Sunday, April 21, 2013
News to Know April 21st
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On Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, Hunger Mountain Coop will be holding its 3rd annual book swap. There will also be face painting and kids can plant their own seedlings. From there will be an Earth Day Plant Walk around the Coop wit...h a clinical herbalist. Meet vendors and sample their goods, for instance from High Mowing Seeds. The event runs from to on
Earth Day and School Vacation week seem like a wonderful time to start in on the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge 2013. When you reach 250 points, you win free day entry into VT State Parks for the rest of the 2013 season and for the enti...re 2014 season and a
WCAX coverage of the Race to Read at
Check out this link for an article by Nat Frothingham about the new commercial kitchen at the
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Bring in your bike beginning Monday, April 29 thru Friday, May 3
Dig your old bikes out of the garage, basement, shed, or yard, get them all cleaned up, and bring them to Onion River Sports for our Annual Bike Swap! We begin accepting bikes Monday, April 29 when we open at and close the doors to Swapped bikes at on Friday, May 3. In the mean time, there are a lot of things you can do to get your bike ready: brush off the cobwebs or dirt, put some air in the tires, shine up that bicycle, lube the chain. A clean, shiny bicycle is more likely to sell for the price you want!
We also accept used trailers, tag-a-longs, unicycles and jogging strollers, so there are plenty of opportunities to swap your quality used gear for a check or store credit.
If your bike sells you get either: 80% of the selling price as a check; 100% of the selling price in store credit; 110% of the selling price in store credit towards the purchase of a new bike within one week of the Swap (until May 12th)!
Please, try not to call the store between and to see if your bike has sold – our staff is busy selling your bike! This is a very busy morning at ORS and most likely, our staff will be unable to check on the sale of your specific bicycle. If you would like to know, you are welcome to come to the Swap to see if your bike has sold or wait until after to call us. Thanks for understanding!
If you’re buying a bike (or bikes):
Swap starts at (the line usually starts forming at or earlier) and you’ll get great deals on used bikes! We’ll also have bicycle Odds and Ends at terrific deals! Show up early, the good ones go first - the Swap ends at !
We will have hundreds of used bikes–and most of our staff–in the Onion River Sports’ parking lot to help you find the perfect new-to-you bike for you and your family.
If your bike does NOT sell at the Bike Swap, you are responsible for picking it up at Onion River Sports on Sunday, May 5 between and . If you do not pick up your bike, we’ll donate it for you to a great local organization that helps get kids on bikes.
Pub. 4/17/13 Times Argus by David Delcore
Rhonda Shippee, community programs director for USDA Rural Development in
The results of that survey were relayed to USDA Rural Development last week by a consultant who spent nearly two months attempting to collect necessary data from the 59 households that could potentially be served by the proposed water system.
Due to the small sample size, an 87 percent response rate — roughly 51 of the 59 households — was believed to be necessary to qualify for USDA financing.
And here’s where Shippee may have saved the day, because while Shaun Fielder, executive director of the Vermont Rural Water Association, collected 52 of the surveys — an 88 percent response rate — 14 of them were from participants who simply refused to fill out the form.
Shippee’s flexible interpretation of whether to allow those blank surveys to be counted toward meeting the threshold established by USDA boiled down to her definition of the word “response” and the absence of one in federal guidelines.
“It was a ‘response’ with no income information, but it was a ‘response,’ as opposed to just ‘nothing was received,’” she said Monday, stressing her decision doesn’t mean Berlin will qualify for favorable financing town officials say they need in order to keep the water system affordable.
Shippee acknowledged that might be due to a sample size that wasn’t as statistically significant as she would have hoped.
Fielder was able to collect income-related information from 38, or roughly 65 percent, of the 59 households.
According to the survey results, household incomes ranged from $2,000 to $175,000 with a median income of $42,500.
Shippee said it was a first-of-its-kind turn of events involving a type of project — a new water system — that USDA Rural Development isn’t often asked to help finance.
“I’ll be honest, we’ve never had a case where people respond (to income surveys) and say: ‘I choose not to provide my income,’” she said.
Some residents’ stubborn refusal to fill out a simple survey that they were assured committed them to nothing and would be kept confidential threatened to derail efforts to secure favorable financing for the project earlier this month.
Fielder warned the Select Board of that possibility during an April 1 briefing. At the time Fielder had only persuaded 31, or 53 percent, of the 59 targeted households to provide him with income-related information, while seven households — 12 percent of the total — had flatly refused.
During the course of the ensuing week, Fielder picked up seven more responses, doubled the number of refusals and, after consulting with Shippee’s office, found reason for renewed optimism. He said he was told forms returned by those unwilling to provide any income-related information could be counted toward meeting a pre-established target designed to ensure the statistical validity of the income survey.
Shippee said she’ll need to see the individual forms, but believed she had the flexibility to count ones that were returned, but not completed.
“It was an unusual situation,” she said, defending a decision that some might view as relaxing a standard in order to accommodate a community’s application for federal financing.
“I prefer to err on the side of the customer,” she said.
The proposed water system would serve the Berlin Four Corners area, as well an area adjacent to the
In addition to resolving longstanding problems with contaminated drinking water supplies in the area, town officials believe that providing a reliable and affordable source of drinking water would assist existing businesses and unleash the potential for future economic development.
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For those of you that plan ahead The Berlin Historical Society is holding its annual potluck/program meeting on May 22 at the Congregational Church Parish Hall on
The potluck is at and if you plan to attend please call Cheryl, our potluck coordinator at 223-5306.
The program at features Howard Coffin who has just completed his fouth book “Something Abides” which describes hundreds of Civil War related sites in