Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Knights of Columbus Chicken Barbecue

Knights of Columbus
Chicken Barbecue

Saturday, October 13th     11AM

Chaos Casbah Parking Lot
117 Main Street, Ludlow

Half a Chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, brownie and a drink

Baked Ham For Gill Odd Fellows Home

Baked Ham For Gill Odd Fellows Home    

     The Gill Odd Fellows Home invites the community to enjoy a home-style Baked Ham supper on Saturday October 20th, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont next to Star Lake starting at 5:00 pm until gone.
     The Odd Fellows will be roasting the Ham and serving it family style with all the fixings along with delicious home baked pies for dessert.  The Supper is a benefit for Gill Odd Fellows Home.
     The admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under.
     For more info call 259-3665.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A message from the VT Dept. of Health

From: Stirewalt, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:18 PM

As the Health Commissioner, I am sad to report the state's second death this month from Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Our condolences on behalf of the state go out to the family of Scott Sgorbati, of Sudbury. He was 49 years old. He is the second Vermonter to die from this virus, which is caused by exposure to the bite of an infected mosquito.
Richard Breen, 87, of Brandon passed away earlier this month.
I know this will raise the level of concern Vermonters have about possible exposure to EEE. I want to remind Vermonters that this is a very rare virus. On average there are only six cases nationwide each year. It can lead to life-threatening illness for about a third of all people infected. So while exposure is extremely rare, it is a very serious illness.
We took proactive steps to reduce the risk of exposure last week along with the Agency of Agriculture and conducted aerial spraying in areas where EEE carrying mosquitoes had been identified. No amount of mosquito mitigation will eliminate the risk. There will be a very small risk of exposure to EEE until after the first hard frost. What's important right now is that Vermonters are aware of EEE and take steps to avoid exposure.
We continue to advise all Vermonters to take the following actions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and risk of infection from EEE and West Nile virus: Limit the amount of time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside when mosquitoes are active. Use insect repellents labeled as being effective against mosquitoes. Remove standing water around your house.
I want to remind you that this is a very rare disease. Having two Vermonters die from EEE is tragic and - I am sure - difficult for family members to understand.
Once again, I want to offer my condolences to the families of Mr. Sgorbati and Mr. Breen on behalf of the state of Vermont.

Harry Chen, MD
Vermont Department of Health

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ALERT: Vermont Says No to Monsanto - Thursday 9/20

Rural Education Action Project
Action ALERT
Vermont Says No to Monsanto as their
Vice President of Industry Affairs Talks to the VT Feed Dealers.  
Join us Thursday, Sept 20 at 8:00am
South Burlington Doubletree Sidewalk
(Please park at Healthy Living, 222 Dorset Street, at 7:45am) 
GMO Protest
Dear Members & Friends,
We are inviting you to join Rural Vermont at a political action outside of the South Burlington Doubletree Hotel (1117 Williston Road) this Thursday (9/20) at 8:00am as we protest the talk of Monsanto Vice-President of Industry Affairs Jim Tobin at the Vermont Feed Dealers Conference. The title of Mr. Tobin's talk is "A US Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture-Feed and Seed."

Monsanto's vision of sustainable of agriculture is not the vision we Vermonters have been working hard to achieve. Come join us as Vermont says NO to Monsanto.
7:45am-Park at Healthy Living - 222 Dorset St, South Burlington
8:00am Walk on the sidewalk to the Doubletree Hotel - 1117 Williston Road.
 The protest will be orchestrated by Doo-Occupy (Ariel Zevon) which will include music and political theater. Please bring your attention-grabbing signs to greet Mr. Tobin and the morning commuters.   

9:00am - Return to Healthy Living  
9:15am - Press Conference outside of Healthy Living 

The press conference will feature remarks by Rural Vermont board member Doug Flack, of Flack Family Farm in Fairfield, and Rachel Nevitt, of Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg. Both Rural Vermont and Rachel Nevitt are plaintiffs in a landmark class action lawsuit against Monsanto.    

We look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend, please consider becoming a member of Rural Vermont to further support our work on GMOs. Thank you,

The Staff and Board at Rural Vermont 
Rural Vermont
Rural Education Action Project

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Selectboard's future plans

     Last Thursday I went to an interesting meeting where I thought I'd be hearing the plans of the Select board's future. It turned out not to be what I thought it was. About 60 people showed up and listened mostly about why the members of the planning commission was not in favor of the Select bard's plan. Audiance was  given 3 minutes each to let them know what theyfeel. To some it was the first time hearing about the idea. The meeting mostly looked like a battle between the Select board and the Planning Commission. Peter Smith brought up some solid points on the way the whole situation was handled. Seems like the process could have been handled a little better by all involved except the school board. Please leave your comments and opinions without name calling. Lets keep it civil Let me know your thoughts are.

Do you think the Selectboard should go forward with plans to rent from the school for 99 years?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Calling all cars and their drivers!!

Come join the fun at the Encore Belmont Cruise Night!!!
Friday, September 7, 2012, 6pm - 9pm

On July 27th we had such a good time that we planned a second night for this summer. Jeb Porter and the Intermittent Wipers really made the evening pop. There were some pretty cool vintage cars and trucks there as well. Tomorrow night (Friday) Jeb will return with the "IW" team for an encore performance. The parking in front of the store will be reserved for any vintage or hot cars and trucks that show up. There will be music, prizes (various car categories) and specials with a engine revving performance at 7:30pm.

Calling all cars and their drivers!!
Don't miss the encore cruise night of this year.
All cars are welcome.
Prizes, music, fun for the whole family.

Connie Dover and Skip Gorman Return for Ludlow engagement September 29

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Ballads of the West and Celtic Tradition
Come to Ludlow Auditorium, September 29
Saturday, September 29 at 7 PM will be a very special time for the Black River area. Two of the most celebrated singers of the true western and Celtic tradition will grace the stage at Ludlow's Town Hall Auditorium, Skip Gorman and Connie Dover. Cowboy singer Skip Gorman explores music from one of the most romanticized periods in American history: the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion. He strips away Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations to show the beauty of the music as sung and played along emigrant trails and in camps over a century ago. Dressed appropriately and using songs, stories, poetry and authentic instruments such as cross-tuned fiddle, cowcamp banjo, bones and slide guitar, he transports audiences to the true American West of the 1800s. Skip's 1995 album "A Greener Prairie" was used by Ken Burns in his "Lewis and Clark" film series, and also made the top ten folk recording list by the Boston Globe which called it "one of the most masterful and flat-out gorgeous cowboy albums to lope down the trail in years."   Regarding Skip's singing partner for this concert, Emmy award-winning soprano Connie Dover, the Boston Globe exclaimed, "Connie Dover is the finest folk ballad singer this country has produced since Joan Baez . . . her soprano is shimmeringly pure, her phrasing pristine, her evocations of Anglo-Scottish, Irish and American cowboy ballads melodically exquisite and utterly believable." Don't miss this rare pairing of voices and styles.  
The program is sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium). Tickets for the performance are $12 and may be purchased prior to the performance at the FOLA web site,  Be sure to include your mailing name and address so that tickets can be sent to you.  Tickets are also available in Ludlow at the Book Nook, the Peoples United Bank, and the Wine and Cheese Depot.  They may also be requested by mail to FOLA; 1 Whispering Pines; Ludlow, VT  05149.  For information call 802-228-7239.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blood Drive

                   BLOOD DRIVE
Ludlow Community Center
Monday, September 24
12:30 - 5:30 pm
Give blood and GIVE LIFE!


September 22, 2012

Settings 5:00 P.M. till Gone
Odd Fellows Hall, Belmont, VT
Benefit Mount Holly Vol. Rescue Squad
Roast Pork Supper
Mashed Potatoes, w/gravy, Veg., rolls, and homemade pies

ADULTS $10.00
More info Call 802-259-6001

Monday, September 3, 2012

Subdivided from the Mount Holly Elementary School


The Mount Holly Select Board says that a new town garage needs to be built and that it must be located on land to be subdivided from the Mount Holly Elementary School’s site.

There are many questions that have not been answered:

·       Why is a new garage needed?
·       What will happen to the existing garage – can’t it be repaired?
·       Is it true that the cost of the new building, other structures, site preparation, and access could cost nearly $750,000?
·       How will the cost be paid?
·       How long are the new building and other site uses expected to last?
·       Is this the best and most cost effective site for such a capital investment?
·       How will the new garage uses impact the school activities and traffic flow?
·       What will it cost to heat and maintain?
·       What is the site plan for the proposed new garage, its water supply/septic systems, and other proposed site uses?
·       What other sites have been considered that might serve the proposed uses as well or better than the site near the school?
·       Could the now empty garage at the Gates Road Transfer Station be used as a temporary Town Garage or to support the Highway Department?
·       What else might be located at or in a new garage and on its site?
·       Have security and safety issues been evaluated?

We ask that before the Mount Holly Planning Commission approves a subdivision of the Mount Holly Elementary School site that these and many other questions are answered by the Select Board.

 Attend the 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 6th
Meeting of the Mount Holly Planning Commission
Town Office

Concerned Citizens of Mount Holly

Monday, August 27, 2012

Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture Clinic
Mt. Holly Town Library
Tuesday, August 28th–6:00 pm for new people
6:30 pm for returning participants!
Relax, Release and Restore Your Well Being!
Treatments Are By Donation!


Save the Date
Rare Opportunity to Experience a World Class Performance
Mount Holly Library Stage
  September 3rd at 7 pm
Celebrated Irish Folk Singer, Composer and Musician
A Great Way to Wrap-Up Labor Day Weekend
$15 at the door! Get there early to save your seat!

YOGA CLASSES With Jen Coleman

YOGA CLASSES With Jen Coleman
At the
Mt. Holly Library
For four weeks each Monday starting
September 10th @ 4:30 pm
Jen is a professional yoga teacher and has been conducting Kripalu Yoga classes around Rutland County for 5 years.
Classes are appropriate for beginner to moderate levels of ability. Emphasis on breathing, sustaining posture and fluid gentle movement with music.
Sign up for all 4 weeks at $40 or $12 per class for drop-ins.
Four week sessions the first Monday of each month all winter!
Participants really enjoyed the first session.
For more information and to sign up call
Jen at  802-775-6301 or the library at 259-3707

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The 'African Queen' Docks in Ludlow Sept 6

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Bogart Stars in "The African Queen" Sept. 6 in Ludlow

"The African Queen", a multi-award winning film, will be FOLA's next 1st Thursday movie on Thursday, September 6 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
The only movie matchup of screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen is a classic adventure movie and a grown-up love story, with a little bit of travelogue and a dollop of wartime propaganda.
Watching this unlikely pair survive a treacherous river trip, attempt a daring wartime attack and fall into a charming, late-life love affair makes for a splendid movie.
The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary, Rev. Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley). When Germans invade and Samuel dies, Allnut offers to take Rose back to civilization. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat. The African Queen may well be the perfect adventure film, its roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars.  Go to to see a preview of this great film.
The movie is free to all; donations are appreciated. For Information, call 228-7239

FOLA Silent Movies Big success

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Buster Keaton Silent Movies Big Success in Ludlow
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The movies were 90 to 100 years old, all in black and white, and lacked any sound.  But that didn't seem to faze the over 75 people who gathered at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium last week to enjoy the comedy and melodrama of 3 silent movies featured by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium).  Two Buster Keaton classics, 'The Scarecrow' and 'Cops', brought continuous laughter to an audience of youngsters (and those seeking to return to that youthful age) who had never seen the antics of silent movie comedians.  Glenn Brown of Ludlow provided piano musical background for the Keaton romps.  He noted, "I have to say for my part, I don't think I ever had played a piano for 40 minutes in the dark, focusing on the screen without looking at the keyboard. It was a great test of my memory and my fingers'  knowledge of the keyboard that I had never tried before!"  Jim Alic and Kevin Kuntz ran the projection equipment while David Almond and the rest of the FOLA crew helped manage events on the floor.  Based on this experience, FOLA indicated that it has scheduled a full-length silent movie (about an hour) for Saturday, October 6 at the auditorium.  The film, "Wings", is the first movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and, in addition to starring the "IT Girl", Clara Bow, marked the introduction of a young star by the name of Gary Cooper.  For more information call 228-7239


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Supervisory Union update

For immediate release
Contact: Alison DesLauriers, 875-3490
New Supervisory Union update

On May 15th, the Vermont State Board of Education approved a petition presented by the Windsor Southwest and Rutland Windsor Supervisory Boards to dissolve the existing supervisory unions and create a new supervisory union in their place effective July 1, 2013. This action regroups the following school districts into a single (yet unnamed) supervisory union:

Andover School District

Baltimore School District
Black River Union High School District
Cavendish Town School District
Chester Andover Union School District
Chester Town School District
Green Mountain Union High School District
Ludlow School District
Mount Holly School District
Plymouth School District

Based upon earlier voter and Vermont Board of Education action, also effective on July 1, 2013, the member districts of the Flood Brook Union School District and the Union District will be dissolved and operate a school district under articles of agreement as the Mountain Towns Regional Education District which will be grouped with the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union.

Over the course of the next year the affected school boards will have much to do to plan the leadership, location and organizational structure of the new supervisory union. Until that time you may expect to see little change in delivery of services to children and families, as well as, district operations.
The final report and petition to the state board as well as all planning documents and minutes are posted on the RWSU ( and WSWSU homepage (  New documents will be posted as available.
For now, the board members are taking suggestions for the official name of the new supervisory union.  Please feel free to submit your thoughts to the current superintendents of RWSU and WSWSU at or respectively.

Alison DesLauriers, Chester
Bob Herbst, Mount Holly
Co-chairs, New SU Transition Board

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Dances With Wolves' Next Movie in Ludlow

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"Dances With Wolves' Next FOLA
Movie in Ludlow, Thursday Aug. 2

The next ‘1st Thursday’ movie, presented by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) on Thursday, August 2 at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium at 7 PM, 'Dances with Wolves', is a 1990 epic western film directed, produced by, and starringKevin Costner. It  tells the story of a Union Army lieutenantwho travels to the American frontier to find a military post, and his dealings with a group of Lakota Indians. The film won best picture Oscar plus five other Academy Awards.  Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways.  Having been sent to a remote outpost in the wilderness of the Dakota territory during the American Civil War, Lieutenant John Dunbar encounters, and is eventually accepted into, the local Sioux tribe. He is known as "Dances with Wolves" to them and as time passes he becomes enamoured by the beautiful "Stands With a Fist". Not soon after, the frontier becomes the frontier no more, and as the army advances on the plains, John must make a decision that will not only affect him, but also the lives of the natives he now calls his people.  The movie is free to all; donations are appreciated. For Information, call 228-7239.  Previews of the film are available at FOLA's web site,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


July 17, 2012
Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Steve Howard, Chair at 7:32pm.
Members Present:   Peter Smith, Annette Lynch, Dennis Deiters, Tim Martin, Steve Howard
Others Attending:  Millicent Johnson, Administrative officer, Dave Venter, Paul Nevin, Raymond Tarbell, Jeff Teter, Deb Mitoefer, James Heald, Ralph Michael, David Hoeh, Sue Crawford, Linda Lampert, Lester Lampert, William Nye, Craig HutVader
 Minutes of Previous Meeting:  Minutes from the June 21, 2012 were approved as written, with one correction of spelling.

Old Business:
a. Elementary School Subdivision:  Deb Mitoefer presented a preliminary plat with the subdivision checklist articles having been completed.  Ralph Michael presented the site plan.  Paul Nevin, Select Board member stated, in response to a question by the Commission that the proposed lines of the subdivision had been established by the Select Board and the School Board after considering several plans. Discussion was held on the position of the proposed town garage and a proposed biomass generator, which was not noted on the preliminary plat, but is to be included on the final mylar.  A public hearing was scheduled for August 20, 2012 at 6:30pm.  Adjacent land owners are to be notified, and a notice is to be placed in the Chit Chat.
b. One voice principle:  Tabled until the August 20  meeting due to time constraints.
c. Betsy Hinkley subdivision hearing is to be moved back to 7:30 pm on August 20, 2012.  Annette is to notify her of the time change.  Wording of paperwork submitted does not agree with intent of subdivider’s statements at the special meeting that the intent is not to develop the land included in the subdivision.  Annette is to notify Betsy that the wording needs to state such.
New Business:
d. Building Registrations:
i. David McGee—361 Tarbellville Road—garage, new structure
ii. Michael Poulin – 798 Hortonville Road—mud room addition
iii. Mike Mattson –343 Stewart Road – new modular home
iv. Susan Covalla – 504 Maple Hill Road – 2 car garage with storage
v. John Taylor  --2814 Route 103S –new modular home
vi. Allison Weintraub – 800 Teer Road –one bay garage addition
e. Publication of Minutes Procedure/Policy—the draft minutes are to be published in the ChitChat and sent to the Newsflash within 5 days of the Planning Commission meetings.  Upon approval, minutes may be posted on the town website.  A request will be made to the Chit Chat to have space held that will state that the Commission met and that minutes will be published in the next issue in the event that the deadline for the paper precedes the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.
i. Applications and Permit from Department of Environmental Conservation:
1. Wastewater permit received for John Cole- 2 lots- Cole Road
2. Wastewater application and permit—Edwin Nichols—2 lots—906 Summit Road, subdivision on file—Millicent to confirm paperwork is in order.
ii. Letter from Department of Environmental Conservation re: Basin 10 Water Quality Management Plan for the Black and Ottaquechee rivers.
Other Business:  David Hoeh shared information on an informational meeting to be held on July 26 at the Landgrove Inn on Inter local Agreements.  Information was also shared on a Park and Ride Grant Program.  David also had information on a workshop on July 20th for persons interested in Vermont Invasive Patrollers of Algae.
Adjournment:   Motion was made by Dennis Deiters, seconded by Tim Martin to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at  9:00 pm.
Minutes submitted by Millicent Johnson, Administrative Officer  --submitted as unapproved minutes

Monday, July 16, 2012

Southern Vermont Hydroponics Store Grand Opening

Hydroponics Store

Grand Opening Discount
10% off
All Purchases 

Come see us for all your gardening needs. 
10% off all cash purchases all the time.

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Call Us at (877) 774-5163
(802) 259-2003
51 Belmont Road
Mount Holly, VT 05758
Located in the big red building at the blinking light, intersection of on Route 103 and Belmont Road between Rutland and Ludlow.

Mount Holly Community Historical Museum Annual Meeting

Mount Holly Community Historical Museum
Annual Meeting ~ Potluck Dinner ~ Program

Tuesday ~ July 17th ~ 6pm ~ Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

Bring a Salad or Dessert to Share
 Remember to bring your individual place setting and preferred Beverage!

We will have a table for membership renewals and we welcome new members enthusiastically!!

Program Following (at approx 7pm) ... Open to the Public

Cassie Horner presenting her book "Lucy E. ~ Road to Victory"

Her novel is about a tough, driven woman, born in the mountain town of Mount Holly, Vermont in about 1826.
This is a story, based on fact, of her survival through increasingly hard times in Vermont and New Hampshire, beginning
with deaths of her father and husband and her fateful second marriage to a Civil War veteran.

Cassie Horner is the co-publisher of Rutland Magazine with her husband Tom Sink.

Mount Holly Day Success!!

Mount Holly Day Success!!
Mount Holly Day 2012 was an enormous success with well in excess of 100 people in attendance!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the barbecue, and the phenomenal salads, sides and desserts contributed by no fewer than 20 community members, a true hallmark of Mt. Holly pot lucks!, However, most importantly folks were simply happy to connect with friends and neighbors and watch the children compete in the old traditional games of raw egg toss, egg relay, sack races, and the finale tug-of-war.  It was a wonderful afternoon for all!
Many thanks to the many people who made this possible...the haulers, the setter-uppers, the salad/side/dessert makers, and the cleaner-uppers.  It could not have been done without you!
Last, but not least...the raffle!  Sandy Diamond was the lucky winner of the gift certificate to The Thrive Center in Wallingford.  The MHCA really appreciates the generosity of the Thrive Center in donating this certificate...thank you!