Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Holidays from LPCTV

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Happy Holidays from LPCTV, your community television station and media center. What a year it has been. 2011 marked LPCTV’s 10thanniversary. We have spent most of the year gearing up for our move into the Ludlow Community Center complex. Earlier this year we launched our capital campaign, “Building Your Media Future”, through which we are in the process of raising the $300,000 towards the completion of the building project.

We have broken the project down into 3 phases, with Phase 1 estimated at $125,000. I am happy to announce that we are closing in on the Phase 1 goal, thanks to support from community members like you and several grants from foundations. Thank you especially to the Okemo Community Challenge, People’s United Bank, Berkshire Bank, Ludlow Rotary Club, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont legislature.

While we are now in a good position to complete Phase 1, we are now working towards raising the funds for Phase 2, which includes the new TV studio & performing arts space, the Historical Media Center, and theDigital Learning Center. With the community’s support and dedication from our staff and volunteers, we will soon be able to include these centerpieces to the new facility. They will allow LPCTV to better serve the community by:
            * Preserving our heritage
            * Enhancing the educational opportunities
            * Keeping you informed & the community connected

Please consider making a year-end contribution towards “Building Your Media Future”.

Every little bit helps, whether that’s $10, $25, $50 or more.
For contributions over $2000 there are naming opportunities…to memorialize your family’s name or to commemorate your business.

Thank you, and please stay tuned for more updates. Happy New Year to you all.


Patrick Cody, Executive Director
“Community Television for the Black River Valley & Okemo MountainRegion”  --  802-228-8808

Vermont Ski House Near Okemo, Killington, Bromley has forwarded you this craigslist.orgposting.
Please see below for more information.
Visit the posting at to contact the person who posted this.

Vermont Ski House Near Okemo, Killington, Bromley

Date: 2011-12-27, 10:35PM
Ski Chalet for Rent for Winter 2011/12 Ski Season
Located near Okemo Mountain, Bromley Mountain, Magic Mountain, Stratton Mountain, and Killington Ski Resort in Mount Holly, Vermont

Rental in total for January 1 to March 31 - $4500 plus heating, plowing costs, phone, high-speed internet, and satellite TV
Must rent for entire season
Families only
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Pellet burning stove
Full kitchen terrific for cooking, large dining room for socializing, comfortable living room and bedrooms

Please contact Peter at 203-470-9962 for questions, inquiries, and more photos.
  • Location: Mount Holly, VT
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Subdivision Regulations

Mount Holly Planning Commission

NEW - Aug 2011 Draft Revision of the Mt. Holly Subdivision Regulations--Click HERE
The Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the new Draft of the Subdivision Regulations on Wednesday August 3 at 7 p.m. in the gym of the Mount Holly Elementary School. Paper copies of the Regulations are available in the Mount Holly Town Office.
Mount Holly Natural History Inventory--Click Here
Revised Mt. Holly Town Plan--Click HERE 
Members: Dennis Deiters, Peter Smith, Annette Lynch, Steven Howard, Timothy Martin, Patti Plew (Administrative Officer)
Meetings: The Mount Holly Planning Commission meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Offices.
Mount Holly Planning Primer: The 5 documents listed below were prepared by LandWorks of Middlebury and were distributed and discussed at the fall 2003 public participation events. They can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have this installed on your computer, click here.

Boggie and Bergman Come To Ludlow Jan. 5

On Thursday, January 5 at 7 PM, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will start its second season of '1st Thursday' movies at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium with the showing of the classic movie, "Casablanca".  Casablanca is an  American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, and featuring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.  Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and the film has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.  The line, "Play it again, Sam", has been woven into our movie culture.  The movie is free; donations are appreciated.  Other '1st Thursday' films selected by FOLA for the 2012 season include:  Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane, On the Waterfront, The Maltese Falcon, Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, Dances With wolves, The African Queen, Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Third Man, and Shane.  For information, 228-7239.

Thanks for your help.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who came to our aid with my unfortunate broken ankle due to a fall.  Driving to appointments, delicious dinners and the friendly coffee visits really helped pass the time.   Again, what an amazing community we live in.  We wouldn't want to be anywhere else. 
Thank you,
Angelo and Bessie Centini

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Metal roofing for sale

Donna Lee 

FOR SALE:    Brand new, still wrapped, Fabral metal roofing with screws.  #6    3'x8' sheets, cocoa brown.  Special order... we can't return.   $159.00     802-259-3936

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


We've Moved & We're Back in Business.

Now operating in a temporary trailer, donated by Wright Construction, on the site of the Ludlow Community Center.

Well, it's official. On December 9th we moved out of the Ludlow Elementary School, which was our home for 10 years. Our friends at Wright Construction have helped us out by supplying us with this temporary office, pictured above. Last week the furnace was serviced by Cota & Cota, fuel was delivered, and we were connected to power by Ken Cook Electric. A team of volunteers cleaned the trailer, helped move some items into storage, and put in some stairs so that the trailer could meet code. As of late last week we were back up & operating, business-as-not-so-usual, but nonetheless we are back in business!

We are broadcasting from here and we can still lend out equipment. We also have editing suites for those who wish to come in & edit. While we are open, we are operating under a slightly reduced schedule.  Please call ahead to borrow equipment or reserve editing equipment. 228-8808

Consider Making an End-of-Year Charitable Contribution

With the end of the year quickly approaching and LPCTV closing in on Phase 1 of its long-planned buiolding project, there is no better time than now to contribute. Since LPCTV is 501 c3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. We have naming opportunities available, for those who would like to memorialize their family or business name by attaching it to specific parts of the new media facility.

Your generous tax-deductibe year-end contributions are welcome, appreciated, and needed.Keep community television alive and help build the media future for the Black River / Okemo Valley!
Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage of Local Government Meetings
on Channel 10 (Channel 21 in Mount Holly)

December 21 - January 2
LPCTV provides regular "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of many local government meetings. Meetings play on Channel 10 (21 in Mt Holly) each night at 7PM and repeat at midnight, 8AM, and 2PM the following day.

Weds. 12/21- Ludlow Planning Cmsn. (recorded 12/20)
Thurs. 12/22- Cavendish Selectboard (recorded 12/12)
Fri. 12/23- Union-39 School Board (recorded 12/7)
Sat 12/24
Mount Holly School Board (recorded 12/7)
Sun. 12/25- Ludlow Elementary School Board (recorded 12/7)
Mon. 12/26- RWSU / WSWSU Consolidation Meeting & Vote (recorded 12/14)
Tues. 12/27- 
Cavendish Selectboard (recorded 12/12)
Weds. 12/28- Mount Holly Selectboard (recorded 12/13)
Thurs. 12/29To Be Determined
Fri. 12/30- River Valley Tech Center Board
Sat. 12/31 & Sun 1/1-
ring in the new year with the VT Stae Board of Education!
Mon. 1/2- Green Mtn. Union High School Bd.

Holiday Programming on LPCTV
December 21 - January 2

Between now & Janaury 2nd, we will be broadcasting a few local holiday-themed programs on Channel 8 (Ch20 in Mt. Holly). Thanks to video coverage provided by volunteers Fred Marin & Sharon Bixby, you can catch the Feminine Tone Women's Chorus recent holiday concert in Ludlow, as well as the recent FOLA-sponsored Christmas celebration in Ludlow Town Hall. Check your listings here.

Local Business Underwriter Feature: TDS Telecom
Support for LPCTV comes from our members, from local cable TV subscribers, from the municipalities we serve, and from our business underwriters such as TDS Telecom.
TDS is serves the Ludlow area with the telecommunications needs of individuals and businesses.

For more information on underwriting and to see the rest of the 2011 business supporters, check out the underwriting page on our website. Enrollment is underway for 2012.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

United Church of Ludlow

Subject: Christmas Eve Service at United Church of Ludlow
United Church of Ludlow
The United Church of Christ (Congregational)
The United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Donald E. Harpster, Pastor

48 Pleasant Street
Ludlow, Vermont 05149

Founded 1792

Phone (802) 228-4211     Email:



December 13, 2011


Contact: Sandy Peplau, Chair of Deaconate, 484-7806

Ludlow Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

Experience the events surrounding Christ’s birth through the hearts and inner thoughts of Biblical characters: Joseph, Shepherds, Elizabeth, and Mary.
The Christmas Eve Candle Light Service to be held on Saturday, December 24 at the United Church of Ludlow features a set of dramatic character presentations that foster new understandings of the familiar Christmas Story. Come sing the old carols; light your own candle; celebrate Jesus’ birth.  The service begins at 8:00 PM at the United Church, corner of Pleasant and Elm Streets in Ludlow. The United Church serves all denominations.



MAPLE LEAF CLINICis proud to sponsor:
For Parents, Educators & Professionals
VIDEO PRESENTATIONWith discussion led by Dean J.M. Mooney, Ph.D., N.C.S.P

Michelle Garcia Winner
Strategies for Organization:
Preparing for Homework and the Real World
(2 part presentation)

For ALL students from upper elementary school through adults - not just those with learning disabilities.
The primary focus of this video is laying out the steps students need to take to build successful study systems. Spanning topics, such as developing motivational skills to understanding time estimation, Michelle addresses a range of issues and provides clear teaching strategies.

Maple Leaf Clinic is also providing one handout per attendee providing examples of worksheets which can be used to teach more specific organizational concepts.

To make sure that a handout is ready and waiting for you, please RSVP by
Wallingford Elementary School
Part I - Thursday January 26th - 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Part II - Thursday February 9th - 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Refreshments will be served
One entry per person to win a Spa Basket!

DEAN J.M. MOONEY, Ph.D., N.C.S.P. - Director
167 North Main Street Wallingford, Vermont 05773
Phone (802) 446-3577 • Fax (802)446-3801 • email
Maple Leaf Clinic
167 North Main Street
Wallingford, Vermont, USA   05773
Telephone (802) 446-3577
Fax (802) 446-3801

The information contained in this e-mail and any accompanying documents is confidential, may be privileged, and is intended solely for the person and/or entity to whom it is addressed (i.e., those identified in the “To” and “cc” box).  They are the property of MAPLE LEAF CENTER, INC..  Unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or copying of this communication, or any part thereof, is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.  If you have received this e-mail in error, please return the e-mail and attachments to the sender and delete the e-mail and attachments and any copy from your system.  Maple Leaf Center, Inc. thanks you for your cooperation.

Subdivision Regulations

The proposed Subdivision Regulations are before the Selectboard.  Steve Howard did inform the board that they needed to have a hearing before voting and enacting the regulation.  There has been a hearing scheduled for 7pm on January 10, prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Selectboard.  A petition is being started to request that there be a town-wide vote on this regulation.   Please let people know about the hearing- they need to understand what is in this regulation before it is passed.    Millicent

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tubs of Pre-Made Cookie Mix Sale

MSJ  Tubs of Pre-Made Cookie Mix Sale

Mount Saint Joseph academy is selling tubs of pre-made cookie mix for $15 a tub, each tub is about 3 pounds of cookie mix which could make between 72-90 cookies. The sale will end on January 29th, 2012. So the cookie tubs will not be ready by Christmas 
The proceeds of the fundraiser will be going to help reduce the tickets for prom. It would mean a lot if those who are able please contact me whether through email or call me at(802) 558-4368 or at home at (802) 259-2488 
Thank You
Megan C. Blais

4 more seats left for the trip to China

The Chamber has 4 more seats left for the trip to China.  All Inclusive for $2200.   Leaves 3/26.  Can you shoot out an email - could make a great gift for 2 couples!  Click this link for trip info.  Need to know asap.  Call Marji at the Chamber 228-5830.

Marji Graf, CEO
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
57 Pond Street, Suite 8
P. O. Box 333
Ludlow, VT  05149
802-228-5830 phone

Saturday, December 17, 2011

MT Holly Library

Fr: Susan Presson, MT Holly Library

Kids around the house more than usual  during the holidays?  The Mount Holly Library offers many distracting delights for kids of all ages.

Our expanded young people’s collection of DVDs includes:

”The Abominable Snowman”

”Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”  (Gene Wilder version.)

”The Homecoming” (The film that gave birth to the beloved tv series, “The Waltons.”)

And for something perhaps a little more up to date - “Elf” starring Will Ferrell

If you still have a VCR, we have titles on tape as well, including “The Nutcracker,”  and “Fantasia.”

We have dozens of other titles to help kids while  away the hours waiting for snow and holiday treats.

And for the young readers in the house, of course we have books galore as well;

In picture books  have , The Caldecott Medal winner, “The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats. (You can read more about this remarkable artist here:

”Sally’s Christmas Miracle, by Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schultz

A Hanukkah Treasury, Edited by Eric Kimmel.

And for  slightly older readers, works by two famous authors who usually write for grown-ups, but have turned their talents to stories for young adults:

”The Christmas Wedding,” by James Patterson

and, “Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham.

So stop in and pick up some of the kind of holiday cheer only a library can provide.

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

The Library will be closed on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Garlic Storage

STORAGE (Quoted or modified from USDA Ag. Handbook 66 and other sources)
Garlic for seed purposes should not be stored under refrigeration. Optimum storage temperature for garlic for seed is 50 F with a humidity of 65-70%. Garlic cloves sprout most rapidly between 40 to 50 F, hence prolonged storage at this temperature range should be avoided. Storage of planting stock at temperatures below 40 F result in rough bulbs, side-shoot sprouting (witches-brooming) and early maturity, while storage above 65 F results in delayed sprouting and late maturity.
Store other garlic at 32 F and 65 to 70 % relative humidity. If in good condition, and well cured when stored, garlic should keep for 6 to 7 months at 32 F. Relative humidity should be lower than for most vegetables because high humidity causes root and mold growth. In California, where considerable garlic is grown, it is frequently put in common storage, where it can be held for 3 to 4 months or sometimes longer if the building can be kept cool, dry, and well ventilated.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Community Christmas Party

Free 32 in flat screen

We upgraded our TV and have our old one that needs a new home. It is a 32 in flat screen, whole size moderately heavy. Can be picked up here with notice. Call 259-2655. Plumbs

Significant Sungrazing Comet + Geminid Meteor Shower

Posted by Joe McDonald

Space Weather News for Dec. 13, 2011

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER:  Earth is passing through a stream of debris from near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.  Forecasters expect meteor rates to reach 20-to-40 per hour when the shower peaks in bright moonlight on the night of Dec.13/14.  The best time to look, no matter where you live, is between 10 pm local time on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Check http://spaceweather.comfor more information and live audio from a meteor radar.

BIG SUNDIVING COMET: A comet nearly as wide as two football fields (200m) is plunging toward the sun where it will most likely be destroyed in a spectacular light show on Dec. 15/16. Solar glare will hide the event from human eyes, but NASA and ESA spacecraft should have a grand view.  Check for full coverage.

METALLIC PHOTOS OF THE SUN: Would you like to have an explosion a billion times more powerful than an atomic bomb hanging on your wall?  Unique metallic photos of solar flares and prominences are now available in the Space Weather Store:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chit Chat - deadline

Hi Everyone,
      Where did the month go?  I am rushing around to get Christmas done and have to stop to start thinking about producing the Chit Chat.  My deadline for the January issue is next Monday December 19th at 6 pm.  I have moved up the date so as to have the paper out to everyone before Christmas and for me to enjoy Christmas without worry of getting the paper done.  Thanks for your help and have a very Merry Christmas.
Diana Garrow
Mt. Holly Chit Chat,  802-259-2314

Free Panasonic TV.

We have a 21" Panasonic flat screen stereo TV with DVD and VCR for anyone who can use it! It works perfectly, and came to us via a friend. We just do not have the room for it. Codes for universal remote were included, but haven't used it other than to try out the DVD and VCR. Good for kids room or playing games too! Please call Donna at 259-9211.

Plew Farm


We've got Christmas hams and roasts for your holiday meal.  

Pasture-raised ~ Organically fed ~ Locally cured 

Also available ... bacon, pork chops, sausage and roasts

Contact Kevin & Patti Plew for more info.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Win Twice

Susan Burr McNeely :
"Pressed for time during this hectic holiday season..We can help--Bring your gifts to The Book Nook in Ludlow and the Ludlow Merchants will wrap them for you----- all we ask is a donation to help pay for the Fireworks for the Fourth of July. You win twice!! Open 10 to 6 Daily except Fri and Sat when open til 8 for your convenience.. "

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tree + Trash + Christmas Craftiness = TreeCycle!

Tree + Trash + Christmas Craftiness = TreeCycle!

TreeCycle is a new program this year at Fletcher Memorial Library in conjunction with the Ludlow Transfer Station.  The project was started by local artists Marissa Stinson, Laurie Marechaux, and Brian Jewett to promote recycling and encourage residents to look more closely at what they throw out. After Thanksgiving, a live tree will be placed inside the library entrance and the entire town is invited and encouraged to make and contribute ornaments and decorations crafted from recycled materials. 

There will be programs to make ornaments with the local schools, the children’s department at the library, the senior center and possibly other groups. Anyone can create ornaments for the tree and bring them to the library. We’re hoping the entire community will join in the fun. After Christmas, until New Years day, the ornaments will be for sale  with the proceeds going to children’s programming at the library. In keeping with the green theme, the tree will then be cut up and recycled itself for ski trail markers on the mountain.

As Laurie points out, "Why buy more junk for your tree, when you can decorate your tree with junk!" Recycled materials could include almost anything clean and colorful so start saving now! Plastic bottle caps come in a wide range of colors and sizes and can be stacked or beaded for ornaments or strung like popcorn for garlands. Magazine pages can be cut into narrow triangles and rolled to create beads.  Wine corks make great bodies for building little people. White milk jugs can be cut into nice snow people and snowflake shapes. Old clothes can make nice little coaster sized quilt blocks. The possibilities really are endless!

Brian says he got the idea from an oddball Christmas tree at a company he used to work for. “The guys working in the darkroom department were all a little off beat and one of them brought in this mangled Charlie Brown tree that had been cannibalized for wreaths. They started hanging scraps of film, tools, or anything colorful they could find on it. Soon the entire company was bringing in colorful detritus to hang on the tree. It was great, and turned into everyone’s favorite tree. Thirty-some years later, I can still see it.” 

For more information, contact Brian Jewett @ 802-228-8001 or