Wednesday, July 29, 2015


….sometimes.  And it can matter very much when it comes to reading.  Large print books provide access to readers whose eyesight may be less than perfect but whose curiosity and love of reading remains  undimmed.  The Mount Holly Library is  very pleased to announce that it has recently come into a more than modest collection of large prints books, including best sellers and classics in both fiction and non fiction.  So please come into the Library and feast your eyes and mind on our latest treasure trove.  And a special thanks to Birgir Nilsen and Lori Doig for helping the library acquire this wonderful collection.

Library Hours
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WIFI available 24/7

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MHCA Garden Tour...A Grand Success!

MHCA Garden Tour...A Grand Success!

On behalf of the Mount Holly Community Association, we would like to thank all of the garden exhibitors (Bessie & Angelo Centini, Jim Corven & Monique Szechenyi, Carol & Fra DeVine, Millicent & Jim Johnson, Linda & Bill McGrath and Nancy McKeegan & Dan Quaranto and Sylvia & Ed Smith) for opening their gardens this past Saturday for the benefit of the MHCA!  One can hardly calculate the extraordinary amount of work that each of these gardeners put in to prepare their gardens for the tour...we greatly appreciate it!  Also, we would like to extend our thanks to all of the volunteers who made this day possible...Linda Miller, the Coordinator of the Garden Tour, Pat Marx, Katy Crane, Abe Leber, Matthias Weiter, Manuela Weiter, Barbara Palotta, Mary Leonard and Chikako Suginome.   Thank you one and all!

Close to 100 people went on the tour and we raised more than $1,200 for the Community Association, a record all around!  Thanks so much to our visitors, as well as our volunteers...we couldn't have done it without you!

Carol DeVine & Penny Coldwell
Co-Presidents, MHCA

Monday, July 27, 2015



Robin Eatmon and her pooch Tinkerbelle remind visitors to Kelley Real Estate in Ludlow about the dangers of leaving pets in parked cars during hot weather.  Kelley Real Estate joins other businesses in Ludlow and Springfield that spread the message that it's not cool to leave a dog (or child!) in a hot car.


Fletcher Memorial Library Weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time

Weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time

Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am
August 5th & 12th
*There will be a two week break before our next session starts on September 2nd.
Each week features a theme, music, stories and a craft

Summer Reading Program Registration Continues
Come to the library, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get your free starter kit containing a reading log, newsletter, bookmarks and other goodies. Ages Birth-18!

Heroic Happenings
Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm

August 5th- Southern Vermont Natural History Museum Presents, “Super Animals” Come meet live creatures right in the library!

Monthly Movie Night
Monday August 31, 2015 5:00-7:00pm

Dreamworks ©” Home” (PG)
All ages welcome- Refreshments  will be provided

End of Summer Reading Program Party
Monday August 17th 5:00-6:00

Calling all Summer Reading Program participants! Let’s get together, eat some cake and celebrate a fantastically fun summer of reading! This will also be a great time to turn in your reading logs and collect prizes. 

Creative Tuesdays 

August 4th- Sand Art- Use your imagination as you fill small plastic bottles and other objects with colored sand, or try your hand at sand painting-both are sure to yield beautiful results.
August 11th- Tie-Dye- Bring a clean shirt, pillow case, socks-undies- whatever you’d like to dye- and you’ll leave with a colorful one of a kind creation! Please wear old clothes.  Please register in advance so we will have enough supplies.

DCF Book Group
Monday August 24th 20th
5:30-6:30 pm

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join our new monthly DCF book group. This month we will be reading the “Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer Holm. Don’t miss out on a fun discussion, activities and a snack! Pick up books at the Youth Circ Desk.

Getting Ready for  Kindergarten Story Time
Thursday August 13th 11:00-12:00pm

Is you child starting Kindergarten this year? Meet other children (And their parents) who are heading to  kindergarten. There will be stories, activities and a chance to share your thoughts. Everyone leaves with a free book and other goodies!
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday August 22nd 9:00-1:00pm

This is a great opportunity to restock your bookshelves with new reading material.

Lego Challenge
Every Friday

Drop by the library any time on Friday and try out a weekly challenge.

Sacha Krawczyk
Youth Services Librarian
Fletcher Memorial Library
Ludlow, Vermont 05149

Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Important Message from The Mount Holly Constable

An Important Message from The Mount Holly Constable

A resident of Tarbellville Road was the victim of a theft which occurred sometime between Sunday, July 19th and Thursday July 23rd. An assortment of power equipment was stolen from a shed including a riding lawn mower. Over the past month there have been similar thefts in Ludlow and Chester. If you have any information on these thefts, or persons attempting to sell power equipment,
please call the State Police at 773-9101.
Please report any suspicious vehicles or persons to the state police asap. If it doesn't look right, it probably isn't, make the call. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paul Faenza

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Award-winning film noir, "Laura", Featured by FOLA, August 1

Contact:  Ralph Pace -

Award-winning film noir, "Laura", Featured by FOLA, August 1

The next FOLA movie will be the award-winning, "Laura", on Saturday, August 1 at 7 PM, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb along with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Betty Reinhardt is based on the 1943 novel of the same title by Vera Caspary. In 1999, Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
When the famous advertising executive Laura Hunt is found dead in her apartment killed by a shotgun on a Friday night, Detective Lieutenant Mark McPherson is in charge of the investigation. He interviews the prime suspects and friends of Laura: the snob and arrogant journalist Waldo Lydecker who promoted Laura at the beginning of her career and fell in love with her; and her fiancé, the playboy Shelby Carpenter. While investigating Laura's past through her diary and personal letters, Det. McPherson falls in love with her.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: Film noir is known for its convoluted plots and arbitrary twists, but even in a genre that gave us The Maltese Falcon, this takes some kind of prize ... That Laura continues to weave a spell – and it does – is a tribute to style over sanity ... All of the absurdities and improbabilities somehow do not diminish the film's appeal. They may even add to it ... The whole film is of a piece: contrived, artificial, mannered, and yet achieving a kind of perfection in its balance between low motives and high style. What makes the movie great, perhaps, is the casting. The materials of a B-grade crime potboiler are redeemed by Waldo Lydecker, walking through every scene as if afraid to step in something.
Even the music for the film was outstanding.
Once principal photography was completed, Preminger hired David Raksin to score the film. The director wanted to use "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington for the main theme, but Raksin objected to the choice. Alfred Newman, music director for Fox, convinced Preminger to give Raksin a weekend to compose an original tune. Inspired by a Dear John letter he had once received from a girlfriend, Raksin wrote the haunting theme for which Johnny Mercer later wrote lyrics. It eventually became a jazz standard recorded by more than four hundred artists, including Stan Kenton, Dick Haymes, Woody Herman, Nat King Cole, The Four Freshmen, Charlie Parker, and Frank Sinatra. Even Spike Jones did a parody version of the song. Preminger was so pleased with Raksin's score the two collaborated on four additional films.
The movie is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank and water by FOLA. For additional information, call 228-7239 or

Monday, July 20, 2015

"Outsmart the Critters (Sometimes)"

"Outsmart the Critters (Sometimes)"
  By Jim Corven, Professor of Biology & Mount Holly Gardener

Have you found that Nature likes to take advantage of your bounty and hard
work?   Nature's critters are hungry and they like to take their share when
we let our guard down.  We'll talk about everything from birds to woodchucks
and how we can try to prevent them from damaging our yards and gardens.  
Let's try to understand how these critters perceive their world so we can
deter them using humane but effective techniques.  Examples of effective
items will be available for demonstration. 

An excellent conclusion to the Mount Holly Garden Tour!

When:    Saturday, July 25, 3-4:00 pm (not at 2:00 pm as originally scheduled)
Where:   Perkins House (Mount Holly Community Museum)
   located on the green in Belmont, corner of Belmont & Healdville Rds.

FREE!  Bring a friend.