READER BULLETINS: October 12-18, 2017

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NYC bus trip
PITTSFORD — Pittsford Recreation Department is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City and 911 Memorial Areas Saturday, Oct. 21. 6 a.m. depart Lothrop School parking around the gym (Town Hall); 6:15 a.m. depart West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot; 11:30 a.m. arrive in New York City; 10:45 p.m. arrive in West Rutland; 11 p.m. arrive in Pittsford.
Tickets for attractions recommended to be purchased ahead of time online at:
To reserve bus tickets, call 483-6500, ext. 17, email; or 483-6655, email

Paper Crafting Workshop at Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, 128 Merchants Row Ste. 606, Rutland. Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 p.m. A peer-run paper crafting workshop 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.

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will feature the 10th Annual Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Capture the brilliant colors of a Vermont autumn on a scenic narrated horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm fields.
The dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and restored and furnished farmhouse, plus programs and activities including cider pressing, are included in the entrance fee. For information: 802-457-2355 or

Saturday, October 28 at 4 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host National Book Award–winning author William Alexander to delve into his newest book, a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts. William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, “Goblin Secrets,” and won the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His other novels include “A Festival of Ghosts,” “Ghoulish Song,” “Nomad,” and “Ambassador.” He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
This event is free and open to all. The featured book is ideal for ages 8-12, but all ages are welcome to this event and to enjoy this story. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “A Properly Unhaunted Place” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

Monthly bird monitoring walk at this Important Bird Area (IBA) October 21. Join us for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (on town roads) or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Learn from our friendly bird experts and join us for brunch afterwards. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact

A talk and hike with Rutland County Forester Chris Stone. October 28, Proctor Library, 10:15 a.m. Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the Proctor Town Green, and then hike into the Proctor Town Forest to try out your winter tree identification skills. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Rutland County Audubon. Contact for more information.

Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Phoenix Books Rutland will host Robert Madrygin for a discussion of his new novel, a piercing and resonant debut about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when wealthy nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution. “Madrygin’s harrowing, compelling debut will live long in the reader’s memory,” says Booklist.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “The Solace of Trees” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

FREE “Introduction to Starting a Micro Business” to be held at BROC-Community Action, October 12, 9 a.m. – noon at 45 Union Street in Rutland. You are welcome to bring a snack and/or a beverage.
It is requested and appreciated to pre-register. You can call Annette K. Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or email

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold a college fair for Vermont high school students and their families on Oct. 14 at Castleton University.
Vermont colleges, universities and certificate and apprenticeship programs will be on hand to describe post-secondary educational opportunities that are available in the state. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will explain different financial aid options that students may be eligible for, and will help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Doors open at 10 a.m. Sanders will speak at 12:30 p.m. at Castleton University; Spartan Athletic Complex; 190 University Dr., Castleton. RSVP at or by calling, 1-800-339-9834.

It is time for the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit Sara’s Stories, a program in Pittsford that gives books to residents ages 0-5 throughout the year, in memory of Sara Gallipo. Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Lothrop Elementary School Gym, 3447 US Route 7, Pittsford. Registration begins at 11. Please bring a crockpot of chili, a serving spoon and $5 to enter your chili. Or come and make a donation at the door to taste and vote for your favorite chili. Great family fun for a great cause. Come and get your Sara’s Stories book for the month of Oct. Any questions, please contact Meghan Fox,, 802-353-1525.

The Godnick Adult Center in Rutland will offer the AARP Safe Driver Course on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The course is structured for the senior driver but all are welcome. It is a classroom refresher course with no actual driving and no tests. Some Vermont auto insurance companies give a discount for completion of the course. Even without a discount, the course will give you practical suggestions to make you a safer driver.
The course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by calling the instructor, Sharen Underwood, at 802-235-2132 and leaving a message. Participants will need to bring a bag lunch and a check for the registration fee with them to the course.

Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Pittsford Recreation Area Public Disc Golf Course. To register please contact the Pittsford recreation director, Randy Adams, The tournament fees help offset maintenance costs at the course Fee is $10 per person. (Checks can be payable to the Pittsford Recreation Department). Your round includes 18 holes of disc golf, hot chocolate, donuts and a fun time! Winners get bragging rights for the year.
Pre-register by Wednesday Oct. 18. Drop ins are encouraged to crash the event.
Check-in between 8 – 8:30 a.m. Announcements at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. This is a rain or shine event, 223 Recreation Area Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.
If you have any questions please contact the Pittsford Recreation Department, 802-483-6500 ext. 17

Inner chaos can take many forms in our outer lives, including burnout, health problems, financial distress and relationship issues. The most important thing to understand is that inner frenzy is what causes the outer chaos (not the other way around). Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a three-part class, Peace and Calm in Chaos, Oct. 19, 26, and November 2, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., at Rutland Regional in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center on 160 Allen Street, taught by Certified Life Coach Bonnie Olson. The sessions will include presentations on grounding and centering exercises, basis and guided meditation, and ways to manage your thoughts, each designed to help you restore your inner balance.
The cost for the course is $15 and advanced registration is required. Class size is limited to 23 and scholarships are available based on need. For more information and to register please call 802-772-2400 or online at

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 are considering hip or knee replacement surgery, it is important to understand the facts. Join Andrew Lighthart MD of Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic on Wednesday, November 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Fair Haven Inn in Fair Haven, for a discussion on minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Lighthart’s presentation, “Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery” will focus on its potential benefits, including faster, less painful recovery and rehabilitation, less damage to the important muscles and tissues around the joint, shorter hospital stays, and the durability of the joint materials.
The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, please visit or call 802.772.2400.

The free, four-week “Eat Well for Health” workshop offered by Rutland Regional Medical Center is an interactive class taught by Nutritionist Martha Stanley, who tailors her curriculum to fit her audience. There are cooking demonstrations using fresh and healthy ingredients, tastings, label readings, and a field trip to a local grocery store to learn the dos and don’ts of food shopping. This workshop is beneficial for anyone that wants to modify their diets, but especially for those with chronic illnesses like diabetes, kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, and other chronic conditions.
October 25 – November 15, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main Street, Castleton
October 23 – November 13, 5 – 6 p.m. at 433 West Street, Rutland
To register for the free program please contact Corissa Burnell, with Rutland Regional’s Community Health Improvement Team at 802-776-5507 or

Entries are being accepted for the Vermont Writers’ Prize, an annual competition sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine that provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to showcase their talent.
“Inspiring Vermonters to write about the state we all love is at the heart of this contest,” said Dorothy Schnure, spokesperson for Green Mountain Power. “We are thrilled that we can encourage local writers while showcasing their unique stories and perspective for all to enjoy.”
The Vermont Writers’ Prize, created in honor of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Hill, a Vermont historian and writer who published numerous books and magazine articles on the subject of Vermont, was a longtime member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors.
The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. The most recent winner was “Where We Start From,” by Rose Wunrow, of Burlington.
Phil Jordan, editor and publisher of Vermont Magazine, noting that Wunrow’s story was very compelling and set the stage with a clear sense of place, said “I look forward to reading the many wonderful submissions to this year’s Vermont Writers’ Prize competition.”
The deadline for this year’s Vermont Writers’ Prize is November 1.
Entries may be submitted at Submissions need to be essays, short stories or poems on the themes of “Vermont — Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. More detailed submission instructions are available at
The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and will be published in a special section of the March/April 2017 edition of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,500.
Employees and subcontractors of Vermont Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible.