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Ice shanties must be removed before ice weakens
Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties must be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unsafe or ice loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March (the 30th this year), whichever comes first.
The same Vermont law requires the name and address of the owner to be on the ice shanty.
“Ice conditions can deteriorate quickly with warmer weather, so we urge owners of shanties to get them off the lakes while it is still safe to be on the ice,” said State Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt. “The law exists to help ensure that shanties don’t become a boating hazard and create debris that will wash up on shore.”
The fine for leaving your ice-fishing shanty on the ice can be up to $1,000, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas.
Fish & Wildlife looks for ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors
The Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to pass on the tradition of fishing to the next generation of Vermonters. The department will be hosting two one-day training workshops for ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors on March 29, at the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, and on April 5, at Fish & Wildlife’s regional office in Essex Junction.
Instructors in the ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ program organize and instruct clinics in their communities for young people and their families. Participants in the training workshops will learn how to teach a fishing clinic, in addition to learning about fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, habitat conservation and tackle craft. Classes are informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor.
“Get involved and get our youth outdoors! The life you change might just be your own,” urges James Ehlers, Executive Director of Lake Champlain International.
There is no charge for the training and all curriculum materials and lunch will be provided. The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and you must be 18 to participate. Register online at www.mychamplain.net/letsgofishing or by email at email@example.com. The deadline to register is March 14.
CMS students perform in the District III Music Festival
These Colchester Middle School students were selected to perform in the District III Music Festival held o
n Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Burlington High School. The students participated in the chorus and band ensembles and worked with guest conductors and other seventh- and eighth-grade students from the schools in the surrounding area.
Pictured from top left to bottom right: Claire Cameron, Renee Brouillette, Brady Wilkins, Kristian Labrie, Jerome Trudeau, Morgan Eaton, Nathan Colgrove, Emily White, Chloe Echo, Rebecca Mier, Kaylyn Morse, Elysia Way, Thomas Colgrove, Ethan
Goedken, Natalee Garen, Nora Peterson, Myla Jacobs, Betty Faul-Welfare and Kaitlyn Small.
More Music News…
First-ever district wide choral concert March 7
March music calendar full of opportunities to see CSD music students perform
March is a busy month for the Colchester School District’s music programs.
Colchester residents have the opportunity to hear performances from all the CSD choral groups at the upcoming District Choral Concert on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Colchester High School gymnasium. This is the first time all the choral programs from the school district have performed in one venue.
This free event will feature performances by the Malletts Bay School, Colchester Middle School and the Colchester High School choral groups (including the CHS men’s ensemble, the first all-male chorus group at the school). This event provides a great demonstration of our students’ skills and talents as well as the progression and range of the district’s choral programs.
Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) will be selling $5 raffle tickets for an autographed Grace Potter CD. A winner will be drawn after 100 raffle tickets are sold. Additional raffle tickets may be sold at the upcoming CSD Band Concert if necessary. FCM will also hold a 50/50 cash raffle at the choral event and Colchester Music car magnets will be available for $5 each. Proceeds will help provide donations of instruments, materials, scholarships and music education programs to all of our schools in Colchester. LCATV will record the concert and DVD order forms will be available at the event. DVDs can be ordered for $5 each.
Other CSD music events scheduled for March:
Colchester High School Choral Concert on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the CHS theatre.
CSD Band Concert on March 15 at 11 a.m. in the CHS gymnasium, featuring performances by all the school district bands (MBS, CMS and CHS)
CHS Spring Band Concert on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the CHS theatre
For more information visit www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.