READER BULLETINS: July 19-25, 2018

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Trip to the Birds of Vermont Museum
Carpool to the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Meet at the Home Depot in Rutland at 8 a.m. on July 21 or Otter Valley Union High School at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch. As time allows, we will hike the trails around the museum and Green Mountain Audubon Center, departing for home around 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible. $7 per person ($6 seniors, $3.50 ages 3-17). Contact

Killington Music Festival and Ice Cream Social
On Monday July 23rd the Castleton Community Center will host some incredibly talented musicians from the Killington Music Festival for an evening of “Sundaes and Sonatas.” Guests can come ½ hour before the concert for a “Make Your Own Sundae” treat, courtesy of Stewart’s Shops. The Sundae service starts at 7 p.m. and the music will begin at 7:30. Don’t miss this special event! Call the Center by Wednesday July 18 to let us know how many are coming. Both the concert and the dessert are free. 468-3093

ENT & Audiology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, is sponsoring three separate Audiology talks at their East Dorset Medical Campus at 51 Tennis Way, in East Dorset, Vermont. These sessions are led by audiologists Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty, Dr. Kelley Rohrer and Dr. Philip Sanchez, and will cover an assortment of topics related to hearing loss, hearing health,and available treatment options.
July 26, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Buy Smart! Common Questions about Buying Hearing Aids, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty.
August 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: What to Know About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty. What are OTC hearing aids, and what does it mean for patients?
August 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Can You Hear Me? Communicate Effectively With the Hard of Hearing, presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Flaherty, Dr. Kelley Rohrer and Dr. Philip Sanchez. Learn techniques to speak clearly so that the hearing-impaired population can understand your message and enjoy their experience.
Registration is required for each of these events. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register for these free events visit or call 802-772-2400

Medical scholarships awarded
The Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship committee awarded six $1,000 scholarships to local students pursuing a career in health care.
The scholarships were given to high school seniors Jay McCoy of Manchester Center and Burr & Burton Academy; Maddison McGuiness of West Rutland and West Rutland High School; and Artur Smiechowski of Rutland and Rutland High School; as well as Registered Nurses Jolana Williams of Proctorsville and Alyssa Williams of North Clarendon — who both work at RRMC — and LPN primary nurse, Charlene Parker of Whitehall, New York, who is employed by the Community Health Centers of Rutland.
The program is intended to encourage local students to continue their health-care education, and had 49 applicants in 2018, the second year. Contributions for the scholarships came from area physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, with the goal of raising $150,000 over three years to award five $1,000 scholarships annually. Eligible candidates include high school seniors, local college students or Rutland-area medical-community employees who are working toward furthering their goal of a career in health care. This year, the committee members contributed additional money to bring the total number of scholarships to six.
“There are many worthy individuals in our region who struggle with the cost of post-secondary education,” said Claudio Fort, president and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “It is gratifying that our local medical community has worked closely together to help create these opportunities that allow them pursue their goals.”
For more information about the Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship, please visit

Free ice cream social with family activities. Saturday, July 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
Village farm work day: Volunteers are needed. Saturday, July 21, 8 – 11 a.m. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels. Meet at the farm for some general clean up on the property in preparation for upcoming events.
Concert & BBQ. Saturday, August 4, 5 – 7 p.m. Jeri Katherine Howell Trio with Jimmy Kalb and Nat Colten as part of their Bluegrass in the Green Mountains 2018 tour. Bring your chairs and blankets for a night of good food and great music at the farm.
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Storytime — every Friday from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us weekly for stories, fingerplays and songs on a monthly theme. All ages are welcome.
STEM Storytime — Wednesdays through Aug. 1 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us for a story and a STEM activity, and take home a free book. Ages 3-7.
Storywalk — Wed., July 25, 1 p.m. Enjoy a music-themed story at your own pace, in the great outdoors.
Movie Sing-along — Wed., July 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Raise your voices and let it all go at this interactive movie showing. All ages.
VINS presents Screech and Hoot — Wed., August 1, 1 – 2 p.m. Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Join VINS this summer at the library and meet some of these talkative hawks, falcons and owls up close. We’ll practice identifying raptors by their calls, learn what these vocalizations might mean, and how they are made. You’ve never heard bird song like this. Ages 4 and up.
Book Club — Wed., August 1, 4:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of “Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes” from the library any time throughout the summer, and join us for a lively discussion and snacks. Grades 5 and up.

Evensong at St. Luke’s
On Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will present a Choral Evensong, officially welcoming the new Smith-Gilbert pipe organ, installed in June, 2018. The singers will be on tour from Binghamton, New York to Montreal and will present works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as sung hymns and psalms, as part of this candlelit service.
St. Luke’s Episcopal is located at 146 N. Main St, Fair Haven. It is a welcoming, inclusive congregation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact June Hale at 203-500-2796 or