Month: November 2016

New on BALE’s Online Auction

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Over 80 donated items now fill the BALE’s 2016 Online Auction… and there are still items with no cobblestone-1initial bid!! This is a great way to support the work of BALE (Building A Local Economy) and, perhaps, take home something you can use or treasure. The auction ends on December 18. Want a Maine Coast week (next September) overlooking Eggemoggin Reach in the quiet town of Sedgwick… with 10 more of your friends or family in a gloriously restored 1817 Colonial home?  How about a membership to the Vermont Natural Resources Council? Or 20 pounds of grassfed beef and pastured pork from Eastman Farm? There are lots more items to discover right HERE.


Online Auction Warms Up the Winter

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Supporting a great 5 year-old community institution like BALE doesn’t have to been about
just writing a check. This year, BALE launched an Online suicide-sixAuction HERE with over 75 cool (and some very ‘warm’) items including 10-days in a comfy jungle-and-beach home near Dominical, Costa Rica. Or stay home and warm yourself up on the slopes of Suicide Six Ski Resort or at your very own house concert with Bow Thayer. Check ’em all out right HERE.

BALE Launches ‘Wild, Warm, Wish-You-Had-It’ Online Auction

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Get Your Bids in Early; Support this Amazing Organization

“Call it the giving time of the year; BALE (Building A Local Economy) wants taldrich-huicholo offer something in return,” says its Director Chris Wood. “We do need to raise money like every other group seeking support, but this year we’re putting a little ‘fun’ into fundraising, where donors can get something in return… It’s called an online auction that can be found HERE.

The auction runs for a month and ends at 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 20. Over 75 items are current listed and, according to Wood, the list is growing almost daily. From an archival giclee print of an original watercolor of Bernie Sanders by local artist Katie Runde (just a $35 bid) to a 10-day stay at a jungle-and-beach home in Costa Rica ($1200), this auction lists many amazing, diverse items.

rajatHow about a concert with Bow Thayer for you and your friends? Or a case of amazing apple wine from Fable Farm Fermentory? Ski Suicide Six or bid on a $500 gift certificate from the Anichini Company Store? Gift certificate to Stockwell’s Garage or six Tai Chi sessions with Catherine Freese at Seven Stars Art Center? A pint of “2 Die 4” dark chocolate ice cream from Kiss the Cow Farm or tickets to Northern Stage? Dozens more fascinating items can be found and it’s all to benefit the important work of BALE.

“We are very grateful in this season of gratitude for the many generous businesses and individuals who have offered us extraordinary donations that turn ‘plain old’ fundraising into a fun and creative adventure,” says Wood.

Environmental Justice Film Series Presents…

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‘Human’ Transcends Hate

The Commons @ BALE, South Royalton on Mon., Nov. 14 at 7 PM.


Here’s a chance to sit with others who are feeling the pain of this moment and experience the awesome beauty of this earth. This as a powerful antidote to the hate-filled speech of our just-elected President: Human (the film) is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, Human brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection. It is a politically engaged work that allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

White River Community Solar: What’s Next

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Are you involved or interested in the White River Community Solar initiative?

Now’s your chance to get caught up on the current status of White River Community Solar at a meeting of BALE (Building A Local Economy), the Energy Clinic at the Vermont Law School, Catamount Solar, and interested co-operators. There will be a short presentation by Clinic Director Kevin Jones and Law School students Lucas Fykes, Amanda Quinlan, and Mark Smith on Tue., Nov. 15 at 6:30 PM at the Commons @ BALE, South Royalton.

Questions to be covered include: What’s next for our community solar initiative; where does our project stand, what are the current political and regulatory issues, and what are the new rules and our options moving forward? Bring your interest or other questions.

Nov. 7 Gathering for the #NoDAPL Global Solidarity Campaign

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Stand with Standing Rock

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016; 7 PM – Commons @ BALE, South Royalton, Vermont

dapl-sanding-rockThe “Dakota Access” Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8 billion, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.

Construction of the DAPL would engender a renewed fracking-frenzy in the Bakken shale region, as well as endanger a source of fresh water for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million people living downstream. DAPL would also impact many sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous nations.

The DAPL is a massive project being organized by a shady group of the world’s largest fossil-fuel companies and banks. They have offices in cities around the world. Putting direct, nonviolent pressure on the corporations building and funding this project is critical for supporting frontline resistance to DAPL

Come learn more, offer support and sit with people who have been to Standing Rock Reservation. Learn about the four actions the leaders have asked for in global solidarity. Bring prayers, compassion, indignation and a commitment to support these water protectors (and allies) who have taken the lead for us all.