Irish owner offering historic Vermont inn for $150 and best essay

Irish owner offering historic Vermont inn for $150 and best essay



Doreen Cooney, owner of Deerfield Valley Inn in Vermont.

An Irish-born owner of an historic Vermont inn is holding an essay contest to determine who will be the next owner of the 9-room country inn.

Contestants must submit an essay, 250 words or less, on the theme “This is my dream: To win and operate a Vermont country inn.” There is also a $150 dollar entry fee.

Doreen Cooney, a native of Kanturk, County Cork who emigrated to the US in 1971, owns the inn in partnership.

Cooney, a former employer of Bank of Ireland in New York, has run the inn for 17 years and has decided at 63 she wants to take a step back.

The contest is approved by Vermont authorities says Cooney and they are hoping for up to 4,000 entries. An official adjudicating group will pick the winning essay.

Irish owner offering historic Vermont inn for $150 and best essay

“The winner willl end up paying only $150 for the inn says Cooney, it is a great opportunity”

That lucky winner of the contest, which is open to anyone 18 years of age or older worldwide, will be granted ownership of the Deerfield Valley Inn located in the Mount Snow area of West Dover, Vermont.

“While a great many people are interested in the B & B lifestyle, many have difficulty financing their dream. The essay contest allows dreamers to realize their dreams, and the winner of the contest would win the Inn for what amounts to the price of an overnight stay or dinner for two,” said Cooney.

The inn, which was built in 1885 as a private residence, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has operated as an inn continuously for over 60 years. The inn is located only two miles from the Mount Snow Ski Resort, and antique shops, art galleries, and wineries are available in the area.

Essay submissions must be received by midnight on November 20, 2015

The top 25 essays will be submitted to a panel of three independent judges who will select a winner, first runner up and second runner up. The winner will be contacted by November 30 and the transfer of ownership of the inn will take place within 45 days. The runner up will be awarded ownership if the winner rejects the prize.

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- Fall 2015 Classes & Workshops


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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- THE UNSIGNED LETTER


By Mattie Lennon

   Most people have received anonymous communications at some stage. Be it a Valentine card from a shy admirer or a Christmas card that the sender had forgotten to sign.  And in more recent times there is the occasional baffling text or email.  There is of course the more malicious anonymous letter usually sent by the cowardly and insecure who  often tend to be inconsequential people of little importance to the addressee.  The senders of such letters usually have a chip on the shoulder.   It may be a begrudging colleague whose own   life is not satisfying, and they may have recently been disinherited and/or rejected. One source says, “These letters seem to be a cry of the powerless from persons who have lost the ability to speak their mind and have been pushed to the limit of their understanding and patience.”

   One  expert in the field wrote,

    “From my own observations, these writers are sick individuals. Within their makeup there is a weak streak which is inter linked with dishonesty and anyone who writes anonymously, even though purporting to have the receiver’s welfare at heart, has a problem.  “

  According to, ‘Judicial Graphology, by Renna Nezos, “that  personality is socially maladjusted and he/she suffers from a feeling of persecution and excessive jealousy.”

The following motivating characteristics of the anonymous letter-writer are put forward by an expert;



*Malice and Spite.


*Sexual Frustration.

*Inner feelings of personal inadequacy, which fuels a desire to cause suffering.

*The urge to wield influence.

   That anonymous letter you got could be from a shy retiring admirer or a forgetful acquaintance who neglected to put their name to it.  It could be from a well-meaning  person who wanted to put you wide to some treachery without getting  involved.  But . . . it could be more sinister.  Anybody who has read, “ 10 Strange Mysteries Involving  Anonymous Letters”  knows that the unsigned missive  is very often the hallmark of a psychopath.  Jack the Ripper and The Zodiac Killer are just two examples.

     The  anonymous letter that arrived in your letterbox may be from an innocent person but  it could also be from a coward who, in the words of one psychologist , “ . . . is using a power hold over the selected victim. From the feeling of power comes an inner sense of superiority, as real or imagined developments are anticipated. The correspondence may be planned with care, to hit the target and then retreat into hiding to await the results; or it may be the outcome of supposed slights and resentful feelings that have been festering over a period of time. The reaction is triggered by sending a threatening letter.”

Mattie Lennon


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Odyssey Storytelling – Presents ESCAPE at The Screening Room

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Odyssey Storytelling Presents!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Escape for New York, from the planet of the apes or from your own inhibitions. Leave the nest or remain at rest, we all have our dispositions. Perhaps it’s a hobby, a favorite sport, a special place or a state of mind…do you get very tough or act extra kind? Get away from danger or face it head on?  If there’s something you don’t like you can sometimes run away although many times you’ll have to stay. Escape…”break free from confinement, restraint or control.  Gain or regain liberty.” Do you escape?

Storytellers: Betsy Bruce, Jim Doherty, Thom Melendez, and more!

For storyteller bios, visit our website.

This show is curated by Tony Paniagua. 

Buy tickets here!

Show @ 7pm, Doors open at 6:30
The Screening Room: 127 E. Congress St.

Tickets $8
New Student Price $6!! (with valid ID at door)

Have you visited The Screening Room’s fabulous concession stand? There’s beer, wine, and excellent snacks. They’ll even place an order for you with Empire Pizza and have it delivered to your seat. Who knew?!

*Advance ticketing is now open seating (not a specific seat). Be sure to PRINT YOUR TICKETS at home and show them at the door.

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Got Stories? We want them.

To submit your story for consideration, send us a one-paragraph synopsis of your story and a brief bio about you.

Don’t be shy-we have a rehearsal and offer lots of guidance. 

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Kore Press- announces the Results of the 2015 Short Fiction Award


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Borderlands Theater- 2015-2016 SEASON

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2015-2016 SEASON

Borderlands Theater proudly announces its 30th season: Unearthing Humanity


by Milta Ortiz
Directed by Marc David Pinate

September 10-27, 2015
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Based on a true story. A community struggles to hold onto their history, identity, and humanity as they fight to save Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District.

Más was commissioned and developed at Borderlands through a National New Play Network playwright residency. The script was further developed by a Tucson Pima Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and was one of eight plays recently selected for the national Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival  in Chicago.


Written and Performed by Nicolas Valdez  with  guest musicians

October 3, 2015

One night Benefit Fundraiser for Borderlands at the Fox Theater!

Conjunto Blues is the newest performance by SanAnto’s own cultural activist, Nicolas Valdez. By threading together performance poetry, live music and documentary footage, Conjunto Blues explores the historical and social conditions that led to the development of Conjunto music as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation. A master accordionist, and season performer, Nicolas Valdez and invited musicians are sure to impress.


by Howard Allen and the ghost writers
Directed by Eva Tessler

December 3-6, 2015
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

After a one-season hiatus, per patron and staff requests, a Tucson holiday tradition returns with A Tucson Pastorela. Shepherds make the harrowing journey to find the baby Jesus. Written by Howard Allen and the Pastorela ghost writers, the play remains generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2015’s biggest political and pop cultural events.


Barrio Stories
by award winning playwrights, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman Directed by Marc David Pinate

March 3 – 6, 2016.
Locations to be determined. Additional indoor performances with seating will be held for patrons with mobility issues.

Borderlands breaks new ground with a site-specific theatrical event full of spectacle: the Barrio Stories Project by award winning playwrights, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman. Involving communal memory, food sharing, and reclaiming of space, this cutting-edge event brings to life the oral histories of former residents of the neighborhood demolished with the building of the Tucson Convention Center in the 1960s. Borderlands plans to stage the play outdoors, on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center. Precious memories come to life as audience members walk approximately a tenth of a mile on a tour of what used to be the bustling epicenter of commerce and public life for Tucson’s Mexican-American community (some seating is available.) The Barrio Stories Project is an innovative creative placemaking effort to activate underutilized spaces through partnerships between arts, educational, community, and civic institutions, while preserving Tucson’s Hispanic heritage.


Ghost of lote bravo
by Hilary Bettis
Directed by Barclay Goldsmith

April 14-May1, 2016
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Closing the season with a bang is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, Ghosts of Lote Bravo, developed at the Juliard PlayLab and Kennedy Center, among other places, by rising star Hilary Bettis. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, has disappeared in the desert outside Ciudad Juarez. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams, and courage Juanda knew nothing about.


support from NNPN for Playwright in Residence Grant GROUNDED Rolling World Premier
support from National Endowment for the Arts
Global Connections –IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
National Association for Latino Arts and Culture
with support from Tucson Pima Arts Council with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
with support from Desert Diamond Casino



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