Thursday, October 20, 2016

Seven Problems with Act 46

From: Vermont Schools Rock!
Subject: Seven Problems with Act 46
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Dear Vermonters for Schools and Community,

From one end of Vermont to the other, communities are voicing deep concerns about Act 46.

Seven Problems with Act 46 is a new V4SC paper that describes specific problems with the 2015 school consolidation law, and recommends solutions for each. At a minimum, we are asking the legislature to hit the pause button on Act 46 to give communities more time to consider what will be an irrevocable decision if they choose to abolish their school districts.

Concerns about Act 46 are mounting. Earlier this month, key legislators put the Agency of Education and State Board on notice that they’re unhappy with the implementation of the law (see coverage here). And as Election Day gets closer, Vermonters have taken strong stands against the Act 46 "preferred" model and in favor of retaining community voice, such as in this candidate commentary and this school board member commentary.

Vermonters for Schools and Community is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that believes schools are at the heart of Vermont communities. You—our members and supporters—include school board members, teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens who are seeing first-hand the problems being created by Act 46.

We hope you’ll take a look at the Seven Problems document. If you agree, please take action:
• Contact your legislators and candidates for statewide and local office, and share your concerns. Ask them to support changes to Act 46. Feel free to forward them the Seven Problems with Act 46.
• Spread the word to neighbors, friends and family about the Seven Problems with Act 46. And send folks to to sign up for our free email list. (Don’t worry, we do not share names, so they won’t receive spam.)
• Visit for news updates, tip sheets, other helpful resources.

You are not alone in your concerns about the effects of education consolidation in Vermont. Let’s work together to keep our schools and communities strong.

Vermonters for Schools and Community Steering Committee
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Mount Holly Town Library to pick up a new book

Stop in at the Mount Holly Town Library to pick up a new book. I just added 20 new books to the collection including many best sellers. Here are a few of our new books for adults this week:
Archer Mayer, Presumption of Guilt
Danielle Steele, Rushing Waters
Ruth Ware, The Woman in Cabin 10
J.D. Robb, Apprentice in Death
Clive Cussler, Pirate
Craig Johnson, An Obvious Fact
Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
Claire-Louise Bennet, Pond
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
Ian McEwan, Nutshell
I hope to see you very soon at the library!

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Halloween from Weston

Greetings, Mount Holly!
This Saturday all children and the young at heart are invited to join us in Weston for Halloween craft-making.
Details below.
Amanda Merk
Library Director for Mount Holly & Weston

You're Invited to Make Glow in the Dark Decorations at the Library!

Make your own glow in the dark Halloween decorations for your home, party or costume
With Weston artist and children's illustrator, Christine Mix
Free and open to all. All materials are included. Bring your creativity and get ready to have fun!

Homemade snacks and fresh Vermont apple cider will be provided


Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, VT


 Saturday, October 15 10:30 am - 12 noon


More Fun and Interesting Library Programs Coming Soon ...

"Ukulele: History, Presentation & Workshop" with Jake Geppert of The Bondville Boys Saturday, October 22 at 7pm

"Tips on How to Sell in a Tough Real Estate Market" with Claudia Harris of Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00 am

"Healthcare Issues and How to be Your Own Best Advocate"with Dr. Peter Areson Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 am

Wilder Memorial Library
24 Lawrence Hill Road

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