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 Ludlow Rotary Club Hosts  31st  Annual Chili Cook-off
October 8, 2022
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) is sponsoring its 31st Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cook-off will be located at the traffic light on Depot Street.  Proceeds will benefit the Ludlow Rotary Charitable Fund to enable the LRC to continue its programs of local support.   
Over 20 entrants will be competing for the various awards offered by the cook-off.  It will be an opportunity for cook-off guests to taste a wide variety of chilis and enjoy great local cider and Vermont ice cream.  The LRC has special thanks to Okemo Mountain Resort, William Raveis Vermont Properties, Black River Produce, Wilcox Dairy, and Ludlow’s Shaw Supermarket for their contributions to making this event happen. 
Cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.  Awards also will be given to the chili entry with the most voted in the “Judges’ Choice”, “Spiciest”, and “Team Spirit” categories.  Plaques and three cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.
1st Place will receive $200.00
2nd Place will receive $100.00
3rd Place will receive $50.00
In recognition of the hard work our area fire chiefs have done in support of the community, the Judges for these awards will be Chief Peter Kolenda from Ludlow, Chief Bob Glidden from Proctorsville, and Chief Brian Buffum from Mount Holly. 
Admission to enjoy the several dozen chilis is:
$15 per person
$5 for kids 12 and under
Special family $35 for 2 adults & 2 kids
This includes sampling all the chilis plus bread, ice cream, and cider.
For more info, contact Kevin Barnes at 802-558-0479 or ludlowrotary@gmail.com.
Ludlow Rotary Learns How
Crowley Makes Cheese
At its August 9 meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary Club traveled to Healdville to tour the facilities of Crowley Cheese and learn how their cheese was produced.
Crowley Cheese began making cheese in 1824 in the Crowley farm kitchen.  In 1882 it built its factory next to the Crowley farm in Mt Holly and has been producing its fine cheeses ever since.  Recognized as a National Historic Place, it is the oldest continuously-operating cheese producer in America.
Galen Jones, President of Crowley Cheese, detailed the process by which their special version of cheddar cheese is created.  Unlike the usual process, where the bulk of the process is handled by machines, Crowley still employs its age-old process requiring the patience and attention that only direct human involvement can produce.
Crowley cheese is made according to a unique recipe. It falls in the Cheddar family, but unlike a Cheddar it doesn’t go through the cheddaring process. Instead, the production adds a rinse step that reduces the amount of whey in the cheese. This step is somewhat similar to the wash step used in Colby.  As a result, their cheddars are more moist.  Jones also noted that it takes 10 units of milk to create one of cheese. 
Picture above is Galen Jones as he explains the cheese making process to the Ludlow Rotarians as they view the actual cheese production area.
The Ludlow Rotary Club welcomes interested persons to its weekly meetings, usually held at DJs Restaurant on Tuesdays beginning at Noon.  Simply ask a Rotarian for more information or contact Kevin Barnes at 802.228.8877.
Drones -- those little remote-controlled helicopters with an all-seeing camera -- are ideal for solving the mystery of a lost hiker. But finding out what's behind a neighbor's fence or, God forbid,  your bedroom window, are off limits, according to Gene Jakominich of Ludlow, featured speaker at the Ludlow Rotary Club's July 19th meeting.
He described the capabilities of drones, detailing how the photographs taken by these flying devices were able to define details that ordinary cameras couldn’t.
A retired US Navy Operations Specialist and veteran of the First Gulf War, Jakominich says drones are useful for disaster relief. But, they must never take off from private property without permission from the property owner.  In discussing the flight management of drones, Jakominich indicated that most drone users followed basic rules as to elevation and area covered during drone operations. . 
Two factors he stressed concerned drone flight over private property.  He cited the current legal status of a drone as being similar to that of a commercial aircraft, saying, "Don't shoot it down. That's a federal crime. Call the police instead." since this would be considered the same as attacking conventional aircraft based on the current laws.
He also noted that most users will not take photos of private property without first getting the consent of the owner.
Jim Rumrill, LRC President, introduced three recently graduated students from area high schools.  All three were recent recipients of scholarship awards from the LRC.  Each of the students described their continuing plan of studies in college.
Pictured above are three students who recently graduated from high school who were awarded scholarships by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC).  They recently attended a club meeting and discussed their future education plans.  They are pictured with Jim Rumrill, the President of the LRC.  From left to right, they are Jim Rumrill, LRC President, Reid
Hychiewicz, Mackenzie Martin, and Grace Tyrrell.
It’s that time of year – when the ducks are preparing for race down the Black River in the Ralph D Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race to help a local group, this year it will be Reinbow Riding of Mt. Holly.
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) will be sponsoring the 23rd running of this traditional “athletic” event of the ducks on Saturday, August 20 when at 12 Noon the sponsored ducks will be dropped from the Depot Street bridge into the Black River to determine who the fastest duck to reach Walker Bridge is.
The ducks reaching the Walker Bridge first will be rewarding their sponsors with cash prizes of $200, 100, and 75 for the first three winners.  Keeping with tradition, the last sponsored duck to make it across the finish line will earn $25 for its sponsor-just for trying.
Naturally, in order to be one of the winners, sponsors need to rent their ducks by purchasing raffle tickets.  Tickets are available in numerous “sizes”:
$5 for a single ticket
$20 for a quack pack (5 for $20)
$50 for a corporate duck
Raffle tickets are available at Benson’s Chevrolet, Peoples United Bank and Ludlow Insurance and any Ludlow Rotarian! 
Tickets may be purchased here through paypal!
64th Ludlow Rotary Penny Sale Arrives
April 30 with Hundreds of Donated Prizes
Thanks to the donations of prizes by over 100 area businesses and individuals, the 64th annual Penny Sale, sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club, will resume on Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm in the Ludlow Elementary School’s Gymnasium. 
The Items being donated will include ski passes, cash, sweatshirts, restaurant gift cards, day or overnight summer camp packages, auto services, microwaves, bicycles, Mary Meyers stuffed animals, plants, ski sweaters, ski coats, hotel stays, a gaming computer, and many other surprising gifts. 
The raffle, normally conducted at the close of the Penny Sale, will offer the following prizes: 
1st Prize is $500
2nd Prize is $250
3rd Prize is $150
4th Prize is $100 and
5th Prize is $50
Raffle tickets are $2 for one or 3 tickets for $5.  
Raffle tickets may be purchased from LRC members, accessing the LRC’s website at www.ludlowrotary.com or by sending a check to LARCF, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149.  You do not have to be there to win one of these raffle prizes but, if you are in attendance, your award is increased by $25.
The proceeds from the Penny Sale help LRC underwrite its annual scholarship program for area graduating high school seniors planning advanced educational programs.  Through this program, LRC has awarded over $150,000 in scholarship awards during the past 20 years.  The annual scholarship awards last year totaled $9,000.
The Penny Sale is free and open to everyone.  In addition to the prizes and raffle, refreshments will be available.  For information or questions call Kim Lampert at 228-4000 or Jim Rumrill at 228-8866 or email:  ludlowrotary@gmail.com.   Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Pictured above is a scene from the Penny Sale sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club.  As indicated from the photo, it was packed full of prizes, as seen in the foreground, while Rotarian Tom Harris managed the selection of the next winning ticket.
After having been skipped for two years due to the pandemic, the 64th annual Penny Sale, sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC), returned to Ludlow in full force.
Thanks to the donation of gifts from over 100 area businesses and individuals, the Penny Sale was able to give away over $30,000 in merchandise and cash, plus award some lucky people during the raffle ticket drawings at the conclusion of the event.
The Items donated included ski passes, cash, sweatshirts, restaurant gift cards, day or overnight summer camp packages, auto services, microwaves, bicycles, Mary Meyers stuffed animals, plants, ski sweaters, ski coats, hotel stays, a gaming computer, and many other surprising gifts. 
According to Penny Sale co-chairperson, Kim Lampert, “the crowd in attendance was wonderful and large, many old-timers returning and many new faces welcomed”.
Winners in the raffle ticket drawing included:
$500 plus $25 for being in the gym Chris Granger
$250 Fletcher Memorial Library
$150 Fletcher Memorial Library
$100 Ryan Murphy
$50 Kurt Bagley
Kim expressed her thanks to the students at area schools who acted as liaisons for the LRC in delivering prizes to winners during the two rounds when the donated gifts were awarded.  They represented Ludlow, Cavendish, and Mt Holly Elementary schools as well as schools in Bradford and Newfane.
She also thanked the many members of the LRC who enabled the event to take place along with all the businesses that denoted gifts for the Penny Sale.  In particular, she thanked Cota & Cota, Benson’s Chevrolet, and Ludlow Electric for their behind the scenes efforts.
As a result of the Penny Sale, the LRC will be able to offer $9,000 in scholarships to area graduating seniors to further their educational programs.  The Penny Sale has been the primary source of funding for this scholarship program.  Over $250,000 has been awarded by the LRC in scholarships to area students since the program was initiated.
Jim Rumrill, co-chairperson of the Penny Sale, indicated that he was “extremely pleased by the community’s response to the penny sale”.  He added a reminder that the Penny Sale would be returning next year on the last Saturday in April.
Pictured here is Kim Lampert, Ludlow Rotarian, as she presents a check for $525 to Chris Granger, the winner of the top raffle ticket prize at the Penny Sale sponsored by the
Ludlow Rotary Club.
The Ludlow Rotary Club and the United Church of Ludlow are combining efforts to raise money for humanitarian relief of the besieged people of the Ukraine on Saturday, March 19 at the United Church, located at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets.
According to George Thomson, they plan to serve a lasagna dinner.  The cost will be $15 per person – or whatever generous donation the diner wishes to make.  “This is sort of an ‘Eat so others can eat’ affair to help the struggling people in Ukraine”, noted Thomson.
You can help us by donating to this relief effort by using the link below.  We would love to have you come to the dinner.  Whether you can make the dinner or not please consider a donation in support of the Ukrainian people by donating using the app below.  
Donation checks via mail are also appreciated.  Make check payable to:  LARCF, Inc. (Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc.) and mail to:  PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149.
All donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)3 organization.  
Pictured above is Anne Gardner, Recovery Plan Coordinator for Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU), and Art Randolph, President of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC), following Ms. Gardner's speech to the LRC at its recent luncheon meeting.
Ms. Gardner comments to the LRC dealt with the preliminary outline being followed by the TRSU concerning  its allocation of ARP ESSER funds. She noted that the plan was still in a preliminary form and that she was seeking input from the various community stakeholders concerning it.
Photo attached of Kim Lampert, of the Ludlow, Vermont Rotary Club and Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, Kentucky Rotary Club; photo credit Jon Lampert
Ludlow Rotary Delivers Emergency Relief Aid to Kentucky Tornado Victims
On a recent weekend with threatening storms and frigid temperatures, Ludlow Rotarian Kim Benson Lampert and her husband, Jon headed south to Elizabethtown, KY to deliver a truck and trailer loaded with goods for storm ravaged Kentuckians who had lost everything.
Lampert said, “I am overwhelmed by the support of our club and community members as well as our Rotary district.”
Donations of $1000 were received from Henniker, NH and Poultney, VT Rotary Clubs. The Concord, NH Rotary Club donated $5000. The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club donated the proceeds of $210 from their "Trivia Night" for this cause. Several other District Rotarians made personal donations to this cause as well.
Troy Caruso donated sports-related toys from his Assisting Children Today charity arm to assist with a Christmas in January celebration for children who had no Christmas this year. Numerous individuals and groups brought boxes and bags of clothing, toiletries, household supplies and other needed items to Benson's Chevrolet, Inc. and Cota Oil.
From there Rotarians and volunteers moved everything to the Lamperts where a snowmobile trailer was loaded to overflowing. At that point, George Benson, Jr. donated use of his larger 7.5’ x 7.5’ x 18’ trailer to the cause. The smaller trailer was unloaded into the larger trailer before goods that continued to pour in were added to it. Ultimately, the larger trailer was packed to the ceiling by a group of volunteers, including Jon Lampert, Ludlow Rotarians Brigid Sullivan and Barb LeMire with her husband, Doug LeMire; generous Mount Holly friends, Nancy McKeegan, Fern and Dennis Melvin who spent more than 2 hours readying the trailer for the 15 hour road trip.
The Lamperts left on Friday after work, arriving at a storage unit rented by the Elizabethtown club on mid-day Saturday. There Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, KY Rotary Club, Assistant Governor Rotary District 6710 met them to unload the almost 1,000 cubic feet of goods that ultimately filled the storage unit.
Edwards will organize work bees among her fellow KY Rotarians to sort items and deliver them to so many needy people who lost everything in the December 10, 2021 storms. She was shocked at the amount of goods sent by the Ludlow Club. “We actually had a nice variety of items,” said Kim Lampert.
The Ludlow Club is continuing to collect cash for the KY victims. Checks should be made payable to LARCF with KY Tornado written in the “For” line. They can be mailed to Ludlow Rotary, Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.
Anyone interested in learning more about joining Rotary is invited to contact Kevin Barnes, Membership Chairman at (802) 228-8877, to receive an invitation to a meeting.
Pictured below left to right, Rotarian Kim Lampert of the Ludlow Rotary Club and Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, KY Rotary Club.
Volunteers left to right, Fern and Dennis Melvin, Nancy McKeegan, Doug LeMire, Barbara LeMire and Jonathan Lampert. Rotarian Brigid Sullivan missing from photo.
The January 4, 2022 luncheon meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) featured the Program Director for Divided Sky Foundation, Melanie Gulde, speaking to Rotarians and guests about plans for the future drug and alcohol recovery program on Fox Lane. 
The Divided Sky Foundation, founded by Trey Anastasio, purchased the facility in Ludlow.  Anastasio of the band Phish, himself 15 years sober, launched the Divided Sky Foundation to deliver help to those affected by substance use. Vermont, his adopted home state, is a natural place to begin this chapter of his own giving back.  Divided Sky is dedicated to delivering quality care and compassionate programming to those affected by alcoholism and addiction.
Acquiring the facility site was the first step in a plan that includes building renovations and program development. The program is tentatively slated to open by the end of 2022.  Objections from neighbors have delayed the opening as planned.  
The purchase was made possible in part by funds raised in 2020 during Anastasio’s The Beacon Jams, an eight-week virtual residency presented live from New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre.  Donations were encouraged throughout the run, with fans ultimately contributing more than $1.2 million.
“Alcohol is an addiction that seems to be overlooked at times.  95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.” said Gulde.  She emphasized that addiction to alcohol is the most prevalent addiction facing our society. 
The program’s goal: to be a local asset for giving back to the community. The non-profit program plans to serve people from all income levels. Care services being planned include maintaining recovery, with plans and programs tailored to individual guests’ needs. In addition, the program plans to offer job training and workforce reintegration. Education opportunities are planned to prepare guests who need them with certification in skills and trades.
Gulde provided a tour of the facility after the formal meeting.
If you or someone you know needs help for a substance use disorder, contact SAMHSA.gov or call 800-662-HELP (4357) to find a treatment center near you.
Anyone interested in learning more about joining Rotary is invited to contact Kevin Barnes, Membership Chairman at (802) 228-8877, to receive an invitation to a meeting.
Pictured here, left to right, Melanie Gulde, Program Director, Divided Sky Foundation is being introduced to the Club by Rotarian Art Randolph, President of the Ludlow Rotary Club.

The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) is sponsoring its 30th Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cook-off will be located at the traffic light on Depot Street.  Proceeds will benefit the The Ludlow Rotary Charitable Fund to enable the LRC to continue its programs of local support.   Admission is $10.00 per person which includes chili, bread, ice cream and cider.
Chili entries are welcome from individuals, clubs, and businesses.  An entry fee of $10.00 will include a table space and sterno to keep the chili warm.  Participants are responsible for arriving between 10:30 – 10:45 the day of the cook-off.   Cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.  Awards will be given to the chili entry with the most voted in the “Judges’ Choice”, “Spiciest”, and “Team Spirit” categories.  Chili entrants are asked to provide four (4) gallons of chili for this event and be there to serve the chili.
Please mail your name, address and phone number along with chili entry fee of $10.00 to:  Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. PO Box 616, Ludlow, VT  05149. 
For more info, contact Kevin Barnes at 802 558 0479.
Ludlow Rotary Club recently unveiled a beautiful 15’ street clock at the corner of Main and Elm Street in honor of long time Ludlow resident and Rotarian of 60+ years Bob Kirkbride who died in March 2020 at age 93.
The street clock, made by Electric Time Company, Inc. of Medfield, Massachusetts was designed by the Club and was placed on Town of Ludlow property with the blessing of the Ludlow Village Trustees. Special thanks are extended to the Town’s Municipal Manager Scott Murphy, Ludlow’s Highway Crew, Ludlow Electric Company, Benson’s Chevrolet who stored it for us once it was shipped to Ludlow and assistance from Brett Wright and Wright Construction all who were instrumental of erecting and making sure the clock was ticking!
The dedication was held after a Ludlow Rotary luncheon on Tuesday September 14th and family members were present along with an honor guard from The American Legion Post 36 and many fellow Rotarians, neighbors and friends.    Rotarian Kimberly Lampert started the proceeding with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance then introduced the club’s present and last two presidents all who led the club while deciding on what meaningful tribute we could do in Bob’s memory.  Also recognized was Rotary Past District Governor Jon Springer of Reading who was a former Ludlow Police Chief in Ludlow and a friend of Bob’s since the 1970’s.   Brigid Sullivan, fellow Ludlow Rotarian from Belmont provided a blessing and then Rotarian Jim Rumrill said a few words about Bob as Rotarian; he was followed by Frank Heald, former Town Manager and fellow Rotarian who spoke of Bob as a Ludlow citizen and friend and how Bob always found the GIFT of TIME to help others and raise money to benefit our little town and the area. Several funny stories were told by each of course!
Sharon Bixby spoke of the process of actually getting the clock and thanked those who helped the club with the project…  Rotarians, Town Departments, Ludlow Electric, Rotarian spouses like Jon Lampert who was a great help and even a Rotarian grandson who helped plant the flowers at the base of the clock.  
Then it was time for Kevin Barnes, Ludlow Rotarian and Jon Lampert to remove the covering and unveil the lovely clock!     Applause and some tears of joy & pride followed ...  Rotarian Mary Crowley closed the dedication leading us all in one of Bob’s favorite songs- God Bless America!
It was a picturesque day to honor and memorialize a great man who Ludlow will surely miss.  As noted by Rotarian Sharon Bixby, “Bob’s ‘gift of time’, dedicated to helping others and being with those we love and care for, is perhaps his lasting memorial from which we can all benefit”.

Representatives of the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Care Center (MAHHC) addressed a recent luncheon meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club on drug overdosing and death.
Melanie Sheehan and Astrid Bradish, two key members of MAHHC’s drug recovery program, stressed the fact that ”overdose death is 100% preventable - every life matters and efforts that save lives can be done by anyone and everyone”.
Their discussion focused are the key drug overdose signs and characteristics:
  •        What is an overdose
  •        Signs of an opioid over dose
  •        How to respond to an overdose
  •        The use of CPR to restore normal breathing
  •        The use of Narcan
Narcan, technically known as naloxone, was emphasized as a means of restoring breathing to an overdosed person.  Both speakers recommended carrying Narcan especially where opioid overdosing may occur.
Melanie Sheehan is the Regional Prevention Program Manager at MAHHC and has been there for over 20 years.  Her work is focused mainly on the prevention of substance use; however, more recently she has partnered with folks in substance use treatment and recovery to help curb the rate of drug overdose death in Windsor County which has the highest death rate in Vermont.
Astrid Bradish-Hoyt is involved with long term recovery and working for the Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield.  She is the Supervisor for the Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department of MAHHC and Manager of its Organization Grant function.  Astrid also serves as co-chair of the Substance Misuse Workgroup the hospital’s Community Health Improvement Plan.
Pictured here is Melanie Sheehan and Astrid Bradish-Hoyt as they peak to members of the Ludlow Rotary Club on opioid overdosing.
In its second face-to-face meeting since the pandemic restrictions were lifted, the Ludlow Rotary conducted its weekly meeting at ClearLake Furniture’s showroom in Ludlow.
The meeting was hosted by Brent Karner, the owner and master craftsman of ClearLake, and catered by The Cookster.
Brent was the featured speaker at the meeting, discussing his own background as well as the history and product design and creation procedures employed by ClearLake.
He began by describing his own development as a craftsman.  Brent grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He attended Tewksbury public schools, Shawsheen Regional Vocational Tech. School in 1982, and in 1985 graduated from North Bennet Street School in Boston where he learned the art of fine woodworking. After graduating from North Bennet, prior to starting ClearLake Furniture, he spent many years crafting 18th and 19th century reproductions as well as contemporary furniture for clients throughout New England.
ClearLake Furniture was created in 1992 and has offered a wide variety of individualized fine furniture since.
In discussing the impact of the Covid pandemic, Brent observed that his business actually increased – but with a twist.  The was a much greater demand for two items that dramatically increased orders:  desks and liquor and wine cabinets.
Following his presentation, Brent took the Rotarians on a tour of his showroom and shop where all the furniture was made.  He is pictured here in his shop with the beginnings of a wine cabinet.
Brent currently lives on South Hill in Ludlow with his wife, Abi, of 35 years and their two children, Thacher and Rachel.
At its recent weekly meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) paid tribute to Mary Crowley, a fellow Rotarian, on the occasion of her retirement.
Mary was the Senior Loan Officer at  the Citizens Banks for the past 11 years.  Prior to that she had functioned as a loan officer for a number of years in other agencies.
Residing in Reading, VT, Mary has an active Rotarian for 23 years.  She is fond of gardening, visiting her family and grandchildren, singing in a choir, and a dedicated Red Sox fan.
Pictured above is Art Randolph, LRC President, and Mary with a special retirement cake before them.
She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Ludlow Rotary Conducts “Change of Gavel”
As is usual for the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) at it last meeting in June, the current President handed over the leadership of the LRC to its incoming President in an annual event known as "the changing of the gavel".  In this instance, with the lifting of previous Covid-19 restrictions, the LRC decided to combine the changing of the gavel with a summer picnic to replace the Christmas program that was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The actual exchange of the gavel was done by Kevin Barnes, the out-going LRC President, presenting a gavel during the meeting and with Art Randolph, the incoming President  It also gave Art the opportunity to thank Kevin for what he had accomplished in the LRC  during the past year, awarding him a specially engraved plaque.  Pictured above are Art and Kevin during the exchange of the gavel.
An important step forward was announced at this session.  The next LRC meeting, scheduled for July 13, would be held at DJs Restaurant.  This would be the first formal meeting conducted face to face since the start of the pandemic.
The changing of the gavel process was conducted during a special summer picnic at the home of Tom Harris on Lake Rescue. 
Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, and Emily Blistein, Business Strategy Director of the organization, were featured speakers at a recent Ludlow Rotary Club meeting.  They both discussed the purpose and objectives of the “Let’s Grow Kids” project, headquartered in Burlington.
“Let’s Grow Kids” is a project whose aim is to create “a road to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by the year 2025.  As noted by Aly, the organization has an unusual objective in addition to its prime purpose.  “We want to go out of business in 2025”, exclaimed Aly, noting that they wished to succeed in creating high-quality child care by that year.
In describing the current conditions of child care services in the state, she noted these key elements that needed to be addressed:
  •        3 out of every 5 Vermont children do not have access to good child care
  •        30% of a family’s income is spent on child care
  •        Child care personnel only receive an average of $13 an hour
Aly indicated that over 30,000 Vermonters have already joined them in supporting the group’s objectives.
One major part of the program’s purpose was realized this year when the state legislature passed H.171, a bill that allocated $12.7 million to address four major child care issues:  family child care support, child care worker salaries, infrastructure improvement, and an analysis of existing child care programs in the state.
Emily Blistein spoke of the need for business and corporate support to underwrite the programs operated by “Let’s Grow Kids”.  Information on how businesses may participate in this effort may be secured by contacting her at emily@letsgrowkids.org.
More information is available at the group’s web site, https://letsgrowkids.org.
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) presented its Annual Community Service Award to Karen Trimboli at its recent meeting, held using Zoom.
In making the award, Kevin Barnes, LRC President, thanked Karen for her years of service to the community as the leader of the Ludlow Elementary School and Black River High School. He emphasized the important role she played during the Covid pandemic in providing meaningful educational opportunities to area students.
In her response to the award, Karen noted that, during the Covid crisis, students, teachers, and parents were “very resilient” in adapting to the demands of remote learning. She had high praise for parents, especially, as they “stepped up to help the kids adapt to the technical demands of the process”.
She indicated that a great deal of planning went into getting the students into a safe environment while maximizing the level of education provided through the remote learning process.
Karen noted that the major thing she missed during this process was the usual participation of local organizations like Black River Academy Museum, the American Legion, and other area groups who often assisted in helping the schools with the educational process.
During the business portion of the LRC meeting, it was decided to donate $1,000 to the non-profit charity SEWA International to purchase 2 oxygen generators for India to help with the Covid-19 crisis in the nation.
At its recent on-line meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) heard remarks by Robert Adcock, new CEO of Springfield Hospital.
Adcock noted that the hospital was “facing tremendous challenges” following its recent bankruptcy problems combined with the impact of Covid-19. Noting that the hospital has “put some of its troubles behind us”, he stressed that the organization’s ability to come out of bankruptcy was a significant step. However, like most hospitals throughout the nation, it still was dealing with the declining patient count resulting from the impact of the Covid-19 situation.
He added that, as new leader of the hospital, it was his intent to “earn back the confidence of the community”. Adcock indicated that his main focus was “to build back to case-load of the hospital to pre-Covid levels”.
With respect to the current Covid status, he said that the hospital was averaging about one case of Covid a day. He also noted that Windsor County currently has about 60% of its population with at least 1 vaccination compared to 48% of Chittenden County.
Adcock said the hospital expected to receive the new Pfizer vaccine for youngsters, 12 through 15, shortly and open clinics to administer them.
In terms of staffing, he noted that the hospital shortly will have a second general surgeon and that key staff members have stayed with the hospital. When queried about the possibility of reopening maternity care, he noted that it was not coming back in the near term.
John Predom Describes Snowshoe
Art to Ludlow Rotary Club Members
At its recent weekly meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary were pleasantly witness to the snowshoe artistry of John Predom, formerly of Ludlow now a happy resident in the North East Kingdom.
Predom described how he developed his snowshoe art, noting that it took about 4 to 6 hours, or up to six miles of walking to create his graphic art work.  He usually used his own “back field” to create the art but required a drone to take photos of it.
When asked what type of showshow he preferred, Predom said that he liked wooden shoes, as opposed to metal, and that they measured 46 inches in length and about a foot in width.
He commented that “doing straight lines was much harder than walking in circles” due to the not-so-flat nature of the land.
One Rotarian asked him if he ever made a mistake.  To this Predom admitted that he did occasionally make mistakes and that they were hard to correct since the impressions in the snow were obvious.
Predom maintains a facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SnowdogSnowshoeArt, where some of his graphic art may be seen.
Above is one of the many graphic art designs created by John Predom as taken by a drone.  Some of his work has been recently featured on WCAX.
Here is a video link to follow for more fun:  Snowshoe art
Abenaki Chief, Don Stevens, Speaks to Ludlow Rotary
Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Bank of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, spoke to members of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) during its recent weekly meeting.
During his comments, Stevens described the historical background of the Abenaki, its geographic location in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, and the influx of southern tribes from the Connecticut and Massachusetts areas.
He noted that the Abenaki have a history dating back 11,000 years in this area.  With the influx of Europeans in the 17th and 18th centuries, tribes from the Deerfield and Greylock areas of Massachusetts were forced north in Abenaki territory.
Of particular interest was the relationship between the tribes and the English and French settlers and military personnel.  According to Stevens, the British, especially their military, was very standoffish while the French tended to develop a rapport with tribal members.  For this reason, the Abenaki allied themselves with the French during the French and Indian Wars.
Stevens described the period in Vermont during the early 1930’s as a troubling one for Abenaki members.  In 1931, the Vermont Legislature enacted eugenics laws forcing “undesirable” people to be sterilized.
This highlighted the perennial problem faced by the Abenaki in terms of their identity.  Stevens noted that non-Indian cultures normally had a long history of their family and national identity.  Unfortunately, the Indians, due principally to language differences, did not as far as the European-oriented people were concerned.
Stevens was the first Vermonter to be vaccinated during the Covid crisis.  This was part of his effort to convince the Abenaki of the desirability of the vaccination to deal with Covid.
He also noted that the Abenaki language, initially with the help of the French, was being preserved.  Currently Stevens has been working with Middlebury College to provide training in the language.
Don Stevens is an award-winning leader, businessman, writer, and lecturer. He has been featured in magazines, books, TV shows, and documentaries. Don was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs by Governor Douglas in 2006 for two terms where he served as Chair. He led the fight to obtain legal recognition for the Abenaki People in Vermont. He was able to acquire tribal land for the Nulhegan Tribe which had been absent for over 200 years. He has over 26 years of experience in successfully developing Information Technology, Logistics, and Manufacturing strategies for multi-million dollar companies. He proudly served in the US Army and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Lake Rescue Milfoil Problem
Discussed at Rotary Meeting
The co-Presidents of the Lake Rescue Association (LRA), Barbara Silver and Bruce Zanca, recently spoke to a meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) to discuss the problems facing them due to Eurasian Milfoil and river sediment.
The LRA, formed in 1933 and incorporated in 1954, is, according to Silver, “facing a crisis right now”.  She was referring to the rapid build up of milfoil, a non-native, invasive  aquatic plant that can grow from 4 to 6 inches a day in full sunlight.
The milfoil invasion of Lake Rescue and Lake Pauline was “rediscovered” in the lake system in 2014 following tropical storm Irene.  It has become an on-going problem that, if not addressed, could turn the “lakes into a swamp”.
Over the years since Irene, the LRA, in conjunction with state agencies, has spent thousands of dollars to remove the milfoil from the lakes.  It was estimated that the LRA would spend about $48,000 next year on removing milfoil.
Zanca noted that they would probably never be able to totally eradicate milfoil from the lakes but would be able to reduce it to a controllable situation with constant maintenance care.  To this end the LRA is constructing a “Dash” boat that will be able to literally vacuum the milfoil from parts of the lake and its floor.
In addition to this problem, the LRA is also addressing the impact of sedimentation caused mainly by the Black River. 
One area of concern is the channel between Lake Rescue and Round Pond.  Over the years, the sediment build-up has resulted in the creation of “islands” of sediment and raised the floor of Round Pond so that the depth of the water has been severely reduced.
The LRA has about 150 members.  There are approximately 250-300 individual lake properties involved.
Pictured here is Barbara Silver, co-President of the Lake Rescue Association, as she discusses the milfoil problem in Lake Rescue during a Zoom-based meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club.
At its recent Zoom meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) were entertained by Ted and Linda Fondulas, previous owners of Hemingway’s Restaurant in Killington as they described the history of that famous restaurant.
Linda Fondulas offered a detailed outline of how the duo created Hemingway’s.  In particular, she noted the development of usage of locally produced foods and their interest in creating a diverse menu that made the restaurant one of the 25 greatest in the nation.
In detailing his approach to cooking and creating unique menus, Ted Fondulas indicated that food preparation was the second most active career in the country.
He also took this occasion to comment on the role that the late Bob Gilmore of Ludlow played in bringing new and innovative concepts of restauranteuring to Vermont noting “he was a leader in promoting food service in Vermont”.
In response to the impact of Covid-19 on the restaurant business, Fondulas raised the question of “will people continue to eat out as often after Covid?”  He added that with so many people now preparing their meals at home instead of eating out, there may be a drop in restaurant business as a direct result of the virus.
During the business meeting, Kevin Barnes, LRC President, indicated that the club had received 1,000 face masks.  Of this total, 300 would be used in Mt Holly while another 400 would be presented to Ludlow.
“Pictured below are Linda and Ted Fondulas with Julia Child.  Child would go to Hemingway’s on her birthday during the period when she visited relatives in Woodstock.”
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Come join the fun!  Get your ducky today for this annual event!
It’s getting close to that time – when we’ll all be rooting for our favorite duck!
Yes, the annual duck race sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) will soon be racing down the Black River to reward its owners.
The LRC formally announced that the traditional Ralph D Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 20 when the ducks will be dropped into the Black River at 12 Noon from the Depot Street Bridge.  Prizes for the regular winning ducks crossing the finish line at Walker Bridge will be
  •        $200 for the first duck
  •        $100 for the second place duck
  •        $75 for the third duck AND
  •        $25 for the last duck to finish
Corporate ducks also have a winning chance; the first Corporate duck to cross the finish line will have the honor of displaying the corporate duck plaque in their business for the next year.
If you’d like to rent a duck, a single duck will cost $5.  However you can get 5 ducks for the price of 4 if you buy the QUACK pack for $20.  Corporate ducks will rent for $50 a corporate duck.
Where can you rent your ducks?
You can purchase them at Ludlow Insurance Agency, Peoples United Bank, Benson’s Chevrolet, or see any Ludlow Rotarian.  If you prefer to go online, check out the www.ludlowrotary.com.  If you’re going to pay by check, please make the check payable to LARCF (Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund).
So, you’d better hurry since there are just a limited number of ducks in the race!
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