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Local Winner!- This man is no Fool! He knows how to make his money count!

April 1, 2014 in Ideas & Projects, Inspiration, Stories by Jen

Local winnersA local man won a NY state lottery several months ago. After splitting the winnings with 4 other winners, paying off taxes and all his debt, he was left with “a sizable sum”.

He has been keeping a low profile, but announced that he will be investing over $16 million of his winnings in “sustainable, renewable energy projects in the Springfield Vermont region”!

He has asked not to be identified yet. “We’re still working out all the details” he said. “I’d like to set up a fund to offer matching funds for small-scale renewable projects, and invest the rest in projects that will stimulate job growth and will help set the region up to truly be the ‘Sustainable Valley’.  Once we know how it will all work, we will release more information. For now, we just want to get people thinking about what is possible, so when the time comes, they’ll be ready to apply for funding.”

Asked why he is doing it, he laughed and said “well, I’ve always wanted to do something big. This seemed like it might be my only chance. Besides, my financial adviser says there is potential for big returns on these investments. If I can make the money work for me, the community, and, heck, even the planet, that all sounds way too good to pass up.”


UPDATE: Sorry folks, while this man is no FOOL, this story IS. (We hope you’ll forgive us!) We wanted to do something a little more creative than usual this April 1st. We hope it made you smile, and maybe even got you thinking about some of the possibilities. Who knows… maybe one day soon, a story very similar to this will happen for real! If enough of us start to imagine what is possible- we could all be REAL WINNERS!

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Bus Start in Downtown Springfield ~ Student Art Making a Difference

January 29, 2014 in Art, Community Development, Ideas & Projects, Inspiration, Stories by Jen

Have you noticed the downtown bus stop has gotten a lot more attractive lately? We are so fortunate to have a group, Bus Start , committed to building community through student artwork in the Springfield Vermont downtown bus stop.

The first installation features 17 year old Hannah Lillie. Hannah is a local photographer and homeschooled student. She has been studying photography since the age of eight. Hannah specializes in photographing children and families, as well as historical documentation and preservation. Her work with families shows an intuitive sense of connection, and an ability to capture natural moments of play, emotion, and relationships. Additionally, Hannah’s deeply rooted local family history has instilled in her a love for, and commitment to preserving historical artifacts through the creation of visual art.
Hannah Lillie artwork
Be sure to check it out in person, show the Bus Start page some love, and give a shout-out to Hannah for her work by sharing this and other notes about her work!

— in Springfield, VT.

Hannah Lille bio
Hannah Lillie art2


Main Street in January

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Beautification Efforts Underway- Call for Volunteers

July 19, 2013 in Art, Community Development, Ideas & Projects, Stories by Jen

As  I was heading up to The Commons to see the special Community Band performance Tuesday night, I noticed a group of people on Mineral Street painting the cement retaining wall.

They didn’t appear to be vandals, so I stopped to check out what they were up to.

The Mural

There I met Mona Frye (pictured below) who told me about the mural project. What started out as a project of the Community School of Vermont has expanded to a community-wide effort. Funding has been provided by a number of area businesses and organizations.

Springfield mural flags

The large mural forming tells the story of Springfield. It seems fitting that the Vermont State Flag and the US Flag anchor the mural around the corner.

As you turn, you can see symbols and landmarks from Springfield emerging. The Calvary Baptist Church welcomes visitors at one end and towards the center, the Miller Art Center hovers majestically above the town.

Flowers adorn the bottom, mixing with a splash of colorful live foliage. I was told there is a large “Springfield” sign that will be added to the center of the mural when everything else is complete.

Appropriately, a Springfield Pride sign is proudly featured. And, as the project progresses, it is easy to see some of the reasons the town has to be proud- not just because of the buildings being shown, but because of the community and volunteers who are pulling together to do something that matters to them- and helps us all remember the beauty that surrounds us.Springfield mural- flowers

Get Involved: Call for Volunteers

There is still plenty of time to get involved- they are meeting every Monday evening around 7pm on Mineral Street. Everyone is welcome, as is any extra latex paint you might have laying around.

There is also a need for anyone with landscaping skills to help clear some areas to prevent water run-off from the hill and help preserve the mural.

Mona Frye explains the mural, the process, and why they need some landscaping assistance

Mona Frye explains the mural, the process, and why they need some landscaping assistance

A Facebook event was created to provide the most up to date information.