Farmers Market – 4/19/14

Sounds like a busy Saturday.  Hunt for Easter eggs at 10:00 and then go to the Town Hall for this Eggstavavganza. – Lil


Easter Eggstravaganza!!
At The Market This Week

Lengthening daylight hours inspire hens to ramp up their egg laying. Our last “winter” market features an egg theme in honor of the hard working hen and her gift of eggs. It’s coming up Saturday, 4/19, in the Town Hall, from 11 am to 1 pm.

Hooper Institute educators Eloise Clark and Rebecca Whippie will be on hand to teach us how to dye Easter eggs using onion skins and other natural products. 4-H members plan to bring a guest bunny and a few pullets for everyone to enjoy. Easter egg games for the young and young at heart are planned.

chicks and eggsAmie (Amie Art Farm) has drawn 4 sketches that make fabulous coloring sheets. Crayons will be provided and kids will be offered one sheet for free. Additional sheets will be available for a free will donation to help offset the expense of providing music for the summer markets.

baby lettucesSunset Farm, Hillside Springs Farm and Abenaki Springs Farm are planning to be on hand with root vegetables and the freshest of tasty, tender spring greens. The greens sold out quickly at the last market!

You’ll also find a few cool weather garden transplants. Frank expects to have some cole crop starts. Judy will bring early spring onion starts, as well as yarrow and lovage plants.

There will be a variety of meats and cheeses, and it’s not too late to call your favorite farmer and arrange for something special for your Easter dinner.

bottles of merlotA number of vendors that we haven’t seen for a while will be making return appearances. Virginia, Walpole Winery, will bring “Barnett Hill Blush,” a perfect pairing with Easter ham dinner, and a few other strong contenders.

CMC Mushrooms will have both fresh mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup.

Judi Ryner of Old Kemp Farm will be back with her alpaca products, including soft felted bunnies and felted egg soaps.

Susan Leader will be back with her practical household pottery (which is serendipitous for me since my favorite one of her bowls recently found itself in much too abrupt contact with the floor).

Grab the kids and come on out for some eggcellent family fun and great shopping!

Did You Know? – 4/15/14

“Did You Know” are messages sent from FMRHS to better communicate what is happening at our high school.
April 15, 2014
  • On Tuesday, April 8th, the Fall Mountain Abnaki Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted new members.
  • The Robotics Team had a great experience competing at the NE Championships finishing in 49th place. For the entire season the team record is 20 wins and 19 loses.
  • Our JROTC Program held the annual Military Ball/Awards night on Saturday, April 12th. The program had over 280 people attend the event.
  • Project Graduation for the Class of 2014 is having a golf tournament fundraiser at Hooper Golf course in Walpole on Saturday May 10th at 1pm: shotgun start with scramble format. Only 16 teams allowed. 4 Golfers per team. The entry fee is $65 per golfer which includes: a golf cart, picnic meal, gift bag and a raffle ticket to win prizes. Deadline date is May 4th. The Advisor is Terry Zehr who is also looking for sponsors and prize donations.~ Please call Terry Zehr with questions, to enter, donate or to help. 603-904-4087
  • Next week the Fall Mountain Regional School District will be on Spring Break.

2nd Annual Walpole Clean Up Day – 4/26/14

Tara Sad asked me to help spread the word and “get out the troops”. – Lil

Last year, on Saturday April 20, 2013, over sixty volunteers got together for Walpole’s first official “Clean Up Day’. Volunteering families came from all over town, and included members of 4H Club, Girl Scout Troop 20018, and Boy Scout Troop 229.

In three hours, the volunteers covered almost twenty miles of road , collecting trash that included 33 tires, 188 pounds of mixed metals, 2 1/2 gallons of antifreeze, piles of cans and bottles – and an entire toilet! Used diapers, box springs and mailboxes are just some of the more unusual items found. When the collection was finished, prizes were awarded, chili and coffee were consumed, and every one of the tired participants vowed to come back and do it again next year.

Well – it’s next year, and we’re doing it again!

Our Second Annual Walpole ‘Clean Up Day’ will be Saturday, April 26th (in observance of Earth Day). All volunteers will meet at the Town Hall to get their team and route assignments, pile of blue bags, and hot coffee for fortification. Then the hunt for trash begins!

We want to break last year’s numbers – so we need everyone to come and lend a hand. It’s dirty. It’s grubby. But it’s fun! Think of it as a ‘spring cleaning’ for our roads.

We’ll meet at 8:00 in the morning. Bring your family and friends. Bring your work gloves, waterproof shoes/boots and bright clothing. We will be done by 11:00, when the collected trash will be heaped on the Episcopal Church lawn for prize judging. Anyone with trucks especially welcome!

We look forward to another great day when we can get together as a community to spiff up our wonderful town for spring!

If you have any questions, call Tara at 756-4861 or Terry at 756-9033.. See you all on the 26th!

My Midnight Musings

Last night I was tossing and turning and had these funny thoughts filtering through my head.  (When I look back on the topic, I would have to assume that I was hungry.)  I started thinking about what I have begun to privately refer to as “The Ice Cream Wars” here in Walpole.  Which do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?  Which is more tasty, Walpole Scoop Shop flavors or, the soon to open, Walpole Creamery

My problem, like that of many other Walpoleans, boils down to the fact that I like ice cream. That means that, by the end of the summer, we will all be suffering from the “Battle of the Bulge”! 

I ask you – are there lessons to be learned from history? – Lil

Y Celebrates 50th Year Keeping Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring In The Summer

Steve Fortier, Executive Director, Meeting Waters YMCA asked me to share this information with you. – Lil


Over the past 49 summers, Meeting Waters YMCA has helped more than 12,000 area youth learn, grow and thrive in the summer months. This year marks the 50th consecutive summer they’ll keep kids moving, learning, and exploring during the summer months when all too many children are experiencing summer learning loss and summer weight gain.

To give youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer, Meeting Waters YMCA is offering its camps for 5-15 year olds from throughout southeastern Vermont and southwestern NH. All camps are based at the regional Y’s 52-acre Lewis Day Camp facility, located on Route 5 in Springfield, just off I-91. The camp property is bordered by the Springfield Town Forest and the Black River, creating a unique natural setting for the programs. Bus service is provided to and from camp each day from Brattleboro, Putney, Westminster, Bellows Falls, Chester, Springfield, Walpole, North Walpole and Charlestown.

In addition, the regional Y’s camps participate in the federal Summer Food Program through a partnership with Springfield Family Center. All campers—regardless of town of residence or family income—qualify for a free healthy lunch each day.

Meeting Waters YMCA offers four different camp experiences. It’s Y Day Camp for 6-13 year-olds offers eight one-week and four two-week sessions. Y Day Camp features canoeing, archery, swim lessons, sports and adventure games, arts and crafts, nature and education. KinderCamp provides children entering kindergarten in the fall these same experiences as they transition from child care to school. Family Camp provides an opportunity for parents to join their children in enjoying various camp activities. And, the Y’s Leader-in-Training program provides a week of leadership development with youth leadership author and consultant Steve Fortier, followed by three weeks working alongside camp staff to practice the leadership, group management and facilitation skills they have honed during the week-long training.

“Meeting Waters YMCA’s camps provide a variety of opportunities to help ensure that youth are learning and being physically active in the summer, a time of exploration,” says Susan Fortier, Meeting Waters Y’s Program Director. “Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having lots of fun.”

Registration for the upcoming camp season has begun. Meeting Waters YMCA encourages parents to give their kids the gift of camp. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the regional Y offers financial assistance and accepts child care subsidy from both NH and VT.

Camp Open Houses will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 10-noon; Monday, June 9th from 5-7 and Thursday, June 19th from 5-7.

For more information, visit or call the Y at their office nearest you—Brattleboro area: 246-1036; Springfield area: 885-8131; or BF and Fall Mountain area: 463-4769.

Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, social service organization founded in 1895. Its programs and services focus on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and family strengthening throughout the the Fall Mountain, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Brattleboro regions.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt – 4/19/14

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Sponsored by Cubscout Pack 299


When : April 19th, 2014


Where : Walpole Historical Society Lawn


Time : starts promptly at 10:00 till all eggs are found


Ages : infant thru Grade 5


Prizes are bring donated this year from

Burdick’s Chocolates,Dari-Joy , and the Walpole Scoop Shop

Pancake Breakfast

Many years ago, the Walpole Lions Club started a Palm Sunday tradition of holding a Pancake Breakfast for the benefit of agencies they sponsored.  As the years went on and membership aged and waned they passed the torch to The Walpole Village School.  The school has continued the tradition, even utilizing the same secret pancake batter recipe.  it’s a great time to get out of the house and see friends and neighbors that you’ve been missing during those long winter months.  I understand that the Easter Bunny has also been invited.  

Doors open at 7:30 and they will continue serving until 11:00 at the Town Hall.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  Hope you will enjoy the pancakes and support the Walpole Village School. – Lil


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