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Out & About: Enfield alters Green Up Day, AVA looks for storytellers

  • Volunteers are needed to share their stories for AVA Gallery and Art Center's storytelling series, The Mudroom, in Lebanon. (Courtesy of AVA Gallery and Art Center) Photograph Courtesy of AVA Gallery and Art Center

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/9/2020 4:21:16 PM
Modified: 5/9/2020 4:21:12 PM

ENFIELD — Green Up Day will look different in Enfield this year.

Instead of one day, the Enfield Village Association’s annual sponsored downtown cleanup will expand over the course of two weekends, this one and the next.

“We do have a huge group participating this year,” said Janet Lovely, chair of EVA’s Green Up Day. “They’re each wanting time outside to escape the feeling of being alone and get some exercise and they want to help clean up on the roads that they live on.”

In years past, the association focused primarily on the village while other organizations, such as the Enfield-Mascoma Lionness Club, oversaw clean up in other areas of town. Green Up Day would be one day for a set amount of time. Volunteers at stations throughout town would pass out refreshments and people would gather to have pizza for lunch.

Due to social distancing guidelines, that won’t be the case this year. People will still be given trash bags which, once filled, they will bring to drop-off locations to be picked up later and brought to the transfer station by Enfield town employees.

“At the same time people are just so happy to get out, go for a walk and do something for a cause right now during the pandemic. It keeps your mind off all the other stuff. And they’re getting fresh air and sunshine,” Lovely said. “Even though times have changed and we can’t do our regular program, people in Enfield are still having community pride in their neighborhoods.”

Dean Cashman and Lori Fortini have been elected to the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council’s Board of Directors.

Cashman has worked in banking in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont since 2005, according to a news release from the nonprofit that operates eight senior centers in Grafton County. He is also a Lebanon Rotarian and finance committee member for the senior citizens council. He is a past Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Board member and former chair of the Local First Alliance Steering Committee.

Fortini has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 2001, according to the release. After 14 years in care management, she is currently the program leader of the Aging Resource Center, where she creates, plans, and implements programs, services, and initiatives for older adults in the Upper Valley. She has served as the Board President of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, where she is currently the vice president.

The annual Enfield Family Fair that is held is traditionally held each June at Huse Memorial Park in Enfield has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds from the fair, which is hosted by the Enfield Mascoma Lions and Enfield Fire Association, benefit area organizations including the fire department, youth sports teams and food banks.

Fairlee is holding a meeting about updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday on Zoom. By updating the plan, the town will be able to apply for grant funding for community projects, according to a news release from Fairlee Town Manager Tad Nunez. Plans could include increasing culvert sizes, regulating flood hazard areas, stabilizing landslides and trimming trees near power lines.

To participate call 646-518-9805 and use meeting ID 911 4114 2795, or go to For more information, contact Nunez at 802-333-4363, ext. 2, or, or Sarah Wraight, of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, at 802-457-3188 or

Public comments are now being accepted on the final Tucker Mountain Town Forest Management Plan in Newbury, Vt. The comment period will end on June 8.

The Vermont Land Trust has reviewed the plan and the Newbury Selectboard has approved it, according to the Tucker Mountain Town Forest Management Committee. The plan can be viewed at For hard copies, contact committee chairman Tom Kidder at 802-505-5279 or email

AVA Gallery and Art Center is looking for people to submit stories to its upcoming edition of the “MudZoom,” which is usually called the “Mudroom” when people can meet in person during non-pandemic times. The theme for the Thursday, June 11, program is “Pulling Together.”

Submissions will be accepted from people of all ages. They must be true, autobiographical and 10 minutes or shorter. Send summaries that are 300 words or less to by Friday, May 22. Those selected will receive an AVA membership. For more information, visit

Teenagers age 14 and older throughout the Upper Valley are invited to join a “Virtual Teen Speak Out” at 2 p.m. on Thursday being hosted by Little Rivers Health Care in Bradford, Vt. The Zoom gathering will be a space for teens to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their lives. Contact Ashleen Buchanan at or call 802-222-3003 for more information or to RSVP.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H is sponsoring a statewide pumpkin-growing contest for children ages 5-18. Membership in 4-H isn’t a requirement to enter the free contest. After registering, kids will receive an assortment of pumpkin seeds and a 4-H Pumpkin Challenge record book. Registration closes on Monday, May 25. Email Martha Manning, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at or call 802-827-3913 to sign up using your name, address, email, age and phone number.

Throughout the growing season, UVM extension will host online discussions about tending to pumpkins. Participants must weigh pumpkins at home on Sept. 20, then submit the weight of the pumpkin along with a photograph of the grower posing next to it by email to Manning. Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest pumpkin of each variety.

Editor’s note: Please send community news items to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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