Burdick’s Restaurant to Host Benefit for YMCA – 4/30/14

Reach Out to Youth” Wednesday the 30th

The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolate, located on Main Street in Walpole, will host a sixth annual benefit dinner for Meeting Waters YMCA’s “Reach Out to Youth Fund” on Wednesday, April 30th. That night, owners Paula and Larry Burdick will donate 10% of all dinner receipts to the regional YMCA’s youth scholarship fund.

Contributions to the Y’s Reach Out to Youth fundraising drive and the event at Burdick’s help ensure that all children have access to Meeting Waters YMCA programs. Specifically, donations support financial assistance to the regional Y’s ASPIRE after-school programs in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney, Bellows Falls and Walpole and its Y Day Camp, as well as underwriting some of the $20,000 cost of summer camp bussing. More than half of all children and families served by the Y’s youth development and healthy living programs receive financial assistance. In addition, the camp busing—which includes stops each day for eight weeks in Walpole, North Walpole, Charlestown, Brattleboro, Putney, Bellows Falls, Westminster, Chester and Springfield—is equally important in making the regional Y’s summer enrichment programs “accessible to all.”

According to Meeting Waters YMCA’s Executive Director, Steve Fortier, the annual event at the Restaurant at Burdick Chocolate has raised more than $4,000 for the Y’s scholarship fund over the past five years. He adds, “This event is always about people enjoying a great meal for a great cause.”

Reservations for the benefit dinner can be made by calling The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolate at 603-756-9058.

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. Its annual Reach Out to Youth Campaign is a key component of the Y’s commitment to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all youth in the Fall Mountain, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Brattleboro regions. To learn more about Meeting Waters YMCA’s services, go to http://www.meetingwatersymca.org.

 

Free books for your e-reader: Project Gutenberg

Thanks to Mary Farrell and Jennifer Kelly at the Walpole Library for the alert, here is another source for “portable” summer reading. – Lil

Hankering for a classic by Dickens or Austen?  Got a yen for old gardening books?  Want to settle in with an Agatha Christie story?  Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 e-books free of charge and available anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 by Michael Hart.  Hart had been given $100,000,000 of unrestricted computer time by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois.  He decided to use his time to create an online repository of books.  He began by posting ASCII text versions of public domain literature, but today Project Gutenberg offers texts in all the common e-reader formats – with Kindle, html and PDF formats.

Anyone can browse Project Gutenberg’s catalog, download books and read them on any mobile device.  If you don’t have a Kindle, for instance, you can download a free Kindle app for your smart phone, iPod or computer.

There’s plenty to read at Project Gutenberg, too.  Although most new books are excluded because of copyright restrictions, the database includes a trove of great literature – all of Dostoevsky, all of Jane Austen, all of Shakespeare and Dickens.  Because U.S. copyright protection extends 50 years after the author’s death, there are some surprising omissions.  You can read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, for instance, but nothing by Ernest Hemingway, because Fitzgerald died sooner.

Visit http://www.gutenberg.org to get started.  If you have any difficulty uploading books to your digital device, stop by the library and our technology specialist Julie Rios can help.

Bellows Walpole Inn – Coming May 1st

I received this email from Justin Derby the new Executive Chef at the Bellows Walpole Inn.  The opeinng is right around the corner. - Lil

Just wanted to give an update on the Bellows Walpole Inn!
We would like to give you a brief description for the concept we have here at the Inn pub. The concept is small plate, with a gastropub atmosphere. Small plate meaning everything is served a la carte, giving our guests the ability to create their own meal and share with their friends. Gastropub refers to the highest quality of food and drinks that can be offered.
Our menu offers a large variety of quality ingredients, sourced locally when possible. There is something sure to please everyones’ palate. We are offering gluten-free, lo-carb, and vegetarian options.
We see the lounge/pub as a place for the community to come and socialize and enjoy great drinks and food. We have limited seating to encourage guest interaction and for our guests to have an awesome experience. We want an inviting and fun atmosphere for people to enjoy each others’ company. For the time being, the main dining room is only available for private functions.
Our hours of operation will Tuesday-Thursday, 4-9, Friday 4-10, and Saturday, 3-10.
In our next blog, we are going to introduce our staff.

Museum Passes Available at the Walpole Library

One of the things that the Friends of the Walpole Library does with the money raised from the upcoming Plant Sale (May 10th, hint hint) is provide passes to a number of great museums.  with school vacation next week, you might be interested.  Just stop by the library and the person at the desk can help you out.

Passes can be borrowed for:

Monstshire Museum of Science – Norwich, VT

The Currier Museum of Art – Manchester, NH

VINS – Quechee, VT

Billings Farm and Museum – Woodstock, VT

The Fort #4 – CHarlestown, NH

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – Amherst, MA

While I have your interest, I want to remind you that the Plant Sale will be here before you know it.  As soon as you can get in your garden and find you have plants you need to divide they will appreciate your donations. – Lil

Fall Mountain Educational Endowment Association Spring Grants

If you have wondered what the Fall Mountain Endowment Association is for, these notes from Patricia Royce should help you out.  These things would not have happened if the funds had to go through the regular budget process and the Fall Mountain students reap the benefits.  I, for one, thank them for all that they do. – Lil

Fall Mountain Educational Endowment Association

Spring Grants Awarded

By

Patricia J. Royce

 

The following grants totaling over $8,535.00 were recently awarded by the Fall Mountain Educational Endowment Association:

Walpole School – Children’s Theater Week – $1500.00

No Walpole School – Billings Farm – $200.00

No Walpole School – Thunder Chickens Running Club – $600.00

Charlestown Middle School – garden – $574.00

Walpole Elementary – Boston Aquarium – $611.00 (adjusted later to $221.25 since no charge for chaperones)

No Charlestown Community School – Boston Aquarium – $795.30

Charlestown Middle School – Dartmouth College – $200.00

Vilas School – Nature’s Classroom – $2500.00

FMRHS – Metropolitan Museum of Art – $345.00

Charlestown Primary School – Book of Memories – $200.00

Walpole School – Robotics and Science Museum – $710.00

FMRHS – Body Works in Boston – $300.00.

Programs such as these would not be possible without special funding provided by the Endowment.  We thank all those people who have contributed to our fundraising over the years.

Fall Mountain School Board Minutes – 3/24/14

FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Fall Mountain Regional High School Library

Monday, March 24, 2014

6:30 PM

Superintendent Lori Landry called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM in the Fall Mountain Regional High School Library. In attendance were John Streeter, Andy Collins, Linda Christie, Lil DeCoste, David Hogan and Gabe St. Pierre. Jamie Teague was also in attendance.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Motion: (Collins/DeCoste) to appoint Mary Henry as School Board Chairperson. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/DeCoste) to appoint John Streeter as School Board Vice-Chairperson. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/DeCoste) to appoint Gabe St. Pierre as School Board Treasurer. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/DeCoste) to appoint Linda Christie as School Board Secretary. Passed unanimously.

Chair Henry thanked everyone for coming and welcomed David Hogan, Alstead Board Representative.

BOARD HONORS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board honored the following students for their achievements.

Gabe St. Pierre presented board honors to Taylor Rocke and Sara Fernette for their participation in the DECA competition at RVTC.

Tom Ronning presented school board honors to Macane Dunbar, Paul Beliveau, Kristina Judkins, Brenna Gallagher, Nick Heath and Jason Powers for their participation in the Robotics Club. The Robotics Team placed 7th place out of 36 teams at the recent completion in Nashua.

Matthew Schmidt recognized the Girls Varsity Basketball Team for receiving Runner-up at the NH State Championship - Sophie Bushey, Kellie Walker, Bailey Roberts, Amanda Rogers, Marisa Tewksbury, Madison Lord, Elizabeth Earle, Erin LeDrew,  Bethany Aumand, Josie Holt, Morgan Ferland, Peighton Ahlberg and Brooke Aumand.

Coach Aumand mentioned that Morgan Ferland (Junior) had been selected for 1st Team All-State; Bethany Aumand (Senior) for 2nd Team All-State and Bailey Roberts (Senior) received an honorable mention. In addition, Mr. Aumand also reported that Elizabeth Earle (Junior), Erin LeDrew (Junior), Bailey Roberts (Senior) and Bethany Aumand (Senior) were recognized by the NHIAA for outstanding academic achievement.

Mr. Collins expressed how proud he was for their hard work and dedication.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2014 public session. Passed unanimously.

REPORT OF ADMINISTRATORS

Superintendent Landry reported that the early release day was an overall success. Ms. Landry also mentioned that the teacher evaluation committee met again and will be bringing forward a presentation soon.

Ms. Landry stated that the district would begin with the Smarter Balance assessment pilot throughout the district beginning tomorrow.

Superintendent Landry introduced Matt Schmidt, Athletic Director who provided the board with an update on Winter Athletics.

Simon Pierpont, Student Representative reported that the Robotics team will be competing in Hartford and a Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday at the high school.

Brandon Hill, Teacher Representative provided the board with an overview of the happenings throughout the district.

OLD BUSINESS

Superintendent Landry announced that after thoughtful consideration to the communities concerns regarding the elimination of the Crisis Counselor at the HS, the administration has decided to restructure the position. A Crisis Counselor will be provided two days at FMRHS and 3 days in the Alstead Attendance Area.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to approve the 2014-2015 contract recommendations.

The board requested that this be discussed further in non-public session.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Christie) to approve a conditional contract for Joel McCarty, Bus Driver effective, March 25, 2014. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to approve a co-curricular contract for:

Christopher Beneat, Softball Coach, CMS

Richard Senerchia, Baseball Coach, WES

Ernie Perry,Drama Leader, WES

Justin Cassarino, Girls Softball Coach, WES

Maria Franciosa, Piano Accompanist, FMRHS.

Cheryl Mayberry, Perkins Grant Coordinator

The board requested that this be discussed further in non-public session.

Motion: (Collins/Streeter) to accept the resignations of the following effective June 30, 2014:

Rachel Alford, Teacher, Charlestown Primary School

Evelyn Pogorzelski, Special Educator, Skills Center.

Eryn Sellarole, Paraprofessional, Charlestown Primary School

Andrea Vickers-Sivret, Teacher, Charlestown Primary School

Christopher Rosinski, Special Education Teacher, Charlestown Primary School

Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to accept the resignation of Shelley Hart, Paraprofessional, Alstead Primary School effective, March 19, 2014. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (DeCoste/Christie) to accept the retirement of Michael Joyce, Special Education Teacher, Vilas Middle School effective, June 30, 2014. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/Streeter) to approve a request for FMRHS students to attend an overnight trip to Italy, April 15-25, 2015.

Passed unanimously.

Bill Renauro spoke briefly about the planned trip. The students will be visit 3 nights in each Rome, Florence and Venice.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to approve proposed policy GEA-Athletic Team Coaches for second reading and adoption.

Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to approve amended policy ADD-Safe Schools for second reading and adoption. Passed unanimously.

A brief discussion ensued regarding the added language “The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board respectfully requests that off-duty police officers refrain from carrying their weapons on school grounds.”

Motion passed 4:2 (DeCoste/St. Pierre). Ms. DeCoste and Mr. St. Pierre disagreed with the addition of the language.

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to approve GBA-Equal Employment opportunity for first reading. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to approve amended policy GBEA-Staff Ethics for first reading.

A discussion ensued and a request was made to bring it back to the policy committee for further review.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Motion:
(St. Pierre/Streeter) to approve the Treasurer’s Report for period ending March 24, 2014. Passed unanimously.

Account Payable: $143,465.07

Payroll: $647,512.30

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to enter into non-public session.Passed unanimously.

After an affirmative roll call vote, the board entered non-public session at 7:41 PM under RSA 91-A:3 (c) to discuss two personnel issues.

The board resumed public session at 9:36 PM.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to approve the amended 2014-2015 contract recommendations. Passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/Streeter) to approve a co-curricular contract for:

Christopher Beneat, Softball Coach, CMS

Richard Senerchia, Baseball Coach, WES

Ernie Perry,Drama Leader, WES

Justin Cassarino, Girls Softball Coach, WES

Maria Franciosa, Piano Accompanist, FMRHS.

Cheryl Mayberry, Perkins Grant Coordinator

Passed unanimously.

Motion: (DeCoste/Streeter) to adjourn. Passed unanimously

Hearing nothing further, the meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Misty D. Bushee

School Board Clerk

Upcoming Events at the Walpole Library

Thanks to Jennifer Kelly, we can see what is happening at the Walpole Library during the month of May. – Lil

Every Thursday @ 10 a.m., Homeschooling Group

Every Monday @ 10 a.m. Baby Lap Sit

Every Monday @ 2 p.m. Knitting Club

Tues. May 6th, 7 p.m. Non-Fiction Book Club (Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal)

Every Wednesday @ 10:15 a.m. Story Time

Wed. May 7th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spanish Conversation Group

Sat. May 10th, 9-11 a.m. Friends of the Library Plant Sale

Tues. May 13th, 4:30 p.m., Library Trustees Meeting (N. Walpole Branch)

Wed. May 14th, 7 p.m. Evening Classics Book Club (Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm)

Sat. May 17th, 10-11:30 a.m. Writing It Down

Thurs, May 22nd, 12 p.m. Library Afternoon Book Club (Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts)

 

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