Forum, Oct. 7: American Legion Upgrading Norwich Memorial

Saturday, October 06, 2018
Legion Upgrading Norwich Memorial

A new memorial space, with a new town flagpole, is being installed next to Tracy Hall. Funded and organized by Post 8, the American Legion of Norwich, the project is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

The upgraded memorial, in front of a new flagpole, will have an additional stone tablet with names engraved honoring local veterans from the Vietnam War era until present. The annual Legion parade ends at that site, so the 2019 Veterans Day parade will have the honor of being the first at this new site.

As a proud member of the Legion and resident of the town, a big thank-you to Post 8, and especially to its able commander, Lyle Favreau.

Richard Neugass


Excellent Advice for Trail Cyclists

“On your left” is excellent shout-out advice for cyclists on rail trails and multiuse paths. Thank you for publishing Jack Cronenwett’s Forum letter encouraging this warning (“Give Us Rail Trail Runners a Shout,” Sept. 8).

Upper Valley community bicycle and pedestrian committees diligently promote safe, polite and smart practices. Please help by encouraging cyclists to let you know they are coming. In these partisan political times, “on your left” should work for both right- and left-wing cyclists.

William Young


The writer chairs the Hanover Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

A Little More About My Sawmill

I was sawing lumber on my mill recently when a young lady arrived and told me she was a Valley News photographer and would like to take a few pictures for the paper. I want to thank the Valley News for publishing a photo of me running my mill (“One Down,” Sept. 13).

I was surprised when I got a call the next morning from Woodmizer thanking me for the picture. They were pleased and said they were sending me five new blades. I am certain there are few companies that would be so generous for such a little effort on my part.

I was a little disappointed that there was not more information about me and my mill with the picture but realize the photographer is not a reporter, so here is the rest of the story: My parents bought a new home on the County Road in 1941 for $1,600 when I was 3 years old, and over the years bought additional land here. My wife and I bought land that they had purchased and built a home on the property in 1967. I assisted my son and daughter-in-law when they built their house here in 2001. We cut oak trees on the home site and milled the timbers on my sawmill.

My mill is 23 years old and runs as good as it did when it was new. I still enjoy running my mill and can do so at my age because it requires minimal physical labor.

Rollin Rice


Seeking a Future Beyond Prisons

In 2017, Vermont became the first state in the nation to officially recognize the courage and sacrifice of John Brown, the radical abolitionist, by naming Oct. 16 “John Brown Day” to commemorate his 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry, Va.

And now, we at the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative are excited to welcome you to the second annual John Brown Day Celebration, as we search for ways to create a future beyond prisons. Mariame Kaba, a leader in the transformative justice movement, will kick things off as our keynote speaker, and representatives from the ACLU, Migrant Justice, Vermont Law School and other local groups will help us to better understand just how urgently we must begin the work of ending mass incarceration, which in many ways is tantamount to modern-day slavery.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Woodstock Union High School. There is a suggested donation of $15, but none will be turned away for lack of funds

For more info, email woodstocksji@gmail.com or visit woodstocksji.org.

Brad Archer


A Good Job Paving the Way in Windsor

I feel it is important to acknowledge the paving crew and sign crew who came into our area of Windsor and West Windsor recently and completed a difficult job of road work.

They were well-organized, polite and managed to get the work done in short time, repaving roads in terrible condition without causing unreasonable delays in traffic. Thank you. It is such a pleasure to drive these roads now.

Lucille Plausteiner

West Windsor

An Entertaining and Informative Article

The Sept. 12 article “Diversity Builds the Soil: On a Small Farm, the Animals Improve Their Pastures,” by Liz Guenther, was very entertaining and informative.

Reading about your animal family made me smile and brightened my day. Thank you, Liz.

Opal Jack

Springfield, Vt.

Uplifting Messages on Quechee Bridge

My husband and I traveled from Ontario to Killington, Vt., and had the opportunity to visit the Quechee Gorge on Sept. 7. I read every one of the messages and congratulate the two young women for this idea.

We were both very touched by the inspirational messages and even though neither one of us (we are healthy-ish seniors) are having thoughts of suicide, we left the bridge feeling uplifted because of those messages.

If they save just one life, it will be worth it.

Inge and Denis Taylor,

Mississauga, Ontario