Sally Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Announced

Broad Brook Grange in Guilford has announced that a special, one-time college scholarship will be awarded this June in memory of noted citizen Marie (Sally) Carpenter, who died this past January.  Mrs. Carpenter’s family designated the Grange, of which she was a longtime member, as recipient of memorial gifts, and the Grange membership voted to use those donations to create this scholarship.

Marie Carpenter became Guilford Town Clerk in 1971, a post she held until her retirement in 1984, after which she served a period as Assistant Town Clerk. Guilford honored her in 1983 by dedicating their Town Report to her. She was honored in 2000 with the Secretary of State’s Vermont Public Service Award.  She was particularly devoted to the Town’s children, and was a strong supporter of education.

Broad Brook Grange annually awards a scholarship to a Guilford student, who has graduated from both Guilford Central School and Brattleboro Union High School, to assist in funding that student’s continued education at a two or four-year college or vocational school.   This year, the regular Grange scholarship of $750 will be awarded, as usual, and in addition, this second, one-time Carpenter Scholarship, in the same amount, will also be awarded.  The recipients will be announced, and the scholarships presented, on BUHS Senior Awards Night, on the evening before commencement.


Organ Barn Concert & BBQ on Sunday, May 26

Guilford, Vt. – On Sunday, May 26, Friends of Music at Guilford presents “The Four Bs: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms & The Barn,” its 5th Annual Spring Recital at the Organ Barn in rural Guilford. The 3:00 p.m. concert will feature the “Dynamic Two-O” of organist Kenneth Olsson and soprano Julie Johnson Olsson, with an assist by the Guilford Chamber Players.

The program offers several selections from the great organ master himself, J. S. Bach. Ken will play Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572, and the Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major (“St. Anne”), BWV 552, while Julie will offer soprano arias from sacred and secular cantatas with accompaniment including a small ensemble on winds and strings. Beethoven’s contribution is the Fugue for Organ in D Major, WoO 31, his only solo organ work. The program will conclude with selections from Brahms’ Chorale Preludes, Op. 122.

Ken is now Friends of Music’s Labor Day Festival orchestra conductor, following David Kidwell’s fifteen-season run, but was previously featured at the c. 1897 Guilford Tracker Organ on Labor Day weekend in 2011, performing an all-Bach program. A graduate of Ithaca College with a B.Mus. in Vocal Performance, he is a multifaceted musician who sings tenor as well as performs as conductor and keyboardist on piano and organ. He has appeared on stage with several opera companies in the region and further afield, has been music director for area productions at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brattleboro, and is in his second season as conductor of the Springfield (Vt.) Community Chorus.

Julie Johnson Olsson began her professional career at age 17, performing the role of Mrs. Hopkins in the American Musical Theater production of My Fair Lady. She, too, earned her B.Mus. in Vocal Performance at Ithaca, then studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts and the University of Missouri–Kansas City, performing many iconic operatic roles in the process. Returning east, she joined the Salt Marsh Opera Company (Stonington, Conn.) for their productions of Madama Butterfly and Tosca. More recently she appeared in H.M.S. Pinafore at Main Street Arts in Saxons River, Vt., and Don Giovanni with the Raylynmor Opera of Keene. She was featured with her husband as accompanist in Friends of Music’s “Winter Songs” program in February 2012.

The music will be followed by a lavish holiday barbecue with grilling items for both vegetarians and carnivores, a variety of salads and other BBQ “fixin’s,” and festive desserts. A variety of non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; attendees are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine to enjoy with the meal.

The Organ Barn is at Tree Frog Farm on Kopkind Dr. in Guilford, just off Packer Corners Rd., about 9 miles from the junction of Rt. 5 South and Guilford Center Rd. From the north take Exit 1 off I-91 and go a little over a mile south on Rt. 5 to the Guilford Country Store, then follow signs to the Barn. Travelers from the south can also reach the Barn by taking Rt. 5 north from Bernardston, Mass., to Keets Brook Rd. and follow signs from there.

This event is a modest fundraiser to support the considerable costs of the Labor Day Weekend Festival at the same locale. Tickets are $15 for the concert on its own, $25 for the concert and BBQ combination. Although reservations are not required, it is helpful to know who’s coming for food planning purposes. For reservations contact the office by phone, (802) 254-3600, or email,

Hi All,

Our next walk is Saturday May 18th at 2 PM starting at Karen and Shaun Murphy’s house. They live at 6202 Hinesburg Road in Guilford.

We will walk to an old foundation and remnants of an old hill farm, check out an amazing stone wall and continue to the lookout that faces West Guilford, Governor’s Mountain and Mount Monadnock. This is an uphill walk but mostly on well used trails. Plan on 1-2 hours.

Please call or e-mail with questions—254-2103.

Hope to see you next week.

Karen Murphy

Guilford Cares Monthly Board Meeting

LogoGuilford Cares will hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 at the Town Offices. Among the topics to discuss are the two $500 scholarships to be awarded to two graduating BHUS seniors, the Summer Lunch program and recruitment of new board members.

Guilford Cares meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. All meetings are open to Guilford residents. Come check us out. We would love to hear your ideas. Questions? Call Leah Gessner, 254-5561 or write to

We need YOU to be a Forest Pest First Detector for Guilford, here’s how

Does your town have a First Detector? If not, help us recruit someone from your community to attend an upcoming training.

The Forest Pest First Detector Program trains citizen scientists to help prepare Vermont for the arrival of invasive forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle. First Detectors serve as a liaison between their community, and federal and state partners by helping with education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, pest screening and preparing their community for a pest infestation.

This past year we trained 93 volunteers across the state from Newport to Bennington. The next in-person trainings will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, May 18th (rain date May 19th) 9:30am-4:30pm, NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Charleston, VT

Saturday, June 8th (rain date June 9th), 9:30am-4:30pm, Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert, VT

To assist you in making sure someone from your community takes advantage of this program, we have provided the following promotional materials:

A course brochure (attached)

A short blurb about the course (attached), to be posted in calendar of events, included in town newsletters, Front Porch Forum, listservs or online news


More information on the program is found at: Contact Caitlin Cusack 656-7746 or with questions or to sign-up.

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