South County Notebook: Jan. 5, 2024

On Jan. 16, Deerfield residents will head to the polls for a second time to vote on a debt exclusion that will be used to pay for completed road repairs, as well as provide additional contingency funding for future work.

On Jan. 16, Deerfield residents will head to the polls for a second time to vote on a debt exclusion that will be used to pay for completed road repairs, as well as provide additional contingency funding for future work. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 01-04-2024 3:06 PM

Deerfield special election information session scheduled for Jan. 9

DEERFIELD — The Selectboard is hosting a public information session regarding the town’s upcoming special election requesting authority to borrow up to $5 million for road repairs resulting from July rainstorms.

The information session will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Frontier Regional School auditorium, 113 North Main St. Residents will be given a detailed presentation about the extent of road damage. For those who are unable to attend, Frontier Community Access Television will record the session and post it to YouTube, along with a link on the town website.

On Jan. 16, residents will head to the polls for a second time to vote on the debt exclusion, which will be used to pay for completed road repairs, as well as provide additional contingency funding for future work. The initial vote came in early December, where it failed by four votes and voter turnout was less than 10%.

A Selectboard press release providing background on the borrowing can be found at bit.ly/3tvwD0w.

Bicycle maintenance stations available in Whately

WHATELY — Four new bicycle maintenance stations have been installed around town thanks to funding from the state’s Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program.

Residents will be able to access a bike stand, an air pump and a full set of repair tools at the Town Offices, 4 Sandy Lane; the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road; Herlihy Park; and the intersection of Conway and Poplar Hill roads. The Highway Department installed the stations, while residents gave input throughout the project’s planning stage.

Historic Deerfield debuts Vermont furniture exhibit

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield has announced a new, limited-time exhibit showcasing historic Vermont furniture through Feb. 4.

Longtime Vermont residents William and Patricia Passmore Alley recently donated several pieces of historical furniture to the museum, which is putting on “Vermont Furniture from the Alley Collection” at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. The center is open with free admission on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Feb. 4.

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“The Alleys have assembled a truly exceptional collection of Vermont furniture,” Museum Curator Dan Sousa said in a statement. “Their pieces showcase the unique skills and aesthetics of Vermont artisans, and they offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who owned and used them.”

The couple, who opened an antique store in Stowe, Vermont, amassed a significant collection of Vermont furniture with a variety of 18th- and 19th-century aesthetic designs. Many of those pieces still retain their original surfaces and decorations.

More information about the exhibit, as well as the museum, can be found at historic-deerfield.org.