Monday, September 29, 2008

October 9 Discussion on Robert Frost

You are invited to a community book discussion of A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober at the Ripton Methodist Church on Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite Robert Frost poem or story to share. Free copies of the book to be discussed are available at the school or Town Office.

The Ripton School and the Ripton Methodist Church is hosting this discussion as a part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont READS program. Vermont READS brings communities and people of all ages together to read a book and do activities centered on it. In 2007, sixty-six communities took part in Vermont READS Counting on Grace.

Free copies of the book may be picked up at the School and Town Office.
For further information contact: Linda Kautzman 247-8443

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Getting ready for winter: the fuel problem

Riptonites are among the Vermonters preparing for a hard winter, according to the Addison Independent. A major problem is that fuel is both more expensive and less available. The economic crisis makes this even worse.

The article mentions aid from the Addison Community Action/Central Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (ACA/CVOEO), as well as the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Commuter bus service for Ripton

Addison County Transit Resources has a plan to institute commuter bus service for Ripton for Thursdays and Fridays.

It will involve ending Sunday service.

There will be a hearing on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Middlebury Congregational Church’s meeting room. Entrance on Seymour Street. It will be important to get as many Riptonites as possible to attend.

Then the schedule could change as early as November 1.

Tentatively, buses would arrive in Middlebury at 8 am and 9 am, and leave Middlebury at 4:45, and 5:45. These times can be discussed at the hearing. There will also be midday runs.

Fares of $1 would probably be charged.

If you can't make the meeting, you may also submit comments in writing to ACTR, 282 Boardman Street, P.O. Box 532, Middlebury, VT 05753 or via email:

For more information or specific transportation needs for the hearing, call 388-1946 or visit

Please spread the word! I'll see you on the 30th.

Jerry Shedd

Ripton Community Coffee House Presents Charlie Sohmer and the Jazzed Up Hoodlums

The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, welcomes Charlie Sohmer and the Jazzed Up Hoodlums for a concert on Saturday, October 4, at the Ripton Community House. Refreshment sales will benefit a fund to help repair the Billings Farm Road, which is damaged by floods this past summer.

Ontario-based Charlie Sohmer's style sounds like folk roots with a country twang and a bluegrass flair. The songs tell stories about heartbreak and love lost but there is a cool element in the arrangements, something that brings other musical influences to bear. Sohmer's voice is warm and versatile, with a range capable of matching the style the song. His songwriting talent is in synch with his musical talent. Is it folk? Is it country? Whatever it is, it's well worth listening to decide for yourself.

Sohmer has recorded five albums and has written more than 300 songs. He was was awarded a grand prize in the 2007 OCFF Songs From the Heart Awards. His work, Marie Anne Lagimodiere, was chosen as the best French song in the competition, which is open to all Ontario songwriters. His newest CD is called “Dying to Have a Good Time.”
The band consists of Sohmer on banjo and guitar and vocals; John Switzer on bass and vocals; Steve Briggs on guitar and mandolin; and Burke Carroll on dobro and lap steel.

Admission to the coffeehouse is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, and $3.00 for children. Anyone who bakes gets in free. Andrea Chesman would appreciate hearing from you if you plan to bake. Call her about baking or for more information at 388-9782.

A Call for Ridge Run Volunteers

Allison Biederman is running the Kids Race for the Ridge Run again this year (thank you, Allison!). She is looking for a parent volunteer or two to help her set up, sign kids in, collect sponsor $, hand out t-shirts, cheer on the kids, and then clean up. It would be from about 10:30 until about 2:00 on Sunday October 12.

If you can help, contact Allison directly at 388-0754 or

This Saturday - Button Up Ripton!

Button Up Ripton
Home Energy Savings Workshop

Saturday, September 27
9 am - 11:30 am
Ripton Community House
(coffee and refreshments served)

  • no-cost measures for reducing energy use
  • do-it-yourself opportunities for saving energy
  • how buildings lose energy
  • health and safety concerns
  • contact information for energy audit services
  • lending institutions that offer low-interest loans for energy retrofits
  • how to get energy assistance from Addison County programs

If your neighbors might benefit, please encourage them to attend, also.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ripton post office gets new staff

The 2008 Ripton post office saga came to a successful close this week, with the hiring of a new full-time person. Read on, and congratulations:

Ripton Hours are Full Time Again!

Saturday, September 13th

Hi All,

My name is Lisa Whitman, and I have been appointed the postal position for our Ripton Community Post Office. I want to thank you all for your patience during the temporary hours of mail service. I have enjoyed getting to know a lot of you, and look forward to getting to know you all. The hours are back to full time, and Ripton box holders may pick up mail and send letters from the Ripton post office; all other services (stamp purchases, mailing of packages, certified and express mail, etc) will be available REALLY, REALLY soon!

Ripton Post Office window hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Monday through Friday 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00-11:00 a.m.

*Of course, you may access your mail box anytime the store is open, which is one reason we love our post office!

Friday, September 12, 2008

East Middlebury bridge out until May?

The Lower Plains Road bridge in East Middlebury won't be repaired until May, according to the Addison Independent.
Middlebury officials are proceeding with planning on a replacement bridge at Lower Plains Road, but they currently don’t foresee the new span being in place until next May. Middlebury, Ripton and Salisbury are among several communities still awaiting a disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which would pave the way for up to 75-percent aid for damage to public property associated with the Aug. 6 flood.

“Our goal is to be ready to put the project out for bid as soon as the official declaration is made,” Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger wrote in a Sept. 8 e-mail to neighbors updating the status of the Lower Plains Road Bridge.

Affected families said they are pleased the town is working to replace the bridge, but they aren’t keen on waiting until May.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

2008 Ripton Ridge Run coming up!

The 2008 Ripton Ridge Run will happen next month. Here's the information and registration page:

The Friends of the Ripton School invites runners and walkers of all levels to participate in a 10.4K loop run, a 5K run or a 5K Fun Walk through Ripton, VT, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 during peak foliage season. Lunch will be available during and following the race. An awards ceremony will follow. All proceeds benefit the Ripton Elementary School.

COURSE: Courses start and finish at the Ripton Elementary School on the Ripton-Lincoln Road. They traverse roads in Ripton and the Green Mt. National Forest and include water stops. If possible, the 10.4K course will be run counterclockwise this year but due to summer flooding, the course may have to be changed.

LOCATION/TIME: Check in is at the Ripton Elementary School between 11:15-12:15. The races begin at 12:30.

REGISTRATION FEES: Fee includes a great lunch and, for the first 175 paid entrants, a long-sleeved, 100% cotton t-shirt. Racers may opt not to get a t-shirt -- subtract $5.00 from appropriate fee. Adults - postmarked by Oct. 7: $20; postmarked after Oct. 7: $30. Children (15 and under), seniors (65 plus) - postmarked by 10/7: $13; postmarked after 10/7: $20. Lunch may be limited to the first 200 registrants.

QUESTIONS? Call the Ripton School (802/388-2208) during school hours or leave a message. Sorry, we cannot register you over the phone.

Entry Form

For good and valuable consideration, I hereby release from liability the organizers and officials of the Ripton Ridge Run and the Town of Ripton, and I waive all rights and claims for damages I may have against the aforementioned as a result of injuries and damages suffered by me in connection with the running of the race. I attest that I am physically fit and in sufficiently good
health and condition to finish the race without incurring injury or other damage.


(please print legibly) (Must be signed by all participants or, if under 18, by parent/guardian)

Mailing Address
(please print legibly) (Town, State) (Zip)

Age on race date _____ Sex____

Event (check one): 5K Run _____ 10.4K Run ______ 5K Fun Walk _____

T-shirt size S___ M___ L___ XL___ No t-shirt____ Amt. Enclosed $________

(We will do our best to accommodate your choice of t-shirt size.)


To receive race results, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ripton Broadband Coop update

An update on the Ripton Broadband Coop:

Hello RBC Members,

Those with automatic billing have been charged for August service.

Our annual meeting is Monday, September 29, 7:00 pm, at the Ripton Fire Station. A treasurer's report, update from NBN, questions/comments from members, and new board members are agenda items.

Important progress of the 2007-2008 year is that our financial picture improved greatly. We are still paying two loans, but our monthly income now exceeds our monthly expenses by a comfortable margin. The grant we received from the Vermont Telecommunications Authority enables us to make a substantial improvement to our network without borrowing. RBC has 66 members with 68 active radios installed in the community. Seven members "host" radio equipment by providing a location and power for transmitting equipment, and allowing access by NBN.

A new email address, rbc.billing at, is being used for billing and notices. A few of you should have received an email invoice for renewal of an annual payment from that address. The gmail account was chosen because it is free; RBC pays $1 per month to Green Mountain Access for each email account. If you opened a account, but do not intend to use it, please let us know so that it may be closed.

thank you,
Alison Joseph Dickinson