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Published: May 27, 2010

BARRE TOWN – Mother Nature delivered for Revell Allen's students at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School on Saturday, but fortunately Allen's daughter – Fairfax resident Lori Miller – didn't.

Or did she?

You decide.

Allen's eyes may have been on the skies heading into Saturday's "Family Fun Day" – a charitable event organized by seventh- and eighth-graders in her problem solving through literature class – but her ears were waiting for a call from her very pregnant daughter.

Allen tells us that call eventually came (more on that in a moment), but not until after her class had closed the books on a potentially record-setting event that, despite a morning sprinkle and the threat of showers, was bolstered by fair weather most of the afternoon.

According to Allen, more than 500 folks attended the event and with just one bill left to pay and proceeds from the sale of snacks still rolling in, the class has already raised more than $2,700 for the Vermont Foodbank and may yet hit its $3,000 target.

"They're working on it," she says, thanking the multitude of area businesses that contributed to the cause.

Although Allen's students got to head for home after staffing the assortment of games and activities they organized on Saturday, Allen got to head for Fairfax.

Turns out Miller called and summoned her mother at the end of the day to tell her that her newest grandchild was on the way.

Allen responded and at 3 a.m. Sunday – less than 12 hours after Family Fun Day ended – her grandson, Colin, was born.

"It was a long weekend," says Allen, who spent part of it supervising a day of family friendly activities and the rest of it riding herd on her 22-month-old granddaughter, Leah, and admiring the newest addition to her family.

"It worked out perfectly," she says.



'Royal' recruit?

BARRE – Folks in Barre are buzzing about the "princess" who will participate in Monday's Memorial Day parade.

OK. She's not a real princess, but we're told Williamstown's Taylor Clark will be the closest thing there is to royalty in a parade that steps off from the Barre Municipal Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

Clark, a member of the Barre American Legion's Junior Auxiliary, has been recruited to serve as this year's "Poppy Princess" and we're told she'll be accepting donations and handing out poppies that parade watchers might want to wear in honor of veterans who died serving their country.

It wasn't Clark's idea. Credit goes to Patricia McGrath, a member of the Legion's Ladies' Auxiliary, who liked the idea of a "Poppy Princess" and thought Clark, whose grandfather, Ronald Howe of Williamstown, is a member of Post #10, would be the perfect ambassador.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #790 will all be distributing poppies during Monday's parade that will end at City Hall Park where it will be immediately followed by a brief ceremony honoring veterans.

Members of the Legion, the VFW and the local Elks Lodge will also be distributing miniature American flags during a parade that will feature marching bands from Barre, Barre Town and Spaulding High Schools and a "princess" from Williamstown.



Better late?

WILLIAMSTOWN – For the last several years folks in Williamstown have made a bigger deal out of Memorial Day than most surrounding communities. Beyond just a parade and a brief ceremony (though there are both of those), it has become something of a community celebration, which is typically held the Saturday before Memorial Day.

It will be again this year, though we're told officials have tweaked the format in hopes of creating a more seamless experience between the parade that kicks off the event and the fireworks display that signals it is coming to a close.

The solution that they'll be experimenting with this year is abandoning the early afternoon parade in favor of one that steps off at 5 p.m. The parade down Main Street will still feature the traditional laying of the wreath at the local war memorial and end at the recreation field across from the Pump N Pantry.

Food vendors will be set up on the field, where there will be entertainment and other activities to keep folks occupied until the fireworks display at dusk.



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