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!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


If you are interested in covering library
hours and helping with projects I will be giving a training on
Wednesday, July 18th from 5 to 7 pm.
You will be joining several other people who are already signed up.
We would love to have you!
Our volunteers really enjoy the time they spend helping out!

Friday, July 13, 2012


The Select board voted to put ONE WAY SIGNS up for Saturday Dinners and any major function at the ODD FELLOWS HALL on Lake Street in Belmont Vt Starting July 14.
They will be up from 4PM till 8:00PM. This is hopes of avoiding accidents and congestion. Traffic will come into Belmont via Healdville Road turn right and right again at Lake Street up the hill and park for dinner continue on flowing all ONE WAY.
Thanks, Mt. Holly Select Board 

Mount Holly Farmers Market

Mount Holly Farmers Market
Local flavors, local faces
10am - 1pm

The market is held EVERY Saturday, rain or shine,
on the green in Belmont. 

Bring your best friend to the market this weekend!

Our Market Vendors This Week:

Josh Cohen
Stop by and welcome Josh to the market!  His baked goods are his specialty - especially his blueberry muffins!

Jesse Gillette
Visit Jesse's booth for a selection of wrought iron crafts, maple syrup and in-season produce.

Mount Holly Dairy-Aire Farm
Millicent has a variety of items - from beef to baked goods.  There is always something for everyone.

Plew Farm
Fresh chickens are their specialty.  Stop by to pick up a chicken or two.

Popplewood Farm
Take a few moments to stop by Popplewood Farm.  Their soap collection is worth the trip to the market.  Beautiful.

Stephanie Smith
Stephanie's treats help satisfy that sweet tooth in everyone.  Visit Stephanie to see what baked goods she's got this week!

Two Ponds Pottery
Katie has a little bit of everything.  From pottery, to produce and baked bread - stop by and check it out!

Like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with our market


Music this week:

Wooden Fish
Belmont's own Jeb Porter, and Wooden Fish will be providing some great music at the market.  Pull up a blanket or chair and sit a spell!


Happening in town:

Taming of the Shrew
On the green in Belmont - Back for their 5th year, The Rutland Youth Theatre with a cast of 13 local area teenagers will present another of Shakespeare's great tales! 

Baked Ham Dinner
Moriah Masons Baked Ham Dinner at the Odd Fellows Hall
The Mount Holly Farmers Market welcomes new vendors. 
Half season and/or daily rates available. 
Contact Millicent Johnson or Stephanie Smith for more market information. 

Earth-Directed X-flare and CME


By - Joseph McDonald

Space Weather News for July 12, 2012

EARTH-DIRECTED X-FLARE: Big sunspot AR1520 erupted on July 12th around 16:53 UT, producing an X-class solar flare and hurling a CME directly toward Earth.  Forecasters expect the cloud to arrive on July 14th.  Its impact could spark moderate to severe geomagnetic storms, allowing auroras to be seen at lower latitudes than usual.  Check for more information and updates.

AURORA ALERTS: Would you like a call when geomagnetic storms are underway? Aurora alerts are available from (text) and (voice).

Mount Holly Day

Thursday, July 12, 2012

BRAM Plans Huge Silent Auction

For Epic Restaurant Gala July 21

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On Saturday, July 21, at 6 PM, at the Epic Restaurant at Okemo's Solitude Mountain area, Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) will be hosting its second annual gala featuring a fantastic menu, great company, and a silent auction with items that will satisfy everyone's needs and desires.
In describing the gala, Sharon Combes-Farr, BRAM Treasurer, noted that the event is a "great opportunity for folks in the Ludlow area, and second home owners as well, to meet to enjoy a delightful dinner in a superb setting that is crowned by an outstanding group of silent auction items that you cannot find anywhere else".
Listed below are some of the many items included in the silent auction.  The list, though not complete since more items are being added daily, has something for everyone:
* dining certificates from the Echo Lake Inn
* $20 gift certificate from Shaws
* framed Ludlow print from Hunter-Lea
* a Lobster Dinner for four from Black River Produce
* $50 gift certificate to Mr. Darcy's + leather bound copy of the works of the Brontes (Darcy is a main character in Pride and Prejudice)
* a month gold membership donated by the Castle Inn & Resort
* a "foraging experience" included lessons in both fiddelheads and morels, from Iggy Matulonis
* Dinner for two at Downtown Grocery Restaurant
* an hour private golf lesson with Mike Santa Maria, head golf professional with 2 rounds of golf from Okemo Valley Golf course. * 2 adventure tickets for Jackson Gore including the new segway and zip line tours
* a 2 night get-away to NYC apartment on Central Park West and 107th Street, 6th floor (see photo)
* catered lunch for 6
* mulch with a retail price of $125
* Glimmerstone - 2 nights stay
* Okemo Inn - 2 nights stay
* Combes Family Inn - 2 nights stay
* Private tour of Antinori vineyard on 20 Mile Stream (paired with bottle of Antinori wine of Italy)
* Learn to make preserves with Ruth Combes from the Combes Family inn (paired with case of Ball jars)
* a bird walk with the Audubon Society
* Mt Bike ½ day Ride with Rick Trainer
* a Road Bike Tour with John Neal
* Travelers Championship Golf Tournament Tickets- (for June 2013) by Ludlow Insurance
* a hike to the Okemo Mt Fire Tower by the VT Dept of Forest and Parks
Tickets may be purchased at BRAM, located at 14 High Street in Ludlow,or via its members; in Ludlow, tickets are also available at the Book Nook and the Wine and Cheese Depot. Tickets are $50 each. For additional information, call 802-228-5050 or  The gala is an annual fund-raising effort by BRAM to help it support both new programs and exhibits as well as cover some of its operating costs. 

For those who like to travel to New York, Jim and Anita Alic have a very special silent auction item that will provide a wonderful chance to visit the city and stay in a lovely apartment located on Central Park West. 

Mount Holly Community Historical Museum


Saturday, July 14th at 2 pm
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
Back for Their 5th Year The Rutland Youth Theatre
 with a cast of 13 local area teenagers will
 present another of Shakespeare’s great tales!
Rain venue will be the Mt. Holly Library!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rotary Seeking Host For Youth Exchange Student


Ludlow Rotary is again hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student this coming school year and we are seeking three host families from our area. The boy's name is Sergio from Mexico and he is 16 years old and will be attending BRHS as a Junior. He enjoys soccer, basketball,football, english literature, fishing, water skiing and playing his guitar. He maintains good grades in school and has no allergies.If your family would like more information on this truly life changing opportunity, for you and the young adult, please contact Jim Rumrill weekdays at 228-8866 or Sharon Bixby 228-8823 (W) or 228-4530(H) Thank you for your consideration!

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Mount Holly Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Please join the Mount Holly Conservation Trust on July 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Holly Historical  Perkins House Museum for our annual meeting.  As Friends of Star Lake (FOSL) is a designated fund, or committee, of  the Conservation Trust, this is also the annual meeting for them.  The meeting will include election of new board members and officers.  Refreshments will be served  immediately follow the meeting.   If you are interested in joining the board, please contact nominating committee chairman Andy Tanger at 259-2344 or Brigid Sullivan at 259-2274.

At 7:00 p.m. we will move to the Library for the presentation titled  Meet the Moose by Cedric Alexander, Moose Project Leader from the  VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife.  The event is sponsored by the Ninevah Foundation and co-sponsored by the Wilderness Community, Inc,.  Mount Holly Library and Community Association and the Conservation Trust.

The purpose of the  Mount Holly Conservation Trust is to preserve the beauty and character of Mount Holly through the conservation of land and water that is valued by the community.  We encourage you to attend the meeting and join in our efforts.
Brigid Sullivan

Ludlow Community Center
Monday, July 30
12:30 - 5:30 pm
Give blood and give LIFE!

All About Owls!

Mt. Holly Library
Wednesday, July 11th – 6:30 pm
All About Owls! Presented By Grafton Nature Museum
Program for all Ages
These silent flyers of the night are fascinating.
Explore the world of these nocturnal birds and learn about their 
adaptations through pictures, calls, feathers, mounts, and more.
For Information call: 802-259-3707

Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture Clinic
Mt. Holly Town Library
Tuesday, July 10th–6:00 pm for new people
6:30 pm for returning participants!
Donation for Virginia is respectfully requested.

YOGA CLASSES With Jen Coleman

YOGA CLASSES With Jen Coleman at the
Mt. Holly Library For six weeks each Wednesday 
starting July 18 at 9 am
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 6 weeks at $60 or $12 per class for drop-ins.For more information and to sign up call
Jen at 802-775-6301 or for more information call the library at 259-3707

Saturday, July 7, 2012

BRAM Needs Your Help In Identifying People From a 1930 Photo of Wadleigh School Students

Up in the third floor classroom exhibit at Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) is a photograph of students at Wadleigh School in 1930.  For years, BRAM staff believed they had identified everyone in the photo.  But, HARK, upon reviewing it recently, BRAM realized that two students in the photo had not been identified.  Wadleigh School was one of the 14 one-room schools in the area.  It was located on South Hill in Ludlow along with the Hemenway School in that same location.  The phot has been hanging in the Finnish exhibit since a large number of the known students were of Finnish descent, living in Ludlow.  The two students who have remained unidentified are the fifth and sixth students in the front row of the photo.  According to BRAM records, the students (and teacher) are identified, from left to right, as: back row, Ragnar Ranta, Lillian Maki, Ellen Alto, Ellen Menander, William Waite, Teacher, Arvo Tofferi, Floyd Tucker, Toivo Ekroos and front row, Aili Ekroos, Lillian Ekroos, Julia Tofferi, Aili Maki,UnidentifiedUnidentified, Dick Tucker, Tuuri Tofferi.  Alice Suojanen has assisted the museum in correcting the names and spellings for the known students.  However, the museum would appreciate any assistance the readers may offer in identifying the two remaining students.  To contact the museum, call 802-228-5050 or  This is a puzzle that BRAM would very much like to resolve - with the readers help!  With the new elevator in the building bringing more visitors to its various exhibits, BRAM would like to complete the identifications of all in this historic photo.

BRAM Plans Huge Silent Auction For Epic Restaurant Gala July 21

BRAM Plans Huge Silent Auction
For Epic Restaurant Gala July 21
Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) is in the process of gathering a very large number of valuable and interesting objects and gifts for the silent auction that will be part of its annual gala on Saturday, July 21, at 6 PM, at the Epic Restaurant at Okemo's Solitude Mountain area.
According to the latest update from BRAM  Director, Georgia Brehm, and event coordinator Joyce Washburn, some of the items being offered during the silent auction will include - but not be limited to:
* Glimmerstone - 2 nights stay
* Okemo Inn - 2 nights stay
* Combes Family Inn - 2 nights stay
* Private tour of Antinori vineyard on 20 Mile Stream (paired with bottle of Antinori wine of Italy)
* Learn to make preserves with Ruth Combes from the Combes Family inn (paired with case of Ball jars)
* a bird walk with the Audubon Society
* Mt Bike ½ day Ride with Rick Trainer
* a Road Bike Tour with John Neal
* Travelers Championship Golf Tournament Tickets- (for June 2013) by Ludlow Insurance
* a hike to the Okemo Mt Fire Tower by the VT Dept of Forest and Parks
The gala is an annual fund-raising effort by BRAM to help it support both new programs and exhibits as well as cover some of its operating costs. 
Tickets may be purchased at BRAM, located at 14 High Street in Ludlow, or via its members.  For additional information, call 802-228-5050 or