Sunday, October 16, 2011


News to Note October 16th

Please be sure to check previous postings at There has been so much news lately that I just can’t possible repeat it all in each update.
On Friday a letter was sent out to all Berlin residents on the grand list – they were headed “Town of Berlin, Important Flood Information – Read Carefully October 13, 2011” Most folks should have received them Saturday or perhaps will on Monday. A copy of it can be picked up at the Town Office if you did not receive one. Please note in the letter we did let an error get by us – the ReStore in Barre would love household items, furniture and building materials, however, they do NOT take clothing. Clothing can go to either the Berlin Congregational Church this week (see below) or the Drop N Swap at Norwich Univ (see below)
Have your calendar handy…

We’re working out the logistics of getting some physical labor type of help to Berlin residents who were affected by the Irene flooding. We’re primarily focused on what can take place on Saturday the 22nd but will continue to match up volunteers and those needing help on other days. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, please contact Corinne Stridsberg by reply email or ; IF YOU CAN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE, please also contact Corinne. In particular folks are needed who can bring and operate a chain saw and also a backhoe would be extremely useful. We may need folks with trucks. We also need just general assistance – folks should wear appropriate clothing including gloves and preferably boots.

FEELING STRESSED? Starting over Strong (SOS) is a short-term effort designed to find healthy ways to deal with the stress from the flood – Call 855-sos-vt00 (855-767-8800). To find out more about taking care of your mental and emotional health, go to and choose “After the Flood”.

Very sorry to share the news the Ellie’s pumpkin display will not take place this year.
West Berlin, Vermont - October 7, 2011
One of Vermont's oldest and largest Halloween pumpkin displays has been canceled this year.
The folks at Ellie's Farm Market in West Berlin have been wowing visitors for the past 33 years by lighting up to 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns in the woods and fields around the farm stand.
The pumpkins are all hand-carved in a labor of love led by owner Karen Moynihan. But the Moynihans say the show will not go on this year due to an illness in the family.

Heather’s Nearly New – still has some funds available to use for store items for folks who were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Stop by and see Heather at 62 River Street At Heather’s Nearly New you’ll find baby clothing and equipment, children’s clothing up to size 16, trendy maternity wear, toys, books, shoes and women’s clothing & winter coats. They’ll always looking to buy gently used clothing by appoint, paying in cash or store credit. Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. There’s even some Halloween costumes! Find Heather on facebook where she posts photos of some of her new items:!/profile.php?id=100000659766872

$600 / 2 bedroom (625 sq ft) cute and funky barn apartment with picture window. Slayton Ave off Rt 12 South
This second floor apartment has a good-sized studio/living room with a big picture window looking out at beautiful farmland, with an efficient kitchen, one main bedroom and another smaller bedroom with the small bathrooom off this room. The drive to town takes under 5 minutes, so you have the best of the country without long drives to work or shop--we are on a paved, well-traveled road. The heating system is a brand new oil furnace, and with plastic on the windows, you'll be toasty this winter. Ceilings are new and tight, and the barn beams give this space a rustic feel. Commune with nature on 75 acres of forest and farmland complete with snowshoe trails and swimming hole, or commune with your neighbors--we are friendly! If you're handy and want to do some of your own maintenance, I'll negotiate it off the rent. Heat and utilities are paid by the renter, trash removal and parking space included in rent. Animals are negotiable. First month's rent and $300 deposit, and agreement in writing that one month's notice or equivalent rent will be given if moving out. $300 deposit will be returned if apartment is undamaged when tenant leaves. Call Gale at 802-223-5658 until 9:00 pm.

$975 / 2 bedroom – 1200 sq ft Townhouse in Berlin. 4479 Route 12 South 5 minute drive to Montpelier. Large cozy 2 bedroom townhouse in country setting. Off street parking, rubbish, plowing, heated storage unit, coin-op laundry, no pets/smoking. $975 plus utilities. If you want heat and hot water included we can do it for $1075. This 2 bedroom townhouse style apartment has 1200 square feet of space. On the first floor is the kitchen that has a dishwasher, full size fridge and electric stove. The living room is large with which includes a very large closet. There is a 1/2 bath is on the first floor . The second floor has a full bath and two bedrooms with large closets. 802-793-6828

Thursday, October 20 – Clothing Donation Collection at the Berlin Congregational Church 8am – 6pm. Good, clean clothing needed for victims of the flood. Call to volunteer 229-4042 FREE Distribution on Saturday, October 22nd 8am – 2pm***

FREE Karen Kitzmiller Memorial Winter Coat Drive – until Oct 21st donate clean good quality winter coats, snowpants, boots, ats, and mittens. All sizes-Adult & Children. Also collecting quilts, comforters and blankets. Donate at Community National bank 95 State St. Montpelier or 316 N. Main St Barre 8am – 5pm. On Saturday, October 22nd 9am – NOON pick-up locations: Montpelier City Hall or Community National Bank in Barre.

FREE Annual Drop N Swap of clothing at Norwich Univ at Plumley Armory.
Drop: Friday, Oct 21 noon – 6pm, Swap: Sat. Oct 22nd 9am-3pm.
Please separate clothing from rags and label bags: “women’s,” “men’s,” “children’s” or “rags” No boxes or hangers, please. Shes, bags and coats are accepted. This FREE clothing Drop ‘N Swap diverts clothing, linens, and rags from the wase stream and redistributes quality items through the community thanks to the Salvation Army of Barre.
Big moving sale. 1727 Crosstown Road, Berlin. Tools, antiques, air hockey table, kitchen items, couches, holiday decorations, books, twin beds, bookshelf, kids games, etc. Stuff for kids and adults. 20 year collection from the attic to the basement and it all has to go. 9 a.m. start time. Rain or shine. No early birds. Indoor/outdoor sale. A pickers dream come true. (see previous post for details regarding this home which is for sale)

Montpelier Ski & Skate Swap at Montpelier High School Saturday, October 22, 9AM - 2PM Bring items to sell: Thurs, Oct 20th from 4 – 7 PM and Friday, Oct 21st from 9AM-7PM The Mplr Rec Dept reserves the right to refuse any equipment. Pick-up for items not sold will be from 4:30-6PM after the sale. Volunteers will be needed for this event.***
Saturday October 22nd 11am at Bear Pond Books – Katherine & John Paterson are welcomed back – have you seen their new book, “The Flint Heart”.
RESTORE IN BARRE WORK MORNING AND MUSICAL AFTERNOONWe will begin the day participating in "Vermont Clean-Up Day" on Oct 22 - a day for Vermonters to come together and help those who were most affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
ReSTORE Barre. Both groups are meeting at 8:00AM Saturday morning and we would love to have you join us. For more information about the meet-up, please call ReSTORE Barre at 802.477.7800 x20
We will complete the day with a ReSOURCE Fall Music Festival! Please Join us for a great line-up of music, food, and fun! We’ll have Jerry Greenfield scooping FREE Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Paper Mache Petting Zoo, Sausage from Vermont Smoke & Cure, and MORE! Our music line-up includes:
The Re-Bops | 1:00PM; Jon Gailmor | 2:00PM ; Lewis Franco and The Brown-Eyed Girls | 3:00PM ; Cold Country Bluegrass Band | 4:00PM ; Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band | 6:00PM - 8:00PM ; Tickets | Adults $10.00 | FREE for Children
Proceeds from this event benefit ReSOURCE: A Nonprofit Community Enterprise. ReSOURCE is raising funds to restore a historic granite shed located at 28 Granite Street in downtown Barre. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Call (802) 477-7800 for more information.

October 22, 2011Kids can dress up in their favorite costume for trick or treating. From 10:30 - 12:00 trick-or-treat at participating stores in the mall and on Church Street in Burlington. Then at noon enjoy a street parade. Pick up a free Halloween bag from the gorilla at Burlington Town Center at 10:30am. Trick or treat at stores with pumpkins in the windows from 10:30am-Noon Wear a costume and join the parade leaving City Hall at Noon***

FREE Saturday, October 29th 5:30pm – 7pm Costumed kids and their parents are invited to the annual fun evening at the Recreation Department on Barre Street in Montpelier. There will be Games, Fun, Marco the Magician, and refreshments. This event is co-sponsored through the combined efforts of Montpelier Recreation Department, Police Department, Fire Department, and the VFW.
FREE Sunday, October 30 2pm – 4pm Malloween celebration at the Berlin Mall. Trick-or-treat throughout all the stores in the mall starting at 2pm sharp! Enjoy all the spooky festivities with radio stations FRANK-FM and FROGGY-FM including costume contests, bouncy house fun, and a parade through the mall.
Sunday, October 30, 10am – 1pm Haunted Happenings @ Shelburne Museum -Calling all young ghosts, goblins and witches! Come celebrate Halloween at this annual event on the grounds of Shelburne Museum. Come in costume and enjoy a fun filled family day filled of trick-or-treating at the museum's exhibit buildings. This year the as Museum staff recreate scenes from your favorite Saturday-morning cartoons! Members: Free; Non-Members $5, parking is free. Please help them make their event more environmentally friendly by bringing a reusable bag for trick-or-treating.

If you go to the Shelburne Museum then you might want to also to to the Annual Town of Shelburne Halloween Parade and Festivities also on Oct 30th.
12:45 Floats line up at Shelburne Shopping Park
2:00 Parade Begins on Falls Road
3:00 Music, Hot Dogs, & Popcorn at the Fire Station
3:30 Costume Contest in town gym (ALL AGES!)
3:30 - 4:30 Trick-or-treating, games, candy, raffle prize in Town Gym
Food Drive to stock the Shelburne Food Shelf - Please bring a non-perisable food donation to the Town Gym and get a special prize

October 30, 2011 Night Before Halloween Family Party @ U-MallThe annual Night-Before-Halloween Family Party at University Mall. Kiddos from the local community and beyond can enjoy a safe, indoor environment for Halloween fun.
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Bouncy Castles by BouncearoundVT.
3:00pm: Spooky Story Time with Thea Lewis.
3:30pm: Haunted Bingo: Kids can win cool prizes playing bingo in center court.
4:00pm: VT Children's Hospital/Kohl's check presentaion with Dr. Lewis First and Monty Moose.
4:10pm: Spooky Music Time with "Gigi and Joni". Gigi Weisman is an educational consultant and story teller who uses her years of experience to engage children and families in singing and movement activities. Joni AvRutick is a songwriter and an elementary school teacher at the Schoolhouse in South Burlington.
5:00pm: Trick-or-Treating store to store.
Mall closes at 6:00pm. Food Court REMAINS OPEN until 7:00pm. IHOP and Applebee's also open until 10:00pm.


FEMA Myths and Facts about the National Flood Insurance Program. Interesting and informative read for those recently affected along with other folks who I think are checking into the details of what they have for insurance coverage

Residents who suffered a loss of essential household items in their primary residence, can apply for a voucher for ReSTORE Burlington or ReSTORE Barre to be used to help purchase the following items: washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, furniture, and other basic household essentials. For those who have suffered structural damage, vouchers are available for building materials through ReBUILD Burlington and ReBUILD Barre. These items include lumber, doors, flooring (if available), and water heaters (if available).
How to apply: ReLIEF Essential Goods Vouchers in the greater Barre area:
ReSTORE Barre | 28 Granite Street, Barre Contact: (802) 477.7800 x20
Note: they will hold the voucher for you so that you can shop when you're ready but know that it will be available to you.

DONATE: Those of you who are able to donate in the form of donated goods (used furniture, building materials, home goods) and cash donation would be greatly appreciated to help with this ReSource / ReLief Voucher Program.

VT Public Health Dept website has lots of information. Topics include: drinking water safety and free test kits, food safety and flood affected crops, safety during clean-up, detailed guide for home clean-up, N95 masks and gloves at district offices and good general information . Check the Vermont Department of Health’s facebook page for the most recent health alerts.

Chappelle potatoes – you can still purchase pre picked 50 lb bags of potatoes from their warehouse in Williamstown on South Hill Road throughout the season. Cost varies depending on what class of potatoes you choose – 50lb bags #1s $16, chefs $20, bakers $22, unclassifieds $6 and unclassified chefs $9. Call Bob or Barbara Chappelle at 433-5930

Liberty Orchard, West Street, Brookfield. Short, easy-to-pick trees. Monday – Thurs. 1pm m- 5pm, Friday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. 802-276-3161 Final days may be Friday Oct 21 and Saturday Oct 22 – check their website for any updates.

The UVM Horticulture Research Center's annual fall apple sales will occur every Friday through October from 10am to 4pm at the farm. Available varieties will change each week as the ripening season progresses. Apple pricing is $1 per pound for all fruit. Bulk orders and interdepartmental purchases are welcome. Proceeds help fund research and education programs at the Hort Farm every year. Apples from the Certified Organic crop, the product of a major USDA-funded project led by Plant and Soil Science professor Lorraine Berkett, are available while limited supplies last. Information: , 658-9166. Directions can be found at:

American Red Cross public meeting - Oct 26th 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Barre Auditorium. This meeting is 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.

A Dad's Exercise Night at Berlin Elementary school has been started by Craig Frazier. It will run every other Thursday from 7:30pm to 9:15pm. A different sport will be picked for each night (hoop, hockey, volleyball, indoor soccer, wiffle ball). There will be a sign up list at the school for any interested dads. The next Dad’s Exercise Night is on Thursday, October 27th.

In accordance with the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §§ 962, 963 and the Berlin Town Charter, the Berlin Select Board hereby announces a vacancy on the Berlin Select Board. In addition, the Town of Berlin is seeking a volunteer to serve as an alternate on the Berlin Development Review Board, and a volunteer to represent the Town of Berlin on the Regional Transportation Technical Advisory Committee. For more info. Regarding these positions, please contact the Town Administrator at 223-4405. Individuals interested in these positions should submit a letter of interest to the Town Administrator, Town of Berlin, 108 Shed Road, Berlin, VT 05602, or via email at Please include in your letter or email the committee or position you wish to serve. The deadline for submitting a letter for the Select Board position is 10/31/11.
Town of Berlin Select Board is seeking volunteers to participate in a hiring committee to review & recommend to the Selectboard qualified candidates for the Town Treasurer position. Pursuant to the Town Charter, the committee shall consist of 3 Select Board members & 4 residents of the Town of Berlin. This process will take approx. 2 mos & a new treasurer will be hired by 1/25/12. For more info., please contact the Town Administrator at 223-4405. In addition, the Town of Berlin has vacanies on the Planning Commission & Economic Development Committee. Individuals interested in serving on a committee should submit a letter of interest to the Town Admin., Town of Berlin, 108 Shed Road, Berlin, VT 05602, or via email at Please include in your letter or email the committee or position you wish to serve. Deadling for submitting letters for the Treasurer Hiring Committee is 10/31/11.

In the October issue of KidsVT there is not only lots of great information of family events and activities, there is also a Kidstown coupon for “$5 off any purchase of $20 or more” and 3 coupons for Zachary’s including the Waterbury location. Kidstown has kids toys, clothing and furniture and is located on Farrell Street in South Burlington. KidsVT can be found online

Vermont Tech Jam 2011 “Careers – Education – Networking” presented by
Friday and Saturday October 28 & 29 at the Borders Building 29 Church St, Burlington. Meet up with Vermont’s most dynamic and innovative companies; apply for a job or an internship; learn about tech-related educational opportunities; network with other like-minded professionals; they’re even advertising to bring your middle and high school students on Friday to see IBM fellow John Cohn with his “Jolts and Volts” presentation at 11am and a “Women in Science and Technology” panel at 12:30pm. Hopefully some of the schools are bringing students to this. They say you could win an iPad 2 just for attending. Visit more info. regarding these positions, please contact the Town Administrator at 223-4405. Individuals interested in these positions should submit a letter of interest to the Town Administrator, Town of Berlin, 108 Shed Road, Berlin VT 05602, or via email at . Please include in your letter or email the committee or position you wish to serve. The deadline for submitting a letter for the Select Board position is 10/31/11.***

The Central Vermont Swim Club still has space available at both the First in Fitness and Norwich facilities. If you’re interested, please register as soon as possible so we can reserve a spot for your swimmer. (CVSC) offers competitive and non-competitive swim programs for youth ages 6-18 in the Central Vermont area. All participants must be able to swim at least one pool length (25 yards) without stopping. There are two locations to choose from: Norwich University and First in Fitness Berlin. The competitive program swims at Norwich only. Non-competitive can swim at either location. Norwich is on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm -8pm Oct 24- Feb 23. (Comp. $480 / Non-Comp $345) First in Fitness is on Monday & Wednesday 6pm – 7:15pm Oct 24 – Feb 22 ($230). For more details and registration form contact:

Letter to the Editor Published: October 15, 2011Describing what the Barre Rotary Spring Home Show has meant to our community presents its challenges.
It has meant many different things to the businesses and consumers who have come to the Civic Center on Auditorium Hill each spring to experience and participate in this annual event.
It has been more than a stage for businesses and organizations to present their products and services. It has also been a Health Fair, a playground, a Country Kitchen, a meeting place for neighbors and friends. It has been an opportunity for consumers to make a deal, or to learn about a project they hope to do.
The Home Show has been a fundraiser for the Barre Rotary Club. Net proceeds have always been given to charitable organizations and programs, benefiting our communities. With more than 50 years of Home Shows, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised and donated.
It is with a great reluctance that we have come to a decision not to continue with the Barre Rotary Spring Exposition or Home Show. We would like to thank the many businesses, current and in the past, who have supported us by being a vendor.
If you have ever attended a Home Show as a visitor, we’d like to thank you, too. This has always been a community event and Rotarians merely created a framework for the people of Barre and Central Vermont to support one another.
Rotarians will continue with community service. Rotary will explore new ideas for fundraising and we will continue to provide people an opportunity to come together in the spirit of community.
We will look for you at the Aldrich Library Breakfast each year. We plan to volunteer in helping other organizations where we can. If you see a Give-A-Gallon paint can in a business, dropping a few dollars or coins will help with fuel assistance and flood relief.
Rotarians will be helping out at the Vermont Granite Museum, and with other service clubs, to honor the volunteers and heroes in Barre at the annual Joint Service Club Recognition dinner.
We will clean up Quarry Hill on Green Up Day, and we will create other projects designed to build our community.
As we close the doors of the Home Show at the BOR, we are looking to open other doors of opportunity that can be as lasting and meaningful as the Barre Rotary Home Show has been.
Roy Somaini
Barre Town

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