UMV-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 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.

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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.

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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).

Town Hall Roofing Bid

The Town of Manchester, Vermont is accepting sealed bids for the following project: Town Hall Roof Replacement Project.

If your company wishes to be considered for this project please submit a sealed bid on the attached 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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at which time bids will be opened and read aloud in the Town Manager’s Office.  

Should you have any questions regarding the enclosed information or the project please contact Jeff Williams, Director of Public Works, at (802) 362-3283 or j.williams@manchester-vt.gov.

Click her to view the bid documents.

Fourth quarter 2016 Local Option Tax revenue figures reported

The Town of Manchester received Local Option Tax (LOT) revenues from the State of Vermont Department of Taxes for the fourth calendar quarter of 2016 on February 15, 2017.

For meals, rooms and alcohol local option tax revenues, collections increased $10,876 from $93,747 in 2015 to $104,623 in 2016. This represents an increase of 11.6% between 2015 and 2016.

For sales tax, collections decreased $8,747 from $206,692 in 2015 to $197,945 in 2016. This represents a decrease of 4.2% between 2015 and 2016.

Overall, local option tax revenues (meals, rooms and alcohol, as well as sales tax) increased $2,219 between 2015 and 2016 for the fourth calendar quarter.

For more information about local option taxes visit http://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/sales-and-use-tax/local-option-tax.

Planning Commission working on 2017 Town Plan

The 2012 Manchester Town Plan expires in May 2017. An update of the Plan has been drafted by the Planning Commission and is ready for review by the public.

The intent of this update is to: (1) reorganize the Plan to offer better logical flow and an action oriented format; (2) update the Plan by incorporating new data and the results of recent public planning efforts, (3) improve map and other visual planning resources; (4) reflect public sentiment expressed throughout the comprehensive rezoning effort, and (5) meet statutory requirements for new sections on flood resilience and renewable energy resource planning.

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on March 13, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. to receive public comment on the draft Plan. Below are links to the draft Plan and a supporting memorandum.

Please direct questions and comments to Janet Hurey at j.hurley@manchester-vt.gov or 802-362-1313, option 3.

Manchester Town Plan 2017 for March 13 Hearing

Planning Commission Report March 13, 2017