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Dan
Sargent
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Call
453-4927
for
details
DON’T FORGET THAT TAXES ARE DUE
NOVEMBER 3rd, by 5:00 p.m.
“SUNDAY’S COOL”:
If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to learn great stories
from the Bible, then come join us at “Sunday’s Cool”. Our program starts at 11:00 a.m. with up-beat music,
crafts and lively conversation. As we learn healthy and helpful principles that can be applied to our lives today,
we do so by engaging in dramatic play, music, memorization, reading and interactive instruction. Lunch is
served around noon, then it’s activity time, which may include cooperative games, outdoor recreation and
relevant videos. Occasionally we venture out to enjoy a seasonal fieldtrip. Kids of all ages are invited and
encouraged to be part of something “Cool” happening on Sunday’s at First Baptist Church of Starksboro.
Contact Roberta: [email protected]
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ToTOWN GARAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Those of you who attended town meeting last March heard members of the Selectboard talk about the condition
of Starksboro’s town garage. Several problems were noted, including:
 Bay size is inadequate for our present equipment and vehicles
 As there is no proper drainage system, melt water from the trucks accumulates causing the back wall of
the garage to rot
 The wood heat system isn’t working because the ceiling has collapsed
 The building is not well insulated and difficult to heat.
 The water source isn’t drinkable, and the spring fills with silt regularly
 Access to the garage is up a steep grade, which is dangerous during storms
 Salted sand is stored outside, so salt washes out and the top layer of sand freezes
An advisory committee has been formed to assess the requirements for a town garage and come up with a
proposal to be voted at town meeting in March 2015. The committee first met September 9, and will spend the
next few months gathering information and looking into options. While we are still early in the planning stages,
some priorities were obvious – adequate space in the garage to store equipment, the ability for most repairs to
be completed inside the garage, a reliable water source, energy efficient (and adequate) heat, and covered
storage for salt and sand.
The committee has a lot more work to do, and we’ll keep you informed as we proceed.
Committee Members: Bill Coon, Marjorie Dickstein, Tom Estey, Dennis Hysko, Mark Lucas, Jan McCleery,
Robert Turner
Selectboard Members: Susan Jefferies, Peter Marsh, Mathew Norris
FRIENDS OF JERUSALEM SCHOOLHOUSE:
Mark your calendars…it’s almost time for the
annual HUNTERS/EARLY BIRD BREAKFASTS at the Jerusalem Schoolhouse! We will be serving breakfast
from 7:00-10:00 AM on November 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Come on up to South Starksboro for a delicious
breakfast of eggs, homefries, bacon, ham, biscuits with sausage gravy, toast, coffee, juice and home baked
goods. All proceeds will go into the renovation fund. For more info call 453-4573.
HUGE THANKS to all that participated in our Community Potluck Picnic on October 5 th…lots of good food,
friends and music made for a nice afternoon. Thank you to the following fine musicians for providing great
entertainment for us throughout the afternoon: Nate Gusakov, Brian Hanf, Jim Carroll, John Dickason and
John Gearwar. You guys are the best!
CAROLING PARTY IN DECEMBER…you are invited to our annual Caroling Party at the schoolhouse on
Sunday, December 14th from 2-4 PM. Cookies, beverages, Santa and caroling…what could be more festive
than that? Santa will arrive at 2:45…so bring your children or grandchildren by 2:30 so they will be there for
Santa’s arrival! It is bound to be FUN…hope to see you there!
MONTHLY MEETINGS: The Friends of Jerusalem Schoolhouse hold monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday
of each month at 6:30 pm at the home of Greg and Nancy Orvis…67 Jim Dwire Road in South Starksboro. All
are invited to attend.
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Annual Harvest Supper, Saturday, November 1st.
Serving 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room
of Robinson School, 41 Parsonage Road, Starksboro Village. Tickets sold at the door; family $25, adults $10,
12 and younger $5. Adult supervised activities will be offered for children attending the supper with family
from 5:30-6:30 only.
Great Food, Great Cause, Showcasing Vermont and Addison County foods and products alongside the
culinary talents of the Starksboro Conservation Commission.
Fresh turkey, stuffing, gravy, roasted root vegetables, soup, fruit, berry and pumpkin pies homemade by 4
Winds volunteers will be served along with hot and cold beverages
The dinner is hosted annually by the Starksboro Conservation Commission, an advisory body whose mission
is to provide leadership in Starksboro’s efforts to protect its natural and agricultural resources through
education, conservation advocacy, land stewardship, and the Town’s planning process.
The members of the Conservation Commission and Four Winds Nature Institute share a common
goal…striving to improve environmental literacy throughout our community by providing people of all ages with
meaningful opportunities to explore the natural world while learning the creative problem-solving and
citizenship skills needed to protect it.
All proceeds from the Harvest Supper benefit the Four Winds natural science program at Robinson School. A
Moth Hour, hosted by Bobby Stoddard featuring tales of nature will be held in the Town Hall immediately
following the Harvest Supper also as a benefit for Four Winds.
The Starksboro Memory Tree illumination ceremony will be held Monday, December 22nd at
7:00 p.m. A free soup meal with fresh bread and cheese will be served from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the fellowship
hall of the First Baptist Church prior to the lighting of the trees. The church is located in Starksboro village at
2806 VT Route 116; the Memory Trees are located at the front entrance to the church.
In the December Gazette information a form will be provided that can be completed to honor or remember
those you love by purchasing a light for the Memory Trees. All proceeds benefit the work of our volunteer
firefighters.
TWEEN SCENE: The school year is off to a great start with Tween Scenes’ turn out averaging around 27
kids! All Tweens-Teens from 5th grade and up are invited to join your friends every 2nd Friday of the school year
months for an activity night out right here in Starksboro!
Arcade games fill the room from 6 – 6:45 pm and then we make space for some of the wackiest, gooiest, laugh
out loud cooperative games followed by tables full of fresh fruit, veggies and all you can eat pizza buffet.
Tweens then relax as they watch a (p/pg) movie to close the evening down around 9 pm. Always fun and
FREE. Hosted by SFBC. Contact Roberta: [email protected]
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Starksboro Public Library
Hours: Mon. 10-6, Thurs. 10-5, Sat. 9-1
Lisa Daudon, Librarian -- 453-3732 -- [email protected] – starksborolibrary.wordpress.com
The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Automation Update: The process of entering book data into the catalog system is moving forward thanks to
the help of our automation coordinator and volunteers. We are working hard behind the scenes to have the
automation ready for our patrons with a projected “live” date in January. We can’t wait to share all the great
features of our new system with you.
Annual Artisan Craft Fair: This year’s craft fair will be held on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 – 2:00.
Once again, there will be a nice variety of artisans represented and lunch available for shoppers. This is a
fundraiser for the library as well as an opportunity for local artisans to sell their wares.
Preschool Story Time: Every child is welcome to join us for a rollicking story time geared towards our 3-5
year old patrons. We’ll be meeting on Mondays, Nov. 3rd, 17th, 24th and Thursday, November 13th at 10:45 at
the library. We are looking for community members who would like to be occasional readers.
Story Time for Infants & Toddlers : This story time is geared toward the under pre-preschool crowd. There
is time to play and look for books after a short program of stories and songs. Dates this month are Thursdays on
the 6th & 20th at 10:30. No baby is too small to enjoy libraries. Create life-long learners!
Knit/Fiber Arts: We meet on Saturdays, November 8th & 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy visiting with others as
you work on your portable projects. The skill of our group is considerable and help is available if you have
questions. Bring any ideas for fiber arts programs you’d like us consider for the winter months.
Book Group: Join us on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. November’s book choice is The Language of
Flowers: A novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This debut novel weaves past and present to create a vivid portrait
of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to
overcome her own troubled past. All are welcome. Please call or email the library if you’d like a copy.
Bone Builders: at the library Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30. Enjoy the company of others while you keep
your bones strong and healthy at any age. We have all the equipment you need and trained leaders. You will be glad you
did!
Passes still available during the fall and winter months:
 ECHO: This pass provides reduced admission of $4 per person for up to 4 people at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and
Science Center in Burlington. Some special exhibits require an additional admission fee. ECHO is open daily, yearround.
 Vermont Historical Society: Free admission to the VT History Museum and heritage galleries.
Any member of the Starksboro Public Library who is 18 or older and is in good standing can check out these passes. Just
ask at the circulation desk!
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Bringing EMS Education into the 20th Century
Help your community in the role of a volunteer EMT. EMT’s provide lifesaving prehospital
care through their local First Response and Ambulance Squads.
We are offering a blended classroom educational experience from January to May of 2015 in
Bristol, Vermont. Class meets Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00.
There will be a mandatory classroom session on December 15 at 6:00 p.m. Students will require
a computer capable of running Windows 7 or 8 with Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser.
Laptops, tablets and browser capable smartphones are encouraged in the classroom.
A blended classroom is not an online class. It combines teaching methods from both face to
face and online learning in an instructional model that is proving highly effective for all types of
learners.
Contact your local Rescue or First Response Service for details or email [email protected] or
[email protected]
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The GAZETTE is published monthly and mailed to all Starksboro residents. Articles and advertisements must be
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submitted by the 15 of each month to the Town Clerk. If the 15 falls on Fri, Sat, or Sun, than it is due the
following Monday by noon.
COMMUNITY EMAIL GROUP: WWW.FRONTPORCHFORUM.COM
TOWN WEBSITE: www.starksborovt.org
TOWN OFFICE: 453-2639
Open Mon – Thu 8:30 – 4:30
Town Clerk: Cheryl Estey [email protected]
Treasurer: Celine Coon [email protected]
Zoning Administrator: Dave Wetmore [email protected]
(office hours - Mon & Wed 9-4; Thu 1:00 – 4:30)
Del. Tax Collector: Amy McCormick-Tues & Wed @ 453-2639
[email protected]
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER:
Wayne Marcelle – 233-9534
SELECT BOARD
Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 5:30 at Town Office.
Please call at least one week in advance to get on the agenda.
Susan Jefferies – 453-3611
Peter Marsh – 453-3478
Mathew Norris – 453-3273
FIRE WARDENS: Please call ahead for burn permits
Tom Estey – 453-4511 or Tony Porter – 989-5096
CONSTABLES:
Eric Cota – 453-5239
2nd Constable – George Wyckoff – 989-4538
PLANNING COMMISSION: 453-4054
Meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Town Office
Development Review Board meetings 2nd & 4th Thursdays
CONSERVATION COMMISSION: Matt Witten (434-3236 or
[email protected]) or Jan McCleery (453-3755 or
[email protected]). Meetings: 4th Monday @ 7 pm at the
Starksboro Public Library
SCHOOL BOARD
1st Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Robinson Library.
Bonita Bedard – 453-4305
Louis duPont – 453-5538
Dennis Hysko – 453-5960
HEALTH OFFICER: Peter Ryersbach – 453-3597
Mt. Abe: Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 at Mt. Abe Library.
Bonita Bedard – 453-4305
Jodi Bachand – 434-5336
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR: Charlene Phelps
453-3461
LIBRARY: 453-3732
Open Mon 10-6; Thurs 10-5, Sat 9-1
Library Board meetings 2nd Monday @ 7 pm at Library
RECYCLING: 1ST & 3RD Saturdays from 8-11 am at Town Garage,
1686 VT Route 116. Trash fees: $4.50/bag. Recycling fees by quantity.
STARKSBORO VILLAGE WATER COOPERATIVE: 453-5200
Meetings 3rd Wed. of March, June, Sept, and Dec at 7:30 pm
at the Starksboro Public Library
HUB TEEN CENTER & SKATEPARK:
www.bristolskatepark.com
Ryan Krushenick– 453-3678 / [email protected]
REPRESENTATIVES
Michael Fisher – 989-9806 / [email protected]
David Sharpe – 453-2754 / [email protected]
SENATORS
Claire Ayer – 545-2142 / [email protected]
Chris Bray – 453-3444 / [email protected]
NEW POST OFFICE HOURS:
Mon – Fri 7:30 – 4:30
Closed each day 11:30 – 2:30
Saturday – 7:30 – 11:
Note New Food Shelf Hours: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm every Wednesday
(except the first Wed of each month).
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STARKSBORO, VERMONT 05487
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