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FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) announced the release of a new web site recently. According to Ralph Pace, FOLA Chair, the site is designed to offer area residents a user-friendly means of staying current with programs, movies, and other activities of the organization. The site will highlight the various movies and entertainment programs sponsored by FOLA. It will also afford a means of accessing organizational information about the group such as membership, planned future programs, and information concerning FOLA meetings and policies. The web site may be accessed by clicking here. Additionally, the site will allow interested people to email FOLA at email@example.com.
Submitted by David Almond
Tours of the belfry of the United Church of Ludlow will be one of the free activities available to the public, at least for the physically nimble, at the Church's May 5 and May 6, 2011 Birthday Party, the 120th for the Church's building and the 220th for the Church's founding. The Church's 1,000 pound plus bell was cast in 1839, when Martin Van Buren was president and only 50 years after the Constitution of the United States became effective.
These tours and other activities will take place from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 5th and from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday May 6th. The Sunday activities will coincide with an Ice Cream Social, when you will be able to make your own sundae from a variety of delicious ingredients. Another activity will include viewing and explanations of the "Early American Graffiti" in the hand-pumping chamber (mostly used prior to the electrification of the Church) of the Church's organ. Quite a bit of this graffiti was originated in the early part of the 20th century by boys and girls that later became leading citizens of the Ludlow area with many of traditional Ludlow families being represented and identifying the romances of the day. Other activities will relate to the more interesting and entertaining events associated with the Church's history, including portrayals of several individuals and explanations of certain historic events.
The Saturday activities will be followed by a dinner from 5 pm to 7pm having a traditional Church menu and traditional costs. The dinner will be priced to break even, with children 12 and under being admitted free and adults expected to pay from $3 to $5 dollars with the exact price depending on the estimated cost of the ingredients.
So save the dates and expect to have nice Spring weather with lots of balloons to dispel the winter blues. For additional information, call David Almond at 228-2414.
All across Vermont, citizens are putting the issue of corporate personhood and money-in-politics on the agenda for Town Meeting on March 6.
In some communities, such as Burlington and Woodstock, the local governing body has adopted a town meeting warning article by request. In another two dozen or more towns, citizens have gathered the necessary signatures to put the question before the town meeting.
On a similar track, the Vermont Legislature is considering a resolution offered by state senator Virginia Lyons of Chittenden County that frames the issue succinctly: “The profits and institutional survival of large corporations are often in direct conflict with the essential needs and rights of human beings.”
The local questions for town meeting address this conflict by inviting voters to endorse the propositions that “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech.”
These propositions might have seemed self-evident until two years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission. The 5-4 decision reversed several precedents and made it legal for corporations or individuals to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns.
The dissent written by Justice John Paul Stevens expressed the same sentiment currently motivating Vermonters: “Corporations have no conscience, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”
Vermonters from Brattleboro to Burlington, from Bennington to Greensboro will have the opportunity at town meeting to vote to agree or disagree with Justice Stevens. National polls show large majorities agreeing with the Justice.
Among the other towns voting on the question will be Bolton, Calais, Charlotte, Craftsbury, Fayston, Gainsville, Hinesburg, Marlboro, Marshfield, Monkton, Montgomery, Montpelier, Moretown, Norwich, Richmond, Ripton, Rutland City, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Williamstown, Williston, and Woodstock.
Submitted by Margo Caulfield
The Cavendish Historical Society is holding its annual meeting on February 12, 5 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School in Proctorsville. The evening will start with a pot luck supper and will include the screening of the documentary, "Life in Windsor County.” This is the seventh county documentary produced through collaboration between Johnson State College students, Professor Bill Doyle and Vince Franke of Peregrine Productions, LLC.
For this documentary, JSC student intern Matt Daubenspeck worked with Vince to interview 17 local residents, including CHS board member Bruce McEnaney, to hear their memories of Vermont’s biggest county covering events from its earliest settlers through the sheep craze, machine tool industry and stories of life in the first half of the 20th century. When blended with over 250 historical images, their stories provide new and unique insight into Windsor County’s past.
This invite is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Michelle Stintson
At Mount Hollywood Studio in Belmont, more than twenty area musicians have recorded original songs written in response to Tropical Storm Irene. At LPCTV Community access television station in Ludlow, staff has been busy editing photos and videos of the historic and devastating event. The resulting CD and DVD are soon to be packaged together under the title "Irene's Wake" and released at two concerts in Ludlow, February 17th and 18th. The keepsake will then be available at area retailers for $20. Proceeds of all sales will be split between the Vermont Flood Relief Fund and the non-profit LPCTV.
Musicians and bands featured on the commemorative CD include Rick Redington and the Luv, Gypsy Reel, The Pleasants, Victor Paul and Guy Burlage of Seabird, Rick Davis, Dank & the Funksticks, and the Mount Holly Folk Club. “We’ve got rock, funk, folk, bluegrass…,” offered Mount Hollywood Studio's Rod Ferrell who has generously donated countless hours to the project. “It’s an eclectic assortment of good, original songs by some really talented Vermont musicians and songwriters.”
In addition to the CD, the commemorative package will include a DVD of photographs and videos of the storm, its damage, and its effect on Vermonters. The DVD will also feature video clips of recording sessions and interviews with the artists. Songs from the CD will be played on the DVD as well.
To celebrate the release of “Irene’s Wake”, five of the bands featured on the CD are gracing two stages in Ludlow, February 17th and 18th. Mark your calendars! On Friday, February 17th at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium: Gypsy Reel, The Pleasants, the Salt Ash Serenaders, along with members of the Mount Holly Folk Club and special guests will be performing from 7:00 – 8:30. In unison with the bands, there will also be a showing of the DVD which commemorates the historical flood as it effected our region. Admission is $10 at the door. On Saturday, February 18th at the Outback Nightclub in Ludlow: the volume will be turned up a notch with Rick Redington and the Luv performing along with Dank & the Funkstix. Music start around 9:00. Admission is $10.
Proceeds from the sale of “Irene’s Wake” and related events will be shared between the Vermont Flood Relief Fund and LPCTV – which is currently raising funds for their new facility at the Ludlow Community Center Campus.
For more information, go to www.lpctv.org, or call 802-228-8808.
By Senator Alice Nitka, Windsor County, January 27, 2012
The “I am Vermont Strong” commemorative license plate to benefit the Vermont Food Bank and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund is making its way through the General Assembly for approval. You may recall it being mentioned in the Governor’s State of the State address earlier in the month and appearing on the front page of many papers. On January 26, S-249 passed the full Senate on a unanimous voice vote. It had previously been vetted in the Senate Transportation, Finance and the Appropriations Committees. It now moves to the House of Representatives to be reviewed by committees and then to the House floor for expected passage. Upon passage, it will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
Behind the scenes, literally, the plate is already being produced by our working male prisoners at the Northwest Correctional Center at St Albans in the license plate shop. (This is the same shop that used to be located at the correctional facility in Windsor and run by women prisoners.) These workers had already made 6800 by the 25th and likely will have made the 8,000 requested in the first round by the time you read this. The cost to make the plates is $4.86 and they are being purchased by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles.
The plate which is green, black and white will sell for $25. Eighteen dollars will be for 2011 flood victims via the relief fund, two dollars will be for the food bank and five dollars will go to the DMV. As I understand it, the two people from Rutland who designed the logo and put it on T-shirts to raise funds for victims after Hurricane Irene made the food bank request in exchange for the use of the logo. The goal with the sales is to raise one million dollars.
The plates can be put on the front of cars, or trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds and must be placed on top of the official front plate. This may be a little tricky but one is required in the law to leave your DMV issued plate in place. They can be on one’s vehicle until June 30, 2014. The plates can be purchased by anyone, in and out of state, and it is believed that many will buy them as souvenirs. They will be sold hopefully by many vendors, and already VT Life magazine has received 1019 pre-orders. Maybe you’ll be able to buy one at your local grocery store. The commemorative plate will be exempt from the sales and use tax.
Submitted by Sharon Bixby
The Town of Ludlow was recently approved for a grant to study a north pathway from the Fire Station Park and ride to Jackson Gore with possible spur trails to Buttermilk Falls and Lake Pauline.
As many may recall a large southern route bike path connecting the Schools to Fletcher Fields called the Calvin Coolidge Bike and Recreation Greenway was studied a number of years ago and in the end we were told it was not feasible to construct… But the dream of a bike / walking path remains alive…
Please join your fellow citizens and interested folks at a short meeting Wednesday evening February 8th 2012 at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall Conference Room… Come and help brainstorm ideas for this project!
Any questions contact Sharon Bixby 228-8823 or email to email@example.com.
To the Editor
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association, as all groups in service to their communities, could not prosper without the support of people in the community itself. Joyce Ringhel was just such a person. Joyce passed away three months ago. She was a joyous and kind woman who also baked phenomenal cookies. Joyce and her husband Charles had been tremendous supporters of our work and we are saddened for her passing. Patricia Nye is another dear friend and supporter who passed away not long ago and who, in her fiery nature and humorous way never stopped encouraging us to continue our efforts on behalf of conservation and community building. This has been a series of difficult months for all of us in Vermont and so for the people of Cavendish, and it is with regret that we come so late to this expression of condolence to both Charles Ringhel and Richard, Will and Amber Nye. We know, that for all of us who knew Joyce and Pat and their bright giving spirits, they will live on in our memories and continue to bring us courage to dream and do what needs to be done.
To the editor:
On Town Meeting Day (March 6) voters in Woodstock and dozens of other Vermont towns will have a chance to vote to encourage all our elected representatives to do whatever they can to put people back in control of our elections.
The influence of big money on national, state, and even local elections has been growing for a long time, and just two years ago the US Supreme Court gave big money a shot of steroids. The Court’s “Citizens United” decision in January 2010 reversed precedents and gave big money free rein to buy whatever candidates and elections it could afford. That’s why you see so many more Super PACs throwing so many millions of dollars around already.
A billionaire may have only one vote, but the billionaire’s unlimited spending probably dwarfs whatever influence you have on the electoral process. That’s because the Supreme Court says the billionaire’s money is “speech” and you both get to speak to your heart’s content – if not your wallet’s.
The Woodstock Town Meeting warning will include this item:
"Whereas corporations are NOT people, and whereas money is NOT human speech,
SHALL the Town of WOODSTOCK urge that all our elected representatives,
take all possible actions to restore elections to the people,
including an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms
that under our Constitution, money is not speech and corporations are not persons ;
and further, that upon approval of this resolution at the annual Town Meeting
SHALL the town send its resolution to Vermont State and Federal représentatives
within thirty days of passage of this measure? "
The select board is to be commended for accepting this question, as it affects every member of our community.
Submitted by Okemo Mtn Resort
Whether football fans are cheering for the G-Men or the Pats, Okemo Mountain Resort has the ticket to pre-game skiing and riding with three great deals on skiing and snowboarding during the Big Game Weekend.
$99 Two-Day Weekend Warrior!
In honor of the New England Patriots and New York Giants making it to the Big Game, Okemo is offering a special two-day-lift-ticket deal valid for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, for just $99! Print-at-home tickets must be purchased online at least 48 hours in advance.
The Big Game Sunday Solution
For sports fans who want to make it home in time for pre-game revelry, The Big Game Sunday Solution ticket takes an additional $10 off Okemo’s already-reduced Sunday Solution rate. That means skiers and riders can enjoy the slopes from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for only $64 for Adults, $54 for Young Adults and Seniors, and $40 for Juniors. Skiers and riders can visit any ticket window to take advantage of this deal.
For Monday-morning quarterbacks who prefer to re-live every play of the game from the comfort of a chairlift, Okemo has an extra special lift ticket value that depends entirely on the final score of Sunday’s game. On Monday, Feb. 6, the price of a full-day lift ticket will be charged at $1 per point, based on the total combined points scored during Sunday’s Big Game. If the final score of the game is Patriots 24 and Giants 21, the price of a lift ticket on Monday will be $45. How low could it go? A scoreless game would mean free lift tickets; however, the lowest combined score in Super Bowl history was 21 points in 1973. In case of a high-score game, Okemo is capping the Feb. 6 lift ticket price at $59.
For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (80) 228-1600 or visit www.okemo.com.