Flood News Update: from the trenches

Take Back Vermont photographed by Melissa Hauteniemi

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Welcome to the new 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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Where to Help 9/30

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Bethel

Bethel is looking for volunteers with pickup/dump trucks on Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. Even if you cannot help with any manual labor but have a truck and could make trips to the dump for people, please consider volunteering. They are happy to pair up drivers with a laborer to help get as much stuff to the towns transfer station as possible, as it’s only open Saturday 9-1.

You can call Amber at the town hall to sign up or for additional info: 802-234-6657. Bethel is also still in need of volunteers for general labor.

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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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Granville
CHAINSAW and people needed to cut up and stack 2 fallen trees in Granville. Kim Warner 619/246-2134 email – kimwds@gmail.com

10-02 thru 10/7

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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.

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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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Moretown

Help needed to clean up flood mess in outside old cellar hole and carry boxes from garage to basement. Truck or trailer to haul away. Wear boots and gloves. Suzanne Austin, 496-3323

*ongoing until completed

Sunday 10/2 8:30 am 20 people scheduled to help at CrossHaven Farm, Moretown. Job partially completed. Volunteers need rakes & shovels to work with. If you have equipment and/or can add to the work party, it’d be great! – Trail improvement (only access to property since the bridge washed out in the flood). – debris and gravel clean-up – barn clean-up contact.

Scott Sainsbury 496-5965.

Meet at northerly Farnham Rd/Moretown Common Rd intersection to hike in together.

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Norwich

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Connecticut River Cleanup event on Saturday, October 1

The Norwich Conservation Commission is organizing a river cleanup as part of the annual CRWC four-state wide cleanup event (http://www.ctriver.org) to be held this Saturday, October 1 at 9am.  Because of the lack of walking-accessible shoreline in Norwich, the cleanup will take place using boats.  All interested individuals should bring their canoe/kayak and meet up at 9am at the Ompompanoosuc River boat launch on Old Bridge Road (off Route 5) in Norwich. A larger boat will be available to retrieve garbage directly from boaters.  Please also contact us If you are interested in helping out but don’t have access to a boat.  We may be able to pair you up with others or have you help
out at garbage drop-off locations.

For further information, please contact Dan at 802-649-2039 or Genevieve at gmorinville@yahoo.ca.  A sign-up sheet will also be posted on the bulletin board located on the lower level of Tracy Hall.

Genevieve Morinville
Norwich Conservation Commission

Donations Information:

  • Norwich
    Norwich residents interested in assisting flood victims may also volunteer in West Woodstock. The Woodstock Clothing Relief center at the Grange Hill building is accepting donations of the following items only at this time: Winter Clothing for Boys & Male Teens; work boots/winter boots for men;  Winter Coats for women; New under ware for men/women; women’s winter coats; warm blankets and bedding, new pillows; heavy Carhart work clothes and personal care items. We also match people who can donate appliances, furniture etc, with those who need it. We provide free clothing etc. to all who have been effected by Hurricane Irene.
    Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come to “shop”. Sign-up for a two hour shift. New hours of operation are: Sundays 12 noon -6 PM and Saturdays -Friday 10 am -6pm. This grass-roots relief effort is located on Route 4 west in the Grange Hill building (the former Baptist Rock Church building) right hand side when going towards Bridgewater and across form the Woodstock Union High School soccer field-  Look for Fema & Clothing sign, park in back. Any questions call organizers: Missy at 299-2348 or Mary at 291-2348. Many thanks.

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Rochester

Help is needed in Rochester, across from White River Golf Course (Rt. 100 South of Rochester) on Sunday, October 5th. 5 strong volunteers are needed. Please bring work gloves, rubber boots. There will be lots of shoveling. Please call Cynthia Ryan before you go at 802/767-9100. If there is no answer leave a message.
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Sharon

Homeowner desperately needs help removing ruined contents (including appliances) of mobile home, as home is being crushed. If you have a pick-up and a strong back, and can spare a couple of hours from 12:00 noon until 3:00 on Saturday, October 1, please get in touch.

116 Green Trailer Park Rd. Sharon. 802-291-1871

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

October 8th and 9th – COIN DROP TO BENEFIT SHARON FIRE DEPT.

As many of you are aware, our Sharon Fire Department suffered significant damage due to Tropical Storm Irene.  Please come out and help friends of SFD to raise money to rebuild the fire house and replace equipment.

The coin drop will be set up on Route 132 in front of the church.  Looking for 12 – 16 volunteers to work in 2 hour shifts both Saturday and Sunday.  Shifts available from 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm.  To sign up please contact Jodi at 763-2839.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the Sharon Fire Department checks can be mailed to:

Sharon Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 74
Sharon, VT 05065

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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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Waterbury

Extended opportunities to help with general cleanupchildcare and meal prep and service from now until the end of November.

Starting October 1st, Rebuild Waterbury is organizing Saturday volunteer workdays through the end of November.  Please arrive around 9 am at 109 So. Main Streetbehind St. Andrew’s Church.  Volunteers are need to help with tasks from mold control to hanging sheetrock and general cleanup.   Volunteers will be matched with rebuilding projects from among the 200 odd homes and businesses that suffered from Irene.  Focus will be on helping homeowners without flood insurance or the means to rebuild themselves without volunteer help.

Due to high dust levels and hazardous conditions we ask that volunteers be 18 years of age or older.  Please wear protective footwear and clothing (i.e. work gloves and boots).  Lunch will be provided at noon (and volunteers are needed for this and child care.)

Contact Belle Mcdougall @ btmcdougall@gmail.com if you are able to provide food or help organize these efforts.

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West Hartford

  • Family in Need of Volunteers

We have heard from the below family that they are looking for volunteers to assist in the removal of some silt from their backyard.  Please contact nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com if you would like to be matched with this family to assist them.  Please put ‘W.Hartford Volunteer’ in the subject line.  Thank you!

Donations Information:

  • Local Musicians and Dartmouth Outing Club Fundraise for Village Store at EMS

I spoke with John Farrow today, the new owner of the West Hartford Village Store located on VT Route 14 in West Hartford, Vermont. He and his wife put their life savings into the store and are in the process of getting the business back up and running. Their time frame: 2 months.

They’ve started a wordpress website and have put up two postings. Here is one of them: Store Survives (http://westhartfordvillagestore.wordpress.com/)

This weekend at Eastern Mountain Sports in the Power House Mall, in West Lebanon, this Friday and Saturday,September 30th and October 1st, from 10am-6pm. The Dartmouth Outing Club will have a booth sharing information on Appalachian Trail Volunteer Stewardship opportunities, environmental movements concerning the Bigelow Preserve in Maine and endangered wilderness in the ‘Red Rocks’ of Southern Utah, and collecting charitable cash donations on behalf of the West Hartford Village Store in a rebuilding fund. The West Hartford Village Store is a vital resource for residents of the West Hartford community and Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Local musician, Joice Marie will be performing on Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm on the Village Store’s behalf!

Come support your neighbors in need, local musicians and Nature!

If you can’t make it to EMS, please send donations made out to:

‘West Hartford Village Store’

and mail them to:

West Hartford Village Store
PO Box 48
West Hartford, VT05084

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Performing 1-2pm:

John McHenry will perform on acoustic guitar.

Performing from 2-4pm:

Joice Marie is a Singer-Songwriter with her own approach to pop covers. Joice has a unique style and strong rhythmic roots. Her vocals have been compared to singers like Grace Slick and Buffy Saint Marie, but her vocal style is still evolving. Her set list includes songs by Dido, Gillian Welch, Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Dylan and many more.

DOC Rep present to receive store rebuild donations:

Nichole Hastings is representing the Dartmouth Outing Club with a booth at EMS’s bi-annual Club Day. She is the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator. 

*Both will be asking for donations for the West Hartford Village Store rebuilding fund to assist the store in reaching it’s goal to re-open in two months.”

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Woodstock

Donations Information:

  • West Woodstock
    The Woodstock Clothing Relief center at the Grange Hill building is accepting donations of the following items only at this time: Winter Clothing for Boys & Male Teens; work boots/winter boots for men;  Winter Coats for women; New under ware for men/women; women’s winter coats; warm blankets and bedding, new pillows; heavy Carhart work clothes and personal care items. We also match people who can donate appliances, furniture etc, with those who need it. We provide free clothing etc. to all who have been effected by Hurricane Irene.

    Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come to “shop”. Sign-up for a two hour shift. New hours of operation are: Sundays 12 noon -6 PM and Saturdays -Friday 10 am -6pm. This grass-roots relief effort is located on Route 4 west in the Grange Hill building (the former Baptist Rock Church building) right hand side when going towards Bridgewater and across form the Woodstock Union High School soccer field-  Look for Fema & Clothing sign, park in back. Any questions call organizers: Missy at 299-2348 or Mary at 291-2348. Many thanks.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

*Can’t do the physical labor?  Copy this section, print it out and deliver it to folks along VT Rte.14 so they are up-to-date!

The new deadline for cities and towns to file for federal disaster assistance is October 17th, extended from October 1st. Via VPR News.

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Appreciation

“Thank you for what you are doing to inform folks.  The hard work continues on this project.  Please keep up your good work.”

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