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By the way for June 4

Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, is also “Make Music Day” across America. Five Town Friends of the Arts in Bristol is coordinating a Make Music Day in Bristol. With so many wonderful music makers in Bristol, organizers are hoping for good participation. Specifically, organizers are looking for folks to play music on their porches or front yards from 1 to 3 p.m. so people can walk by and listen from a safe distance. If you are interested in participating, please email your address to FiveTownFOA@gmail.com.
Here’s some rare, good news about the pandemic — it’s encouraging more people to exercise and hike. But unfortunately, the surge of cars at various trail entrances is creating more opportunities for thieves specializing in vehicle break-ins. One victim took to social media recently to report a car break-in near the at the intersection of Lincoln Gap Road and South Lincoln Road in Lincoln last Thursday afternoon. The culprit smashed a car window and stole a wallet. Make sure to lock your doors and don’t leave any valuables visible in your vehicle.
Just a reminder: Area libraries are returning to a more public posture as the pandemic conditions ease in Vermont. For example, the Ilsley started offering Outside Pickup Service this week. Here’s a link to more information on the service: ilsleypubliclibrary.org/outside-pickup-service. Please check with your local libraries to see if their services are beginning to ramp up.
Mary Hogan Elementary School families are being encouraged to apply for free and reduced school meals, in part to ensure that free meals will continue to be offered during future summers. Eligible families also receive an additional food shopping benefit called “Pandemic-EBT” through 3-Squares VT. Families will receive an EBT card that can be used to buy eligible food items at participating stores and farmers’ markets. The number of students who qualify for free meals also impacts additional funding for Mary Hogan School. Many positions at Mary Hogan as well as events and books are available based on the number of eligible students eligible for free and reduced meals. Applications can be submitted electronically by following this link (and entering 05753 for the zip code) or can be completed by filling out a paper copy of this form and mailing it to ACSD, 49 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT, 05753. If you have questions, please contact Bill Waller, bwaller@acsdvt.org, or 382-1293.
Please consider donating to the Ray Pellegrini scholarships for first-generation Vermonters who go to college. The scholarships are called “Reach for the Stars.” The late Ray Pellegrini was a much-beloved, longtime Addison County educator and former principal of Mount Abraham High School. Typically, a golf tourney is held to help raise money for the fund, but that won’t be possible this year due to the pandemic. Make your check out to VPA (for Vermont Principals’ Association). Write Ray Pellegrini scholarships in the memo. Mail it to: Vermont Principals’ Association, 2 Prospect St., Suite 3, Montpelier, VT, 05602.
MUHS class of 1960, with regrets, is postponing its 60th reunion to July 9, 10 and 11, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event next year will appropriately be called the “60th Plus One Reunion.”

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