Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 21st, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs. “This is really a community effort. Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS. “Although the economy has improved, demand for our services continues. There are still people going hungry and needing help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage sales,” said Bridge. The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.

So, please mark your calendar and come explore the many unique bargains.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

Victor Paul and Claudine Langille Bring Songs of the Original Carter Family to Mt Holly

Victor Paul and Claudine Langille

Submitted by Claudine Langille

The songs recorded by the Carter Family in the 1920s are still some of the most beloved folk songs in the world. Victor Paul and Claudine Langille have put together a selection of these wonderful old songs, and have given them a fresh take-not always strictly country- on their new cd, ” You Are My Flower-Songs of the Original Carter Family.” They will be celebrating the release of their cd at the Mount Holly Library in Belmont, VT, performing live in concert Saturday September 6 at 7pm. 

Victor Paul is from Norfolk, Virginia, and has performed nationally and in the Vermont area over the years with Seabird Band and The Burlage-Paul Band. Vic plays keyboard, 12-string guitar, and harmonica. Claudine Langille is an international performer who now lives right here in Belmont . She toured with the Indie Award winning band Touchstone, and currently plays with Gypsy Reel. Claudine plays mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar. Vocal harmonies are a feature of Carter Family songs that Vic and Claudine delight in interpreting. Both musicians are also accomplished songwriters and will treat you to some of their originals.

About a recent live performance, Heather Lynne, owner of the Wild Fern in Stockbridge VT commented, “One hundred percent Magic last night with you all in the Fern House!!!”

“You Are My Flower” has been played on radio stations from New Orleans to Vermont, and has received rave comments. Award winning documentary film producer Beth Harrington, who recently released a documentary on The Carter Family and Johnny Cash, says “It’s awesome. Beautifully performed and inventive, too! Love it.”

You’ll love it, too! Come and hear these accomplished musicians bring it all home in a concert that will have you singing along as you rediscover the songs of the family who got the ball rolling for old time American country music. Limited seating; suggested donation is only $10, and the new cd plus some others (including the artists’ first collaboration, the lovely “Christmas in Vermont”) will be available for purchase. Check out for more details about the musicians and the cd. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Lots of News from BRAT

Submitted by Kelly Stettner
Summer may be officially wrapping up (that went WAY too fast!), but the Black River Action Team is firing on all pistons!
1) BRAT will have a booth at Springfield’s Market Madness on Saturday, August 30th in downtown Springfield. I would LOVE some company as a “booth buddy,” even for a couple of hours so I can take a bathroom break and grab a bite of lunch. I’ll be in the Kids’ Corner, nestled between the Furman Building and the Masons Lodge on Main St, just down from the Town Library. The Market Madness runs from 10am till 4pm, any time you can spend with me would be most appreciated. We’ll have BRAT tee shirts and commemorative “river coins” available for a suggested $10 donation, plenty of brochures and information, a sign-up sheet for folks interested in learning more about BRAT, plus a variety of river creatures in a sort of “river zoo” available for viewing. Color-a-fish for the kids, stonefly temporary tattoosfun stuff. Most important function of the booth will be to let folks know what we’re up to and how they can get involved to help.
I’m happy to do most of the talking (gee, somehow I’m good at that!), and would be pleased as punch if a booth-buddy could help with handing crayons and fish pages to the kids, monitor the river critters so they don’t get knocked around, etc. Please let me know if you can spare an hour or two on the 30th. Come help me out a little, then enjoy the rest of the Market!
2) 15th Annual RiverSweep is set for Saturday, Sept. 6th — head on over to one of our HQ tables (Springfield’s is at the Citizens Bank driveup by the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza; Ludlow’s is in the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park on Main St, by the Fletcher Memorial Library) that morning after 8am. Sign in, pick up work-gloves & trash bags and fill your own bottle from our water supply, then head on out to a site for some serious garbage collecting. Got a kayak or canoe? Care to paddle the Black for this event? A flotilla will be needed to gather trash from North Springfield (launch-point is at Mill Road, by the USGS gauging station) all the way to the Plaza.
When you return to HQ, we will happily tally and photograph your garbage and then FEED YOUfolks at the Ludlow Sweep (this includes Cavendish and Proctorsville) can wear their complimentary BRAT tee shirts over to Goodman’s American Pie in Lamere Square for a free slice of their delicious cheese pizza, on the house, as a thank-you for your help. In Springfield, members of the Young family will once again trot out their grill and provide hot dogs, grilled to perfection, for all Springfield Sweepers. Don’t miss out on the Junk Jam while you’re waiting for your dog to get cooked!
Special edition of RiverSweep this year: bring your trash back to HQ and pick a piece to play! It’s the first-ever Junk Jam, an improvised band of “instruments” that can range from thumping out a rhythm on an old tire to tapping along with a tune on an assortment of empty bottles and cans. Use your imagination and have FUN. We’ll attempt to record the event and share it with the world via YouTube. Anyone out there who knows how to edit GoPro video, give me a holler!
*** WCFR is planning to broadcast live from this year’s ‘Sweep! If all goes according to plan, they will even be broadcasting FROM THE RIVER ITSELF….should be a lot of fun.”
3) The LineKeeper unit down at Hoyt’s Landing has been performing admirably all summer long, and we’ve almost got our first box of fishing line to send out for recycling! Many thanks to the campers and crew of the Meeting Waters YMCA Lewis Day Camp for monitoring and emptying the LineKeeper for the summer — the wonderful Jen Austin of Springfield has stepped up to take care of the emptying from September through October. (There is a second LineKeeper installed at Herrick’s Cove that is monitored separately, thanks to the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society and TransCanada.)
If you can spare 15 minutes once a week after October, for any length of time, please consider lining up to help with the Hoyt’s Landing LineKeeper. The LineKeeper is a length of PVC pipe mounted vertically at Hoyt’s Landing (where the Black River meets the CT River). It is designed to be a repository for waste fishing line & tackle, and should be emptied or at least checked each week. There is a screw-cap at the bottom for easy emptying; the only equipment you might want to bring is a plastic bucket to collect the line and a pair of nail clippers to snip any that gets tangled on the LineKeeper unit. Please give me a shout if you could be available; Hoyt’s Landing is used year round for fishing, so this is an all-season project.
4) Rain, rain, go away...we’ve had our share of storms this spring and summer, and gotten a first-hand look at erosion as stormwater poured off roofs, raced across parking lots, and washed away tons and tons of soil from our yards and from the very banks of the streams. Enter The Stormwater Expo — see attached flyer. What can you do to slow the storm surge on your own property? How can you understand and deal with the requirements for stormwater permits? How do you know which approach is best for your situation? Are you a realtor, landscape architect, contractor, or environmental engineer who works with or on private property? Even is there is no lakefront or streambank involved, you deal with stormwater.
Brought to you by the Black River Action Team and the CT River Joint Commissions, the Stormwater Expo will feature keynote speakers, a walking tour of a working rain garden/infiltration pond, and tables of products, programs, tools & techniques geared toward the private sector. Pre-registration IS required — we’re charging a nominal $10 fee which will include refreshments and all conference materials. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, so sign up early and send in your check today to the CT River Joint Commissions, 10 Water St, Suite 225, Lebanon NH 03766.
That’s all for now, but there are tons more projects still chugging along and in the wings.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!
Kelly Stettner

FOLA Presents Silent Movie Festival in Ludlow

silent movie august 2014 poster

History of Where Vermonters were born

Vermont Residences born in VT by decade

In a recent article in the New York Times, a study of where the residents of all the 50 states in the union was published outlining where the residents originally came from during the period from 1900 to 2012.

Black River Today has analyzed the data for Vermont and is depicting two graphs that 1, indicate the percentage of Vermonters actually born in Vermont from 1900 to 2012 (above) and 2, where those not born in Vermont came from in 2012 (below).

Vermont Residences in 2012 from outside state

VTRANS Considers Rumble Strips on Rte 103

Submitted by Marji Graf
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold two public meetings examining the potential to add centerline rumble stripes to sections of VT-103 between Rockingham and Mount Holly, including Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow. If the installation is to move forward, it would occur as part of the current paving project in the Fall of 2014. The meetings are open to all and will be:
·Thursday 8/28 at 6pm – Town of Rockingham/ Village of Bellows Falls Town Office (7 Square, Bellows Falls, VT)
·Tuesday 9/9 at 6:30pm (during regular Selectboard meeting) – Mount Holly Town Office (150 School St, Mt Holly, VT)
Attached is a newly revised factsheet about how VTrans decides why and where to install centerline rumble stripes on roadways across Vermont. For more information about the meetings please contact Kevin Marshia, Deputy Chief Engineer Highway Division from VTrans ( , 802-828-2932).

You’re Invited to WALK IN THE WOODS on August 23 in Springfield

Submitted by Vermont Woodlands Association

You are invited by the Vermont Woodlands Association to get out on Saturday, August 23 and walk in the woods! From 8:30am to 12 Noon please join Craig Coleman in Springfield for a morning walk in the woods focused on Bird Patches and Forest Improvement. Coleman will discuss improving his 60 acres of woods for firewood, wildlife habitat and an eventual sale of timber. Last year, guided by State of Vermont wildlife biologist, Mary Beth Adler, Craig created several bird habitat patches. Mary Beth Adler will review the bird habitat project. Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont biologist, will comment on wildlife habitat and forest management in general. Robbo Holleran, consulting forester for the property, will address forestry issues going beyond wildlife habitat. Some strenuous walking may be necessary. All are welcome.

For directions to the two locations please visit or call 802-747-7900 or email Walks are sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association. Vermont Woodlands Association is a membership organization of more than 1100 forest landowners who manage 350,000 acres of Vermont forests for wildlife, timber harvest, clean air and water, and recreation.

Visit or call 802-747-7900 for more information about upcoming events in your area.

Mt Holly Library Presents Children Author, Aug 12

Submitted by Lynne Herbst

mt holly library aug 12


Submitted by Joan McCallum
Charles Ross Taggart,
Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

Sunday, August 10 at 4:00 p.m. at THE MOUNT HOLLY TOWN LIBRARY
26 Maple Hill RoadBelmont, VermontHaving grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with LIVE FIDDLING and HUMOROUS SKETCHES.

Free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.
Call Joan McCallum (802) 259-2318 for information

Mt Holly Photo Exhibit, August 9

mt holly library program August 9