READER BULLETINS: August 10-16, 2017

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Saturday, August 12 registration for 5K race begins at 8 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. at Pittsford Town Offices. Registration for 1 mile run begins at 10 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. at Lothrop Elementary. Teams & adaptive participants welcome. Free T-shirt & rally towels for first 50 signups. Proceeds benefit Pittsford Recreation Department and the Adaptive Martial Arts Association.

Makers, entrepreneurs, innovators and tinkerers of all ages and skill levels will pour onto Quality Lane on August 12 from noon – 5 p.m. for the Grand Opening of The MINT: Rutland’s Makerspace and the 3rd Annual Rutland Mini Maker Faire. The MINT will be buzzing with tool demonstrations, tours, make-it-and-take-it stations and makers showcasing their creations. Ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Learn to solder, fly a drone, make a scribblebot and see robots pop balloons with lasers.
Everyone attending the Grand Opening will be entered into a drawing to win a drone donated by the Rutland Economic Development Corporation, a major MINT sponsor.
The Rutland Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the Do It Yourself and homegrown invention movement. Whether it’s a home-built robot, video game, handbag, miniature race car, musical instrument, or sustainable micro garden, the Rutland Mini Maker Faire showcases all that is creative and innovative in our community. The MINT is the new hub of the creative economy in Rutland county and is still taking new members. It’s a collaborative workshop and learning space with shared tools and equipment for anyone who wants to make things. Come join us! For more information about The MINT: Rutland’s Makerspace, see For more information about the Mini Maker Faire or to apply to be a maker or to volunteer at the Faire, see
The Mint, Rutland’s Makerspace, is located at 112 Quality Lane, Rutland. For more information call 802-772-7087, or visit

A giant yard sale where everything is “sold” for free is open for business Sunday, August 13 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Middletown Springs Town Green. Plenty of quality school supplies, toys, household items, adult and children’s’ clothing, gifts and more are available and are all for free! Children can enjoy a variety of free activities while parents “shop.” This event truly is free indeed. Free Indeed is sponsored by Middletown Springs Community Church. Please call 802-235-2386 with questions.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s. It is ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
Rutland Regional Medical Center is inviting the community to attend three free Alzheimer awareness seminars that provide information on detection, causes, risk factors, legal and financial planning and effective communication strategies.
August 17, 6-7:30 p.m., “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease,” Dr. Walter Gundel, MD and Alzheimer’s Association community educator, will present information on the facts about Alzheimer’s and dementia, its causes, risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and resources available.
August 24, 6-7:30 p.m., “Dementia Conversation,” Melissa Squires, Alzheimer’s community educator, will talk about the important and frank conversations families must have around issues like physician visits, legal and financial planning when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
August 31, 6-7:30 p.m., “Effective Communications Strategies,” Pamela Biedler, Alzheimer’s Association director of programs & outreach, discusses the critical role communication plays throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. You will be able to listen to interviews from professionals and caregivers who will share valuable tips on how to communicate with someone suffering from this disease.
All classes will be held at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street in Rutland. Each one is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is required by contacting 802.772.2400 or visiting

The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department is celebrating the history of the Halloween Parade and its ties to the world of comic books with the opening of the Rutland Halloween Parade Museum. This will consist of a permanent exhibit in the Courcelle Building featuring large painted panels that were displayed on floats from the 60s through the 80s, historic photos, and several comic books featuring the parade.
The main focus of the exhibit is how the parade became a destination and hub of activity in the comics community in the 60s and 70s. Most of the stories featuring Rutland and the Halloween Parade were written by artists that attended the parade, such as Steve Englehart, George Conway, Roy Thomas and more. The Halloween Parade was the setting for the first unofficial crossover between Marvel and DC in 1972, 45 years ago.
The opening will occur on August 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Courcelle Building, at 16 North St. Extension in Rutland. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Vermont Disaster Boot Camp is a fast-track training opportunity for individuals interested in becoming an American Red Cross Disaster Responder. The Boot Camp is a two-and-a-half-day-long training session to become a Disaster Response Volunteer.
Sign up online at then scroll down to Adult Volunteer Application and click on it. Sign up for a Volunteer Connection Account and answer all the questions.
Friday, August 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, August 19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, August 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street Rutland. Continental breakfast will be provided in the morning session and a lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Questions? Trouble signing up? Contact: David Muse, American Red Cross disaster program manager, at 802-598-0338 or email:

Step back in time as hostesses in Colonial attire greet guests in homes along Castleton’s historic Main Street during the 79th Annual Colonial Day House Tour, Saturday August 19. The self-guided walking tour includes over a dozen sites throughout the village including outstanding period homes, public buildings and historic sites.
The Federated Church on Main Street, described as builder Thomas Royal Dake’s architectural masterpiece, is a popular stop on the tour. The pulpit, with its intricate moldings and panels, is one of the most extraordinary in the state. Dake is famous for his beautifully scaled spiral staircases, which can be seen in some of the homes on the tour.
At the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools, carriage collection and period fashion display of 19th century clothing and accessories. On display at the Higley House will be the famous Blue Cat Quilt depicting historic landmarks in town and highlights from the book The Blue Cat of Castleton. The quilt was entirely hand sewn and hand quilted with over 375 hours spent in creating the unique pattern of quilting stitches.
New on the tour this year is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, dedicated in 1899 and recently renovated into a charming private residence. Triangular stained-glass windows, hardwood floors, an original pew and internal wood beams are featured in the living area. Items dating 1871 to 1899 that were found in a time capsule during the renovation will be on display in the Buel Block building across the street.
Demonstrations of Early American crafts including chair caning, slate carving, spinning and hand-carved wooden spoons can be seen in homes on the tour.
The Castleton Free Library will hold an ice cream social from 2 – 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., Friends of The Library will host Glenn Andres, Professor Emeritus of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College, a well-renowned architect, author and inspiring speaker, who will talk about the historical architecture of Castleton. There is no charge for this program and it is open to the public.
The 2017 Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held rain or shine Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour tickets $20 ($18 seniors 62+) can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-468-5691 or e-mail:

August 19. To date, 154 species have been recorded at this Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome! Learn from our friendly bird experts and then join us for brunch afterwards. Full 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7 a.m. Contact

Greater Killington Women’s Club (formerly Sherburne Women’s Club) will host a Ladies Golf Outing and Fundraiser on August 20 at 2 p.m. at Green Mountain National Golf Course, 476 Barrows Towne Road, Killington.
Gather your foursome together! Individuals and beginners are also welcome as a FREE clinic is included. This is a great value of golf at a world-class course. Prices start at only $50 per person including a clinic, nine holes, cart, dinner, raffle prizes, and gifts! Please RSVP early for discounted prices as this event can only accommodate 50 participants.
Not a golfer? Join us for dinner only and an awesome raffle! Prices begin at only $20. Space is limited, so please RSVP early so there is still room for you to attend.
Event proceeds benefit area charities and scholarships. For player forms, go to the club’s website at Please contact Janina Curtis by email at or phone at 802-775-0521 for more information.

The program: Healthier Living Workshop: Diabetes will be offered Saturdays, August 26 – September 30, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 433 West Street in Rutland. It will offer a small-group workshop for people dealing with type 2 diabetes. The workshop is led by specifically trained leaders, at least one of whom has diabetes. It is designed to help you with problem solving and action planning, healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar, managing stress, and handling sick days. Those who have completed the program report big improvements, such as eating healthier, feeling less depressed, and having a better relationship with their physicians.
To register for this free program, please contact Corissa Burnell, Community Health Worker at 802.776.5507 or email her at

Rutland South Rotary Club has raised thousands of dollars for over 40 years to benefit numerous projects in the greater Rutland Community. From high school scholarships to the Rutland County Boys & Girls Club, to the WSYB Christmas Fund, Rutland South Rotary has left a large footprint in the region, especially around projects benefiting area youth.
It is the generosity of so many that has enabled Rutland South Rotary to continue their philanthropy. This year’s raffle will be held Friday, September 8, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $110.00 per ticket which admits two adults 21 and over. Catering is provided by East Creek Catering. GRAND Prize is $10,000 plus numerous other cash and door prizes. Rutland South Rotary is also asking those attending the raffle to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Rutland Area Community Cupboard.
For more information contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802.345-9873.

The Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Woodstock at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
The farm and park are directly across the street from each other. Visit with about 20 artisan vendors and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the visitor center, barn and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, bowls, cutting boards, home & kitchen accessories and other woodenware, toys, cabinetry, flooring, wildlife carvings, bowls and all other products made of wood will be for sale.
The scenic backdrop of the farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley and locally sourced, wood-fired pizza from Woodbelly Pizza provides a perfect accompaniment for shopping or watching live turning demonstrations outdoors. Meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens as you discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have their cheese for sale in the gift shop. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make-your-own wood crafting, and other family activities at Vermont’s only National Park.
Vendors currently include well-known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff, Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others. Please check out or call 802-747-7900, email for information about admission, parking and activities planned. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking available on site.

South Central Vermont will be abuzz Sept 6-13 with its inaugural Killington Valley Masters’ Games planned at venues throughout the region for residents 40 years and better. The 15+ offerings include competitive sports, recreational sports, and board games as well as lunches, awards day and photo opportunities for participants, friends and family who have encouraged our newest sports stars to “live healthy, live longer” through fun sports involvement.
The Towns of Pittsford, Brandon, Killington, Castleton, to name a few, are also enthusiastic supporters. Local organizations and sports clubs are also involved. A complete list of offerings, registration forms and rules are available online at or by phone: 802-773-1822. Deadline to receive a FREE sports towel is August 17. Games begin Sept 6 and run to Sept 13 with a closing lunch.
Olympic style medals will be awarded to first, second and third places in all events at the time of the events. Age brackets will be used to determine winners for each age group in each sport.