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Events in Southern Vermont – March 15th – 17th

There is much to do in Southern Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Southern Vermont this weekend…

Friday, March 15, 2013

Projections: Reel-to-Real Conversation

Roko Belic’s compelling documentary Happy explores the emotion in different cultures and social classes worldwide. A discussion with local film buff John Bliss follows. Friday, March 15, 7PM at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. $10 suggested donation.

‘The Impossible’

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in Juan Antonio Bayona’s gripping drama based on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Friday, March 15, 7:30PM at Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock. $6-8.

Celtic Nights

All that glitters is green in this stirring production featuring Ireland’s top vocalists and most accomplished stepdancers. Friday, March 15, 8PM at Paramount Theatre in Rutland. $29.50-38.50.

‘Skin Deep’

Gary Thompson directs Marble Valley Players’ production of Jon Lonoff’s comedy about romantic connections that may or may not blossom into love. Friday, March 15, 7:30PM at West Rutland Town Hall in West Rutland. $15.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

‘The Impossible’

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in Juan Antonio Bayona’s gripping drama based on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Saturday, March 16, 7:30PM at Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock. $6-8.

Rutland Winter Farmers Market

More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at this indoor venue. Saturday, March 16, 10AM–2PM at Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland. Free.

‘Skin Deep’

Gary Thompson directs Marble Valley Players’ production of Jon Lonoff’s comedy about romantic connections that may or may not blossom into love. Saturday, March 16, 7:30PM at West Rutland Town Hall in West Rutland. $15.

Rutland Winter Farmers Market

More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at this indoor venue. Saturday, March 16, 10AM–2PM at Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland. Free.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

‘The Impossible’

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in Juan Antonio Bayona’s gripping drama based on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Sunday, March 17, 3PM at Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock. $6-8.

Youth Talent Showcase

Rip Jackson directs a variety show performed by singers and instrumentalists from the Grace Church children’s choir and Joyful Noise. Sunday, March 17, 6:30PM at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. Donations.


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Events listing source: SevenDaysVT

Celebrating a South Central Vermont Thanksgiving

Ode to Thanksgiving

To our national birds
The American Eagle
The Thanksgiving Turkey
May one give us peace in all our states
And the other a piece for all our plates

What did the Pilgrims eat on Thanksgiving?

It is commonly believed that the first actual celebration of the harvest and blessings from God took place in Plymouth in 1621. The festivities lasted three days and included feasting, entertainment, and competitions. For more about the holiday’s history!

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

The first annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. That first year, it was known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade. It was created to launch the holiday shopping season. Today, the parade is attended by an estimated three million people each year. Approximately 44 million people around the country watch the parade on television.

Other large parades which commemorate the holiday are the IKEA Thanksgiving Parade in Philly, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, and the UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford.

Find holiday-themed wallpaper or screensavers here!

Want some holiday music to enhance your gathering? Get free, fast downloads of 30+ songs.

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.”  …. Gerald Good

Thanksgiving Around the World

Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival. It celebrates communal harmony.

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in the month of October.

India also has a number of harvest related festivals in different regions.

Other Thanksgiving traditions around the world.

Money-saving tips for Thanksgiving–something we would all be thankful for!

1.      Have a BYOD (bring your own dish) celebration. Asking your guests to contribute to the meal is a great way to save on expenses–and on your own cooking time.

2.      Keep it simple. Cut down on the number of side dishes you have. A festive table doesn’t have to be extravagant.

3.      Serve boxed wine or large bottles of soda. Cans and individual bottles are far more expensive.

4.      Use natural items for decorations–leaves, fruit, squash, gourds, pumpkins, and dried flowers from your garden. A large candle and colorful fruit make a lovely centerpiece. Visit a dollar store for inexpensive holiday items.

5.      Check store ads for sales and coupons before you shop for Thanksgiving Day goodies.

6.      If time and your schedule allow, bake it yourself. Baking all your pies at one time will also save energy costs.
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Log Home in Shrewsbury!

What more could you want?  All it needs is you and your creative flair. Some of the special features of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath Log home set on 7.8 acres are: 2 car detached garage, end of the road location partially finished basement, wood burning stove, and  mountain view. The style you love at a price you can afford. Great value $228,275. #4025912

Lang Mclaughry Spera Rutland Office gives back!

Our office chooses an annual charity to support and 2010 is Meals on Wheels-we give them quarterly checks which are calculated from a percentage of our earned commissions. Every agent contributes.

In photo: Ron Delehanty, Leona Minard, Phyllis Aitchison, Karen Heath, Penny Jones(Meals on Wheels), Laurie Mecier(Managing Broker), Irene Gaffigan, Pam Stanley, Theresa Ouellette, Bonnie Chandler.

Celebrating Christmas In South Central Vermont

       “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
                                                                      ~ Burton Hillis

Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated festivals globally and is no longer viewed as a purely religious holy day. It is now a time enjoyed by people of many countries and faiths, and there are numerous universally recognized icons which we associate with the yuletide. In fact, these symbols have become so commonly associated with the celebration of Christmas that when we see Santa riding on a reindeer, a mantle hung with stockings, coniferous green trees decorated with tinsel and ornaments, or houses festooned with evergreen wreaths and mistletoe, we know that the magic spirit of the season is upon us.   

The tradition of the Christmas stocking dates back to approximately 250B.C. in Asia Minor. There Nicholas, rich man who became a very generous Christian priest and a saint, is said to have secretly filled the stockings of three poor sisters with gold, thus giving them a dowry and allowing them to marry. Legend has it that after that “miracle,” neighbors of the fortunate women followed suit with their stockings, and the tradition slowly spread across the globe. Children throughout the world now hang stockings–or even put out shoes–to be filled with small gifts and food by Santa (Saint) Claus (Nicholas). Many people create their own stockings, personalizing them for themselves or for others and often providing a family activity that is fun for all. Find instructions for making your own Christmas fireplace stockings.


Along with the Christmas holly, laurel, rosemary, yews, boxwood bushes, and, of course the Christmas tree, mistletoe is an evergreen displayed during the Christmas season and symbolic of the eventual rebirth of vegetation that will occur in spring. But perhaps more than any other of the Christmas evergreens, it is a plant of which we are conscious only during the holidays. One day we’re kissing under the mistletoe, and next day we’ve forgotten all about it (the plant, that is, not the kisses).

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Rutland VT Foreclosure Trends – June 2009

There are 11 Rutland VT foreclosure homes for sale with 2 new foreclosures in June 2009, according to There were 21 new foreclosures in the state as a whole in June.

Rutland VT Foreclosure Activity and Home Price Index

Rutland VT foreclosures doubled in June compared to April and May with 2 homes being foreclosed. This is half the number of foreclosures from December 2008 when 4 homes foreclosed.

forecl-june 2009


Rutland VT  foreclosure activity is based on the total number of properties that receive foreclosure filings – default notice, foreclosure auction notice or repossession notice – each month. Home price appreciation is based on month-over-month percentage change of the Home Price Index. The Home Price Index is calculated from home sales records.

Rutland VT Foreclosure Geographical Comparison

Rutland VT foreclosure activity is lower 0.21% lower than national statistics and the same as Vermont statistics.

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Are you or someone you know behind on your mortgage payments and facing a Rutland VT foreclosure? You do have options. A short sale may be the answer to saving you, your family and your home.  Give me a call for a private consultation.

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Just Listed! 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath – 21.46 acres, plus a Covered Bridge!

Route 155 HouseThis 4 bedroom, 3 bath, mint condition house comes on 21.46 acres with it’s own Covered Bridge, Pond and approx 1500′ of frontage along Mill River.  There is a barn, sugar house, shed. The barn is 40×90 with electric throughout. Aside from a fireplace and woodstove, you will also find a Great Room and Family Room – Plenty of room for the family and all the friends. Close to Jackson Gore and Okemo, across from the Green Mountain National Forrest and minutes from the VAST Trail.  For Pictures please go to, if you want a tour of the land, e-mail:  [email protected]

Offered for $650,000 – including the bridge and pond.Covered Bridge and Pond

Buying Rutland VT Real Estate: Factors Deciding Credit Score

dollar-houseIf you are buying Rutland VT real estate, you will want to know what your credit score is. Lenders look at your credit history, debt-to-income ratio and your credit score when qualifying you for a home loan. Credit scores range between 200 and 800, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage. The following factors affect yourscore:

1. Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card obligations on time? If they were late, then how late? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history.

2. How much you owe.  If you owe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it’s a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits.

3. The length of your credit history. In general, the longer you have had accounts opened, the better. The average consumer’s oldest obligation is 14 years old, indicating that he or she has been managing credit for some time, according to Fair Isaac Corp., and only one in 20 consumers have credit histories shorter than 2 years.

4. How much new credit you have. New credit, either installment payments or new credit cards, are considered more risky, even if you pay them promptly.

5. The types of credit you use. Generally, it’s desirable to have more than one type of credit – installment loans, credit cards, and a mortgage, for example.

For more on evaluating and understanding your credit score, visit

Are you thinking of buying Rutland VT real estate. Learn about the home buying process at or give me a call for more personal service, 800-659-1819 . 

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Reprinted from Realtor Magazine with permission of the National Association of Realtors.