Thursday, July 26, 2012

24th Vermont 100 a HUGE Success

The third weekend of July sees the annual Vermont 100 mile Ride and Run; a horse and ultra-marathon race that weaves it way around West Windsor, Woodstock, Pomfret, Reading and Brownsville. The race proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. This year was the 24th Annual Ride and Run with 290-100 mile runners starting the race at 4 AM on Saturday morning. This year also saw the inaugural 100K race with 35 runners making the 8 AM race start. The horse race consists of a 100, a 75 and a 50-mile endurance ride. Race organizers have lots planned for the 25th anniversary next July including a T-shirt design contest that could land the winner a free race registration.

More images on the Vermont Standard Gallery: Vermont 100 Ride and Run

Design the 25th Anniversary T-shirt 
WIN either a FREE Race Entrance or a Swag Basket!!

Racers Thank the Vermont 100!!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hartland Farmers' Market

Even the 90 degree heat couldn’t keep folks away from the Hartland Farmer’s Market Friday the 13th. Plenty of local vendors on hand with flavored iced teas and lemonade for folks to quench their thirst while shopping for fresh locally grown produce and homemade breads, spreads and pastries. The Market is open every Friday through October on the lawn in front of the Hartland Library.

More images on the Vermont Standard Gallery page: Hartland Farmers Market. Check out the newspaper too!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Thanks Tek-for 15 Great Years

On July 21, 2012 Red Sox Nation gathered at Fenway Park to Thank their Captain #33 Jason Varitek for 15 years of what maybe the last CLASS ACT of a Red Sox Player.
Tek was apparently born to play baseball as seen by his career beginning in Little League straight through his years with the Red Sox.

I think Red Sox Nation can collectively say "Thank God for Heathcliff Slocumb!" In 1997, in what some say was the MOST one-sided trade in baseball history, Slocumb was traded the Seattle Mariners for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Tek and Lowe went on to make multiple All-Star Teams and were major factors in the Sox winning the 2004 World Series.

For Tek the 2004 Series win was long over due, in 1984 his Little League Team lost to South Korea 6-2. In 1994, along with former Sox Teammates Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton, Tek and The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets lost the College World Series to the University of Oklahoma. Tek is the only Yellow Jacket to have his #33 Jesrey retired at Georgia Tech.

Tek's time with the Sox was long and not without some low points but overall, he was THE CAPTAIN and will always be remembered that way in the hearts of the Red Sox Nation.
Some highlights of his career were put together by the Red Sox and played at the Ceremony on Saturday.

More images from the Ceremony:

More Images of Tek's 
Time with the Sox:

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Please VOTE for my Image!

The image I captured of the Bowers Covered Bridge being placed on the new concrete abutments is in a Vermont Photo Contest
I could use your vote and your friends and family votes too, so spread the word!

Gov. Peter Shumlin launched ‘Build Up Vermont’  Thursday to encourage residents and visitors to share their views of the state – using their cameras. The emphasis of this initiative is to showcase photography of communities and destinations within Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, celebrating the recovery efforts since the Aug. 28 storm. The centerpiece of Build Up Vermont is a website that will allow people to post their pictures, view the growing photo gallery and vote for their favorite shot.
“What better way to reflect the hard work and remarkable spirit of Vermonters than by promoting images of the progress we’ve made in the last 11 months,” the Governor said. Build Up Vermont is a collaborative between the Governor’s Irene Recovery Office and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.
Photos are submitted to, and viewers can vote on their favorites as part of a photo contest to win tickets to see Vermont musician Grace Potter perform at the Grand Point North Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park in September ( for more information).
“It is vital for Vermont to share images and honest, real-time perspectives of our active and accessible communities as we approach the one year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene,” Tourism and Marketing Deputy Commissioner Steve Cook said. “Tourism is critical to Vermont’s economy and will show potential Vermont vacationers that we are vibrant, we are beautiful and we are open for business.”
To submit a photo, view the gallery or get more information,

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Just Horsin' Around for a Good Cause

MoonRise Farm in Taftsville hosted a multi-faceted event on Saturday. It was the farm’s 10th anniversary, they opened their Equine Playground and hosted a benefit dinner for scholarships to their Therapeutic Riding Program specifically for the Vermont Adaptive Riding Program. The dinner featured food donated by local farms and chefs and featured barbequed chicken prepared by Taftsville resident Robert Maynard. Robert is a cowboy from Florida who now lives in Vermont. He volunteers and horse trains at MoonRise Farm and brought his special secret “goat sauce” to the barbeque.

More images:!i=1971397867&k=Z6p8wbj

Vermont Standard Video of the Event:

2nd Annual Dinner to Benefit Vermont Adaptive’s Therapeutic Riding Program
MoonRise Farm 10th Anniversary and Opening of the Equine Playground
Taftsville VT July 14, 2012
Copyright ©2012 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Bowers Covered Bridge Returns Home

Bowers Covered Bridge
Brownsville VT July 14, 2012
Copyright ©2012 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
For The Vermont Standard:
Image Galleries:

Following many delays, Saturday saw the Bowers Covered Bridge get one step closer to re-opening to motor vehicle traffic.  The Miller Construction crane arrived Friday set the I-beams and cables and do a test lift. The neighbors gathered for Brownsville General Coffee and donuts in the Ouelette’s side yard on Saturday morning and the move from the reconstruction area to the bridge abutments went smoothly.

A dedication ceremony is slated for the evening of July 28 at the bridge. It should be quite a town celebration.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kettle Bog Visit

The North Springfield Bog formed over 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age as the glacier receded. The bog catches water, like a bowl, and has no inlet or outlet. It is a wetland that has accumulated a thick layer of peat--dead plant material that does not decay because it's always wet. The water is acidic supporting many types of acid soil loving plants like blueberries.
Pitcher plants are the most readily identified plants in New England bogs.
They are carnivorous plants that grown on the peat mat. Their leaves form a tube and collect rainwater. As insects land to collect fresh water they become trapped by the downward facing hairs on the inner surface of the leaves. The plant releases enzyme that digest the insects and and the plant uses the nutrients released by the insects to supply itself in the nutrient poor environment.

I visited this bog today with my friend Grace. Our next bog trip will be to the: Eshqua Bog in Hartland Vt

The North Springfield Bog walk doesn't take long so if you are in the Springfield area it is worth the trip to check out this Boreal Kettle Bog.

More images from our hike: SmugMug Kettle Bog

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Monday, July 16, 2012

24 Years and Going Strong! Vermont 100 This Weekend

This weekend horses and runners from all around the US and Canada (and even someone from New Zealand #173 watch for her!! check out the entrants list) will arrive in at Silver Meadow Farm, West Windsor Vt for the 24th Running/Riding of the Vermont 100 to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

These ultra-runners will endure the heat and humidity, or cold and rain, whatever the Vermont weather has in store to run either 100 miles--in under 30 hours or 100K--in under 20 hours on the shamrock loop course that both climbs and descends 14000-15000 feet!

The race Start and Finish are at Silver Meadow Farm in West Windsor Vt.
There are many places for viewing the race and I urge you to get out and see these amazing athletes and horses. One spot in particular that is always interesting is the Margaritaville Aid Station, run by the Vermont Parrot Heads, The Frozen Fins around mile 62 in Reading Vt. Just ask around and you'll find it or listen for the Jimmy Buffett tropical tunes on the airwaves! The Frozen Fins have been volunteering at the Vermont 100 since 1997!! There are 29 Aid Stations on this course, including four (4) medical check stations.
More images from past races and other Vermont Adaptive Events: 

Hope to see you out on the course this weekend!
Race Schedule
Friday July 20 Silver Meadow Farm
Registration: 9:30 AM-3:45 PM, Racer Meeting at 4 PM
Pasta Dinner: 5:30 PM

Saturday July 21Silver Meadow Farm
100 mile check in: 3AM-3:45AM, Race Start: 4AM
100 K check in: 8AM-8:45AM, Race Start: 9AM

Sunday July 22 Silver Meadow Farm
100 K Course Closes: 5AM
100 Mi Course Closes: 10 AM
BBQ: 10:30 AM
Awards: 12:30 PM
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bridge Our Community-Bowers Covered Bridge Comes Home

August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene Hits Vermont
Bowers Covered Bridge in Brownsville Vt gets carried downstream and rests in a neighbors yard. Today the Bridge returns to its home.

The bridge restoration began over the winter with Brownsville resident Stephen Bodley working diligently  to restore the bridge to its original design.
FEMA documented the move of the bridge back upstream

March 19, 2012 the framing of the Bridge Begins...

More Images from March 19 are on the Vermont Standard Gallery:!i=1757792574&k=tcFmm8n

Beginning at 10 AM today a crane will lift the bridge and place it on its concrete abutments. The Town of West Windsor is planning a big celebration honoring the return of their town treasure.
Images and video to follow later this week. 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

What's Up This Weekend...

Today in Wilder VT 4-5:30 PM
Jed and Dave at the Local Legends 2009
Jed Dickinson and Dave Clark perform and will demonstrate Harmonica playing for children ages 5-12. Location: The Wilder Club and Library 78 Norwich Ave. The event is free, for more info call 802.295.6341. MAP

Today in Hartland VT 4-7 PM

Farmer's Market 153 Rte 5 from 4-7 PM

SATURDAY in West Windsor 10 AM
The Bower's Covered Bridge Returns Home
Following the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, the Town of West Windsor has been restoring their beloved covered bridge. The ceremony to place the bridge on its concrete abutments, after much delay, will take place this weekend. Photos by Nanci began coverage of this story back in March and hopes to close the story out this weekend.

Bowers Covered Bridge Restoration
For the Vermont Standard
Image Gallery
Bible Hill RD Brownsville VT  March 19, 2012
The Vermont Standard Video

Full Length Documentary

For the backstory check out Bowers

SATURDAY in Taftsville 5-8 PM 
Fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Therapeutic Riding Program

Second Annual Benefit Dinner at Moonrise farm
At Moonrise Farm we collaborate with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports to provide therapeutic equine activities in Taftsville, VT.  Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing of children and adults with special needs within our community through partnering with a horse and developing personal and social competencies.
 Benefit monies raised will go toward scholarships for Vermont Adaptive students and to support our elderly equine teachers!
 5:00 pm- Equine playground opening celebration
6:00 pm- Social hour, silent auction & great music!
6:30 pm – Dinner and dessert featuring local products 
Cost:  $60/adult   $30/youth

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pomfret's Annual Strawberry Dinner

On a beautiful Summer Saturday evening, the North Pomfret Congregational Church hosted its annual Strawberry Supper. The group has been holding these suppers for at least 70 years and some say as long as 90 years (the North Pomfret Ladies Circle plans to research the events history this winter using old diaries and possibly the Vermont Standard.) Three seating times allow the 300 plus community members, friends and vacationers to enjoy a family style volunteer baked dinner of ham, potato salad, baked beans, dinner rolls, deviled eggs and of course Strawberry Shortcake. One of the volunteers and her husband spent all day Friday baking 500 strawberry shortcake biscuits.

In addition to the dinner the Ladies Circle holds a bake sale, a crafts sale and a raffle for the Circle’s hand made quilt—winner to be announced at the Fall Harvest Supper.

More images at the Vermont Standard Photo Gallery:!i=1956851138&k=vRvS96c and in the July 12 newspaper on newsstands today.

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