Maple Festival Offers Sweet Fun

by Middletown Springs on March 8, 2018


Maple lore & demonstrations, sweet treats from local kitchens, a raffle and a silent auction featuring local artists and craftspersons, merchants and professionals highlight the 30th Annual Maple Festival of the Middletown Springs Historical Society on Sunday, March 18 from 1-4 pm.

The event will feature a demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast iron kettle over an open fire. Local sugarmaker Ryan Mahar and historians David Wright and Jon Mathewson will give a presentation on maple sugaring history and current practice using examples from the Historical Society collection.

Delicious maple desserts created by Historical Society members, Vermont maple products and new 2018 syrup will be available for sale. Pancakes, old-fashioned sugar on snow and maple cotton candy are always favorites.

Acoustic music and kids’ activities enliven the free afternoon event. Videos about Vermont maple sugaring will be shown continuously.

Silent auction offers include stay at vacation condo; Killington ski & golf passes; 100 gallons of heating oil; genealogical research; lessons in billiards/pool, spinning, or horseback riding; computer consulting; a wine and cheese basket; a Cabot cheese basket; a planted container of annuals; a homemade quilt as well as other fine craft items; homemade pies; maple syrup; a Vermont Teddy Bear; dining gift certificates and other donations from area businesses. 

A raffle drawing with many prizes including $100.00 and $50.00 in cash, maple syrup and maple products, craft items, and gift certificates from local businesses will go on during the festival.

Museum exhibits on Middletown Springs history are on view during the festival. Admission is free and the building is handicap accessible.

For more information about the Maple Festival call David Wright at 235-2376 or Pat Hemenway at 235-2421.

Unofficial Town Meeting Vote Counts

by Middletown Springs on March 8, 2018

Here are the unofficial Town Meeting vote counts from Tuesday’s election, on a total vote count of 320, a little low compared to last year’s Town Meeting of 349.

The short report is all Ballot Articles passed. Laura Castle was re-elected as Town Clerk. All unopposed candidates all won. There were a number of write-ins for open positions and the Selectboard will be working to fill those positions.

Apologies – the column formatting got lost in translation.

Ballot Articles Yes No
Article 2 Auditor’s Report 287 23
Article 3 Town Budget 248 64
Article 4 Highway Budget 244 65
Article 5 Tax Stabilization 245 62
Article 6 Surplus to Facilities 220 84
Article 7 Fire Facilities Fund 193 122
Article 8 Sheriff’s Contract 169 143
Article 9 Poultney Rescue Squad 287 27
Article 10 MS First Response 290 23
Article 11 RAVNA 258 50
Article 12 VT Green Up 255 56
Article 13 Rut. Mental Health 230 79
Article 14 SW VT Aging 243 70
Article 15 BROC 219 92
Article 16 VT Rural Fire 250 60
Article 17 Poultney Comm. League 208 99
Article 18 Rut. Reg. Ambulance 268 39
Article 19 MS Fire Department 224 86
Article 20 New Story 222 87
Article 21 Rut. Humane Society 230 79
Article 22 RSVP/Volunteer Ctr. 200 107
Article 23 Poult-Mettowee Nat. Resources 196 114
Article 24 NeighborWorks 183 125
Article 25 ARC 200 102
Article 26 Rut. Parent/Child Ctr. 200 107
Article 27 VT Assn Blind 235 73
Article 28 American Red Cross 234 72
Article 29 Mentor Connector 160 135
Article 30 Child First Advocacy Ctr. 223 84
Article 31 Pleasant View Cemetery 251 56
Article 32 Regional Marketing 167 139
Article 33 MS Memorial Day Parade 238 70

Elected Officials

Town Moderator: Kimberly Bushnell 282
Town Clerk: Laura Ann Castle 182, Beth Miller 137
Town Treasurer: Jenny Talke Munyak 280
Tax Collector: Laura Ann Castle 276
Selectboard 3 yr: Carl Haynes 189
Selectboard 2 yr: Chris Fenton 280
Road Commissioner: Bill Reed 264
Lister: Sally Achey 274
Auditor: Sarah Grimm 266
Library Trustee (2): Alida Tarbell 262, Kristal Hier 245
Grand Juror: David Munyak 252
Copeland Cemetery Fund Trustee (2): Alida Tarbell 269, Alice Hoisington 219
Louis/Public Monies Trustee (2): Patty McWilliams 263, Alice Hoisington 218
School Director 3 yr: Jennelle Carr 277

Combined (two town) vote on Wells Springs School District Budget: 289 yes, 185 no.

Pie For Breakfast – March 10

February 6, 2018

Spring must be coming, the trustees at the Middletown Springs Public Library are once again serving up PIE for BREAKFAST!  On Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8am-11am, they will be serving up PIE with tea, coffee, or juice. The slices are cut thin so it is easy to try many different varieties. Pies are both […]

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GOT NEWS? for January Town Newsletter

December 22, 2017

January Issue of the middleTOWN NEWSletter will be published on January 5.  All news must be submitted no later than January 1. Send news to The middleTOWN NEWSletter is published digitally – on or near the first of the month.  It is posted to the town website, announced on FPF, and send to your […]

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Holiday Craft Fair – Dec 3

November 27, 2017

Come to the 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Sunday December 3, 10 am – 3 pm at the Middletown Springs School. This one-stop shop will cover many people on your list: choose among syrup and honey, paintings, wreaths, soaps, woodenware, pottery, crafts and so much more. Over 25 exhibitors …  Food sale/refreshments to benefit the Memorial […]

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Unofficial Results of Tuesday’s Special Election

June 7, 2017

There were 260 total votes cast in Tuesday’s special election. Article 1, the proposed repeal of the junk ordinance, failed by a vote of 115-144, with 1 blank. Article 2, the continued property tax exemption for the firehouse, passed by a vote of 206-53, with 1 blank. Article 3, the funding of the Memorial Day […]

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Unofficial Results from Town Meeting – 2017

March 8, 2017

What follows are UNOFFICIAL election results from Middletown Springs. These are from the tabulator tape, and the counting crew was still at work hand-examining ballots when these numbers were released.  Official results will come from the Town Clerk once certified. If there’s anything where the margin of lead was smaller than the blank or spoiled […]

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Act 46 Community Forum

November 9, 2016

A community forum will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday November 14 at the Middletown Springs Elementary School. School board members and administrators will provide an update on our school district’s efforts to improve educational opportunities, lower costs, and meet the requirements of Act 46 by merging with another school district.

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Register to Vote by Nov. 2

October 24, 2016

As we prepare for what will be a momentous election, we want to encourage anyone who has not yet done so to register to vote, no later than Wednesday November 2. Full instructions for voter registration can be found at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, at . The easiest and fastest way to […]

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Homestead/Residential Information

August 29, 2016

Note from  Jennifer Talke Munyak •  Town/School Treasurer By now, if you have applied and are eligible, you should have received your homestead rebate. This rebate has been automatically applied to your property tax bill. If you expected to receive a rebate, and did not, or if the amount does not seem correct to you, […]

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