Tunbridge Historical Society

Everyone is invited to join the Tunbridge Historical Society, which is dedicated to the preservation of objects and memories important to the history of Tunbridge.

The society’s 51st season (2012) will include history mystery and ghost walks, oral history and slide programs and exhibits in North Tunbridge and at the fairgrounds. An antique Amish quilt will be raffled to raise funds to restore the North Tunbridge Baptist church building that the society uses.

The History Mystery Walk on Sunday, June 10, will begin at the library at 3 p.m. Cars will follow society president Euclid Farnham to the mystery spot.

Members of the society will be on Antique Hill at the fairgrounds for the June 16 and 17 Vermont History Expo. This year’s Expo theme is the Civil War fought from 1861-1865. Civil War artifacts will be displayed at the Log Cabin and elsewhere on the fairgrounds.

On Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30, following The Tunbridge Church Ice Cream Social, the society will present “Tunbridge Speaks,” at which letters and writings from and about Tunbridge residents will be read by costumed presenters.

Continuing last summer’s Tunbridge 250th anniversary exhibits in North Tunbridge, the historical society and Tunbridge Grange will hold open house exhibits from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, July 8 and 29. The Grange will show its painted stage curtain and other exhibits. The society will be next door at the North Tunbridge Baptist Church with artifacts, documents and photos of local interest.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Euclid Farnham and Mick Maguire will give a slide program on businesses and public buildings along the First Branch of the White River. The program at the North Tunbridge Church will start at 7:30. A potluck picnic at the church will begin at 6:30.

The annual Ghost Walk will be Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Village Cemetery at 1:30. The rain date is the 14th.

Annual dues are $5 for individuals, $1 for students, $10 for a family, and $50 for a lifetime membership. For more information contact Euclid Farnham at (802) 889-3458. Raffle tickets will be sold until October and are available from T Swayze at 889-3204.

Notice to Tunbridge Voters:

Informational Meeting and Special Town Meeting Regarding Emergency Services

The Tunbridge Selectboard and the Emergency Services Committee will hold the final informational meeting prior to a special town meeting to determine Tunbridge's participation in the proposed Tunbridge, Royalton, and Sharon ambulance service. The meeting will be held on July 29th in the Town Hall at 7:00pm. There will be a presentation on our current ambulance services, the proposed three-town collaboration, and an opportunity to ask questions of and provide feedback to the selectboard, the Emergency Services Committee, a representative from Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, the attorney who drafted the proposed three town contract, and a representative from both the Sharon and Royalton selectboards.

There will be a Special Town Meeting at the Tunbridge Central School on August 26th at 7:00pm. This meeting will have one article: to authorize the selectboard to enter into a contract to form a three-town ambulance service. If the article passes Tunbridge will move forward in its collaboration with Sharon and Royalton to realize the joint service. If the article fails, Tunbridge will continue to purchase emergency services from South Royalton Rescue and First Branch Ambulance.

Over the past year there have been several informational meetings about this issue in Tunbridge and in Royalton. The board has requested input and feedback via these meetings and solicitations in the Tunbridge Quarterly. Now is the time to join with us in reviewing the proposal and preparing to vote on this important issue. We look forward to seeing you.

If you are unable to attend the informational meeting, please join the selectboard at one of its regularly meetings (every Monday night at 6:00pm) between now and August 26th. If you are unable to attend and have specific questions you would like posed at the informational meeting, please pass those questions on to the board's administrative assistant, Wendy McCullough. Notes from the meeting, the draft proposal, and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be made available on the town website.

-The Tunbridge Selectboard

The information above can be found at the following website for easy reference: http://www.tunbridgevt.com/?p=1904