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One daughter, Béatrice Joséphine Fournier-St. Pierre, was born December 21, 2021 at Copley Hospital, to Kara Fournier and Michael St. Pierre, Hyde Park.


The band is backBARRE CITY – The Barre City Elementary and Middle School Middle School Group has reopened. Students in the group were given special masks that they can wear while playing their instruments. Until this equipment could be ordered, students had to go outside to practice their instruments during school hours, which was not a long-term solution, due to the cold and other discomforts. felt while playing outside. This equipment is certainly necessary to keep the group going, as having to go out in the cold to play would discourage many people from joining the group. Thanks to Professor Morgan Osinaga, who also conducts the school orchestra, BCEMS students have everything they need to play an instrument.

Create chatbotsBURLINGTON – Grades 5 to 12 students can create their own personalized chatbot with a free online course offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from February 3 to March 10, 2022. The Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the first session. All lessons will be captioned live.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Ohio 4-H have teamed up to offer this 4-H World Changers – Learn to Code course, designed to introduce middle school and high school students to coding. Registration in 4-H is not compulsory. Visit to register by February 1.

Poetry competitionPOULTNEY – The Sarah Mook poetry competition for students begins. The cash rewards are $ 100 for first prize, $ 50 for second prize and $ 25 for third prize in each of the four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9- 12. Send entries by March 31, 2002 to: Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, 896 Ferncliff Road, Poultney, VT 05764. Winners will be announced at the end of May.

An optional donation of $ 5 payable to the Sarah Mook Outreach Fund, will be given to the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF).

Visit for more information.


Colgate University’s Spring 2021 Academic Honors include Eleanor Frost, of Tunbridge, who won the Dean’s Award with Distinction, and Alexandra Davis, of Waitsfield, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.


Car donationMONTPELIER – James Waterman, of Montpellier, received a 2007 Toyota Prius from the Burlington-based non-profit Good News Garage through a partnership with the state’s Reach Up agency. Good News Garage was founded in Vermont in 1996 as one of the nation’s first charitable car donation programs. Since then, he has helped car donors donate more than 5,500 vehicles to neighbors in need. Visit for more information or to donate.


Ice fishingThe Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of free ice fishing clinics for anyone interested in learning more about the latest proven ice fishing techniques. Each clinic will last from two and a half to three hours, and exact location details will be provided when registering people for the event. Topics covered include ice safety, hole drilling, equipment and techniques, regulations and different techniques for different fish. Pre-registration is required at online. For more information, email [email protected] or call (802) 505-5562.

VTF & W 2022 Ice Fishing Clinics:

Danville – 4 p.m. Friday January 7, Introduction to Smelt Fishing at Joe’s Pond Fishing Access.

Bennington – 8:30 a.m. Saturday January 8 Introductory Ice Fishing at Lake Paran Fishing Access.

Poultney – 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 21, trout clinic at the Lac Sainte-Catherine State Park boat launch.

Orwell – 9 a.m. on Saturday January 22, introduction to ice fishing at the Singing Cedar Fishing Access.

Brattleboro – 9 a.m. Saturday, February 26, introduction to ice fishing at Retreat Meadows Fishing Access.

Agricultural work

Finding and retaining a good workforce is one of the biggest challenges facing beginning farmers. To help these farmers successfully recruit and manage employees, the University of Vermont (UVM) New Farmer Project Extension, in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the Center for Agricultural Systems of the University of Wisconsin, will organize a series of online workshops from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting January 11, 2022. The February 1 session will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The fee for each two-part workshop in the 2022 Farm Work Scorecard Workshop Series is $ 35. Visit for more information, workshop schedule and to register.

Grazing conferenceThe 26th Annual Vermont Grazing and Raising Conference will be held virtually January 20-22 from 10 am to 3:30 pm The topics “Grazing as the Roots of a Thriving Community and a Healthy World” are specific to pasture-based cattle ranching in the North East and social sustainability. It is co-organized by the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) and the University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture (UVM). Registration is $ 20 for VGFA members (up to six tickets per farm) and on a sliding scale up to $ 40 for non-members. Visit to register or view the agenda.

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