Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Lynne Herbst 

Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bat Attack!
(Get all Batty with these nocturnal mammals)
Participate in a game of “find it” with search prizes.
Reading Books for Bucks
Redeem Your Reading Slips!
Children read on their own or can be read to.
Pick Prizes According To the Length of Time You Have Read!!
And Don’t Forget Summer Reading Program
Thursday, June 28th at 9:00 am

BRAM Presents "Uncle Josh" from Punkin Center on July 7

Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) will feature a special program by Thomas Saul, a retired music teacher from Rochester, NY, entitled 'Uncle Josh, New England Humor in the late 19th and early 20th century', on July 7 at 7 PM at BRAM.
Uncle Josh was a character portrayed on cylinders (records) by recording artist Cal Stewart from the mid to late 1800's through 1919.  He lived in a mythical town of Punkin Center, way down east, near Hickory Corners, close enough to Boston and NYC where he traveled there on occasion.  Cal Stewart's humorous recordings depict a country farmer at the time of the 20th century, trying to cope with he changing times, as the nation was evolving from a rural agricultural society into an urban industrial society.  The program is presented by Thomas Saul, a retired music teacher from Rochester, NY.  He will be showing several slides and recordings of 'Uncle Josh".  
Cal Stewart began is career on the vaudevillian stage entertaining audiences across the country with his character "Uncle Josh" from "Punkin Center."  The character Uncle Josh Whitcomb is from the play The Old Homestead written by Thompson and George W. Ryer in 1886.
Cal Stewart was a celebrated performer and made many friends on his including writer Mark Twain and humorist Will Rogers.  Stewart kind humor is reminiscent of Will Rogers and without doubt his style influenced the younger Rogers.
At the age of 40 Cal Stewart began recording monologues as "Uncle Josh" for Edison in 1897.  He quickly became one of America's first widely successful recording artists and made recordings for all the major labels of the era Edison, Columbia, Victor, Brunswick, and Emerson.  Cal Stewart continued performing and recording until his death on December 7, 1919.  Stewart was one of the first recording artists to demand royalties from his recordings.
Mr. Saul taught music for the Greece Central School District for 33 years.  He received his musical and educational training at SUNY and the Eastman School of Music.  Thom and his wife Shirley have been homeowners in Ludlow since 1999 and spend about 100 days in Vermont Each year.
Access to BRAM will be easy for everyone now that BRAM has completed the full installation of its elevator service to all floors of the historic building.  Ground access to the elevator is via the  new elevator wing at the rear of the building.  
The program, on July 7th at 7PM, will be at BRAM, located at 14 High Street in Ludlow.  Admission is by donation and refreshments will be served directly after the program.

Okemo Young Artist Return to United Church

After a hiatus last summer, the Okemo Young Artists have returned to Ludlow. For the sixth time, they will use the United Church as their concert venue. Eight young string players are included this year: six violinists, a violist, and a cellist. Their ages range from 9 to 14. The size and age range of the groups harkens back to earlier years. Their music is as exciting as we have come to expect throughout the years of their presence in Ludlow.

On Sunday June 24th, three artists play played Bach selections during the Sunday morning service at the United Church of Ludlow. Tess Krope played the Prelude to Partita No. 5; Mira Williams played a selection from the Cello Suite No. 5 adapted for viola; Josh Ben-Dashan and Mira Williams played a part of a concerto for two violins. The congregation experienced wonder and received the presentation most enthusiastically.
The Young Artist will present three public concerts at the United Church of Ludlow at 7:30 PM on Thursdays June 28 and July 5, and Tuesday July 10. They will also be playing in the 10:15 AM Sunday July 1 and 8 worship services.
In appreciation for the gifts of inspiring music and youthful enthusiasm given to us by these amazing young artists, there will be an Ice Cream Social for all in attendance following the July 10 concert. Concerts are free. There is a donation basket for scholarships supporting this program.
Come, be uplifted by wonderful music and inspiring young people.
The United Church is located at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets in Ludlow.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Green Energy Gulag | Washington Free Beacon

Joseph McDonald
3:24 PM (39 minutes ago)

The Obama administration is using prison labor to advance its green energy agenda, enriching foreign companies and some of the president’s largest campaign donors in the process.
Federal Prison Industries, most commonly known by the trade name UNICOR, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Justice. Established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934, UNICOR was intended as a voluntary work-training program for federal inmates. It has recently gone into business supplying federal agencies with green energy technology such as solar panels.
Hundreds of federal inmates earn between $0.23 and $1.15 per hour manufacturing solar panels at UNICOR facilities in New York and Oregon. The panels are then sold to a variety of government agencies, which are obligated by law to purchase them.
One of the alleged rationales for the program is to allow federal agencies to purchase domestically produced solar panels at an affordable price. UNICOR’s website insists its solar panels “are domestically sourced and produced, meeting the requirements of the Buy American Act, Trade Agreement Act, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
However, the agency signed a five-year $219 million contract in 2009 with Taiwan-based Motech Industries to provide the individual solar cells used to assemble the panels.
It is a common trick employed to get around “Buy American” restrictions, said Rep. Bill Huizenga (R., Mich.). Products manufactured using foreign components still qualify if they are physically assembled in the United States. “It’s yet another outrage on what is happening with our tax dollars,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. Huizenga has sponsored legislation to reform UNICOR in an effort to ensure that prison labor “is not taking business away from the private sector.”
UNICOR typically partners with private companies to install the panels and help the agencies put in place other energy-saving measures. Major beneficiaries of this system include Constellation Energy, which was recently acquired by the Exelon Corporation, a Chicago-based utility provider with deep ties to the Obama administration.
Less than two week after the two firms finalized their merger, Constellation won a 20-year contract to provide renewable energy to 10 State Department facilities, including its Foggy Bottom headquarters, as well as a portion of the White House campus.
The “first-of-its-kind federal contract” will help the department contribute to President Obama’s executive order mandating a 28-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to a company press release. It will also spur the development of several new green energy projects facilities, including a 5-megwatt solar project in New Jersey that will use panels provide by UNICOR.
An excerpt, a lot more at

Monday, June 18, 2012

90-degree Temperatures in Vermont This Week

Vermont Department of Health/National Weather Service/Vermont Emergency Management
News Release
June 18, 2012
Vermont Department of Health: 802-863-7281
National Weather Service: 802-862-8711
90-degree Temperatures in Vermont This Week – Stay Cool/Stay Safe
WATERBURY – The National Weather Service in Burlington has forecast temperatures in the 90s later this week.  NWS says humidity will also steadily increase this week causing some locales to feel like 100-degrees on Wednesday.  These hot temperatures could lead to heat-related illnesses in extreme cases.
While extreme heat can cause problems for anyone; the elderly, children, and people with respiratory ailments are more susceptible to the heat. Those populations are encouraged to take extra precautions to avoid problems during this period of extreme temperatures.
Some advice to heed during hot weather:
·         Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity. Don’t try to do too much on a hot day.
·         Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
·         Swimming in rivers always carries with it the risk of encountering swift waters.  According to the Agency of Natural Resources, following Tropical Storm Irene there may be more debris on the margins of the rivers; people should try not to swim near or around it if it’s in contact with the water or attempt to climb over the debris.
·         Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
·         Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
·         Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
·         Stay indoors as much as possible.
·         If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
·         Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
·         Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent
·         Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
·         Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
·         Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
·         Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.
Tips on treating heat-related ailments:
  • Heat Cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. They usually involve the abdominal muscles or legs, and are caused by loss of water due to heavy sweating. Treatment includes getting the person to a cooler place to rest in a comfortable position. Give the person a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.
  • Heat Exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease, resulting in a form of mild shock.
The skin will be cool and moist, appearing either pale or flushed. The person may have headache and/or experience nausea. There may also be dizziness. It is important to treat the person promptly, so the condition does not intensify into heat stroke. Get the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, supply a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes, making sure the person drinks slowly. Let the person rest in a comfortable position, and watch carefully for changes in his or her condition.
  • Heat Stroke is the most serious heat emergency. It is life threatening. The person’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, shuts down. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.
The person will have hot, red skin, with changes of consciousness. Their pulse will be rapid but weak, and they will experience rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can rise to 105ยบ F. If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be wet; otherwise it will feel dry. A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse in a cool bath or wrap in wet sheets. Watch for breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the person refuses water, is vomiting, or there are changes in their level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.
In cases of emergency or extreme illness call 9-1-1.
For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7281.
For Weather related questions call the National Weather Service at 802-862-8711 or visit for a complete forecast.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer READing Book Fair
Sponsored by
The Book Nook June 15th to June 22nd
Buy Books and Support The Mt. Holly Library
20% From the Sale of the Book You Buy
From June 15th to June 22nd Can Be Donated to the Mt. Holly Library
Summer Is Here It’s Time to Soak Up theGood Weather And READ
You Can Also Buy a Book for the Library From a Wish List on File at the Book Nook
Don’t Forget to Say Your Donation Is  For The Mt. Holly Library

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mt. Holly Library

Don’t Miss the First Library Event of the Summer
Wednesday, June 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The “Almost” Slumber Party!
(wear PJs, bedtime story, milk & cookies)
Participate in a game of “find it” with search prizes.
Reading Books for Bucks
Redeem Your Reading Slips!
Children read on their own or can be read to.
Pick Prizes According To the Length of Time You Have Read!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kelly Clark Foundation Golf Tournament

From : 
Michelle Anzovino

3rd Annual Kelly Clark Foundation Golf Tournament.


Meet and greet with Kelly Clark Sat. July 7th at TC's Family Restaurant 6-9 pm. Early registration, free munchies/cash bar.

Tournament is Sunday July 8th at The Haystack Golf Club in Wilmingon, Vermont. 11am Pig roast and registration, 1pm shotgun start, team photos with Kelly, gift bag, dinner and awards will follow. $125 per person. Amazing prizes and raffles from our generous sponsors.

Contact Michelle Anzovino at 802-464-8011 or email to sign up or for more info