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Heard on the Street: 11.20.14

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Stars Come Out for Lost Nation Theater in ‘LNT-Aid’

Come to a show with mega-talented and fun artists doing remarkable things to raise funds for Lost Nation Theater. Expect an evening of great tunes, great laughs, and great storytelling! LNT-Aid stars David Budbill, Patti Casey, Rusty DeWees, Jon Gailmor, Colin McCaffrey and George Woodard in concert. Cash bar. Cost: $25. When: Thursday, Nov, 20 at 7:30 p.m. Where: City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Contact: 802-229-0492 or www.lostnationtheater.org.

Rusty DeWees, who’s known Kim Bent for years says, “Known Lost Nation Theater’s Kim and Kathleen since 87 …  that’s 28 years. 28 years: Long time to know someone. Long time to operate a business. A lifetime if the business is Show. To know LNT produces the quantity with quality of theater they do, still, is to know Kim, Kathleen, and LNT are rare as miracles.”

 

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Speak

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Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will discuss identity and belonging in a talk at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. His talk, “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Blanco read at President Obama’s second inauguration, the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor — and the youngest. In his talk, Blanco will examine cultural identity and the essence of place and belonging.

Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his three collections of poetry: City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel.

 

Hunger Mountain Coop Awards $8,250 in Grants to Local Organizations

Hunger Mountain Coop has announced the recipients of its 2014 Cooperative Community Fund grants, which total $8,250.  The recipients include Adamant Cooperative, Capstone Community Action, Farm of Milk and Honey, Good Heart Farmstead, Onion River Exchange, Randolph Elementary School, ReSource, and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The co-op awards grants annually to local businesses, organizations and initiatives that are doing work to enrich the community and further the co-op’s mission of building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems and thriving commerce. “The Cooperative Community Fund is another way for our co-op to work together to further our collective vision of a more healthy and sustainable community,” said General Manager Kari Bradley. The grants will support a variety of innovative projects such as ReSource’s plan to teach students carpentry skills building greenhouses thereby helping Vermonters extend the growing season.

 

East Montpelier Resident’s Team Places Fourth in National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team won fourth place at a national event earlier this month. Vermont team members, including Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier; Tara Collins, Fairlee; Ben Maille, Shelburne, and Andrew Seward, East Wallingford, were selected at the competition sponsored by University of Vermont Extension earlier this year. The coaches were 4-H volunteers Sara Kirby, East Montpelier; and Kaitlin Benoit, Montgomery Center.

The four-member team competed Nov. 7-8 at the 35th annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky. The event, which attracted 14 teams from across the country, was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

To learn more about the 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or 800-571-0668, ext. 2.

The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team. Back row (from left): Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Ben Maille, Shelburne; Tara Collins, Fairlee. Front row (from left): Sara Kirby, East Montpelier (coach); and Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)
The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team. Back row (from left): Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Ben Maille, Shelburne; Tara Collins, Fairlee. Front row (from left): Sara Kirby, East Montpelier (coach); and Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)