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Free Business Workshop on March 12
The Montpelier Development Corp. and Montpelier Alive are sponsoring a free workshop entitled “Steps to Grow Your Business” from 8 to 9:45 am on Tuesday, March 12 in the City Council chambers at Montpelier City Hall.
Workshop leader Gwen Pokalo of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont will help participants identify where their business is in its growth cycle, learn quick and effective ways to grow their business, understand the difference between business planning and strategic planning, and more.
The workshop is the first of several workshops being planned for Montpelier area business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, according to Laura Gebhart, executive director of the Montpelier Development Corp.
While enrollment is free, those interested should register ahead by going to cweonline.org and navigating to the “Courses” section. For more information, email Laura Gebhart at director@mdc-vermont.com.
First In Fitness Likely to Add Pickleball
After hearing from pickleball players, doing some research, and talking to another fitness club that offers pickleball, the owner of the First In Fitness sports club in Berlin is on the verge of trying out the sport in the club’s tennis facility.
“Nothing is set in stone and there is no definitive plan, but I have been talking to some of our members who play pickleball and hearing from others who play, and we are thinking of making a pickleball court available several times a week,” owner Michael Woodfield told The Bridge.
Woodfield said he hopes to get pickleball going at First in Fitness on a trial basis in late February or early March for the rest of the winter. He has some concerns that the noise of pickleball and the additional lines needed on the tennis courts could be disruptive for his members who play tennis, but said he wants to give pickleball a shot.
“Pickleball is a valuable sport,” he said. “If we can accommodate it, it would be good for the club and good for pickleball players.”
Pricing is still being worked out, but First in Fitness tennis members would not have to pay anything extra to play pickleball, he said. Different rates will likely be set for general club members and for non-members who drop in to play, Woodfield said.
Spaulding High School Senior Named to U.S. Senate Youth Program
Spaulding senior Lia Rubel will be one of two students representing Vermont at the U.S. Senate Youth Program March 2–9 in Washington, D.C. She will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship from the Hearst Foundation for undergraduate study, with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs. While in Washington, Rubel will attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, among others. She and the 104 other state winners will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums.
Barre Voters to Decide on Two Contested Council Races
Barre voters will have a choice to make in two of its three City Council races on Town Meeting Day. In Ward 1, Sue Higby faces John Steinman for a two-year seat on the Council while Renita Marshall squares off against Teddy Waszazak in Ward 2. Rich Morey is unopposed in Ward 3. Voters will also decide on a $12.5 million municipal budget with $8.5 million to be raised by taxes. Other money matters include a $2.5 million wastewater improvement bond; $560,000 for TIF district upgrades; and $425,000 for street and sidewalk repairs.