READER BULLETINS: June 7-13, 2018

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On June 8 walk the first mile together and participate in drawings for a gift card for a new pair of shoes. Meet at the RRMC Walking Loop at 5 p.m. Free and open to all ages. For more information and to register visit or email

Join Rutland County Audubon on June 21 for the monthly bird monitoring walk. To date 155 species, from least bittern to northern shrike, have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome! Join us for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street [NOTE change in meeting place] at 7 a.m. Contact

The 42nd Annual Crowley Brothers Memorial 10K Vermont State Championship. Olympian Bill Rodgers returns for his 12th year running the 10k along with “Marathon Woman” Kathrine Switzer, returning for her 6th year.
Sunday’s main event of the 10K race also includes the Half Marathon, the 10th Annual 5K race and 5K Walk, the 5K Corporate Challenge Walk and the 21st Annual Kids’ Downtown Mile Run. We are proud to announce that money will be raised in support of our most gallant, brave and selfless wounded soldiers and veterans, so please support “the brave” by running the Crowley.
The 42nd running of the Crowley Brothers’ Memorial 10K (6.2 miles) Road Race, Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K (3.1 miles) race will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 8 a.m. These are certified point-to-point races run on championship courses from Proctor to Rutland, Vermont. For more information

Entries are being accepted for the Vermont Writers’ Prize, an annual competition sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine that provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to celebrate the state while highlighting their talent.
The Vermont Writers’ Prize is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary honors. It was created in honor of Ralph Nading Hill Jr., a Vermont historian and writer who published numerous books and magazine articles on the subject of Vermont, and was a longtime member of Green Mountain Power’s board of directors.
The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. The most recent winner was “Maybe Lake Carmi,” by Frederic Martin of Richmond, Vermont, and was published in the March/April edition of Vermont Magazine.
The deadline for this year’s Vermont Writers’ Prize is November 1, 2018.
Entries may be submitted at Submissions need to be essays, short stories or poems on the themes of “Vermont — Its People, Its Places, Its History, or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words. More detailed submission instructions are available at
The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges and will be published in a special section of the March/April 2019 edition of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,500.
Employees and subcontractors of Vermont Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible.

Vermont’s western State Historic Sites have a variety of special programs and activities lined up for Vermont Days Weekend — June 9 and 10, 2018, when admission is free at these sites and at day-use state parks.
Saturday, June 9, at Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, enjoy an afternoon about the Revolutionary War and Benedict Arnold. From 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., the Orwell Free Library is sponsoring at the site a group book discussion about the noted 1933 historical Revolutionary War novel, “Rabble in Arms,” by Kenneth Roberts. A key character is Benedict Arnold. Bring your book and a picnic lunch. Call the library at 802-948-2041 for more information. Then from 2 to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a talk: “Benedict Arnold in History and Fiction,” by noted historian and Benedict Arnold biographer Willard Sterne Randall. He will discuss how the fictional Benedict Arnold stacks up against the historic Arnold. 497 Mount Independence Road, Orwell. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.
Sunday, June 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, we are celebrating two new permanent exhibits, “Crossing Paths” and “Point of Contact,” and the seasonal exhibit, “A Brush with Nature: The Art of Lillian Kennedy.” Come visit, talk to exhibit curators and staff. Meet Vermont State Archaeologist Jess Robinson and bring in your own artifacts for identification. Light refreshments. 8149 VT Route 17W, Addison. Call 802-759-2412 for information.
Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, is an illustrated talk and moderated discussion, “From Revolution to the Bill of Rights.” Historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin traces the road from the American Revolution to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. What was happening in Vermont and other states? What led to these important American documents? 5696 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton. Call 802-273-2282 for information.
For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, visit Join the Vermont State Historic Sites conversation on Facebook.

June 15 at 6 p.m. – Paint and Sip Fundraiser at Maclure Library, 840 Arch St. Pittsford.
No experience required. All supplies provided for $40. BYOB. Limited space, sign-up by June 13.
This event is open to adults., 802-483-2972

Rutland County Celebrates More Birthdays in Overnight Event
Teams of Rutland County residents will gather at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on June 16 at 1 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.
The event begins with a cancer-survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer. Games, music, live entertainment encourage people all through the night. Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the event.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by calling 802-353-7100 or 802-683-0479 or by visiting
Also, a part of the Rutland County Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back Ceremony,” in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly etc.) in fighting back.
For more information on how you can get involved in Relay, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

Hospice Foundation of America’s 25th annual Living With Grief® Free Movie and Discussion event will be held Thursday, June 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
This inspirational program is about positive change and action by the bereaved in the aftermath of loss. It will touch the heart of anyone who has experienced loss with stories of people who have found meaning and purpose through loss. It offers clinicians tools to support and encourage transformative growth in grieving clients, and will supply self-help advice for grievers.
A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP to Kim Flory Lake at 802-747-1655. Continuing education credits and books can be purchased. For more information on the program visit Hospice Foundation of America’s website at This event is sponsored by Palliative Care Program, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, and BAYADA® Hospice.

Thursday, June 14 from 1 – 4 p.m., join BROC Community Action business counselor Annette K. Hoyle for a free Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop. If you have ever considered self-employment, want to make more money or have a hobby you want to turn into a business, this workshop could be the beginning of your keys to success. Annette can help you unlock the door to self-employment.
Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or For more information about BROC Community Action visit

Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. – noon, BROC Community Action is offering a free financial capability workshop at their office, located at 45 Union Street in Rutland. The group, led by instructor Shelley Faris, will talk about the home-buying process, shopping for a mortgage and how to pay down debt.
Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742 or To learn more about BROC Community Action visit

Free tours by Green Mountain Power of the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont. The summer tours are open to Vermonters and tourists alike. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a visit to two of the turbines. The tours are free, and advance registration is required. To register for a tour, please sign up on the Green Mountain Power website at, or call Gert Tetreault at 802-744-6664. 2018 tour dates: Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 1 at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. School groups are welcome and can be arranged by calling 802-655-8418.

Monday, June 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Dr. Philip Lapp, from Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes & Endocrinology Care Service, will be presenting an in-depth discussion on bariatric surgery in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at the hospital. The presentation will highlight the effects of bariatric surgery and how it can prevent and treat chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
The event is free, and advance registration is requested by calling 802-772-2400. Light, healthy refreshments will be served. For more information visit

Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m., Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. Are you looking to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Chanting HU has helped people from all backgrounds throughout time to find inner healing, strength and expanded awareness. All are warmly invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library. You are welcome to chant out loud or simply listen, whatever is right for you. The chants last about 20 minutes, followed by brief contemplative time and conversation with others of like heart. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: & 800-772-9390.

A fun way for children ages 7 – 12 to be exposed to acting and singing in a nurturing, low-key environment where the emphasis is on developing confidence while having fun, as they learn the lines and songs of the upbeat musical, “Rescue in the Night,” by Allen Pote and Tom Long, a retelling of the Old Testament story of “Daniel and the Lions’ Den.”
Everyone is included and encouraged to stretch their abilities and acquire new skills, under the direction of June Hale, who has 30 years experience as a school music teacher and director of over 100 musical shows.
Daily, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29, with a dress rehearsal and performance on June 30, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 146 N. Main St., Fair Haven.
The cost is $150 per child, which covers scripts, a copy of the audio CD of the musical to aid with memorizing lines and songs, snacks and afternoon activities. Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away because they cannot pay the tuition. Parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer at least one afternoon to help supervise and transport the youth to afternoon activities. To register or for questions, call or email June Hale at, 203-500-2796.

The Brandon Farmers Market 2018 season at its new location in Estabrook Park, 760 Grove St., Brandon. Held every Friday until mid-October, rain or shine, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Local farmers and artists will be selling produce, preserves, baked goods, maple syrup, goat cheese, jewelry, crafts, handmade clothing, folk paintings, and more. Vendor slots available — call 802-273-2655.

Do you have an interest in history and enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with students and the public? Imagine spending a lovely afternoon in the historic schoolhouse at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site chatting with visitors about President Coolidge amid hands-on activities about his life and times. Volunteers are needed to staff the schoolhouse on summer and fall Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m., as well as on special-event days. Sign up for the times that work for you.
You are also invited to join a group of dedicated volunteers who lead Coolidge Site History Exploration visits with students, their parents and teachers. Most school visits are between mid-May and mid-June, and September through October, usually between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Orientation and materials are provided, and the schedule is flexible.
For further information, please contact Diane Kemble, education director, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation at or call 802-324-9465.

Calling all children in the towns of Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth and Danby for a four-week Summer Recreation Program. If you have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade, join us for games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, hiking and swimming daily at the Wallingford Recreation field and Elfin Lake starting at Wallingford Elementary School. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (program 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.). Program cost: $65 per week ($60 for Wallingford residents). Registration forms available at Wallingford, Clarendon, Shrewsbury Mountain, Tinmouth and Currier Memorial Schools or at the Wallingford Town Office and on the documents page of the Wallingford website For more information or questions, please call the town office at 446-2872.