READER BULLETINS: May 31 – June 6, 2018

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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

Come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, on Saturday, June 2, for a guided history walk from 2 – 3:30 p.m. This is one of many special walks and hikes across the country to celebrate National Trails Day.
Mark Brownell, retired history teacher and board member of the Mount Independence Coalition, the site friends group, will be your leader. He is happy to share his wealth of knowledge about the Revolutionary War at Mount Independence and what you can see on the grounds.
Meet at the museum. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring water if you like. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the museum and all the trails. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archeological sites. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 14.
For more information about the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites, visit:

Granville, NY – Run or walk on a beautiful Rail Trail through the bucolic Washington County countryside at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Ninth Annual Rail Trail to the Footbridge 5K trail race in Granville, N.Y.
Events include a 5K race and Fun Walk, along with a 1K Kids’ Fun Run. The 5K is a scenic, relatively flat course that will be fun for both the experienced and novice runner and walker alike. Bring the kids, because this is a family-friendly event that features children’s activities at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville.
Top finishers will be rewarded with great local prizes, including Telescope® director’s chairs to the top three males and females in the 5K, and maple syrup from Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House to the top three finishers in each age group. What’s more, each finisher will receive a commemorative slate trivet. T-shirts are available in limited quantities.
Registration is $20 for the 5K and $5 for the kids’ 1K Fun Run. Register on or during packet pick-up from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Slate Valley Museum, 17 Water Street, Granville. Shuttle buses will transport runners and walkers to the starting point at Andrew’s Lane.
Major sponsors are: Modern Woodmen of American, St. Gobain Performance Plastics, Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House, Telescope Casual Furniture, Subway of Granville and Granville Lions Club. All proceeds of this event are donated back into the Granville Community.
Don’t delay — register today! For more information, call Kerri Thomas at 518-424-7683, email, visit or find us on Facebook.

Saturday, June 2, at the Pawlet Community Church. The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Supper Club invite you to dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding the dinner, please call Doreen Mach at 325-3428 or Judy Coolidge at 325-3073. Take out orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.
Menu includes: Roast Pork baked with our famous topping, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, cabbage salad, applesauce, fruited jello, rolls with butter, hot and cold beverages, brownie and ice cream with chocolate syrup. Adults $12, Age 12 $6, 5 & under free.

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

Free tours by Green Mountain Power of the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont. The summer tours are open to Vermonters and tourists alike. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a visit to two of the turbines. The tours are free, and advance registration is required. To register for a tour, please sign up on the Green Mountain Power website at or call Gert Tetreault at 802-744-6664. 2018 tour dates: Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 1 at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. School groups are welcome and can be arranged by calling 802-655-8418.

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

Rutland Regional offers Diabetes Prevention Program
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults. It can cause serious health problems, like heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. Through the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program, sponsored by Community Health Improvement at Rutland Regional Medical Center, participants can get the support they need to manage their diabetes and prevent those serious problems.
The program will be offered Tuesdays, starting June 5, from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. For the first 16 weeks it will be offered weekly, then every other week, then monthly for a total of 25 sessions. A trained lifestyle coach will help you learn about healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and other behavior changes, all in a comfortable classroom setting. The goals of the program are to help participants reduce body weight by 7 percent and increase physical activity to 150 min./week. To register for this free program, please contact community health worker Krista Neary at 802-776-5507, or email her 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.

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.