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VTel Brings Fireworks Back to Springfield on July 6!
Friday, 28 June 2013 14:19


Fireworks Return To Springfield on July 6

Features VTel WOW (Wireless Open World) ribbon cutting!

Springfield, Vt. -- (June 28 2013) -- The skies over Springfield’s Hartness State Airport will be full of light and color on the evening of Saturday, July 6th with what Northstar Fireworks of Montpelier, VT, reports will be the largest Independence Day Weekend fireworks display anywhere in southern Vermont. The patriotic display, sponsored by VTel, of Springfield, VT, begins at 9 pm and admission is free to everyone.

“Fireworks are returning to Springfield after a seven-year absence” said Bob Flint, CEO of Springfield Regional Development Commission. “We’re grateful to VTel for making this happen.”

Michel Guité, President of VTel, said “For VTel it’s a wonderful opportunity to support the important work of Springfield Regional Development Commission, and to highlight local performers and artists and foods, and simultaneously do an official ribbon-cutting to mark the start of VTel’s Wireless Open World (WOW) project.”

“Over 1,500 VTel WOW customers are now getting fastest-in-the-world GigE to homes,” Guité added. “Our new WOW VTelevision, with 500 video channels, will start serving a first 50 test customers this week. Our 4G/LTE WOW wireless network is today serving Springfield, with Hardwick completed last week, Hartford in a few days, and over 40 new wireless sites under construction.”

The Saturday, July 6th, celebration begins at 10.30 am, with Hartness State Airport and VTel cooperating to host Airport Awareness Day. Twin State Flyers, the local Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be offering free airplane rides, on a first-come first-served basis, to youths aged 8 to 17 through its Young Eagles program. Flights are scheduled to begin at 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. The airport has invited aviation groups to “fly-in,” and different types of aircraft are expected to visit throughout the day.

VTel is hosting airshow performer Dan Marcotte of Bakersfield, VT, who will bring his Ultimate Biplane to perform two sets of 12-minute airshow acrobatics between noon and 4 pm.

Weather permitting, the Hartness-based New England Soaring Association, the oldest continuously operating soaring club in the country, plans to be active. There will also be information about the upcoming Aviation Careers Education Camp to be held later in July.

Food offerings are expected to begin shortly after noon. “We’ve invited some wonderful local food artisans to show or sell local products, along with local entertainment,” said Guite. VTel volunteers will give away 1,000 free pints of apple cider, fresh squeezed for the Saturday event by Cold Hollow Cider Mill, of Waterbury. Squeels-On-Wheels of Ludlow will offer for sale pulled pork and chicken, barbecued on site. Springfield Food Co-op, and Springfield’s Cherry Hill Farm, will offer home-made apple pies, strawberries, raspberries and cream. The Walpole Scoop Shop, of Walpole, NH will also be there featuring award-winning Walpole Creamery super premium ice cream and other fine frozen desserts. Ten clowns and jugglers and acrobats from Nimble Arts of Brattleboro will circulate among the crowd to entertain children, with the clowns arriving at 5 pm. Additionally, there is expected to be a contingent of classic cars on display by the Car Nutz car club of Newport, NH, for most of the day.

About VTel

Headquartered in Springfield, Vermont, VTel is a small family-owned communications company serving 21 rural Vermont communities, delivering GigE over fiber to every VTel rural home, with new 4G/LTE wireless services statewide, and with a state-of-the-art 1,400 mile optical fiber network to New York, Montreal, and Boston, delivering 100 Gig data paths to several of the largest universities in the northeast. VTel prides itself on world-class communications services, while answering customer phone calls with a friendly voice on the first ring. VTel’s network has been serving rural Vermont since 1890, and provided the phone line that enabled Calvin Coolidge to be sworn in as United States President, at Plymouth Notch, VT, on August 3, 1923. VTel’s executives, highlighting their ‘customer is always right’ tradition, add that President Coolidge’s father asked that the phone line be removed the day after Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration, and the company complied. VTel was the first telephone company in Vermont to offer Internet services, in 1993-1994, and is today pioneering GigE Internet to homes, and super-fast 4G/LTE wireless Internet statewide.

Contact :         Bob Flint: 802-885-3061, John Caceres: 802-885-7778

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:40