READER BULLETINS: July 26 – Aug. 1, 2018

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To help raise awareness and support of breastfeeding, as well as commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, (August 1-7), a walk, organized by Rutland Women’s Healthcare, will take place Wednesday. August 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the RRMC Loop at Rutland Regional Medical Center. This event is open to the community and all are welcome to participate. There will be information and resources available about breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding has long been recognized as important for both mother’s and baby’s health. Breastfed infants and children in the U.S. have lower incidence of intestinal disease, asthma, respiratory infections, ear infections, childhood diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and leukemia. It also provides children with a lower risk of obesity. Women who breastfeed have a lower incidence of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.
For more information or questions about the event please contact, Lisa Underhill, Rutland Women’s Healthcare, at 802-775-1901, or Jill Hamilton, public health nutritionist and WIC supervisor, at 802-786-5901.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark law in support of the civil rights of people with disabilities. Several events are being offered in Rutland by the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL).
“Forum on Healthier Living for People with Disabilities” will be held on Thursday, July 26 from 1-4 p.m. in room 266 of the Asa Bloomer Building, 88 Merchants Row in Rutland. Panel members from area service providers will discuss programs/services that they offer geared towards healthier living for people with disabilities. An open question-and-answer session will follow, with the goal of obtaining feedback on obstacles that exist to accessing current services/programs, and what other services/programs attendees would like to see in this area. Panel participants will include staff from the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Improvement Department, BROC/Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, Adaptive Martial Arts Association, Vermont Farmers Food Center, Cobra Gym & Yoga Studio, Come Alive Outside, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports and the facilitator of the Rutland Brain Injury Support Group. This a free event open to all who are interested.
“Disability Rights: ADA 101” workshop, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 31. This will also be held in room 266 of the Asa Bloomer Building in Rutland. Presenters will include Mike Charron and Ericka Reil from VCIL’s Montpelier office. They will discuss rights and responsibilities under the ADA, including how to interact with businesses that have access issues, what to do if your sidewalk is not usable, how to have success dealing with state bureaucracy, who to call and what to say, and more. This is also a free event open to all who may want to learn more about the ADA.
The exhibit called “In the Game: Sport and Disability” will be on the first floor of Rutland City Hall through Thursday, August 3, and then in the lobby of the Rutland Free Library from Friday, August 4 through Thursday, August 9.
VCIL will have a table at the Friday Night Live event in downtown Rutland on July 27 with information about VCIL, the ADA, the local advocacy group called Disabled Access & Advocacy of the Rutland Area (DAARA) and more. There will also be a special demonstration near the table between 6 and 7 p.m. featuring members of the Adaptive Martial Arts Association, which is based in Pittsford.
Pre-registration is encouraged for both of the Asa Bloomer events. For further information about any of these events, including if you need a sign language interpreter or other accommodations (by July 19 for the Healthier Living Forum and by July 24 for the ADA workshop), contact Glenn Reed at 802-779-9021, email:, or Jessica Butterfield, 802-772-7042, email: Please also note that these are chemical- and scent-free events.

On July 29, members of the Descendants of the Green Mountain Boys will be on hand to talk with visitors from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
They will discuss how this group came about, will share stories about their own Green Mountain Boys family tree discoveries, the importance of honoring them, and will offer guidance on how to search for your possible Green Mountain Boys connection.
The program is included in the regular admission of $3 for adults and free for children under 15.
The Hubbardton Battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in what would become Vermont. The historic site is located at 5696 Monument Hill Road, six miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton, Vermont, or seven miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. For more information about the battlefield or this event, call 802-273-2282.
The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 14.
For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, visit

It’s time to learn about your historic clock or pocket watch. Come to the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Sunday, July 29, from noon to 4 p.m. Members of the Green Mountain Timekeepers Society will be in residence on the porch to keep time with the public and share their knowledge.
In this “Blast from the Past” program, the Society invites you to bring your old pocket watches and clocks, or photographs of them to show the experts. Ask questions about the history of your timepieces, how they work, and how they can be repaired. This program is included in the admission to the site ($5 adults, free for children under 15).
The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17 in Addison, at the Vermont foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Call 802-759-2412 for information. The site is regularly open Wednesday through Sunday and Monday holidays through October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition
Billings Farm & Museum will host its 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition from July 28 through September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring quilts made by Windsor County quilters.
The exhibition will include quilting activities and demonstrations for every age and skill level, with quilters on hand to discuss their work. Challenge quilts made by the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild will also be exhibited. A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members, with the goal of improving their quilting skills.
Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the operating dairy farm, orientation and farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs and activities.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. For further information call 802-457-2355 or visit

Youth ages 12 to 15 are invited to participate in a new-this-year day “Revolutionary Times” camp at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, VT, from August 1 to 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $85 and pre-registration is required.
Learn about the Revolutionary War soldiers who served at Mount Independence, cook how the soldiers and colonial settlers did it, learn to start a fire, hands-on activities, and explore the Mount. Campers will make at least one special item to bring home. Limited space. Bring your own lunch. Call 802-948-2000 to register and for information on sibling discounts and scholarships. The fee includes all materials.
Mount Independence, one of Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the least-disturbed Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 73 and 22A in Orwell. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 14, with admissions of $5 for adults and free for children under 15.
For more information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit

Poultney Citizen of Year Nominations
Do you know a Poultney citizen who goes above and beyond the call of duty to enrich the Poultney community in sharing his or her time and talents?
Nominations are sought for your ideal Poultney citizen for the 2018 Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award.
Presented annually since 1990, the Citizen of the Year award honors a resident citizen who has made major contributions to the betterment of Poultney; has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding service to the community; and who typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideals of Poultney citizenship.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year will be recognized at a Chamber of Commerce reception, which all are welcome to attend.
Nominations are accepted in letter format only, which must be postal mailed. They should state the name, address and phone number of the citizen nominee, include a biographical sketch of the nominee and provide supporting testimonials.
Nomination letters should also include name, address and phone number of the person submitting, in case the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Committee needs additional information about the nominee.
Recipients are eligible to receive the award one time. A list of past recipients is available to review on the Chamber of Commerce website and in the “Poultney Life©” Facebook closed group list.
Nominations must be received no later than Friday, August 17. They need to be U.S. Postal Service mailed to: ATTN: “PACC 2018 Citizen of the Year,” c/o Cartref Taid (Grandfather’s House), 60 Norton Ave., Poultney, VT 05764-1029. The formats of email and Facebook Messenger, etc. are not acceptable for nominations.

Mount Independence Talk
On Saturday, July 28 the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, offers its annual travel back in time interview program, “Investigation into the Revolutionary Mind,” to summon up two very different American Revolutionary War officers from the Northern Campaign of 1776-1777. Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler, American Army commander of New York (which included Mount Independence), and Col. Seth Warner, leader of the Green Mountain Boys, will be questioned about the Revolutionary events they were instrumental in during 1776 and 1777. Did they get along? What did they think about each other? What were their approaches to the war? The program runs from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
These first-person programs are always engaging and visitor favorites. Schuyler will be portrayed by Steve Whalen and Warner by Ennis Duling. Modern-day historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin is the interviewer. Questions from the audience are welcome at the end.
This series of annual programs has explored the decision-making of Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair and the American withdrawal from the Mount in 1777, the lives of the common soldiers, engineer Col. Jeduthan Baldwin, Col. John Brown and the September 1777 American raid to take back the Mount from the British, the 1791 Vermont visit by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, conflict between American general Benedict Arnold and British general Guy Carleton, John Trumbull and Anthony Wayne, and last year Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne and German Maj. Gen. Baron Riedesel.
The event is included in the regular admission fee of $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Enjoy the air-conditioned museum. While there you can also walk any or all of the six miles of trails on the over 300-acre site. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 14.

Addison County Gospel Choir to Perform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
The choir will offer a special concert on Saturday evening, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland. This 35-voice choir with accompanying praise band performs traditional gospel favorites like “Blessed Assurance” and “I’ll Fly Away,” as well as contemporary worship songs like “Oceans” and “What a Beautiful Name.” Enjoy clapping along or soaking in the full sound of the choir and band. A free-will offering will be accepted for the performers.

ART and CSJ Team up
College of St. Joseph is pleased to announce a new partnership with Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre (ART), giving ART a new home stage for the 2018-19 season, and giving CSJ its first resident theatre company.
Beginning this fall, ART will move its performances from the Paramount Theatre’s Brick Box to College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Hall Theatre, which will be reconfigured to seat 75 patrons per show, creating a more intimate theater experience. ART Executive Producer Sandra Gartner announced the move this week.
“For the past thirteen years Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre has been producing quality and evocative theatre at The Paramount,” said Gartner. “What has attracted and built our audience over the years is not only the quality of our shows but the intimate, theatrical experience. We are excited to continue this tradition at the Tuttle Hall Theater.
“The staff at CSJ has made us feel so welcomed. They are supportive of us creating the space we need to present the intimate, theatre experience our audience members have enjoyed over the years.”
Jennifer Arnado handles external affairs for the college, and says having a resident theatre company on campus will greatly enhance the student experience, giving students access to all areas of production, from box office to auditions to building sets to marketing.
Open auditions for the first two shows of the upcoming season will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m,, and on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in Tuttle Hall Theater at CSJ. Auditions for the second and third productions will be held on Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The company is also looking for people to fill crew positions. A stipend will be provided.