READER BULLETINS: May 17-23, 2018

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“Sheep & Needle Felting” and “Basket-weaving” demonstrations May 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The William’s Micro Farm / Village Community Acupuncture, 271 South Main Street, Wallingford.
Town-Wide Art /Craft Fair, Tag Sale, & Flea Market in Wallingford May 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors will be set up at the Gilbert Hart Library, 14 North Main Street, various cross streets, and other Main Street locations.
Rain or shine. Vendor spaces still available. For more information contact Lisa Williams at 802-446-9463,,

It is time to sign up to play in the third annual Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County Golf Tournament, held on Friday, May 25 at the Proctor Pittsford Country Club. All proceeds will be used to purchase building supplies for the home that Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County will start building in late spring on Griswold Avenue in Rutland.
The tournament is a four-person scramble. Registration begins at noon, and the action begins at 1 p.m. If you do not enter with a team, you will be placed with other golfers. The entry fee is $90 per person and includes greens fees, a cart, and a catered dinner. Checks can be made out to Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County, and can be sent to 6 Court St, Rutland, VT 05701. Players can register on the day of the tournament. To register contact 802-747-7400 or write

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a Bark for Life™ event, Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street. Look for the signs off Allen Street. This is a walk and fun event for dogs and their owners to fight back against cancer. Opening ceremony and walk will take place at 11 a.m., and there will also be a Live DJ, dog costume contest, dog portraits/photo booth, training demos, face painting, food, vendors, basket raffle drawing and much more. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society.
For more information and to pre-register visit You can also register the day of the event. Dogs must be at least six months old to participate, must be current on all of their shots, and be on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for any clean up (bags will be provided).

In acknowledgement of the important role Vermont’s nonprofit sector plays in the state’s economy, Governor Phil Scott recently declared May 17 the 3rd Annual “Vermont Gives Day of Giving.”
Vermont Gives is a 24-hour fundraising event, created by Vermonters for Vermonters, to support local charities and causes, highlight the impact of nonprofits, and strengthen our local communities. Last year’s Day of Giving raised more than $101,000 for over 170 nonprofit organizations statewide representing a variety of communities and causes.
Visit and join us in supporting Vermont nonprofits. In celebration of nonprofits and philanthropy, communities will join together for 24 hours to raise as much money as they can to support the nonprofits that enrich our state while reaffirming the belief that anyone can help another person.
Vermont Gives is made possible with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, People’s United Community Foundation, Green Mountain Power, and Center for New Leadership.

What is happiness? Can it be measured? What is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness and satisfaction? If you ever ponder this, come to Castleton Free Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 for a talk by William Edelglass on “The Genealogy of Happiness — From Aristotle to Positive Psychology.” The program will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion and political theory. Edelglass will then turn to the numerous claims about what makes us happy based on results of the “new science of happiness.” He will conclude by reflecting on findings of positive psychology in the context of historical ideas of happiness.
The event is free, and accessible through our north entrance (parking on the west side of the library at 638 Main Street). For more information, contact Mary Kearns at Castleton Free Library.

Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Village Farm on Elm Street. Pittsford/Florence residents please come to an informational meeting on the Community Garden project at The Village Farm in Pittsford. We invite you to come and sign up for an 8×20 plot for $25, fee assistance is available. Deadline to sign up is May 30. Contact Bruce Pyle at 483-9350, find us on Facebook at Pittsford Village Farm.

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 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:, 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.