Friday, September 30, 2011
Fall is a time of change, a start and an end, all in one. One day, it's seventy-five and sunny, the next is the first mountain snow.
With this in mind, the Stoke Exchange and I are going through some changes too. It's an evolution of the revolution, from roots to fruits.
My wife and I are not just expecting anymore, our baby is on the way. Hence, the late and abbreviated note this week.
Going forward, the Stoke Exchange email will be showing up with a photo, a short intro and a link to the usual full color message. This will help your inbox stay small and allow for a more interactive experience on the Sugarbush website, where you can comment or share in the Exchange.
One more thing, I wasn't kidding about the baby or the snow. Both are definitely in the forecast.
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Free lift rides on Sunday for the Foliage Fest, a celebration of the centennial of the Weeks Act, which created the Green Mountain National Forest. Sponsored by the USFS.
Community Day - So much fun!
Come to the Big Kicker Winter Kickoff Party on November 19th, with photo and video contest, and the premier of the new Meatheads movie, Prime Cut. In conjunction with Mad River Glen and the Big Picture Theatre.
Sugarbush Bike Parks and Adventure Camps are sponsored by Banshee Bikes. Come try our great rental bikes!
Keep informed on Sugarbush trail updates here.
A lot more work needs to be done to help clean up after Irene. Here are links to organizations that can use our support. (Many thanks to BigDaddy for the links!)
• Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.
• You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in.
• The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund was set up by Todd Bailey (the former director of Vermont League of Conservation Voters) and is being administered through the Vermont State Employees Credit Union.
• The MRV Community Fund to help Mad River Valley residents, businesses and farmers who experienced losses due to the flooding.
• VTResponse.com is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.
• Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.
• The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.
• Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.
• The Help Vermont Facebook group is another place to share recovery information.
• The Red Cross is in need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
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