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  • Rockingham Old Home Days Tradition Continues

    By JOEL SLUTSKY The Shopper

    BELLOWS FALLS, VT- The concept of Old Home Days throughout the Northeast began through the efforts of New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins in 1899. As governor, Rollins wanted to solve the problems in New Hampshire related to abandoned farms and farm lands so he developed Old Home Week as a way to get former residents of the state to return for a visit with the hope they would buy these abandoned properties. One of the finest examples of the success of old home days is right here in Bellows Falls where Rockingham Old Home Days takes place August 2nd.

    The event, featuring a day’s worth of continual activity, will begin with a 5k run that currently has over 100 entries. A sampling of the many activities are: displays by the Grafton Nature Museum, local food vendors, pizza and ice cream eating contests, clown jugglers, climbing walls, sidewalk sales, stilt walkers and, of course, the dunking booth. Though the schedule is not set, some of the dunkees include police chief Ron Lake, municipal manager Chip Stearns, FACT8TV’s Jacob Stradling, and Bellows Falls Trustee Colin James.

    Music will include World Way providing calypso music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Cheshire Turnpike and the Couch Potato from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Waypoint Center and Jesse Peters providing a solo performance from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held, as it was last year, from the Waypoint Center to the downtown area with most food and music taking place at the center.

    According to Great Rock Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Roger Riccio, “Old Home Day is a fun way to bring people together and to have a good community event.” Riccio added, “There will be something going on all day.”

    Mary Helen Hawthorne, Executive Director of the Bellows Falls Downtown District Alliance, said, “It’s great to come into town to celebrate the history of Bellows Falls.” She continued, “The focus this year will be historical as opposed to a carnival atmosphere. A primary goal of the event is to bring to people’s attention why we’re celebrating our wonderful history. Windham Antique will assist with woman’s fashion through the decades.” The Rockingham Historical Society will be open and a ribbon cutting for the new walking path by the river will occur.

    As for the fireworks, Mary said, “I think that pretty much every one considers our fireworks to be the premier event of fireworks anywhere around.” The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. According to Riccio, the fireworks will be shot off behind the train station depot and can be seen throughout the village.

    Speaking of pyro technics, the Fireworks Train, an event which hasn’t happened in several years, will take place. The trains between Bellows Falls and Chester will provide scenic rides along the Connecticut River, and one train will take passengers to Bellows Falls before the fireworks begin. Tickets and information about the fireworks train are available at or by phoning 802-376-9534. Tickets can also be purchased at the Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls.

    Some of the many sponsors of this event are The Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, Lisai’s Market, Chroma, Best Septic and the Vermont Country Store.

    Additional information about Rockingham Old Home Days can be found at the chamber’s Facebook page or by calling the chamber at 802-463-4280. Donations can be made to defray costs of the many different activities by going to www.indiegogo/projects/rockingham-old-home-days.

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  • Drunk / Family Fight

    07-22-14 / 2302 hrs

    Domestic Assault (x2)
    Assault on Law Enforcement Officer.

    Venessa Sarkisian-Kennedy
    AGE: 28
    Springfield, VT

    On 07-22-14 at 2151 hours officers were called to the Springfield Plaza for a female walking around in her underwear. Subject was located and identified as Sarkisian-Kennedy. The officer found reason to believe she was intoxicated. Subjected found to live near by and was taken home were the she was released to her mother. Within 15 minutes of leaving the residence officers were called back for a report that Sarkisian had allegedly assaulted her mother. The initial arriving officer found cause to detain Sarkisian-Kennedy. When the officer attempted to do so she began to struggle against the officer. During this struggle the officer was allegedly assaulted. Sarkisian-Kennedy was taken into custody upon the arrival of a second officer. While taking Sarkisian-Kennedy to a patrol car she again allegedly assaulted the officer. After processing at the police station Sarkisian became combative when officers attempted to transport her to the correctional facility pending her court appearance. Additional assistance was provided by a Weathersfield Officer and Sarkisian-Kennedy was transported to the facility. There she spat in the face of the Weathersfield Officer as she was being led into the facility. An additional charge alleging Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer was added.

    Sarkisian-Kennedy was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility-Springfield in lieu of $1000 bail and will be arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on July 23rd.
  • Springfield Town Ordinance 12-83 prohibits parking on a sidewalk. This seems to be occurring more and more around town. Please be respectful and park roadside where appropriate and not up on the sidewalk as shown. Tickets are issued if you are found to be parked on a sidewalk.

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