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General Discussion / Customer service
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:57:46 AM »

Went into J&L Hardware the other day.  I was looking for a small part to use for a purpose never intended by the manufacturer, and I didn't really know what I needed.  By the time I was done I had three employees offering ideas and we found something that worked better than I had expected.  Paid about three bucks.

This is not unusual for me, and it got me thinking how lucking we are to have a first-rate hardware store in town.  You just don't get that kind of service in the big box stores.  I've also had a couple of larger projects where I learned that it's a good idea to talk to Jeff and his staff before assuming I would get a better price at a bigger store further away.

And I can't help but notice that the store always shows up as a generous sponsor for town events and fund-raisers. This isn't surprising, Jeff's family has a history of supporting the town, but again it's something you're more likely to get from a business that's family owned and locally run.

Anyway, I thought i would just share my thinking that we are fortunate to have that store and that it's the kind of business we all should be supporting.

BFA Sports Events / Go Bullets!
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:25:50 AM »

I'm amazed that no one has pointed out in Henry's forum how well our softball and baseball teams are doing.

Both are ranked #1 in their division
Both are undefeated
Both won their semifinal games yesterday and play for the state championship either Fri or Sat.  The girls play in Poultney, the boys in Burlington.  I think the date and time is still TBD.   

General Discussion / Windmills
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:09:39 AM »

Now that we've had a couple of weeks with the new windmills up and running, I'm wondering what folks think about the visual impact. 

Beautiful?  Ugly?  Somewhere in between?

Current News & Events / River Levels
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:17:10 AM »

With the latest flooding, I thought folks might be interested in how this compares with other high water levels.  There are gauges at Johnson, Jeffersonville, and Georgia.  The Georgia gauge is just upstream of Arrowhead Lake.  You can see the readings here:


From that page, you can go to the other gauges, and look at historical highs.

Others have commented that yesterday the Lamoille in Fairfax was higher than most could remember.  I know for sure that it's the highest in more than 25 years (at least).

Yesterday, the Georgia reading was 3.1 ft above flood stage, Jeffersonville was 4.2 ft above, and Johnson was 7 ft above.

Many Johnson residents remember August of 95, when they were 10 ft above flood stage, or about 3 ft higher than yesterday.  In Fairfax, the water only rose to 1.8 ft above flood stage, less than yesterday.

Of course most people know that the big flood came in November of 1927.  The level in Johnson was 17 ft above flood stage, 10 feet deeper than yesterday.  In Fairfax, it was 10 ft above flood stage, almost 7 ft deeper than yesterday.

Current News & Events / Rock & Roll at Fletcher GrangeTonight
« on: February 26, 2011, 07:43:30 AM »
Time for some cabin fever relief!!!  Put down that snow shovel and put on your dancing shoes!!!

There will be a party at the Fletcher Meeting House (also known as the Fletcher Grange) tonight, February 26.  Everyone is welcome.  Admission is free, but we'll be passing the hat to cover the cost of using the building and to provide a little something for the band.  Bring your favorite beverage.  We are also encouraging (but not requiring) folks to bring an appetizer/snack.

Live music will be provided by No Left Turn.  You probably don't know the name (it's new), but the band includes Fairfax residents Jeff Chapman (lead guitar), David DuPrat (drums), and Scott Russell (vocals and keyboard).  These guys play mostly classic rock & roll, plus some blues and other stuff.  They're pretty good.  The music starts at 7 PM.

Please help pass the word.  Midwinter is a good time to get out of the house and "shake a leg" with the neighbors, and this is a great chance to have a fun night out without driving a long way or spending much money.  Hope to see you there!

(By the way, the band's name is not a political statement, but rather a reference to a steep ledge and an inopportune change in velocity.)

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