Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday night presentation on preserving the Old Center Turnpike

This Monday evening will be a presentation on Old Center Turnpike Preservation.

Paul S. Gillies and Kevin Russell will be the presenters.

LandWorks supported the mapping which Gillies and Russell will describe.  Also involved are the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Town of Ripton, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration,

The event begins at 7:30pm, and will take place at the Ripton Community House.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday night concern at the community church

The Ripton Community Church will host a concert this Friday night.
From the press release:
Singer songwriter Aaron Flynn will be giving an intimate solo performance on Friday, September 19, at the Ripton Community Church, Route 125, Ripton, Vermont.

Aaron writes, engineers, and records most of the material he will be performing.  Elements of Folk, Indie Rock, and Classic Country combine with powerful poetic lyrics and finger picking guitar to showcase this eclectic performer.

He has released an impressive body of original work, all the while touring at such hallowed venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Great American Music Hall, and House of Blues.  Aaron has worked with the likes of The Samples, Gov't Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Joe Bonamassa, Tragically Hip, and Don McLean, to name a few. www.aaronflynn.com

Tickets for the exclusive performance can be purchased by calling 388-1062 or at the door.   Tickets are $10 and refreshments will be provided at no cost.   Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show will begin at 8:00, lasting until about 10:00.  The Church is located on Route 125 in the village center.

(thanks to Roger Barkin)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Warning: fake Green Mountain Power phone call is a scam

Scammers pretending to represent Green Mountain Power have been calling Vermont residents.
Below is the news release, thanks to Sally Hoyler:

News Release
Contact: Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, (802) 655-8418
For immediate release:  September 10, 2014

GMP alerts customers to phone scam

Colchester, VT...  Green Mountain Power reported today that several of its customers have received phone calls from persons claiming to be associated with Green Mountain Power threatening immediate disconnection of service and it urged customers to be very cautious.

“Green Mountain Power follows a very clear process when working with customers regarding paying past due bills,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson. “We work closely with customers to help them find ways to pay their bills. Calls demanding immediate payment and threatening disconnection are clearly a phone scam.”

Scams have been reported from residential and commercial customers. The caller claims to be representing Green Mountain Power or Green Mountain Power Credit Department and threatens immediate disconnection of service if the customer does not pay their past due account balance by releasing credit card information to the caller or paying their bill by means of a money card, most often a Green Dot MoneyPak Card, or other alternate payment mechanism.

Customers should not provide any caller with personal information, including account and credit card numbers. If a call is questionable, they should report to the police and the Vermont Attorney General’s office the incident and any information such as the phone number called from in order to track the caller.

“We’ve heard about this and similar scams from utilities across the country and it seems to be increasing. We urge our customers not to give their information to anyone who claims to be Green Mountain Power and threatens immediate disconnection. If they have a question to be resolved, they can initiate a call to us to ensure their information remains safe,” said Schnure.

Green Mountain Power customer service teams are available at 1-800-835-4672 and anyone with questions regarding billing and account status should give GMP a call.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Celebrating the Wilderness Act in Ripton

On September 28th a celebration will mark the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act of 1964.

The family friendly fall celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Campus, which is on Vermont Route 125 in Ripton, Vermont. This free event is part of a national celebration of the Wilderness Act and honors Vermont’s tradition of conservation and partnerships.
Event activities include:
Live bluegrass music by Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing
Food and drink concessions
Conservation and environmental exhibits
A special recognition ceremony 
Guided nature hikes and tours for adults and children

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DVD and video sale in Middlebury

Remember the Waterfront Video Store in Middlebury?  It closed in 2013, but most of its collection is now for sale.

All DVDs and VHS tapes are $5 apiece.

The sale runs Thursday (today)  and Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., then next week at the same times, on September 4, 5 and 6. It can be found on the second floor of the John V. Craven Community Services building at 282 Boardman Street.

More background on the collection and sale can be found in this Seven Days article.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Storytelling workshop in September

Interested in stories and storytelling?  Next month Ilsley library will host a storytelling workshop.
Full disclosure: your humble blogger is one of the organizers.

From the press release:
Ilsley Public Library and STORYMATTERS, a community storytelling group, today announced a free, interactive workshop to be held Sept. 13, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM in the Community Meeting Room of the Ilsley Public Library.  This workshop is aimed at both those interested in storytelling and those interested in positive social change in our community.  The half-day session will include showing a mix of video clips filmed by and about members of our community, discussing how stories work within a community, and brainstorming projects of story-gathering and sharing, all with the goal of promoting positive change within Middlebury and Addison County.  This workshop is free and open to the public, but may prove of special interest to staff and volunteers of area non-profits. 
On the workshop presenter:
This workshop will be facilitated by Alisa Del Tufo, storyteller, oral historian and founder of the Threshold Collaborative. The Threshold Collaborative uses stories to illuminate and share the  experience, insight, knowledge and hopes of people striving for justice  and peace. This work creates opportunities for people to participate in community focused, relationship rich, creative initiatives that transform the ways we think of each other and ways we envision change. For more information about the Threshold Collaborative, visit: www.thresholdcollaborative.org.

Contact information:
For more information, please contact: Len Rowell of STORYMATTERS at lar17g@comcast.net or Kurt Broderson of Ilsley/MCTV: kurt@middleburycommunitytv.org. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Middlebury College agreement signed

The town of Ripton and Middlebury College signed off on a new agreement in lieu of taxes.
the institution will make annual cash payments to the community and deliver free ski lessons to local school children in recognition of its non-taxable property.
More details:
After months of what both parties described as amicable talks, the town and college finalized a new agreement — covering the tax years beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2024 — that calls for:
•An annual payment of $157,000 that will be “adjusted each year by taking the previous year’s payment and multiplying it by the municipal tax rate for the then-current year, divided by the municipal tax rate of the immediately prior year — except in the case of a town-wide reappraisal, in which case the payment will be adjusted by the percentage change in the municipal taxes to be collected,” according to the specific language of the agreement.
The payment will be due at the same time the college pays its regular property tax bill.
Since Ripton is now transitioning its budget cycle from a calendar year to a fiscal year, the first annual payment under the new pact will cover an 18-month period (Jan. 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015) that will reflect one and a half (1.5) times the $157,000 payment, for a total of $235,500.
•The college to continue providing free ski lessons at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center to students enrolled at Ripton Elementary School.
•The college to work with Ripton to mitigate the impacts of any future development projects.
The agreement will not apply to any property or structures the college might acquire during the 10-year period. At the same time, the $157,000 base payment to Ripton will not be affected in the event the college sells or leases any of its property during the 10-year period.
Either party has the ability to terminate the agreement under certain defined circumstances — such as if there are changes in state/federal laws affecting the taxability of nonprofits.
Congratulations to the Ripton selectboard!