READER BULLETINS: May 10-16, 2018

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Business Start-up Class
You are cordially invited to attend our free workshop, “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business,” to be held at BROC Community Action on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. The workshop ends about noon. We are located at 45 Union St. in Rutland. You are free to bring a beverage and/or snack.
Plan to make more money or turn your hobby into a business? We will help you unlock the key to your future, so that you can start your own business. BROC’s business counselor will provide an interactive, fun workshop with many resources available to you.
Registration is requested and greatly appreciated. Please call 802-665-1744 or email to register today.

Join Rutland County Audubon Society members Sue and Marv Elliott for a slide show presentation and informational talk about the unique qualities that make the West Rutland Marsh one of the top birding hot spots in the United States. The event will be held on Thursday evening, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Rutland Town Hall community room ( 1st floor ) at 35 Marble Street. ADA accessible. Free and open to the public and all ages. Light refreshments to be served. The meeting is sponsored by the West Rutland Historical Society. For more information, contact Peter Kulig at 802-438-2255 or e-mail

The 33rd annual Tinmouth Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, May 12 from 8 – 10 a.m. Viewing will be from 7:30-7:55 a.m. No sales before 8 a.m. Buy locally grown and dug perennials and shrubs from Tinmouth gardens. Local master gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. This sale supports the Tinmouth Scholarship Fund for continuing education of Tinmouth students. 9 Mountain View Rd. Tinmouth, VT 05773. For more information call Cathy Reynolds at 446-2928 or email or go to

Kids, new birders and non-members welcome, May 12. Learn from friendly bird experts at our local Important Bird Area, where 152 species have been seen. Walk the full 3.7 mile route or go halfway. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7 a.m. Contact for more info.

Bike Safety Day
On Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day will host its 20th Annual event, at the Wallingford Elementary School. This fun, interactive and collaboratively sponsored event always has something for all ages; from free helmet fitting to an obstacle course, and from bike safety inspections to 911 rescue vehicle / law enforcement interactions, etc. In addition, (as a tradition), there are always terrific prize give-a-ways, face painting, refreshments and much more; because of the generous support of sponsors and volunteers.
As a piece of history, the “Bike Safety Day” was started in the late 90s, by Wallingford’s Brad Kelley. Over the years, he enlisted the aid of Rotary, many local businesses, and volunteers to fund, facilitate and diversify this project. To date, major sponsors are the Wallingford Rotary and the GE Volunteers, rallied by Rodney Ward. The event is modeled from a program initiated by the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and New England Medical Center in Boston.
For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact Rotarian co-chair Adrian Eisler at 802-446-7011 and/or GE co-chair Rodney Ward at 802-446-3672.

Just Dance Studio Presents will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” May 12 at noon and 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. at Rutland Intermediate School. Ticket prices for matinee performances are $8 adult, $5 under age 10, and free under age 3. The evening performance is $10 for adults, $6 under age 10, and free under age 3. Tickets available at the door or purchase in advance by emailing or All proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard.

Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at Maclure Library, 840 Arch St. Pittsford. Even with zero experience, you can paint. All supplies provided for $40. BYOB of wine to share. Limited space, so grab your friends and sign-up now. This event is $40 and open to adults, sign-up is required. For sign-up or more information concate or 802-483-2972.

Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 6:03 p.m. — Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland. The question of why bad things happen to good people has been around forever. We each face problems — some large, some small. What causes them? Can we avoid them? This open discussion will explore spiritual keys to find the root cause of our problems and to unlock the secrets of effective problem solving. We will try a spiritual exercise to kindle creativity and help us to understand and begin to resolve our challenges. Come share your stories and insights as we look to discover the spiritual growth that can arise from adversity. 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. For more info: or 800-772-9390.

Annual clothing and bake sale at Union Church of Proctor, Church Street, on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Clothes for all ages — from infants and toddlers to baby boomers and golden-agers. Clothes and shoes for only $7 a bag.

Michael Nerney, a renowned expert on substance-abuse prevention and education, will be speaking on Teen Substance-Abuse issues on Wednesday, May 23, 6-8 p.m. in the Withey East Room at Green Mountain College, and Thursday, May 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Brandon Inn.
Tickets are not required for the events but people are asked to sign up in advance by going to the Eventbrite links: or
The events are sponsored by BrandonCARES, Green Mountain College, Otter Valley Union High School, SAMHSA & Partners for Prevention.
The Partners for Prevention is a community network dedicated to sustainable substance-abuse prevention efforts for Rutland County youth and young adults. Stay connected by liking the Partners for Prevention on Facebook:
For more information contact Rachel Newton, Regional Prevention Partnerships Coordinator at

BROC Community Action is pleased to offer a FREE Financial Capability workshop on Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. – noon at 45 Union Street, Rutland. Instructor Shelley Faris will engage you in a thought-provoking discussion about where your money goes and how to set a financial goal and reach it. Registration is appreciated. Contact Shelley at 802-665-1742 or To learn more about BROC Community Action, visit

Bowlers will gather at the Rutland Bowlerama on Friday, June 1 to fight hunger at a fundraiser for the Rutland Meals Challenge. The 4th Annual Strike Out Hunger Benefit Bowl begins at 7 p.m. and costs $15 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. The price includes two games, shoe rental, snacks and a donation to the Meals Challenge. Lanes will have five bowlers, groups of five will have their own lane, individuals and smaller groups will be matched at the event to fill each lane.
There are prizes for the top youth and adult bowler, red pin prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a basket raffle. Bowlers who collect $50 or more in donations on behalf of the Rutland Meals Challenge will be deemed “Sponsored Bowlers” and will bowl for free. They will also receive additional chances to win prizes, including a prize for the most donations collected.
The Rutland Meals Challenge is an annual food-packaging event held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Rutland every January. Over 250 community volunteers assemble bulk ingredients into packaged meals that are donated to area food shelves and the Vermont Food Bank. Since its start in 2013 the Rutland Meals Challenge has packaged & donated over 205,000 meals. The money raised from Strike Out Hunger Benefit Bowl will be used to buy bulk ingredients for the next Rutland Meals Challenge event in January 2019.
For donation forms and registration information, please visit

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 this 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:, 203-500-2796.

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.

Our annual attempt to count 100 species or more at birding hotspots in Rutland County is May 19. Go for the full day or for part. Bring lunch. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper at 6 a.m. Contact:

Marble Valley Urology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, will be presenting a free program, “Urinary Incontinence in Women,” Tuesday, May 22, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
Join Dr. Ernest Bove and Kathy Felder, WHNP-BC, CUNP, Marble Valley Urology’s newest provider for women’s urologic issues, for this educational talk that addresses the problems caused by urinary incontinence in women. Learn what urinary incontinence is, as well as its various types and causes. Kathy Felder will discuss the non-surgical interventions, and Dr. Bove will talk about the surgical options for treatment.
Advance registration is required at or by calling 802-772-2400. Refreshments will be provided.

The Brandon Farmers Market 2018 season begins May 25 at its new location in Estabrook Park, 760 Grove St, Brandon. It will be held every Friday until mid-October, rain or shine, from 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.

On Monday, June 4, Table 24 Restaurant, located in downtown Rutland, will proudly host their 10th Anniversary Charity Golf Tournament at the Rutland Country Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (formerly RAVNAH). Past beneficiaries have included the Rutland County Humane Society, Rutland County Parent Child Center, the Carly Ferro Purple Angel Foundation, Project Vision, and the Foley Cancer Center.
The 5-person, Scramble-format tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction, and donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information about the tournament, contact Steve Sawyer at 802-775-2424, or visit Table 24’s Facebook page at
For more than 70 years, Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has served vulnerable populations such as at-risk children, the elderly, those with disabling and chronic illness, and people facing the end of life. Founded in Rutland, Vermont, VNAHSR is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified home-health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability and expertise to people of all ages. More information is available at

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.

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