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Ludlow set to celebrate community Friday


LUDLOW — Local residents, elementary students, high school students and second homeowners are coming together to give the Ludlow community a special holiday treat.
The Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium is putting on their third annual Community Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ludlow Auditorium.
Co-organizer Ralph Pace said the concert is FOLA’s biggest event of the year and that it’s a celebration that Ludlow residents enjoy attending.
“It’s something we look forward to every year,” Pace said. “It’s a happy occasion and it’s our small way of giving people in the town a Christmas present.”

Ludlow trick or treating still planned for Saturday

Here’s a notice that is posted on the Ludlow town website:
All Halloween Activities Scheduled for Wednesday, October 31 including trick or treating in the Town of Ludlow have been postponed until Saturday, November 3.The Ludlow Police, Fire and Recreation Departments are requesting that the residents of the Town of Ludlow keep your children inside for Halloween. The departments are advising that Halloween will be postponed until Saturday, November 3, 2012.

This notice is for all residents of the Town of Ludlow to include ones without children to make you aware that the little ones will be knocking on your door November 3, 2012 looking for a trick or treat.

Silent movies return to Ludlow

LUDLOW — Silent movies are back at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday.
The Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium present “Wings,” the 1927 silent film classic. “Wings” was a blockbuster hit in its original release and recounts the adventures of U.S. pilots flying combat missions during World War I.
The film stunned audiences with its aerial dogfight footage, vivid battle scenes, and dramatic love-triangle plot. The screening will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating music for silent film presentations.
“Wings” stars Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen.
Curtains are at 7 p.m. For more information visit or call 228-7239. The Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium is at 137 Depot St. in Ludlow.

Okemo hosts Parrothead Party

LUDLOW — Okemo Mountain Resort celebrates the changing of the seasons Saturday with its sixth annual Parrothead Party.
Changes in Latitudes, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, takes to the outdoor stage for a free concert at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area. There will be beach balls, conga lines and the Coleman Brook Tavern will render frozen concoctions and cook “cheeseburgers in paradise” for concertgoers. The party starts at noon with the music of Dave Maguire, followed by Changes in Latitudes at 2 p.m.
In addition to Parrothead Party festivities, season’s passes will be sold at full price beginning Tuesday.
Okemo offers direct-to-lift seven-day passes, five-day passes, midweek passes and more. Some passes include skiing and riding benefits with Okemo’s sister resorts, Mount Sunapee, N.H., and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo. and Okemo’s partnership with Stratton Mountain will continue this season.
For more information visit or call 228-1600.

Gravel pit hung up

PLYMOUTH — The environmental permitting process for a controversial gravel pit project is in recess, with the most recent scheduled hearing cancelled.

Noise experts from both sides of the issue — Hawk Mountain Resort and Ralph Michael, owner of the Frog City Gravel Pit and Plymouth Select Board chairman — are consulting with each other over the latest evidence on how much noise will come from the project, according to Linda Matteson, coordinator for the District 3 Environmental Commission.

Both sides are in a dispute over the pit, with many Hawk residents in opposition to the commercial activity because of projected noise and traffic.

The pit was open during the Tropical Storm Irene recovery to produce gravel for new roads, but then shut down after the temporary permit expired.

Michael is moving forward with the Act 250 permitting process but needs a local permit to operate as well.

He withdrew his local permit application to re-open the pit after controversy among residents.

There have been five public hearings on the Act 250 permitting process.

The next hearing, set for Thursday, was canceled.

For the latest updates on the plans for the gravel pit and relevant documentation, go to and type in Act 250 application #3W1049 — Frog City, LLC.

Lakes safe for recreational use

By Christian Avard
Staff Writer

LUDLOW — An Okemo area nonprofit wants the public to know one thing: that local lakes are safe for all recreational uses.

“The are rumors in abundance that the state and the Environmental Protection Agency was going to shut (Lakes Amherst, Echo, Rescue, and Pauline down,” Lake Rescue Association President Mary Rita Mary Rita Batesole said.

“We just want to get the word out the lakes are Ok.” Continue reading

Black River Produce to get largest privately-owned solar network

 SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) A Vermont produce company is working to install solar panels with the goal of cutting its utility bill in half.  Black River Produce of Springfield sells fruit, vegetables and seafood, and is expanding its meat processing and shipping. The Eagle Times reports a Windsor-based company has won a $1.3 million bid to handle the project. It’s called Prudent Living. The 3-year-old company has completed multiple solar projects, including one near Black River Produce. Company Vice President Tim Biebel believes the Black River system would be the largest privately owned solar network in Vermont.

Sen. Nitka hospitalized after fall

From the Vermont Press Bureau:

LEBANON, N.H. — A Windsor County State Senator is hospitalized at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire after a major fall in her apartment last Thursday.

Alice Nitka of Ludlow was in her Montpelier apartment when she fell down the stairs and injured her spleen, according to her husband Martin Nitka.

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Ludlow bridge meeting set for tonight

LUDLOW — There will be an alternatives presentation meeting for the replacement of Ludlow Bridge No. 25 tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
The intent is to inform the public about the proposed replacement of the Main Street/Walker bridge, discuss alternatives, and present proposed traffic maintenance plans. Representatives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and the Vermont Agency of Transportation will address public concerns about the project.

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