Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading Roads Washout Out After BIG Storms Hammer Windsor County Vermont On Monday

July 29, 2014
Reading Vermont
Monday’s thunderstorms caused widespread power outages and road washouts across southern Windsor County. Close to 4 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period. The towns of Chester and Andover received the worst damage but other towns were also affected.

Around 8 p.m. Monday night, Reading Fire assisted the Reading town highway department with a road washout near the intersection of Baileys Mills Road and Town Hill Road.

Reading Town crews were out repairing the damage on Tuesday Morning. A half mile stretch of Town Hill RD was damaged.

Reading Road Washouts
Niagara St, Stone Chimney RD, Bailey's Mills and Town Hill
Reading VT July 29, 2014
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Squirrels Are Out Of The Woods At GMHA!

The squirrels have come down the hill. Green Mountain Horse Association will be hosting their Festival of Eventing July 28th-August 10th. During the two weeks of eventing, the cross country courses designed by Tremaine Cooper and Janine McLain will feature these two jumps created three years ago during GMHA's cross country upgrade. The Eddy Family generously supported the "squirrel project." $10,000 in prize money will be up for grabs at the competition. For more information or to volunteer for the Eventing Contact Molly Hutchins or call (802) 457-1509.

GMHA Squirrels
Green Mountain Horse Association
Woodstock VT July 27, 2014
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40th Annual Woodstock Antique Show A Huge Success

The Vermont Antiques Dealer's Association hosted its 40th Annual Antiques and Art in Woodstock show at the Union Arena in Woodstock on July 26th and 27th.

40th Annual Antiques and Art in Woodstock
The Vermont ADA Show
Union Arena
Woodstock VT July 26-27, 2014
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Thousands Turn Out for Harpoons BBQ #HarpoonBBQ

July 26-27, 2014
Windsor Vermont
This past weekend thousands of spectators attended the Harpoon Brewery's 14th Annual Championships New England Barbecue in Windsor Vermont.

Thirty four teams from around the US competed in four categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket. These teams cook for the judges (not the spectators) and are scored from 9 (highest) to 2 (lowest without being disqualified) on the criteria of appearance, taste and tenderness, and the team with the highest composite score wins that category. Scores for each category go toward an overall Grand Champion win (max is 720.) A score of nine is excellent, eight very good, seven above average, six average, five below average, four poor, three bad, and two inedible. The weighted factors for the point system are: appearance -0.5714, taste -2.2858, and tenderness -1.1428. This all seems pretty complicated for eating BBQ. But this is a competitive sport.
Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) judges take classes and get certified to be competition judges. Prior to each competition they must be sworn in "I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each Barbeque meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate. I accept my duty to be an Official KCBS Certified Judge, so that truth, justice, excellence in Barbeque and the American Way of Life may be strengthened and preserved forever." They take their judging extremely seriously.
The day starts with the judges inspecting the meats being prepared by the teams. Teams are not allowed to begin their cooking processes until they have been certified by the judges. Each category of barbeque has a time cut-off for the delivery to the judging tent. Each entry must be delivered to the tent in a plain, white, styrofoam box, usually with the meat arranged atop a bed of parsley or lettuce. (Garnishes and other visual embellishments are strictly forbidden, because they may identify a particular entry, and the open box is presented to the judges to visually inspect before they take their first bite.)

Judges usually take only one bite of each entry to make their decision. A second bite means the difference between eating two pounds of food at a sitting versus four. Judges drink water only and may not use scented wipes to clean their fingers, but are allowed to use saltine crackers to cleanse the palate between bites or rounds.

Dizzy Pig from Manassas VA was this year's Grand Champion scoring 668.5944 and Smokin Hoggz BBQ from Abington MA was Reserve Champion scoring 668.4796.

State Championship Results may be found at:

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Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue
Windsor VT July 26-27, 2014
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Peter Wolf August 23 Lebanon Opera House Show Moved to Tupelo WRJ VT

July 28, 2014
White River Junction Vermont

New Venue, New Time!
Just announced, the Peter Wolf August 23rd show scheduled at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH has been moved to the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction Vermont at 8 pm.

The tickets you purchased through Lebanon Opera House Box Office are valid for entry to the show at Tupelo and will be available for pickup at the door. If you already have your tickets or printed them at home, bring them with you to Tupelo the night of the show.

Every effort will be  made to insure the seat locations purchased for the LOH show will be the same general location for the Tupelo show and due to the intimate size of the new venue, all seats will be closer to the stage.

If for any reason you aren't able to attend the Peter Wolf concert at Tupelo Music Hall please call Lebanon Opera House box office at 603.448.0400 for a refund of your original purchase before August 22.

Tickets may now be purchased through Tupelo TICKETS

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Awesome Shows Coming to Lebanon Opera House! @lohbackstage

Some pretty AMAZING shows are coming to the Lebanon Opera House in beautiful downtown Lebanon NH.
Peter Wolf
Barenaked Ladies
Bruce Hornsby
Los Lobos
Los Lonely Boys
Mary Chapin Carpenter with Tiff Merritt
Steep Canyon Rangers
Richard Thompson

So get out your calendars and mark down these dates!

Saturday August 23, 2014 7:30 pm
A Splendid Summer Evening with Peter Wolf
Presented by Kirschner Concerts  TICKETS

Sunday September 14, 2014 7:30 pm
Barenaked Ladies
Presented by Lebanon Opera House and Kirschner Concerts  TICKETS

Tuesday September 23, 2014 7:30 pm
An Evening with Bruce Hornsby (solo)
A benefit for Upper Valley Haven
Presented by Lebanon Opera House  TICKETS

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:30 pm
Los Lobos Disconnected
Presented by Lebanon Opera House  TICKETS

Tuesday October 7, 2014 7:30 pm
An Evening with Los Lonely Boys
Presented by Lebanon Opera House TICKETS

Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:30 pm
Presented by Kirschner Concerts  TICKETS
VIP Package $155 TICKETS includes: One reserved ticket located in the first 2 rows.
• Exclusive meet & greet with Richard Thompson.
• Personal photograph with Richard Thompson.
• One autographed lyric print.
• One CD (To be provided on the night of the show) + Digital download of the Acoustic Classics CD.

Sunday October 26, 2014 7:30 pm
Mary Chapin Carpenter with special guest Tift Merritt 
Presented by Child and Family Services   TICKETS

Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:30 pm
Steep Canyon Rangers
Presented by Kirschner Concerts  TICKETS

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

26th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride A Huge Success #vt1002014

New Course Record set by Brian Rusiecki 14:47:35
West Windsor Vermont
July 19-20, 2014

This past weekend over 370 Ultra-runners visited our area. The 100 mile loop course (and simultaneous 100 K run) overlap with a 100 mile, 75 mile and 50 mile endurance horse ride. The course passes through West Windsor, South Woodstock, Taftsville, Pomfret, Woodstock, Cavendish, Reading and back to West Windsor. More than 68 generous area land owners granted permission to have their properties traversed. 

100K Competitors pass by the GMHA Fields
Seventy-100 K runners and over 300-100 milers had registered for the event that sold out in 1.5 hours. By 10:00 AM on Sunday morning-the 30 hour cut-off for the 100 Mile race, 230-100 milers had crossed the finish line. The 5:00 AM cut-off for the 100 K saw 50 runners completing that course.

A new course record was set by Brian Rusiecki of South Deerfield MA, he completed the 100 miles in 14:47:35 beating the old record set by Leigh Schmitt in 2004 (14:53:09.)

The Windsor Fire Department hosted one of their famous Chicken BBQs at the Finish Line on Sunday and Woodstock's "The Lazy Cow" ice cream truck was scooping ice cream all weekend (Sunday was National Ice Cream Day!)
The net proceeds from the event benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and this year it will raise over $45,000.

Silver Hill Meadow
Taftsville, Pomfret, Cavendish, Reading, West Windsor VT  July 19-20, 2014
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Fizz Boom Slurp Bang at the Weathersfield Proctor Library

Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney Vermont
July 16, 2014

As part of their Summer Reading Program, the Weathersfield Proctor Library hosted a morning of science experiments for children. "Fizz Boom Slurp Bang" is "taught" by Swanton Vermont resident Rebecca Rupp. About 18 children had the opportunity to explore chemical reactions during the almost two hour long program. The children's event was sponsored by The Friends of the Proctor Library.

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Fizz Boom Slurp Bang
Science Experiments With Rebecca Rupp
Part of the Fizz Boom Read, Summer Reading Program
Weathersfield Proctor Library
Ascutney VT July 16, 2014
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mountain Bike Fest at Ascutney A Huge Success

In its second year at Ascutney Mountain Resort, The Vermont Mountain Bike Fest saw the largest turnout for the event to date. About 115 people had pre-registered for the race and by Saturday afternoon about 225 more people had registered in person. 

Event organizer and Executive Director of Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), Tom Stuessy says "We love hosting the event here at Ascutney, everything is right on site: camping, vendors, food, and about 40-50 miles of excellent trails." The trails he's referring to are the Ascutney Trails, a network of non-motorized, recreational trails that both scale the peak and hug the western base of Mount Ascutney in southeastern Vermont. 

The festival ran from Friday evening July 11 through Sunday afternoon July 13. The event hosted guided trail rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Folks just signed up on the info board for the various events they wanted to participate in. The rides ranged in skill level and distance so everyone could find something to ride. Saturday evening was the big BBQ and Bike Olympics. The event is truly a family event as there are many rides and skills training session geared towards young riders.

In the event that you don't own a mountain bike but would like to try the sport, about eight vendors were on hand to loan out demo bikes, all you needed to do was show up with a helmet and you were good to go.

Over 30 vendors were on site with the latest gadgets for you and your bike. Other vendors featured local products and various things for the non-mountain biker. This year's event was sponsored by Northfield Vermont's Darn Tough. And food was catered by Woodstock's Worthy Catering with ice cream provided by "The Lazy Cow", Woodstock's premier ice cream truck.

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Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Ascutney Mountain Resort
Brownsville VT July 12, 2014
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Former Iraq Diplomat Speaks in Weathersfield Vermont

Chester Vermont resident, U.S. diplomat L. Paul Bremer, 72, spoke to a packed room at the Weathersfield Meeting House in Weathersfield Saturday evening. The second annual "A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors" was hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library's Fundraising Committee. The evening was one of many fundraisers held by the group hoping to fund a $1.1 million expansion project to the 1902 library in Ascutney Vt.

Bremer's one-hour talk entitled "Is America Still An Indispensable Nation?" focused on what he says is the need for the United States to increase its influence around the world, especially in the Middle East.

After the talk, Bremer hosted a question and answer session. Weathersfield resident, Martha Hennessey read a letter about the events following the US Invasion of Iraq. Bremer calmly responded and continued to take questions. Hennessey left the room and quietly returned with a sign and stood next to Bremer, the sign read "Paul Bremer unindicted war criminal." She was joined by sisters Margaret and Lauren Bogosian.
Bremer took a few more questions and the evening concluded with folks enjoying a variety of desserts generously donated by area residents.

About 70 people attended and as of Saturday evening about $1500 was raised through donations at the door or from the silent auction.

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A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors
With Special Guest Ambassador Paul Bremer
Weathersfield Center Meeting House
Weathersfield VT July 12, 2014
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GMHA Hosts Jumpers and Lobster Bake

July 10, 2014
South Woodstock Vermont

On a beautiful Thursday evening, the Green Mountain Horse Association hosted its Sixth Annual Team Jumper Challenge and Lobster Bake. Teams of three or four riders compete against the clock for the fastest combined score. During the day Teams competed in 2' 6" Jumps and 3' Jumps. These teams were allowed only one professional per team.

Starting at 5:30 pm, Teams made up of any three or four riders competed on jumps at 3' 6' in height. Horse and rider combination were only allowed to enter at one fence height. Many area riders competed with   Pirouette Farm Flyers based in Norwich Vermont coming in third with a combined time of 202.25 seconds. Second Place went to Team Reintree-operated by Jerry and Marc Dean of Canton NY finishing with a combined time of 201.77 seconds. And First Place was awarded to Horton's Farm  of Grantham NH with a combined time of 199.97 seconds.

The Lobster Bake, catered by  Willy B's Tavern in Randolph, was open to the public and ran from 5:30-8 pm. About 200 people attended the dinner.

Team Challenge and Lobster Bake
Green Mountain Horse Association
South Woodstock VT July 10, 2014
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Monday, July 14, 2014

NCCT's Carousel Spins A Tale Of Love And Strength at the Lebanon Opera House

Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH
July 13, 2014

North Country Community Theatre's 42nd musical production "Carousel" opened on Friday night July 11, 2014 at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. They have three more performances scheduled for July 17, 18, and 19 all at 7:30 pm. TICKETS

Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) (Oklahoma! was their first collaboration). The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Moln├ír's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. 
The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with mill-worker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Jacob Lenz plays Billy Bigelow (both his mom and dad, Elaine and Jim, are also in this production) with a certain swagger and confidence, yet as the play unfolds you see him as a man afraid of his true feelings. Holly Alexander gives a brilliant performance as Julie Jordan. She may seem simple and sweet but this is one tough woman, who is not afraid of anyone. The scene where she defies her boss Mr. Bascombe was wonderfully done.
A secondary plot line deals with mill-worker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. Kelli Minelli's Carrie is a delicate balance of best friend to Julie-telling her to leave a man who hits her; as she is herself  a woman who is in love with the idea if being married to a man who controls everything. Jason Archambeault's Enoch Snow is almost a comic relief in this at times, very dark play. He greets Carrie and teases that he has something for her, some flowers, well they're not flowers-they are seeds for flowers in the future, just like the life he has planned out for her.

The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals. In 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century.

Production Staff: the play was directed by Ron Luchsinger; music director-Hal Sheeler and Choreographer-Allyson Weiner-Sawyer. Costumer, Holly Levison has out done herself in this production, the number of changes and period clothes for this huge cast is just amazing.

The sets are colorful, the songs fantastic, the dances beautiful and the acting is top notch. Don't miss this play, only three more performances July 17, July 18 and July 19-if you do you'll be kicking yourself! 

For TICKETS to the remaining three performances.

The July 13 performance featured a post-show discussion with WISE, cast and the production staff. WISE provides advocacy, crisis services, and community education to those affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. All WISE services are free and confidential.

North Country Community Theatre (NCCT) is a community theatre group based in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. NCCT performs at least one and sometimes two shows a year cast with community members. NCCT Teens additionally put on one show every year, in late winter, cast solely with area high school students. NCCT was formed in 1979 and is committed to producing quality community theater while providing Upper Valley residents with the opportunity to take part in all aspects of a theatrical production. Since their very first production, The Music Man, they have presented not only summer musicals, but also children’s theater, one acts, touring shows, dinner theater, melodramas, comedies, mysteries, original reviews, and even a world premiere musical (Potter’s Notch).

For more information or to get involved please contact NCCT!

North Country Community Theatre
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon, NH July 13, 2014
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy 4th of July West Windsor Vermont

West Windsor VT
July 4, 2014

The gloomy skies did not dampen the spirits of the 200 or so people who turned out for the 4th of July Parade down Rte 44 in West Windsor VT. Folks were greeted by the biggest flag hanging from West Windsor's Ladder 1 and Ascutney's Ladder 1 (the flag was borrowed from the Ludlow Fire Department.)

 Albert Bridge Elementary School hosted the annual Bicycle Parade.

There was lots of Flag Waving.
A great time was had by all and the rains held off!

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A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors Special Guest Paul Bremer July 12 Weathersfield Center Church

Paul Bremer
Saturday July 12, 2014 6:30 pm
Weathersfield Center Meeting House
Weathersfield Center RD, Weathersfield VT

On Saturday July 12th at 6:30 pm at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House (Weathersfield Center RD), The Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Committee will host its Second Annual "A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors."

This year's special guest is Paul Bremer. Bremer, is an American diplomat. He is most notable for leading the occupational authority of Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the United States. He served in this capacity from May 11, 2003 until June 28, 2004, serving as head of state of the internationally recognized government of Iraq. He is a  part time resident of Chester Vt.

Hors d'oeuvres and  wine will be served, along with fabulous desserts.  

A silent auction will also be featured. 

$15.00 donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit the WeathersfieldProctor Library Expansion Project.

More information please visit: or call 802.674.2863 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fiber Arts Camp in Hartland VT

For the second summer in a row, Hartland Recreation and  Hartland Community Arts are hosting a Fiber Arts Camp. The camp has been taught by Hartland Elementary School Arts Teacher, Janet Cathey. This year six girls are enrolled, 6th graders: Bea Wendling, Shelby Varley, Isabel Hamilton, Lilly Kendall, 5th grader Karina James and 4th grader Ceci Wendling. The girls are making pom-poms, a community weaving project,  Yarn Bombing around the school and creating batik t-shirts and silk scarves.
 Making pom-poms.
 A community recycled cloth rug.
Yarn Bombing around the school.

Fiber Arts Camp
Hartland VT July 1, 2014
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