Unsung Hero Award Nominations

Do you know a community volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life in our greater Manchester community?

One of the positive annual events associated with our community is the recognition of volunteerism through the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service “Unsung Hero” Award. This grassroots event began twenty years ago. Originally sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it has recognized the contributions of local heroes. Today the Community Recognition Committee of the Manchester Selectboard accepts nominations for the annual award. Letters of nomination will be accepted by mail or email until Friday, December 1, 2017. The Town will hold a ceremony honoring this year’s recipient on Tuesday December 5th at 7:30 in the Kilburn Meeting Room at Manchester Town Hall.  All are welcome.

The Community Service Award began in 1989. While sitting around the family table over breakfast at the Quality Restaurant a conversation between some regulars went something like this: “Isn’t it a shame that the people that do all the work usually don’t get the credit. We ought to have an award for those people.” This random observation was the genesis of what became known as the “Unsung Hero Award”.

Each year since 1991 a committee has accepted nominations and chosen those they felt best exemplified selfless community service. Some years it was one person, some years as many as five. The names of all these heroes, these recipients of the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service Award appear on a plaque which hangs in our Town Hall Meeting Room.

These are the people who work quietly, often behind the scenes. These are the people our community counts on to make happen all the ideas that spawn the events that make these valley and mountain towns such wonderful places to live and raise families. These are your volunteers, your chairpersons, your coaches, board members, the plain-clothes soldiers who do the grunt work and don’t often get their picture in the paper.  These are the people who when you ask for help put their hand up, step forward, or quietly make things happen without a motive other than helping their neighbors and their community

The Selectboard, recognizing that this is an important event identified with our Town and community, assumed guardianship of this annual recognition in 2008. They created the Community Recognition committee that coordinates this and associated tasks involving citizen recognition.

Please consider nominating a worthy candidate by send a letter or email to:

Wayne E. Bell, Chair

Town of Manchester, VT

Manchester Selectboard Community Recognition Committee

6039 Main Street

Manchester Center VT 05255

or bell.w@manchester-vt.gov

Past award recipients include:

1989 – Gordon and Beatty Gill; Linda Spence; Dick Rizio

1990 – Wayne Bell; Don Johnson; Ray and Lesley Purdy

1991 – Pete Cobb; Betty Clayton; Huguette Peck; Bill Drunsic

1992 – Helen Eaton; Fred Hansen; Clarence Decker; Ann Pierce

1993 – Rabbi Michael Cohen; Mary Nevin; Brian Hill

1994 – Marion Gaudette; Howard Wechsler; Gerrit Kouwenhoven

1995 – Maggie Ellis

1996 – Patti Barnes; Marshall Peck; Bill Weeks

1997 – Tara Dowden; Martha Roth Stevenson; Terry Tyler; Carol Lattuga

1998 – Donald Dorr; Patty Bourhill; Zoe Dailey; Jim Hand; Gail Busl

1999 – Seth Bongartz; Jenny Davis; Geoff Chapman

2000 – Patricia Carmichael; Paul Beaulieu; Joanna  Taylor

2001 – Dom Penge; Bonnie Kilburn

2002 – Jack Clark

2003 – Dave Pardo

2004 – Martha Thompson

2005 – Len and Becky Kotler

2006 – No Presentation

2007 – No Presentation

2008 – Ray and Marie Ferrarin; Mary Miner

2009 – Kaki Fisher

2010 – Emmy McCusker; David Bentley

2011 – Lou and Patty Midura; Joe Charbonneau

2012 – Roger and Penny Preuss; Lani Lovisa

2013 – Karen Allen; Lysa Cross; Beverly Van Sickle

2014 – Bill and Becky Burke; Carl Molenhoff; Fred Hilliard; Robert W. Thompson

2015 – Shawn Harrington

2016 – David Quesnel

LEGAL NOTICE: WATER BOARD ADOPTS NEW FEE SCHEDULE FOR 2018

Click here to view the new Water Department Fee Schedule.

 

LEGAL NOTICE

The Town of Manchester Board of Water Commissioners adopted a Regulation at its meetings on October 31, 2017. The Regulation is summarized below.

WATER DEPARTMENT FEE SCHEDULE – This new FEE SCHEDULE replaces the previously adopted FEE SCHEDULE. The Addendum implements a fee schedule relative to the WATER DEPARTMENT. The new FEE SCHEDULE specifically increases the per gallon water fees approximately 3 percent, with some fees increased closer to 4%. The fee schedule applies to water bills issued on or around January 1, 2018.

Interested parties may contact Town Manager John P. O’Keefe, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255, at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) or j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov. The full text of the Ordinance can be viewed at http://manchester-vt.gov/ordinances/ or a paper copy can be obtained from the office of the Town Manager at the address listed above during regular business hours.

Pursuant to State law, citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the Ordinance at an annual or special meeting as provided in Title 24, chapter 59, section 1973. Unless a petition is filed in accordance with said section 1973, this Ordinance shall become effective 60 days after the date of its adoption. If a petition is filed in accordance with section 1973 of this title, the taking effect of the Ordinance shall be governed by section 1973(e) of Title 24.

LEGAL NOTICE – SEWER FEE SCHEDULE ADOPTION

The Town of Manchester Selectboard, acting as the Boards of Sewer Commissioners, adopted an Ordinance at its meetings on September 26, 2017. The Ordinance is summarized below.

ADDENDUM C – Sewer Department Fee Schedule: This new Addendum C replaces the previously adopted Addendum C. The Addendum implements a fee schedule relative to the Sewer Department. The new Addendum C specifically increases the per gallon sewer fee from $0.0042 to $0.0043, and the quarterly from $81.06 to $83.50.

Interested parties may contact Town Manager John P. O’Keefe, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255, at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) or j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov. The full text of the Ordinance can be viewed at http://manchester-vt.gov/ordinances/ or a paper copy can be obtained from the office of the Town Manager at the address listed above during regular business hours.

Pursuant to State law, citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the Ordinance at an annual or special meeting as provided in Title 24, chapter 59, section 1973. Unless a petition is filed in accordance with said section 1973, this Ordinance shall become effective 60 days after the date of its adoption. If a petition is filed in accordance with section 1973 of this title, the taking effect of the Ordinance shall be governed by section 1973(e) of Title 24.

UVM-UMass Amherst kick-off 2017 College Soccer Series on August 10

The battle between the Green Mountain State and the Bay State plays out on the soccer pitch when the University of Vermont Catamounts take on the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutewomen in NCAA Division I women’s soccer on August 10 at 5:00 PM at Applejack Stadium in Manchester, Vermont. The game is part of the 2017 College Soccer Series hosted by the Town of Manchester. The Catamounts are looking revenge their 2-1 lost to the Minutewomen in 2016 at Applejack Stadium.

“The team is looking forward to coming to Manchester again for a pre-season game with UMass,” said Kristi Lefebvre, UVM head coach. “We had a great experience last year all around, and expect another exciting game this August. Though our teams are in the middle of their preseason training, it is a great test and nice environment for the new players to get acclimated to the team and the speed of the college game.”

The Susan G. Komen New England Affiliate, the Town of Manchester, and the Burr and Burton Academy, UVM and UMass Amherst women’s soccer teams are teaming up to beat breast cancer. The Komen New England Affiliate will be at the game. Fans will have an chance to buy a Halftime Challenge ticket. One lucky winner will have a chance at halftime to shoot for fifty percent of the Challenge proceeds. Also part of halftime, five lucky spectators will have the opportunity to shoot for a $25 gift card to The Northshire Bookstore and dinner for two at The Perfect Wife Tavern. The halftime celebration is sponsored by The Northshire Bookstore and The Perfect Wife Restaurant.

The Manchester College Soccer Series continues on Tuesday, August 22 when the Castleton State University women play Southern Vermont College at 7:00 PM, followed by the Castleton men vs. the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Saturday, August 26 at 6:00 PM. On Saturday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend), Middlebury College battles NESCAC rival Williams College at noon. The Series wraps up on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 PM when the Southern Vermont College women hosts Lyndon State College in Division III action.

Concession food will be available for all the games. Admission is $3.00 for students and seniors and $5.00 for adults. Applejack Stadium is located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center, VT.

###

Town of Manchester Announces 4th of July Celebration Schedule

MANCHESTER, VERMONT – The Town of Manchester announced today the schedule for its annual Fourth of July Celebration. All events will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park (340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center, Vermont). The rain date for the fireworks display is Saturday, July 8, 2016.

The highlight of the day are the evening fireworks presentation that will begin at 9:30 PM. The Town is pleased to announce that additional parking will be available this year on the land owned by the Catholic Church along Bonnet Street (Route 30), which can be accessed from main park roadway. Parking services are being provided by the Boy Scouts, Troop 332 from Manchester, Vermont. Additional parking is available downtown, at Manchester Elementary Middle School, and at Riley Rink.

The designated viewing area this year is on McClellan Field and Eckhardt Field, the new fields just north of Applejack Stadium. The walking path to the south and east of Applejack Stadium will be closed to the public during the fireworks setup. Please note that BBQ grilling and dogs are not allowed on McClellan and Eckhardt Fields. Smoking is not permitted at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

The Town swimming pool will be open during the day from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM free of charge. The Misty Blues will entertain the crowd on McClellan Field before the fireworks from 5:15 PM to 8:45 PM. Also, Chief’s Concession Stand will be vending food and beverages from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The menu includes summertime favorites such as hotdogs, hamburgers, french fries, drinks, fresh popped popcorn and ice cream treats.

The​ 4th of July celebration is sponsored by the Town of Manchester and its taxpayers, the Vermont Summer Festival and Langway Chevrolet of Manchester.

The fireworks are possible because of the generous support of the following local businesses and organizations: RK Miles Inc, Manchester Lions Club, Community Bank NA, Thai Basil, W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, A Safe Place Self Storage, The Inn at Manchester, The Perfect Wife, Brewster Antiques, Hill & Thompson PC, Ye Old Tavern, Mother Myricks’s Confectionery, The Aspin at Manchester, VFW Post 6471 Manchester, GateHouse Financial Advisors, HN Williams, Brewster and Shea Funeral Home, The Inn at Ormsby Hill, Manchester Eagles Club #2551, The Casablanca Motel, Attention to Detail Kitchen and Bath Design Studio, Dupree Real Estate and Errol Hill Painting. Very special thanks to all of our sponsors.

For more information about the Independence Day Celebration, including up-to-date information about the schedule, visit the Town of Manchester’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManchesterGov or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439.

###

2017 Roadway Paving Bids

The Town of Manchester, Vermont is seeking bids for paving of Richville Road.

Specific information regarding the project can be viewed by clicking on the link below. If your company wishes to be considered for the project contract please submit sealed bids on the Bid Sheet.

Response must be received at Town Hall (6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255) in the Town Manager’s Office prior to 12:00 noon on Friday, June 16, 2017, at which time bids will be opened and read aloud in the Town Manager’s Office.

Click here to view the 2017 Roadway Paving Bid documents, including the Bid Sheet.

2017 Bank of Bennington Town Green Summer Concert Series line up announced

The Town of Manchester announced the 2017 Bank of Bennington Town Green Summer Concert Series line up for the summer of 2017. The Series runs from July 12 to August 16 on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to about 8:00 PM in Manchester Center, Vermont at the Factory Point Town Green, located at the intersection of Depot Street (Route 11/30) and Main Street (Route 7A). The Series is generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington.

July 12 – Dr. T and the Versatiles

July 19 – Bondville Boys

July 26 – Julie Shea Band

August 2 – Don’t Leave Band

August 9 – So Far Band

August 16 – The Battenkillers

Questions? Please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or email parks@manchester-vt.gov.

2016 Water Department Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) available online

The Town of Manchester Water Department Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is available online. Each year before July 1 the US EPA requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report, also known as an annual drinking water quality report, to their customers. These reports provide Americans information about their local drinking water quality.

Click here to learn more about Consumer Confidence Reports from the US EPA.

Click here to view the 2016 Town of Manchester Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).