The Vermont Standard » Woodstock http://www.thevermontstandard.com Your source for local news and information, serving Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Pomfret, Reading, Quechee, West Windsor and Woodstock Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:40:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Photos: Wassail Craft Fair http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wassail-craft-fair/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wassail-craft-fair/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:48 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46990 As part of the Woodstock Wassail event weekend, a craft fair was offered at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock.
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Photos: Yoh Players Perform ‘The Snow Queeen’ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-yoh-players-perform-the-snow-queeen/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-yoh-players-perform-the-snow-queeen/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:01:41 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46988 The cast of The Snow Queen performed by the Yoh players at WUHS over Wassail Weekend sing a carol during the finale.  (Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Photo)

The cast of The Snow Queen performed by the Yoh players at WUHS over Wassail Weekend sing a carol during the finale. (Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Photo)

The Yoh Players performed Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy Tale “The Snow Queen” for Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend. The play is a coming-of-age story of two friends Kai and Gerda who find themselves involved with the alluring Snow Queen. When Kai is kidnapped, young Gerda sets out to find and rescue him. With the help of some magical creatures, Gerda makes her way to the Snow Queen’s castle and must break the icy spell cast over Kai. Their adventures were told in seven stories over two acts.
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Photos: WUHS Girls Basketball vs Bellows Falls http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wuhs-girls-basketball-vs-bellows-falls/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wuhs-girls-basketball-vs-bellows-falls/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:45:45 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46985 Amber Barcomb drives the ball down the court in a the game against Bellows Fall on Tuesday, December 16 at home.  (Rick Russell Photo)

Amber Barcomb drives the ball down the court in a the game against Bellows Fall on Tuesday, December 16 at home. (Rick Russell Photo)

Woodstock girls took on Bellows Falls at home on Tuesday night playing a tight game but loosing 41-38.
Rick Russell Photos

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Photos: Wassail Weekend On The Green http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wassail-weekend-on-the-green/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wassail-weekend-on-the-green/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:58 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46897  

Eric Fritz, leads the ceremonies of the Yule Log and caroling.  (Rick Russell Photo)

Eric Fritz, leads the ceremonies of the Yule Log and caroling. (Rick Russell Photo)

Yule log with Christmas caroling, Luminaries, Café on the Green and the Memory Tree lighting filled the Green in Woodstock on Saturday before and after the parade.

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Lighting of the luminaries.

Café on the Green

Yule log and caroling

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Photos: WES Sunshine Chorus, Wassail 2014 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wes-sunshine-chorus-wassail-2014/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-wes-sunshine-chorus-wassail-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:29:26 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46979 From left, Declan McCullough, Bronwyn Morris, Hannah Reed sing on the steps of Norman Williams Library as part of Wassail.  (Rick Russell Photo)

From left, Declan McCullough, Bronwyn Morris, Hannah Reed sing on the steps of Norman Williams Library as part of Wassail. (Rick Russell Photo)

The Woodstock Elementary School chorus as well as some middle school and high school students gathered on the steps of the Norman Williams Library in Woodstock to kick off Wassail Weekend with holiday songs.
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Watch the video of this and other Wassail Events… click here

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Photos: ‘The Ten’ Perform At Wassail http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-the-ten-perform-at-wassail/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-the-ten-perform-at-wassail/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:29:10 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46968 TheTen
The New York based a cappella group “The Ten” performed as part of Wassail Weekend.
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Photos: Messiah Sing, Wasssail 2014 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-messiah-sing-wasssail-2014/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-messiah-sing-wasssail-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:22:16 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46964 MessiahSing

Part of the Wassail Weekend tradition in Woodstock in the Messiah Sing. A performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, the audience sang along.

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Photos: Woodstock’s Wassail Parade; Winners 2014 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-woodstocks-wassail-parade-winners-2014/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/photos-woodstocks-wassail-parade-winners-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:44:41 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46903 Kathy Mercurio dressed as Princess Anna pulled by "Sven" the reindeer, mini Celeste the Rockstar.   (Rick Russell Photo)

Kathy Mercurio dressed as Princess Anna pulled by “Sven” the reindeer, mini Celeste the Rockstar.
(Rick Russell Photo)

The annual Wassail parade in Woodstock is a festival of horses and riders in period dress and themes of winter and Christmas. The parade is organized by High Horses Therapeutic Riding.
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PARADE WINNERS

Best Group -  Marshall Dawn Deignan as "Olaf"Pepperrell Ma. part of "FROZEN" Group Best individual Rider - Katrina Strout- Cornish NH Judges Award - Happy Holibrays,  Newport, NH Best Junior Entry- Olive Jennings from Lempster, NH Best Horse Drawn Vehicle- Stacey Gallien, Grantham NH Most Seasonally Attired -  Lynn Braley, Field Acres Farm

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School Board On Consolidation: WES Has ‘Plenty Of Space’ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/school-board-on-consolidation-wes-has-plenty-of-space/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/school-board-on-consolidation-wes-has-plenty-of-space/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46578 (December 2, 2014) against pursuing the latest consolidation plan that would merge Bridgewater Village School and the Pomfret School into a joint contract school.]]> Woodstock Elementary School

Woodstock Elementary School

By Katy Savage, Standard Staff

The Woodstock Elementary School board voted Tuesday night (December 2, 2014) against pursuing the latest consolidation plan that would merge Bridgewater Village School and the Pomfret School into a joint contract school.

Bridgewater, Pomfret and Barnard elementary school boards approved a consolidation committee’s draft proposal that combines services for the two elementary schools and saves an estimated $200,000.

Woodstock Elementary School board member David Steele didn’t have confidence that the joint contract school would make sense in the long run since projected student enrollment in all four schools is declining rapidly.

“I’m not optimistic that we’re going to be able to turn the tide,” Steele said.

If enrollment continues to go down, there could be enough space at Woodstock for all elementary students.

“We have plenty of space at WES and there’s growing space in the junior high and high school,” he said.

The consolidation committee, which includes school board members from the four schools, plans to present a budget to residents on Town Meeting day in March. Voters will be able choose if they want to go forward with the committee’s final plan — whatever it ends up being.

“We all know that to make this attractive and successful it has to be done really, really well,” said Pomfret school board chair Greg Greene.

The school consolidation study committee formed just over a year ago to look for savings at a time of declining student population. Committee members originally wanted to close Bridgewater and Pomfret schools and send K-4 students to Woodstock and 5-6 students to Pomfret.

The current joint contract school option would address immediate needs, according to officials. It would knock three cents off the residential tax rate in Bridgewater and 13 cents off the Pomfret residential rate per $100 of assessed property value, according to the draft proposal.

The joint contract school opens the possibility of all schools sharing resources in the future, including meals, programs and activities.

“I am treating this as a way to move forward for all of the communities. The moment that it becomes clearer that it is not the correct solution, we’ll reinvest and move in the direction that we need to,” Greene said.

Even though Steele wasn’t in favor of it, he said the Woodstock board would continue to be part of the study.

Projected enrollment models show Bridgewater Village School will have 26 students in 2016-17, down from 35 students this year. Pomfret would have just 36 students in 2016-17, down from 51 students.

“We owe it to our towns to do something now because things are not going to get better and whether it’s right, wrong or indifferent, we’re still going to do something,” said Bridgewater school board chair Greg Jenne.

The draft suggests 8.5 full-time teachers would be needed in the joint contract school, 2.5 less than is currently at the combined schools. A new principal will likely be hired. Both Bridgewater and Pomfret school principals are retiring.

Committee members brought up concerns about transitioning students and teachers to the joint school. Windsor Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Alice Worth suggested a spring community meeting with the kids.

If approved by voters, the plan could go into effect as early as next school year.

“It’s going to take some time to do this and to do it well,” Worth said.

This article first appeared in the December 4, 2014 edition of the Vermont Standard.

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Community, Kids Come Forward To Help Rescued Horses http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/community-kids-come-forward-to-help-rescued-horses/ http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/12/community-kids-come-forward-to-help-rescued-horses/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:38:49 +0000 http://www.thevermontstandard.com/?p=46572 Lilli Tuckerman

Lilli Tuckerman

By Katy Savage, Standard Staff

Lillie Tuckerman just learned about kindness in school when she came home with an idea to raise money to support 23 rescued horses that she heard needed help.

Lillie, 12, made three gallons of one of her favorite hot beverages — apple cider — and recruited her younger sister, Violet, 9, to help her make posters to sell the cider at Woodstock’s Winter Farmer’s Market. Lillie and her sister only sold about a half-gallon of cider, but they raised $500 last weekend.

“She always has an animal in the back of her head,” said her mother Tina Tuckerman.

The 23 horses were taken from Skyland Arabians off Dunham Hill Road after anonymous callers to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society said the animals weren’t being fed. Hipbones and rib cages were protruding through some of the animals’ winter fur when police arrived. Lucy Mackenzie and the Woodstock Police Department led the rescue to trailer the animals off the property three weeks ago. They are currently being kept at Green Mountain Horse Association where a team of volunteers is caring for them.

A display at the Woodstock Winter Farmers' Market to sell cider for the horses.  (photo provided)

A display at the Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market to sell cider for the horses. (photo provided)

Lillie has volunteered at GMHA every Sunday since the horses were rescued. Over her Thanksgiving break from school, she volunteered every other day, helping to groom, walk and feed three of the calmer horses.

“They didn’t look very well when I first saw them, I was kind of sad,” Lillie said.

Her enthusiasm to help didn’t surprise her mother, who says she has a soft spot for others in need. She reaches out to fellow students at school.

“She’s always tried to make everyone feel warm and welcome,” Tuckerman said. “She’s always taking care of others.”

Lillie grew up on her family’s One Chicken at a Time farm in Barnard with chickens, goats and alpacas. Fifteen years ago, the family rescued an elderly rooster and hen from Lucy Mackenzie. Lillie has volunteered at the humane society since.

“We’re really close with Lucy Mackenzie,” Tuckerman said.

For Lillie’s birthday last year, instead of getting presents, she asked her friends and family to donate food and toys to Lucy Mackenzie. She got about 50 pounds of food that year.

“To the point where you know that (animals) are past their prime, she’s always trying to make them feel better,” Tuckerman said.

Lillie doesn’t ride horses, but she spends a lot of time with them on the farm.

“She really likes grooming and hanging out and letting them be part of her life. She’s like that with every animal,” Tuckerman said.

Children, including Lillie, have been helping at GMHA with chores, running wheelbarrows and helping set up the food buckets since the horses were removed from the property, said Jeanne Matos.

“Lillie has a lot of hands on experience, she’s grown up on a farm,” Matos said. “It takes quiet a lot of people to look after these animals on a daily basis.”

The humane society has received hundreds of phone calls so far — so many that the Lucy Mackenzie hasn’t been able to return them all.

“The volunteer effort has been phenomenal,” said Lucy Mackenzie President Jeanne Matos. “We’re hopeful that that will continue at the same rate.”

The horses’ food costs about $100 a day. Businesses and local people have been donating grain and bedding and making monetary donations. The animals’ health is slowly improving, according to Matos.

“There’s definitely much more noticeable differences in the weight and the perkiness of the animals that are a little bit stronger,” Matos said. “They’re much quieter and my sense is that they know that there’s going to be another meal, so everyone’s relaxed.

“They’re not ravenous and they’re not gulping down their food, which I think will add more to their overall well-being.”

Donations can be made at the fundraising website: www.crowdrise.com/hopeforhorses/fundraiser/ginamcallister. As of Tuesday,December 2, $2,100 had been raised. The goal is $50,000.

“The need is great,” Matos said.

Skyland Farm Arabians owner Marjatta Lavin was in court Tuesday where she was assigned a public defender. She pleaded innocent to the animal cruelty charges at a November hearing.

This article first appeared in the December 4, 2014 edition of the Vermont Standard.

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