Thursday, July 31, 2008


Rainy day additions of news

Public Community Water System
The Town of Berlin Select Board will hold a second public meeting on July 31, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Berlin Elementary School to discuss the results and recommendations of a water supply study regarding a public community water system to serve lands bounded by and adjacent to the following roads in Berlin: Paine Turnpike, Fisher Road, Airport Road, Scott Hill Road, Industrial Lane, Granger Road, Comstock Road, and Crosstown Road to I-89.
The Town’s water supply study is complete (see ) and the next step for the Select Board is to decide whether to proceed with drilling a test well. It is critical for the Town to determine the level of interest in a public community water system for the plateau service area. Attendance by residents, land owners and business is important to the Town and Water Supply Committee in order to determine how to proceed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jeff Schulz, Town Administrator, Town of Berlin 223-4405

All Vermonters are urged to do what they can to make their homes more efficient. Efficiency Vermont provides information on home energy savings, rebates for qualifying energy-efficient products, access to reduced-rate financing for home energy imporovements and more. Call 888-921-5990 or visit Low-income Vermonters can apply for weatherization assistance to reduce their energy needs. Your local office can be found at If you think there is any chance you will need heating assistance, you're urged to apply by contacting the Vermont Seasonal Fuel Assistance Program between July 15 and August 31. To learn more, visit or call 800-479-6151

I've added another blog - FOOD, FUEL AND TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ASSISTANCE Lot's of helpful links. If you know of others that should be added, please let me know. I'll be updating it with more news on what's being done specifically in Berlin. Look for a survey which the town is sending out in the town newsletter and I'll send along a copy in email.
Saturday, August 2nd 5:30pm "Tune in Tomorrow" history of WDEV premieres on Vermont Public Television. This will also be shown on Wednesday, August 6 at 8pm

FREE Bike Film Fest kicks off on Saturday at the Savoy Theater
As past of the SculptCycle art project this summer, MDCA and The Savoy Theater are hosting Free Bicycle Film Series. Movies will be shown Saturdays & Sundays in August at 4pm atThe Savoy Theater 26 Main Street. For a full schedule, go to This week catch:
Saturday, August 2: Breaking Away (1979) Dave (Dennis Christopher) dreams of becoming a champion bicycle racer, and since he knows that the best racers in the world are Italian, he sets out to re-invent himself as an Italian, driving his working-class father crazy in the process. However, the more pressing problem for Dave and his family is that neither Dave nor his other close friends (Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley) really know what they're going to do with their lives, now that they've finished high school. 95 minutes. Rated PG
Sunday, August 3: Beijing Bicycle (2002) Two boys living in Beijing, one a migrant from the country, the other an urban school kid, are brought together by joint ownership of a bicycle. The iconic Chinese bicycle is the literal vehicle from which it tells the tale of two youngsters disputing ownership while using their bike as transport, instrument of courtship, status symbol and more. 115 minutes. Rated PG13
FREE Thursday, August 7th 7pm "Circus: A Pircturesque History" Rob Mermin, founder of Vermont's own Circus SMirkus, will entertain with a free evening of personal anecdotes and film clips on circus history at Montpelier's Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Mud, myths, mayhem and magic of Circus are offered from a man who has lived the life and returned to tell the tales! Circus Smirkus will perform in Montpelier outside the high school on August 11-13 with six shows 2 & 7 pm on Monday and Wednesday and 12 & 7 pm on Tuesday.
This is a quick 3 minute video that I saw on the news the other night - "Bringing Back Pen Pals"
TRANSIT SURVEY The City of Montpelier is applying for a grant in partnership with GMTA to extend local transit service, and we need to determine the kind of service that would meet your needs. The grant will primarily serve the City of Montpelier, so we are interested in learning more about the transit needs of residents who commute within and out of town and employees who commute into town. We have developed a short (less than 2 minutes) on line survey for people to take to help us answer these questions. Please feel free to forward this message and the survey to anyone you know who lives, works, or visits Montpelier.
Please click on the link below that is appropriate for your transportation needs.
In-city transit: I commute into downtown Montpelier from within city limits.
Residents who leave the city: I commute from Montpelier to another community.
Employees who come into the city: I commute to Montpelier from another community.
Interesting articles:
"Real affordable housing -- in real time" written by Kara Herlihy for the Valley Reporter (Would you like to be in your own home or have you wondered what Central Vermont Community Land Trust does??)
"Energy Matters: Neighbors to help neighbors through winter of high prices" July 20, 2008 by Carl Etnier for The Times Argus

~~~I think many of these places to go in the area I've mentioned however there might be a couple new ones and there's nothing like a reminder!! "At little or no cost" July 31, 2008 by George Malke of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce

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