READER BULLETINS: May 18-24, 2017

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CALVIN PRIZE ESSAY CONTEST ENTRIES DUE MAY 19
The Calvin Prize Essay Contest encourages Vermont students to help understand and solve current political divisions.
President Calvin Coolidge was known for his civility and his ability to work across the aisle. Do you think Coolidge could win the presidency today? What lessons from President Coolidge might help heal our political divisions? What can you do in your own life to encourage civility in America’s political dialogue while still advocating for the things in which you believe?
These powerful ideas are to be explored in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation’s 2017 Calvin Prize Essay Contest. This is open to all Vermont students (or students who go to school in Vermont) age 13 through 19. A first-place prize of $1500 and second-place prize of $500 will be awarded. Students are to prepare an article, essay or poem of 800 words or fewer that addresses these questions. Due May 19, 2017.
For full information and resources, see: coolidgefoundation.org/blog/2017-calvin-prize-for-vermont-youth/ Contact education@calvin-coolidge.org or call 802-672-3389.

WEST RUTLAND MARSH MONITORING WALK
A monthly bird monitoring walk at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us May 18 for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. New birders, kids and non-members always welcome. Learn from friendly bird experts and have brunch afterwards with them. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7 a.m. (note: change from 8 a.m.). Contact birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org

COMEDY FUNDRAISER
Thursday May 18, The Homeless Prevention Center is hosting a comedy fundraiser beginning at 8 p.m. at the Franklin Conference Center located at 1 Scale Ave. in Rutland.
The Homeless Prevention Center is a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Rutland County. The organization provides direct client assistance to carry out its mission of providing services to re-house those experiencing homelessness. Support services include case management, service coordination, landlord/tenant mediation, money management and in most cases financial assistance for lease up expenses.
This event is open to the public, tickets can be purchased at the Homeless Prevention Center, 56 Howe Street in Rutland or the night of the event.
Please contact Deborah Hall at 775-9286 or deborah@hpcvt.org with any questions.

POULTNEY WOMEN’S CLUB
Saturday, May 20 the Poultney Woman’s Club will hold a Basket Party at the town elementary school on Allen Street. Doors will open at 11 a.m., drawings to begin at 1 p.m. Entry ticket $5 with additional raffle tickets available. There will be over 175 baskets to bid on and refreshments available for purchase.

CENTURY COUNT XXII (EXTREME BIRDING)
Saturday, May 20 is Rutland County Audubon’s annual attempt to count 100 or more species at birding hotspots throughout Rutland County. Go for the full day or for part. Bring lunch. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 6 a.m. birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

WORK DAY AT WEST STREET CEMETERY
The Fair Haven Cemetery Committee will have a Work Day at West Street Cemetery in Fair Haven, Vermont on Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. – noon. We need some help with fixing headstones and cleaning some headstones. Many thanks to all the people that do come to help with this project. Call 802-265-3340 for info. Our next work days will be June 3 and 17, same time, but at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

RUTLAND GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE
The Rutland Garden Club’s annual plant sale takes place Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. until plants are sold. The sale will be located at the corner of Center Street and Main Street, Rutland, in front of the Hull Maynard Hersey Insurance Agency, 105 Center Street. A wide variety of assorted perennials and hosta, appropriate for zone 4 planting, will be offered.
The Rutland Garden Club is a nonprofit 501c3 corporation that supports multiple Civic Beautification Projects in Rutland.

SPRING BIRD NATURE WALK AT MOUNT INDEPENDENCE
Take a guided walk on the wild side to look for and identify birds during the annual Early Bird Nature Walk at Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, May 20. Gather outside the museum at 8 a.m. Your leader is bird expert Sue Wetmore of Brandon.
Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please.
The fee is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. This is a special event before the regular season for the site. The site opens regularly for the season on Saturday, May 27, and will be open daily 9:30 to 5, through October 15.
Call 802-759-2412 for more information. For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites: www.historicvermont.org/sites.

‘WOLF PEACHES, POISON PEAS, AND MADAME POMPADOUR’S UNDERWEAR…’
A Vermont Humanities Council event on Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Castleton Free Library: “Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables” presented by Rebecca Rupp.
Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Find out why a lot of us don’t like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas.
The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. Light refreshments will be served following the event.
Please contact Mary Kearns at castletonfreelibrary@gmail.com or 802-468-5574 for more information.

RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON ART SHOW: OUR NATURAL WORLD IN ART – MAY 26 – JUNE 11
Regional artists in various media will be exhibiting their wildlife art at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill in Poultney, Vermont from May 26 through June 11.
The show will open with a reception on Friday, May 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours that weekend (coinciding with Open Studio Weekend) will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will also be open the following two weekends, June 3 and 4, and June 10 and 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is located at 145 E. Main Street, Poultney.
Admission is free. For more information call 802-287-8197

RUTLAND RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT
Kiwanis Bike Rodeo
The Rutland Kiwanis Club, Killington/Pico Cycling Club and the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department will be hosting a free bike safety day for children up to age 13 on Sunday, May 21 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Giorgetti Park. A parent/guardian must accompany the child. There will be a road safety course, mountain bike skills course, bike checks and helmets provided. Remember to bring your bike! For more information visit rutlandrec.com/events.

RUTLAND DISMAS HOUSE 27TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER & AUCTION
Sunday, May 21 at The Holiday Inn, Rutland. Registration, reception and silent auction start at 3 p.m. Live auction, dinner, awards, live music and Dismas short film presentation start at 5 p.m. Honorary chair, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and master of ceremonies, T.J. Donovan, Vermont Attorney General.
A musical performance by Joyful Noise, Grace Congregational Church’s Youth Choir, and a short film presentation by Adeline Praud, professional photographer and videographer and a Volunteer For Peace from France living at Dismas.
For tickets ($60) or information please call 802-775-5539 or go to www.dismasofvermont.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.

HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD
ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY & WORKSHOP AT HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD
Saturday, May 27 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, will host an astronomy star party and workshop with the Green Mountain Astronomers. The astronomers invite you to an evening of gazing at the stars and helping you with your personal telescope.
This is a great opportunity to observe the night sky and to learn about your telescopes. Bring your telescope — the astronomers will show you how to use, collimate (adjust), and clean it. They also will bring their own telescopes so you can view the night sky. If the night sky is too cloudy for star viewing, the workshop for personal telescopes will take place as an inside program.
Call 802-273-2282 to confirm. Admission is by donation. Consider bringing a flashlight. The Hubbardton Battlefield has little modern light pollution and a sweeping open sky, and is the perfect spot to observe the heavens. It’s a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend.
Other 2017 astronomy programs at the battlefield are on June 24, August 26, September 23, and October 14.

MEMORIAL DAY AT HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD
Monday, May 29 at noon the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont, will observe Memorial Day with a flag raising and tribute paid to the soldiers of the Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton at the battle monument.
The Hubbardton Battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont — on July 7, 1777. It is located on Monument Hill Road six miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton, Vermont, or seven miles off exit 5 on U.S. Route 4 in Castleton. For more information, call 802-273-2282.
The site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 through October 15. Regular admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 15.
For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov. Join the Vermont State Historic Sites conversation on Facebook.

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SEEKING TEAMS
On Monday, June 5, Table 24 Restaurant, located in downtown Rutland, will host their 9th Anniversary Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Rutland County Humane Society. Past beneficiaries have included the 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. at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington. 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 facebook.com/Table24.Rutland.