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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Despite dark, chilly, threatening weather, dozens of area walkers dared to participate in the seni-annual 5K Walk for Local History this past Saturday. Sponsored by Black River Academy Museum (BRAM), the walk began and ended at Black River High School, following Main Street to High Street to Dugout Road and returning to the high school via Rte 103 and Main Street.
The walk, which raises operating funds for the BRAM, raised $300 for the museum. Prizes for the first four finishers and the "last walker standing" we're furnished by Okemo Mountain Resorts, The Combes Family Inn, and the Black River Academy Museum Gift Shop. Walkers enjoyed refreshments at the finish line. Pictured above are the undaunted walkers just before the 5K walk started.
Below are three walkers and friend, Sadie, as they pass the museum. From left to right, they are David Hoeh, Jim Alic, and Bruce Farr.
Ludlow saw its first snow of the season Thursday night into Friday. It was the very wet, heavy variety that bends birches and can be very slippery on pavement. Pictured above is a birch, still with half of its leaves, bending under the weight of about 5 inches of wet snow. The forecast is calling for a "sorta" noreaster Saturday night to really kick off the season!
Submitted by Sara Norcross
On Friday 11-11-11, take a break from cooking and support a women's chorus by enjoying the Feminine Tone Harvest Supper, which will take place at the First Congregational Church, 77 Main Street, Springfield, VT from 5 – 7 PM. The menu will include delicious homemade chilis (with meat as well as a vegetarian option), maple corn bread, French bread, green salad with homemade dressings, and pumpkin and apple themed desserts. The price upon entry is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6-12, with ages 5 and under attending free.
The Feminine Tone chorus relies on this fall fundraiser to help cover its operating expenses. Directed by Maricel Lucero, the Feminine Tone performs music from all over the world and promotes music as a healing, unifying force.
The Feminine Tone concert this term will take place on Sat. Dec. 17th at 7 PM at United Church of Ludlow, and again on Sun. Dec. 18th at 4 PM at the Hartland Unitarian Universalist Church. Visit www.femininetone.com for more information about the chorus. Questions? Call (802) 484-5097.
Original comedy skits by Stan and Jane Hart will be the featured show at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Friday, November 4 at 7 PM. Sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the show, entitled "Old Enough to Know Better", will consist of nine skits written by the part time Proctorsville couple.
In describing what the skits will be about, Jane said, “Look in the mirror. That funny object you see is you! In the nine comedies we wrote, you will surely recognize yourself or someone you live with, demonstrating the comedy of everyday life”.
The titles of the skits will provide some clue as to what the “human conditions” she alluded to may be about: “Look at It This Way’, ‘Wedding Bells’, ‘Tell Me about It’, and ‘Where’s There a Will’.
In addition to the Hart’s, the other members of the cast, all from the Black River area, include: Gloria Leven, Sandra Russo, Patty Greenwood, Scott Stearns, Leo Graham, Kata Welch, Barbara Dickey, Paul Cooper, Judith Edwards, and Michael Pember.
Both Stan and Jane spent a good deal of their lives in New York. When Stan wasn’t writing comedy material for Carol Burnett, he might be found writing articles for Mad Magazine, writing a play produced on Broadway or, as a change of pace, inventing products like the Ring Pop, Push Pop, and the Garbage Pail Kids for the Topps Company. Jane began as a journalist who wrote articles for popular magazines. She then authored the highly-praised book, ‘The Hidden Children of the Holocaust’ about the experiences of Jewish youngsters who were hidden and saved by non-Jews during the Second World War. The latter work was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize people with a nomination for that prestigious award.
Jane later turned to art, becoming a leading art therapist and portraitist. Her paintings are available at an art gallery on Depot Street in Ludlow.
Jane likes to simply say that the skits to be performed at the Nov. 4 show are “about you and me”.
With all that is going on in their lives, Jane did note that the Harts “are still talking to each other”.
Jane and Stan Hart are part-time residents in Proctorsville (aka a village within Cavendish). Jane is a licensed art therapist and acclaimed portraitist while Stan won two Emmys as the head writer for the popular Carol Burnett TV program.
The two started their Vermont theatrical careers last year in the first annual Christmas Celebration produced by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium). Since then, they have been badgered by FOLA to develop new comedic productions.
The play is free to everyone, although donations to offset costs are appreciated. For additional information, call 228-7239.
Submitted by Christine Fuller
Vermont Properties and Development of Ludlow is holding a winter coat drive to benefit Black River Good Neighbor Services.
Suzanne Garvey of Vermont Properties said “Due to the devastation created by Irene, the need is greater than ever”. Suzanne is asking anyone who can, to bring an outer garment that is clean and in good condition to: Vermont Properties and Development, 29 Locust Hill Road, Ludlow. Garments will be accepted from now until November 27th from 9am to 5pm.
If you have any questions please call 802-228-8877 or email vtprop.com.
All of the outerwear received will be donated to Black River Good Neighbors to support local families in need.
On Saturday, December 3rd, as recognition of the wonderful community support shown by Vermont Properties in organizing this coat drive BRGNS will have a rack of winter coats that will go to those in need in our community without charge.
Submitted by Christine Fuller
The staff of the Black River Good Neighbor Services wants everyone to know that they are accepting applications for the 2011 Christmas Basket program.
Director Audrey Bridge and Terry Laskevich, are eager to see that no person or family goes without food and no child goes without a gift to unwrap over the holidays.
Peter LaBelle, President of the Board for BRGNS said “over 145 area families received baskets last year and we believe because of Hurricane Irene and the recession the number will be even greater this year”.
Anyone living in Ludlow, Proctorsville, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Belmont or Plymouth who feels they qualify need only to stop by the shop at 37B Main Street, Ludlow, to pick up an application. Anyone unable to get to the store please call Audrey Bridge at 228-3663 for assistance.
Completed applications must be submitted by November 25th, 2011. Baskets will be delivered on Thursday, December 22nd.
Families that received a basket last year will receive a phone call from a BRGNS volunteer and do not need to make a new application this yea. However anyone who has had a change of address and/or phone number should contact the office.
On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, an invisible rabbit will be the center of attention as FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) presents the classic comedy, Harvey. Starring Jimmy Stewart as the the only one who can apparently see (and talk to) this rabbit, Harvey is a comedy about a family (and a good part of a town) trying to come to terms with this invisible rabbit. Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart) is a middle-aged, amiable (and somewhat eccentric) individual whose best friend is an invisible 6' 3.5" tall rabbit named Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood). Elwood has driven his sister and niece (who live with him and crave normality and a place in "society") to distraction by introducing everyone he meets to his friend, Harvey. His family seems to be unsure whether Dowd's obsession with Harvey is a product of his (admitted) propensity to drink or perhaps mental illness. Elwood spends most of his time in the local bar, and throughout the film invites new acquaintances to join him for a drink (or to his house for dinner). Interestingly, the barman and all regulars accept the existence of Harvey, and the barman asks how they both are and unflinchingly accepts an order from Elwood for two Martinis. What happens to Elwood's family, his doctors, and his friends throughout this relationship is comedy at its best. The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations to support the movie's cost are appreciated. For information, call 228-7239.
Submitted by Okemo Mtn Resort
With less than a month to go until Okemo Mountain Resort’s target opening day of the 2011/2012 winter season, the anticipation among skiers and riders is rising to a fevered pitch. October marks the announcement of many magazine reader survey results and top-10 lists, and Okemo is, once again, receiving accolades.
In its annual Top 30 Reader Resort Survey, SKI named Okemo Mountain Resort one of the top 10 resorts in the East. Okemo ranked number four overall and placed among the top 10 in 12 of 20 categories listed in the new Winter Vacation Issue. Okemo was ranked second in the East for Grooming and third for Service, Lifts, Family Programs, and On-Mountain Food. The resort’s Snow, Weather and Digital Programs ranked fourth. Dining made the fifth spot and Okemo made the top 10 for Terrain Parks and Overall Satisfaction.
The readers of SnowEast have also recognized Okemo with the magazine’s Reader Survey Award for Favorite Snowgrooming.
In other recent Top 10 lists, Forbes listed their top picks in an online article and slide show titled “10 Best Ski Resorts for Families.” Okemo Mountain Resort claimed the fifth position in the top-ten list and Okemo was the first eastern resort named.
Okemo Mountain Resort is slated to open for the 2011/2012 ski and snowboard season on Nov. 19. Snowmaking equipment is in position and Okemo’s staff is poised for colder temperatures that will allow them to cover 96 percent of Okemo’s 119 trails in a blanket of white.
For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (802) 228-1600 or visit okemo.com.
The Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union (RWSU) will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Elementary School Gym. The meeting will be to update the public on the status of talks between RWSU and the Southwestern Windsor Supervisory Union concerning possible merger of the two unions. The regular RWSU meeting will follow the public information session.
Submitted by JoAnn Milza
The Garden Club of Ludlow will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10 at 12:00 . We will meet at the United Church of Ludlow which is located on Pleasant Street in Ludlow. We will be participating in a community service project by making mini flower arrangements. These will then be distributed to our neighbors in the Gill Home. Please bring a sandwich and the hostesses will provide beverages and desserts.