A Little RiverSweep Update from BRAT

(First photo, credit to Kelly Stettner, featuring volunteers Mark Blanchard, Mo Stettner, and Sean Sullivan with just some of the tires they removed with Bob Bove and Henry Woodbury; additional photo by Lincoln Applied Geology, Inc. featuring Hillside Auto employee standing by the excavated tank-below)

(First photo, credit to Kelly Stettner, featuring volunteers Mark Blanchard, Mo Stettner, and Sean Sullivan with just some of the tires they removed with Bob Bove and Henry Woodbury; additional photo by Lincoln Applied Geology, Inc. featuring Hillside Auto employee standing by the excavated tank-below)

Submitted by Kelly Stettner
As if pulling out 47 tires from the bed of the Black River wasn’t accomplishment enough, volunteers for the Black River Action Team discovered a huge metal tank embedded in the sediment below the Paddock Road Bridge in Springfield during the annual RiverSweep cleanup event held recently.
Since tugging on it with a rope didn’t work to loosen the mammoth piece of metal and released what appeared to be an oily sheen into the water, the 5-person “tire brigade” returned to BRAT HQ to report the location of the tank. BRAT Director Kelly Stettner reached out to the CT River Watershed Council, BRAT-Tank removal, excavated tankwho recommended she talk with the State of Vermont’s Hazardous Materials Division.
Within 24 hours, a contractor was dispatched to the scene to scout and plan the extraction.
A large crane-truck was secured from Hillside Auto, and the fine folks at Lincoln Applied Geology, Inc. tackled the project just a few days later.
The tank, some 500 pounds of heavy metal, was old and rusted open at one end already; the team discovered no oil- or fuel-based contents. The oily sheen observed by the BRAT crew was likely caused by disturbing some decaying organic material inside the tank. A series of ropes, chains, and pulleys were employed to extricate the old tank from the riverbed. It was then hauled away for scrap, leaving the Black River with a bit less junk in the water.
The BRAT wishes to extend thanks to Conrad Zeller for his “boots in the river” efforts; to Lincoln Applied Geology, Inc. for their efficient and careful work; and to the State of Vermont for moving so quickly on this potentially hazardous (and definitely arduous!) task.

Community Service Hours for Mt Holly Kids

Submitted by Karen Leonard

mt holly community service hours

Ludlow Real Estate Activity Thru September 2014

Thanks to the generosity of (FOLA) Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, the real estate pixLudlowReal 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 September, 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 rcpace@tds.net 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.

“Silver Linings Playbook”, Romantic Comedy, Next Movie, October 4

Silver Linings Playbook photo 1

The next FOLA movie at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium will be “Silver Linings Playbook” on Saturday, October 4 at 7 PM.
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.
Cooper plays Patrick “Pat” Solatano, Jr., a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat meets recently widowed Tiffany Maxwell, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, who offers to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The two become closer as they train and Pat, his father, and Tiffany examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their issues.
Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was critically acclaimed.
Cooper, Lawrence, De Niro and Weaver have all been lauded for their performances, with praise especially reserved for Cooper and Lawrence. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said that “the chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence makes them a delight to watch” and that their performances anchor the ensemble cast who also give great performances even in small roles.
Russell’s direction has also been widely acclaimed, with Justin Chang of Variety writing: “Never one to shy away from unlikely sources of comedy, David O. Russell tackles mental illness, marital failure and the curative powers of football with bracingly sharp and satisfying results.” Roger Ebert noted the film was “so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic”.
As with all FOLA movies, the film is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank and water by FOLA. For information, call 802-228-729 or www.fola.us.

Getting ready for the Belmont Hunting Party this Thursday

Submitted by Belmont General Store

Getting ready for the Belmont Hunting Party this Thursday. We have a game camera and two way radios for the bow shoot, buck bomb for best camo and best game cam photo and lots of other prizes and gifts. Be here 6pm to 8pm. Can’t win if you don’t show up. Come to shoot JimBob the deer or just listen to our very own local Independence Band. There will be food & fun for all ages. Lots of stuff to give a way too!

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Belmont General Store
Music: Independence Band
Games: Indoor Bow Shoot (kids & adults category), Best Camo Outfit, Best Game Cam Photo

Red Cross Blood Drive in Ludlow Oct. 20

red cross sysmbolThe Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Monday, October 20 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. at the Ludlow Community Center.  Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-2767).  October donors will be entered in a chance to win a $5,000 VISA card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.


Dupont Brothers

Submitted by Mary McCallum
Raise the Roof concerts are back! The small local series that presents unique musical talent will be up and running on Sunday October 4 when the Burlington-based Dupont Brothers bring their guitar stringed magic to Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville. With its clear acoustics, the small sanctuary will be a perfect venue for their style of music. The brothers, who reunited after years of geographical separation, are now artistic collaborators. Blending the contemplative winters of the northeast with the solitary beauty of south western desert, Sam and Zack DuPont are now coconspirators in a shared passion that runs deep in their family. Lush finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation. The sound is Vermont Made Folk Americana. Raise the Roof concerts, which warm audiences with good music during the cold months, begin at 4:00 p.m. in Gethsemane Church on Depot Street. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information call 226-7497 or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raise-the-Roof-Concert-Series/1374855726079446. Get acquainted with the Dupont Brothers by listening to them at http://www.dupontbrothersmusic.com/.


 Blessing of animals cavendish
Submitted by Mary McCallum
St. Francis of Assisi, known as the patron saint of animals, is the inspiration for the annual Blessing of the Animals hosted by Gethsemane Episcopal Church on the Proctorsville Green. Bring your pet on Saturday October 4 to this gentle event that surrounds animals with love and protection. Reverend Todd McKee and other participating clergy will respectfully bless each and every furry, feathered and finned critter in attendance, whether four-footed or swimming in a fishbowl. Come ye cats and dogs, ye bunnies and lizards, ye birds and lambs to the Proctorsville Green at 1:00, rain or shine. Pet owners should be sure to have their dogs leashed and cats in carriers.

BR Folk & Blues Fest Names Performers, Oct 11

BR Folk Fest 2014 poster photo

Mt Holly Photo Contest

Submitted by Janet Warren

Mt Holly photo contest 2014

For more information, please contact Janet Warren at 802-259-2007 or janetwarren72@hotmail.com.