Local and Regional Briefs for Aug. 5

  • At Billings Farm and Museum’s 32nd Quilt Exhibition, Linda Ramrath, of Barnard, was selected by juror Faith Evans for her quilt Midnight on the Oasis, above, which also received the Billings Farm & Museum Staff Choice Award; Emily Schanck, of Hartland, was recognized for her quilt, Luck of the Irish, above right, by juror Kathie Beltz; and 100 Days, right, made by Lynne Crosswell, of Ludlow, Vt., was selected by juror Mary Schilke.

Saturday, August 04, 2018
Billings Farm Announces Quilt Exhibition Winners

Woodstock — Billings Farm and Museum announced the Juror’s Choice and Staff Choice Award for the 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition at the exhibition’s opening reception on July 27.

The Quilt Exhibition is a juried show, with each of the exhibition’s three jurors selecting a quilt they thought most deserving of recognition. Emily Schanck, of Hartland, was recognized for her quilt, Luck of the Irish, by juror Kathie Beltz; 100 Days, made by Lynne Crosswell, of Ludlow, Vt., was selected by juror Mary Schilke; and Linda Ramrath, of Barnard, was selected by juror Faith Evans for her quilt Midnight on the Oasis, which also received the Billings Farm and Museum Staff Choice Award.

The Quilt Exhibition will be on display through Sept. 16. For more information call 802-457-2355 or visit www.billingsfarm.org.

Recovery Coach Training Offered in Claremont

Claremont — The Center for Recovery Resources, along with ALL Together and The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, is offering free recovery coach training. This is a five-day training, Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training will take place at The Center for Recovery Resources, 1 Pleasant St., Suite 104 in Claremont. Participants must attend all five days for certification. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. To register call Bridget Aliaga at 603-653-6821 or email bridget.s.aliaga@hitchcock.org.

Registration closes Thursday. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/events/2065294790212564.

Vital Communities Welcomes Housing Coordinator

White River Junction — Michael Kiess, of Thetford, has been appointed as the new Workforce Housing Coordinator at White River Junction-based nonprofit Vital Communities.

Kiess has served communities around the United States, in Europe and in Asia. He has worked in private and public sectors, as a Navy submarine officer, a paper and steel manufacturing engineer and manager, a Peace Corps director, and, most recently, a federal contractor for national emergency response.

Kiess said in a news release that he is excited to bring his skills to the Upper Valley.

“In 2011 my wife and I moved back to this area,” said Kiess. “She grew up here, and after living around the world I felt the need to start serving a community of my own. It is exciting to take on this housing role, because it is such an integrated and cross-cutting issue. Our government, transportation, energy, financial, and service sectors are all involved and affected. Every person in the Upper Valley needs a home they can afford, in terms of time, energy, and money. In return, we want homes that we are proud of, homes that provide safety and connection and enable each person to give their best.”

Among his other responsibilities, Kiess will organize community conversations around housing, such as the discussion hosted by Vital Communities in Claremont in May. He will also assist Upper Valley communities in developing or strengthening workforce housing efforts and partnering with organizations and groups to promote workforce housing. He will work closely with regional business leaders to understand deeply the economic impacts of inadequate workforce housing.

“We are so glad to welcome Mike to our team as Workforce Housing Coordinator. His experience in caring for varied communities, his strong commitment to the program, and his passion for our mission bring a great deal of value to the organization and program alike,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts.

Power of Produce Clubs Engage Kids at Markets

White River Junction — Vital Communities is helping to support Power of Produce clubs at 14 area farmers markets, meant to connect kids with healthy eating, healthy shopping, farms and fun.

Kids ages 5 through 12 sign up at their local farmers market to participate in a scavenger hunt, a vegetable quiz, an art project or other produce-related fun. Once they complete the activity, they receive $3 in market tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables at the market.

POP Clubs are running through August 18 at the following Upper Valley locations: Beaver Pond Farm Stand in Newport on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.; Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market, Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Chelsea Farmers’ Market, Fridays from 3-6 p.m.; Claremont Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Edgewater Farmstand in Plainfield, Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m.; Hartland Farmers’ Market, Fridays from 4-7 p.m.; Hanover Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.; Lebanon Farmers’ Market, Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.; Newport Farmers’ Market, Fridays from 3-6 p.m.; Norwich Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Royalton Farmers’ Market, South Royalton, Thursdays from 3-6 p.m.; Spring Ledge Farm Stand in New London, Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.; Greater Falls Farmers’ Market in Bellows Falls, Fridays from 3-7 p.m.; and Wilmot Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon.

Report: Runner Was Killed By Rock, Not Fall

Concord — An endurance runner who died in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver was killed when a rock struck her on the head before her body plummeted off a cliff.

The Summit County Coroner’s Office said the rock gave way and struck Hannah Taylor, causing her death on July 21. Then her body fell 66 feet down a gully and then over a 200-foot cliff.

The information came from her running companion and was issued at the family’s request. The two were running in the Gore Range when Taylor died at age 39.

Taylor, a native of Hopkinton, N.H., had been an assistant coach with the Summit Nordic Ski Club for 14 years and lived in Silverthorne, Colo.

State Prison for Men Meets Federal Audit Standards

Concord — New Hampshire’s Corrections Department says a federal audit of the men’s prison in June concluded the prison met or exceeded all 45 standards required under the law.

The audit included all of the housing, programming and treatment units located on the grounds of the prison.

Standards included security of the physical plant; supervision and monitoring of people in the department’s custody; and access to medical and mental health care.

The auditor interviewed individuals in the prison’s care and custody, employees who work the units, administrators, and division directors.

Each state corrections facility is audited every three years. The prison also was in compliance in its 2015 audit.

Experts on Solzhenitsyn To Gather in Vermont

Lyndon, Vt. — Experts from across the world will be meeting in Vermont to discuss the writings and the impact of the late Russian author and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

The Reading Solzhenitsyn conference will be held Sept. 7 and 8 at the Lyndon campus of Northern Vermont University.

It is believed to be the only conference in the United States that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth.

The event is being organized by Alexandre Strokanov, who teaches history at the Lyndon campus.

The event will bring together Solzhenitsyn scholars from China, Russia and the United States.

Solzhenitsyn, who wrote about life in the Soviet Union, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. He lived in Cavendish from 1976 to 1994. He died in Moscow in 2008.

Plant to Be Used as Winter Shop for Cog Railway

Berlin, n.h. — A 50,000-square-foot steel plant has partnered with the Mount Washington Cog Railway to be used as a winter shop for maintenance and construction of locomotives and passenger coaches.

The Isaacson Steel fabrication plant in Berlin was acquired by David Presby at an auction several years ago. His brother, Wayne, is president of the Cog Railway and was exploring the idea of replacing or expanding its workshops at the base of Mount Washington.

The Cog Railway is starting to redo the line from the base to the summit. Presby Steel will be making tie plates and supplying steel for a new work car with lights, heat, a crane, tools, welders, and generators. Wayne Presby said work will now be done on the rail line all winter.

Police Look for Driver of SUV That Went Up in Flames

Pownal, Vt. — Vermont State Troopers are looking for the driver of a sport utility vehicle that went up in flames.

Officials said the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder was discovered at the bottom of an embankment — and on fire — early Saturday in the town of Pownal.

Firefighters doused the blaze, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

Troopers say the SUV had New York plates. They’re asking anyone with information about the vehicle or its owner to contact them.

Group Seeks $50K for Trails Along Lake Champlain

Burlington — A group is seeking $50,000 to help preserve a parcel of land in Vermont’s largest city on what’s known as Rock Point, which juts into Lake Champlain near downtown Burlington.

The majority of the 163 acres is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Burlington.

The Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition has secured more than $750,000 for the easements, but it needs to raise the additional money to complete the plan. They’re hoping to raise the money by the end of the month.

— Staff and wire reports