Vermont Ranks High In Education Survey reports that Vermont public schools have ranked #3 in academic achievement behind # 2 New Jersey and #1 Massachusetts. this Ranking is a result of the Education Week Quality Counts survey.

Vermont ranked ninth among states on a chance-for-success index measuring demographic, economic and education attainment indicators. Virginia was No. 1 on the success meter and New Mexico was last.

The quality of education in Vermont makes it a great place to live. Are you thinking of buying a home in Ludlow, VT? Real estate here is affordable and offers an excellent quality of life. Visit my website to view all homes for sale in Ludlow and Okemo Mountain. Then, give me a call. I’m here to help!

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Hopes Are High For Snow!!

Mild weather is delaying opening of ski areas. The lack of snow coupled with rain and warmer-than-normal temperatures have forced even the largest ski areas in the state to delay their scheduled openings. There is a lot of cold air in Canada however it has not been able to push down here yet. Experts are watching the weather very closely in hopes of opening Thanksgiving weekend. Details

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Vermont State Fair Opens

161st Vermont State Fair To Open Today

The 161st annual Vermont State Fair opens today and runs through September 10.

Fair Trivia

1. The first Rutland Fair took place in 1846.

2. In 1859 the first Rutland Fair was held at it’s present location.

3. The Fair was closed for the first time in 1917 due to an influenza epidemic.

4. The Fair started as a one day event.

5. In 1926 the Rutland fair was rated the third largest in New England and among the top 10 in the nation.

6. On June 17, 1939 the great fire completely destroyed the grandstand. The reconstruction of the grandstand took just 40 days.

7. In 1972 The Rutland Fair became officially the Vermont State Fair.

The Fair today offers 10 days of fun and entertainment for all ages. Hope to see you there!

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Vermont Acerage For Sale

15 Acres In Rockingham, VT For Sale

Build your dream home on 15 private acres with winter views of the Connecticut River and it’s babbling brooks. Just off I-91, this property is perfectly located for weekend get-aways of skiing, antiquing or just relaxing in the country. Enjoy watching the fall colors from your own little piece of heaven.

This property has just been reduced over $30,000, so don’t hesitate. Contact me today for details or visit my website, where you can view all real estate listings.

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Vermont Farmhouse On Saxton River

Vermont Farmhouse For Sale

155 Church Ave, North Westminster Village, VT, 05101

Say goodbye to city living when you say hello to this Vermont farmhouse. This 4 bedroom home is the epitome of country living with it’s cozy front porch, acre of land for privacy, classic stone wall surrounding the yard, and private swimming hole on the Saxton River. It is the perfect weekend or second home, close to various ski areas in southern Vermont.

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Are Settlement Costs In Vermont High?

Are Settlement Costs In Vermont High?

Not according to’s annual closing cost comparison survey. In this year’s survey, Vermont ranked 28 in comparison to the other states. Good faith estimates were obtained from 10 lenders in all 50 states. Total cost comparions were based on lender, title and settlement fees.

New York ranked #1 for the second year in a row with costs totalling $3,887. Missouri was last with $2,713 in costs. Vermont’s settlement costs totaled $2,950. Vermont’s 28th place ranking is up from 38 in 2005.

Getting the lowest settlement costs possible is a matter of shopping around. Contact me if you are in the market for a home. I am happy to counsel you as to the questions to ask a lender to get the best possible deal.
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Back To School Warm-Up

Parents helping a child prepare for that first post-summer-vacation reading quiz often find themselves wondering if he has forgotten everything he learned the year before. Research shows that the “summer brain-drain” phenomenon is no figment of the imagination. Over summer vacation, children can forget more than two months worth of school instruction.

“Research by experts verifies what parents and teachers have long known – over the three short months of summer vacation, most children forget a significant amount of what they learned during the previous school year,” says Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning. In fact, Johns Hopkins research shows that teachers typically spend four to six weeks reteaching last year’s lessons. “Parents can help children stay in shape academically by making learning a year-round habit,” says Fairchild.

So how can parents help children keep their brains in top condition for back-to-school excellence?

“First, make it fun,” advises Wendy Bronfin, vice president of education and product development at Educate Products, makers of Hooked on Phonics, the brand that over 2 million families have turned to for teaching their children reading, math and study skills. “There are a lot of great ways to integrate learning into your everyday activities, even while on vacation. Summer is a great time to spend with your child and foster a lifelong love of reading.”
Bronfin suggests coaching your child through the following year-round fun brain exercises:

* Keep kids reading. Before school starts, help your child choose a short list of books to read. While you can suggest a book, author, series or subject you think your child might enjoy, let the child choose what he wants to read. Reinforce the idea that reading is fun.

* A library visit is a great way to occupy a rainy summer afternoon. Suggest that your child invite a friend. Make sure everyone in your library party checks out something new and begins reading it that day. Make trips to the public library a regular family outing!

* Help your child prepare for the inevitable “What I Did on Summer Vacation” report he’ll have to give when he returns to school. Before taking a family vacation, read with your child about the destination.

* Help your child look up online the lyrics to fun summer-themed songs. Kids find computers fun and the technology can be a great way to boost their interest in reading.

* With summer comes a host of children’s movies. Before you take your child to the latest hit, sit down with him and read the book version first. Then see the movie and discuss which version he liked best and why.

* Make reading aloud a family experience. At the end of a long summer day, take turns reading from a classic book the whole family can enjoy. Set aside a regular family read-aloud time, usually 20 to 30 minutes, or as long as it takes to read a certain number of pages or chapters. This can become a favorite family tradition.

* Demonstrate that reading is part of everyday life by encouraging your child to read things found on summer vacation, like a newspaper from a new town, travel magazines, barbecue recipes, maps and game instructions.

* Play games that encourage reading and learning, like the classic I Spy game or a letter-sound treasure hunt, during which you hide around the yard treats or toys that all begin with the same letter.

* Try an activity kit. The Hooked on Phonics Super Activity Kits are filled with hours of brain-building, fun activities. The kits use a DVD loaded with MP3 songs, music videos, cartoons and adventures with Lou the Hippo to help keep kids educationally active during the summer. Each kit includes an activity pad, write-on/wipe-off journal and special erasable crayons and stickers, all in a convenient resealable package. Hooked on Math products are also especially relevant since research shows summer learning loss is more pronounced with math.
Hooked on Phonics products can be found at participating retailers or online at or
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Music In The Meadow

An annual Music Festival and Fundraiser. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and a frisbee! A great way to spend the day! Live music from talented musicians, food vendors, crafts, a pretty country setting and friendly people. All proceeds benefit the Race For The Cure.

Sponsored by: Motel-in-the-Meadow, Chester Music Shoppe & Flying Under the Radar.

When? July 15, 2006

Where? Motel-In-The-Meadow, Chester, Vermont
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