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Grand Tour of Italy Day 1 and 2

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I've always wanted to visit Italy. It is the home of my paternal Grandfather, Vincenzo "Jimmy" Nutile son of Pelligrino Nutile and Emanuella "Eva" Rocci.
He was born February 5, 1883 in Lapio Province of Avellino, Region Campania Italy.   He arrived in the USA in 1884. Lapio is an agricultural center in the heart of Irpinia, in a valley on the left bank of the Calore River. It's name comes form the adjective lapideus, meaning "stony" and is mentioned in a document of 894 AD. Since the year 1000 the town followed the events linked to the Filangieri Family, who owned the land for about seven centuries until 1806, the year when feudalism was abolished.
A visit to Italy has been on my bucket list. Jay and I started talking seriously about a trip last October but waited until this February to book. We checked out many tour groups but Go Ahead Tours was the only one to offer close to what I wanted to see and do with my time in Italy. Their Grand Tour o…

James McMurtry Sell Out BOTH Tupelo Music Halls

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James McMurtry played back to back nights at Tupelo Vermont in White River Junction VT and Tupelo NH in Londonderry NH March 8 and 9. Both shows SOLD OUT.

Friday in Vermont:
Down Across the Delaware/Red Dress/Rachel's Song/Hurricane Party/You'd A Thought/Choctaw Bingo/(New song about ice fishing)/Ruby and Carlos-aborted/How Am I Gonna Find You Now/YouGot To Me/Can't Make It Here/Levelland/Restless/Peter Pan/These Things I've Come To Know.

During Choctaw, he called people up on the stage and ended up with about a dozen-it's a lot bigger stage than Londonderry. One guy moved his guitars and opened his water bottle and drank it. Rowdy but not a real problem yet and James encouraged them big time.

Then during Ruby and Carlos someone yelled "we should have all been so lucky" just before James was going to sing it. He stepped back, strummed his guitar a bit, sang the line, stepped back and played some more guitar and then just stopped saying he lost the song. 
L…

Yoh Theatre Players Perform Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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The Yoh Theatre Players took on the challenge of William Shakespeare by performing Julius Caesar this weekend. Set in 44 BC, Julius Casear traces the last few days of the would be dictator. Casear would like to restore order to the vast Roman Empire. Claiming fear for the Republic several Senators plot to murder Casaer before he can become the absolute ruler.  More images of the play: Photos by Nanci SmugMug
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Vermont Special Olympics Winter Games at Suicide Six in Pomfret VT

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The Special Olympics Winter Games Weekend happened this past weekend in Woodstock VT. The Woodstock Inn hosted many of the athletes and their families. The Inn was also the site for the Winter Games Dance on Saturday evening.
Suicide Six Ski, Pomfret VT hosted the Olympic Village and all the cross-country, snowshoeing and alpine events.

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C. Everett Koop Memorial in Woodstock VT

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Saturday at the First Congrational Church of Woodstock VT, hundreds turned out to honor Surgeon General C. Everett Koop who died on February 25, 2013 at his home in Hanover NH at the age of 96.
In attendance were his family members including Cora Hogue whom he married on April 17, 2010. She was a former staff member of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Representing President Barack Obama was current Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, she presented a flag to Mrs. Koop.
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Lebanon Opera House Hosts Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby brought his unique sense of humor and comedy to the Lebanon Opera House on Friday night March 8. Tickets went on sale months ago and even though the prices were some of the highest offered by the Opera House (up to $150 per ticket) the show sold out the day it went on sale, very quickly. 
The lucky 830 patrons got hear Dr. Cosby pontificate about various subjects including a few jokes about New Hampshire's "Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later" license plate or is it "Pay Me Now and Die?" said Cosby. The full house was laughing most of the night.

Upon arriving in the Upper Valley, Dr. Cosby gave the President of Lebanon College a call and invited Dr. Ronald Biron and his family to attend the evening's performance. Dr. Biron gave Cosby a sweatshirt from the college which Cosby proudly wore during his show. The Biron family got to watch  Cosby from the best seats in the house, the side of the stage! Prior to performing his SOLD OUT Upper Valley show, Dr. Cos…

Americana At Home with The Buskers and Sweetgrass

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TheLebanon Opera House "Home" Free music series continued last night March 7, 2013 with The Buskers  and Sweetgrass in Americana @ Home. The @ Home Series, a series of free performances by regional artists sponsored by Lebanon Opera HouseCitizens BankLebanon Rec Department . 
The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go far beyond, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor and energy to burn. The band first met at an open mic in Bristol, NH in 1993.   Kathy "KZ" Sommer, who now lives in northern New York, plays acoustic and electric violins and mandolin with high energy, genre-defying abandon.   
Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, percussion) taught jazz piano at Plymouth State University from 1999-2004 and has performed with a number of jazz artists including Delfeayo Marsalis, Philip Hamilton, and the late Big Joe Burrell.  
Paul Hubert (guitars, harmonica) has performed extensively as a solo singer/songwriter.  He also …

Hartland VT Annual Town Meeting

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Damon Hall was packed Tuesday morning March 5 for Hartland's Annual Town Meeting. The Town Manager, Bob Stacey presented a powerpoint that opened with a little brevity.


Windsor County Side Judge David Singer answered questions about the Windsor County Court House Renovations Ballot that voters have been asked to vote on by Australian Ballot.
And the Town honored Sue Pelton for her 10 years serving as the Town Lister. A very busy day for the voters in Hartland VT. More Images: Photos By Nanci SmugMug
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West Windsor VT Annual Town Meeting

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The residents of West Windsor gathered at Story Memorial Hall on Tuesday morning March 5 at 9 AM. They gathered to particiapte in a time-honored tradition on Vermont Town Meeting. The hall was packed but this reporter thinks even at 9 AM town folks were thinking about adjourning for lunch next door at the church.

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Boston Bruins Alumni Play in Woodstock VT

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In a benefit for the Union Arena in Woodstock VT, the Boston Bruins Alumni played against the Bear Squirt Invitational Coaches on Saturday March 2. Bruins legends on ice were Terry O'Reilly and Rick Middleton. Brad Park was the honorary coach (and watching over his grandkids) during the game. The Squirt coaches lost 17-4.

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U-12 Girls A/B Champs--Woodstock Junior Wasps

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GIRL POWER!
The Woodstock Girls Junior Wasps raised their championship banner on Saturday March 2... Congratulations!!
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Reading VT Honors Robert Allen-40 Years of Service

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The Town of Reading honored Robert Allen at their Annual Town Meeting on Saturday March 2. Robert has volunteered his services with the town for 40 years. He was first elected as a Selectman in 1973.


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Reading VT Annual Town Meeting

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Reading VT Town Meeting 
The Reading VT Town and School District Annual Meeting was held on Saturday March 2. Reading is one of a few towns that still conduct their Town Meetings by voice vote rather than Austrian Ballot. The voters were called to decide on twenty town Articles including Article 6 appropriating $531,755 to be raised by taxes for the Selectmen’s Budget.
On the school side, voters were asked to appropriate $898,120 for the next school year.


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Reading VT Pancake Breakfast

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RFD Ladies Auxiliary Host A Pancake Breakfast
The Reading Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary hosted an All You Can Eat Pancake breakfast prior to the Reading Town Annual Meeting on Saturday March 2. About 50 people attended from 8 AM until the Town Meeting Start of 10 AM. The menu included pancakes with maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. The voters in attendance had full bellies and were ready to face the twenty town articles and the Elementary School Budget meetings.

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Singletons' Opens in Quechee VT

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Singletons' open a second store,  this one on Rte 4 in Quechee VT!

Singletons first store has been in Proctorsville for decades. The owners decided to expand and build a new facility in Quechee. The store had a "soft" opening Friday March 1. The owner told this reporter that a GRAND opening is in the works, maybe in a couple of months when the "kinks" are worked out!

The store is bright and stocked full of local products at very reasonable prices. The deli counter will be a highlight in this new venture...the signature sandwiches are to die for!
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Singletons Opens
Quechee VT March 1, 2013
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