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From the Selectboard:
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Donna Engel explained that she estimated needing 92 wreaths and so far has 51 wreaths sponsored. MountainOne Bank donated $250.00 toward the fundraiser. The wreath laying will be Saturday, December 15, 2018 at noon. She would like to have veterans from town to represent each branch of the service for the ceremony. The wreaths cost $15.00 each and for every two wreaths sponsored, the group receives one free. The wreaths will be delivered here two days before. Nancy Bushika suggested she speak with the school to coordinate the delivery. The Veterans dinner will be on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the school which would be a good opportunity to speak to local vets. Forms to purchase wreaths are available at the town office, on stamfordvt.org and on facebook (use code VT0006).
RENAMING OF OLD COUNTY ROAD
The Selectboard held a public hearing on the renaming of Old County Road. Laura Champagne questioned whether the road could be renamed at this time due to ongoing litigation. If we are only changing the name for GPS and 9-1-1 reasons, she suggested we add a waypoint instead of changing the name. Chris Warren stated that we have no control over waypoints.
MOTION by Dan Potvin to re-name the easterly end of Old County Road from the intersection of Main Road to the Kevin Coffman Bopp and Stephen R. Bopp (formerly Jack Newkom) property to “Brown Brook Road”. SECONDED by Chris Warren. 4 in favor (Carol Fachini abstained). Motion APPROVED.
MOTION by Chris Warren to purchase a domain name of townofstamfordvermont.org for the town’s official website. SECONDED by Mike Denault. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
Chris Warren has been working with the state for a stamford.vt.gov address which will bring people to the same place. Chris Warren asked for the submission of images and photos for use on the town’s website, although, the board can’t guarantee that they will be able to use all photos that are received.
The board set Halloween hours from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 31, 2018, just like last year. The Fire Department will be out with trucks and flashing lights again this year. Bill Levine asked if there will be a children’s parade.
The full minutes can be found here
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Stamford Cemeteries Wreaths Across America
It’s been awhile… but we would like to give some updates about our goal to lay wreaths at all the veterans’ graves in the Stamford Cemeteries.
To date we have 15 wreaths sponsored out of our total goal of 92. We are 16% to goal!
We applied for grant money from multiple places and have not heard from most, but we did receive some good news from MountainOne. We will receive a grant for $250.00! That is 25 wreaths which will really help us make strides towards our goal. We do not have any fundraisers scheduled but are hoping that the rest of the wreaths will come from individual sponsorships.
To sponsor a wreath (or 2) or to volunteer to be involved with this effort please go to our website
If you prefer to donate with a sponsorship form we have them at both the Town Office and the library.
Also visit us at our Facebook page
If anyone is interested (and we hope a lot of you will be) we would like to ‘Remember the fallen’ as well as ‘Honoring those who serve’ by posting small entries on our facebook page.
Honoring those who serve –
Do you have someone in your family that is currently serving that we could highlight? A short write-up with perhaps a picture telling us a little something about them.
Remembering the fallen –
Do you have a veteran buried at Houghton or Millard cemeteries that we could remember with a post? A short write-up with their picture would also be wonderful.
Please send any entries to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them for you.
Donna Whitcomb and Donna Engel
1) The Polish take-out restaurant is open for business. I stopped to get a menu yesterday but they hadn’t arrived from the printer yet. I was treated to a wonderful sample of Kupusta. The will have a website 180Grill.
2)Stamford Elementary School’s principal Micha Hayre is announcing a new program to bring community members and students together for fun and learning.
“This year, I am facilitating a “Life Skills” class once a week to replace MAD (Make A Difference) Monday. Due to the fact that public education is having a more and more difficult time implementing courses like “home economics” or “trade skills” into a K-8 education, I am bringing a class called “Life Skills” to Stamford School! Each Friday, I will facilitate Life Skills between 10am-2:30pm. I will be bringing in guests that have a skill, hobby, talent, or collection that they believe that every child should be introduced to such as sewing, tying a knot, fishing, cooking, gardening, carpentry, and the list goes on! You could bring one day of learning or a session of learning (multiple Fridays). It could be four Fridays in a row or it could be one Friday.
Are you the expert in something and would you be interested in making a difference in the lives of our K-8 students in Stamford, VT? OR do you know someone is the expert- please forward this on.
Life Skills FRI
10:05-10:45 Grade 8
10:45-10:50 5 min transition
12:25-1:05 Grades 4-5
1:05-1:40 Grades 2-3
1:40-1:45 5 min transition
1:45-2:25 Grades 6-7
Please note that all guest teachers may be subject to a background check.
The Fridays that are available can be found at this link.
Thank you so much for the possibility of investing in Stamford and our future! Please email email@example.com if interested or have questions!
Many complaints coming in about the dump trucks that have taken over County Road – of speeding and taking over the whole road. Probably not something that anyone can do anything about unless we wanted to pay the sheriff to monitor the road during work hours.
I think it would be a bit more palatable if the residents were getting something out of it, like a usable road to Pownal/Bennignton. I hear the work they have done is fantastic but that it won’t lead to a viable route over the mountain.
So – be careful out there if you travel County/Mill Road defensive driving is the order of the day.
While it’s been a slow summer news wise, I have missed posting a few announcements due to family matters. I should be able to resume regular postings as they come in. The good news is that the Selectboard is getting closer to getting their website up and running which means this one may not be needed any more – I’ll take it one day at a time and see where the path leads.
So for now, here are two links to meeting minutes that you maybe interested in. I’ll get to work updating the calendar and whatever else needs attention.
Latest Community Building Group
Selectboard Minutes 7-12-18
Hot Weather Health Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Champlain Valley beginning Saturday, and for all of Vermont for Sunday and Monday. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s in many locations from Saturday through most of next week, with the forecasted heat index exceeding 100 degrees F on Sunday and Monday. This level of heat is rarely experienced in Vermont, and will increase the risk for heat illnesses, or exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions. Vermont data indicates that emergency department visits for heat-related illnesses begin to increase when temperatures reach the mid- to upper-80s, with impacts getting progressively worse as temperatures rise through the 90s.
Populations Most Affected
Individuals who are generally at higher risk for heat-related health impacts include: older adults, young children, people who are homeless, outdoor workers and hobbyists, pregnant women, people who are overweight, those with chronic medical conditions, disabilities or mental illness, people using recreational drugs or alcohol, and those using certain prescription medications. Risk is further elevated for people who live alone or do not have air conditioning. Dehydration and hot living conditions are the major concerns for these populations.
Symptoms and First Aid
Muscle cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, headache or light-headedness may all indicate a heat illness. Most heat illnesses can be treated with fluids and by resting in a cooler place. If symptoms persist or get worse, or someone you are with seems confused or loses consciousness, dial 9-1-1 for immediate medical help. Learn more about symptoms and first aid at www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html
If you provide care or housing for people at higher risk for heat-related health impacts:
• Be prepared to treat a higher number of heat-related conditions than usual.
• Make sure that air conditioning or other cooling systems are in place and functioning.
• If cooling systems are not available, or malfunction, have a plan in place for providing
emergency cooling or relocating people to a cooler location.
• Have a plan for checking in on people at higher risk to make sure they stay hydrated and
can stay cool in their location.
• Consider how hot conditions may affect a patient or client before sending them home.
• Consider how medications could increase risk for dehydration and heat illnesses.
• If staffing an event, make sure that event organizers are well prepared with water,
cooling strategies, and plans to modify or cancel the event if needed.
• Remember that hot weather can affect anyone. Be sure your organization has a heat
management plan for employees and volunteers. Be aware of your own symptoms, and look out for your colleagues.
ASSISTANT TOWN CLERK/ASSISTANT TREASURER position.
The Town of Stamford is seeking applicants for the part-time, 18 hours/week position of Assistant Town Clerk/Assistant Treasurer. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a busy environment while in direct contact with the public and other town officials. Candidates should posses a knowledge of routine office duties as well as the use of Word and Excel and should have excellent communication skills. The applicant must be organized, attentive to detail and be able to exercise discretion. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the recording of land records, maintaining the voter checklist; assisting with the preparation and receipt of property taxes, issuing various licenses, registrations and certified copies, cashiering, accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Please forward a resume and cover letter to the Town Clerk’s office at 986 Main Road, Stamford, VT 05352.
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Do you or someone you know have a son or daughter who would like to play tackle football? Sign ups for North Adams Youth Football will be held each Friday night in July from 6 – 8pm for ages 7 – 13.
More details can be found on their website Na-Youth-Football.org