Lisbon's 250th Anniversary Committee is continuing to put the finishing touches on the community-wide celebration which will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Activities will be held throughout that day at the Lisbon Lions Community Field and will include a pie contest, old-fashioned games, horseshoes, lunch, ice cream social, pot luck dinner, live music, and Revolutionary War re-enactors' encampment. A stamp cancellation will be held at the Lisbon Post Office, and an open house will be held at the Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum and at the Lisbon Historic Railroad Station and Museum with complimentary souvenir train whistles. A commemorative pictorial history will be published by the historical society, a complimentary self-guided walking tour booklet is also being developed in celebration of the milestone, and commemorative pins celebrating Lisbon's 250th are now available. Other events are being planned by different organizations throughout the year. Details will be posted at www.lisbonareahistory.org/lisbon250th as events are finalized. The committee meets the first Monday of the month at the Railroad Station at 5:15 pm, and anyone is welcome to attend. Members present at Monday's meeting:(L-R) Michelle Barton, Rena Woods, Susan Wall, Belinda Bailey, Roger Robar, Bryson Yawger, Joy Yawger. The Bridge Weekly/Andrea M. Fitzgerald
Progress at Northern Skies Observatory
Peacham, VT - David Magnus, president of the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF), announces two changes at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) in Peacham which will advance our goal of helping improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Vermont. The .rst change is a new mount for the main 17" telescope at the Observatory. This powerful, sophisticated, state-of-the-art instrument sat in its early days on a mount that was generously lent to NKAF by Brian Lula
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of Massachusetts. NKAF's new mount was designed and built over a several year period by Astrometric Instruments, Inc., owned by the leader of the NSO technical team, Chris Houghton. The new XMG2 telescope mount was installed with the help of volunteers on the weekend of Jan 26th and has several advantages. It is a variant of a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) design which allows for upgrades to increasingly larger telescopes to be installed over time. Also, all wires and cables run internal to the mount, along with other guiding equip- For more info go to: http://cohase.org/joinbene.shtml or call 802.757.2549
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ment located inside. Early tests confirm that with long duration exposures it tracks very smoothly, showing star images that are perfect circles. The 17" telescope and its mount allow students to see objects billions of light years away, across much of the known universe. Another new event, the hiring of Damon Cawley as half-time Observatory Director, marks an important step for the organization. Damon comes to NSO with a strong background in organizational work with City Year, a leading education national service program in the GREAT REASONS to Join the Cohase Chamber.... YOUR BUSINESS in our Annual full color Area Guide and Map Regional Marketing in FREE Membership Recently the Bath Village School Third Graders received new dictionaries from Bath's Pine Grove Grange #298 with assistance of "The Dictionary Words Have Power Project" Courtesy Photo AmeriCorps network. He joins the team with enthusiasm for NSO programs in outreach and using astronomy to teach STEM. NKAF is excited about how our facility and outreach can be a model strengthening STEM learning, and Damon's work will support that effort. Looking ahead, NKAF is also pleased to announce a public lecture by Dr. Richard Fienberg, former editor of Sky and Telescope, on how astronomy can be used by teachers at all grade levels in the classroom. This talk will be on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 PM at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. The next day Dr. Fienberg will train our docent/teachers from currently affiliated schools in an all day workshop at NSO. Further ahead we are putting together two Space Camp weeks this summer to challenge 20 area students in exploring astronomy with reallife projects utilizing the five telescopes at NSO. 2013 is off to a great start at NSO. Keep up with current events and happenings at www.nkaf.org, and follow us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/nkaf.org and on Twitter at twitter.com/ nkaf1.