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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Ecology
Tuesday, October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
at the Goddard College Haybarn Theater
MacArthur Fellow and geologist David R. Montgomery and biologist Anne Bikle, authors of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health will present exciting new information about the microbial ecologies in the soil and in our bodies. Farmers, gardeners, foresters and all those who have a body will find this fascinating. By donation.  Cosponsored by the Cutler Memorial and Jaquith Libraries, Natural Marshfield, and the Conservation Commissions of Marshfield and Plainfield and hosted by Goddard College. 

Susan Green
Jaquith Public Library
122 School St. RM 2
Marshfield, VT 05658
We attended the special town meeting in Cabot tonight to decide if large budget items should be voted by Australian ballot at next March meeting.  This issue has come up before and been rejected.  Tonight the voters turned out in force and both town and school budget items will be by Australian ballot in March.  The main argument against the change was that it would in effect end town meeting as we know it and budget matters would not get thoroughly discussed as has been the case when voted on the floor of the meeting.  One of the main reasons cited for changing the way we vote these items was that it's more democratic because people will be able to vote by absentee ballot, and only Australian ballot items can be voted in absentia; therefore, Cabot residents who are working, indisposed or traveling when March meeting is held will  be able to vote on these important money items.  There will still be meetings to discuss the issues held before the items get on the agenda - and citizens can stay informed by going to those meetings or by reading the minutes of the meetings reported on the town web site and can weigh in with their opinions and be informed before they vote.  
Tonight voters met and discussed to pros and cons in a civil, polite, forum and the matters at hand were decided in just about one hour.  No lost tempers, no mean remarks, no ugliness.  Just neighbors voicing opinions in an informed and reasonable tone.  It was good to see.  I was proud of our fellow citizens.  I'm sure many went home disappointed with the results, but I hope they also appreciated it was a fair example of democracy in action - how it should be, but often isn't these days.   
We're getting a little rain tonight - very welcome.  Then it's going to get really chilly over the weekend and there are predictions of possible snow showers.  It's time, but most of us aren't quite ready for the beautiful reds and yellows of fall to turn white.

I saw Sue LaGue at the meeting tonight and she mentioned the loon parents have left, but the young loon is still hanging out here.  Sue said his call is different now that he's alone - she's thinking he's missing his parents.  I don't know - maybe he's calling for some other young fellows to join him for the flight to the coast.  We'll never know.  I just hope he takes off before it gets really cold and the pond begins to freeze over. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Birthday Wish!

 We want to send a very special birthday wish to Alba Rossi in Barre.  Alba turned 100 a few days ago and had a big birthday party this past weekend!   Alba and her late husband, Ted, were long-time JPA members and Alba continues her connection to Joe's Pond through her son and his wife, Bill and Diane Rossi (West Shore Road).  Here are some photos Diane shared with us.  Alba is certainly looking really beautiful - who'd believe she's 100?!

I'm sure Alba would love to get a card or message from any of her friends at Joe's Pond.  Her address is:  
Mrs. Alba Rossi, Lincoln House, Room 11, 120 Hill Street, Barre, VT 05641.  

It doesn't seem that long ago Alba and Ted were active in Joe's Pond summer gatherings. 
I recall when Fred and I were living year around at our camp at the corner of Barre Avenue and West Shore Road, we were having our septic system upgraded and to do that, the big,  mature cedar hedge along the West Shore Road side of our lot had to be removed.  Alba came along one day as work was progressing, and said she would like to have it to transplant at their camp, just up the road, but she said she had to go home and talk to Ted first.  We were happy that someone on the pond wanted it; however, Ted apparently said a firm "No," and we got a call shortly afterwards from a very disappointed Alba.  The hedge was saved, though - someone on Sandy Beach Road came and got it.  I'm not sure now who it was, but our big old hedge lived on - for a while, at least.  That was at least 30 years ago.  

Happy Birthday, Alba - whatever you're doing to stay young, it's working!

Monday, October 17, 2016

'Tis the season - for voting, that is.  This is an important issue for the Town of Cabot voters to decide, so if you are eligible to vote in this town, please consider going to this brief meeting to express your preference:

 Attention Cabot Voters: OCTOBER 20th
The legal voters of the Town of Cabot are hereby warned and notified to meet in the Cabot School Gymnasium in the Town of Cabot on October 20th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to transact the following Town business from the floor, and immediately thereafter, to transact the following School business from the floor:

Convene Town Meeting
Article 1. Shall the voters of the Town of Cabot adopt its Town, Highway and Special Service Appropriations articles by Australian ballot pursuant to 17 V.S.A. § 2680 (c)?
Article 2. To adjourn Town Meeting
Convene Cabot School District Meeting
Article 1. Shall the voters of the Cabot School District adopt its budget article or articles by Australian ballot?
Article 2. To adjourn Cabot School District Meeting

It will probably take less than an hour total to get this done, and it is an important issue, especially for people who live here but are away for Town Meeting in March, as so many of our Joe's Pond folks are, so are unable to vote on these important budget items.  You have to go to this meeting in person to cast your vote, so remind your neighbors and take a few minutes to vote.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

As I was writing this I had a call from Joey Calcagni, North Shore Road.  Joey said there is a rubber raft type float in the cove just off the JPA boating access, off shore from about the Sanguinetti camp.  He said it blew in Friday night and seems to be anchored there.  It may have come from the Channel Drive area, so if you may have had one on your lawn or dock that is missing, that's where it is.  Give Joey a call, 802-684-3835, and he will retrieve it for you if you don't have a boat in the water.  And thanks to Joey for letting us know about that.

We are beginning to see more leaves on the ground than on the trees now - especially on the hillsides where the wind hits.  Our day is a some sun, some clouds sort of mix, but there is a warmth in the south wind that makes us hopeful we'll get a little rain.  A "little" rain is what is in the forecast, but every little bit will help. 

I heard some old-timer say recently that a dry summer forecasts a winter with lots of snow.  We can only hope.  But not too much, please.  Last winter we really didn't have much at all, and in some ways that was kind of nice; but we do need the moisture in the ground to replenish our water supplies - we just don't need storm after storm after storm dumping snow by feet instead of inches each swipe.  Fred took these pictures on his way to Cabot Apple Pie Festival yesterday.   And here is a nice piece done by the Times Argus about Saturday's Apple Pie Festival.

The picture below was taken on West Shore Road on Friday - that is Shelly Walker's new garage across the road from her home.  She will be so glad she has a garage come winter!  She's all set for her first winter at Joe's Pond.  I know she's looking forward to living here - she will have lots of entertainment watching the ice fishermen and snowmobiles in a few more weeks, I expect.  And she'll be so glad her car is tucked into a nice garage instead of sitting out in the weather.  I remember the days of having to clean snow and ice off the windshield before heading off to work most mornings.  We do appreciate having a garage now.

I'm spending a very quiet day today - not what I'd planned by any means, but when I bent down to tie my shoes this morning, my back caught and no manner of stretches unhinged it.  It happens every now and then - usually when I have a full schedule of activity planned, like I do this week.  I'm comfortable at my computer, so that is where I'll concentrate my energy today instead of outside doing last-minute yard work before winter.  Most of it is done and except for wrapping some of our small trees and bushes to protect them from wind and crushing snow, everything else can remain undone until spring.