Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vermont Flood / Irene Hi-Res Gallery - September 12, 2011

Vermont Flood / Irene Hi-Res Gallery - September 12, 2011


Joseph McDonald

Subject: Vermont Flood / Irene Hi-Res Gallery - September 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Message from the Constable

A Message from the Constable

Over the past month, there have been several thefts of power equipment,
including chainsaws, and yard tools from properties in our community.
Please report suspicious persons and vehicles as soon as practical to the
State Police at 773-9101. When making observations of vehicles, try and
remember color, # of doors, markings, dents, type of vehicle and plate number
if possible.

Paul Faenza

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vermont is a leader in locally sourced food and we value knowing where our food comes from

Seminars announced for first-time hunters

MONTPELIER — Few connections between the land and food are more authentic than hunting. But if you lack friends or family who hunt or the skills to butcher a deer, the solo path from woods to table can be intimidating. To make this journey easier, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is sponsoring four “Getting Started in Deer Hunting” and four “Venison: Field to Table” seminars throughout the state this September.

First offered last fall, these popular courses provide prospective hunters with the essential information they need to get the most out of their first deer season and all hunters with the skills they need to get the most out of the experience. These seminars do not replace mandatory hunter education. However, you don’t need to commit to taking a hunter education course before attending a seminar or have even decided to hunt.

“Vermont is a leader in locally sourced food and we value knowing where our food comes from,” said Christopher Saunders, hunter education manager. “Hunting is a natural extension of this passion, particularly for people who care deeply about the land. These seminars are a first step for people who are interested in deer hunting and deer processing. ”

Topics at the deer hunting seminars include basic deer biology, hunting rules and regulations, firearm selection, where to go and hunting tips, gear and techniques. Even participants who are on the fence about hunting are welcome to get a glimpse of what deer hunting is about and why it’s so inextricably linked with Vermont’s working landscape.

Both new and seasoned hunters will learn tips and techniques at the processing seminars. Featuring a real deer, everything from field dressing to muscle groups to proper wrapping will be covered.

“Being able to source healthy, local meat has become the Number 1 reason why people hunt, even more than getting outdoors or spending time with family and friends,” said Saunders. “And it’s becoming the main motivation for new adult hunters.”

“Getting Started in Deer Hunting” seminars are being offered in Townsend (Sept. 2), Burlington (Sept. 9 and 16), Montpelier (Sept. 17), and Manchester (Sept. 22); and “Venison: Field to Table” is being offered in Castleton (Sept. 3), St. Albans (Sept. 15), Stamford (Sept. 24) and St. Johnsbury (Sept. 29).

Register online at: For additional information, contact Chris Saunders at or (802)828-1193.

Hunter ed courses available 

MONTPELIER — If you haven’t completed a Vermont hunter education course but want to before hunting season, this is the time to act according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“Vermont’s volunteer instructors of hunter education courses are scheduling their courses now on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website,” said Nicole Meier, hunter education specialist. “The courses have started and will continue for a few weeks, and fewer courses will be available by October because many instructors will be hunting.”

Anyone who wants to obtain their first Vermont hunting license must first pass the state-sanctioned course. Upcoming courses are listed on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website, Traditional “classroom” and online home-study courses are listed separately. Additional courses are offered for archery, deer hunting and trapping, which also are prerequisites for licenses.

Students may also choose to accelerate their learning by taking a “combo course” for both hunter education and bowhunter education.

The list of upcoming course is updated on the website as new courses are added, and course news is included on the Vermont Hunter Education Program Facebook page. For more information, class dates, and information about free hunting seminars, check out our Hunter Education registration page:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mount HollySchool Garden

Come help the Mount Holly School get the garden ready for the school year! We will be at the school Monday the 24th of August (this Monday) at 2 p.m. We will be weeding, pruning, tying up tomatoes, and watering. Parents, kids and community members are welcome! The garden is also in need of mulch hay. If you or anyone you know has mulch hay available please contact Morgan at Bring your favorite tool and see you there.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SELECT BOARD AUGUST 11, 2015 Minutes

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: There were several additions to the Agenda: 
 The Fire Dept. needs to renew its radio license and the Selectboard must write a letter in support for the renewal. Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To approve and sign a letter in support of the radio license renewal. (3-0) 
 Received a phone call that the dispatching for emergency services will be done thru the Rockingham PSAP center. Don Patch will be notified. 
   Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – RRPC has completed updating our plan, which will now be sent to and reviewed by FEMA. Once FEMA approves it, the plan will come back to the local committee (the group worked on it back in 2014) and also approved by RRPC. 
 RRPC also sent out guidelines for municipal and commercial solar and wind siting. This would be part of the town plan. The Board felt that there would need to be a meeting for the town to talk about this. There is no action being taken at this time, but the board agreed that is important and will be brought to the public at a future time. 

2. Minutes:  The minutes of the regular meeting of July 14 were sent out before the meeting for review. Upon motions made and seconded it was VOTED: To approve the July 14 minutes. (3-0)
 3. Star Lake Dam Reconstruction Project – Ron Unterman 
 Dam Permit came in and construction has begun on building the access. The coffer dam will be built 
 Fire Hydrants: This will be coordinated with Keith Hawkins, as the current ones may be out of service for a while and the new locations must be coordinated with Fire as well
 Dredging permits for beach and hydrants are still in the works. 
 Dam Inspection Report – needed to be done, in case we didn’t get the permit. Same report has last year; everything of the concern in the report will be taken care of with the reconstruction. 
 Dam Diversion Plan is available in the town office. 
 Lake Ninevah Dam Inspection Report (not part of Star Lake project) – there were some small concerns regarding brush and vegetation, which have already been taken care of by the Ninevah Foundation.
 4. Highways  VTrans provided a hazard mitigation plan for the bridge work being done on Bridge 12 Route 155 for removing deteriorated paint from the structural steel. (NOTE: In typing up the minutes, I discovered that there were two plans; there is also a plan for Bridge 42 on Route 103. Both are available in the town office. rer) 
 Winter Salt bids. Only one bid has been received, from Cargill. Jeff Teter was on vacation. J Upon motion made and seconded, it was VOTED: To go with Cargill, Option 2 (slightly lower pricing with no fuel surcharge and tons not guaranteed). (3-0) 
5. Report of Treasurer 
 David Johnson presented an income and expense statement dated July 31, 2015 showing cash balances of $602,905. David noted that we are only one month into the fiscal year, so there is not much to report. The Town has received about $56,955 in property taxes, versus the $986,980 billed (municipal amount only). The income page does not yet include the education portion (not yet received from the state). The winter sand is coming in now, when the truckers have time. David noted that the total property taxes billed were $4,790,000 ($145,000 more than last year), most of which is for the education taxes. 
 Advance to Mount Holly School and U39 – The Town usually makes an advance to the schools to cover summer expenses until taxes come in. Upon motion made and seconded it was VOTED: To approve making advances to the schools as needed. (3-0)  External Auditor: David noted that Jeff Bradley has already started the accounting for the garage project, and David recommended staying with him. Upon motion made and seconded it was VOTED: To approve hiring Jeff Bradley as the external auditor for another year. (3-0)
 6. Transfer Station – No items this month. 
7. Emergency Management Coordinator 
 Ted Crawford read a letter of interest from Josh Griffin, noting his experience with emergency preparedness during his US Navy service. Ted Crawford met with him prior to this meeting and felt he would be a good candidate. Upon motion made and seconded it was VOTED: To appoint Josh Griffin as the Emergency Management Coordinator. (3-0) 
8. Planning Commission 
 RRPC/RRTC – No report, as there were no meetings this month. 
 Municipal Planning Grants: Ted noted that there are grant monies available, with up to $8,000 available without requiring any matching funds from the Town. The Planning Commission has requested that the Selectboard support and sign the grant application. Bill McGrath noted that our plan is not due until 2018, and that RRPC expects the time between updates to be extended to 8 or 10 years, rather than the current 5 years. He also noted that there are some guidelines from RRPC that our planning commission does not agree with, but that will be worked out with RRPC. Upon motion made and seconded it was VOTED: To support and sign the application for a Municipal Planning Grant to update the Town Plan. (3-0) 
9. Cell Phone and Internet Access  Ted Crawford noted that the Roger Hill plan is moving forward. Still no quarantees that it will be completed, but it is looking good 
10. Other Business - None 11. The Board reviewed and signed the July orders for payment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by motion made, seconded and approved, at 7: pm. Respectfully submitted, Rhonda Rivers Minutes are DRAFT until approved at a Select Board meeting. Approved on: ________

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September Activities at the FML.

Weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am.
Each week features a theme, music, stories and a craft.
Read With Oreo
Thursday September 24,2015
School aged students are invited to come to the library and share a book with Oreo the Reading dog.

Monday Night Movie
Mandeville Films© “Insurgent”
September 21, 2015 5:00-7:00pm
Ages 13 and up- Refreshments  will be provided

Books and Cooks Cooking Club
Thursday September 17th
Ice Cream in a Bag!
Young chefs in grades 2 and up will learn how to make a tasty three ingredient treat.
Lego Club
3:30-4:30 pm
Come let your imagination run wild as you build Lego creations with friends.

Creative Tuesdays
Grades K-6
September 1st-Duct Tape Pouch-Use snazzy duct tape to create your own personal re-sealable pouch perfect for carrying pencils or other treasures.
8th- Shrinky Dinks- By drawing or rubber stamping on special shrink plastic sheets crafters will be able to make their own magnets, key chains, or charms. Participants will be wowed as they watch their creations “shrink” in size with the use of a heat source. So much fun- not to be missed!
15th- Zentangles- Come learn about the style of art known as “Zentangle”. Using small squares of paper and thin black markers participants will create intricate designs while also learning relaxation and stress release skills.
22nd- Bigger than Life Wall Art- Have you ever wanted to create some jumbo sized pieces of art? Well, here’s your chance. Join us as we use multiple forms of media to create some stunning pieces of art!
29th- Aboriginal Dot Painting- During this session, participants will learn about the ancient art of the native people of Australia and experiment with the techniques used to create these colorful pieces of art.

DCF Book Club
Monday September 28th
“The Misadventure of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Allison Levy
Once a month Students in grades 4-8 are invited to hang out, discuss a great DCF book, try a fun activity or two, have a snack and meet other book lovers. Books are available to pick up the first week of the month at the Youth Circ. desk.
“The start of the school year is not going as the Fletcher brothers hoped. Each boy finds his plans for success veering off in unexpected and sometimes disastrous directions. And at home, their miserable new neighbor complains about everything. As the year continues, the boys learn the hard and often hilarious lesson that sometimes what you least expect is what you come to care about the most.” (*

Thursday, August 13, 2015



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

16th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race Beneficiary this year is Save Star Lake in Belmont.

16th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race

Beneficiary this year is Save Star Lake in Belmont.
Event: This Saturday -- Aug 15, 2015, 12:00 PM

The Ludlow Rotary Club will host their annual duck race -
rain or shine on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Duck drop at 
12:00 noon from Walker Bridge behind Cafe at DeLight. 
The finish line is just below the Main 
 Street bridge(behind the Ludlow Health Center).  
Rent your duck for $5.00. Corporate ducks available also.
 Cash prizes for the first three duckies across the finish line.
 And the last little ducky will earn you $25.00!
Duck tickets can be purchased from The Belmont
Store, Brigid Sullivan, Bret Harlow, Ludlow Insurance,
Fletcher Memorial Library or Benson's Chevrolet. The
deadline for buying tickets is this Friday at
7:30 at the Store. You need not be present to win! 
You can also find us at the Ludlow Farmer's Market this
Friday selling tickets!
Help Save Star Lake while rooting your duck on!!  Come join
the fun! 

Brigid Sullivan

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bible Camp at Village Baptist Starting Monday

Just a reminder to parents about upcoming Bible Camp at Village Baptist Starting Monday August 10th-13th 9am-12pm.
Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Click on the link to register.
Or call Pastor Glenn or Laura Davis 259-2440 -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

PERSEID FIREBALLS: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Peak rates of 100+ meteors per hour are expected next week when Earth approaches the heart of the debris stream. The display, however, is already underway. "Our network of meteor cameras has picked up more than 78 Perseid fireballs since July 27th," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. He prepared this solar system diagram showing the orbits of all the fireballs so far.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Perseid Fireballs

From: Joseph McDonald

Space Weather News for August 5, 2015

PERSEID FIREBALLS:  One meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other--and it's underway now. Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower.  NASA all-sky cameras are detecting an increasing number of Perseid fireballs as the shower's peak approaches onAug. 12-13. Check for updates and more information.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Great free event open to all area children

FYI: Great free event open to all area children:

Thursday August 6th 9:00 a.m. @ Ludlow Community Center (located next to Black River H.S.)

At 9:00 on Thursday morning, August 6th, the CLiF ( Children's Literacy Foundation) foundation in conjunction with Ludlow summer recreation/REAP programs are providing a presentation for local area children that will not only engage and entertain but send all children home with two brand new books of their choosing.

All parents and their children are welcome to attend.

CLiF works hard to provide enrichment activities and free books to all children in Vermont and New Hampshire through grants. All activities and books that CLiF distributes are provided through donations they receive.

CLiF and Ludlow Recreation/REAP would like to share the love of books and reading with all area children and their parents. Please join us on August 6th!