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No, this isn’t a scene from Mars; it’s the South Royalton bean hole

Yes, the bean hole.

South Royalton #VT firefighter Mark Wood, wearing a #suit made for fighting aircraft #fires, stands in the over 400-degree #heat of a #granite-lined #beanhole, shoveling out #coals to make room for six #pots of #baked #beans on the #SoRo green on Friday, July 28. The South Royalton Fire Department has been using the hole to #bake #beans for their #OldHomeDays #celebration for over 50 years. “We’ve only ever had two #disasters with the beans,” said former South Royalton Fire Chief Paul Whitney. “Once a heavy rain put the fire out and #charcoal #briquettes had to be used to finish the #cooking, and another time the person in charge of making the #sauce mistakenly added a large quantity of #salt instead of #sugar, making the beans inedible.” ➡️ Full story, including words and photos, at www.vnews.com. Direct link in profile. ⬅️ (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism

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24,945 minutes: That’s how long a group of Royalton kids spent reading this summer

Three cheers for 29 Royalton kids who spent 24,945 minutes reading this summer! That’s 415.75 hours, or 17.3 days, or nearly two and a half weeks.

Photo courtesy Pam Levasseur, Royalton Memorial Library assistant director.

Via Royalton Memorial Library Assistant Director Pam Levasseur:

Kids who enrolled in the challenge were given a sticker for their log sheet for every 15 minutes of reading reported.  Kids that logged in at least 12 hours of summer reading (will be) awarded with a pizza party at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 16.


This year’s total reading minutes of 24,945 is an increase over 2016’s reading minutes total of 22,500. The library also recorded an increase of the number of kids participating. In 2016 the library recorded 22 kids participating compared to this year’s record of 29 kids signed up for the summer reading challenge.


This was an exiting summer for the library.  We are celebrating the increase in summer reading, but we also added a new volunteer to the team and a few of  our Summer Reading Program kids build a float for the South Royalton Old Home Days parade. The float won third place.

What have you done with your summer lately?


Bethel man accused of leaving the scene of Friday night’s fatal crash is released on bail

Jeremy Potwin walks out of court after being arrainged on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt. Potwin was arrested on Saturday after allegedely being invloved in a fatal accident in Royalton on Friday night. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Jeremy Potwin was released on conditions of bail following his arraignment this afternoon in Windsor Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection with the fatal crash. Some of the victim’s family members were in court today and said they did not want Potwin to be charged. Read more.

More on the passing of Stretch Gillam, “a 6-foot-4 … teddy bear of a man, quick with a smile when he saw you”

Valley News sports editor Greg Fennell weighs in with this very nice remembrance published in this morning’s paper.

Robert “Stretch” Gillam smiles while umpiring a softball game between Thetford Academy and Rivendell Academy on May 21, 2011, in Orford. Gillam, known primarily in Upper Valley high school basketball circles, died on Monday at age 82. (Valley News – Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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