Tuesday, October 11, 2011


News to Know Oct 12

Please email me at corinnestridsberg@gmail.com if you're a Berlin resident who would like to be added to my email list to receive this information.

Additional information can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Berlin-Vermont/205922199452224


American Red Cross public meetings - Oct 13th 6:30pm-7:30pm at Montpelier City Hall (City Council Chambers) and Oct 26th 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Barre Auditorium. These meetings are to provide people with an overview of the challenges faced in the wake of a disaster and how the Red Cross is prepared to respond. If you have an interest in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, it's a chance to find out more about what that might entail.

Oct 13th at the Brown Public Library Community Room at 7pm in Northfield - FREE Button Up workshop specifically for building owners in flood affected communities. Attend and get answers to questions about repair and rebuilding for energy efficiency and health & safety. There will be a presentation by a Building Performance Institute certifed contractor and additional experts on hand to answer questions about dealing with drying walls and basements, addressing mold, and improving building efficiency while rebuilding. http://www.buttonupvt.org/ Please take advantage of this great opportunity!

ARE YOU REPLACING YOUR HEATING AND/OR HOT WATER SYSTEM? Homeowners and small business owners doing so should check out the rebates offered by Efficiency Vermont for furnaces, water heaters and storage units, even pellet central heating systems. This rebate is for residential and small business heating system installations up to 250 mbh. Those installing larger systems may use Efficiency Vermont’s standard rebate. Funding for the flood-related rebates is limited. Call Efficiency Vermont to ensure there is funding for your request and to receive a rebate reservation number which will hold a rebate for you through Nov. 30. Efficiency Vermont is also offers rebates on clothes washers, refrigerators and dehumidifiers. And it can send technicians to your home to conduct a free energy-efficiency assessment to help with rebuilding to reduce heat loss, guard against mold growth, and ensure carbon monoxide safety. For information on all of these programs, call 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com


FEMA DEADLINE APPROACHING: Oct. 31 is the final day to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood disaster assistance. FEMA reps are still working at the Main Street Fire Station Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you had flood damage, register. And if you have registered and have changed housing arrangements, update your information with FEMA so you can receive the full benefits you qualify for. Residents who have not returned home or have not found a new permanent home may qualify for ongoing FEMA rent assistance and FEMA also has updated housing information. Stop by or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov

Please note that Oct 31st is also the deadline for SBA


PET ANIMALS: Central Vermont Humane Society is able to help your cats, dogs, or other small domestic companion animals receive the food, litter, basic supplies, and/or financial support they need to begin to recover from the impact of flooding caused by Irene. Support levels are determined by CVHS. Please apply online or in person at their Adoption Center on Rte 14 in East Montpelier. http://cvhumane.com/news/hurricaneflooding-update Call the animal shelter at 476-3811 x103, or email operations@cvhumane.com CVHS newsletter on Animals in Disasters: http://cvhumane.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/CC-Final-8.11.pdf


Oct. 22 VERMONT CLEAN UP DAY - is to help all families and communities impacted by the storm to prepare for the upcoming winter season. The Governor said Clean Up Day will signal an aggressive single-day push for financial donations for Irene recovery, coordinate volunteers with communities that need help cleaning up from the storm, and allow people to donate to specific families who were impacted by Irene. In future years, the event will become a way to help all Vermonters in need prepare for the coming winter. For Vermont Clean Up Day 2011 on October 22nd, there will be three ways people can help. By visiting www.vtcleanup.org, you can:

1. Make a monetary donation to the VT Disaster Relief Fund or other charity of your choice. Details for organizations involved in the relief and rebuilding effort can be found on the web.

2. Sign up to volunteer on Clean Up Day by joining a volunteer team designed to tackle a project in one of our affected communities, or organize a volunteer effort in your town if you are aware of a need. In addition to volunteer labor, we are also looking for skilled laborers like plumbers, electricians, and heavy equipment operators who are willing to donate their time on this one day to help their neighbors in need.

3. Donate to a specific need for a Vermont family through the "goods exchange" or through your local volunteer coordinator or food shelf. This list and your local coordinators will match needs with goods to help families who lost their homes and belongings get reestablished.


Tuesday, Oct 25th - Team Up "For Flood Relief" at The Wayside Restaurant sponsored by UPS & Keating Construction. Food drive between noon & 5pm - drop off a non-perishable food item for local food shelves at the UPS Flame Car and from 5-9pm DINNER BENEFIT with 25% of dinner proceeds will be donated to Green Mtn United Way for local flood relief needs.

TRAVELING IN VERMONT - If you’re looking to make a trip somewhere in Vermont (or out of Vermont), be sure to check out some of the websites available regarding road closures:

http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?crisis=2011_flooding_vermont and http://www.511vt.com


In previous emails I’ve mentioned ReStore in Barre and the Donation Center in Waterbury for items you may need, another source for some reasonably priced furniture:

Second Chance Wood Furniture, 64 Middle Road, South Barre, VT 802-476-6882 or 479-1319 They list a lot of the furniture they have on http://burlington.craigslist.org (then go to “for sale”, “furniture”, and you can narrow down your search either by the type of item you’re looking for or the town you hope to find it in) . If there are items you’re looking for, call or go by and they just might be able to help you with items they have tucked away. Cash only.


Homeshare - you never know, it might at least help out in the short term http://www.homesharenow.org There are folks who are willing to have somebody stay with them for just 2 weeks, others for longer, some even a year. When you call Homeshare at 479-8544, you will have about a 15 minute conversation with them and if you called in the morning, they should be able to let you know by the end of the day if they believe they have a home that might be a fit for your situation. http://www.homesharenow.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flood-handout.pdf


Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA)

VSHA may have the ability to serve an additional, approximate 140 households. VSHA proposes to use this funding to serve displaced individuals and families affected by Hurricane Irene in Vermont. As such, public notices (available at www.helpingtohouse.org under “Informational Resources”) serve two purposes:

1.Proposal to establish a new Presidentially Declared Disaster Preference; and

2.Proposal to open the VSHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist to serve households that are eligible for the Presidentially Declared Disaster Preference. In addition, it is anticipated that VSHA may be able to serve some additional households, with other preferences, who are already on the VSHA Sect. 8 HCV waitlist. For additional information, call 802-828-3295 (voice); 800-798-3118 (TTY); 800-820-5119 (messages).



Great family home located at 1727 Crosstown Road, Berlin VT is 3,000 plus square feet, new roof, very attractive architectural design, large custom cherry kitchen, 3 baths (master bath just redone with custom tile and high end fixtures), office, four bedroom, balcony, year round sun room, full basement, oversized two car garage with second floor storage area (could be large office?). Grounds include stone walls, perennials and fruit trees. Hardwood or tile flooring through out, second floor sitting area, living room, large dining room, two wood fireplaces (Avalon insert in one), partially paved driveway, custom spiral stair way (plus second primary stairs), mud room , and lots of windows. Privacy yet convenient to all of Central VT. Located high above any potential flood lands. Lots more to offer -must see. Base board oil hot water boiler system. 200 amp electrical entrance and high speed Internet. In ground septic and drilled well. Combo of open and wooded land. Small out building/shed (older construction, good for a bit of storage) Priced at $445k and being sold by owner. Shown by appointment only, please call 802-229-5174 to schedule. Many pictures are available upon request.One of the finest looking homes in Berlin. Current owners have loved living here for the past 17 years. Available for immediate sale. See a few photos at:



One of a kind property: four bedroom manufactured home on 1.8 acres at 109 Glinnis Road in West Berlin, with an attached 500 sq ft accessory apartment. Level land, peaceful privacy and an apartment that's perfect for a family member, houseguests, surly teenagers or to bring in a little rent. This home is 2,580 square feet and has a convenient handicap ramp out front. The master bedroom has a large walk-in-closet, a garden tub and a "parents retreat" room. Lots of possibilities with this home. Located near the Cox Brook, you've got to see it to believe it. The apartment has its own entrance in the back with a small deck and handicap ramp along with an eat-in kitchen, full-size fridge, small stove, full counters and cabinets, living room, separate bedroom with closet and large handicap accessible bathroom. Listed price $185,000 and the owners are prepared to move as soon as it sells. You can find lots of photos at: http://www.heneyrealtors.com

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