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It’s flamingo migration season in the Upper Valley


Route 113 in West Fairlee, near Westshire Elementary School. (Photo by Ernie Kohlsaat)

In case you’re not familiar, these flocks-o-flamingos often show up on people’s yards during fundraising efforts.

Typically when the flock shows up, they come with a “ransom note” telling folks how to pay to get them away.

There’s such an effort going on right now to raise $$$ for Samuel Morey Elementary School sixth-graders’ class trip, so I imagine that’s where these pretty birds came from!

Emergency 90-minute power outage planned for Fairlee area this evening from midnight until 1:30 Thursday morning

Here’s a press release from Green Mountain Power:


Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power tonight to 1800 customers in parts of Fairlee, West Fairlee, Vershire, Strafford and Thetford in order to safely repair broken equipment. The interruption will begin tonight at midnight and last until approximately 1:30 Thursday morning.

The areas affected include:

  • In Fairlee –  most of Fairlee including areas along VT Route 244, US Route 5, Lake Morey Rd & Redmond Rd.
  • In West Fairlee – most of West Fairlee including along VT Route 113, Beaver Meadow Rd, Middlebrook Rd,  & Blood Brook Rd.
  • In Vershire – the south-west portion of Vershire along S. Vershire Rd, Vershire Center Rd, & Taylor Valley Rd.
  • In Strafford – the north-west portion of Strafford along Old City Falls Rd, Miller Pond Rd, & Sawnee Bean Rd.
  • In Thetford – northern sections of Thetford along Sawnee Bean Rd, VT Route 113, VT Route 244 Quinibeck Rd & US Route 5 south to Cider Mill Rd.

Sad embrace in West Fairlee

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Perfect illusion: W. Fairlee man who created ‘Magic Eye’ reflects on life, work

A small selection of the books, calendars and newspaper features kept from Tom Baccei’s days of creating stereograms in the 1990s fills his kitchen table in West Fairlee, Vt., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. He said he hadn’t had them out of storage in years. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

If you’ve ever delighted in a stereogram, you can thank Tom Baccei.

Stereopsis allows us to see the world in three dimensions. It also allows us to see stereograms, the optical illusion from Baccei’s Magic Eye book series that — along with Beanie Babies, frosted tips, Game Boys and raves — became one of the defining fads of the 1990s. By focusing their eyes as if they’re staring through, not at, the colorful repeating patterns, viewers may see a three-dimensional image “magically” appear on the two-dimensional surface of the page; this exercise is called “diverging” one’s eyes.

The West Fairlee resident is the creator of the Magic Eye book series, which was hugely popular in the 1990s.

The Magic Eye chapter “was my time in the goldfish bowl, you could say, my 15 minutes of fame,” he said. Though he enjoyed the art and science of creating the patterns, and even enjoyed the attention on some level, the intensity of the craze made those 15 minutes “not as much fun as you might expect. It’s exhausting, for one thing,” he said. “The business world moved so fast, it would make your head spin.”

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