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Submitted by Kata Welch
The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host its next Dinner and a Movie event on Saturday, March 15 at 2PM. The movie shown will be “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the classic adventure starring Harrison Ford. A generous sampling of Moroccan food will be served. The event is free and open to the public of all ages, though donations are welcome. Please contact Kata at 226-7503 for more information.
Submitted by Mary McCallum
Five marvelous musicians will take the stage on Saturday March 22 for the Raise the Roof concert series in Proctorsville. Between them the talented members of Salt River Revue play guitar, mandolin, bass, recorder, fiddle, slide guitar, percussion and piano and have been members of seven–count ‘em–seven bands in various combinations. They have been mixing and matching members for over fifteen years and playing music from a dizzying variety of traditions: Celtic, Latin American, Scottish and American folk and blues. Their vocals and spirited synergy will fill little Gethsemane Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville at 7:00 p.m. $10.00 at the door will get you a seat on a church pew and give you that good feeling that comes with supporting great music in a local venue. For more information call 226-7497 and “like” us on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.
Thanks to the generosity of (FOLA) Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, the LudlowReal Estate transaction monthly update will continue on Black River Today – based on data supplied by the Ludlow Town Clerk’s Office. The format of the data has been revised to only reflect actual sales in the dollar and transaction count figures and graphs. The transfer data for 2014, through February, is available by clicking here. If you wish to be placed on an email list advising you of the availability of monthly updates to the Ludlow Real Estate Activity, please sent an email to email@example.com indicating your name and email address with “Ludlow Real Estate Activity” in the Subject line of the email. Please take a look at FOLA’s site, www.fola.us, and, if you believe this service is a benefit to you, perhaps you may help FOLA continue its mission of serving the area residents and visitors.
Submitted by David Almond
The Ludlow Rotary Club has provided scholarships to area collegiate and vocational students for more than 25 years. The cost of postsecondary education continues to climb at a rapid pace and tough employment conditions require our young people to be more prepared than ever to compete in the marketplace. This is an appeal for the public to supplement the traditional scholarship funds raised by the Ludlow Rotary Club each year.
In comparison with the 10 years ended in 2011, when the Ludlow Rotary Club awarded $6,000 of scholarships each year, we were able to award scholarships of $9,000 in 2012 and $7,500 in 2013, with the increases being due to generous public support. With your help, we hope to continue this favorable trend. Ludlow Rotary scholarships are awarded to high school graduates that live in Ludlow, Mt.Holly, Plymouth or Cavendish.
Three special scholarships have been named for legendary members of the Ludlow Rotary Club. Two of these – the Daniel E. Kesman Rotary Scholarship (academic excellence) and the Ralph D. Hogencamp Rotary Scholarship (vocational education) – have been awarded for many years. In December of 2013, the Ludlow Rotary Club named the Robert W. Kirkbride Rotary Scholarship (community service). Bob Kirkbride has been an outstanding member of the Ludlow Rotary Club for nearly 60 years. The criteria for awarding these and other Rotary scholarships are scholastic achievement, financial need, realistic goals, extracurricular activities and community service.
Checks should be made payable to the Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc., with Scholarship Fund or the name of a specific scholarship entered in the memo area, and mailed to: Ludlow Rotary Club, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149. The Charitable Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization under IRS regulations and, accordingly, all such scholarship donations are deductible for income tax purposes. The Ludlow Rotary Club will provide documentation for each donation to the scholarship fund.
With your help, more of our young people will be assisted in preparing for the challenging times ahead of them. For more information, please contact the Rev. Donald Harpster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ludlowrotary.com for more information regarding the Ludlow Rotary Club and its projects.
Submitted by Sandi MacLeod
Our next live performance of about twenty-four original student compositions in concert with professional musicians will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Music-COMP produces two Opus events each year. Opus 28 will feature music for strings and woodwinds. Plan to join us for the concert at 6:30 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium in Ludlow, VT. The concert is free and will delight music lovers of all ages.
The day-long event includes a rehearsal session for each individiual student with the professional musicians. Also during the afternoon will be concurrent workshops with music composition topics and a networking session for all student participants. A full rehearsal and workshop schedule will be posted by April 9th on this page and through our news messages.
Over 80 compositions have been submitted to the online mentoring site for feedback by professional composer mentors with each student hoping to be selected for the Opus 28 concert. The selections are due to be finalized for mentor voting on Thursday, March 27th and selections will be announced here and through our mail messages on Monday, March 31st no later than noon. Watch here for the listing of students selected. There’s still plenty of time to use the mentoring suggestions and create a memorable work that will work well for live performance.
Listen to work from the May 2, 2012 Opus 24 concert also held at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Submitted by River Theater
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Broadway show you may not realize that Charlestown, NH played an important role in the history of American theater. On Sunday, March 16, at 2:00 PM the Charlestown Historical Society and River Theater Co. will present an hour-long free presentation on Charles H. Hoyt, the 19th Century playwright who was a local celebrity. Several of Hoyt’s comic plays survive, and guest lecturer Heidi Fagan will present not only a in-depth look at Hoyt’s rise as a star in the NY theater world, but a sample of scenes from his most popular plays for audiences to enjoy.
Charles Hoyt began as a newspaper reporter and critic and began writing farce comedy in 1883. He wrote 20 plays, one per year, until his tragically early death. Hoyt was a master at capturing the character and speech of New Englanders and the names that crop up in his plays were pulled from Charlestown and neighboring towns. His play “A Midnight Bell” was inspired by the bell in the Unitarian Church, which stood across from his home. As his success grew, he became a producer, with his own theater in Madison Square and tours of his plays visiting cities all across the U.S. Hoyt even combined his love of baseball with the theater in his play “A Rag Baby” starring Boston Elk-Boston Beaneater Mike “King” Kelly.
Tragically, Hoyt’s legacy as a great theater impresario and playwright came to a sudden halt with his untimely death in 1900 and today the name of Charles Hoyt is all but lost. Fortunately, River Theater of Charlestown continues to periodically produce staged readings of his plays and keep the history of this famous Charlestown member alive. Join us for an entertaining afternoon and learn more Hoyt, his life and his legacy of theater. The free presentation will be held at the Charlestown Town Hall on Summer Street, adjacent to Ralph’s Supermarket.
By Senator Alice Nitka, Windsor County, February 27, 2014
All computers in the State House seem to be in use these past few days as many of the 180 Legislators prepare articles or reports for Town Meetings in their districts. Many are formatting them into newspaper like columns. It isn’t going so well for the inexperienced who only try the “column thing” once a year. It’s eleven at night and there is a lot of mumbling and more than mumbling from some computer stations as frustration gets the best of people as they try to shorten articles to make them fit. People are working all over the building and frequently when they finish their work, they will stop by the so called lounge, (the former location of the Supreme Court) where most of the computers are located and almost gloat that they are done with their own reports. Others offer advice or tips. Many of these people are I-Pad users or have other devices but for this project it seems it is back to basics on the big screens.
On the same night, the House Education Committee got some sympathy when they rolled into the State House parking lot at 9 PM on a school bus, having left at 8 AM for meetings in Rutland with school officials. The school bus ride over the frost heaves on Route 107, I’m sure woke them up. One fellow sat down to work on his report after the trip and announced with alarm that he couldn’t find his report.
In anticipation of Town Meeting week, Senator Bill Doyle, the senior member of the Senate at age 87 and the longest serving (45 years) has been working on his own project, The Doyle Poll. The poll, which the Senator makes available every year has been around for forty or more years and many citizens look forward to weighing in on issues every March. Some questions for this year are: Should VT create a state bank?, Should VT increase its minimum wage?, Should wind turbines be constructed on VT ridgelines?, Should food products sold in VT produced with genetic engineering be labeled in VT? and Should drivers be prohibited from using cell phones while driving? With regard to the last question which has been on the poll for several years, many will be pleased to know that the House passed a bill a week ago that will only allow hands free usage. The bill still needs to pass the Senate. A question pertinent to the times that the Senator has included is: Do you believe that our national government collects too much information on the lives of American citizens? The poll is available in most towns at locations where your town meetings are being held and most Senators and Representative have some to hand out. Thousands participate!
No “Notes” next week as the Legislature is closed for Town Meetings.
Contact me at home at 228-8432, the State House at 1-800-322-5616 or email@example.com or PO Box 136, Ludlow, VT 05149. Visit in person at the State House here in Montpelier.