Friday, July 7, 2017

"Elsa and Fred", a Comedy-drama movie, is Featured in Ludlow, July 8

"Elsa and Fred", a Comedy-drama, is Featured in Ludlow, July 8

A movie rarely made available in this part of the country, "Elsa and Fred", will be FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next film presentation on Saturday, July 8 at 7 PM
 in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

"Elsa and Fred" is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Radford and starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa.

From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa's terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank and water by FOLA. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site at

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Film on Health Care for All

Mary McCallum

Two local groups of activists are co-sponsoring a movie night and discussion on “Healthcare for Everybody” in Chester on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 . The event will take place in the Social Hall of the First Universalist Parish, 211 North Street in Chester’s Stone Village.   “Now is the Time” is a feature length film that addresses the need for single payer health insurance in the United States.  
Two Rivers Indivisible is a group of activists from Chester, Cavendish, Andover, Ludlow, Springfield and Bartonsville and surrounding towns that has been working on preventing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and other critical issues since February.  The Human Rights CafĂ© has been meeting in Saxtons River to create a safe and inspiring space to share human rights concerns and information and to plan solutions and actions.  Both groups are concerned about the impact that losing access to Medicaid and health insurance subsidies would have on vulnerable people in Vermont, especially low income, disabled and people with pre-existing conditions.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring three recently retired health care professionals from our community.  With the Senate now working on a replacement for “Obamacare”, this will be a timely event for anyone concerned about how we pay for and access health care in this country.
Childcare will be provided for preschool and school aged children.  Contact Susan at if you require childcare.  There will also be popcorn and other light refreshments to enjoy and good people to meet.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


June 24, 2017
Settings 5:00 P.M. till Gone
Odd Fellows Hall, Belmont, VT
Roast Beef Supper
Mashed Potatoes, w/gravy, Veg., Rolls, and Desserts
ADULTS $12.00

More info Call 259-2060

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Education Tax Comparisons

Education Tax Comparisons

FY 2018 Tax Rate Tax
Property Value= $100,000 200,000 300,000
Black River 1.8087 $1808. $3617. $5426.
Mill River 1.6441 1644. 3288. $4932.
SAVINGS $165. $329. $494.
FY 2020
Estimate Tax Rate Tax
Property Value= $100,000 200,000 300,000
Black River 1.9475 $1947. $3,895. $5,843.
Mill River 1.5515 1551. 3,103. 4,655.
SAVINGS $594. $792. $1,188.
Tax Rate data from TRSU and Mill River Supervisory Union

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mount Holly Library Welcomes Hicks and Goulbourn, UK Musicians!

Amanda Merk

Mount Holly Library Welcomes Hicks and Goulbourn, UK Musicians!

Join us at the library on Sunday May 28 at 4:00PM for a special musical concert by the UK duo Hicks and Goulbourn.
Folk, ragtime, jazz, classical, original material – this is what you should expect from this duo. The red hot fingerpicking of internationally renowned guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks will leave you slack jawed and open mouthed. Combined with the soaring vocals of award winning singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn, Hicks and Goulbourn, are well loved on the UK folk and acoustic scene. Be prepared for top notch musicianship, wide variety of songs and instrumentals and lots of fun. Learn more about the band here:
This concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the band. 
Email fr more details.

Amanda S. Merk
Library Director

Mount Holly Town Library will be closed to honor Memorial Da

Amanda Merk

The Mount Holly Town Library will be closed to honor Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. We are open regular hours on Sunday, May 28 and we have a special concert at 4pm! All are welcome!
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Merger Perspective

May 24 (3 days ago)

How would one describe a penny?  Would you consider it not worth keeping or would you hold onto it?  A penny does not have much value on its own.  Imagine a classroom was filled with pennies.  Almost all were excelling, except a few.  You focus more on the increasing "value" of your pennies as a whole and completely ignore the ones still "stuck" in the same spot.  While some may not understand where this is going, let me explain. 
I am a BRHS Alumni.  I did not excel in Math or English. I barely got by.  I began to hate going to school.  I began to hate feeling inadequate amongst my peers.  I began hating my high school experience and I so desperately wanted out.  I begged my mom to move back to CT where we were originally from.  We were moved here when we were small for a better way of life.  A life away from traffic and over crowding.  My mom talked about how large her class was; how large the school was.  It all sounded perfect.  I was already feeling forgotten here.  The only ones who noticed me, were the bullies!
I began inquiring about going to RHS.  I lived in Rutland County.  My mom worked in Rutland County.  Why wouldn't this be the solution for me?  We couldn't afford to send me to a "private school".  I wanted a different way of life.  I wanted to be happy.  I wasn't "learning" the way my peers were learning. No one seemed to notice.  I was that "stuck penny". 
My senior year I broke out of the curriculum that plagued me and every morning I had to get on an over crowded bus so that I could make a bus to Springfield Technical Center so I could attend the Culinary Arts program.  There I met a teacher who believed in me.  Worked with me and still encourages me today after 17 years.  I am forever grateful to Rick Kimball for nurturing this "stuck penny".  I would not have my career without him.  I would not have been a participant in the JWU High School Recipe Contest in 2000 and received a scholarship without him.  I would not have succeed.
So I have been asking myself this a lot these past few weeks after the news of the potential merger.  Is bigger better?  Or is smaller better?  The fact remains that all "pennies" are worth something.  It has angered me that people seem to be so focused on the majority of students making sure they are given every opportunity to succeed.  But what about me?  Why didn't anyone care?  I wasn't at the top of my class.  I wasn't the jock.  I was a student that was stuck somewhere in the middle.  I am not the result of a high score on a State test or a State Championship.  My success is the result of a teacher who was passionate about what he was doing and that fueled me to learn in a way I was not able to do before.  It was not measured by a test score or a trophy, but an individual achievement.
So with that said...If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn - Michael J.Fox.  Comparing one school over the other is like comparing apples to oranges.  If a student doesn't comprehend what is being presented to them, than they aren't going to do well.  Saying that the test scores of students are better at MRUHS is not looking at the bigger picture.  We need to work with our students and not just make them a number on a test that probably wont even help them in the future.  I understand that the financial part of keeping the school open is also part of the issue, but simply saying "close it" and merging is also not the answer.  I hope there is a solution.
Katie Schneider, BRHS Alumni 2000