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