Kyle Carey, a nationally/internationally touring Folk/Celtic artist, is on her Spring tour and will be appearing at the Springfield Town Library, May 4th at 7:00pm. Admission if FREE.
Hear some samples in her promotional video:
A VTel/NexLink truck was spotted around town installing new lines this week. Could this be the fiber for the long-awaited WOW system that promises blazing fast internet speeds?
From Vtel’s WOW web page:
“WOW will also extend Gigabit Internet of 1,000,000,000 bps over active fiber to every existing VTel customer in fourteen telephone exchanges in Vermont.”
“Coming soon we will also be offering wireless broadband access using 4G/LTE — at no additional cost!”
Do you live or work in Springfield, Vermont? Or maybe you’ve been a visitor and would like to talk about your experience. Either way, we could use your help in posting fresh content to the site. Post information about news, events and general rumblings. You can even post photos in your posts or embed YouTube videos. You don’t have to be a great writer and you can keep your name anonymous if you wish. It’s very easy to create a new post on this site, so you don’t even need to be technical or good with computers. It would really be great to see this blog turn into a community driven site.
If you’d like be a guest blogger, simply use the Contact form to send a note and mention whether you live, work or visit Springfield, Vermont.
It’s been weeks since Hurricane Irene, but many Vermonters impacted by the storm are still in need.
VTel will be collecting donations for the Vermont Foodbank at various local Harvest Festivals. The most needed items are proteins (like peanut butter, canned tuna, or meats,) diapers and pet food. Food donations must be non-perishable.
Look for VTel’s WOW vehicle from 1pm-4pm at the following festivals:
- Killington Brewfest: Killington Resort – Saturday, October 1st
- Fall Festival on the Green: Chester Green – Sunday, October 2nd
- VT Apple Festival in Springfield: Riverside MIddle School – Saturaday, October 8th
- Belmont Cider Days: Belmont Green – Sunday, October 9th
You may also drop donations at VTel’s River Street office in Springfield during lobby hours.
The Army Corps of Engineers built the Springfield flood control dam between 1957–60. The dam holds back waters to protect the downstream towns of North Springfield and Springfield from floods. The dam certainly did it’s job during hurricane Irene as towns surrounding Springfield were flooded, but Springfield was not.
Flooding used to be a common occurrence on the Black River. The flood of 1927 released thousands of gallons of water into the Black River, destroying homes and businesses and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. More details about the Black River and it’s history.
The water level at the Springfield Vermont dam is going down. The photo below shows the level one day after hurricane Irene and again, five days after the hurricane.
The Comtu Falls in Springfield Vermont was raging Sunday afternoon after the leading bands of hurricane Irene passed through. The water was moving so fast and furious that it was dizzying to look down.
Springfield was quite fortunate. While many of the other towns in southern Vermont were flooded, Springfield was not. In at least one town in Vermont, rescue workers went door-to-door telling people to evacuate.
Although this video shows the rage and fury of the rushing waters, Springfield residents are relieved the river didn’t rise to street level.
(NOTE: The other Springfield, VT Hurricane Irene video posted, which, at the moment, is 21 seconds long and titled “Hurricane Irene Springfield VT Massive Swollen Raging Rivers” is a direct theft of a portion of the end of this video.)
If you’d like to see what the upper portion of the falls looked like four days prior to hurricane Irene, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnIB-riZIcQ
August 26, 2011 - After various debacles and delays, with residents returning on multiple days to watch, it finally happened. First thing in the morning the cables were hooked up to the old bridge and in about ten minutes it had been lifted out. Not too long after, the new bridge was set it it’s place and the new footbridge at the old Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield Vermont is now in place.
….and the old bridge waits to be broken down and hauled away.