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Ludlow Has Fireworks!

Whether you viewed them from West Hill, where they actually occurred, or from Gill Home hill, or from one of the many lovely sites on South Hill, Ludlow's fireworks display last Saturday was a special event. It was in keeping with the long-standing tradition of Ludlow for celebrating the nation's birthday; but, of equal importance, was the fact that it represented the hard work and consistent effort of Ludlow merchants to ensure that this tradition was securely kept.

Everyone enjoyed the spectacular fireworks display. (Just remember to help the merchants raise the funds for next year - assuming they have plans to continue this delightful and inspiring tradition.)

While the next film scheduled by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) may not match the weekend's fireworks, it should provide considerable entertainment. FOLA will feature the very special western, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", on Thursday, July 7 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The film, winner of many awards, is part of FOLA's "1st Thursday" film program. Per FOLA policy, these films are free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated to cover the cost of the film and equipment usage. One of the interesting things about the Sundance Kid is how he got that name. Apparently, in his teens, he was arrested in Sundance, Wyoming. Thereafter, since no one knew his real name, he was referred to as "the kid from Sundance." At any rate, it is a delightful twist on the conventional western plot line with an ending that some still claim was not the real ending of this pair of fancy desperados. For information, call 228-7239.

FOLA is also in the planning stages of a more serious nature. Efforts are underway at FOLA to prepare and sponsor a round table discussion of the current Vermont healthcare legislation, its meaning, costs, and impact on state citizens. A panel of state-wide known people reflecting the various opinions on the subject will be brought together to address the issues, problems, and promises of this legislation. A tentative date in late October is being considered for this event.

Following its very successful fund raising drive for an elevator for its new wing, the Black River Academy Museum is hosting a special Civil War exhibit and program. The Music of the Civil War program will be held at 7PM on July 9. The Civil War exhibit will open on July 9 at 1PM with a special reception at that time. In cooperation with the Amity Art Foundation, Inc. the museum will also be presenting its first installment of art and documents from or concerning the Civil War. The exhibition will focus on images of the war and the people who served in it. Reference will be made to the some of the over 170 men from Ludlow that served in the Union Army. Images of the leaders of both sides of the war will be presented and period etchings and other graphics done by artists that covered the war will not only show examples of the battles, but also the day to day lives of the soldiers.

The Friends of Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow will offer a book discussion on Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM at the Library. Thomas Brooks of Andover will discuss his book "North of Rome, 1944-1945" whose foreword was written by Senator Robert Dole who also fought in this theater of war. After the invasion of France, the Allied armies in Italy found themselves in a forgotten war theater. Until now their eleven month saga of bitter conflict and gallant sacrifice has been ignored.

As the date of its historic founding draws closer, members of the Ludlow 250 committee are continuing to plan for the two day celebration, September 16-17, of the issuance of the charter that created Ludlow in 1761. The committee will consider fund raising and parade plans at its next meeting on Wednesday, July 6.

Cavendish is also continuing its efforts for its semiquincentennial celebration. The celebration committee recently purchased new banners for the effort that may be purchased for $150 each from the committee. For information call 802-226-7807.

Cavendish also announced the annual summer music series on the Proctorsville Green will be held again this year on Wednesday nights in July and August. All concerts are free and open to the public and will start at 6:00 p.m. The schedule includes: July 13th - Chris Kleeman; July 20th - Union Street; July 27th - Rick Redington; August 3 - Gypsy Reel; and August 10 - Voodoo Alien Blues Band.

Ludlow area Democrats who would like to participate in state and national conventions are currently out-of-luck. According to the Windsor County Democratic Party, the towns of Ludlow, Plymouth, and Reading are not eligible since no formal party organization exists in those town.

Incidentally, a note to whoever called for a 'rain dance' for the area; thanks for getting the dancer to lay off for a few days! It was nice to enjoy several consecutive days without the wet stuff - even as the rain approaches while we write this column.

(If you have any comments or news about the Ludlow or Black River area, contact Ralph Pace at ralphpace@tds.net.)

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