Help a Horse Day contest coming soon
Apr 24, 2018 | 95 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A volunteer works with a rescued horse at Gerda’s Equine Rescue in Townshend.
A volunteer works with a rescued horse at Gerda’s Equine Rescue in Townshend.
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WEST TOWNSHEND- Gerda’s Equine Rescue will be participating in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals national Help a Horse Day contest, which kicks off on April 26, and is a competition for a chance to win some of the $110,000 available in grants. This nationwide competition for rescues, shelters, animal control agencies, and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to find homes for horses. As a participating group, Gerda’s Equine Rescue will be hosting a series of events and clinics to raise awareness of horse rescue and adoption. Gerda’s rescue also plans to kick off Help a Horse Day with a shipping scholarship fundraiser by hosting a free gelding and microchipping clinic this fall through a grant from the Unwanted Horse Coalition. Funds raised for the shipping scholarship will be used to assist horse owners in financial need to pay for shipping to the free gelding clinic, and cover the cost of shipping seized horses, and shipping owner-surrendered horses to Gerda’s. The goal is to raise $5,000 from April 26 through the end of May. To assist with the important need visit www.gerdasequinerecue.org to donate.
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This Week in History
Apr 23, 2018 | 218 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
10 years ago: Drivers dodging potholes on Route 100 in Wilmington Village were relieved to hear that 4.7 miles of Route 100 would be paved under Gov. Jim Douglas’ “Operation Smooth Ride” initiative. Repairs were set to start as early as May. Wilmington Town Manager Bob Rusten said the repairs, which were the only ones in AOT district one, were thanks to the lobbying efforts of AOT district one manager Wayne Gammel and the towns of Wilmington, Whitingham, and Dover. Selectboard members approved a plan by Unicel to place a cell phone antenna in the belfry of the Congregational church on East Main Street. The antenna was touted as improving reception and preventing dropped calls in the village for cell customers with GSM phones. Crocuses were in bloom on the lawn of Deerfield Valley Elementary School. 15 years ago: A Wilmington committee formed to investigate the feasibility of adopting a town charter recommended against it at a meeting with selectboard members. Chief among their concerns was the process by which a charter would be adopted. Whitingham’s selectboard was considering hiring a town administrator, a move that would ease the burden of day-to-day administrative operations on the board, and on the selectboard chair in particular. Wilmington and Dover agreed to study the possibility of merging their police departments – again. It was by no means a new proposal, having been studied several times since the 1970s. 20 years ago: Whitingham School Board members were struggling to cut another $50,000 from their budget, a budget that was already below the previous year’s budget. The reduction was mandated by Town Meeting voters who were concerned about soaring taxes brought on by Act 60. Underlining the frustration with the controversial education funding system, Whitingham Principal John Doty said that every dollar cut from the budget would reduce the town’s tax liability by only 12 cents. 25 years ago: According to Dover Police, illegal dumping – people throwing their trash in a dumpster that they’re not authorized to use – was one of the biggest theft-of-services issues in Dover. Business owners said most of the illegal disposal was perpetrated by second-home owners, one-time visitors, and even some locals. They knew that, they said, because they routinely went through trash bags for addresses and other identifying evidence so they could bill the dumpers. One business owner said the cost of illegal dumping tripled her trash disposal bill. Another business owner said that some mornings she arrived to find her dumpster full and bags piled up on the ground. But she also noted that a lot of visitors would be willing to pay to dispose of their trash, they just didn’t know what they should do with it. 35 years ago: The Silo Saloon was sued by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for “publicly performing copyrighted music of ASCAP members.” The Silo’s attorney said it was up to the musical acts hired by the Silo to secure rights to perform music, not the Silo. Local legislators announced that the state would improve several areas along Route 100 and Route 9. Included in the state highway department’s plans was resurfacing on Route 100 in Wilmington and Dover, as well as several reconstruction projects along Route 9. 40 years ago: An engineering consultant for the Wilmington Selectboard said they wouldn’t have enough time to meet requirements for an application for flood protection grants from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development that was due on May 15. But the consultant said the town “would be in the best shape if it would take the bull by the horns and go ahead on its own to finance an engineering study for flood protection.” Angler Robert Allen, 75, of Jacksonville, broke with tradition and disclosed some of the best trout fishing spots in southern Vermont. One of his top spots included Branch Brook in Halifax, where he caught an 18-inch brook trout. 45 years ago: Mount Snow presented Whitingham Ambulance Service with a $500 donation “in recognition of outstanding services performed for residents of Deerfield Valley communities and in support of first-aid services at Mount Snow.” At the time, WASI was the only ambulance service in the valley. The Wilmington School Board discontinued the high school band program. According to board members, the reason for disbanding the band had nothing to do with students’ enthusiasm or skill, it was because they couldn’t find a part-time music teacher. For many years, band teachers were shared among area schools, but with an increasing workload, fewer teachers were willing to take on shared positions. 50 years ago: The US Senate was considering the “Dodd anti-gun bill,” (authored by Sen. Thomas Dodd, of CT) which would become the Gun Control Act of 1968 when signed into law later in the year by President Lyndon Johnson. The bill was spurred by the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. The Vermont Fish and Game Department took the unusual step of opposing the law and, in an op-ed in The Deerfield Valley News, urged Vermonters to contact their federal representatives to voice their opinions. “The Fish and Game Department is not against legislation that would accomplish effective restriction of guns by the criminal and mentally unstable segment, but it is strongly opposed to any laws that would infringe on the rights of law abiding Americans who, by their heritage, have the right to bear arms for personal security and recreational uses.”
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Concert with Congo Sanchez
Apr 23, 2018 | 161 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Congo Sanchez
Congo Sanchez
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GREENFIELD, MA- Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center presents Congo Sanchez in concert on Thursday, April 26, at 9 pm. Local band Rhythm Incorporated will also perform. Doors open at 8:30 pm. The concert will be held at 289 Main Street. Advance tickets are $12 and available at www.hawksandreed.com. Day of show ticket prices increase by $5.
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Forest service seeks input on plans
by Lauren Harkawik
Apr 23, 2018 | 786 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Somerset Reservoir and Stratton Mountain, seen from the summit of Mount Snow at sunrise on opening day of the 2017-2018 ski season, November 11, 2017.
Somerset Reservoir and Stratton Mountain, seen from the summit of Mount Snow at sunrise on opening day of the 2017-2018 ski season, November 11, 2017.
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STRATTON - The US Forest Service is hosting a public meeting and open house in Stratton on May 2. The meeting will focus on the upcoming Somerset Integrated Resource Project in which the forest service will employ “management activities” to achieve the goals set out in the Green Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. At the meeting, forest service officials are hoping to get input from the public about their priorities with regard to the work they will take on in the coming years as they work to achieve the plan’s goals. The area that will be covered by the project includes 71,000 acres primarily within the towns of Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington, and Woodford, but also includes small portions of Sunderland and Wardsboro. The Green Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, or “Forest Plan,” as it’s referred to on a fact sheet about the Somerset project, is a prescribed set of goals that the forest service is tasked with working toward achieving. “It’s very similar to a town plan or a zoning plan,” says Jay Strand, Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Forest Planner and National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator. Strand explains that in this instance, “zones” are management areas. “So the forest is divided into management areas and those areas are similar to zones within a town plan. Each management area has a specific emphasis and desired condition that we try to manage that area of the forest for.” An example, Strand says, is that a goal may be to achieve desired conditions within a management area. “For example, there are certain management areas where we can harvest timber to provide for managing wildlife habitat.” Strand says that the meeting will be part information and question and answer period and part open house, where attendees may talk to experts about different “resource areas,” such as timber harvesting, enhancement of wildlife habitat, soil and stream restoration, and improvements to roads and trails. There will also be an opportunity for private-land owners to connect with experts about how they may use management activities on their own property to help achieve the forest service’s goals. “The total project area is over 70,000 acres, but 40% of that is non-national forest lands,” says Strand. “It’s private land either owned by private owners or towns. We’re hoping that private-land owners who own property within the project area, big or small, will be interested in managing their own property for various resource objectives that would achieve their needs, but also complement what’s going on in adjacent national forest lands, that would, for instance, benefit wildlife.” Strand says in addition to experts who can speak to landowners about what management tactics may be beneficial, the forest service also hopes to bring in experts who can tell private-land owners how to access funding mechanisms for those activities. Strand says public feedback has shaped projects in the past. In a recent project in Rochester, the forest service modified their plan based on feedback regarding maintaining access roads to the forest, white water rafting, backwoods downhill skiing, and preservation of historic landmarks. “We have a lot of ideas, but we want to hear from the public because a lot of these folks have a real local knowledge of what is out there,” said Strand. “So we might have totally missed something that we want to include or address in our final proposed action.” The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 2, from 6 to 8 pm at the Stratton Mountain Resort.
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