• Putting down some taproots
    Darren Marcy | June 20,2014
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    If you haven’t heard already, Castleton resident Martha Molnar has written a book that has people talking.

    “Taproot: Coming Home to Prairie Hill,” is a book of essays about Molnar’s childhood memories and how she and her husband made their way to Vermont where they have put down roots.

    Along the way, there are childhood memories of the Holocaust, living a nomadic life on three continents with different languages by the time she was 13 and landed in New York.

    The book weaves observations of nature with descriptions of the process of moving to Vermont and building a home on a hill.

    She shares stories of being a flatlander while becoming deeply involved in the Castleton community.

    Molnar has written for The New York Times and other publications and is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio.

    From 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Molnar will discuss her book at a wine reception in the Fox Room at the Rutland Public Library.

    For more information, log on to www.marthalebmolnar.com or www.verdantbooks.com.

    Cracker barrel

    The Fair Haven town manager and chief of police will hold a cracker-barrel discussion Tuesday for town residents to share opinions, ask questions, discuss an issue or whatever else might be on their mind.

    Town Manager Herb Durfee said he’s interested in hearing from anyone with a concern, or wondering about where to get more information, or questions about why something is done the way it is.

    Questions about the proposed town budget that will be voted on for the third time July 15 are encouraged.

    Durfee said the cracker-barrel discussion is a more traditional, different way of conversing with residents and hearing their concerns and opinions.

    Police Chief Bill Humphries will also attend the sessions to answer questions about police in Fair Haven or hear suggestions and comments.

    The setting is open and informal, kind of a neighborly chat in the park.

    Two sessions are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Fair Haven Park gazebo.

    If it rains, the discussions will be moved to Wednesday at the same time.

    Mach’s Fest

    Efforts to revive Mach’s General Store in Pawlet are ongoing.

    Store shelves are slowly refilling, the big cooler will have a new compressor soon, and volunteer efforts have been ongoing.

    A total of about $16,000 has been raised with the most recent effort being a sold-out Rusty DeWees performance and the launching of a silent auction that will be at the store until Mach’s Fest, which will be June 28.

    The event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pawlet Village Center and promises tons of fun, food, music and activities for the entire family.

    If weather is bad, the event will be moved to June 29.

    Westside market

    Beginning June 25, West Rutland will have its own farmers market.

    The market will be held 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday though Oct. 1.

    Anyone interested in participating should call Kim Obaid at 438-2263, or kobaid@westrutlandtown.com

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