Thursday, February 11, 2016

Police: Drunk driver crashed into Mount Holly home

Vermont State Police in Rutland responded to a crash Wednesday night where a pickup truck drove through the living room of a Mount Holly home.
Homeowner Andy Haskell was sitting in the next room over when he says he heard the vehicle coming from down the road. Police say Garrett Lever, 32, of Rutland Town, was driving under the influence when he swerved out of the lane of traffic and into Haskell's yard.
Haskell says the intersection where his house sits in Mount Holly is incredibly dangerous and prone to crashes when people aren't obeying speed limits.
"Something major finally happened, luckily nobody got killed, because the speed the guy was traveling, somebody, if they were in that room, would've been killed," said Haskell.
The driver reportedly attempted to back the vehicle out of the house to drive away, and two passengers in the truck fled the scene. Haskell plans to give the police items of evidence he has found since the crash in his yard, including beer bottles and a cash withdrawal receipt.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Ladies of Mount Holly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to View Five Planets Aligning in a Celestial Spectacle

Joseph McDonald

1:09 PM (5 hours ago)

How to View Five Planets Aligning in a Celestial Spectacle

All five planets will arrange on an arc across the sky. Mercury will appear the closest to the horizon, followed by Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. The stars Antares and Spica will make cameos as well, twinkling between Saturn and Mars, and Mars and Jupiter, respectively. Credit Sky & Telescope

Five planets paraded across the dawn sky early Wednesday in a rare celestial spectacle set to repeat every morning until late next month.
Headlining the planetary performance are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. It is the first time in more than a decade that the fab five are simultaneously visible to the naked eye, according to Jason Kendall, who is on the board of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.
Admission to the daily show is free, though stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere should plan to get up about 45 minutes before sunrise to catch it. City dwellers can stay in their neighborhoods to watch, as long as they point their attention to the east, according to Mr. Kendall.


From: Annette Lynch 

The Mount Holly Select Board and Planning Commission have set in motion a new and potentially exciting way to redraft the Town Plan – before its 2018 due date.
First, the Town contracted with the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) to bring its expertise to a series of Community Meetings;
Second, the Mount Holly Planning Commission (MHPC) will not be active in the Community Meetings, but will retain its responsibility to decide the contents of the final Town Plan;
Third, the MHPC has established a new entity or subcommittee – the Advisory Planning Council - that will link the RRPC and the MHPC, by attending all Community Meetings and reporting back to the MHPC.
At a Public Hearing tomorrow, Monday February 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mount Holly Town Office, the “working parameters” of this new arrangement will be discussed. Citizen participation in this discussion can ensure that the new arrangement will provide for full citizen involvement.

Annette Lynch

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

February Activities at FML

Weekly Toddler and Pre-School Story Time
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
Each week features a theme, music, and a craft

Read With Oreo
Thursday February 18, 2016
School age students are invited to come to the library and read a story with Oreo the Reading Dog.

School Vacation Week Activities
Tuesday Feb. 16th- Family Color-a-Thon
Families are invited to drop into the library all day and spend time coloring together. There will be plenty of kid and adult friendly coloring sheets to choose from as well as a variety of fun coloring tools. Be sure to drop by and add and little color to your day!
Wednesday Feb. 17thMovie Matinee- “Pan” (PG)
1:00-3:00 pm.  All ages welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
Thursday Feb. 18th- For the Love of Birds  11:00-12:00am
Ages 5 & up
Nature educator Jamie Maloof-Schilling will be visiting the library to share her knowledge of native birds.

Crafty Tuesdays
Grades K-6
2nd- Love Bugs- Using yarn to make pom-poms we’ll create some adorable “Love Bugs” just in time for Valentine’s Day!

9th- Mardi Gras Crafts-Crafters will make some fancy masks and decorations in celebration of Mardi Gras.

16th- School Vacation- No Crafts

23rd- Magazine Mix-Up- This week we will be up-cycling old magazines into some zany and fun artwork. Feel free to bring along old magazines from home to share.

                     Books and Cooks
Thursday Feb. 25th 3:00-4:00pm
Grades 2 and up
Young bakers will learn how to use a cake pop machine to make some yummy donut treats!

DCF Book Club
Hope is a Ferris Wheel
By Robin Herrera
                        Grades 4-8

Monday February 29th
Stop by the library and pick up your copy of this months book. OnFebruary 29th,we’ll meet to have a discussion and share our thoughts on what we’ve read.
                “Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.”*

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Real Estate Commission Rules as of 12/1/15

November 27, 2015
Dear Approved Course Providers:
The new rules for the Real Estate profession go into effect on December 1, 2015.  We are writing to remind you to please update all courses to reflect the new rule changes.
A copy of the new rules can be found at the following link:  Real Estate Commission Rules as of 12/1/15  We encourage you to read the full document as there are substantive changes that need to be addressed in your courses. 
Please pay particular attention to the addition of designated agency (Rule 4.4) and non-designated agency (Rule 4.3).  Beginning December 1, 2015, a brokerage firm is a non-designated agency firm until and unless the principal broker elects to practice designated agency.  The choice to remain a non-designated agency brokerage firm or to change to a designated agency brokerage firm is a choice that applies to the entire brokerage firm, branch offices, and all licensees.  Licensees within a brokerage firm cannot practice both types of agency when working with clients.  Licensees will need to discuss with their principal broker which form of agency they will be offering clients going forward.  With the changes to the rules, limited agency is no longer an option for resolving conflicts among two of the firm’s clients wishing to participate in the same transaction.  New requirements are also in effect for brokerage service agreements.
Beginning December 1, 2015, licensees must use one of the two mandatory consumer disclosure forms adopted by the Commission.  The new mandatory consumer disclosure forms are located at the following link:  Mandatory Disclosure Forms  There is a form for brokerage firms practicing non-designated agency and a form for firms practicing designated agency.  The forms adopted by the Commission cannot be modified or branded. 
The addition of the initial salesperson post-licensure eight hour education requirement went into effect in 2014 and is further described in Rule 5.2(a).  The continuing education requirements for brokers also changed in 2014 from sixteen hours every two years to twenty-four hours.
The Real Estate Commission will be providing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the new rules on the Commission’s website.
If you have any questions, please email
Judith Griffen

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FOLA' s Movies Raffle

FOLA' s Movies Raffle

This is your chance to win some great movies - and help FOLA continue providing great movies in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium!

Below is a set of 13 movies shown by FOLA in 2015.  FOLA is raffling off this great collection of films. We will draw the winning ticket number at our January 20, 2016 annual meeting and immediately ship this collection to the winner. The movies include:

"Jasmine Blue"

"The Lego Movie"
Blu-Ray / DVD

"The General"-Silent Movie
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"All is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
Blu-Ray / DVD

"Touch of Evil"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"12 Years a Slave"
Blu-Ray / DVD

"The Judge"
Blu-Ray / DVD

You can purchase your raffle tickets using our PayPal link below (it accepts all major credit and debit cards) or by mailing your check with name and address (please include your email address) to FOLA, 1 Whispering Pines, Ludlow, VT 05149.

All of the proceeds from this silent auction will be used to purchase future movies to be displayed by FOLA - SO Click HERE and Get Your Tickets!!!