Monday, January 19, 2015

A river quality discussion

Next week you're invited to a discussion of our local rivers and their water quality.
From a FrontPorchForum post:
On Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm Matt Witten, director of Addison County River Watch Collaborative, and other River Watch leaders will be in Ripton to participate in a community discussion about River Watch and water quality on the Middlebury River and Otter Creek. Come join the discussion at the Ripton Fire Station on Dugway Road behind the elementary school. We’ll shoot for ending by 8:30, but it may run to 9. Light refreshments.
(thanks to Barry King)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A celebrating of a Riptonite's life

On Tuesday night Riptonites are invited to celebrate the life of one of her own.
Sally Hoyler passed from this life on January 15th, and her family would like to celebrate her life.

Here's what her family emailed:

We will be celebrating Sally's life on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Community House in Ripton.
Gathering begins around 4:00.  In true Ripton style, potluck and BYOB.
At 5:00 we'd like to invite sharing of stories, memories, poems, song and music, anything you like...this will be informal. We look forward to celebrating this amazing life with you.  Please spread the word.
In love,
Giles & Emily

All best wishes to the Hoyler family.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Recycling on a cold January day

We held our first town recycling morning of the year.  The Kulczyks and Kings kindly provided fire, soup, and other goodies for us.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Into the storm's second week

As we head into the storm and its aftermath's second week, there has been a great deal of progress on repairing and restoring power.

As of this writing one household remains out in Ripton.  Nearby, two households are offline in Middlebury (two more than yesterday), while twenty are still out in Lincoln.  Across the state 351 homes are in the dark, with about half of them in Underhill.

Repairs are just about complete, according to Vermont Mountain Power.

Repair costs look to be very large.  It cost the Vermont Transportation Agency about $2 million to clear roads over the past week, according to the Burlington Free Press.  The VTA also notes that
after the storms began Tuesday, crews plowed or treated roads for more than 120 hours continuously, covering 185,000 lane miles. Agency crews used 12,600 tons of salt and 230,000 gallons of brine.
Total cost might exceed that of Tropical Storm Irene, and even 1998's massive ice storm.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Riptonites in the Rutland Herald

The Rutland Herald profiles several Riptonites and their storm experiences.
The Middlebury and Ripton areas, Poultney and Royalton were the towns hit hardest by the storm, which doesn’t necessarily mean that those towns experienced the most snowfall. It’s measured by how many individual breaks and damage are done to the lines.

One week after the storm

It's one week after the storm.  How do things stand?

According to the latest GMP data, two households remain without power in Ripton.  GMP's media director commented on Twitter that "[R]ipton was one of the hardest hit areas".

Green Mountain Power crews are still out there, working hard.

Two vehicles on Pearl Lee Road.

Elsewhere, 43 are out of power in neighboring Lincoln (and with 12 separate problems, the highest number of problems in the state).  Down the mountain, Middlebury seems to be fine.1046 homes across Vermont are still out:

This blogger's power came back on Sunday afternoon... only to blow out Sunday evening, frying many appliances.  GMP got us back online around midnight.

How are you doing, friends and neighbors?