Showing posts from February, 2014

Happy Birthday Journey Guitarist, Neal Schon

Born on this day in 1954, Neal Schon, guitar  Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’) Santana, (1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

More Photos by Nanci images of Neal:

The son of a jazz saxophonist, Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 5. A quick learner, he joined Santana as a teenage prodigy at the age of 15. He went to Aragon High School in San Mateo, but dropped out (with his parents’ blessing) before graduating. Schon had famously been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but since Santana called him first, he decided to join Santana for the album Santana III. Schon also played in Azteca before moving on in 1973 to form Journey, a group he continues to lead today.

Schon’s guitar style has been described as soulful, taking inspiration from 1960s-era soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blending it with blues runs similar to B. B. King.

In addition to his fiv…

Music Fills the Air...Gary Clark Jr., Josh Ritter, Keb' Mo, Robert Cray Band and More!

TonightGary Clark Jr. Higher Ground Burlington VT Sorry Folks this show is SOLD OUT!
Tom Rush Saturday March 1, postponed until September 12 8:00 pm Woodstock Town Hall Theater Woodstock VT Presented by The Vermont Standard
Photos by Nanci images of Tom Rush, click HERE

Josh Ritter Tuesday March 42014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House
Photos by Nanci images of Josh Ritter, click HERE

Keb' Mo' Wednesday March 192014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Kirschner Concerts & Drusky Ent.
Photos by Nanci images of Keb'Mo', click HERE

The Robert Cray Band in The Blues Summit Thursday March 20, 2014 7:30 pm For Child and Family Services of New Hampshire Capital Center for the Arts Concord, NH Photos by Nanci images of Robert Cray, click HERE
Shawn Mullins Friday April 4, 2014  8:00 pm Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction, VT Photos by Nanci images of Shawn Mullins, click HERE
We have two front row center…

Weathersfield VT Candidate Forum on SAPA-TV 10

February 25, 2014
Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney VT

Last night the candidates for Weathersfield Select Board were available to answer prepared questions and questions from the audience. Michael Stankevich, Chair of the Board of Civil Authority, asked the prepared questions of all candidates. A couple of questions were asked by audience members.

The event was held at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney Vermont. About 35 people attended. If you were unable to attend Photos by Nanci videotaped the event for SAPA-TV
The video is schedule to air on Channel 10 Wednesday, February 26
10:15 PM Weathersfield Candidate Forum 2014

Thursday, February 27
8:15 PM Weathersfield Candidate Forum 2014

Friday, February 28
9:00 AM Weathersfield Candidate Forum 2014

Saturday, March 1
7:00 PM Weathersfield Candidate Forum 2014

Those running for office are:
Three Year Seat: Daniel Boyer, Michael Todd,
Two Year Seat: John Arrison, Lynn Esty and Charles Horton. 

Absentee Ballots are available at the Town Clerk's…

This Day In Rock History 1998-Sir John Elton or Sir Elton John

1998 – Despite a slight mix up in introduction, Elton John is honored to receive knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Even though he is announced as “Sir John Elton,” the singer maintains “They don’t come any bigger than this.”

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Actinic Keratosis-The Most Common Pre-Cancer

I thought I had dry skin. This winter has been particularly cold so our wood stove has been running really hot 24/7. I had a scaly patch of skin above my upper lip in November/December so I made a Dermatology appointment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. At my appointment a few weeks ago, my doctor made the diagnosis of actinic keratoses. She recommended a 21 day topical treatment to stop the cell growth and prevent further damage.

Yes-I have gone outside without sunscreen.
Yes-I've sat out in the sun ALL DAY, A LOT in the summer.
Yes-I work in the garden in summer in my bathing suit, without a hat.
Yes-I go south once, sometimes twice a year during the winter to dive in the Caribbean.
Yes-I have used tanning beds A LOT.

I have been just plain DUMB when it comes to UV exposure.
What is Actinic Keratosis: Scaly or crusty growths (lesions) caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, actinic keratosis (AK) is also known as solar keratoses. They typically appear on su…

Today in Rock History 24 Years Ago-Bonnie Raitt Dominates at the Grammy Awards!

February 21, 1990 24 years ago! Bonnie Raitt dominates the Grammy ceremonies in Los Angeles, winning four awards: Album of the Year (for Nick of Time); Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Traditional Blues Recording (for a duet with John Hooker on "I'm in the Mood").
Seen above with Taj Mahal during their BonTaj Tour 2009 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston MA. More images:
The woman can still rock!! Februrary 13, 2014 Slipstream won the GRAMMY for Best Americana Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards

Happy Birthday Jay Geils!

Born February 20th, 1946 in New York City NY! John W. Geils, Jr. More images of Mr. Geils:
Boston Legends 2011
The Mighty J. Geils Band

Geils is primarily known as a blues-rock and jazz guitarist. He was the lead guitarist and founder of the rock band The J. Geils Band. Geils has also recorded with several jazz musicians.

After the band dissolved, Geils founded KTR Motosports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service vintage sports cars. He sold the company in 1996 but still remains active with the company.

Since 1982, Geils has resided in Groton, Massachusetts. The town honored him by proclaiming J. Geils Day on December 1, 2009.

Cedar Hill Breaks Ground On $10.6 Million Expansion in Windsor VT

Windsor Vermont
February 18, 2014

Mother and Daughter co-owners, Mary Louise Sayles (l) and Patricia Horn (r) toss the ceremonial golden shovel of dirt symbolizing the beginning of the $10.6 million expansion project at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor Vermont.

The existing Village at Cedar Hill houses 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments and common areas in 17,854 square feet. The expansion will add two levels and increase the square footage to 59,720.

One floor will feature 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments and studio apartments for independent and assisted living. Common living spaces will include a living room and dining room, pub, multipurpose activity room, fitness center, salon, library and computer center. 
The lower level will feature a comfortable, secure living area dedicated to care for individuals with memory loss and staffed around the clock by professionals specially trained in memory loss care. Twelve private apartments and eight semi-private apartments …

Just announced-Melissa Etheridge at the Calvin Theater in Northampton MA

Alright you Melissa Fans...she's coming to our area in April!!

The Calvin Theater in Northampton MA has announced a Melissa Etheridge solo show for April 23, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale February 21st. She is also playing at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on April 24th.

From her website:
"I enjoy doing the solo shows not only get to ready for a new album, I also love to dive into my catalog of songs and bring a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform.”

The Academy Award winning, Multiple Grammy Winning, Melissa Etheridge needs little introduction.Her raspy vocal style and riveting stage presence has been captivating audiences for more than three decades. Throughout her illustrious career (which includes 12 studio albums), Etheridge has topped the Billboard charts, won an Academy Award, written multiple Platinum certified records, survived Cancer, become a leading …

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Announce Grand Point North 2014

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals have announced the dates for Grand Point North 2014. This year the festival will be September 13 and 14 at the Burlington Waterfront. Early Bird  2 Day Passes and VIP tickets are on sale now!

Get psyched for the events by viewing my galleries of past GPN Festivals:
Grand Point North 2011
Grand Point North 2012
Grand Point North 2013
And check out some of my GPN Videos!
GPN 2012
GPN Videos

Cattle Club Hartland Vermont 4-H Hosts Winter Farm Olympics

Cedar Mountain Farm
Hartland Vermont
February 15, 2014

Ever do a chore so tedious you start pretending and saying to yourself, "This should be an Olympic Event!." Well, that is just what Jada Haas did. Jada is a freelance farmhand in Hartland Vermont and many times thought that things she did around the farm should qualify as an Olympic Event.

Fast forward the present, a Winter Olympic Year and to Hartland finally getting a 4-H group, The Hartland Cattle Club and you get the Winter Farm Olympics held this past weekend at Cedar Mountain Farm.

The events included:
Cow Pie Slapshot
Round Hay Bale Races
Cabbage Bowling
Wheelbarrow in the Snow Races
Hay Bale Races
Pin the Tail on the Cow

In addition to all the outdoor fun, a chili luncheon was held as a fundraiser for the 4-H club with suggested donations of $10 for the all-you-can-eat meal.

All in all a great way to spend a Winter Saturday!

Photos by Nanci covered the event for The Vermont Standard. More images may be viewed at:

Colored Igloo in Windsor VT

Windsor Vermont February 15, 2014
Inspired by this viral story,, two business owners from Windsor, Chris Cammock of Snapdragon Inn and Cassie Nyberg George of Bob's Barber shop decided to give the backyard igloo building a try.
By putting the word out around town and on the internet the ladies asked folks in town to save their 1/2 Gal milk/juice/other jugs, fill them with colored water and freeze them.

About 40 people showed up to help build but the lack of bricks prevented a full igloo to be built so they went with Plan B and constructed a "gem castle." The organizers hope to get more people involved next year so a full igloo can be built. Photos by Nanci covered the event for The Vermont Standard. More images may be viewed at:

Discovering the Giant Mantas at Weathersfield Proctor Library This Wednesday!

Discovering the Giant Mantas A Special School Vacation Presentation 11 am Wednesday February 19, 2014  Weathersfield Proctor Library Rte 5, Ascutney Vermont

Join us for an undersea adventure with photographer Nancy Nutile-McMenemy as she and her husband travel 240 miles south of the Mexican Baha Peninsula to the remote Revillagigedo Islands (Soccorro Islands) in search of the Giant Mantas. They traveled with the Solmar V, a dive vessel based in Cabo San Lucas Mexico since 1992.
Some call these islands the "Little Galapagos" for their rich and diverse marine life. Nutile-McMenemy has been photographing the underwater world for almost 9 years and has only encountered one Giant Manta on one dive in the Galapagos many years ago. Travel with us on this journey of "Discovering the Giant Mantas" through her images and videos.

The talk is being hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library  Route 5 in Ascutney Vermont. 
For more information please call 802-674-2863.
Pizza will …

Pitchers and Catchers Report-Can Spring Be Far Off For New England?

The Boston Red Sox, reining World Series Champions, are back at it. Pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Myers Jet Blue Park officially on Saturday. The buzz words in training camp seems to be "Turn the Page." Team members can be heard in interviews and on their twitter feeds spouting this phrase.

Manager John Farrell stated: "There's 29 other teams that are trying to do the same thing that we are, and that's to prepare for a championship season. We respect everyone that we play against. I don't think we're focused on the end result. The first day of Spring Training is shortly in front of us. Our focus is on getting back to a building-block approach that we used last year to prepare for Opening Day." (from Red Sox. com)

Aside from no Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankee) or Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Marlins), the Sox have pretty much their entire core back for the repeat attempt. (This was last done by the Yankees in 2000.) As most New Englanders are doing right…

Valentine's Day Storm Wallops Southern Vermont

Weathersfield Vermont
February 15, 2014

A major winter storm passed up the Atlantic coast Thursday night into Friday leaving behind close to 20 inches of powder in southern Vermont. The clean up continued today as more light snow fell leaving a trace to one inch more snow.

Yet another storm is heading up the east coast but looks like it will be heading across Massachusetts and just clipping southern Vermont. Just two days after the last snowstorm, this storm will ramp up Saturday evening and continue into early Sunday morning, most likely causing major road and air traffic delays and cancellations. Some regions in eastern New England could see an upwards of 12 inches.

Wow, how long until spring...maybe next week? Forecasts say temps may be into the 40s with rain likely by Wednesday.

ArtisTree Daily Painters: Lynn Van Natta

West Windsor Vermont
February 11, 2014

I spent a sunny afternoon last week with local artist Lynn Van Natta at her home in West Windsor Vermont. I was photographing her for an upcoming feature article in The Vermont Standard on the ArtisTree Daily Painters Group

According to the ArtisTree website:
The Artistree Daily Painters (are) a group of local painters that have made a year-long commitment to making one painting each day for the entire year! Involvement as a daily painter provides a discipline in which artists can grow and develop already known skills, plus face new challenges and grow through the daily practice of painting. A private Flickr Artistree Daily Painter group page will be provided to photograph and post your daily paintings. At the end of the year the Artistree Gallery will honor the Daily Painters with a year-end show featuring paintings from the group.

Photos by Nanci covered the event for The Vermont Standard. More images may be viewed at: http://photosbynanci.smugmu…

Reading Vt PTO Hosts 1st Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Reading Vermont
February 9, 2014

The Reading Elementary School PTO held their first annual Spaghetti Dinner and Gift Basket Raffle on Sunday night.
PTO President Shiri Macri said that the PTO was looking to host a second big fundraiser and the idea of a Spaghetti Dinner seemed to fit their plan. Two types of sauces were served and there was butter and cheese for the children. Garlic bread and salad rounded out the dinner menu.
The background music featured tunes by Dean Martin and other Italian singers. Over 100 people attended the event. A table full of homemade desserts waited for the diners to finish their meal.

One of the raffle baskets winners was Sue Muldar pictured here with Lydia Warren who sold Sue the winning Winter Fun Basket ticket.

Photos by Nanci covered the event for The Vermont Standard. More images may be viewed at:

Hartland Vt UU Church Hosts 6th Annual Chocolate Auction

Hartland Vermont February 9, 2014
Last Sunday the First Universalist of Hartland Vermont hosted its 6th Annual Chocolate Auction. Close to 80 people from the church and community attended. The event was organized by Nancy and Glenn Walker and included a table of items reserved for children's bids only. The Chocolate Raspberry Cake pictured above was donated by the Skunk Hollow Tavern (a popular restaurant next door to the church.) Gretchen Schmertz's cakes are always the hardest to bid on.  This year three children pooled their resources and won the cake. A great way to spend a Sunday morning before Valentine's Day.
Photos by Nanci covered the event for The Vermont Standard. More images may be viewed at: