Valley News – Local & Regional briefs for Sunday, May 26, 2019

Valley News - Local & Regional briefs for Sunday, May 26, 2019

Valley News – Local & Regional briefs for Sunday, May 26, 2019


Unitarian Universalist congregation welcomes new minister

NORWICH — Almost exactly one year after Rev. Jan Hutslar first visited the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich, she was officially installed in a ritual ceremony at the house of worship on May 19.

Hutslar, who was raised in southern Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University, has been preaching at the church since last fall; she was called by the congregation as its newest settled minister when she first visited the Upper Valley in May 2018.

“The installation is a public proclamation of our commitment to journey together as a Unitarian Universalist congregation and minister, guided by our principles, our mission, and our vision,” Hutslar said in a news release. “We are choosing to be a community of justice and love when we see so much happening in the world that is unjust, divisive, and hateful. We need to choose to co-conspire together to create resilient communities of faith.”

This is Hutslar’s first settled ministry position. Previously, she served for 12 years as director of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, N.Y., and most recently as the ministerial intern at First Parish in Concord, Mass.

“Early in the ministerial search process, I fell in love with this congregation and knew this was where I wanted to be. Happily, the UUCUV search committee felt the same way about me,” said Hutslar. “On Sunday, the joy and hope of this community was palpable … we were infused with new energy for our journey together!”

Area clergymen and women, as well as those who knew Hutslar from previous positions and from her time as a student at the Starr King School for the Ministry, participated in the service, which included music, readings, and charges to both Hutslar and the congregation. There were about 150 attendees.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine, who served as UUCUV’s first minister from 1989 to 2001, lit the chalice, the symbolic start of a Unitarian Universalist service. Rev. Patience Stoddard, Minister Emeritus and the settled minister at UUCUV from 2013 to 2018, also was on hand to deliver the invocation. The sermon, “Spiritual Co-conspirators: For Such a Time as This,” was given by Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead, associate chaplain at St. Lawrence University.

“Remember the wise sage who says, ‘we are the ones we’ve been waiting for,’ ” Whitehead said in her sermon, according to the news release. “The soul of this nation and the earth are on the line … The universe has need for you and your gifts of healing.”

For more information about the installation or UUCUV, visit Services are held at 320 Route 5 every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Vermont boater safety course comes to Fairlee

FAIRLEE — The Lake Morey Protective Association and the Marine Division of the Vermont State Police Auxiliary will offer a safe boating and boater certification workshop Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20, from 5-9 p.m. at the Fairlee Emergency Building conference room, 5445 Lake Morey Road.

It is open to both Vermont and New Hampshire residents. Participants must attend both sessions in order to receive certification. Boating Safety Education is required for any motorized boat or personal watercraft operator born after Jan. 1, 1974.

The class is free to participants, but registration is required. To register, contact Debbie Baker at [email protected]. For more information visit

Vermont summit focuses on lake health

FAIRLEE — The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation are hosting an all-day seminar on Friday, June 7 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee to celebrate Vermont’s lakes and ponds.

The event — open to the public — will focus on how scientists translate research into tangible actions individuals and communities can take to sustain healthy lakes and ponds.

“Vermont’s anglers, lakeshore homeowners, scientists, students, watershed groups, conservation commission members, and business owners care for our lakes and ponds,” Perry Thomas, who manages lakes and ponds protections in the state, said in a news release. “They have learned a lot about how to protect these places. This year’s seminar provides a space for these individuals to come together and share their research as well as best practices and activities with one another.”

Morning sessions will include a presentation by David Mears, the executive director of the Vermont Audubon Society; a book discussion led by Peter Tobiessen, author of The Secret Life of a Lake; and a recognition of the volunteer-based Lay Monitoring Program, which has been tracking Vermont lake water quality for 40 years.

In the afternoon, attendees can choose from multiple sessions led by Department of Environmental Conservation scientists on topics including: aquatic invasive species management; shoreland management practices; lake protection plans and nutrient management; and atmospheric pollution impacts to lakes and ponds.

If the weather is good, attendees are invited to end the day with a guided paddle of Lake Morey. Participants who have a canoe or kayak should bring it.

The cost of the event is $30. For more information or to register, visit

Newport Rotary Club’s penny sale raises $11,000

NEWPORT — The Newport Rotary Club’s Penny Sale, held May 11 at Newport Middle High School, raised nearly $11,000 from about 200 attendees.

The funds will benefit the Newport Rotary Teachers’ Mini Grant Program, the Newport Community Center Fund and the Newport Police Department Cadet program. Mike Ross, of Croydon, won the $1,000 cash prize, and then gave $200 back to Rotary.

Sam Clough, of Quechee, won the $500 cash prize. Co-Chairs Bruce Jasper and Tina Blythe helped organized the event, Dan Cherry and Leigh Stocker emceed and the Newport Senior Center provided food.

Springfield seminar teaches how to rebuild stone walls

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Stone Trust, a nonprofit organization which promotes the art of dry stone walling, along with the Historic Windsor Inc. and The Preservation Education Institute is hosting two workshops for people who would like to know how to rebuild old stone walls.

A two-day workshop for people with masonry, landscape or construction experience is being held Wednesday and Thursday, June 12-13, and a three-day workshop for people without that experience is being held Friday-Sunday, June 14-16. Each day the courses meet from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit, call 802-674-6752 or email [email protected].

Volunteers needed to help park cars during Quechee Balloon Festival

QUECHEE — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to help park cars during the Quechee Balloon Festival, taking place Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16.

The proceeds from the parking efforts will benefit the Brian Hanson Scholarship Fund, which gives financial assistance to people who would not otherwise be able to participate in programming offered by the departments.

Parking shifts are available Friday from 2-7:15 p.m., Saturday from 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 5 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Volunteers can sign up online at For more information contact Karen McNall at [email protected] or by calling 802-295-5036.

Vermont historic sites opening for the summer season

MONTPELIER — Seven historic sites owned by the state of Vermont are now open for the season.

The sites include more than 80 historic structures and hundreds of acres of forest and farmland that opened on Saturday.

Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschmann said the historic sites across the state include prehistoric camps, Revolutionary War sites, and the homes of U.S. Presidents. She says they all shed light on the history of Vermont.

Among the sites that opened include the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, the Old Constitution House in Windsor and the Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton.

More than 70 public events and programs are scheduled this season at Vermont’s State Historic Sites.

Bill would create $25B opioid epidemic response fund

CONCORD — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick have introduced a bill to create a $25 billion Opioid Epidemic Response Fund to provide resources to support states, cities, towns and communities fight the drug crisis.

The fund would provide $5 billion annually over five years targeted to numerous activities involving such agencies as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Institutes of Health; and the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Kuster said Congress has an important role to play in supporting the efforts of states, cities, towns and communities that are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

Kuster, a Democrat, and Fitzpatrick, a Republican, are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force.

See a fawn alone? Don’t assume mother’s gone

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is reminding people to not interfere if they see fawns by themselves.

The majority of deer fawns are born in May and June. People see fawns alone and may try to help them. The doe usually isn’t far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn fawn.

The department said adult deer can be easily detected by predators, due to their scent and size. Does will spend extended periods away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn and keep them safe from predators.

People who try to help usually are removing fawns from the mother’s care. Improper care of injured or orphaned wildlife often leads to animals’ sickness or death.

People can call in a report if there’s a concern.

— Staff and wire reports


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