Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 3 p.m. at 117 Main St. Whiting Library celebrates National Foster Care Month with a special family story hour. This event combines the library’s usual monthly kid’s book clubs to focus on learning about foster care, adoption, and family differences. Youth Services Librarian, Carrie King, will do a read aloud from books that engage kids and get them learning about foster care. The library will have a collection of relevant books available for check out about foster care and adoption. Books help children better understand different families, so that children in foster care aren’t left out or secluded for their differences or traumas. Special guest Michelle Springer-Blake, a Recruitment and Retention Specialist for the Department for Children and Families, will join the group to discuss how attendees can support foster care in Vermont. Springer-Blake encourages all families in the community to come and learn about foster care at the library, “I think if we can collaborate and share the love of reading, children, and families, together we can make a difference in our world a little at a time!” Everyone who loves story time will enjoy this event, and Springer-Blake will be on hand to answer questions for those who want to know more about becoming involved in foster care.
April 25, 2022 Dear Voters of Windsor District 3-1, After much consideration, I have made the difficult decision not to seek re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives. Serving in the State Legislature and representing my constituents from the towns of Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield for the past 6 years has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I am deeply grateful for the confidence which you have placed in me.
As you may be aware, Mariette and I have been in the process of moving to Colchester to be close to family, while still maintaining a residence here in Chester. While I have chosen not to seek re-election, I will continue to serve you as your representative in the remaining months of my term.
I am proud of the work done while serving 6 years in the legislature. My focus has always been improving the lives of Vermont's families and helping rural economies and communities thrive; committed to a Vermont that works for all of us.
To continue this commitment, it gives me great pleasure to enthusiastically endorse Heather Chase as my successor. I have known Heather for many years; we served together as members on the Chester Selectboard. I know her to be conscientious, caring and hard working in dealing with the demands of public office. Her involvement in the community as Selectboard Vice Chair has provided her with the knowledge and experience necessary to represent our interests in Montpelier.
As a small business owner, she understands the struggles that face small businesses and can work toward promoting sustainable, economic growth in our communities. She will work toward promoting jobs and fair wages to make Vermont more attractive and affordable to young families. Redistricting has placed Chester along with Grafton, Athens and Windham in a new district. I hope you will join me in voting for Heather Chase for State Representative representing this new Windsor/Windham district. Again, thank you to all who have supported me. Yours truly, Representative Thomas Bock email@example.com
Chester, VT- Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 117 Main St. Whiting Library will be throwing our 3rd annual Green Up Day celebration. Fun for all ages! You can make a difference to the environment and in our community by volunteering to pick up roadside litter. Come to the library on this day to get an official green bag to collect trash, plant or pick up seeds, and get some books. Our local Green Up Day is organized by the Chester Conservation Committee. Bags are also available at Town Hall, Erskines, and Chester Hardware and can be disposed of in the dumpster at the Chester Town Garage.
At our Green Up Day celebration, the library will have a seed planting workstation, with all the supplies and knowledge you need to plant your own sunflower seeds. The community seed library, sponsored by Mountain Valley Climate Action, is also freshly stocked! There is a wide variety of seeds packets available for you to take home and plant. You can also bring extra seeds from your garden to exchange. Whiting Library is thrilled that the MVCA seed library is available year-round for all our local gardeners.
A selection of books from the library’s basement book sale will also be outside for sale by donation at this May 7th event. The book sale room is overflowing so please come support the library by shopping! All donations go towards buying new materials and supplies for the library. We are looking forward to seeing you at the library for Green Up Day! Remember to stay safe when collecting trash: wear bright colors, bring a friend, watch out for sharps, be COVID cautious, and do a tick check. Thank you for brightening up our town!
Green Up Vermont’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the health, economic, and visual benefits of a litter-free environment year-round.
The Green Up Vermont Mentor Program, open to Vermont Students grades 9-12, is designed to help develop leadership skills while actively engaging students in civic volunteerism and taking care of our environment with a focus on Green Up Day.
The Green Up Vermont Executive Director pairs interested students (mentees) with Green Up Day Volunteer Town Coordinators in their common towns that have voiced an interest in being mentors. Green Up Vermont Mentor Program objectives are to:
• Create connected relationships between coordinators and youth in their towns • Build awareness and stewardship for clean, healthy environments • Promote civic engagement and volunteerism that helps their hometown • Extend knowledge and the traditions of Green Up Day • Build pride and commitment in taking care of Vermont • Add youth perspective and ideas to keep Green Up Day vibrant for generations to come • Have Mentees assist our Volunteer Town Coordinator Mentors in ways that are helpful and rewarding. Please see here for the details and information- GUV Mentor Program