BY AIYANA FORTIN
The Vermont Journal
BELMONT, Vt. Almost 250 people gathered in downtown Belmont for the parade, book sale, and Chicken barbeque on Monday, July 4. With over 10 floats and at least four firetrucks, the parade was a sight to behold, and the sea of patriotic color painted an image of our local support and patriotism for America, which celebrated its 240th anniversary of achieving Independence this year.
These ten floats were representative of both organizations in the community and personal projects designed by families and friends. Awards were given to the Bone Builders for the Best Float, Superman (from the superhero float) for the Best Dressed Adult, Ida for the Best Dressed Kid, and a sheep, Snow White, for Best Dressed Animal.
Ron Unterman held an Auction of five canoes and one paddleboat to raise money for the town of Mount Holly, and the boats were taken and launched in Star Lake shortly thereafter.
Representatives of the Community Guild of Mount Holly sold raffle tickets outside the Belmont General Store to raise money for scholarships and charitable organizations in the community. Of the five raffle prizes, the first is a queensized quilt made by Claire Poulin, featuring a spring butterfly design on a cream background. The second is a handwoven basket made by Judy Nevin. The third is a drawing by Pat LaBella, and the fourth is a watercolor painting by Cindy Hinchliff. The winners will be drawn at the Guild’s annual Bazaar on Sat. Aug. 6th at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum was open to the public, where they had various artifacts on display, including the Vermont State Terrestrial Fossil, a Mammoth Tusk found in Mount Holly.
The Mount Holly Town Library was open to the public, and many were milling about the book sale, making donations to support the Library in exchange for books. Our new Librarian, Amanda Merk, has been working with Lynne Herbst to take over the Library and continue its presence and service in the community. Amanda has been working in various libraries for 25 years; “I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in Mt. Holly,” Ms. Merk states, “I want to learn what everyone needs and wants from the Mt. Holly Library, and do my best to help them achieve their goals.” She plans to continue traditions, including the Summer Reading Program, and add new activities and services based on what everyone in the community wants from the library.
Many people went to the Odd Fellows Hall after the parade to sit and chat with friends while eating chicken barbeque. While the meals were free, all donations benefitted the Alfred Crowley Kamp for Kids program.
A Happy 4th to you and yours!