Gamers Host Charity Auction to Benefit Flood Victims

In the wake of the disastrous flooding that hit so much of southern Vermont, isolating whole towns from the outside world, it can be paralyzing to try to figure out how to help.

Matt Golec of the Upper Valley hit on the idea of holding a game auction to supplement the usual fundraising efforts. This way we can engage people who want to support the recovery effort in Vermont from outside the surrounding area.

Matt has a geeklist set up on Boardgamegeek. He’s asking only people invited to list items do so. Bidders can be from anywhere in the world. Members listing items will collect the fees and donate them to the Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Red Cross agency to aid immediate short term relief efforts. I plan to go through my game library for auction candidates when I get home tonight.

If you’d like to read more about flood recovery efforts in Vermont, I recommend the following sources:

Further, if you have a moment, please help spread the word about initiatives to aid flood recovery like Matt Golec’s. Every little bit helps and that it’s a locally-born endeavor makes it even more powerful.

[Reposted in part from Held Action.]

Thunder Snow

Geek Mountain State’s favorite meteorologist, Mark Breen, of Eye on the Sky, explains in a brief interview and Q&A with listeners about how the phenomenon that we saw this weekend occurs:
From VPR:

As yet another snow storm hit the region on Saturday night, many Vermonters planned a night in watching movies. Celie in Bethel was one of them. She wrote: I was watching “Clash of the Titans” and did not at first realize that the bursts of light and thunderous booms weren’t just coming from the wrath of Zeus in the movie.” Jack in Eden also wrote in to report lightning on the Eastern Flank of Lowell Mountain.
It turns out the phenomenon was widespread across the region. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb turned to Eye on the Sky meteorologist Mark Breen to find out more about it.

To listen, visit:

Geek Stuff for January 26th

Geek Stuff for January 26th

‘Grow Your Own Mushrooms’, 5–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Food)
‘Finding Neverland’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
‘Living Downstream’, 7–9PM, Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Film)
Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
‘Star Wars’ Club, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Star Wars)
Brown Bag Lecture Series – Will “Chip” Sawyer, (How our state has changed in the last decade by analyzing numbers from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey), 12:30–1:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Data)
Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series – Mark Breen: “Snow Under the Looking Glass” in an investigation of ‘flakes and how snowstorms work. 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Weather)
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting – Brian Lindner on the five ski areas of Waterbury and Duxbury — and what happened to them, 7PM, Wsley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. Free. (History, Skiing)
‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon. (Gaming)

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