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FEMA Remains in Ludlow

While a number of the FEMA offices throughout the state will be closing shortly, the temporary FEMA office in Ludlow, located in the Okemo Marketplace across from the entrance to Okemo Mountain Resort, will remain open.  How long it will remain open is another question but FEMA officials apparently believed that the Ludlow/Black River area requires its presence to resolve Tropical Storm Irene problems and claims.  FEMA officials are still advising potential claimants to register over the phone or via its web site before coming into the FEMA office to discuss the claim.  The FEMA phone number is 800-621-3362; the web site is www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Ludlow debates statewide healthcare policy

With the mounting discussions concerning Act 48, the legislation aimed at creating a statewide healthcare policy, and the on-going questions as to how such a system might work and cost Vermonters, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) decided it was time for the two major sides to address the pros and cons of the issue before an area audience.

As a result, FOLA has created a panel of six statewide leaders in the healthcare field debate to discuss the meaning and impact of Act 48 on Thursday, October 20 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.  To ensure that the panel discussion addresses all the key questions concerning this issue, FOLA asked Stewart Ledbetter, Senior Political Reporter for WPTZ/WNNE, to moderate the panel discussion.  The panel will consist of Steve Kappel, Dr. Deb Richter, Wendy Wilton, State Senate President John Campbell, Bob Gaydos, and Darcie Johnston.  The forum will begin with an introduction of the panel and moderator, followed by a brief PowerPoint presentation outlining the major elements of the Act 48 legislation.  Following this, the moderator will ask the panel members to respond to his questions.  The audience will then have the opportunity to ask the panel questions about both Act 48 and its impact.  For additional information, call 802-228-7239.

Rummage Sale Success at Fletcher Farm

Black River Good Neighbors had great success at its recent fall rummage sale at Fletcher Farm, topping all previous sales efforts.  Of particular importance during this event, all clothing on the final day was given away free so that victims of Irene could benefit from the sale.  Additionally, Good Neighbors provided flood victims with vouchers for furniture and household items.

Movie night in Ludlow

Thursday, October 6 - FOLA will feature its regular "1st Thursday" at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium; the movie will be Steven Spielberg's classic sci-fi adventure, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Saturday, October 8 - The annual Harvest Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Black River Gymnasium in Ludlow. The fair features everything from local jams, jellies, maple syrup, unique jewelry, fleece, basketry, candles and so much more. Warm comfy foods like homemade soups, cider donuts, coffee, and baked goods will be available to satisfy your appetite.  Children will look forward to the fun and artistic craft activities while adults can shop for seasonal home décor or begin your early gift shopping. A brand new refrigerator, a Nintendo Wii system, plus more, will be raffled off during the event. See any Ludlow Elementary School student for pre-purchase of raffle tickets.  For more information call Joann Wilson at 228-3405.

Sunday, October 9 - Jacqueline Schwab, pianist renowned for her music supporting Ken Burns' PBS specials, will present an evening of Civil War/Mark Twain era piano music at 6:30 p.m. This event is cosponsored by FOLA with the Town of Ludlow and Black River Academy Museum to honor Ludlow's 150th anniversary of its participation in the Civil War.  All of these FOLA events are free and open to the public.

Cavendish celebrates 250th Anniversary

The folks in Cavendish are preparing for the town's 250th anniversary and have a series of events lined up. The charter was issued for the town on October 12, 1761. 

Friday, October 7 - There will be a Community Dance, 7 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School in Proctorsville. Yankee Chank will be playing a variety of music-contras and squares with Mark Sustic as caller with some hot Cajun/Zydeco dance tunes.

Saturday, October 8 - There will be a parade on Depot Street in Proctorsville starting at 10 a.m. 

Sunday October 9 - The Proctorsville/Cavendish churches will be holding an open house/reception at their respective churches from 12- 2 p.m. Starting at 2 p.m., the authors of "The Inventor's Fortune Up for Grabs," Suzanne Gay Beyer, granddaughter of Olin Gay and John S. Pfarr, will be talking about their book at Crows Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville.

Monday, October 10 - When churches will be sponsoring a pot luck supper at 5 p.m. at the Cavendish School in Proctorsville, followed by a discussion on the history of religion in Cavendish. 

Thursday, October 13 - The Ludlow Garden Club will have its monthly meeting this time traveling to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH to visit the Murdough Greenhouse and Brout Orchid collection. The meeting will start at 12-noon. Those wishing to carpool from Ludlow will meet at Shaw's Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to participate should bring a sandwich and a chair. Hostesses will provide desserts and beverages. For more information, please call 672-4041.

Thursday, October 20 - The Friends of the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow announced their Third Thursday program for October. Scott Stearn, one of the proprietors of the Book Nook on Main Street in Ludlow, will discuss upcoming books to be published soon, some by favorite authors and some by new writers. He will have many suggestions to help us decide "what to read" during the long coming winter. Discussion will begin at 7 p.m.

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