Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Fun Activities at The Book Nook

Summer Fun Activities at The Book Nook

LUDLOW, VERMONT. The Book Nook will host a variety of summer fun activities at the store starting in July.  In addition to the usual author talks and book signing events, there will be Sunday afternoon scrap-booking, Wednesday night adult coloring and mandala creation, and vinyl listening parties on Thursdays.  Indulge your passions and join us for an afternoon or evening of fun at The Book Nook.

Owners Scott Stearns and Patty Greenwood have been working with Kathy McMahon to organize and lead scrap-booking sessions here at the store for several years. Regular cropping and scrap-booking Sundays will continue at The Book Nook this Summer. The next scrap-booking session will be Sunday July 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please RSVP to scott@ if you want to attend as space is limited.

New for this Summer, The Book Nook is partnering with RadInspirations to present a series of adult coloring events on Wednesdays.  Rose Cipriano of RadInspirations will lead the adult coloring sessions. Things starts off with Adult Coloring for Fun and Relaxation on Wednesday July 8th from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and Creating Mandalas on Wednesday July 22nd from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Please RSVP to scott@ if you want to attend as space is limited. For more information please call 802-779-1143 or 802-228-3238.

The Book Nook has indulged its obsession with supposedly obsolete technologies by getting into vinyl records. Stearns and Greenwood have been selling vinyl since late 2014; they now have a small, but growing selection of new and used vinyl records. Book browsers can appreciate the sound of vinyl (or demonstrate to their young children how they listened to music growing up) from the compact turntable and speaker setup in the store.

To celebrate vinyl listening Stearns will kick off a series of Vinyl Listening Parties. Stearns will be using an Audio-Technica turntable and a Marshall speaker combo to listen to some records on the first Thursdays of the month (he occasionally does it during regular store hours too).  On the first Thursday of the month Stearns will pick a theme for the evening and spin records that fit that theme. Heck there might be some books that go along with the records too (book and record pairings, what a thought). Check out or our Facebook page or Twitter feed for the specifics closer to the date.  Stearns be happy to discuss turntables, records and anything related to vinyl records and music. Stearns will take a look vinyl for sale as well (but be forewarned the store will only buy a very small amount of used vinyl).

Please stop in the store and check out the summer fun activities at The Book Nook. 

The Book Nook
An independent bookstore in Ludlow, Vermont

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Heroic Happenings

Weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.

Each week features a theme, music stories and a craft.
Summer Reading Program Registration Continues
Come to the library, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get your free starter kit containing a reading log, newsletter, bookmarks and other goodies. Ages Birth-18!

Heroic Happenings
Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm
July 1st- Grafton Nature Museum presents “Honey Bee’s Natures Heroes!

July 8th- Webster’s House Animal Shelter presents
Heroes of Animal Rescue. There will be kittens at this event. Program best for ages 4 & up.

July 15th-  Therapy Dogs in Action-  Our monthly reading dog Oreo with be here with her owner Arlene and two friends to talk about therapy dogs and the important jobs they do.

July 29th- Awesome Origami- Origami Artist Gail Martin will join us for a hands on introduction to the art of Origami. Ages 6 to Adult

Monthly Movie Night
Monday July 13, 2015 5:00-7:00
Dreamworks ©” Penguins of Madagascar” (PG)
All ages welcome- A cool treat will be provided

Creative Tuesdays 
July 7thCrazy cat toys- Let’s get together and make some fun cat toys to donate to Webster’s House Animal Shelter. The toys will be presented to Webster’s House staff on July 8th when they visit the libray @ 1:00pm.
July 14thDecorative Hot Air Balloons- Using paper, string and other fun materials we’ll create some colorful and cool hot air balloons to decorate your room.
July 21stWonderful windchimes- Windchimes make beautiful music when they blow in the breeze. Make your own charming chimes using beads, string, bells and other treasures!
July 28thPet Rocks- Have you always wanted an easy pet to take care of? Come to the library and create you very own pet rock! Paint, googley eyes and other materials will help your new friend come alive!

DCF Book Group
Monday July 20th
5:30-6:30 pm
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join our new monthly DCF book group. This month we will be reading the fantastic graphic novel “El Deafo” by CeCe Bell. Don’t miss out on a fun discussion, activities and a snack!

Tween and Teen Crafternoon
Ages 11 & Up
Thursday July 30th 3:00-4:00pm
Stop by to make a fun summery craft.

Lego Challenge
Every Friday
Drop by the library any time on Friday and try out a weekly challenge.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fletcher Farm School Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

Fletcher Farm School Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

July 4, 2015 & August 22, 2015
10:00am to 4:00pm
Rain or Shine!
Sponsored by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc., the festival features the exquisite works of over 90 of New England’s finest artists and craftsmen. The picturesque, historic farm setting provides the perfect backdrop to the artists and artisans exhibiting top quality wares such as pottery, primitives, glass, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings, scroll work, dried flowers, syrup, honey, rose blossom jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, doll clothes, wood turnings, stained glass, fabulous foods and more.

We will be selling authentic antique 80 year-old maple syrup sap buckets that our members and instructors have artistically painted.  You will enjoy many uses for these buckets in your home.  They can be used as ice buckets, flower planters, wastebaskets, umbrella holders and anything your imagination can devise.

In addition, the school will be selling scrumptious homemade strawberry shortcake and a large assortment of beautiful signed and numbered prints, suitable for framing. 

Plan to enjoy Saturday, July at the Arts & Crafts Festival on the grounds of Fletcher Farm, Route 103 South in Ludlow.  Admission is free.

Sue Chadwick
Secretary of Society of Vermont Artists & Craftsmen Board of Directors

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rescued bear returned to wild

Rescued bear returned to wild
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | June 11,2015

WALLINGFORD — An orphaned bear, rescued from a Wallingford home in March, was released back into the wilderness Wednesday along with a friend.

The female black bear was released into the woods in Mount Holly, just across the Wallingford border, by Timothy Carey, a game warden; Forrest Hammond, Vermont’s bear biologist; and Mary Beth Adler and Ryan Smith, both with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. The bear had been rescued from underneath a porch in Wallingford on March 6.

A second female black bear was released on Wednesday at the same time. Hammond said those involved in the bear rescue weren’t sure where it originally came from, but decided to release it in the same area of Green Mountain National Forest in Mount Holly because it was a good bear habitat.The Wallingford bear was about a year old when it was found, and weighed about 11 pounds. “It should have been way bigger. It was very malnourished,” Carey said.
The bear weighed about 55 pounds when it was released on Wednesday.

Carey said the fact that the bear was hibernating under the porch of a house in March indicated it hadn’t learned to be on its own.

“We don’t know exactly how it was orphaned. It could have been a motor vehicle accident or it could be his mom was shot during the hunting season. We don’t know, but now it’s exactly at the right size. It’s going to know where it is and what it’s doing,” he said.

The Wallingford bear suffered some damage from the ordeal. Her left ear showed signs of damage from frostbite. Carey said the bear “bounced back” from the frostbite and said it wouldn’t be a detriment to her life in the wild.

The bears were taken deep into the woods on Wednesday in cages. When the time came to release them, Carey and Hammond simply opened the cages and let them walk out. 

The Wallingford bear quickly ran into the wood, but the second bear spent a little more time getting her feet underneath herself as she recovered from a tranquilizer.

In March, the bear was taken to a sanctuary in Lyme, N.H. run by Ben Kilham to be restored to health.

Hammond said Kilham had taken care of more than 20 bears this year. This week, five of those bears were released in Vermont, three in Reading, in Windsor County, on Monday, and two in Mount Holly on Wednesday.

“(The bears) let us know when they’re ready to go. They’re starting to pace the pen and the lot. They’re healthy. They’ve gained weight. It’s the normal time that their mother would usually be kicking them off because it’s mating season,” Hammond said.

Hammond praised Kilham as one of a small number of people who know how to rescue bears and rehabilitate them in a way that will allow them to return to the wild.

In the Mount Holly area where the bears were released, there are plenty of green plants they can eat, Hammond said.

However, Hammond said the bears may not stay in the area. The Wallingford bear may stick around because she is familiar with the area. Carey said the bear was being released less than 10 miles from where she was found.

The other bear is more likely to begin wandering around. Two years ago, Fish & Wildlife released three bears, which were tagged, and found that one ended up being harvested by a hunter in Canada, more than 100 miles away.

Carey said local people can help the bears released on Wednesday, and others like them, live longer lives by bringing in their bird feeders and trash.

“It’s going to be looking for the easiest food source and if we keep our trash and bird feeders inside, we’re going to reduce the conflicts that in a worst case scenario kill the bear because it associates our houses with food. We put ourselves in a dangerous situation when that happens,” he said.

patrick.mcardle @rutlandher

Police: Land dispute rises to gun threat

Police: Land dispute rises to gun threat
By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli
Staff WRiter | June 19,2015
A festering dispute about the ownership of a Mount Holly property right of way escalated into death threats with a loaded revolver, Vermont State Police said.

Police also said they heard shots fired while they searched for David Marquis, 29, along a logging trail off Route 155.

Marquis pleaded innocent this week in Rutland criminal court to reckless endangerment.

The charge carries a potential one-year jail sentence for conduct that places another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

The incident on Route 155 in Mount Holly had been brewing ever since Marquis bought land that must be accessed through a right of way. Police said the other property owner, also a male, had an issue with the way Marquis accessed his newly purchased property.

Verbal altercations had occurred previously, but had not become physical, police said.

On May 18, the other man said, he saw Marquis drive past his home several times. At about 6:30 p.m., the man said, he was in his backyard with his children when he saw Marquis driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser with Massachusetts plates past his home again and he stepped into the road to flag him down.

The man told police he put his hand out to Marquis, who veered toward him with his vehicle.

In a sworn statement, the man said Marquis drove to a turnaround near the intersection of Tarbellville Road, screeching his tires and driving back to the man’s home.

Marquis allegedly thrust a .44 Magnum Ruger revolver into his face and screamed, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you, I’ll take you out and I will put a bullet in your head.”

The man told police the gun was so close he could see the bullets in the cylinder.

The man told Marquis his children were behind him, btu he allegedly replied, “I don’t care — I’ll kill you right here.”

A woman at the home called police. When the troopers arrived, the man, woman and children were visibly upset and Marquis was gone, police said.

“I felt my children’s lives were in danger, and if he would have shot he would have killed me or my wife and sons,” the man said to police.

Marquis lives in a recreational trailer in a wooded section of the property, and it is accessed by two trails located across from the man’s property about a half mile up a Class 4 road.

At about 8 p.m. State Police headed up the trail to arrest Marquis, and when they were about a quarter of a mile up the trail, Trooper Patrick Slaney said he heard a gunshot directly in front of him.

“I perceived the gunshot to be from a high-powered firearm,” he wrote in his affidavit. “A few seconds later I heard a second gunshot go off.”

Because of the danger, the troopers returned to the other man’s residence, Slaney said. While walking back, they heard three additional gunshots.

“It should be noted that these gunshots were in such close proximity to us it immediately caused us to move behind cover for protection,” he said. “I was in fear that the gun was being shot toward the other troopers and me.”

Marquis was not apprehended at this time.

But the next day, at about 1:30 p.m., Marquis came into the State Police barracks in Rutland to request a restraining order against the other man.

Marquis said the other man had threatened him, and when he stopped his car in the road, the other man threatened to kill Marquis’ dog.

Marquis said he was in fear for himself and his dogs. The other man said, according to Marquis’ sworn statement, “come fight me, fight me you (expletive), come out of the car.”

That’s when Marquis said he pulled out his gun. Marquis said the man yelled to his wife to get his gun.

As far as the shots fired near police, Marquis said he fired multiple rounds to scare off a bear, police said.

Police said a witness heard the men fighting, but believed Marquis was the aggressor.

Judge Thomas A. Zonay released Marquis on conditions, and his next hearing is Sept. 2.


Monday, June 15, 2015


JUNE 09, 2015

 The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by Ted Crawford, chair. Ray Tarbell and Tim Martin were present. All stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 1. Additions/Deletions to the Agenda: The Cider Days road closure item was postponed until the July meeting. There were as number of additions to the Agenda, one under Highways (winter sand bids) and several under Other (one regarding the Rutland Dispatch changes, and several notification items. 
2. Minutes:  The minutes of the regular meeting of May 12 were sent out before the meeting for review. David Johnson had noted that the bond payment request was from the Town of Ludlow, not the TRSU. Upon motions made and seconded it was VOTED: To approve the May 12 minutes, as amended. (3-0) 
3. Rutland Regional Planning Commission – presentation on The Bus Minga Dana presented information on the Marble Valley Regional Transit District (The Bus), which celebrates its 40th anniversary later this year. The agency provides public transportation thru out Rutland County with connecting routes to Middlebury, Manchester, and Springfield, via Ludlow. The agency provided 700,000 rides in the last fiscal year, one-third of which were in and around Killington during the winter. Minga left copies of the schedules at the town office as well as contact information for her for any further questions.
 4. Rutland Dispatch Center Don Patch updated the Board on the closing of the State Rutland Dispatch center, consolidating 4 PSAPs into 2, as of September 15th. This will affect fire, rescue and constable dispatching. The agencies could continue to use the State center (which will be Rockingham) at little or no cost. The agencies could set up a local dispatch center (estimated annual operating cost of $1.1 million), costs to be covered by the agencies using it. There is no default position; a decision must be made. Downside concerns have been loss of local knowledge (less of an issue now with GPS/mapping technology) and loss of local jobs (14 positions in the 2 closing centers will likely be accomplished thru attrition rather than layoffs). The Selectboard will be contacting the three Mount Holly agencies regarding this. 
5. Highways  The Town did not get a State paving grant this year, so paving will be done to the level in the budget. The board opened bids from Fuller ($62/ton) and Pike ($66.95/ton). Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To award the paving bid to Fuller. (3-0) Jeff noted that the handicapped space at the town office will be paved at the same time. 
 Bridge Inspection Reports were received from the State. This is the last year for hardcopy reports. The State will only put reports up on the online system. Jeff noted that the next bridge due for repair is the Austria House bridge (Bowlsville Rd), in 2017. It may be cheaper to make Gates Rd or Bowlsville Rd passible for traffic during the bridge repair. 
 Road Foreman: Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To appoint Jeff Teter as Road Foreman for FY2016. (3-0)  
Winter Sand: Jeff had received quotes from Pike (9.44/yd), Markowski ($10.50/yd) and Wallingford (9.31/yd). He recommended getting 1500 yds of sand from Pike (for quality), 500 yds of 3/8 stone to mix with it, and trucking to be done by Either ($3.50/yd) for a total cost of $29,520. Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To proceed with sand purchase and trucking as recommended by Jeff. (3-0) 
6. Report of Treasurer  David Johnson presented an income and expense statement dated May 31, 2015 showing cash balances of $1,311,589. Property taxes still outstanding are about $41,000 for 17 properties. Tax sales are proceeding on 11, 3 are on a payment plan, and 3 cannot be acted upon this year due to foreclosure and/or prior years unredeemed. The Town received $27,150 from FEMA for the December storm damage; we expect to receive the 12/5% ERAF portion from the State. Solid Waste revenue (label sales) is $18,454 thru May; we will be below budget for the year. Appraisal services are over budget, with more to come. The Summer Road budget will be managed carefully due to the over budget on the Winter Road expenses. The Town sends an additional $666,000 above what is needed for our school to the State Education Fund. Ted Crawford felt this needed to be emphasized more, especially in regards to the small school grants being dropped. 
 Homestead Penalties – The State allows municipalities to levy or waive penalties for late filers of the Homestead Declaration which result in the incorrect tax rate (resident/non-resident) being applied on the property tax bills. Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To waive the late filing penalties for FY2016. (3-0)  
Setting the Tax Rate – It appears that no special meeting will be needed; the tax rate can be set at the next regular meeting of the Selectboard. Bills are expected to be mailed July 27th, with the discount due date of August 30. 
 Propane Purchase – Upon review of proposals from Cota and Cota, there does not appear to be any advantage for the Town to purchase price protection for the coming year. 
7. Star Lake Dam Reconstruction Project – Ron Unterman 
   Money: All necessary money is in place, and even beyond the expected amount, with donations from 265 people.  
Permits: 1) The Army Corps permit has been received. 
2) The Dam Safety permit is on track. 
3) The Lake Encroachment permit application is in and seems to be okay.  Contract: Not yet signed, but the Notice of Award allowed Casella to order necessary materials ahead of time. Contract signing expected on June 15th , with August 3rd as the expected date of the start of construction. Casella will likely start taking trees down before then. 
 Canoes: No one has yet taken any away. (All canoes at the beach area will need to be removed.) 
8. Transfer Station –  Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection: Saturday, June 27, 8am to Noon 
 Leaf and Yard Debris – Per Act 148, the Town must accept ‘leaf and yard debris’ at the transfer station starting July 1. (Leaf and Yard Debris means compostable untreated vegetative matter such as grass clippings, leaves, kraft paper bags and brush 1 inch in diameter or smaller.) Discussion noted that most people in rural towns mulch their grass clippings and/or have a corner of the yard where such materials are piled and essentially composted. Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To set the charges for leaf and yard debris as follows: 2 stickers per bag, 15 stickers per pickup truck (no extended side walls), 30 stickers for trucks larger than pickup size. No plastic bags; material brought in plastic bags must be dumped out into the designated area. (3-0)  This will be reviewed in 60 days. 
9. Planning Commission  RR Transportation Council report – Nothing requiring Selectboard attention this month. 
 Appointments: RRPC – Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: to appoint Don Richardson as the Town’s Commissioner to the RRPC. There was no alternate appointed. RRTC – Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: to appoint David Hoeh as the Town’s Representative and Don Richardson as the Alternate Representative to the RRTC.
 10. Cell Phone and Internet Access Ted Crawford reported that the pole on Healdville Rd is for fiber optics, not cell. AT&T has no plans to build a cell tower. VTel says that a tower is going up, but no carriers yet. He also noted that the Town’s 2001 Ordinance on Telecommunications is outdated both due to technology changes and regulations at the state level. Because we have no zoning, there is no local process allowed. Telecommunications issues are handled by the Public Service Board (PSB), although the town itself can go to the PSB. 
11. Other Business 
 BCBS is seeking a 7.5% rate increase in health insurance premiums for 2016.  Aquatic Nuisance Grant – The Board signed the Grant Agreement, which is for Lake Ninevah.  
Community First Aid Discussion Group – Don Richardson will be leading a series of discussions on first-aid related topics (based on participants’ interests) on Monday evenings starting in July. These will be at the church or the library (alternating). More information will be in the ChitChat and Newsflash, or contact Don.  
Town Office Water Supply – As part of getting a second opinion for a water problem at the rescue squad building, it was determined that there is a common source well for the three buildings (town office, rescue, fire). Testing showed there is no E.coli problem, just a bad smell that seems to be mostly at the rescue building, and related to the hot water heater. Jeff noted that is common in water heaters and is usually solved by chlorinating the tank. 
 New England Clean Power Link (the high voltage line planned to run under Route 103) – the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available. Ted Crawford noted that there is an excellent short summary of the project. 
 VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation will be working on the Healdville Trail this year.  VELCO will be installing weather-tracking equipment on a tower on Okemo Mountain. 
12. Executive Session At 9:01pm, upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To enter Executive Session for the purpose of wage review of highway employees. Jeff Teter was invited to join the session. At 9:17 pm the Board returned from Executive Session and upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To return to regular session. The Chair reported that the Board agreed to a $.50 per hour raise for all highway personnel and to provide one additional week of vacation for 30 years of service. 
13. The Board reviewed and signed the May orders for payment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by motion made, seconded and approved, at 9:20 pm. 
Respectfully submitted, Rhonda Rivers Minutes are DRAFT until approved at a Select Board meeting. Approved on: __________________

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Monday June 15th, is the first day of Fletcher Memorial Library Summer Reading Program

Just a reminder that Monday June 15th, is the first day of the Fletcher Memorial Library Summer Reading Program. In conjunction with this years theme  "Every Hero Has A Story"  we'll kick the summer off with a family movie night.  Every one is invited to join us for a FREE showing of the Disney film "Big Hero Six" from 5:00-7:00pm in the library's community room. Refreshments will be served.

Sacha Krawczyk
Youth Services Librarian
Fletcher Memorial Library
Ludlow, Vermont 05149

Mount Holly Volunteer Fire Department Auction

Mount Holly Volunteer Fire Department Auction
Saturday July 18th, 2015
10:00 am

       Belmont Station

We are seeking donations of Good Saleable Items for the Auction. Please search your attic, basement, closets, or garage for items you wish to donate.     
Having a yard sale, we will be happy to take what’s left over.
We will not accept mattresses, exercise equipment, skis or broken items.
All appliances must be in working condition.
         Call 259-2060 and leave a message or contact any firefighter for pickup of items.

Mount Holly Volunteer Fire Department Roast Beef Dinner

Mount Holly Volunteer Fire Department
Roast Beef Dinner
Saturday, June 20th, 5pm
Odd Fellows Hall, Belmont
Cost is $12.00 for adults
Enjoy family style dining, roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggies and homemade desserts.
Take-out orders available
Please support your volunteers
Mount Holly Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 114

Mount Holly, VT 05758

Friday, June 12, 2015


                       REGULAR MEETING
                       June 15, 2015
          MOUNT HOLLY TOWN OFFICE, 7:00 pm
                   REGULAR MEETING

Old Business: Minute approval 

New Business:
Jason Day of Star Wind turbines LLC will be making a short 30-45 minute presentation at the planning commission meeting  to inform town residents of their missions and goals. They will be explaining  the size of the wind turbines and the benifits of owning a share of a small wind turbine. They are planning on installing a 100 wind turbines in Mount Holly and would like to inform Town residents of what to expect when Star Wind Turbine is erected.
A) Leonard Family Trust: New garage
B) Diane Hill: new garage
C)Joseph and Nancy rosato Enlarging existing porch
D)Tim Martin Replace trailor with New Home
E)Bruce Paquette Replace existing Home

 Waste Water Permits:

A) Julie Campbell: replaced failed septic system


Town Plan 


Nicole Griffin

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


.....It's SUPER READERS!  The Mt Holly Town Library Town Summer Reading Program swings into action this month with  programs on June 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th and July 1 and 2.  9:30 AM - Noon at the Library. These free programs are open to all elementary school children residing in Mt Holly and their guests.  The theme this year is "Be A Hero," with special presentations throughout the programs including, Eric Cram, presenting, "Comics, Colors and Everyday Super Powers," on the 23rd.  If you know that your child will be coming to the programs you can register at the Library or with the form available in the Chit Chat.  But if your schedule is still 'flexible' be assured that you and your child can participate in any of the 6 programs just by showing up.  See you there!

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
WIFI available 24/7

4th Annual Support Your Local Library In Store Book Fair at The Book Nook

4th Annual Support Your Local Library In Store Book Fair at The Book Nook
LUDLOW, VERMONT. The Book Nook will be hosting its fourth annual in store book fair at its store on Main Street in Ludlow.  Last year the local indie bookstore provided nearly a $1000 to support the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, Ludlow's Fletcher Memorial Library and the Mt Holly Town Library.  We hope to raise $1000 or more again this year. We encourage everybody who appreciates these communal public spaces and the services provide by our local libraries to stop by The Book Nook June 12 through June 21 and buy books to help support our great local libraries.  Scott Stearns, bookseller at The Book Nook, said "I can't imagine where I would be today without the access to libraries I had when I was growing up as a kid, so I want to make sure we do what we can to keep our local libraries vibrant."
Our community libraries obviously provide as big a selection of books as they can, but they also make computers available for writing up a resume or playing games, Internet access for your laptop, newspapers and magazines, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, summer reading programs, and a whole host of events. These services offer useful information, increase our understanding of the world, and sometimes are just plain fun. The Book Nook wants to make sure that our local librarians can provide as many services as possible by giving them a little bit of extra support.  

The traditional "book fair" normally takes place in a school library and are sponsored by publishers to offer a variety of books to help raise money for the library and encourage literacy by reaching out to young readers. The book fair that will take place in The Book Nook store will offer the widest variety of books for people to buy in support of one of our local libraries. For every book a customer purchases during the time period, The Book Nook will donate 20% of the purchase price to library of their choice. We also provide an opportunity for individuals to buy from us a book (or books) appearing on the Libraries Wish List which is then donated to the library. For every book purchased off the library Wish Lists, The Book Nook will deliver the book to the library as well as donate 20% of purchase price. Wish List books for each library and other information will be available in the store, on The Book Nook website - - or folks can contact the store by phone - 228-3238.

Our store hours during the 4th Annual Support Your Local Library Book Fair at The Book Nook are 10am - 5pm Wednesday through Monday (we are closed on Tuesdays).  The Book Nook looks forward to seeing fans and supporters of the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, Ludlow's Fletcher Memorial Library and the Mount Holly Town Library in the store June 12 through June 21.

The Book Nook
An independent bookstore in Ludlow, Vermont

Thursday, June 4, 2015


 June 09, 2015
1. Pledge of Allegiance 
2. Additions or Changes to Agenda 
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2015
 4. Highway  a. Paving Grant – update?
                      b. Bridge Inspection Report – Receipt 
                      c. Appoint Road Foreman FY15
   d. Highway Personnel Wage Review (executive session)
5. Report of Treasurer
 a. Monthly income and expense report  
 b. Homestead Penalties for Late Filers waiver decision
 c. Set date for special meeting to set FY16 tax rate?
 d. Propane pricing options 2015-2016
6. Star Lake Dam Project - Update
7. Transfer Station a. HHW – June 27, 8 am to 12 noon b. Leaf and Yard Debris 8. Planning Commission
       a. RR Planning Commission report (report on The Bus)
       b. RR Transportation Council report
       c. Annual appointments to RRPC and RRTC due 6/30
9. Cell Phone / Internet Access - Update
10. Other
             a. Health Insurance - BCBS rates increase likely 7.5%
             b. Maple Hill Rd closure during Cider Days
             c. Aquatic Nuisance Grant – Lake Ninevah
             d. Community First Aid Discussion Group
             e. Town Office water supply update
11. Review and sign May orders for payment
12. Executive Session (if needed)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Award-Winning "Nebraska" is FOLA Movie On June 6

Award-Winning "Nebraska" is FOLA Movie On June 6

The next FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) movie will be the award-winning, "Nebraska", on Saturday, June 6 at 7 pm in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Nebraska is a 2013 American black-and-white drama film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where Bruce Dern won the Best Actor Award. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director for Payne, Best Actor for Dern, Best Supporting Actress for Squibb, Best Original Screenplay for Nelson, and Best Cinematography for Phedon Papamichael.
The Grants - father Woody, mother Kate, and adult sons Ross and David - live in Billings, Montana. Aged Woody is approaching dementia, although the family likes to think that he solely believes what appears on the surface, Woody's delusions which are exacerbated by a lifetime of heavy drinking.
The latest belief that Woody has is that he has won $1 million, which everyone in his family knows is one of those scams for people to purchase magazine subscriptions. As such, Woody, who does not trust the US postal service to mail in his "winning" certificate, is determined to walk to Lincoln, Nebraska, the headquarters of the company, to pick up his $1 million. All he really wants with the money is to buy a new pickup truck - something he's never had and despite the fact that he should no longer be driving - buy an air compressor to replace the one stolen from him decades earlier, and to leave a little legacy to Ross and David.
The film is rated 'R' due to some language content.
The movie is open to the public and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank; FOLA will provide free water. For information, call 802-228-7239 or go to