Excitement Builds For Back-To-School

MONTPELIER — Willa Hart, accompanied by her mother, spoke with The Bridge about returning to school. Hart was on the lawn of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. She said, “I am excited” about returning to the Union Elementary school. Excited about what? “Meeting my new fourth-grade teacher,” she said with a big smile. Hart is also looking forward to seeing her school librarian Mrs. Frey. Hart likes to read mysteries. She is now reading “A to Z Mysteries,” a series by author Ron Roy. She is on “J.”

Hart also likes sports. She is in tennis camp and plans to continue playing tennis at school. Her favorite Olympic sport to watch is gymnastics, and her favorite school class is p.e., taught by M.J. M.J. has taught Hart and others a fun game called “volcano,” in which gymnastics mats are stacked up like a volcano, and students toss a ball into the middle of the tower.


Little Art Program Ongoing At Berlin Mall

BERLIN — Throughout this summer at the Berlin Mall, kids are enjoying free hands-on art sessions every Saturday, through September 3.

Under the supervision of Tina Logan, a highly regarded art educator who has been a K–8 art teacher in Vermont’s public schools for 29 years, and her husband Todd, an artist and graphic designer, children paint, draw, make collages and celebrate expression through art.

There are two blocks of sessions — 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. — and kids can come and go as they wish during these times. Participation in Little Art is absolutely free, on a first-come first-served basis. Children ages five to 11 should be accompanied by parents or guardians, who are free to join in making art as a family.

Visitors to the mall are also encouraged to take in the Big Art exhibit, featuring the stunning works of 16 fine artists adorning Berlin Mall’s sizable windows, offering an arresting indoor/outdoor gallery experience for people of all ages.

Little Art is a wonderful gift from Berlin Mall to the children and families of our community,” says Tina Logan, lead instructor.

The owners of the Berlin Mall have big plans for the mall. “Our vision is to create a vibrant town center where people of all ages live, work and play in a way that embraces community and celebrates life in Central Vermont,” offers Michael Rushman, resident of Cabot and consultant to the mall owners. The Little Art kids program and Big Art exhibit are great examples of how a town center concept brings people of all ages together, and is a glimpse of big things to come at Berlin Mall,” adds Rushman.


Grand Opening of Downstreet Apartments Celebrated

BARRE — On August 4, Senator Leahy joined public officials, residents and staff from Downstreet Housing & Community Development to celebrate the official opening of a new office, community space and 27 units of affordable housing known as Downstreet Apartments.

The ceremony included the unveiling of a new granite sculpture, designed and created by Barre artist George Kurjanowicz, in the green space surrounding the new building.

The building is located in downtown Barre at 22 Keith Ave.


Barre City Issues Water Conservation Notice

BARRE CITY — Barre City Manager Steve Mackenzie has issued a water conservation notice. Due to the extended period of very dry weather over the summer, and the near term forecast for limited precipitation, the water level and stored reserve in the city’s Dix Reservoir has dropped significantly. As a precautionary measure, all customers of the Barre City Water System, including those in Barre Town, are urged to reduce water use as much as possible until further notice. It is anticipated this conservation notice will be in effect for the next 30 days unless otherwise modified.

“We are not at a drought stage yet, we are getting ahead of this … We are at the voluntary conservation line, the goal is to keep it from getting to the official drought line,” said Nick Landry, executive assistant to city manager, by phone to The Bridge. Landry recommends ways to conserve water include eliminating activities like washing cars, watering lawns and any nonessential uses.”


Following A Rash of Break-Ins: Villagers Warned ‘Lock Your Doors’

PLAINFIELD — Selectboard Chair Bram Towbin has warned residents to raise their guard against a rash of thefts. “We’ve had a series of car break-ins in the village,” he said during the August 8 select board meeting. “Please keep your cars locked.” Towbin went on to report there was also a break-in at the co-op that may have been related to low-level drug crime. An alarm repelled the would-be burglar. “It is a good idea to lock your doors, be aware and so forth,” Towbin warned.

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