READER BULLETINS: October 5-11, 2017

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Grace Congregational Church in Rutland will hold a Fall Rummage Sale on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m., and again on Friday Oct. 6, a bag sale from 9 a.m. – noon. Please use the Center Street entrance.

Forest Fantasy with Wonderfeet is set to engage the imagination of children and their families through creativity and play with the Forest Folk on October 7, noon to 3:30 p.m. at Camp Betsey Cox in Pittsford.
The magic of the enchanted home of the forest folk surrounded by the mighty pines, tree spirits, and woodland creatures offers an afternoon packed with whimsical activities, fantasy barbeque, fairy and troll crafts, story time, and dancing for the whole family. All are welcome to come dressed in forest folk costume.
Featured guests include fairy house builder Lizzy Wolf, Cristy Murphy of Kids Together Yoga, members of the Lip Sync Battle 2017 RRMC Trollz team and, culminating the event, Kim and Steve Spensley leading a contra dance.
Tickets available for purchase online at or at Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum, 11 Center Street, Rutland. $7 each or $30 for a family of 5. For more information visit the Facebook event page at

33rd Annual Harvest Weekend on October 7 & 8, from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at Billings Farm & Museum. The weekend features a husking bee and barn dance, plus a variety of 19th-century harvest activities and programs for the entire family.
A traditional husking bee will begin at noon each day, followed by a barn dance from 1 to 4 p.m. Lend a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain, and making butter and ice cream. Harvesting the heirloom vegetable garden will be nearing completion, and children can help dig potatoes and other root crops, and learn how crops are “put up” for the winter.
Other activities include: shelling beans, fence building, apples-on-a-string and 19th-century games. Hot-spiced cider and homemade doughnuts will be on hand for all. Admission includes all programs and activities.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. For further information: 802-457-2355 or

The Pittsford Sheep Festival will be held on October 8 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Pittsford Recreation Area off Furnace Road in Pittsford.
Local craft vendors, felters and spinners will have booths featuring their skills and products. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be held at 11:15, 1:30 and 3:30. Sheep dog handling demonstrations will be held at 12:45 and 2:45. There will be children’s craft activities at 11:45. The Leaping of the Lambs, an exclusive RAS activity, will be held at 12:30 and 2:30. Live music will add to the festive atmosphere. There will be food for sale featuring tasty lamb and Big Lenny’s hotdogs.
The sheep are in training for their big event: The Leaping of the Lambs. Here the sheep compete against each other by running through an obstacle course to reach a treat at the finish line.
You will have the chance to visit with local shepherds and learn about raising sheep in Vermont. This event is sponsored by the Rutland Area Shepherds. For more information call Sue or Rob at 446-2830.

The seventh annual Trek for Hope 5K walk/run is slated for Sunday, Oct. 8 in Village Park, Quaker Street, in Granville, New York. Coming at the height of fall foliage season, the run takes participants through village streets, a rail trail, and over a covered footbridge for an enjoyable autumn experience.
The 5K takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 8. It will be preceded by a 1-mile Kids Run at 9 a.m. Both events start at Village Park. Registration from 8 to 9 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 75 registrants.
Awards will be given to the first-place overall male and female finishers in the 5K, plus first through third top finishers in each age group.
Registration is $15 in advance or $20 on race day, $10 for youth 18 and younger. For a registration form, go to, or contact Peter O’Brien at 518-321-9640 or
All proceeds benefit the Haynes House of Hope in Granville, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that cares for the terminally ill and their families. All donations are tax deductible.

Phoenix Books Rutland will host Michael A. Lange for a book talk on “Meanings of Maple” on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. In this book, Lange provides a cultural analysis of maple syrup making to illustrate how maple syrup as both process and product is an aspect of cultural identity. Michael A. Lange is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Meanings of Maple” 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 Vermont. 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 Drive; Castleton, Vermont. RSVP online 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 for the 7th Annual Fall Disc Golf Tournament 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
Cancer Incidence in Rutland: Understanding the Risks
Knowing your risk for cancer is the first step toward prevention or early detection. Public Health Analysts Jennifer Kachajian and Allison Verbyla from the Department of Health will be discussing the current cancer rates in Rutland County as well as the actual versus perceived risks of developing cancer in this area. The event will take place, Wednesday, October 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Dr. Alan Eisemann and Dr. Rick Lovett from the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
This session is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To register, please call 802-772-2400 or visit

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

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.

The Recreation Department is happy to announce a bus trip to New York City and the 911 Memorial on Saturday, October 21. The price is $70/per person for the bus trip only. Tickets for all attractions are recommended to be purchased ahead of time online at: Everything is in walking distance, or you could take a taxi or subway to Times Square.
Transportation will be provided by Mountain Son. To reserve tickets, contact the Pittsford recreation director at 483-6500 ext. 17 or; or Kathy Shortsleeves, 483-6655 or