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Colchester student raises money for clean water around the world

): Zumba instructor Hannah Deene Wood stands with Kayli Carlson of Colchester on Oct. 8 during a Zumbathon at The Schoolhouse in South Burlington that Carlson organized to benefit the For One Another Foundation. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

): Zumba instructor Hannah Deene Wood stands with Kayli Carlson of Colchester on Oct. 8 during a Zumbathon at The Schoolhouse in South Burlington that Carlson organized to benefit the For One Another Foundation.
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On Oct. 8, The Schoolhouse gym was rocking and rolling with parents, staff and students in a Zumbathon that raised money for the For One Another Foundation. Kayli Carlson, of Colchester, a sixth grader at The Schoolhouse in South Burlingtn, single-handedly organized the event, finding an instructor, creating and hanging posters, brainstorming other fundraising ideas and posting (with help from her mom) on Facebook.

“I go to Zumba class with my mom,” Carlson explained, “and I thought this would be fun to do. I wanted people to have fun and, at the same time, to raise awareness about the FOA foundation.” Amy Carlson, the student’s mother, declared herself a mere “chauffeur and internet conduit” for her daughter’s ideas. “Kayli really did it all,” she crowed.

Zumba instructor Hannah Deene Wood volunteered her time to teach the class and, according to Carlson, “helped a lot with ideas.” When asked how she became aware of the work of FOA, Carlson explained that her dad and his friends, Gene and Julie Richards, are involved with the group and exposed her to its important work.

FOA’s primary purpose is to provide clean, safe drinking water solutions and to raise the standards of living for all. The Foundation has projects around the world, including in Ecuador, Haiti and Uganda and specializes in bringing water filtration systems to orphanages, clinics, schools and small communities. According to Carlson, the money she raised will be used to pay for water filters and sand dams that will provide clean drinking water to those unable to access it otherwise (or who would have to walk long distances to do so).

The Zumbathon wasn’t the first time Carlson raised money for FOA. For her 10th birthday, she raised $152 by asking for contributions in lieu of birthday gifts. As Carlson said, “It doesn’t take much – only $50 – to give a family a water filter.” And Carlson’s efforts have provided at least 10 families with filters – the fundraiser has brought in over $500 and more contributions are coming.

Sock Drive to support Vermont’s homeless

In an effort to support Vermont’s homeless population this winter, Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel is holding a sock drive now through Christmas.

Socks are being collected at Lenny’s four stores and will be donated to adults, children and babies served by COTS at Christmas-time.

The sock drive is the result of a joint effort between Lenny’s and Zoe Lawrence, a CCV student from Central Vermont.

“A few years ago, I read a shocking statistic: The number one under-donated item at clothing drives are socks,” said Lawrence. “This is an item many people take for granted, as most of us have a drawer full of them. Wearing out quickly, especially through long Vermont winters; new socks are crucial.”

About COTS: The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. Learn more at www.cotsonline.org

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Donate tires for Wheels for Warmth sale

Dick Mazza’s General Store open as location for drop-offs on Friday

Phil Scott is asking Vermonters to spare those tires no longer in use by donating them to the tenth annual Wheels for Warmth tire recycle and resale event.

Established by Phil Scott in 2005, Wheels for Warmth’s three goals are to:

  • Raise funds for emergency fuel assistance;
  • Create a resource of DMV-inspected tires that are deemed safe for at least one season of use, for sale at no more than $25 per tire;
  • Reduce the number of tires being discarded in rivers and along the roadside, by providing a convenient, inexpensive way to dispose of unwanted tires.

In nine years, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $213,000 for emergency fuel assistance, sold more than 11,000 safe, donated tires and recycled almost 18,000 unsafe, unusable tires.

Tires will be collected through Friday, Oct. 17, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dick Mazza’s General Store, 777 West Lakeshore Drive in Colchester, as well as the following locations:
Bond Auto, 590 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury

  • Bond Auto, 141 Strongs Ave, Rutland
  • Bond Auto, 417 Lower Plain, Bradford
  • Bond Auto, 413 Main Street, Enosburg Falls
  • Bond Auto, 358 VT Route 7, South Milton
  • Vianor Tire, 3588 Route 5, Derby
  • 375 River Street, Montpelier
  • 275 Munson Ave, Morrisville
  • 133 Strongs Ave, Rutland
  • 1836 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury
  • 78 Chester Road, Springfield
  • 1298 South Brownell Road, Williston
  • Village Grocery, 4348 Main St., Waitsfield

PLEASE NOTE: DMV inspectors are not available at these sites, so all tires require a $4 fee,

Tires will also be accepted on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Road, Middlesex
  • Casella Waste Management, 220 Avenue B, Williston

At these sites, DMV inspectors will check tires to determine if they can be re-sold (safe for at least one more season). If tires can be sold, donor pays nothing and may include their value as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. Tires that can’t be sold may be recycled at $4 per tire.

The tire sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:

  • DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Rd., Middlesex

Tires can also be dropped off during this time.

Learn more at www.wheelsforwarmth.com.

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Colchester Milton Rotary Club helps sponsor Operation Polar Express

Donations still needed

Polar ExpressIn the fall of 2010, following a presentation from the Vermont Air National Guard Family Readiness, the Colchester Milton Rotary Club committed to send the children of deployed National Guard families on a memorable trip aboard the Polar Express. This annual fundraiser of the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation begins in the Wing Building lobby at the bottom of King Street in Burlington where they prepare for a ride to the “North Pole.” During the ride, hot cocoa and cookies are served by chefs, while conductors lead a Christmas carol sing along. Upon reaching the “North Pole”, children leave the train, passing through a sea of elves, as they enter Union Station. Santa appears and invites the children to join him on the main floor of Union Station. He gives each child a bell from his sleigh upon exiting the building.

In the past four years, over 600 National Guards families have been able to participate, and now in the final year, Rotary is sending those who have not yet had a chance to take this trip of a lifetime. The community support for this event has been tremendous, and Rotary encourages community members to make a donation to support our Guard members. Tom Raub and Rose Marie Ryea of the Colchester Milton Rotary Club are spearheading this year’s fundraising efforts. The club is reaching out to all Vermonters to contribute whatever they can toward the cost of tickets, which, this year will be over $5,000. Donations can be made by mail (check made out to Colchester-Milton Rotary Club) to PO Box 82, Colchester, VT 05446.

The Rotary Club of Colchester-Milton, a local club of Rotary International is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club is active locally in sponsoring scholarships to students of Colchester and Milton, supporting youth sports activities, supporting youth organizations, and in donations to international Children’s Funds, and other humanitarian organizations. For more information on Rotary go to the website at www.cmrotary.org.

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Take a time out for turtles: Volunteers needed for nesting beach clean up day

The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Oct. 25, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help. Participants are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 and 11 a.m.

Volunteers will pull up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare turtle nesting sites for next year. They may also find a few hatchlings that occasionally remain in nests underground this late in the year. In addition to threatened spiny softshell turtles, these nest sites are also used by map turtles, painted turtles, and snapping turtles.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to help with spiny softshell turtle nesting beaches on Saturday, October 25 at North Hero State Park.  TOM ROGERS | VT FISH & WILDLIFE

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to help with spiny softshell turtle nesting beaches on Saturday, October 25 at North Hero State Park.
TOM ROGERS | VT FISH & WILDLIFE

Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Parren will have hatchling spiny softshell turtles on hand and will talk about his long-term recovery efforts with the species. Some hatchling turtles will be raised in captivity by the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center while they are small and most vulnerable to predation. They will be released back into Lake Champlain next spring.

“This is a great way to help conserve a threatened species right here in Vermont,” said Parren. “It’s also a fun way to learn more about the turtles and to see some recently hatched baby turtles.”

Participants are asked to dress in layers of warm clothes and to bring work gloves, a leaf rake, short-handled tools such as trowels, and their own lunch. Families and kids are welcome. The cleanup may run until 4 p.m., although participants can choose how long to assist.

“Last year we had nearly 50 participants, so we’re anticipating a strong turnout again this year,” said Parren.

To get to North Hero State Park, follow Route 2 north past Carry Bay in North Hero. Take a right on Lakeview Drive, just before Route 2 swings west toward Alburg. Follow Lakeview almost to the end until you reach the North Hero State Park entrance sign on the left. Drive to the end of the road always bearing right.

For more information, contact Eric Lazarus at 802-658-8505 or ericlazarus@myfairpoint.net.