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Newfane Highway Department Expect Delays

Announcement from the Newfane Highway Department

  • Plan for extra travel time
  • Expect Delays Due to Road Work.
  • Six Culvert will be replaced between Wiswall Hill Road and Clark Farm Road
  • Monday, September 18, Tuesday, September 19, and Wednesday, September 20
  • 7:30 am – 4 pm,

Thank you,
Jay Wilson Road Foreman

The Newfane Traffic Calming Committee

The Newfane Traffic Calming Committee

 The Newfane Selectboard is starting a new traffic calming committee and is looking for citizens willing to serve on the committee who are interested in addressing traffic issues within their neighborhoods. Serving on this committee will include discussions on the Road Safety Audits provided by VTrans and research from former traffic calming committees. This committee will recommend ways to calm or slow down traffic within the town, particularly within the villages, to improve the safety of pedestrians and to follow through with the implementation of traffic safety measures.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant, by phone at 802-365-7772 ext. #4 or by email at

The Robert L. Crowell Scholarship

Robert L. Crowell Scholarship – Deadline for applications is May 10, 2022

The Moore Free Library is offering a total of $12,000.00 in scholarships, generously funded by the family of the late Robert L. Crowell. These awards are open to residents of Newfane, S. Newfane and Brookline who are: Graduating high school seniors or GED recipients The scholarship committee will consider academics, personal growth and community service.

Applications should include the following items:
1.A cover page with your name, address and phone number
2.A brief autobiography (including plans for continued study and the name of the school to which you have been accepted)
3.High-school transcript
4.A minimum of 2 letters of reference

Completed applications must be received by May 10, 2022.

Submit by mail to Board of Trustees MFL 23 West St.Box 208 Newfane, VT 05345 Or electronically to

Moore Free Library & Crowell Art Gallery
P.O. Box 208
23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948
Preserve our history through conversations

We welcome your visit to the library & art gallery
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1-5
Thursdays 1-6
Saturdays 10-1

Press Release for Special Meeting December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Town of Newfane Special Meeting to be held December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Vote on Town Purchase of Gravel Pit at Radway Hill Road and River Road

November 30, 2021

The Town of Newfane will be holding a special town meeting on December 7th to discuss the proposed purchase of a gravel pit located at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road in Newfane. The meeting will be held at the NewBrook Fire House located at 698 VT-30, Newfane at 6:00 pm. An informational meeting was presented on November 15 as part of the regular Newfane Selectboard meeting and will be represented at the December meeting. The presentation is available on the town’s website.

The proposal is to purchase a 21-acre site for $450,000. Based on a report by Savoy Engineering that analyzed the composition of the gravel and sand on two-thirds of the site, there is sufficient material to meet the town’s gravel needs for at least 30 years. The available sand at the site would last even longer. The analysis was done on only 13 of the 21 acres and based on visual examination, the additional 8 acres have a similar composition. Therefore, the town can anticipate using the pit for several decades.

The cost of gravel and sand have risen 54% in the last year and the town’s budget for these two items has had to rise from $145,000 annually to $223,000. This is an issue being experienced by scores of Vermont communities as well as across the globe as sand has become a scarcer resource. A financial projection estimates the savings to Newfane of $2.1 million over 10 years.

Town residents will be asked to vote on two articles which will allow the Selectboard to both purchases the site and borrow the necessary funds to cover the purchase price and other associated costs, particularly the cost of completing the required Act 250 permit. There will be a floor vote; one must be registered to vote in the Town of Newfane and present at the meeting in order to vote. There will not be a paper ballot unless requested at the meeting by at least seven residents; the meeting will not be on Zoom.

Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, noted, “It is becoming more and more difficult to find contractors that have sand and gravel to sell – at any price. We use about 12,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand every year. With over 800,000 cubic yards available on just 13 of the 21 acres, this will be a boom for the town for years to come.” Mike Fitzpatrick, a Newfane Selectboard member, agreed and added, “Purchasing the property now will ensure that we have the materials we need and at a price that is not continually increasing.”

At the Selectboard meeting, more details were given about the Act 250 permitting process that the town is required to complete before opening the gravel pit for town operation. Most importantly to surrounding neighbors, given the composition of the material, there is no need for blasting of rock. The town will screen sand and crush gravel on an annual basis and truck it to the town garage for storage. There will not be a constant stream of trucks or activity at the site.

Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield-Sanborn noted, “At the December 7th meeting we will answer any questions from town residents and we have several photos available to show what the site looks like today. We hope residents will come out to learn more about the proposal and cast their vote.”

For more information, please contact Newfane Town Administrative Assistant, Wannetta Powling at or 802-365-7772 Ext. 4.






Development Review Board special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021,

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm at the Newfane Town Hall.   The meeting may also be joined via Zoom as follows:

Access the website Click “join a meeting” – upper right of the screen Enter meeting i.d. 831 5277 5039 – no spaces needed Click ”join” Enter passcode 148143 Click “join meeting”       The purpose of the meeting is to determine appropriate follow-up regarding an application for the development of the property at 788 Vermont Route 30; tax parcel B111 forwarded to the Board by the Newfane Zoning Administrator.  This is not a hearing to approve or deny the application.

October 30, 2021

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

The Leland and Gray Players Present MAMMA MIA! November 11-13

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TOWNSHEND, Vt. –  “HERE WE GO AGAIN!” exudes Leland and Gray Players’ Director Sam Chapin. “Live music and theater return to Leland and Gray in the form of MAMMA MIA!  Featuring the upbeat and ever-danceable music of ABBA, the musical centers around a young woman and her quest to determine the identity of her birth father, while at the same time trying to marry her fiance and keep her mother as far out of the loop as possible. The score is fun and familiar with songs like, “Dancing Queen,”  “Take A Chance On Me,”  “The Winner Takes It All,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia”.”

The Company features actors Gianna Birri, Isabella Bowen, Lily Bowen, Peter Broussard, Spencer Butynski, Marley Felker, Ruby Hallenbeck, Dylan Hazelton, Mackson Hiner, Anselm Marrow, Mary McDonald, Kianelise Pena, Lucca Pozzi, Raena Sanderson, Catherine Shine, Stephen Shine, Andrew Tolbert, and Callie Wicker; student tech: Oliver Andersen, Olivia Bell, Jules Bowden, Conner Dunham, Dakota Dunham, Alexander Sicko, Davin Visconti. In the pit, student Abe Newton is on guitar joined by Rene Bernard on drums, Mike Kelly on keyboard, Mike McKinney on guitar, Matt Martyn on electric bass. Directed by Sam Chapin, vocal and music direction by Elyse Wadsworth, choreography by Sarah Grasso, assistant directed by Alexa Litchfield.

Adhering to Covid guidance, the cast will be masked at all times, as will the audience, and appropriate distancing will be maintained. Performances will be in L&G’s Dutton Gymnasium, Rte. 30, Townshend, on November 11 and 12 at 7 pm and November 13 at 4 pm. Admission: $10 dollars for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve in advance write

Chapin echoes ABBA: “So come join us–you can dance, jive, AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!”