On Thursday March 30, 2023, the fifth-grade students of Mapleton Elementary School rocked out as they performed the annual fifth-grade musical, “Geology Rocks 2023.”
The premise of the play was the disappearance of Professor Rock. The 33 students in the play searched for the professor by visiting the mountains and their tectonic plates, the valleys, the volcanoes, the deep center of the earth, the mines for mineral and metal deposits, the rocks and the ferns.
As they searched, the audience learned about geological time, the source for fossil fuel, the impact of erosion in the valleys, the seashore and the canyon, the mining of precious minerals and “Rock Cycle” involving igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
rofessor Rock returned with all the cast singing about his reappearance. This was a fun and educational night for everyone who attended.
On March 20, Mapleton held their election followed the Mapleton town meeting. On the following evening, March 21, 2023, the Castle Hill town meeting was held. The Chapman town meeting was held Monday, March 27, at the Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile Clubhouse.
In Mapleton, Kim Archer was elected to a three-year term on the Select Board, Dave Maxcy to a three-year term as assessor, Andrea Bard-Smith to a three-year term as Sewer District trustee and Joshua Buck as a two-year Sewer District Trustee.
In Castle Hill Town Meeting, Ryan Spooner was was elected to a three-year term on the select board, while Maylen Kinney was elected to a three-year term as the assessor.
The three towns had posted their respective town meeting warrants with 30 articles on each warrant to be approved. For specific information concerning the articles approved on each warrant, readers may contact the Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman Town Office.
The highlight for each town meeting the approval of the second amendment to the three towns’ joint interlocal agreement. This is only the second time the agreement has been amended since its creation 25 years ago. The agreement spells out how the three towns will share resources and contribute their share of the joint costs, overseen by the Joint Select Board.
The most significant change was to add Chapman to Part 1, which spells out the responsibility of the three town for the Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman Municipal Building. A second change outlines what would happen to town employees should one town decide to withdraw from the agreement.
The rest of the changes in the Amendment are for the most part clarifying changes. Again should anyone have any questions about the Interlocal Agreement as amended, the town office can be contacted for the answers to those questions.
Terry Sandusky is the Star-Herald correspondent for Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill and can be reached at 764-4916 or at starherald.Tsandusky@gmail.com.