- Woodchuck Cidery: An Oakmont graduate owns and operates a Vermont cidery, which also happens to be the largest hard cidery in the US
- Swartz Family Farm: How a young couple is preserving their multi-generational family farm by growing hydroponic vegetables in greenhouses
- National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody: A book that is not for everyone--just the extremely cynical
- House fire in Westminster caused by candle
- Lead On Adventures for Women continue to adventure in...including kayaking, hiking, and more
- Misadventures shopping in a crowded mall, returning clothing while overcome by perfume and crowds, and trying to keep track of wandering children
- The Gift of Fear: Trusting your instincts and staying safe--one of Oprah's first Book Recommendations
- Readers thank the Vine
- Westminster Board of Selectmen: November 28, 2011: Carter Road complaints, energy incentives program and dog complaints
- Understanding Town Hall: The Landfill
- Musings of a Retired Country Gentleman: Where Are We?...Mile Marker 96.2
- Adam Shenk gives room redo ideas for kids on a budget
- Parks and Rec Committee thanks David Worthley
- A Westminster family's favorite parts of the Vine
- Close Call: Westminster woman in a near miss situation in which her potential abductor ends up dead at the Rodeway Inn
- Westminster Confluence Project is going strong -- is there one in your living room?
- Congratulations to Oakmont Regional High School Visual Arts students for outstanding achievement at the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards!
- Woodchuck Cidery President comments on Vine Interview Experience
- State-of-the-art, you wish you were a dog, veterinary hospital and pet ER opening in Westminster!
- Food, Inc.: A documentary (but interesting) tour of the steps in getting food from the farm to our supermarkets
- Wachusett Brewing--the company, the people, the beer, and their 15th Anniversary Party
- Musings of a Retired Country Gentleman: A surprising and welcome addition to our author list, with opinions on items of interest that get him going
- Carrie Progen, remembered by her family as a free-spirit, on 9/11 and every day
- Selectmen host Meet and Greet--several ideas exchanged
- Brenda Bodanza of Westminster works with NEADS to train with and receive a NEADS Service Dog
- Flax, wheatgrass and...chocolate?: Easy, healthy foods you can incorporate into your diet to feel better and look great
- Food Intolerance: Several local residents explain their celiac disease and other food allergies and offer ideas on how to still enjoy eating
- An update on the search for a new Superintendent, and the joys of the Open Meeting Law
- Westminster resident proposes residents be allowed to consider a level services budget for AWRSD
- Board of Selectmen: Don Barry, Peter Normandin, WEST and the Railroad, December 7, 2009
- Movie Review: 2012 (the end of civilization as we know it)
- Westminster and the School District have some very tough budget issues coming up soon
- What's going on with the layover station in the Westminster Business Park
- Lew Evangelidis: Odgren case another example that our insanity laws are crazy
- Former player Eric Dawley reflects on lessons learned from Coach and mentor Bill Wyman
- The Vincent family: raising awareness and funds to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease
- This was an interesting meeting which featured both high school and college student speakers
- Jay's take on Trick or Treating on Bacon Street and the Bonfire: An annual tradition that grows each year
- Musings of a Retired Country Gentleman: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
- Condo sales still slow, NY makes MA state government look good, what's up with health care, and more
- School District Superintendent Search and Budget Woes
- Dr. Costa not to be AWRSD's next Superintendent
- A 7,620 foot long road through the Westminster Business Park
- Town Unemployment figures, some info on the layover station, and budgeting
- An Internet Innovation by a Westminster Native
- Bernie Madoff, who swindled friends, family and charities out of billions, beaten up in prison over a small debt, a mathematical look at why the Democrats are especially vulnerable in November, south of the border shootouts, and more
- Interview with Westminster Police Chief Sam Albert regarding the recent string of burglaries
- Kids Links
- Guest editorial: What is the future for a socialist America?
- Dr. Michael Zapantis, retiring Superintendent of the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District, told the School Committee that he would be willing to stay on as our Interim Superintendent.
We all received some sad news 2 weeks ago when we heard that there would no longer be a Community Vine. I personally have enjoyed this newsletter and so look forward to it. I once even paid 45 cents a minute to read the Vine when I was on vacation as that was the cost to use the internet. I had to have my Vine fix even on vacation!Jen and Jay have done so much for the community through the Vine. They have kept us all informed and even entertained at times. They have done an incredible job of advocating for small, local businesses. Their support of local causes and benefits is like no one else we know. If there is an event to raise money for a worthwhile cause, you can count on Jen and Jay to advertise, donate and attend. They have kept us up to date on town politics.We will miss the Vine but we know that there are greater things in the future for Jay and Jen and we wish them the best.Bruce and Cindy Vincent
We all received some sad news 2 weeks ago when we heard that there would no longer be a Community Vine. I personally have enjoyed this newsletter and so look forward to it. I once even paid 45 cents a minute to read the Vine when I was on vacation as that was the cost to use the internet. I had to have my Vine fix even on vacation!
Jen and Jay have done so much for the community through the Vine. They have kept us all informed and even entertained at times. They have done an incredible job of advocating for small, local businesses. Their support of local causes and benefits is like no one else we know. If there is an event to raise money for a worthwhile cause, you can count on Jen and Jay to advertise, donate and attend. They have kept us up to date on town politics. We will miss the Vine but we know that there are greater things in the future for Jay and Jen and we wish them the best.
Bruce and Cindy Vincent
Jay's take on Trick or Treating on Bacon Street and the Bonfire: An annual tradition that grows each year
Marilyn Monroe, and two monsters), we decided to head for Bacon Street and the town bonfire. Jen would take pictures, talk to virtually everyone, and watch the kids, while I would provide moral support and occasionally say, “take a picture of this”. It didn't quite work out that way this year.
For my birthday this year, my mother offered to take me to an all-day cooking class, if that was something I was interested in. Was I! Although the kids thought this was about the dumbest thing they had ever heard of -- a COOKING CLASS as a birthday present, I was very excited. I love learning about new spices and interesting food prep techniques. Unfortunately, I had not paid close attention to when the class would be and had planned a surprise birthday party for my 10-year-old the night before. So, although I was wiped out from a very large sleepover, I was psyched for all that I was going to learn at the class. This wasn't a regular cooking class--this was a class on the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet.Read more... What is the Mediterranean Diet and why would I want to eat that way?
Jay and I have spent the past few years writing. While my main focus has been the Vine, he has been alternating between making technology and management recommendations to publishing companies and writing Westminster Board of Selectmen stories. Somehow he also managed to find time to write a book! If you’re in the publishing industry, it seems that everyone who crosses your path has written a book and wants advice on how to get it published. Despite Jay being more in the IT, customer service and finance side of the business, everyone from total strangers, neighbors, friends and family have asked us ‘how do you go about getting a book published?’Read more... Jay wrote a book. I don't know where he found the time! Check out ‘Keeping Up’