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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!”

Newfane Seeking Economic Development Consultant (Part-Time)

The Town of Newfane is looking to hire a business consultant with experience in economic development projects to assist the town in scoping out proposed projects, applying for funding, managing the projects during the implementation phase, and managing all reporting to the granting agencies. Additionally, the consultant will be responsible for reporting back to the Selectboard on the status of the projects and making recommendations for new projects and/or suggestions to enhance the town’s economic opportunities.

This is a consultant position, not a staff position. The hours will vary from week to week as the projects take shape. We anticipate it will require between 2 and 10 hours a week, again, depending on the status of the projects. The position is being funded initially for one year and will be re-evaluated at the end of the year. Work can be done in the Newfane Town Office as well as off-site, as needed.

Residents of the Town of Newfane working with the Planning Commission are in the process of
developing a list of key projects encompassing the need for more affordable housing options, an expanded commercial base, new transportation options, community projects, and more. We are examining how ARPA funding, used strategically within U.S. Treasury rules, can be coupled with other funding from federal, state, and local sources to move these projects forward.

The Economic Development Consultant shall not simultaneously hold any elected office within the Town of Newfane and shall not be employed by or under contract with the town in any other capacity.

Reports to: Newfane Selectboard.

Salary range: Commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities:
Coordinate and communicate with the Selectboard and other Town officials to lead the planning and coordination of projects utilizing ARPA funds for the improvement of the Town as well as other projects that may be selected for implementation.

• Understand the rules governing the use, administration, and reporting of ARPA funds.
• Understand and advise the town as to how ARPA funds can be strategically coupled with other
federal, state, and local funding to achieve town goals.
• Create action plans to carry out goals outlined in the Newfane planning and development plans and submit for approval to the Selectboard.
• After plans are approved, oversee and track strategy implementation and its impact.
• Manage reporting requirements for ARPA funds received.
• Research and prepare grant applications to support community economic development efforts and administer grants received.
• Provide the Selectboard with information related to the status of projects.
• Develop summaries, budget amendments, status reports, financial reporting, study findings, and other documents as needed.
• Negotiate contracts with vendors on behalf of the town and with the permission of the Selectboard.
• Propose new economic enhancement and development ideas for the Town to evaluate.
• Monitor local and State legislation and regulations relating to economic and community development, and report findings to the Selectboard as well as other Town commissions and committees as appropriate.

Qualifications and Required Skills:


• A minimum of three years experience required in the areas of economic development, job
creation, special events, marketing, and/or tourism, and knowledge of the principles and
practices of strategic business development, public relations, and budget development.
• Bachelor’s Degree and project management experience preferred in addition to required work
• A working understanding of the Vermont municipal government and/or the state of Vermont
government structure, agencies, and programs.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license.
• Familiarity with the construction process and interaction with Federal and state grants
Required skills:
• Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently without direct supervision.
• Ability to work effectively with local, regional, and state agencies, businesses, other
employees, public, and media.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with proficiency in public
• Ability to analyze alternatives and offer recommendations.
• Ability to develop and negotiate contracts.
• Ability to perform effective grant writing and administration skills.
• Working knowledge of MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and basic
computer skills.

To Apply:
Please submit your resume, a one-page letter describing your interest, a writing sample (less than 5 pages), and three relevant references by email or by mail, to:

Wannetta Powling
Town of Newfane
Administrative Assistant
PO Box 36
Newfane VT 05345
802-365-7772 ext 4

The Town is accepting applications through October 15, 2021, or until such time that the position is filled.

The Town of Newfane is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Public Invited to Discuss Water Quality Plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons, and Nearby CT River

MONTPELIER, Vt. – State planners invite the public to attend one of two meetings in August to hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions on the State’s West, Williams, Saxtons Rivers, and adjacent Connecticut River Tributaries Tactical Basin Draft Plan. This Plan has been developed to protect and restore rivers, lakes, and wetlands in southeastern Vermont from Weston to Brattleboro.

The Tactical Basin Plan identifies actions that will protect or improve rivers, lakes, and wetlands through cost-effective projects, including floodplain restorations and dam removals. The plan includes 97 priority strategies focused on water quality and aquatic habitat. One such project is the proposed restoration of the Herricks Cove and Retreat Meadows wetlands which will to improve both flood resiliency and habitat for several rare species.

State and regional planners will be offering two similar public meetings where participants can learn more about the actions identified in the draft plan and provide feedback on the plan. More information about the dates and locations of these hybrid in-person & virtual meetings is available at along with the draft plan and an interactive Story Map on the Plan. Paper copies can be requested, and comments can be submitted via e-mail, by contacting Marie Caduto at or 802-490-6142.

The public comment period runs from August 2 – 27, 2021. State officials will respond to each comment in a summary written later this summer.

Meetings  Aug 11, 2021, 06:00 PM Eastern Time

In-Person Location: Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Route 30, Townshend, VT

Virtual Access:
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meeting Aug 17, 2021, 06:00 PM Eastern Time

 In-Person Location: Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street, Saxtons River, VT

Virtual Access:
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Chris Campany, Executive Director Windham Regional Commission

139 Main Street Suite 505 Brattleboro, VT 05301

Public Alert and Warning Systems at 2:20pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will test the nation’s public alert and warning systems at 2:20 pm this Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This test will comprise of live testing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) of the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS). The State of Vermont and Vermont Emergency Management will not be initiating this test as this is conducted by FEMA and the FCC.

What will occur? The general public watching broadcast media at this time will hear the emergency alert tone, followed by an automated message as well as a message marquee. Cell phone users who have not opted out of WEA tests will receive a push notification to their phones. It is important to understand that this is a test but to ensure that you have read the message completely as emergencies can happen at any time.

Is there any action needed from you? Only if you are to receive calls from the public about the validity of this test. Please ensure the public that this is a test issued by the FCC and FEMA and is legitimate. If the public has any questions, please point them to the links below.

Please reach out if you have questions.

Here is a link to the press release issued by FEMA.

General Public information regarding IPAWS.

Public Safety Officials information on IPAWS.

How to opt-in or opt-out of WEA tests.


Ian P. Kilburn

VT-ALERT Administrator

Vermont Emergency Management


Development Review Board Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Town of Newfane, Vermont Development Review Board

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, the Newfane Development Review Board will hold a Zoom-based continuation of the December 17 public hearing of the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Appellant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

DRB hearing of this appeal was begun on December 17, 2020; it was continued to January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoon in order to allow additional evidence to be gathered.

To join the Zoom-based continuation of the December 17, 2020 public hearing on January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm:

Join Zoom Meeting

Town Newfane is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: DRB Hearing

Time: Jan 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)     

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