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Readsboro Newsletter

Around Town Happenings
March ~ April 2020Readsboro Community Library
Bringing community together ….
Thursdays, March 5th ~ April 23rd 5:30 p.m. ~ 7 p.m. visit the library for a game of scrabble, Yahtzee or rummy.
Tuesday, March 3rd the library will be open during voting 10 a.m. ~ 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 8th …… turn your clocks ahead 1 hour and check your smoke detectors.
Saturday, April 4th 10 a.m. ~ 11 a.m. Annual Egg Hunt come find the golden egg.
Thursday, April 23rd 1 p.m. ~ 5 p.m.  Come plant …… seeds, soil and other materials supplied at no cost.  Celebrate Earth Day with us.

Museum Passes Available:
Bennington Museum Hildene The Lincoln Family Home Berkshire Museum (Admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children)
Billings Farm & Museum (Family Pass)
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum (Admission for Two)
Vermont’s History Museum
Clark Art Museum (Admission for One)
Birds of Vermont Museum (Family Pass)
Vermont State Park Pass (Day Use Only)

Vermont Historic Sites
There are so many ways to help your local library ~ through book donations, dvds, craft materials, box tops, volunteering to host a program and much more.

Town of Readsboro
The legal voters of the town of Readsboro, Vermont are hereby notified to meet at the school auditorium in the town of Readsboro on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7 pm. to act on the articles of the town and the warrants. The meeting will then be adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 3, 2020 at which time ballot boxes open for Australian ballot. Ballot boxes are open 10 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 3, 2020.

The 2019 town report is available at the town office during regular business hours.  You can also download a PDF copy of the report: Town of Readsboro 2019 Town Report
Next real estate tax payment is due March 10th.
Until further notice transfer station hours Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.

Berard Sugarhouse Open House Saturday, March 21st 10 a.m. ~ 3 p.m.
1356 Branch Hill Road, Readsboro, VT 05350 We are happy to announce that we will be open!! Come hear about our sugaring process. We will have samples available, products for sale and we ship!!

Birch’s Sugarhouse Open House Saturday, March 21st 10 a.m. ~ 3 p.m.
617 East Main St, Readsboro, VT 05350 We will be open to the public during Vermont Sugar Makers Association 2019 Maple Open House Weekend! We will be open Saturday Only! Come tour our sugar house, learn about our operation, and sample some of our delicious maple syrup. Maple Syrup and other maple confections will be available to purchase.

Independence 2020 Celebration
Save the date!!!!! Saturday, June 27, 2020
Another year has passed and it’s time to plan for this year’s big celebration. As most of you know this great celebration of ours is run solely by volunteers and the fundraising that they do all year long. Without the support of the community, none of this would be possible. Special thanks to everyone that has helped to make it a continued success.

Want to help make our Independence Day Celebration a success? Become a volunteer!  Earlene 423-7080 or Cyndi 413-652-4512.  We have a full schedule of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Volunteer for the day or just for a couple of hours during the celebration. There are so many things to do and your help would be greatly appreciated.

American Legion & Auxiliary
Sunday, March 8th   8 ~ 11 a.m. $6 (subject to change call Legion)423-7562
French toast or pancake, eggs, sausage, home fries, coffee and juice.

Saturday, March 14th 5 ~ 7 p.m.
Corn beef and cabbage or if you prefer ham and cabbage only $12 ~ just think no cooking, no dishes, and you are showing your support to the Post. So pass the word ~ great food at affordable prices while visiting with friends and neighbors. 

Readsboro Lions
Raffle for Easter ham tickets are $1each or 6 for $5.00. Drawing will be held April 6th . Tickets available through PG Carrier 802-423-7606.

South Readsboro Community Club
Thursday, April 9th 7 p.m. monthly meeting. New members always welcome. Any questions contact Priscilla Thayer 423-7667.

Readsboro Fire Department
Please remember to keep hydrant area free of snow. Remember you can order a reflective address marker from the fire department auxiliary ~ because if they can’t find you they can’t help you.

Saint Joachim Church BINGO
The second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
Monday, March 9, 2020 Monday, April 13, 2020$10 to play ~ Lots of Great Prizes! ~ Please Join Us For A Fun Night ~ Refreshments Offered ~ Bring Your Friends!

Readsboro Historical Society
The Readsboro Historical Society is looking forward to opening up in May. We will keep you posted on the first Open House. We are currently working on our New Theme for 2020; “Readsboro Schools” If anyone has any memorabilia about past schools in Readsboro they want to share, please let us know.  Check out our Facebook Page/Readsboro Historical Society. We also want to say THANK YOU to Ron & Tiger Waterman once again for a very generous donation made to the Readsboro Historical Society.  We are very appreciative for all their support they have given us and this community.   THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has become a member and for those who have made additional donations to your Historical Society…  We are all very lucky to have such great people help keep Readsboro’s past alive to help path the way for the future.  

Have you considered the different options of volunteering?
• Read to a homebound neighbor.
• Offer to pick up prescriptions for an elderly neighbor.
• Bake refreshments for the monthly BINGO.
• Stop by and ask if your neighbor needs any help.
• Join the local fire department.
• Assist with Legion breakfast (once a month).
• Join the Readsboro Lions Club.
• Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment or Readsboro Historical Society. 
• Assist with monthly meal at South Readsboro Community Club.
Reasons to volunteer vary ~ perhaps you are new to the area and want to meet people.  Often a person who volunteers has interest and time to donate while improving the quality of life for the residents in the community.  

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Selected Selectboard Minutes from 2/7/20

Brian Jowett has a contract to purchase 1818 County Road. The property is about a half mile past the beginning of the Class 4 section. He would like to build a full time residence. He attended the Planning Commission and spoke with Jim Stimpson, the Administrative Officer, and both support his request. The Road Commissioner, David Tatro, was not at the meeting to provide input due to the weather. Mike Denault said if Brian Jowett was willing to obtain the $1 million bond to protect the town, he was fine with it. Dan Potvin felt the board should discuss the bond amount. Bill Levine thought the board should consider extending the Class 3 section that the town currently plows further down the road. It would cost a lot of money to upgrade all of County Road and Klondike Road because the state will require that the road meet their standards. Nancy Bushika would like to review the decision about an insurance bond and would like to talk to Dave Tatro. Mike Denault said they would send Brian Jowett a letter stating what the town would need from him if they decided he could plow the road.

Aaron Malachuk spoke with a Consolidated Communications technician. The town of Chesterfield, NH hired a consultant and Consolidated Communications to run fiber network to every house in their town. The project cost the town $1.8 million and provides 1 gigabyte per second. The town obtained a 20 year bond to cover the cost. Instead of everyone in town contributing to the cost, only the households that sign up for the high speed internet pay. Consolidated charges an extra $10.00/month which it later turns over to the town. The town uses this money to pay back the bond. Aaron Malachuk felt if lines come down during an ice storm, a small internet company might take a long time for repairs. Consolidated Communications has the manpower to fix the lines immediately. Chris Warren felt it was great to have information from more than one group. Aaron Malachuk will see if he can have someone come to a future Selectboard meeting. Anyone interested in serving on a high speed internet research committee should contact the town office or Chris Warren directly.

How Much Speed Do I Need?

Douglas Wright read the proposed resolution to declare Stamford an “Article 16, Constitutional Gun Owner Town and a Second Amendment Sanctuary Town”. He said Title 24 gives the Selectboard the authority to make this resolution. The legislature continues to write bills that infringe on our rights, governing how we live and what we do. These are inherent rights and not privileges. This is a symbolic way to send a message to the government. The resolution is non-binding. Several towns and counties in Virginia, Maine and Vermont have already done it. Dan Potvin commented that it was great to see so many young people present. Visitors felt that the government keeps chipping away at our rights and if they succeed at one thing, what will be next. Mike Denault confirmed that this resolution does not give anyone the right to break the law. He said until a year or two ago, the State of Vermont had no gun laws, other than accepting the federal laws, and our state has been one of the top three safest states in over 100 years. He said there is no supporting evidence that any of the proposed gun laws will deter crime. Chris Warren asked why the resolution targeted only the Second Amendment and not the whole Constitution. Mike Denault responded that the Vermont legislature has been creating bills that target Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution and the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. If the government began to make laws restricting freedom of speech or freedom of religion, there would be a resolution for that. Mike Denault noted that the Stamford Sportsmens Club is a place where people can go and exercise their rights to carry and use firearms. More gun laws could put the club out of business. Nancy Bushika said it didn’t seem like Stamford or Readsboro would be against the resolution. She suggested that the topic could be discussed at town meeting. Helen Fields did not think it should be brought up at town meeting and said it could get ugly.
MOTION by Mike Denault to adopt the resolution to declare Stamford an “Article 16, Constitutional Gun Owner Town and a Second Amendment Sanctuary Town” as written. SECONDED by Dan Potvin. 4 in favor. 1 opposed (Chris Warren). Motion APPROVED. The resolution will be sent to Senator Dick Sears, Senator Brian Campion, Governor Scott and Representative Laura Sibilia. Cindy Lamore thanked the board for doing it.

Text of the resolution was not provided
Vermont Article 16
Vermont Title 24

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First Annual Stamford Variety Show

The deadline to sign up has been extended to February 24th!

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Stamford Community Building Group – Update

Building Community Group Projects
The Tile project is nearing completion.  The first picture is of the new library bulletin board which has tiles depicting Stamford memories embedded in the frame and made by community members.  The second picture is a large tile plaque on the front of the school/town building.  The tiles on this plaque were also made by community members.  Soon there will be a “Town Office” tiled plaque inside the building above the town office window and a smaller plaque on a wall inside the building.  We thank everyone who participated in the Tile Project, including Stamford students who interviewed Stamford residents about the history of Stamford.  Their interviews gave people lots of ideas of what to paint on their tiles!  We also thank those who have contributed their time toward moving projects forward – and that list is long!  In addition, the Stamford Library has contributed financially to the Tile Project.  We have also received funding from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation and Walmart (picture #3) to continue working toward completion of all projects. 

Building Community Group Next Meeting February 5, 2020 6:30 pm at the firehouse.
Learn the latest updates on the BCG’s projects and progress.  The Tile Project is nearly completed; the Town Sign and Benches Project is underway; and the Town Gathering Space project finally has form and function! 
Your thoughts are needed on a number of items.  Hope to see you on February 5.  Come one and all.

Library Bulletin Board
Town Plaque
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Wreaths Across America On Display

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Wreaths Across America

We will hold our second Wreaths Across America ceremony for Stamford Cemeteries on Sunday December 15th with a short ceremony at the school followed by laying of wreaths on all of our veterans’ graves in Houghton and Millard cemeteries. The ceremony will begin at noon near the Stamford Honor Roll.

Donna Engel

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Here Comes Santa – To Stamford Elementary

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Upcoming Events At The Stamford Library

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If You Plan On Going, Better Get There Early

This year’s speaker at the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environment Lecture Series will be none other than Bill McKibben – world renowned author, environmentalist, and activist.

For those of you who have been to the lecture series in the past, please note a time and location change. The lecture, normally held in Murdock Hall, is being held this year in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium, starting time is scheduled for 6:15pm on Thursday December 5th.

You can read about Mr. McKibben here and here.

The lecture series, and therefore Mr. McKibben’s appearance in North Adams, are the result of herculean efforts by Stamford’s own Chris Derby-Kilfoyle and his classmates who worked tirelessly to make the endowed lecture series a reality at MCLA.

For those who made need it, here is a map of MCLA’s campus. The lecture will be in the building marked #12 on the map. Parking will be at #5 and #10 on the map.

You can visit Chris Derby-Kilfoyle’s site and sign up for their newsletter here to get the latest in solar news.

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