READER BULLETINS: November 9-15, 2017

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Come join Rutland Recreation at the Godnick Adult Center (1 Deer St. Rutland) this Saturday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m. for a Cooking Workshop with the Everyday Chef. Learn how to make classic holiday sides from scratch using just a microwave oven. In this workshop, we will make Southern Style Corn Pudding, Re-fried Sausage Stuffing, and Creamed Spinach. Participants will also receive handouts on microwave scratch cooking “hacks” and someone will win a door prize of a glass food container. $5. Seniors over 55 and kids 12 and under free. Questions can be answered by calling 802-772-1822.

Ice Skating Lessons begin this Saturday, November 11, at the Giorgetti Ice Arena. We offer lessons for Youth ages 3+ and Adult & Teen ages 15+. Sessions run Saturdays through December 23. Cost is $55 residents/$66 nonresidents. Information can be found at or by calling 802-772-1822.

Come and join the team. Basketball for Grades 3 & 4, and Grades 5 & 6 begins on Monday, November 13. Practices and games are Monday – Saturday. The season continues into the month of March. Cost is $66 residents/$77 nonresidents. Information can be found at or by calling 802-772-1822.

Spartan Arena is sponsoring a series of coed Learn to Play instructional hockey sessions, led by members of the Rutland Cutting Edge women’s ice hockey team. Instruction will be geared to players of varying ability, even if you have never skated before. No experience is necessary!
The following equipment is required:
Helmet with face shield
Hockey gloves
Hockey skates (rentals are available at the rink)
Hockey stick
It is also highly recommended that you wear elbow and shin pads. The Cutting Edge has some equipment to loan to get you started.
Sessions run from 6 – 7 p.m. on the following Sundays: Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. A second round will begin in January. Cost is $10 per session payable to Spartan Arena. No preregistration is necessary. We recommend you arrive 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time to suit up.
Questions? Email Spartan Arena or rutlandcuttingedges

The Clarendon Elementary School will be holding their annual Holiday Craft Fair this year on Saturday, November 11, from 10 to 3 at the school in North Clarendon. Lots of great holiday gifts will be available. Over 25 crafters will be attending with sewn, crocheted & knitted items, jams & jellies, jewelry and much, much more. Lunch is available. Benefits the Four Winds Program.

On Thursday, November 16 the Poultney Woman’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Main Street. After a short business meeting, the speaker for the evening program will be Cynthia Larson, from the Larson Farm in West Pawlet. Refreshments to follow. At this meeting plans and sign up for help on the Community Christmas Tree of Giving, and the December 9 annual Breakfast with Santa will take place.

Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. DACA Past and Future: Curious about dreamers and undocumented immigrants? Join us for a free discussion about the history and future of immigration policy in the United States, with Faisal Gill, chair, Vermont Democratic Party; Eloisa Romero, UVM student and DACA recipient; and Dr. Scott Wong, professor of history, Williams College. Location: Jeffords Auditorium, Castleton University.

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host photographer Peter Miller for a talk on his new book, “Vanishing Vermonters.” He has recorded 23 Vermonters on how they cope in one of the most expensive states in the Union. Peter Miller began his career in 1959 as a reporter for LIFE magazine. He has authored nine books, won numerous awards, and was named Vermonter of the Year and honored by the Vermont Legislature for his work in documenting the culture of Vermont. He lives in Colbyville.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Vanishing Vermonters” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

November 16. – 155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Kids, new birders and nonmembers welcome! Join us for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh or go halfway. Learn from friendly bird experts and join us for brunch afterwards. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m.. Contact

The Fortnightly group at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland will hold a meeting on Thursday November 16 at 2 p.m. in the church parlor. The speakers are Donna Hunt and Bethany Yon, who will discuss “Holiday Eating: Eat, Drink and be Healthy.” Tea will be served after the program.

Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join us at the Lothrop Elementary School gym on Route 7 to get your holiday shopping done. Two floors of local vendors, a cash raffle, food and handmade goods. Proceeds benefit the Pittsford Christmas for Kids Fund.
Contact: Kelly Connaughton,, 483-6351.

Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host a story time with Rutland’s own Mary Crowley, author of “ABC Fun with Penelope and Grammy.” Mary received her B.A. (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Middlebury College and her M.A.E. from Castleton University. She has extensive experience teaching art and English in public schools in New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Vermont, and has been listed a number of times in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”
This event is free and open to all ages. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “ABC Fun with Penelope and Granny” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

The Castleton Elementary School Playground Committee is striving to raise funds to complete Phase ll of the new playground, which provides a great experience for students at Castleton Elementary School. If you would like to help out, you can. The annual fruit and cheesecake sale this year has gone online. By purchasing some fresh, delicious fruit or cheesecakes you will help reach the goal. The deadline for ordering fruit with a credit card online is November 19. The fruit is tentatively scheduled to be delivered during the first week of December. If you have any questions about any of the fruit and/or cheesecake items online, please contact Linda at
Please visit the following website to place your order and find out more details about delivery.

A free, peer-run workshop is held at Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, 128 Merchants Row Ste. 606, in downtown Rutland, Tuesdays from 1 – 2:30 p.m. to make fun, easy, useful crafts with an instructor. The entire workshop is free to the public. Supplies are provided. RSVP suggested by calling 802-775-6834.

In recognition of Palliative Care and Hospice Month, there will be a free screening of the documentary film, “Mortal,” on Thursday, November 9, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center. This documentary addresses the fundamental issues about love, living, and what makes us human. A discussion will follow after the screening. If you are interested in more information about the film visit
The event is free and sponsored by BAYADA Hospice, Palliative Care Program at Rutland Regional Medical Center, and VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. A light supper will be served. Please RSVP to Kim Flory Lake at 802-747-1655.

Are you curious about how you arrived at this place in your life? In this class you will begin to discover your patterns and beliefs and where they came from. You will also learn how to tell your story or personal narrative, and learn ways to rethink and retell your story in new ways to create a happier life. No writing skill is required. This is a class of self-discovery and will be held Thursday, November 9 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, and taught by Certified Life Coach, Bonnie Olson. The cost for this course is $10. There are 25 openings available so space is limited. Scholarships are available based on need. Preregistration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or online at

Rutland Regional Medical Center is hosting an AARP Smart Driving Course, Saturday, November 11 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center, 160 Allen Street. This is an excellent opportunity to refresh your driving skills and learn strategies to stay safe behind the wheel. Among the topics covered will be how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road, and how medications impact driving. Completing this course will entitle you to auto insurance discounts and can help to reduce costs on your overall vehicle maintenance.
Register online at or call 802-772-2400. The fee for non-AARP members is $20, and $15 for AARP members. To qualify for the member rate please put your AARP member number in the memo section of your check. Make the check payable to AARP. After you have enrolled in the course, mail the check to Baird Morgan, 799 Elm Street, Florence, VT 05744.

If you currently have diabetes or are worried you may be at risk for it, Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a free program on diabetic care and management, “Taking Control of Diabetes: Live Your Best Life Now,” on Wednesday, November 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center.
Join presenters Dr. Philip Lapp and Donna Hunt, of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, along with physical therapist, Thomas Poole. Dr. Lapp will do an overview of the various types of diabetes and how they are differentiated, along with risk factors and current treatments being utilized. Donna Hunt and Thomas Poole will round out the discussion around diabetes management and preventing the onset of this disease by sharing information about nutrition, healthy food choices, aerobic exercise and strength training.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Healthy appetizers will be provided. Advanced registration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or visit