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Do you know a cat in need of a castle? Do you want to do something about it?

If you answered yes, you’re in luck, thanks to the good folks at Hartland Public Library!

This weekend, they’re hosting a crafting event where you can create the cardboard castle of your dreams for your feline friends.

(Alternatively, you could build your gift for any other small animals who enjoy castles of the cardboard variety … may we suggest members of the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha Oryctolagus cuniculus?)

It’s all going down on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Hartland Public Library in Hartland Three Corners. Bring some cardboard boxes!

#tbt: Handcrafted in Hartland almost exactly 45 years ago

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Photographed in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973, Ralph Best, left, and Alonzo Martin have spent the past 50 years pursuing a career in hand-crafting doors, sashes and windows in their 110-year-old mill in Hartland founded by Martin’s great-grandfather. Part of the mill will be converted into a museum by the plant’s new owner, George Cobb. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Ralph Best works in the Martin’s Mill building between Martinsville and Lulls Brook, making hand-crafted doors, sashes and windows in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973. At one point, there were three mills in town that specialized in hand-crafted woodworking. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Time for this week to get a mooo-ve on

Monday morning inspo from this Hartland 8-year-old

Branwen Wilbur, 8, of Hartland, Vt., walks her hands across a bar at Hartland Elementary School in Hartland on Feb. 1, 2018. Pete Driscoll, a physical education teacher, created a “Brain Fit” program which allows kids to take a break from sitting in class and exercise on an obstacle course for eight minutes. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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The Hartland remix of “I’ve Been Everywhere” is here, and it’s really well done

Thank you to Doug Linnell, who works in the listers’ office, and Dan Morancy, who works on the road crew, for letting us host their song on our Soundcloud! They originally shared the mp3 via the Hartland listserve, but it was getting downloaded so many times, people were having a hard time accessing it. I guess that’s what you’d call “Hartland viral.”

Here is the message that they wrote to accompany the song’s worldwide debut:

Fellow Hartlanders,

 

We, Doug Linnell and Dan Morancy, have been playing music together in one way or another for a few years now. As Town of Hartland employees we have traveled far and wide in the line of duty and gotten to know this place we call home. We recorded a song last Saturday that we would like to share with you to help offset the mid-winter weather blues.

 

The original was written by written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959 and has been covered by many artists (perhaps most notably Johnny Cash) since then.

 

Many thanks to David Baldwin for his miracles of modern audio technology.

When I asked Doug for a copy of the song, he gladly obliged. “We were just having a bit of fun,” he said.

(BTW, the image we chose for the Soundcloud is by Shawn Braley, as part of his 46 Upper Valley town posters from a couple years ago!)

Hartland poster by Valley News illustrator Shawn Braley. Click the image to purchase a reprint.