Monday, March 21, 2016

Community church gathering this Thursday


This Thursday evening the Ripton Community Church will host a community gathering.  Organizers invite us to a time of "support, friendship, health, compassion and joy.
Come Sing Songs, Share Stories, and Enjoy Good Soup and Bread."
Things start at 6 pm:


You can ask for more information by calling 802 388-6107.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Election day news

Yesterday was election day, and I'll summarize the latest.

A nice detail: this picture of our community house was on the New York Times front page:


Ripton passed its budget (source), as did most towns.

In town elections, all unopposed candidates won.  For the one contested seat, Perry Hanson narrowly defeated Dick Collitt for Select Board, 116 votes to 112 (source).

Act 46 passed all seven ACSU towns as of around 10 pm election night,along with four other districts,  so board unification will proceed.
Votes were as follows:

Bridport
Yes:334 No:98
Cornwall      
Yes:404  No:63    
Middlebury  
Yes:1631 No:278
Ripton        
Yes: 150  No:93
Salisbury  
Yes: 251 No:78
Shoreham
Yes: 305 No:143
Weybridge
Yes: 329 No:39

Given Act 46 approval, people from all seven towns elected representatives to the new Addison County Supervisory District (ACSD).  Broken down by town of residency and votes received:

Bridport: Suzanne Buck
Suzanne Buck - 1538
Rick Scott - 1182
Cornwall: Peter Conlon
Peter Conlon - 2975
Middlebury: Victoria Jette, JP Rees, Ruth Hardy, Jason Duquette-Hoffman, Lorraine Morse, Steve Orzech, Josh Quinn
Victoria Jette - 2716
JP Rees - 2105
Ruth Hardy - 2540
Jason Duquette-Hoffman - 2356
Lorraine Morse, - 2643
Steve Orzech - 2068
Josh Quinn – 2300
Ripton: Perry Hanson
Bryan Alexander - 993
Perry Hanson - 1033
Jerome Shedd - 498
Salisbury: Jennifer Nuceder
Jennifer Nuceder - 2800
Shoreham: Nick Causton
Nick Causton - 2741
Weybridge: Chris Eaton
Christoper Eaton - 2754
Here's how Riptonites voted for the school board.

In the presidential primary, Ripton folks leaned towards Bernie Sanders (source) (another source):
Democratic: Sanders 190, Clinton 26
Republican: Trump 13, Kasich 10, Cruz 5, Rubio 4, Carson 1, Paul 1


Monday, February 29, 2016

Town meeting and election time!

Tonight is our annual town meeting, including a school board meeting.  Please come and participate.
This Addy Indy article introduces what's on schedule for the evening.

After tonight's meeting, we have elections tomorrow.  So please come vote!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cold snap this weekend

Temperatures will fall this weekend.  Even the governor is concerned:
The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security is issuing Wind Chill Warnings for most of the state from 4 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday, with wind chill temperatures expected to plunge to between 25 and 40 below zero. 
“Vermonters are used to cold Februaries, but the forecast for this weekend is for frigid temperatures that can be potentially dangerous,” the Governor said.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pizza bake fundraiser for the Ripton School

Tomorrow, February 12th, is a fundraiser for the Ripton School:"a Ripton Elementary student who was nominated and selected to attend a National Youth Leadership Forum camp in Washington, DC this summer."
Wood Fired Pizza Bake Fundraiser
Where: Ripton Elementary School
When: THIS FRIDAY, February 12th 5-7pm 
Enjoy fresh made pizzas from our wood fired oven!
$12 Cheese
$15 Pepperoni or Sausage & Onion 
Pre-order by 12pm, February 12th by calling 802.598.5607 with your pizza choices and preferred pick up time.

(information received by email)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

High speed chase through Ripton

Local police arrested an East Middlebury man for speeding very, very fast, and for attempting to flee.  This involved a high speed chase, which careened through Ripton and ended on our North Branch Road.
Vermont State Police were traveling south on Vermont 116 in Bristol around 1:02 a.m. Sunday morning when a vehicle, later determined to be driven by [Christopher] Shores, drove by in the opposite direction at a speed of 118 mph in the posted 50-mph zone... 
The vehicle failed to stop for police, and police said they pursued the car through Bristol, Lincoln and Ripton. 
Shores stopped on North Branch Road in Ripton after Vermont State Police and Middlebury police surrounded his car, Szarejko said. Shores provided a preliminary roadside breath sample to troopers, which measured his blood alcohol content to be 0.168 percent, police said.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

When Riptonites work the late shift

Seven Days profiles a Riptonite in an article about what it's like to work the late shift.
Bryan Smith's 12-hour shift starts at 5 p.m. The Otter Creek "cellar dweller," whom his friends call Bear, is responsible for tending brews from the moment they start fermenting until they're ready to be bottled. It's not an easy job. "There's a lot of work that goes into it, from the time it's brewed to the time it's sealed up in a case box and out the door to the distributor," said 38-year-old Smith, who's been with the company since 2012.