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Saturday March 24 the Poultney Woman’s Club will host their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. – noon at the Methodist Church on Main Street. The cost remains at $1.25 for breakfast, with an additional charge for Bunny pictures.

12th annual Soup Bowls for Hunger Wednesday, March 28 at the Rutland High School Cafeteria. Enjoy a bowl of soup, crackers, roll, dessert, and beverage and choose your own handcrafted bowl to take home.
Bowls are made by local school students and professional potters. This event is sponsored for the eighth year by Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators. There will be two sittings (4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.) with top quality bowls available at each sitting. A raffle for various donated items will also be held. Music for the evening will be provided by Dan Graves.
Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance, beginning Thursday, March 1st. Call Rutland High School Main Office at 773-1955, Ann Bannister at 747-0569, or Susan Ponto at 770-1101. Tickets may also be purchased at Phoenix Books in Rutland. Make checks payable to Soup Bowls for Hunger.
All proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard, BROC’s Community Food Shelf, and Brandon, Pittsford, Poultney and West Rutland Food Shelves.

Late afternoon meet and greet with the new executive director of the Haynes House of Hope, Amanda Krupski, on Monday, March 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. The event takes place at Haynes House, located at 7187 State Route 149, Granville, New York.
The public is invited to attend and meet the director along with some of the house’s volunteers. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the house’s spacious new sunroom and see other improvements made over the past few months. Light refreshments will be served.
This is a perfect time to view the Haynes House facility and learn about its mission. The Haynes House of Hope is a comfort care home for the terminally ill and their families. Since accepting its first patient in January 2010, Haynes House has served more than 60 residents. The resident’s stay and care are provided free of charge. Since Haynes House receives no funding from insurance or government agencies, it is totally dependent on fundraising events, donations, grants, and the generosity of the community to fulfill its mission.
For more information, contact Haynes House at 518-642-8155, go to or find Haynes House on Facebook.

Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. March 24 enjoy early returning birds and learn from friendly bird experts, then join us for brunch afterward. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 AM. Contact for info.

Who’s walking in the woods? Join the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission and the Vermont Woodlands Association on this 3-hour workshop, Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn the tracks and signs of many common Vermont mammals that you may find in the Shrewsbury area from Ed Sharron, a National Park Service Science Communication Specialist based in Woodstock. We may spot tracks of fisher, red fox, bobcat, and many more possible surprise guest as we trek across old wood roads up to the Pinnacle.
We will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion and then head outdoors to put your new skills to the test. All ages are welcome! Please dress appropriately for the weather, and water, snacks, and snowshoes,/footwear traction, or trekking poles. If you need snowshoes, let us know so we can help you source some.
Registration required as space is limited.$10 suggested donation. Register online at, or RSVP to Silvia at or call 802-747-7900. The Shrewsbury Meeting House is located at 88 Lottery Road in Shrewsbury, VT. The event will only be canceled or postponed in the case of bad weather.

Doug Blodgett will discuss this reclusive but much maligned and misunderstood reptile, and its unique contribution to Vermont’s native wildlife community. The presentation will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Room 102 at the Community College of Vermont, located at 60 West Street in Rutland, Vermont. This event is family friendly and open to all ages.
Doug will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces as well as the life history of this original Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental US.
We are asking all attendees to park either on the street or in the parking garage. The spaces in the parking lot near the building are reserved for staff and faculty.
This event is sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Registration is suggested. Register Online at, email or call the VWA office at 802-747-7900.

BURLINGTON — Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot have teamed up for a fundraiser with the Second Annual Vermont Beardies: The Contest To Find the Best Beard in Vermont — held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at ArtsRiot in Burlington.
Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter in support of Make-A-Wish Vermont via social media appeals, and to pre-register now at
The goal of this Make-A-Wish Vermont event is to fund wishes for two children in Vermont facing critical illnesses.

The Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program, part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is accepting applications for new members and program partners.
ECO AmeriCorps program focus is to protect, enhance, maintain and restore Vermont’s water quality and reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills.
During 2016-17, ECO members:
— Completed 40,942 service hours to the state of Vermont.
— Organized, recruited, supervised and/or supported 778 community volunteers who logged 5,355 hours of volunteer service.
— Provided environmental stewardship education to 3,245 Vermonters.
— Improved more than 25 miles of rivers and nearly 350 acres of public land.
The deadline for program partners to apply is March 16. Program member applications are accepted through March 30. Applications are available at:

Common Good Vermont is pleased to announce Vermont’s 13th Annual Nonprofit Legislative Day on March 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.
Nonprofit leaders and supporters from across the state will join together at the State House to advocate for and raise awareness about the crucial role nonprofits play in supporting communities, strengthening our economy, and making Vermont a better place to live.
Legislative Day provides opportunities for nonprofit leaders and staff to learn, network and become informed about current legislative proposals. The day will also be a chance to interact with lawmakers and state leaders and educate them about the strength and value of Vermont’s nonprofit sector and why that work matters. Participants will learn advocacy best practices from experienced lobbyists, legislators and each other.
The morning session includes an update on state legislative issues and a panel on the impact of federal policy and budget on Vermont. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to meet legislators, attend committee meetings, sign-up for advocacy training or a tour of the State House.
Learn more and pre-register at Contact 802-862-1645 x21 or for more information.

Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is making it easier for local community members to access multiple agencies in one location. Monday, March 12, 1-4 p.m., RRMC’s Social Work Department will be hosting a free, Community Resource Fair in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
Many local nonprofit agencies and organizations will be represented from areas such as transportation, behavioral health, substance abuse, home health and nursing services, housing, community action, food security, and pediatrics. This event will give individuals an opportunity to have face time with these organizations to ask questions and take away valuable resources and information.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Jessica Guardado, manager, Social Work Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center. 802-747-1636.

Thrive Center Sponsors “A Trifecta Twist Winter ~ Spring Sampler: Classes & Workshops.” Experience the joy of restoring movement to all areas of your body while learning how to unravel the restrictions produced from daily life; with three different instructors, on the following Sundays: March 11 — A Pilates Focus, with Mandy Rigler-Dansereau of Motivation Studio. March 18 – Fitness & Yoga, with Christie Garofano of Body Essentials Personal Training. March 25 — Yoga, with Darci Whitehorne of Therapydia.
The classes and workshops of “The Sampler” are open to those who are new to yoga and other offerings (some new twists this year), as well as those who are looking to grow an experienced practice.
The sessions will start at 2:30 p.m., and will be held at the Wallingford Elementary School Gymnasium, 126 School Street / Route 140 East, Wallingford. The investment (fee) is $10 per class and $20 per workshop, each to be announced. Pricing subject to change.
For further detailed information and to register call 802-446-2499 or Email:, today. For weekly updates, check:

Being klutzy is no longer a laughing matter. In fact, one of the most serious medical problems facing older people is falling. After we reach 30, the muscles we use to stand tall begin to weaken. The length of our stride shortens, and the pace of our steps slows. Even our vision becomes fuzzier. However, aging isn’t the only reason people lose their sense of stability. With balance, you either “use it” or “lose it.” You can maintain it if you stay active.
The staff in Rehabilitation Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center has developed a workshop specifically addressing walking, balance, and stability. The workshop, entitled, Gaining Traction: Improve your walking, balance, mobility, and stability, will be held every Thursday, March 29-April 26 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Participants will learn the mechanics of walking and how various conditions such as arthritis, foot, and joint issues, and neurological problems impact gait, and what strategies can be used to compensate for these conditions. There will be discussions on setting realistic walking goals, how to track progress using a pedometer and other technology, utilizing exercises that will enhance your mobility, and how to select appropriate footwear. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a panel discussion with the folks from Rehabilitative Services, followed by a walk around the Rutland Regional Loop, weather permitting.
The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

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 goes to vital national breast cancer research. To register, visit

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing a training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Training will be held at 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 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.