Thursday, August 25, 2016

What’s New at Mount Holly Town Library?

What’s New at
Mount Holly Town Library?
MHTL has extended its hours of service to the public! 
We've added Monday & Tuesday hours. The new town librarian, Amanda Merk, works at the library on Mondays and Tuesdays and she is very excited to meet everyone in Mount Holly and find out what you need from your library. Please stop in to say hi to Amanda on Mondays and Tuesdays. And don't forget about the fabulous Library Play Group! Play Group runs from 10-11:30am every Tuesday. With the new library hours on Tuesdays parents and kids can come into the library early to borrow books and stay after Play Group to read or borrow books.
 Monday 11:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm – 4:00

Amanda S. Merk, MSLIS
Library Director
Mount Holly Town Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont, VT 05730

New Program Launches at Weston's Public Library - "Ask the Local Expert"

New Program Launches at Weston's Public Library - "Ask the Local Expert"

Amanda Merk 

Wilder Memorial Library, the public library of Weston, Vermont, is pleased to launch a new series of programs, “Ask the Local Expert”

Vermonters have earned a reputation for being smart, capable folks who are good at figuring things out independently and sharing knowledge within local communities. Our local region is full of talented experts who are eager to help their neighbors solve problems, acquire new skills and learn about Vermont and the wider world. Wilder Memorial Library’s “Ask the Local Expert” series features local experts who will offer hands-on training and educational presentations on the topics they know best. 

The first "Ask the Local Expert" class will take place at Weston's public library on Saturday, September 24th from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. Local Expert, Matt Sydorowich of Andover, Vermont will teach "Basic Computer Skills" for PC Windows users. 

Sydorowich is an accomplished computer expert and a thoughtful, caring instructor. He has decades of experience fixing computers and teaching others how to get the most from technology. He has worked at Hewlett Packard and Borders. Sydorowich owns the local computer service and repair company, Sydscompufix 

"Ask the Local Expert" programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please phone the Weston public library 802-824-4307 or email if you would like to sign up.

"Ask the Local Expert" programs coming soon ... learn to tie your own flies for fly fishing, everything you ever wanted to know about bees and honey, knitting and fiber arts, how to set up Internet through your smart-TV at home, how to make photo-books on your computer, what on earth is yoga and why is everyone doing it? 

Wilder Memorial Library, the public library of Weston, Vermont is located at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in the village of Weston. Hours are: Tuesday & Thursday 2-6pm Wednesday & Saturday 10:30am - 4:30 pm

Amanda S. Merk
Library Director
Wilder Memorial Library

Twitter: @wilderweston
Tuesday 2-6 PM
Wednesday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 2-6 PM
Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weekly Toddler and Pre-School Story Time

Weekly Toddler and Pre-School Story Time
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
Fall Session Runs September 7th- December 15th
Each week features a theme, music, and a craft or activity

Read with Oreo
Thursday September 22, 2016
School Age Children are invited to the library to read a story with Oreo the Reading Dog. 

Books and Cooks
Grades 2-6
Yummy Oatmeal Bars
Thursday September 15th 3:00-4:00pm  

Dorothy’s List Book Club
“Better Nate than Ever!” byTim Federle
Grades 4-8
Friday September 30th 3:00-4:00pm
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.
Books can be checked out beginning September 1st.

Crafty Tuesdays
3:00-4:00pm Grades K-6
6th -      Back Pack Tags- School’s back in session so let’s make some cool duct tape tags that will be sure to make your back pack stand out from the rest!
13th- 3-D Lizards- Using simple supplies we’ll make some awesome neon lizards!
20th- Fabric Bowls- Learn how to make a fun and colorful bowl using fabric scraps!
27th-  Emoji Pockets- Are you always looking for somewhere to stash your stuff? Today we’ll be making the perfect pouch to store all your little treasures.

                 STEM Discovery Zone!
Monday September 12th 5:00-6:00pm
Blast Off with Mini-Bottle Rockets!
Participants will have a chance to experiement with force and motion as they design, build and launch their own mini- bottle rocket.
Monday Night Movie
September 26, 2016
5:00-7:00pm – All ages welcome
Disney Studios ©“Adventures in Babysitting” (2016 PG)
Be sure not to miss this Disney remake of the 80’s classic.

Snacks will be provided

Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off


Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off
Area charitable organizations are invited to apply for funding from the  25th Annual Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off. This year’s Cook-Off will be held on Sat., Oct. 10 – rain or shine – under the tent on Depot Street by the traffic light. Rotary serves up dozens  of varieties of chili, including traditional, vegetarian and exotic.

Rotary support is offered to a bona fide 501c(3) non-profit serving Cavendish, Ludlow, Mount Holly and Plymouth. Consideration is given for organizations offering help at the cook-off, especially those entering chili into the contest. Last year's Cook-Off benefited  the Fletcher Memorial Library window replacement project.  Applications for receiving the proceeds from the chili cook-off must be received by September 15.

To apply, contact Chili Co-chairs Suzanne Garvey,, or Glenn Heitsmith,

Pictured above is Tom Guiler as he serves some of his winning chili to an appreciative taster.

Rotary also is looking for a few good cooks to make chili. Think you’ve got a taste that can’t be beat? Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes and a nifty plaque.

Rotary has doubled the cash prizes awarded in three People’s Choice categories: First ($200), Second ($100) and Third ($50). Plaques are awarded by a team of three Rotary-appointed judges who decide Favorite, Spiciest and Team Spirit.

The entry fee is $10 and all that’s needed are 3-5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the Cook-Off on the morning of the event. For an application, send an email, or snail-mail Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

Rotarians supply service labor and accompaniments, such as bread, cider and ice cream. The cost to the public is $10 for all you can eat. Tasting starts at 11amand continues until the last spoonful is ladled out, usually around 2pm.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tiny bug causes big problems for Vt. organic farmers - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

commentary is by Peter Miller

Editor’s note:
This commentary is by Peter Miller, who is a photographer and author who recently published “A Lifetime of Vermont People,” a collection of photos and stories on rural Vermonters created over the past 63 years. He is 82 years old and lives in Colbyville.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cider Days vendor application

From: Morgan Skiathitis

Don't forget to get your Cider Days vendor application to me by August 31st. Applications received after this date will not be excepted. E-mail Morgan at for an application.

Monday, August 15, 2016

State police arrest two Rutland jail inmates

State police arrest two Rutland jail inmates
August 04,2016
State police

arrest inmates

Vermont State Police arrested two Rutland jail inmates on Wednesday for bringing drugs into the jail, according to a release.

Correctional staff discovered, during a procedural search in the admission area, that inmate Ashley H. Blanchard, 23, of Mount Holly, had concealed a syringe containing heroin inside an opening in her body, State Police said.

And after getting information that inmate Lloyd G. Wright Jr., 45, of Shaftsbury might have suboxone, correctional staff searched Wright and found two suboxone strips in his identification lanyard, police said.

Both Blanchard and Wright were issued citations and scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court on Aug. 29.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Silent Movie Festival Features "Metropolis" August 20 in Ludlow


Silent Movie Festival Features "Metropolis" August 20 in Ludlow

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will feature the highly-praised German silent sci-fi film, "Metropolis", at its Silent Movie Festival on Saturday, August 20 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote the silent film, which starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Erich Pommer produced it in the Babelsberg Studios for Universum Film A.G.. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre.

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichsmarks. The art direction draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis.

Jeff Rapsis will return to the festival to offer his musical background music for this classic film. Glenn Brown will also reprise his piano talents offering background music for the short comic episode featured in a Buster Keaton short.

As with all FOLA films, admission is free; donations to underwrite the cost of the film and music are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will offer popcorn, while it lasts and FOLA will supply water. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

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17th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race of Ludlow Rotary Club, August 20


17th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race of Ludlow Rotary Club, August 20


17th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race of Ludlow Rotary Club, August 20

The date is set and on a SaturdayAugust, 20, 2016 at 12:00 noon the ducks will be dropped from the Depot Street bridge to start their journey toward the finish line of Walker Bridge (near Ludlow Family Health Clinic).
Rent your duck now for $5.00 each!  Or purchase a Quack Pack - 5 duckies for $20.00.  Corporate sponsors available for $50.00.  Cash prizes for first three ducks to reach to the finish line first and for the last little ducky could win you $25.00!

Greven Field of Proctorsville (Cavendish Recreation Department) has been selected as the beneficiary for the 2016 event.  Tickets will be available from the Cavendish Rec Department board members, any Rotarian or stop by Peoples United Bank, Benson's Chevrolet or Ludlow Insurance Agency.  If any questions, please call Sharon Bixby at 802-228-8823.

The Ludlow Rotary Club meet weekly every Tuesday at DJ’s Restaurant in Ludlow at 12:15 p.m. and is active locally and internationally with various projects to help community citizens and friends of the world.  New members are welcome.  Please call or email President Tesha Buss at 802-245-4746 for more info.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

This weekend! Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) at Weston Honors

Hannah Teter Stone Dedication

The Mount Holly Community Association
enthusiastically invites you to join us
and Mount Holly's Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist
Hannah Teter
for the dedication
of the stone placed in her honor in the Mary Van Dyke Garden
at the Library & Community Center
Monday, August 8th at 3:00 pm
Lemonade & cookies will be served after the dedication