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Manchester to hold rec path meeting

MANCHESTER — A public input meeting will be held about the proposed recreational path at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 16 in the Activity Room at the Manchester Park House in Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

Recreation trail enthusiasts, including walkers, joggers, cyclists and cross-country skiers, are encouraged to attend this important review session on the scoping study underway to review the 1.7 mile-section of the old Manchester-Dorset-Granville railroad bed.

The recreation path would double the Manchester's multi-use trail system that now runs from Manchester Elementary Middle School to Riley Rink with an additional 1.7 miles to North Road along the old railroad bed through varied forested and cleared landscapes and is of historic significance to the region.

This is the first of three comment and review sessions with others slated for summer and fall, after which the study will be complete.

Dan Peck, of the engineering and environmental services firm VHB Burlington, will review the scoping study process and hear public input.

The study has been commissioned by the town of Manchester as the first step toward potentially applying for grants to fund the project.

The meeting will serve as the Local Concerns Meeting in the project delivery process.

The meeting will allow for public questions and input.

For more information, please contact Pauline Moore, Economic Development Officer, at 802-362-1313 x 7 or p.moore@manchester-vt.gov.

Arlington Memorial to hold open house

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ARLINGTON — Prospective students interested in touring Arlington Memorial High School while visiting with current students and teachers, are encouraged to visit from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.

Students from sending towns with public school choice can meeting with Principal Sarah Merrill and learn about Arlington Memorial High School.

All participants in attendance will be entered in a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

For information and to register email Missy Wilcox at wilcoxmi@bvsu.org or call 802-375-1470.

GMALL to begin 18th summer season

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will begin its summer season by welcoming W. John Kress, curator of botany at the National Museum of Natural History, to talk about Earth in the Age of Humans.

The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room.

Although humans arrived only recently in Earth's timeline, we as a species are driving major changes to the planet's structure and ecosystems. These changes have become so noticeable on a global scale that scientists believe we are living in a new chapter in Earth's story: The Anthropocene, or Age of Humans.

This talk, based on the book of the same title, will contextualize The Anthropocene by looking at the complexity of nature and how interactions among species are being impacted by various human effects on Earth.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

— Journal Staff


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