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Engine Repair

We have been having some issues with the engine that runs the mill while we wait for permission to rebuild the dam. It was leaking in various places..(kind of like a strainer..) Several of the board members worked on it trying to get it back into operating order.. to no avail. Someone suggested that David Jewell might be able to help, so we gave him a call. He happily came to the mill and looked things over. He discovered several things wrong and began to put his talented hands to work to fix it. He replaced the plugs and points and condenser, freed up the distributer advance, rebuilt the carburetor, welded the governor rod and found a couple other items that were not critical, but he will fix them in the future.
What a guy he is. When he sent the bill, it was only for the parts he had to replace. He donated his labor. We appreciate his kindness and generosity more than we can say. Ben's Mill Trust LTD is always pleased with people who take a great interest in the restoration of the mill. Thanks David!!!!!!

Hammer-In 2016

Hammer-in at Ben's Mill

On July 2nd, there was a hammer-in for blacksmiths held at the forge in Ben's Mill. There were several 'Smithys' there, each ready to give a demonstration of their pet project. Lucian Avery of Hardwick gave a tutorial of making a hatchet and James Tuescher of Walden demonstrated how to make a decorative leg for the settee he had made in the past. A blacksmith from Virginia happened to see the sign outside and stopped in to join in the activities. He later came back on several weekends to do a project he had in mind. People always love to see the forge in operation. After the hammer-in, a pot luck 'supper' was held (with some help from West Barnet Quick Stop's pizza)
There have been several hammer-ins held at the mill and it is always a popular Saturday function.

Lois Allen

Ducky Day 2016

OK, so this year was our "Lucky 13" event. And... the luckiest thing that happened was that it did not rain until we were picking up and everyone had gone home. That makes the second rain free derby day in thirteen years. There were the usual 35 great prizes donated by several local merchants and crafts persons.
Please find their names listed in another section of this newsletter. We very much appreciate their continued support of Ben's Mill. We sold less ducks this year (525), but it still went very well.

We had 22 great volunteers doing various jobs like retrieving ducks, parking cars, chasing ducks down the river, selling ducks, punching info into the computer, minding the "kids table" and entertaining us as we waited for the final tally of who won what. The afore mentioned entertainment was musical and presented by the AOK Kids. They are really quite special. If you haven't had an opportunity to hear these talented youngsters play, you are missing out. This event could never happen without willing volunteers. Thanks to all of you.

There were monetary prizes called "Lucky Ducks" again this year. Six numbers were drawn after the Derby in 2015 and placed in a sealed envelope. Unfortunately, the last number (592) was for a duck that was not sold, so only five prizes were awarded.

Once again this year there was a free raffle of Darned Good Ducky Chow. That stuff is addictive! Also this year was a raffle for another planter made with Ben's Mill hands. This one was so beautiful.

In two years it will be our 15th annual and we are hoping to do something special to commemorate the event. It is time for a think tank session, I believe. Stay tuned. Got any ideas? Send them on to us.

The "Lucky Ducks" for 2017 have been drawn. Make sure you don't miss the Derby. October 7, 2017. And Liam... make sure your Gram buys you ducks again... you have won EVERY year that she has bought ducks!

~ Lois Allen, Ducky Derby Coordinator


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Ben's Mill Trust
P.O. Box 50
Barnet, Vermont
(802) 357-2010


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