by Paul Bousquet
For the past few years, Woodstock residents have observed the fine restoration of 4 The Green carried out by Upper Valley Contractors and its sub-contractors. Crews labored there year-round to complete the restoration from foundation to roof. The thoroughness and extent of the restoration is a tribute to all who worked on the project as well as the owner of 4 The Green, Peter Novello.
The stonemason engaged by Upper Valley Construction has been Trace Tancreti of Hartland. Trace is well-known throughout the region for his fine stone work. Projects like the mile-long stonewall built at a residence in Hartland, and stone work at Billings Farm as well as the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park comes to mind. Large or small, Trace has gained a reputation for his attention to detail.
Lately, Tancreti and his crew have been working on restoring 6 Mechanic, the stone building sitting beside Kedron Brook that had most recently been home to Zack’s Place. Peter Novello, who owns this building as well, employed Tancreti to repoint the stonework to its original look
Trace believes the beautiful barn seems to have been made from the castaway smaller stone from 4 The Green. The color and density aspects of the stone are similar.
Tancreti, a former Physical Education teacher, has been a stone mason for over twenty years. His sons Dean, Cody, and Luke, together with Trace’s long-term assistant Randy Shambo, are currently all working together on the restoration of 6 Mechanic. Dean is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Cody is a Junior at Castleton majoring in Physical Education while Luke is a Junior at Windsor High School. All have been athletic stand-outs.
Stone buildings and walls throughout this area have felt the hands of Trace Tancreti. He takes pride in helping preserve the uniqueness that makes this area so special.
Woodstock’s 3rd Annual Bookstock Is Headlining Weekend Activity
A weekend celebration of the written and spoken word is taking place throughout Woodstock this Friday and Saturday. A second hand and rare book sale takes place On the Green both days. Following an opening reception at ArtisTree Gallery Friday evening, Bentley’s will host a poetry reading.
On Saturday at 10 AM at the Town Hall Theater, Thomas Powers, author of The Killing
Powers will be followed by a group of outstanding authors who, according to the announcement, “will speak to the stranglehold that power and progress have created on our future.” They include Bob Cavnar: Disaster on the Horizon—High Stakes, High Risks and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout; Jason Czarnezki : Everyday Environmentalism; Wendy Call :No Word for Welcome, on traditional Mexican Indian culture and environmental pressure; and poet David Budbill: Litany For Today.They will appear on the theater stage from 11-11:45AM.
A wide ranging array of over 30 authors will hold workshops throughout the day on Saturday. The entire program is centered around the Village with all venues within easy walking distance or by using the Village Trolley.
Bookstock will also feature music, vendor exhibits, book sales, and book art.
Bookstock is the collaboration of The Norman Williams Public Library, the North Universalist Chapel Society, Pentangle Council on the Arts, The Thompson Senior Center, and the Woodstock History Center.
The weekend promises to be a great celebration of the written and spoken word.
For more information and schedule of events, visit Bookstockvt.org.
Killington Wins State Recognition
The 2011 Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence was awarded to the Town of Killington at the 28th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference (VTIC).
The Governor’s Award recipient is determined by the VTIC Board of Directors who recognized that Killington showed a clear understanding of the Vermont brand. In the case of the Town of Killington, the award also recognized the extensive marketing and rebranding effort undertaken by its Office of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT). The judges spoke of Killington’s grassroots project that set an example as a successful, pro-Vermont campaign. Cited were events including the Killington Stage Race and Cooler in the Mountains Summer Concert Series.
The town has also been recognized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It has chosen the Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally and the Killington Hay Festival among its Top 10 Fall Events for 2011.
Brandy Ellison Joins People’s United Bank
It has been announced that Brandy Ellison has joined People’s United Bank in Woodstock as a customer service-manager. As such, Ellison will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the branch as well as supervision and development of the customer-service staff.
Ellison is a graduate of Castleton State College currently living in Rutland.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what’s happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet by phoning 802-299-5265 or via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net.