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It’s Tax Day!

Today is Tax Day, meaning it’s the last day you can file your taxes (hopefully for a refund). Today also is the last day you can pay any money owed from 2017.

If you’re a last-minute tax filer, be aware that the IRS’ online filing system has been having some issues and is partly down, according to a Money report. The problem was ongoing as of 12:30 p.m.

Lebanon announces winners of Rail Trail public art installation contest

Renderings of “Wheels” by artist Susan K. Johnson (left) and “Steel Umbrella” (right) by artists Justin O’Rourke & Margaret Jacobs. Photos courtesy Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department.

From a news release from Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department:

The AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon Recreation and Parks and the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition are partnering in a program to commission two winning artists to design, fabricate, and install public sculptural artworks for long-term display along Lebanon’s new Rail Trail. Submitting artists were encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, recreational activities, or railroad activities, and to incorporate salvaged railroad spikes.

The five-person jury convened on Saturday to judge submissions, picking projects by Susan K. Johnson (“Wheels,” shown above at left) and Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs (“Steel Umbrella”).

  • Jury comments about “Steel Umbrella” include: “The umbrella is absolutely joyful. It nods to Lebanon’s past as the City of Fountains. Its polka dots hint at the endangered spotted turtles discovered along the rail trail. It whimsically celebrates the promise of brighter days ahead. Bravo!”
  • Jury comments about “Wheels” include: “ ‘Wheels’ encapsulates Lebanon’s history in a neat bundle — from water wheels to railroads and bicycles, with subtle references to the Mascoma River and the Greenway Rail Trail.”

Winners receive $2,500 for each project, plus up to $2,000 reimbursement for materials and installation expenses.

The winning sculptures will be fabricated by June 30 and installed by mid-July, according to the news release.

That will be in time for the grand opening of the Mascoma River Greenway.

See the full news release below.



hahahahahaha remember when we thought it was spring



Rene Gerrior, of White River Junction, walks past the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, Vt., Monday, April 16, 2018. After the weekend’s icy precipitation, the National Weather Service predicts rain Tuesday changing to snow Tuesday night. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

(Featuring the dashing Rene Gerrior winning the game per usual … even in weather that can be best described as “misery.” 😭 Hi, Rene!!!)

More James M. Patterson photographs telling the story of yesterday’s weather (summed up as 👎) are at the Valley News website.

Where’s the Pulitzer for doughnut reporting, though

Because we’ve got more of that.

April 16 in Thetford: A case study (2017 vs. 2018)

Almost the same view of the same pond in Thetford: 2017 vs. 2018.

Photos courtesy of my dad-in-law, Ed Eastridge! 🙂

April 16, 2017, in Thetford. Photo by Ed Eastridge.

April 16, 2018, in Thetford. Photo by Ed Eastridge.

Speaking of this no-good weather …

Please be very careful on your evening commute! The roads are bad and the scanner has been very busy with emergency response calls.

S-l-o-o-o-o-w d-o-o-o-o-w-n and get home safe.