“Jaws” Comes to Ludlow Auditorium August 2

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FOLA’s next movie will be “Jaws”, the record-breaking film by Steven Spielberg, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, August 2 at 7 pm.

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name. The prototypicalJaws photo 2 summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody’s wife, Ellen. The screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat.

Generally well received by critics, Jaws became the highest-grossing film in history at the time, and it was the most successful motion picture of all time until Star Wars. It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing, and is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around blockbuster action and adventure pictures with simple “high-concept” premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising. It was followed by three sequels, none with the participation of Spielberg or Benchley, and many imitative thrillers. In 2001, Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank and water courtesy of FOLA. For more information, www.fola.us and 802-228-7239.

Red Cross Blood Drive in Ludlow Aug. 18

red cross sysmbolThe Red Cross announced that it would conduct a blood donation drive in the Ludlow Community Center on Monday, August 18 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM.  Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).  Donors will receive a $2.50 off discount for a 48 oz. container of Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream.

Mount Holly Town Library Book Sale

Submitted bt Lynne Herbst

Mount Holly Town Library Book Sale

26 maple Hill Road, Belmont VT 05730

August 2nd & 3rd – 10 to 4

This is the book sale you have been waiting for!

Good selection, all genres represented.

We just received more children’s books.

Cavendish Reschedules Sensible Shoes Concert

Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

Sometimes the weather just does not cooperate with our plans. Thus, on Wednesday, July 23rd, faced with high winds, lightning and downpours, Cavendish called off the outdoor concert by Sensible Shoes that was scheduled for the Proctorsville Green. But that just extends the concert season since Sensible Shoes will now perform on Wednesday, August 20th instead. The concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be sponsored by the Golden Stage Inn and by Old Cavendish Products. 

Sensible Shoes is a local band that has played in Proctorsville for several summers. ASCAP award-winning songwriter, keyboard player and singer Barbara Blaisdell plays a powerful New Orleans-inspired rhythm piano. Lead guitarist and singer Tim Utt is widely known as one of Vermont’s most gifted players. Pooh Sprague, on bass, guitar and vocals, is a musical master and has played with the Shoes for years. Drummer and singer Steve Drebber splits his time with the Shoes and his popular jam band, Dr. Jones. Sensible Shoes has placed original music in several major motion pictures including “Philadelphia” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” 

All area residents and visitors are encouraged to join friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just layback and relax on the grass. It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones. 

As always, the concerts are free and open to all. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

Date set for 15th Annual RiverSweep and Junk Jam


Submitted by Kelly Stettner
The Black River Action Team (BRAT) invites volunteers of all ages to lend their time and elbow-grease to the 15th Annual RiverSweep! Held on the Saturday after Labor Day Weekend (this year on September 6th), RiverSweep is a trash-gathering extravaganza aimed at the bed and banks of the Black River in Windsor County, Vermont.
Stop in at one of two headquarters after 8AM on September 6th: in Springfield at the Citizens Bank drive-up by the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza on the Chester Road, or in Ludlow at the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park by the Fletcher Memorial Library. Sign in, pick up a little light refreshment, work-gloves and garbage bags. Pick a place to look for trash, and set off. Bring back your “haul” by 11AM so BRAT can take inventory and photos; clean up and enjoy some lunch donated by area business-folks.
In recognition of this being the 15th RiverSweep, pick a piece of trash to “play” in the first-ever “Junk Jam” — a spontaneous music-making event in the spirit of The Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Cleaning up is important, but it can also be creative and fun to repurpose our junk!
RiverSweep and Junk Jam will wrap up by noon. Please contact BRAT Director Kelly Stettner for more details or with any questions: blackrivercleanup@yahoo.com or (802) 885-1533.
Donations are gratefully accepted sent either directly to BRAT (101 Perley Gordon Rd, Springfield VT 05156) or to BRAT’s fiscal agent, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District (made out to ONRCD with a note of “BRAT” on the check, mailed to ONRCD, 28 Farmvu Dr, WRJ VT 05001).

Yankee Chank to Play in Proctorsville on August 6th

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Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

The Town of Cavendish presents another in a continuing series of Wednesday evening concerts on August 6th at 6:00 p.m. when Yankee Chank will appear at the Green in Proctorsville. Black River Produce will sponsor this concert.

Yankee Chank is a Vermont group that performs traditional Cajun music from the heart of southwest Louisiana. Why does a Vermont band play Cajun music? Primarily because the French-speaking people of eastern Canada, our immediate neighbor to the north, was the inspiration for the southern Cajuns. Yankee Chank has been performing both Cajun and Zydeco music around Vermont and beyond, using fiddle, accordion, guitar and bass since 1996. The band’s performances offer a distinctive immersion into this unique regional music.

This is the fifth in a series of six concerts coordinated by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner. Join with friends or make new ones. Please help continue this Wednesday evening tradition in Cavendish. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

Chris Kleeman Plays at Proctorsville Concert on the Green – Wednesday, July 30th

Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association is coordinating the annual Cavendish summer music series with free Wednesday evening concerts on the Proctorsville Green. On Wednesday, July 30th at 6:00 p.m. the Vermont based master blues singer and ChrisKleemanlegendary song stylist, Chris Kleeman will perform. 

A performer of great energy and focus, Kleeman provides a unique opportunity to see and hear the real thing; an artist of high energy and gritty musical performance, who’s been matched up to perform in shows with musicians such as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, Leon Redbone, … the list goes on and on.Chris is well known for his sparkling interpretive skills, bringing songs from across a broad spectrum to spice up an already simmering, soulful pot of music. 

Sponsoring this concertis Tim Calabrese of the Good Earth Landscape Co. and Liz Calabrese of Calabrese Architects. 

This is another in the continuing series of Wednesday evening public concerts that the town of Cavendish and the CCCA produce for all to enjoy. Help CCCA keep the tradition alive. Come to Proctorsville and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green. Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music. 

As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

THE OLD COUNTRY FIDDLER At Mt Holly Library, Aug. 10

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, Vermont

Having 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.

Turtles to Toads at Mt Holly Library

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Submitted by Lynne Herbst
Mount Holly Town Library
Sunday, July 13 at 4 pm
Michael Clough
Assistant Director
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Will present a program on the reptiles and amphibians of Vermont.
Some of these creatures are our least understood and most fascinating animals.
Mike will present an interactive slideshow, introduce us to live animals and touchable artifacts.
Join us for this FREE Program that is sure to delight both children and adults!
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Ludlow Softball – 1950 Style

(Here is another recollection of life in Ludlow in the 1950′s by Jay Hall, now of Vero Beach, FL.)

Ludlow has always been a hot bed for softball, and producing many memorable players, who played in one of the most famous tournaments in the state, the Owls club annual tournament, which brought in teams from all over the state, and outside of Vermont.

I played for the Owls club when I was 13 years old. I use to catch for Jerry Roundy, Hank Spaulding, Frank Lombard, and the wizard, Dan Kesman. The Ludlow League was comprised of teams from Ludlow, Proctorsville, and Mt. Holly. The early years of the Owls club team was managed by Joe Graves, who was custodian of the town hall. The early years of the teams in Ludlow produced some wonderful and talented players like, Ralph Citro, Mope Melchor, Norm Dashner, Hon Bragg, Tony Gruber, Nells Holland, and Walt Surething from Proctorsville. Walt Surething was the first to introduce the “fast pitch” to Ludlow softball. Many of us high school kids blended in with the old timers and joined the league as the players got older. If you were playing high school baseball for Paul Pullinen, we were forbidden to play softball in the Ludlow League. In order for us to play, we had to sneak in to Dorsey field by passing by Coach Pullinen’s house, who always seemed to be sitting on his front porch. Stew Schmidt use to pick me up on the way to the game, as we both lived on Pond st. Just before we reached the Pullinen house, we would lie down on the seat, so it would look like a car passing by with no one in it. I have never known Paul Pullinen to ever go to Dorsey field to see a softball game. Had he done so, he would have seen his entire team there, playing softball. I believe he knew that.

Now the sluggers of the old Ludlow league, and there was many, were Bill Lannon, whose size often fooled outfielders, had tremendous power, and could really drive the ball, however, it was a chore for him running, as he played with only one lung. He was a great player and a great friend. Now Hon Bragg had pure power. Had he been a right handed batter, he would have put many of his homerun balls on the front lawn of his Andover st. home. Tony Gruber was a power hitter supreme. The right fielders use to run out of room backing up for him. Tommy Perrino, who was a highschool kid like us, was a pure hitter, and one of the most graceful players there was.

General Electric sponsored two teams, the Jets, who were always good, and the bombers, who were always bad. The Jets team was comprised of excellent players who were hard to beat. The bombers were made up of players, who just wanted to get out of the house for an evening. Marshall Prouty always sponsored and played on his own team, Prouty’s Clippers. Marsh was the local barber, who took softball more seriously than cutting hair. He was always looking for ball players to sign up. Whenever he had to leave the barbershop for softball business, he would hang his “closed Battle of Bennington” sign on the door. He had been known to include free haircuts in his pursuit of players.

All this softball was rewarded with the Owls Club annual tournament, which brought teams and fans from all over for three weekends of great softball. In what we called the shack, which was the two story building by the backstop, which housed the selling of hotdogs, hamburgers, soda pop, and a beer, if you had the right password. Upstairs in the booth was Dan Kesman, Bob Stuart, and Fred Hemenway. Bob would announce the game, and Dan would read telegrams from famous people all over the world. Just before a batter would step into the box, Dan would announce, “Attention please, good luck to all in your tournament this year, wish I could be there this year” signed, IKE. This was the way it was in the 50s. Great people always make for great memories.

                              Jay Hall