READER BULLETINS: June14-20, 2018

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Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces the 8th Annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate Vermont’s rich dairy heritage during this two-day event by meeting New England cheesemakers, sampling their delicious artisan cheeses and dairy products, and taking part in engaging dairy education programs. We also will be featuring our award-winning Billings Farm Cheddar Cheese, made exclusively with 100 percent raw milk from the Billings Farm’s herd of purebred, registered Jerseys.
The Cheese & Dairy Celebration will showcase New England’s artisan cheesemakers, who will offer samples, discuss their products, and have cheese on hand for purchase. Watch local youth as they compete in an all-breed dairy show. Participate in a dairy scavenger hunt, “name the calf” contest, and cow make-over (learn what it takes to groom a cow in preparation for being judged in a show). Families will enjoy hand-cranking ice cream and making dairy headbands and moo masks. Sunday, June 17 will include an “historic” baseball game played in the Billings’ fields in the early afternoon. Join in or cheer on the teams.
The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and restored 1890 Farm House are included in the admission fee.
Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a 147-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. Open daily, April 2 through October 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Admission: adults $16; 62 & over $14; children 5-15 $8; 3-4 $4; 2 & under free. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. For information: 802-457-2355 or

Diabetes can cause serious health problems, like heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. If you are living with type 2 diabetes, the Healthier Living Workshop for Diabetes can get you the support you need to better manage your disease and prevent these serious problems. This free program starts Thursday, June 28, 1:30-4 p.m. and runs every Thursday for the next six weeks, ending August 2 at Templewood Court, 5 Tremont Street, Rutland.
This small-group workshop is led by specially trained leaders, one of whom is a diabetic. You will learn about healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar, managing stress, and handling sick days. For more information and to register, contact Krista Neary, Community Health Team, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, at 802-776-5507.

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

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.

June 15 at 6 p.m. 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

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.