READER BULLETINS: February 8-14, 2018

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Early Bird online registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Vermont Race for the Cure on Saturday, July 21, beginning at Riley Rink at Hunter Park of Manchester. Standard registration pricing of $20 for adult/survivor or $5 for youth age 12 and under, will go up by $10 beginning April 8. Seventy-five percent of proceeds raised stay local to support community service organizations, the remaining 25 percent go to vital national breast cancer research. To register, visit

Feb. 15 is Vermont Writes Day. Now in its ninth year, Vermont Writes Day is an annual tradition started by Young Writers Project to honor writing and to recognize its importance in school, work and life.
Each year, about 100 schools across Vermont and some in New Hampshire take just seven minutes out of their day to write to seven special writing prompts created by Young Writers Project. YWP will open a special website,, where writing can be posted directly only on that day (no login required). Students can also write on their blogs on and use the #vtwritesday18 hashtag. OR writers are welcome to use old-fashioned pen and paper and send their submissions to Young Writers Project, 47 Maple St., Suite 106, Burlington, VT 05401.
The best writing will be published in newspapers, on,, and the March issue of The Voice, YWP’s monthly digital magazine.
Find out more at
Young Writers Project is a Vermont-based nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve, and publishes best student work. Find us at, a safe, online community of young writers.

Feb. 15, Richard James’ Krewe Orleans: A Mardi Gras Experience will fill the Pickle Barrel Nightclub with the music and the spirit of The Big Easy. The show is open to anyone 21 years of age and older.
Tickets may be purchased online, at JAX Food & Games, or at the Pickle Barrel during business hours. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the performance. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Pickle Barrel is located midway on the Killington Road. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Pickle Barrel Nightclub at 802-422-3035.

This Rutland County Audubon evening program explores the history and geology of this spectacular region, and the challenges facing the National Park Service. Presented by Jeff Nugent, a longtime volunteer at the park. February 22 at 7 p.m. Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. Open to the public. Free admission. For more info contact

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing a training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Training will be held in the Rutland office at 7 Albert Cree Drive beginning March 15 and will meet twice a week for four weeks. Pre-registration is requested for the training. For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at

The 8th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “Tanna,” on Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. All films are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Members: adults 16 & up $9; non-members: adults 16 & up $11. For information: or 802-457-2355.
Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. It is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution.

Community College of Vermont (CCV)-Rutland, 60 West St. will host the VA’s Mobile Vet Center on Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Vet Van offers free confidential counseling and information resources to veterans, active military members and families. For more information, please contact Chris Ettori at 802-786-6996 or

Drama critics praise “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang as a hilarious and unforgettable adaptation of Chekov themes. For the third show of its 13th season, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will present the 2013 Tony award-winning show in the Brick Box at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street, on February 22- 24 at 7:30 p.m., February 25 at 2 p.m. and March 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The cast for the show features Bill Cruikshank, Kim Moyer, Julie Reddington, Eric Ray, Dana Haley and Jess Poljacik. The crew for the show includes director Bonnie Pritchard, stage manager Susan Gladding-Heitzman, producer Sandra Gartner, costumes by Nancy Ellery and lighting design by David Lane.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre Box Office 802-775-0903, online at or at the door.

The Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship application is now available on Rutland Regional Medical Center’s website for qualified candidates interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. In its second year, this scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of Rutland area physicians, retired physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
Eligible candidates include high school seniors, local college students, and Rutland-area medical community employees who are all working towards advancing their goal of a career in healthcare.
To learn more, visit Rutland Regional Medical Center’s website at Applications must be completed and returned by March 15, 2018, to be considered.

From Vision to Action — Moving Forward, February 8, 6 p.m., Lothrop Elementary School Gym, 3447 US Route 7, Pittsford. A presentation and discussion of the most popular ideas presented at the January meeting. Light refreshments and childcare available. For more information look for Pittsford Village Farm on Facebook or contact Betsy,, 802-989-0480.

Rutland County Audubon invites you to participate for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 16-19, 2018. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish (minimum time slots of 15 minutes each). This is the perfect birdwatching citizen science project for kids, families and new birders. More information and count instructions can be found at

The Small Business Administration is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout Vermont to participate in a free business course starting in April.
Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Technical College’s Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.
Emerging Leaders is for established business owners, and is not for startups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, have been in business for at least three years, have at least one full-time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.
There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Some examples of participating businesses include manufacturers, retail stores, wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.
Business owners interested in the program need to fill out the online application at by March 1. Interise, a nonprofit organization specializing in entrepreneurial education, oversees the Emerging Leaders nationwide. The SBA reviews the applications and selects the class participants.
For more information, visit, email or call 802-828-4422 ext. 203.

February Vacation Camp: With expanded enrollment
School on break? Let your kids enjoy a full, fun week of camp! There will be tubing at Killington and winter wonderland theme with snow sculptures, sledding, skating and other winter-themed fun. In addition, we will have super arts & crafts, fun sports in the gym, and plenty of outside time at Giorgetti Park and Northwest School. We will be skating and sledding (think snow!) at Giorgetti. The week will conclude with a BBQ. Registration deadline 2/6/18. Register in person Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at 24/7. Questions? Give us a call at 773-1822.
Grades K-6 Northwest School
M-F 2/19-2/23 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $102/$113
M-F 2/19-2/23 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $122/$133

Raider Play-Off Camp
This camp is for boys and girls of all ages who want to improve their game. Sessions will begin with skill work, which includes shooting, passing, and ball handling. The latter half of the sessions will include gameplay development and offensive and defensive strategies designed to meet the needs of the aspiring player. Drills to enhance your quickness, agility, explosiveness, core strength, passing skills, defense and individual 1-on-1, 2-on-2 play are just part of the package. If you are passionate to learn more about basketball and hungry to improve, then this camp is a must. All participants must be registered before camp starts. There is no registration at camp. Register in person Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at 24/7. Questions? Give us a call at 773-1822.
Grades 3-8 Leo Keefe Gym (RMS)
M-F 2/19-2/23 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $53/$64

Spring Into Spring
Let’s do our part to paint away the winter blues as we explore flowers, birds in nests, garden stakes and more flowers. We will also be making paper with added seeds. Register in person Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at 24/7. Questions? Give us a call at 773-1822.
Grades 1-3 Courcelle Building
TH 2/15-3/29 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. $67/$78

A monthly bird monitoring walk. Join us February 10 for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh or go halfway. Learn from our friendly bird experts, and join us for brunch afterward. Kids, new birders, and non-members always welcome. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact

Join Pam Beidler, director of programs and outreach, for the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, on Tuesday, February 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for a fun and interactive training on Alzheimer’s Association education programs. The class will be held at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
Following a demo and practice session, you will walk away with the skills and materials needed to host evidence-informed programming in your community. Just a few of the Common Programs you will be eligible to lead following this workshop: The Basics, Know the 10 Signs, Effective Communications Strategies.
Please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of training cost. Lunch will be provided.
Those interested in participating must register and complete a volunteer application. Call or email Pamela to register and request a volunteer application at or call 802-316-3839 ext.8011.

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. Rutland Regional Medical Center is inviting the community to attend two free Alzheimer awareness seminars that provide information on the differences between normal aging and dementia, and how to deal with dementia-related behavior.

February 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m. “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease,” Dr. Walter Gundel, Alzheimer’s Association community educator, will present information on the differences between normal aging and dementia, explore how the brain works, define dementia, go through the different stages of the disease, explain the importance of clinical trials, and give an overview of the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.

February 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m. “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior,” presented by Pamela Beidler, director of programs and outreach. During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. Through practical information, resources and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia-related behaviors.

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