You’re invited to a mini-bioblitz

This Saturday, June 11—and the weather looks promising!

Leader: Dave Houston

Dave Houston speaking to a group at Greenbank's Hollow.

Dave Houston speaking to a group at Greenbank’s Hollow.

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, all interested naturalists are invited to the Historic Park to gather by the covered bridge in Greenbank’s Hollow and then venture out into nearby forests, fields, wetlands, ponds and streams to discover and document the plants, birds, mammals, insects, spiders, herbs, and other life forms that exist in these ecosites.

About 16 folks have indicated that they plan to be there—that’s great, but of course, more would be welcome. If you know of anyone with special interests in fungi, mosses, liverworts, bryophytes, or lichens give them a call and invite them along. We have some good botanists coming, and some experts in butterflies and dragonflies, but other plant and insect lovers would be welcome also, as there are lots of interesting sites to check out. You generalists may have an opportunity to team up with someone if you wish.

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A map of the four quadrants that will be part of the bioblitz. The center is the covered bridge.

I’ve worked up some maps outlining the geographic area of interest and some data sheets to help record your finds. If you can bring pencils, clipboards (I have a few), bugdope, raingear, lunch and water that would be good. Photos can often be very helpful in identifying or documenting what you find out there.

Logistics:

WHERE: Gather on the south side of Joes Brook near the covered bridge. Parking is along Brook Road, in the few designated parking spaces, and on the grassy area. Look for the small pop-up tent there with table for check in, and to pick up maps, data sheets, directions, etc.

WHEN: I will be there by 7:30 am. You can come whenever you can get there. Some of you may want to spend all day, some of you might not be able to—and that’s OK, for whatever you discover and document will add to our database.

DURING: I suggest that those not too far away, or not too engrossed in what that are finding, check back in at noon for a lunch break, discussion of the morning’s venture, and perhaps select a different venue for the afternoon.

AFTER: As I mentioned in my earlier memo, for those of you still around at the end of the day, there will be a wrap-up at my house (within the zone of interest!). Timing will depend on how things work out, but in any case, there will be beer, wine, snacks, etc., and the grill can go on for those who wish to bring something more substantial.

If you have any questions, suggestions, etc. please let me know. I hope to see you all for a fun day at the

Hollow

Directions: From the Danville Green, take the Peacham road south to Harvey’s Hollow (2 miles), turn left onto Brook Rd and go to its end—by the covered bridge,

-or- from the Green, take Brainerd Street south, and where it swings left, go straight onto Greenbank’s Hollow Rd- continue to the Hollow and the bridge.

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This postmark neophyte learned something

By Sharon Lakey, Director of the Danville Vermont Historical Society

Sharon Lakey, Lindi Pronto and Don Gallagher finishing up postmarking for Thaddeus Stevens

Sharon Lakey, Lindi Pronto and Don Gallagher finishing up postmarking for Thaddeus Stevens

Okay, I admit it; I am a postmark neophyte. When I received an email lately from Ross Hetrick, the president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, sharing with me that someone was coming to Danville for a postmark cancellation honoring the 224th birthday of Thaddeus Stevens, I was more than a bit foggy about the whole thing. He also suggested I might want to have some items canceled at the event. Having never been a stamp or postmark collector, I had no idea what I should have canceled. Thank goodness for Google.

The idea of a special cancellation was generated by the postmaster in Danville, Lindi Pronto, who was familiar with the process as she had completed one nearly 20 years ago. She had spoken with Don Gallagher at the 2015 renaming of the Danville Post Office to the Thaddeus Stevens Post Office. Don has been on a mission for the last few years to have an actual postage stamp printed by the United States Postal Service in honor of Stevens.

For those readers who may not know, Thaddeus Stevens was born in Danville, educated in Peacham, graduated from Dartmouth and went on to become a brilliant lawyer in Pennsylvania where he became an ardent abolitionist and Congressman. He is recognized as the father of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Definitely, Stevens is a worthy subject for a postage stamp. However, it is no easy task to convince the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of this.

As Gallagher explains it, the process of getting an actual stamp made is a long one. It requires many steps and proof of the viability of the subject. As millions of stamps will be printed, the question is, will customers really buy the stamp? There must be broad support for the individual.

To that end, Gallagher is attempting to spread the word and actually get people–yes, you reader–to do something. He would like you to write to the Stamp Committee telling them you support the effort and give your personal feelings about how important your civil rights are to you in a democracy.

Here, dear reader, is the address, and we hope you will consider sending a personal note. Your signature and date are required.

Thaddeus Stevens Stamp
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza S.W., Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

The postmark cancellation used in Danville on April 4, 2016. In this case, it was used on a postcard created for the event. These are available at the Danville Historical Society.

The postmark cancellation used in Danville on April 4, 2016. In this case, it was used on a postcard created for the event. These are available at the Danville Historical Society.

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Thaddeus Stevens special postmark, Monday April 4, 2016

Lindi Pronto, Danville postmaster, holds the Thaddeus Stevens portrait that hangs in the Danville, VT, post office. Last year, the post office was named for Thaddeus Stevens.

Lindi Pronto, Danville postmaster, holds the Thaddeus Stevens portrait that hangs in the Danville, VT, post office. Last year, the post office was named for Thaddeus Stevens.

In honor of the birthday of Thaddeus Stevens on April 4, 1792, there will be a special postmark cancellation at the Danville, VT, Thaddeus Stevens Post Office.

Stevens, who is known as the Great Commoner, was born in Danville and educated in Peacham. He was an avid believer in our democracy and the civil rights and obligations that come with citizenship. He is credited with the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution.

Those who wish to have the special postmark may bring their stamped envelope or postcard to the post office during office hours on Monday, April 4. The postmaster will also cancel mail requests for those who cannot get to Danville, as long as the request is received before April 4.

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The Railroad in Vermont

Annual Meeting 2016

Annual Meeting 2016

 

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FOSTER PAGE, A FRIEND AND RELATIVE

Foster Page driving one of his famous doodlebugs with his pals, Billy Budd and Jack. Photo taken by Yankee Magazine

Foster Page, driving one of his famous doodlebugs with his pals, Billy Budd and Jack. Photo taken by Yankee Magazine in 1984.

By Winona (Peck) Gadapee

Foster Page was a family close friend, a relative (my father Reggie Peck’s cousin), helper and enemy of none.

Foster was in my mother’s class at Danville’s Philips Academy, probably the class of 1931. He and my Dad shared equipment, much of it Foster’s, and they hayed and spread manure for each other.

My early memories of Foster were when I was perhaps eight or nine, my brother five years younger. Foster would come to our house, sit in the kitchen chair near the door to sort of visit… Foster wasn’t much of a talker. What he really wanted was to play with us kids until we were so wound my Mother would always end up sitting us in chairs for “Time Out”. Thinking back, I can imagine she was feeling stressed before we got loud, because she always had so much to do and she was “caught” in the kitchen.

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2016 Greenbank’s Burn Celebration

Please join the party–it’s fun and the weather is supposed to be fine!

greenbank's burn poster

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70 years of Sherryland

toppy sherry elder cane

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My Grandparents

By Judy (Randall) Garland

When I was little, I thought everyone had grandparents, but I found out as I got older that not everyone did. In fact some people had none and some people had only one set or one grandparent. My family was very lucky – we had two full sets of wonderful grandparents.

Grammie and Grampa Root

Grammie and Grampa Root

When I think of Grampa Root, I think of how he made one feel very special. I can still hear him cheering me on when I was little in the bike races at the 4th of July in North Danville. He was big and burly, almost a full-blooded Irishman, and I loved him.

Grammie Root was so sweet. I never heard her curse or swear. She had long flowing hair that she wore on top of her head. When she would comb it out, we were mesmerized. She would sit in a straight-back chair for hours crocheting away. Then she would give us her handiwork for Christmas, which I must say wasn’t very much appreciated at the time, but now we love her work. I don’t remember her doing anything with us but we still loved to go there.

Grampa and Grammie Randall

Grampa and Grammie Randall

We always begged my parents for a chance to go down to our other grandparents’ home, the Randalls, in St. Johnsbury in the summer. That was our vacation, and we relished it. And besides, we got out of doing dishes! We could swing on the tree swing or walk on the trail that went up through the woods. Our aunts, Betty, Gloria and Joanne, Grampa and Grammie’s youngest daughters, were there, too. Joanne especially would walk us to town when we asked her. We would walk on the cement walls at the Fairbanks Museum on our way down. I also remember getting caps for the cap guns or buy presents for the rest of the family. I remember buying Evening of Paris for my Mother. She acted like it was her favorite, but now that I smell it, it stinks!

Grampa Randall was very stoic but never lewd or lascivious. In fact, when Jini, my sister, and I were both there, she would go with Grammie into another bedroom, and I would sleep with Grampa. We would play a game—whoever goes to sleep first say, “I.” He would always win!

Grammie Randall, too, was a sweetheart. I never heard her use a curse word either. She did so much for my family. When Paul, my brother, broke both legs, she had him stay at her house. She bought my parents an automatic washer when the twins were born. She was always baking and mending our things, too. We could go to Grammie’s at any time. Though that was a time that “love” was never spoken, there was such a feeling of love in that home. I think Grampa said it best after she died, “She was a wonderful wife, a wonderful Mother, and a wonderful Grandmother.” I only hoped she knew it. We never told her just how wonderful she was.

When my cousin Dale called Grammie “Grammie,” I was so mad! How dare he call my Grandmother “Grammie?” My jealousy was stupid. Of course he would call her “Grammie.” That’s all he ever heard us call her.

When I think of Grammie Randall, I think of her as a modern grandmother. Sure, she did a lot of things that were a throwback to her time – like baking bread, making quilts and canning, but she would also go to our basketball games and cheer us on. For a while she even worked outside the home.

We didn’t know just how lucky my family was to have two full sets of wonderful grandparents.

 

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Danville Post Office Dedication Video, April 18, 2015

A video of the Dedication of the Danville Post Office, naming it after Thaddeus Stevens, is posted on YouTube at the following link: Danville Post Office Dedication. It was posted by Ross Hetrick, President of the Thaddeus Stevens Society.

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David Book presentation was riveting

The Society hosted David Book on Sunday, April 26. It was well-attended and worthwhile. The Vermont Humanities Speaker’s Bureau has a good one here; if you ever have a chance to hear his portrayal of Abel Morrill, a farmer in Cabot, it is worth the time. Liz Sargent took photos and we’ll share some of them here.

Photos of Abel Morrill's (David Book) two sons, who were both killed in Civil War in 1864.

Photos of Abel Morrill’s (David Book) two sons, who were both killed in Civil War in 1864.

Abel Morrill (David Book) reading the last words from his son's Bible.

Abel Morrill (David Book) reading the last words from his son’s Bible.

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