Category Archives: Sandy

Ludlow Rotary collecting items for Sandy relief

LUDLOW — The Ludlow Rotary is collecting items for individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy now until next week.
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey were hit hard by the storm. The Rotary said many residents vacation and have second homes in the Okemo Valley area and they are reaching out to help.
The Rotary is requesting the following items for donation: clothing, underwear, socks, blankets, cleaning supplies, nonelectric toys for kids, batteries (all sizes), nonperishable food, sweat pants, sweatshirts, sweaters, fleece items, grooming supplies, towels and bed linens.
Donations will be accepted until Nov. 23 at the following Ludlow locations: Benson’s Chevrolet, Fletcher Memorial Library and Ludlow Insurance Agency.
To send a check, please make it payable to Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund before Nov. 23. The address is P.O. Box 216 Ludlow, VT 05149-0216.
For more information contact Sharon Bixby at 228-8823 or [email protected].

GMP off to lend a hand

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo

Some of the more than 70 Green Mountain Power employees were sent off today morning to help with Hurricane Sandy damage in Connecticut from the Post Road plant in Rutland Town.

GMP says its closing in on outages

Green Mountain Power late Tuesday reported it had restored power to all but 1,427 customers following the Hurricane Sandy damage.

The company said it was on the homestretch of the cleanup effort.

By this morning the number had climbed to over 1,800 as more storms brought more rain and wind to the state.

The latest outage figures are available on the GMP website at

Forest Service urges caution after storm

RUTLAND — U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont and New York are urging extra caution for those who may want to venture out in the woods in the days following the storm.
The Forest Service says overhead dangers may remain present even after the weather clears, with branches or even whole trees set to fall.
Another concern is that streams and rivers may be swollen from the rains that fell during the storm.
Colleen Madrid, forest supervisor for the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and Finger Lakes National Forest in New York, says crews will be working to clear up any hazards. She says the forests are not closed, but urges that people visiting them pay close attention to their surroundings.

Blue sky cleanup

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
The sun comes out along with the blue sky Tuesday as a Green Mountain Power crew cuts broken branches on East Tinmouth Road in Tinmouth cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

Utility will release crews when state fixed

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s largest electric utility says it will release its outside line and tree trimming crews to work in states harder hit by Superstorm Sandy once they are no longer needed in the state.
Green Mountain Power brought in about 250 outside line crews ready to help restore power. Those crews have been working since the storm hit Monday to repair damage, but the storm did less damage than feared.
Still, Vermont’s utilities are reporting about 10,500 customers without power and new outages are continuing. Of that number, about 9,400 are GMP customers.
GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure says officials still don’t know when they will be able to fully restore power, but once it becomes clear their own crews can finish the job, they will release the outside crews.

VPA announces postponements

The Vermont Principals Association has announced the following postponements, as of 9:40 a.m. today.

Field Hockey
Division 1
South Burlington/Rutland to 4 p.m. Wednesday
CVU/Mount Anthony to 6 p.m. Wednesday
Division 2
Harwood/Windsor to 3:30 p.m. Thursday
Girls Soccer
Division 1
Rice/Essex to 3 p.m. Wednesday
Division 2
Hartford/Springfield site TBD
Division 4
W. Rutland/Black River to 3 p.m. Wednesday
Boys Soccer
Division 1
Burlington/Middlebury to 3 p.m. Wednesday
Essex/CVU to 3 p.m. Thursday
Division 2
Mt. Abraham/Montpelier to 3 p.m. Thursday
Stowe/Rivendell to 3 p.m. Wednesday
Division 4
Cabot/Twin Valley to 3 p.m. Wednesday
Sharon Academy/Procter to 3 p.m. Thursday

No water rescue needed

Cristina Kumka / Staff Photo

A six-member team from Colchester Technical Rescue headed back home from White’s Fuel Stop in Danby. The crew was prepositioned in case they were needed, but no rescues were necessary during Hurricane Sandy.

A little help from our friends

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Hydro Quebec linemen and drivers take pictures after breakfast and walk to a meeting at the Green Mountain Power building on Post Road this morning. The crews drove  to the state to help with a possible clean up.

Some state colleges close due to weather

WATERBURY — Some of Vermont’s state colleges will remain closed due to Sandy and its impacts.
Castleton State College was slated to reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Huden dining hall at Castleton was to remain open, and students were advised they could go there in the event of power outages affecting the campus.
Lyndon State College was closed at least until 11 a.m. today.
Vermont Technical College classes were cancelled, but dorms and dining halls were to remain open.
There were no plans to close Johnson State College, but students were urged to check the websites there — as well as at the other schools — for updates.