Submitted by Lynne Herbst
Book lovers won’t want to miss this fantastic sale! Come to Belmont, Vermont on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from 10 am to 4:00 pm. The Mount Holly Library will have great books at great prices for a great cause.
We have been weeding the library collection over the winter and generous donations have added over a thousand books of interest to book lovers. All genres are represented.
You won’t be able to beat the bargains you’ll find on this sale. Take route 103 to the flashing light in Mount Holly and follow the signs to Belmont. We hope to see you rain or shine. For further information, call 802-259-3707.
Legislative Report from Rep. Dennis Devereux for Ludlow, Mount Holly, and Shrewsbury
The revenue sources proposed by the Governor in early January raised many eyebrows. His ideas to change the earned income tax credit (EITC) that helps families with children, and place a tax on break-open tickets were troubling. The amount to be raised by taxes is a moving target as the spending proposals in the budget come into focus. The Vermont House passed, without my support, the Miscellaneous Tax Bill that was seeking to raise $27 million by taxing soft drinks, bottled water, and candy, and also increasing taxes on cigarettes, meals, and income. It raised the income tax by collapsing the highest two income tax brackets, so that people now in the second highest bracket would end up paying the highest rate. There was little support to change the EITC program or tax break-open tickets as the Governor wanted.
The senate version only raises $10.2 million because they had the luxury of a later look and received news that there would be about $16.8 million more than anticipated from the state income tax. They were looking at taxing satellite TV service, break-open tickets, bottled water, and then increasing taxes on liquor, and limiting itemized deductions for mortgage interest. There was little in common between the two bodies, so a compromise was needed to work out the differences in this must pass bill.
The Governor has been adamant that there would not be any broad-based taxes passed.
Both versions included increases in income and sales taxes, so he continued to voice his dissatisfaction with the legislature. He feels this is “not the time” to raise taxes, but we do know that the time will come when more than $1.6 billion will be needed to pay for the Governor’s health care reform program.
My position has been that you do not need new revenue if you control spending as each of us does with our own pocketbook. What is concerning for me is that some of these proposals this year will use one-time money, leaving us with a large gap to fill next year. We are already hearing about a projected shortfall when the same tax ideas will again find a new life. We will also see if the income tax code adjustments talked about will indeed help most Vermonters. For me, it came down to the fact that the Misc. Tax and the Appropriation Bills did not raise new taxes, create any new programs, and lowered the growth of spending. I was also glad to see there is an $8.2 million buffer created against the impact of the federal sequestration. In the end, this was a responsible budget.
I look forward to discussing the issues with each of you as we await the start of the second year of our session next January. Please contact me with your questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-259-2460.
Submitted by Alyssa Bennett Photo by Constance Wilcox
Music-COMP proudly presents local student composers for an international premier of their work played by professional musicians at the historic Haskell Opera House in Derby Line. This is the only concert hall in the world that sits on
Pictured above are, from left to right, Katy Buckley and Ryleigh Corrigan, both of Ludlow Elementary School, whose musical compositions will be included in Opus 26
an international border. The musicians perform from stage in Canada while the majority of the audience enjoys from their seats across the border in the US. Congratulations to area students:
Black River High School, Ludlow
- Leslie Bixby, Grade 9 (“Riding on Angel Wings”)
- Ryleigh Corrigan, Grade 6 (“Moderato”)
- Katy Buckley, Grade 5 (“The Windy Day”)
Leslie Bixby of Black River High School is pictured above
Opus 26 is a production of Music-COMP (Music Composition Online Mentoring Program, formerly the Vermont MIDI project) a nonprofit organization that serves over 5000 students yearly as they explore music composition. Please visit http://music-comp.org/Opus26.htm for more information and a complete listing of students whose selected compositions will be performed on May 1. Listen to last year’s strings and woodwind pieces from Opus 24 at http://musiccomp.wordpress.com/.
The free concert featuring strings and woodwinds, will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at the historic Haskell Opera House in Derby Line, VT at 6:30 pm. Twenty-seven pieces from Vermont students in grades 4-12 were selected for performance from 104 submissions. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Members of the Ludlow Rotary, local school system, and Town of Ludlow met recently to continue planning for the first Quest Summer program they will jointly sponsor to support area students in a seven week program. Modelled on a similar program initiated by the Rotary Club of Jaffery/Ringe, New Hampshire, the program will feature both recreational and educational projects for area students, including both breakfast and lunch. Pictured above discussing program details are, from left to right, Frank Heald, Ludlow Town Manager, Ralph Pace, David Almond, Venissa White, and Howie Paul. For additional information, contact 228-2841.
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Scene from FOLA’s forthcoming movie, ‘Argo’.
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has completed its movie schedule for the rest of 2013 for movies it will sponsor at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Movies will normally be scheduled for Saturday evening performances at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted.
The schedule includes:
March 2 – “Hugo”
April 6 – “The Iron Lady”
April 14 – “The Tales of Hoffman” (special Sunday Matinee program at 2 PM)
May 11 – “War Horse”
June 1 – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
July 6 – “Skyfall”
August 3 – “Argo”
August 17 – Special Silent Movie Festival
Sept 7 – “The Life of Pi”
Sept. 12 or 21 – “Rear Window”
October 5 – “Les Miserables”
October 26-”Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (Halloween treat for the kids at 2 PM)
Nov 2 – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Dec 7 – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Additional Sunday matinees may be announced throughout the year. Check the movie listings on the FOLA web site, www.fola.us.
In keeping with FOLA policy, all movies are; donations are appreciated to underwrite the cost of the movies. For information call 228-7239 or www.fola.us.
Will Ludlow and Mt. Holly voters authorize town expenditures to help fund an innovative summer camp for teens? Will BRHS 9th and 10th graders enroll in the camp for an extraordinary summer of fun, achievement and accomplishment?
Ludlow area Rotarians are betting the answers are “yes”. As the catalyst behind the Camp Quest initiative, the Ludlow Rotary Club already obligated over $5,000 in camp funding in addition to major operational and staffing manpower.
Town Meeting voters are asked to approve Australian ballot initiatives for expenditures up to $20,000 in Ludlow and $5,000 in Mt. Holly to help fund this camp. If approved, Camp Quest plans to operate tuition-free five days a week from June 24th to August 9th for upcoming 9th and 10th graders in BRHS.
Camp Quest is modeled after a highly successful program run by Rotarians in New Hampshire. This teenage camping experience emphasizes personal responsibility, project-based learning, recreation and fun. To enroll, campers will be asked to sign an agreement covering personal behavior and commitment. Howie Paul, Ludlow’s Recreation Director, said “The camp provides new opportunities for youngsters who have graduated existing programs”.
When asked what was meant by “project-based learning”, Camp Quest Committee Chairman, Frank Heald cited learning about the Black River’s ecology while paddling a kayak on the river as one example. Other enrichment and learning activities that could be offered are as varied as organizing flashmobs, conducting poetry slams and learning to referee or coach various sports. BRHS students already identified over 60 different camp activities that interested them!
The thrust of the camp is to promote responsibility and learning while engaging these teenagers in safe and enjoyable summer activities, some of which are designed to stretch them by trying new experiences.
For information contact Frank Heald, Chairperson, at 802-228-2841 or email@example.com.
Submitted by Lynne Herbst
Don’t miss Novelist Jon Clinch on Sunday, February 17th at 4 pm at the Mt Holly Town Library.
Jon is a well-known author who has won awards for his two previously published books “Finn” and “Kings of the Earth” and newly released “The Thief of Auschwitz” .
Jon will read from his new book, explain the reasons behind the story and happily discuss his decision to self-publish!