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  • Stephen D'Agostino

Four Events In Reading This Last Weekend in April

Updated: Jun 7, 2018

When I was contemplating what to write for this week’s column, I realized that over the course of the month, I’ve talked a lot about events that are happening this coming weekend, the last one in April. I also realized that like all these events backloaded at the end of the month, the weather we associate with spring has been as well.

Finally, I can see my grass again. It’s happened before this winter, but I think the retreat of the snow this time is permanent. Finally, I have been putting my seedlings outside to enjoy some real sunlight, not the facsimile created by grow lights. Finally, the pond I see out my office window is free of ice. Finally, we’ve had a string of days that are over 50 degrees, with some of those reaching into the 60s. Finally, spring is here.

One possible benefit of this delayed spring is—and I could be wrong—I think we are passed mud season. These few days of warmer weather have created a few slick spots, but my road has not approached the battlefield-like state of late February. If I had been given the opportunity to choose between a rough mud season and a more springy spring, I would have chosen the latter, no doubt.

Normal spring weather, of course, shouldn’t be newsworthy, and it’s not the reason why I’m sitting at my computer. Let’s get back to this busy weekend’s events. Here are some brief reminders.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive happens on April 27 from noon to 5pm at the Reading Fire and Rescue station. You can learn more by contacting Lanie Wadelton at

Game Night happens from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on April 27 at the Reading Public Library. This fun-filled event is sponsored by the Reading Recreation Commission and the Reading Public Library.

The library program, in which kids will be honoring a bygone Reading tradition by making paper flowers they can give to family and neighbors, happens at the library on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am.

Finally, the PTO Community Soup Supper happens on Sunday, April 29 from 4pm to 6pm at the Reading Elementary School. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for families.

Just because April comes to a close next week, it doesn’t mean that the events in town also stop. In fact, they just keep coming!

I heard it through the grapevine that at the RES concert, happening on May 3 at 6pm, the talented RES musicians will be performing songs of the Motown era. It’s actually not a rumor. It’s true. I’m looking forward to attending!

Here’s a spring-themed event happening in Reading and statewide—Green Up Day. If you need a refresher on what this is, the annual event occurs on the first Saturday of May. In the case of 2018, that is May 5. In its 48th year, the mission of Green Up Day is to “promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment.”

Specifically, the goal of Green Up Day is to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces. You can do your part by cleaning up in the area surrounding your home. The website for the event ( reminds you to not touch needles and hazardous waste. It also implores you to be “tick smart.”

To lend to the sense of community to the event, there will be a potluck lunch at Town Hall at noon for those folks who are greening up.

Also in the early part of May, May 10 to be exact, applications are due for the Paul Robbins Community Service Scholarship.

As has been true every year since 2006, the award is available to one graduating senior. In case you don’t know, Mr. Robbins was a sports journalist who was published in many skiing magazines and the Boston Globe. Though he was a resident of Weathersfield, he did work with the kids in Reading, including with the town’s baseball team. He also served on the Recreation League.

To apply for this $500 scholarship, you can pick up an application at the Town Office, at the Woodstock High School guidance office, or on the Reading website:

Finally, don’t forget, you can still get tickets for the PTO’s CSA share raffle. They are available from RES students, at the Soup Supper, and at the concert. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Proceeds go to the PTO, and $1 of each ticket sale goes to the Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf.

Happy Birthday to Virginia Springer (April 27), Ethan Ameele (April 27), Sylvia Ledoux (April 28), Nathaniel Jenne II (April 28), Mikaya Springer (April 28), and Sherry Leonard (May 1).

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