Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ripton Farmers' Market relaunches!

The Ripton Farmers' Market is relaunching!

The first session is next Saturday, June 6th, at the Ripton church. A special feature of this one is a flea market emphasis, so we're looking for vendors and customers alike.

For more information, call Bonnie DeGray (388 1008) or Justine Billings (388-2640).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

AUH2O in concert!

A Ripton band is about to unleash three performances on the world. AUH2O is Jennifer and Jessica Cyr, Sully Swearingen, Rowan Warren, Sebastian Durante and Alec Jones.

Three shows are coming up:
  • Cornwall school 5/26
  • Ripton Coffee House 6/6
  • Ripton school 6/10.
For information, contact manager Joe Durante at jdurante at

Monday, May 18, 2009

School car wash coming up!

A fundraiser for the Ripton School is happening on May 30th. It's a car wash, taking place down in Middlebury, at the Short Stop Mobile there. 10:00am - 2:00pm .

This fundraiser helps provide the fun and exciting events, activities, and artisans during the school year, as well as the 5/6 class trips.

This is a school wide fundraiser. K-2 must be accompanied by an adult. Hopefully everyone will be able to participate at some level or for some length of time - adults too! = )

Please help out!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Agenda for river problems meeting

Here's the latest agenda for this week's town river problems meeting:

Ripton’s River Problems

An Informational Meeting
Ripton Community House

Wednesday, May 20th, 7:30PM


1. Introduction. Warren King, RiptonPlanning Commission (5 minutes)

2. River Dynamics and Management. Shannon Pytlik, Vermont River Management Program (10 minutes)

3. Middlebury River Corridor Plan. Amy Sheldon, geomorphologist, Compiler, Middlebury River Corridor Plan (10 minutes)

4. Proposal to FEMA and VT River Management Program. Amy Sheldon (10 minutes)

5. Erosion Hazard Overlay Zone Bylaw. Warren King (5 minutes)

6. Long term adequacy of proposed measures. Shannon, Amy (10 minutes)

7. Discussion of concerns. Townspeople 20 minutes

Ripton river problems: meeting this Wednesday

How can we reduce flood damage to our town?

That's the subject of a meeting this Wednesday, May 20th, at 7:30 pm, in the community house. Riptonites will be there, along with some Vermont River Management Program staff and a locally-based river geomorphologist.

The goal: to look at Ripton’s flood history and consider strategies for dealing with future floods. We suffered last year from an unusual flood (see these posts for more stories and background).

Warren King notes:
“With the increase in the intensity of storms we are now experiencing, Ripton faces the threat of additional flooding, especially in the area of Ripton village in the Ripton Hollow area along Route 125, where an additional foot or two of flood water last summer would have been devastating.”
For details contact Warren King, 802 388-4082, or

Friday, May 15, 2009

Upcoming Events at Ripton School

Wed. May 20 7-8pm FORS meeting
Mon. May 26 3-3:30 Cystic Fibrosis Mini-March
Thurs. May 28 Spring Into the Arts at Middlebury College
Fri. May 29 1-2:30 Bike for Books
Sat. May 30 10-2 Car Wash fundraiser at Mobil Station in Middlebury
Sat. June 6 Ripton Rhapsody performs at Ripton Coffeehouse
Wed. June 10 12:00 Grandfriends Lunch
Thurs. June 11 6:00 6th grade Graduation
Mon. June 15 last day of school

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gardening and Bike Tune Up at Ripton School

Monday May 18th from 3:30-5:00 at Ripton Elementary School, come and plant seeds, work in the garden, and get your bike tuned up! Pete from the Alpine Shop will be here once again to help us get our bikes ready for the riding season. Pete donates his time and the service is free. Thanks, Pete!

Ripton Summer Camp Seeks Lifeguard

The Ripton Summer Camp, held at Ripton Elementary School, is in search of a certified lifeguard to accompany kids and adults on field trips that involve swimming in or playing near water. Please contact Lisa Whitman for more information, 388-0147 or

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fire on the Lincoln Road

A fire broke out in town, on the Lincoln Road. Our folks put it out:
A resident in the area reported the fire at about 10 p.m., police said, and the Ripton Fire Department arrived to find the building almost completely consumed. The Middlebury Fire Department also responded, and firefighters kept the flames from spreading to the main residence.
But information is needed:

Police said Monday the cause of the fire that destroyed the unattached garage Friday night was undetermined...

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-ARSON or the Vermont State Police at 388-4919.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Toddler Spring Fling

Families with young children are invited to visit Ripton Elementary School on Thursday, May 14th from 9-10:30 for our Toddler Spring Fling. This is a chance for Ripton pre-school age children and their parents to meet and visit, play in the Kindergarten classroom, meet the new PreK and K teacher, and socialize with one another. RSVP to Wendy Leeds at the Ripton Elementary School at 388-2208 or Parents can register their children for the 2009-2010 school year at any time. Children must be 5 years old by September 1st for Kindergarten enrollment (4 years old for the PreK).