In honor of Arbor Day, the Waterbury Rotary Club, for the 26th year, planted trees at Crossett Brook Middle School and Thatcher Brook Primary School. Most of the trees that have been planted are varieties of maple, and fruit trees at the Crossett Brook Orchard.

The recipients of the three computers our club gave to Harwood High students through our scholarship fund are Nicole Tousignant, Samantha Widschwenter and Ryan Dessureau. Andrew Proteau received the Lise Bornstein-Malter Community Service Award.

This past weekend Rotarians gathered at Rusty Parker Memorial Park to assemble a new playground set that our club purchased. This is the presidential project of the current president, Bill Hannon. New swings, a slide and a couple of interactive games will be ready to be enjoyed at tonight’s Thursday night concert in the park. Thank you to the Town for helping us achieve this.

Can’t forget to mention NQID — Not Quite Independence Day is happening on June 29. The club is busy putting the final touches together for the festival. We are excited to bring children’s entertainment, vendors, yummy food, games, live music, a parade and the grand finale of fireworks to our communities. For the schedule of all events, visit Waterbury Rotary’s Facebook page. With your help, either by volunteering, being in the parade or participating in the festivities, we can make this a big success and enjoyable day in our vibrant village.

Interested in Rotary? Join us Tuesday mornings, except the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:20 a.m. at the senior center on Stowe Street. See who the speaker will be at the meeting and what we have been up to on our Facebook page.

Be the inspiration!

Reusable bag contest

The need to reduce, reuse, and recycle is continually increasing. The oceans and landfills are filled with plastics. Vermont laws are on their way (S.113) to eliminate the use of single-use bags and other plastics in retail stores. The Waterbury Rotary Club is getting involved, and needs your help.

Rotary has received a district grant to create reusable bags. Money from bag sales will be invested back into the community, including continuation of this endeavor.

Your part? Designing a logo for the bag. The theme is Waterbury, Vt.

This community logo design contest will run until June 30. Community voting through social media will be held in July. The winner will be recognized at a Rotary meeting as well as a summer concert in the park. He/she will receive one of these bags filled with goodies, and the design will be framed and hung in the community. One side of the bag will have the Rotary wheel.

The size should be no larger than 6 by 6 inches, with two colors.

Send a PDF of your design to Tami Bass with your name, contact info and an explanation of the design by June 30:

— Tami Bass

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