Flood News Update: from the trenches

Take Back Vermont photographed by Melissa Hauteniemi

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Welcome to the weekend edition of your Vermont flood news update.  We’ve been glad to hear that the information provided here has been informative, utilized to motivate folks to get out there and help our neighboring communities, and gather charitable donations for people still suffering in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Subject: [Hartford Discussion] Poor Valley News coverage

I am writing to the listserve because of the trouble I have had in conveying a message to everyone about the continued need for help that flood victims are experiencing.  Here’s what has been going on.  Last week, a reporter for the Valley News who covers Hartford’s selectboard meetings and who heard the piece that VPR did on flood recovery in the Upper Valley, called me and wanted to get my views on where the flood recovery stood.  I talked to her on the phone for approximately 20 minutes and the main message I told her was that the clean up isn’t over yet and that there was way more to do.  On Saturday, her article was in the paper and none of my comments were in it.   Instead the article more or less said the clean up was over.  So I called her to talk about this and she told me that the editors took that part of her article out. I was shocked by this – I felt leaving out the perspective of someone who has been actively participating in the recovery in West Hartford was very damaging as the article said just the opposite of what is really happening.  As a result of this, my wife and I wrote a letter to the Valley News’ Forum in attempt to maintain awareness of the continued need for help despite the Valley News’ conclusion that clean up is just about done.  But guess what, our LETTER was edited!  The Valley News removed the second sentence of our letter that said “Despite a long discussion with the reporter about all of the work that remains to be done, none of that information made it into the article, apparently due to editing.”  I guess the Valley News doesn’t like to print anything that is critical of them.  Have the editors even been out to see what has been going on in some parts of our town or other parts of Vermont?  It is very frustrating to be working week after week helping flooded out homeowners and then see an article in the Valley News that leaves the wrong impression.  True, our sentence that was critical of the Valley News was not essential to convey the main message of our letter to the Forum but it was still unsettling to have the edited out.  Freedom of the press still allows the editors of any given paper to edit out statements and facts that they do not agree with, understand or feel are correct.  I have been aware of the media biases and flaws in coverage for many years, however, this is the first time that I have so blatantly been edited and had my views on a story completely disregarded.  So beware, what you read in our local paper may not be the whole story – in fact, it may be the opposite of the whole story.

Thanks for reading, Dennis L. Brown

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There is a link on this list-serv(http://vtresponse.wordpress.com)  to Gov. Shumlin’s website which has a rundown of various disaster assistance programs available. There are low interest loans thru the US Small Business Administration to homeowners, renters, small businesses and private non profit organizations. Also, any family denied by FEMA should appeal right away. Sometimes the reason for the initial denial may be an incomplete application. Also call the Vermont Bar Association’s free legal hotline for legal help concerning legal issues connected with Tropical Storm Irene. The number is 1-800-889-2047.  The hotline coordinator is Angele Court.

Deadlines Extended for FEMA Assistance

OCTOBER 18 – MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved an extension to the deadline for individuals and municipalities to apply for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is now November 15, 2011.

“This is great news,” the Governor said. “Vermonters now have additional time to apply for critical assistance from FEMA. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to contact their local FEMA office now to submit an application.”

The initial deadline was Oct. 31. With cold weather approaching, it was important for the deadline to be extended to allow more Vermonters – many of whom have been distracted with storm cleanup – to seek federal assistance.

Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair their homes or to recover other losses.  Even if damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply as soon as possible, the Governor said.

To register for Individual Assistance disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones at m.fema.gov.

Communities that suffered damage in the floods should submit their application for Public Assistance to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.  FEMA will provide at least 74 percent reimbursement for storm response and recovery costs for municipalities.  Regional planning commissions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process.

Applications for BOTH Individual and Public Assistance MUST be completed by November 15, 2011.

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Help is needed to pickup and distribute donations of new work clothing throughout Vermont. The clothing are currently housed in the Saint Johnsbury area and need to be distributed to sites around central and south-central Vermont including Stockbridge, Bethel and Woodstock.

You will need a pickup truck, box truck or large SUV and a couple of strong hands to help load the boxes.

10 drivers/trucks would be great. Timing in flexible, but we’d like to have deliveries set up by the end of the week, as colder weather is coming quickly.

Email vtresponse@yahoo.com if you can help with delivery with the subject line “Carhartt Delivery”

Thanks to Vermont Community Foundation for sharing the link to this PDF, which contains a plethora of information about where to give and how to get help. If you are looking for places to donate or for assistance, this is a great county by county place to start.

http://www.vermontcf.org/storage/pubs/Flood-Resources-Compiled-by-the-VCF%20.pdf

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VTResponse, in collaboration with the State of Vermont and SerVermont, is proud to unveil this statewide effort to get Vermont cleaned up for winter. To learn more and to sign up to help, please visit http://www.vtcleanup.org.

VTResponse will continue to run as normal leading up to the 22nd, so if you are looking to help in the interim, you will continue to find opportunities here. If you are looking to help on the 22nd, however, please head to http://www.vtcleanup.org to sign up.

Date/Time Event
10/22/2011
8:00 AM -1:00 PM
Woodstock: 15 people to help on working farm in Windsor! 
Working Family Farm, Woodstock Windsor, VT
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Plymouth: Sugar House Clean Up!
Plymouth Sugar House & Farm House, Plymouth Windsor
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
Bethel: Peavine Park Clean-Up: 50+ volunteers + heavy machinery 
Peavine Park Cleanup! , Bethel Windsor
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Hancock: 4 people,dumpster, lunch and gloves for tree branch/wood removal
Hancock, Hancock Addison
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Hancock: Skilled volunteers for heavy equipment use & gravel removal /earth moving.
Hancock Single Family Home, Hancock Addison
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
Newfane: Help Clean Up the Rock River banks!
Williamsville Hall, Newfane Windham
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Pittsfield, Rutland, 2-3 volunteers skilled with backhoe & bulldozer for debris removal (+ lunch) 
2-3 skilled volunteers needed, Pittsfield, Pittsfield Rutland
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Richmond: 2 Skilled Volunteers to Replace Damaged Insulation in Single Family Home
Richmond Single Family Home, Richmond Chittenden
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -1:00 PM
Taftsville: Windsor County- 15 Volunteers needed to dig us out!
Woodstock Dig Out!, Woodstock VT
10/22/2011
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
West Woodstock: 50 People to take down some damaged sheds and help load the final dumpsters. 
Riverside Mobile Home Park, West Woodstock Vermont
10/22/2011
9:30 AM -12:00 PM
Essex: Sunderland Brook Clean Up!
Come Clean up Sunderland Brook on VT Clean Up Day!, Essex Chittenden
10/22/2011
9:30 AM -3:00 PM
Hancock: Come help! 4 general volunteers needed! 
Hancock single family home, Hancock Addison
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Brattleboro: Glen Trailer Park Demolition Project 
Glen Trailer Park, Brattleboro Windham County
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Brattleboro: Mountain Home Trailer Park
Mountain Home Trailer Park, Brattleboro Windham
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -3:00 PM
Mad River Clean Up! 
Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield Washington
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Richmond: 10 General Volunteers Needed to Help a local farm! 
Maple Wind Farm, Richmond Chittenden
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -1:00 PM
Richmond: Help clean up my home! 
Ayesha’s Yard Clean Up!, Richmond
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -3:00 PM
Rochester: TOWN-WIDE Clean Up Event! We Need You!
Rochester Town Hall, Rochester Windsor
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
South Hero: All ages/abilities Rozalia Islands Clean Up
Clean up Lake Champlain after flooding and summer use!, South Hero Grand Isle
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -6:00 PM
Stockbridge: Chalet Village, 25+ Volunteers for heavy demolition & rebuilding
Chalet Village, Stockbridge Windsor
10/22/2011
10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Wilmington: 100 volunteers needed for Beaver Brook Banks cleanup!
Twin Valley High School, Wilmington Windham
10/22/2011
11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Richmond: Stephanie and Marcs home needs some love!
On the rise bakery , Richmond Chittenden
10/22/2011
2:00 PM -6:00 PM
Hancock: General Labor: Help Town Clerk move boxes from one office to another
Hancock Town Clerk Office, Hancock Addison

Above are volunteer opportunities that have been submitted by communities throughout Vermont, especially in communities that have been impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

If you are not able to participate in one of these events, please consider organizing and submitting your own volunteer effort.

Also, a lot of projects can be done in your neighborhood without the need for an organized event:  help an elderly neighbor put on storm windows, rake leaves off the town green, or lead your family to collect roadside trash.  If every Vermonter does something — big or small — we’ll be ready for winter!

We still have a need for heavy machinery for Clean Up Day on 10/22. If you are an equipment operator and have a backhoe/excavator/dump truck/skidsteer etc and would be willing to volunteer on 10/22, please email vtcleanupday@gmail.com.

UVM is organizing for VT Clean Up Day for Faculty, Staff and Students. They will provide project placement, transportation and boxed lunches for the 22nd. If you are interested in being involved or signing up to volunteer, please visit: http://www.uvm.edu~uvmforvt/.

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*’from the trenches’ will discontinue the 23rd and asks that you please refer to the aforementioned website to stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities.  Thank you!

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Bethel

The Irene Recovery and Renew Center in the Bethel area is excited to be back on track. We are finally moving into our new building! We need lots of volunteers this weekend to help us move in, some cleaning, moving, organizing.  We need lots of helping hands.We also need donations of work gloves.

Our new email and the best way for volunteers to contact me is irenerenew@yahoo.com .

Our location is the old Richardson Country store.(‘Richardson Country Store’ is painted on the side of the building), Main Street, Bethel. Directions from Interstate 89:  Exit 3.  Right towards Bethel.  Aprox 3.5 miles.  Pass a Shell gas station on Left.  We are the white building on right.

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Brattleboro

Information:

Free informational workshop for folks as they rebuild after flooding – learn the best steps to take to rebuild for moisture management, better energy efficiency, lower energy costs, and health & safety. Get your questions answered and find out about the resources available to you. We want to help!

Offered by Central VT Community Action Council in partnership with Efficiency Vermont http://www.buttonupvermont.org

Pittsfield 10/26
Pittsfield Town Hall
7:00 PM

Brattleboro 10/29
Brattleboro Union High School
9:00 AM

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Gaysville

The White River Campground (Gaysville/Stockbridge) needs ongoing help to clean up the property, the road, and the buildings.  They have received no help from anyone and would appriciate any help.  They need heavy movers and chain saws, this property follows the White River and took on a lot damage. Help is needed and welcome any day, any time. Please call 802-234-9115 if you are able to help or head to the campground during day time hours to help out.
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Hartford – West Hartford – White River Junction – Windsor – Quechee
  • Volunteer Opportunities

 Please contact Nancy Theriault at nancyt@coverhomerepair.org or (802) 296-7241 ext 103  Thank you!

Donations:
  • Subject: [Norwich] from the trenches: Hartford’s Flood Supply Inventory
The Town of Hartford let us know that they have these flood relief supplies,
located at the Hartford Municipal Building, for flood victims and volunteers
to access and utilize in clean-up.These supplies are for those located in Hartford, West Hartford, Quechee,
Windsor and White River Junction.

If you are looking for a way to help this week, or are planning to volunteer
this upcoming weekend, these supplies could be loaded and delivered to the
affected locations or be picked up prior to the day’s volunteer work.

Please call them at (802)295-5036 if you have volunteer efforts set up prior
to the weekend and know that you will need.  Thank you to all of those
helping with flood relief efforts!
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Flood Supply Inventory: Quantity:
Tarps   2
Hand Sanitizer Wipes    1 Box
Surgical Masks (20 ct)  5 Boxes
Face Masks (300 ct)     5 Boxes
Gloves (Med)    3 Boxes
Gloves (Large)  4 Boxes
Bleach  1 Gallon
Comet (25oz)    3 cans
Husky Heavy Duty Garbage Bags   2 Boxes
Sun Cleaner w/ Bleach (1.5lb)   8 Boxes
Garbage Bags (30in x 37in)      22 Boxes
Barbage Bags (16 x 14 x 33)     17 Boxes
Buckets 45
Bar Soap (500 ct)       7 Boxes
Clamp Lights    5
Clario Skin Care (6 – 550m) Pumps       32 Boxes
Rakes   4
Bottled Water   45 Cases (Roughly)
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*Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge St., Room 109, White River
Junction, Vermont.*
Telephone (802)295-5036
Open Daily, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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*”Actions and words are the windows through which the heart is seen.”*

http://vermontvolunteerism.wordpress.com

  • Subject: [Hartford Discussion] HURRICANE IRENE RELIEF FUNDS

The town of Hartford has officially opened Hurricane Irene Relief Accounts.
The Town of Hartford is now able to accept donations for specific
categories:

.         Village of Quechee Residential Fund

.         Quechee Covered Bridge Restoration Fund

.         Village of West Hartford Residential Fund

.         West Hartford Library Fund

.         Village of White River Junction Residential Fund

*Please note, all donations are non-refundable and shall be expended at the
same rate for restoration, repair, and/or replacement of related structures.
If there are any residual funds, they will be retained for future
residential housing and related expenses.

  • West Hartford Village Store fund relief donations can be sent to:

‘West Hartford Village Store’ and mail them to:

West Hartford Village Store, PO Box 48, West Hartford, VT 05084

Thank you!

Information:
  • Re:  Press Release- Hartford Village Bridge Repairs Begin September 19, 2011

For immediate release:

The Hartford Public Works Department and Daniels Construction will be conducting repairs to the Hartford Village Bridge #7 from September 19 to November 21, 2011.  Work will include repairs at two of the bridge piers, replacement of the bridge deck expansion joints and removal of flood debris.  The bridge will be subject to one lane traffic during daytime hours of 7AM to 6PM but will re-open for evenings and weekends. Complete  bridge closure is anticipated from October 25 November 15, 2011 to complete repairs to the expansion joints.  Motor vehicles should seek alternate routes and expect delays during the day.  Pedestrians should avoid the bridge if possible as the sidewalk will generally be closed. 

Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Works at 802-295-3622 or jponzoni@hartford-vt.org.

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Jamaica
8 to 10 people are needed to help daily in Jamaica and Londonderry.  You will go door to door in those communities and complete surveys of needs. You will be meeting at Neighborhood Connections daily at 9 am for a brief training and maps of the neighborhoods. This project requires people who are polite, organized and punctual.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343 with the day or days that you are available.

For Sale:

We don’t normally post this up here for sale, but in this case, we are making an exception. Tracy lost everything in Irene: her home, her land, her belongings. All that is left is a beautiful barn, built in the 1840s, which Tracy is now putting up for sale to help offset the cost of rebuilding after Irene. A picture is attached. Please share widely if you know of someone who might be interested in a beautiful piece of Vermont history. The barn is located in Jamaica. If you are interested, please email Tracy at  authenticlife2day@yahoo.com.

You can go to this link to see the details:
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Londonderry
8 to 10 people are needed to help daily in Jamaica and Londonderry.  You will go door to door in those communities and complete surveys of needs. You will be meeting at Neighborhood Connections daily at 9 am for a brief training and maps of the neighborhoods. This project requires people who are polite, organized and punctual.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343 with the day or days that you are available.

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Northfield

Items from the house need to be moved to storage, need help with the heavy items, beds, mattresses, furniture, heavy boxes etc. Need pick-up trucks for transport to storage. Work will begin at 9 am.  398 Water St. Northfield. 802-498-4839.

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Norwich

Donations Information:

  • We have two brand new (but not great quality) single box springs and 2 single mattresses (nothing to write home about but adequate) if you know of anyone in need – outfitting temporary living space, etc.  Happy to donate – just let me know.  E-mail me at vermontvolunteerism@gmail.com
  • Norwich residents wishing to volunteer/drop off donations in West Woodstock, please note that the clothing relief center, located in the Grange Hill building, is closing on October 31st. After October 31st, those effected by Irene can obtain vouchers for free clothing at the Woodstock Food Shelf. Until then, please continue to come to The Grange Hill building . New Hours :Mondays 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays 12noon-3pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays 2pm-4pm, closed Tues, Thurs & Fri. Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come for no-cost clothing. Items provided to all people effected by Hurricane Irene.Located on Route 4 West, on right hand side when going towards Bridgewater, across from Woodstock Union High School soccer field. Look for “Clothing Relief” sign located at driveway entrance, park in back. Any questions please call organizers: Stephanie at (802)  457-2644 or (603)   646-3977  or Missy at (802)-299-2348 .The only donations needed and accepted at this time: Winter clothing for boys and male teens;winter boots for men,women & children; winter coats for women & children; new underwear for men & women; warm winter blankets; new pillows; personal care items. Many Thanks.

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Pittsfield

Information:

Free informational workshop for folks as they rebuild after flooding – learn the best steps to take to rebuild for moisture management, better energy efficiency, lower energy costs, and health & safety. Get your questions answered and find out about the resources available to you. We want to help!

Offered by Central VT Community Action Council in partnership with Efficiency Vermont
http://www.buttonupvermont.org

Pittsfield 10/26
Pittsfield Town Hall
7:00 PM

Brattleboro 10/29
Brattleboro Union High School
9:00 AM

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Quechee

Help is needed in Quechee this week to finish carrying out all furniture, rugs, and debris from the main floor of the building out to the dumpster, then to clean out debris in the lower level.

Work will begin at 10 am. Please bring masks (N95) and tarps if you have them.  1732 Main Street, Quechee. Phone Number is 802-291-0515.

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Rochester

We’ve got the equipment, now we just need some people to volunteer to run it. Rochester  a mini-excavator, mini-bulldozer, dump truck and skidsteer to help with their cleanup efforts, but needs some volunteer operators to donate a day or two of running those rigs. If this is something you are able to help with, please contact Cynthia at 802-767-9100.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will close a section of Route 73 in Rochester Wednesday, Oct. 26, for about a week.

The road section will be closed so that a one-lane temporary bridge installed shortly after Tropical Storm Irene can be removed and be replaced with a two-lane culvert.

Route 73 has been closed to through traffic since Irene struck on August 28, but VTrans has kept the road passable for local residents and emergency vehicles.

This closure, however, will prevent even local and emergency vehicles from being able to pass. The closure is expected to last at least one week.

The Route 73 one-lane temporary bridge was put in place so that VTrans could get equipment, parts and material to Route 73’s intersection with Route 100 where a major bridge linking the two roads was destroyed by Irene. A two-lane temporary bridge at the intersection was opened Oct. 15, and will remain open so that Rochester residents living along Route 73 can access Route 100.

The one-lane temporary bridge that is being removed on Oct. 26 is located several miles west of Route 73’s intersection with Route 100, and it sits along the steep hill leading to the top of Brandon Gap.

Closing Route 73 in this location will not prevent most Rochester residents from reaching Route 100, but the closure will prevent Rochester residents from using Route 73 to reach Brandon and its surrounding area.

Traffic headed to Brandon will have to detour using either Route 125 to the north, or Route 4 to the south.

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Rutland

Rochester is still in great need of dump trucks to haul away debris on Saturday, 10/22 for VT Clean Up Day. If you can help, please contact Cynthia at 767 9100.

We would appreciate any volunteers that you could send our way.  We have many opportunities for volunteers, including a volunteer shopper and/or someone to accept and distribute donated items for clients.  Please meet at the Recovery Center around 8:30 am for the morning or any time during the day.  The Center is located at 263 South Main Street in Rutland.  It is the old Smith Buick Building.  The phone number is 802-773-1739.

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Sharon

  • You are invited to a Vermont Clean-Up Day event in the White River watershed:

Sharon river cleanup, Saturday, October 22, 1-4pm, Sharon Town Office (69 VT Rte 132)Help the WRP and the Town of Sharon remove post-flood debris from the banks of the White River in Sharon. Meet in the town office parking lot at 1:00pm to sign a waiver form and hear the safety talk. Please dress in long pants, long sleeves, and close-toed shoes or boots; we will provide gloves, trash bags, and masks.

The cleanup is co-sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea event. This fall the WRP has helped coordinate 5 Source to Sea river cleanups to remove debris left behind by Irene flood waters. Since September 17, 120 volunteers have removed over 3 tons of trash from the White River in Hartford, Pittsfield, Rochester, and South Royalton, but more debris remains. Volunteers are invited to continue this year’s river cleanup effort inSharon in order to help the White River and landowners along the river recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

For more information about Saturday’s event, visit http://www.whiteriverpartnership.org/index.php/news/upcoming-events.

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Stockbridge

The White River Campground (Gaysville/Stockbridge) needs ongoing help to clean up the property, the road, and the buildings.  They have received no help from anyone and would appriciate any help.  They need heavy movers and chain saws, this property follows the White River and took on a lot damage. Help is needed and welcome any day, any time. Please call 802-234-9115 if you are able to help or head to the campground during day time hours to help out.

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Thetford

  • Subject: [Norwich] FW: The Union Village bridge has been repaired and is open to all traffic.[Thetford] Union Village bridge

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Wilmington

North Star Bowl is still in cleanup mode and would welcome any assistance they can get. Please contact them at (802) 464-5148 to see how you can help them.

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Woodstock

Irene wiped out my corn and hay fields. Need hay to survive winter, if anyone has extra hog grain I could use some of that too.  John MacDonald 802-738-8443

Donations Information:

  • Norwich residents wishing to volunteer/drop off donations in West Woodstock, please note that the clothing relief center, located in the Grange Hill building, is closing on October 31st. After October 31st, those effected by Irene can obtain vouchers for free clothing at the Woodstock Food Shelf. Until then, please continue to come to The Grange Hill building . New Hours :Mondays 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays 12noon-3pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays 2pm-4pm, closed Tues, Thurs & Fri. Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come for no-cost clothing. Items provided to all people effected by Hurricane Irene.Located on Route 4 West, on right hand side when going towards Bridgewater, across from Woodstock Union High School soccer field. Look for “Clothing Relief” sign located at driveway entrance, park in back. Any questions please call organizers: Stephanie at (802)  457-2644 or (603)   646-3977  or Missy at (802)-299-2348 .The only donations needed and accepted at this time: Winter clothing for boys and male teens;winter boots for men,women & children; winter coats for women & children; new underwear for men & women; warm winter blankets; new pillows; personal care items. Many Thanks.

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Events & Fundraisers

  • Subject: [Hartford Discussion] SBA Disaster Recovery Center

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) in conjunction with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) will be hosting representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Team starting Monday, October 17th in its office located in the Hartford Municipal Building at 171 Bridge Street in White River Junction, Room 206.  The SBA representatives will be available to assist businesses recovering from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  They will help with business disaster loan applications and answer other questions from businesses.

VtSBDC offers one-on-one, confidential advising services to small business owners of all stages and sizes at no cost.

GMEDC is a nonprofit economic development organization – 1 of 12 regional development corporations throughout the state – committed to the creation of jobs and prosperity within the 30 town region it covers.  It manages business revolving loan funds, administers state and federal grant programs and provides assistance to businesses in the areas of site selection, funding and financing programs, and workforce development.

(802) 295-3710
http://www.gmedc.com<http://www.gmedc.com/>
Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GreenMEDC.

  • Subject: [Hanover Discussion] Main Street Museum Floodraiser with Joseph A. Citro and H.P. Lovecraft

Main Street Museum Floodraiser with Joseph A. Citro and H.P. Lovecraft

When: October 20th, 5:00-11:30pm
Where: Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, Vermont

October 20th, Thursday: Main Street Museum Floodraiser featuring Joe
Citroand H.P. Lovecraft. A multi-tiered night for all ranges of interest.

From 5-8, the Museum main floor will be open for an Exhibition Preview,
“Lost Components from Providence, Rhode Island Jewelry Salesmen,” models
from the movie “The Whisperer in Darkness” based on the short story by H.P.
Lovecraft, and other Pivotal Artifacts from the Great Vermont Flood of 2011.

6 – 8:00 – Reception and Dinner for special benefactors at the Hotel
Coolidge dining room, Downtown White River Junction, Vermont. (Includes
auction, special gifts and illuminated and illuminated lecture by Joe Citro
and Steve Bissette. This special dinner is $100 per person. Please RSVP.
Purchase your tickets in advance at the Main Street Museum, via Paypal or
check, or at the front desk of the Hotel Coolidge.)

8:00 – Special Vermont Premier of “The Whisperer in Darkness,” by the H.P.
Lovecraft Historical Society. Film version of the short story, based on the
flood of 1927 in Vermont. ($25 General Admission for the film only)

10:00 p.m. – Second Seating of “The Whisperer in Darkness” ($15 General
Admission)

Tickets are available for purchase here:
http://www.mainstreetmuseum.org/wiki/

  • Subject: [Hanover Discussion] Benefit concert CCDC

Please help us spread the word!

A Concert of (mostly) Baroque Chamber Music. Saturday, October 22, 7:30 pm at The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, 40 College St. Hanover . Music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, Piazolla and Faure,  to benefit Vermont Flood Disaster Relief.    Hilary Lynch and Alex Ogle, flute, William Ghezzi, guitar, Beth Hilgartner, recorder, Ernie Drown, harpsichord.  A free-will offering will be taken.  More info:  ccdc@ccdcucc.org.

Walker Farm in Dummerston Vermont Hosts dinner and dancing to benefit Northeast Farm Association Farmers Emergency Fund!
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 6 P.M.In response to the recent destruction from Tropical Storm Irene, Walker Farm will be hosting a dinner party to raise emergency funds to help rebuild Vermont organic farms damaged from the raging waters and flooding.  Join us for a pleasurable evening at our Grand Central Greenhouse behind the farmstand on Route 5 in Dummerston for a great meal and great music by the popular Stockwell Brothers as well as Dance Music later on by Samirah Evans and Friends!  A fine cuisine will be prepared by an All-Star group of local chefs who are lending their talents to create a delicious menu of gourmet creations from Walker Farm Certified Organic Vegetables and foods from other local businesses that are rallying to help our farms.Tickets $50 per person (Reserve Early! Limited Tickets Available)Payable to: NOFA-VT Farmer Emergency Fund

All Proceeds Will Go To The Farmer Emergency Fund!

Featuring:
The Stockwell Brothers & Samira Evans • Vermont All-Star Chefs rallying for this event

Donated local meats from Black River Produce • Organic Appetizers prepared by the NOFA-VT Traveling Pizza Oven • Silent Auction of Gift Baskets, Certificates & Donated Items • Cash Bar, Local Wine & Beer, Delicious Deserts & Coffee • Parking at East Dummerston School off Route 5 on Schoolhouse Road for a shuttle bus to Walker Farm 1/2 mile south by CT River Transit

Samirah Evans & Friends to end the evening dancing off your fabulous dinner!

If you’d like to donate an item or gift certificate to the silent auction please contact Sharon Garry at: Mypurplestar@aol.com or call 802.579.2005

•Call Walker Farm at 802.254.2051  and order tickets with your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card.
•Mail Check with name and address info to Walker Farm, 1190 US Route 5, East Dummerston, VT 05346.
•Drop by the farmstand on Route 5 in Dummerston to purchase tickets on the spot.
  • Golf Benefit for Flood Relief

802Relief will be hosting The 2011 802Relief Golf Classic on Sunday, October 23, 2011. The 18-hole team handicapped scramble will take place at Green Mountain National Golf Course. Funds are to benefit ongoing flood relief projects in Vermont. Cost is $100 per person/$400 per foursome and includes golf, cart and full dinner afterward. Registration forms can be downloaded at 802Relief.com or can be emailed to you by sending an email to 802Relief@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘Golf Registration’.

  • Subject: [Norwich] 10/23 Benefit for flooded W Hartford Lib in Norwich

The Norwich Bookstore & The Countryman Press are proud to host The SOUL OF VERMONT Benefit To Rebuild the West Hartford Public Library

Sunday, October 23rd, 2 – 4 pm
at The Norwich Bookstore, 291 Main Street, Norwich, VT

**Richard Brown will be signing books!**

Nearly two months have passed since the floods of Irene devastated the
building and collection of the public library in West Hartford. Now more
than ever the library relies on the monetary generosity of citizens in order
to reopen and remain the vital resource center and meeting place it has
always been for the community.

Come to the Norwich Bookstore and help save the Library!
• The Bookstore will donate 10% of storewide sales that day to the library.
• The Countryman Press is donating copies of renowned photographer Richard
Brown’s book The Soul of Vermont, the consummate collection of
quintessential Vermont images. Richard Brown will be on hand to autograph
the books, for sale at a “special charity rate” of $50 each—ALL proceeds of
which go to support the library.

You can contribute creatively, too!
• What is your image of the Soul of Vermont? We invite submissions ahead of
time of your own photographs depicting the Soul of Vermont, and all images
we receive will be presented in a slide show during the event. Image files
may be emailed to soulofvt@gmail.com.
• We also want your words! We want to hear the stories and poems that sing
the Soul of Vermont. Submit your words to soulofvt@gmail.com and let us know
if you wish share yours, open-mic-style, at the gathering.

Please help spread the word about this benefit for the West Hartford
Library!  Your generous support is much appreciated!

- Liza & Penny
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While the offer of book donations is certainly appreciated, the building
needs more work than originally thought and we are NOT able to accept books
at this time. Eventually, we will help the library restock their shelves
with donated and purchased books, but unfortunately neither the library or
the bookstore has the space to store books.
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If you are unable to attend the SOUL OF VERMONT event, you can still support
the library in a variety of ways.

Donations to the building fund should be sent to

Friends of the West Hartford Library
P.O. Box 3
West Hartford, VT 05084

Donations for the book fund to replace the damaged books can be processed
through the bookstore’s website as a Norwich Bookstore Gift Card. Simply
designate the West Hartford Library as the recipient.

Checks may be sent to the Friends address above or to
The Norwich Bookstore
P O Box 307
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT 05055
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Please feel free to call or email for more information.  The Soul of Vermont Benefit to Rebuild the West Hartford Library Facebook page has been created for up to the minute news.

Countryman Press
Tom Haushalter
thaushalter@wwnorton.com

Norwich Bookstore
Liza Bernard
802 649 1114
info@norwichbookstore.com
norwichbookstore.com

There’s a all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner in Barre on 10/24 at 5:30 to benefit Irene Recovery. It’s at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 39 Washington Street in Barre and is by donation.

  • Subject: [Hanover Discussion] Flood Fundraiser for The Hart Family RebuildingFund

Fundraiser for The Hart Family Rebuilding Fund

Help the Hart’s, long-time ‘Trail Angels’ for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers,
affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the Vermont Flood.

When: Friday, October 28 · 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Where: VFW White River Jct., VT

We’ll have a 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour, 7:00 dinner, silent auction 7:00 p.m.
on, music starting at 9:00 til ?. All welcome to attend. Tickets $20 per
person. For tickets contact Pat (Dow) Hackett, c/o The Hart Family, PO Box
40, W. Hartford, VT 05084. or Facebook or e-mail pthcktt@yahoo.com. or call
207-571-9169

To view and RSVP on facebook, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196190717120347

  • Upper Valley News: Sisters Turn Hobby Into Help

Buy a pendant and help these girls raise funds for Irene here!

Read the Article (PDF):

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=1HBMdHbeGjrVdTl51PmTlS2Qnp-PfbS8Zx2obaXUq1GMXh4Sf64aBN41ZlM76&hl=en

  • The Giving Tree

802Relief, a Rutland-based nonprofit created after Irene, is establishing ‘The Giving Tree.’ ‘The Giving Tree(s)’ will be located in various storefronts in Rutland and the surrounding communities. Vermonters who were affected by flooding can anonymously request the donation of specific items they need. The ‘Tree’ will be given ‘leaves’ that patrons to the store can ‘pick’ and will go purchase the item. The item will be brought to 802Relief’s offices, where it will then be brought to the person or persons in need. Requests should be made to: 802Relief@gmail.com with the subject heading of ‘Giving Tree’ The message should include the needed item and the name, address and contact information (which will NOT be on the leaf, but is needed so we can get the item to the person) For further detail, contact Scott Tommola at (802)236-1381.

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Donations:

  • Hartford Municipal Building Flood Relief Clean-up Donation:

we still have in our Municipal basement.  If you need any items or know of anyone person/group that wants the items – please have them contact me, Tad Nunez, Cell: 802.356.4176

  • We have two brand new (but not great quality) single box springs and 2 single mattresses (nothing to write home about but adequate) if you know of anyone in need – outfitting temporary living space, etc.  Happy to donate – just let me know.
  • The Winter Warmth Project Posted on October 21, 2011 by Reality VC

The Winter Warmth Project has a new handmade quilt for every person who lost home and/or belongings due to the flooding from Irene.  This is an ongoing opportunity.  There is no deadline.  To receive your quilt, please e-mail winterwarmthproject@yahoo.comwith contact info, and your color and size preference.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

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Information:

  • Subject: [Norwich] Critical need for blood donors this month!Currently, the community blood supply for types O positive and A
    positive are at an emergency level and O negative, A negative are at a
    critical level for New England’s blood supply.  There continue to be
    lingering effects of the September flooding, which has had a prolonged
    negative impact on the number of blood donations received by the
    American Red Cross and our local hospitals.  Here are three upcoming
    area blood drives at which you could donate:Friday 10/21/11: American Red Cross Blood Drive in Lebanon: Noon to
    5:30 p.m., 180 Heater Rd, Lebanon, NH
    Wednesday 10/26/11: American Red Cross Blood Drive in White River
    Junction: Noon to 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 215 North Main St, White
    River Junction, VT
    Monday 10/31/11: American Red Cross Blood Drive in Canaan: 1:00 to
    6:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish, Rt. 4, Canaan, NH

    Donating blood takes 45 minutes of your day and can save up to three
    lives. You can give blood once every eight weeks.  Please visit
    http://www.redcrossblood.com for more information and to schedule your next
    (or first!) donation!  As if one needed more incentive than free
    cookies and the chance to save someone’s life, all donors in the month
    of October will be automatically entered in a raffle for the chance to
    win a Bermuda cruise for two; visit
    http://www.redcrossblood.org/NNEcruise for details.  Hope to see you
    at one of the upcoming blood drives!

The Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project have pro bono lawyers standing by to help victims of Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermonters who have been affected by flooding and who have legal questions or problems can contact these resources for information and help:

–Call 1-800-889-2047. Through this intake number, a client may be connected with a Legal Aid attorney; receive over the phone legal advice from a Law Line attorney; or be assigned an attorney through the Volunteer Lawyer Project.

–Visit Vermont Legal Aid’s webpage with answers to frequently asked questions for flooding victims at http://www.vtlawhelp.org/disaster_Irene.

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