READER BULLETINS: September 6-12, 2018

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This year’s raffle, the proceeds from which go back into the community, will be held Friday, September 7, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $110 per ticket, which admits two adults 21 and over. Catering is provided by East Creek Catering. Grand prize is $10,000 plus numerous other cash and door prizes. Rutland South Rotary is also asking those attending to bring nonperishable food items for the Rutland Area Community Cupboard.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802-345-9873.

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum’s 4th Annual Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade, a community event for all ages to enjoy a day in downtown Rutland with their dogs, will be held on Saturday, September 8, on Center Street from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The kid-friendly and dog-friendly festival features demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, crafts, an obstacle course, a hay maze, activities, photo opportunities, food and more. A raffle of Pet Gear merchandise will be open to all. The Paw Parade will take place at noon.
The event is free and open to the public. All dogs must register to participate. Free dog registration includes participation in the Paw Parade, a token of appreciation for all participants, entry to win a mystery prize and the opportunity to win a judges’ choice award.
Pre-register online at or registration begins at 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.
The Wonderpaws Festival fundraiser will directly benefit Wonderfeet for capital projects, and the community with educational programs.

On September 8 join your neighbors and 350Vermont for “Routes to Resilience,” a biking and walking tour that showcases Rutland’s resilience in the face of climate change. This event will feature a three-mile walking route and five-mile and fifteen-mile biking routes. Each route is loaded with stops where participants can learn about local farms and food production, natural areas, solar energy, and of course, lots of ways that people can plug into a climate-friendly lifestyle in southern Vermont.
Registration is free (though donations to 350VT are welcome), and will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Vermont Farmers Food Center. At 9 a.m., we’ll head out together and explore the area, learning and snacking our way around town. We’ll meet up at the Chaffee Art Center for food, story sharing, a lesson in permaculture, and prizes — all wrapping up around 1 p.m. All ages are welcome, and some bicycles will be available to borrow.
This event is a local piece of the global Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice event, with actions happening throughout Vermont and all over the world on September 8, just a few days before mayors, state governors, and business and civil society leaders from all over the world gather in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. Rutland can stand with the rest of the globe and say, “We want a livable future and a clean planet!”

The Alzheimer’s Association invites Rutland area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will take place on September 8, at 9 a.m., beginning at Main Street Park in Rutland.
Participants will complete a two-mile walk, with a shorter option available, and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.
In addition to the Walk, participants will enjoy a healthy breakfast, fresh coffee, local sponsor tables, water stations along the Walk route, and the community of those who also support the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.
Register today. Sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at

The calendar flips back to 1776 and 1777 at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on September 8 and 9, for the annual “Soldiers Atop the Mount” living history weekend. Reenactors and those interested in history gather to engage the public with a colorful, full-scale event that honors this massive Revolutionary War fortification built and occupied first by the Americans and then British and Germans during the 1776-77 Northern Campaign of the American Revolution.
On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors walk along the Baldwin Trail to meet reenactors and experts who will discuss Revolutionary gunsmithing, an interactive laying out of a brigade, the life of the soldiers, building and defending the gun batteries, and more. Get your card stamped and win a token if you visit all the stations. The event is open at 9:30 a.m., with the soldier’s camps opening at 10 a.m., closing Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Reenactors offer military tacticals, camp life, and colonial skills and crafts. Hands-on children’s activities both days.
The “Strong Ground 5K Walk” on the site’s trail system on Sunday benefits Mount Independence Coalition education and special programs for the site. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The $10 fee (cash or check payable to Mount Independence Coalition) includes admission to Soldiers Atop the Mount and a simple lunch in the picnic area. Call 802-948-2000 to pre-register. This lunch is available for everyone for a modest donation.
On Sunday there is a recreation of the July 1777 sermon by Rev. Thomas Allen encouraging the soldiers in the face of the British, a changing of the guard, and the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Site interpreter and historian Paul Andriscin offers an illustrated lecture on “Reasons for Revolution” on Saturday and “The Northern Campaign” on Sunday, both at 3:30 p.m.
Event admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the museum. Call 802-948-2000 for details. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase in the museum shop.

BROC Community Action in partnership with Goodwill Industries is offering a free workshop on customer service relationships on Tuesday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will discuss how to provide good customer service, whether or not the customer is always right, and if they are not, what do you do then.
Registration is appreciated by contacting Donalee Kirk at 802-665-1725 or The workshop will be held at BROC Community Action, located at 45 Union Street, Rutland.
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Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces its popular farm programs for children ages 3 and up, offered Wednesday mornings in September from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Each program features a story, visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and a snack. The cost is $3 per person for members, $5 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum).
The Boy and His Quilt. September 12. Discover the steps a young boy goes through in making his very own quilt as we read “The Boy and His Quilt.” We’ll visit the quilt hall to see this year’s quilts, enjoy a snack with friends, and make your own paper quilt pattern.
Ten Red Apples. September 19. Ten red apples hang on the tree. Horse, cow, pig and the other farm animals each eat an apple, will there be enough for everyone? Join us for a trip to our orchard to see if there are any red apples on the trees. Enjoy an apple for a snack with friends. An apple tree craft will complete your visit.
Pumpkin Jack. September 26. Have you ever wondered what happens to your pumpkin after it has been carved? Follow the story of Tim and his pumpkin named “Jack” as they discover Jack’s new world. We’ll visit the pumpkin patch, make a pumpkin craft, and enjoy a pumpkin treat.
To register for Programs for Preschoolers, please call 802-457-2355, weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

BROC Community Action is offering two workshops in September at their 45 Union Street, Rutland facility. Thursday, September 13 join business counselor Annette Hoyle for Introduction to Starting a Micro Business. If you have ever thought about becoming your own boss, turning a hobby into a business, or if you have started a micro business and need some guidance, this workshop is for you. Annette can help point you in the right direction to your success. 9 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or
Wednesday, September 26 join instructor Shelley Faris for Savvy Spending Solutions — Financial Capability Workshop and learn how to get control of your money and make it work for you, as well as how to stretch a dollar. 10 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742 or
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The Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action is offering a training to new and prospective volunteers for our Reparative Restorative Justice Panels. The training will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. at 45 Union Street, Rutland.
As a member of a panel, community volunteers work short-term with non-violent offenders to help them understand the impact of their crime and create a contract to repair the harm done to the victim and community.
To RSVP and get more information contact Cara Tomasini at 802-665-1710 or
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RCAS will sponsor a trip to Putney Mountain on September 15 to hike, hawk watch, and seek unusual plants. Car pool from Dick’s in Rutland at 8 a.m. and return in the afternoon. Bring a bag lunch, water and insect repellent; wear appropriate clothing and shoes for climbing a 1,600 ft. mountain. Call 287-9338 for more info.

Billings Farm & Museum will host Traditional Craft Saturdays in September, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., where visitors can explore a series of Vermont crafts through informal learning and discovery.
Saturday, September 8 – Blacksmithing with Billings Farm Manager Chuck Deome. Working from his portable forge, Chuck will demonstrate how he takes steel and wrought iron, heats the metal, and shapes the pieces into useful tools and utilitarian objects. As an enthusiastic practitioner of this historic trade, Chuck will share colorful commentary on his process and the history of blacksmithing while he creates colonial reproductions.
Saturday, September 15 – Hand-Thrown Pottery with Georgia Donnelly of Farmhouse Pottery. Georgia Donnelly started making pottery in high school and apprenticed with a small studio to perfect her craft. She later became a production potter for Simon Pearce. She will demonstrate wheel-thrown pottery and share hands-on opportunities with visitors.
Saturday, September 22 – Rug-Hooking with Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs. Stephanie was only six when she learned to hook from her mother, a nationally recognized rug-hooking teacher. This family tradition began with Stephanie’s great–grandmother, who created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns at her shop in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1865 to 1882. As a fourth-generation rug hooker, Stephanie learned to dye wool fabric and repair antique hooked rugs. In 2010, Stephanie received the Governor’s Heritage Award as best traditional artist in Vermont. She will have many of her rugs on display and will be demonstrating and discussing this historic craft with opportunities for visitors to try their hand at hooking.
Admission to Traditional Craft Saturdays includes the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, tours of the farm manager’s house, plus programs and activities. Find more information online at or by calling 802-457-2355.

Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering Chair Aerobics, Tuesdays and Fridays, September 18 – October 5, from 4:30-5:30 p.m, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, will focus on strength, endurance and flexibility by using a chair as a platform for workouts. The class is suitable for most beginner levels, and geared towards those who are disabled, recovering from an injury, experiencing joint problems, and/or have difficulty performing exercises that require standing, walking, or running for any length of time.
Each class will open with an introduction on a topic, a review of the exercises, a workout and a take-home exercise assignment. Topics covered throughout the course will include shoulder mobility/flexibility, endurance and isometric exercise, balance and core strength, and education on the health benefits of aerobic exercise.
Cost for this course is $15. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 802-772-2400 or visit

Become an exhibiting member of the Brandon Artists Guild. Join a vibrant community of 30+ Vermont artists and artisans, exhibit at the Guild Gallery in downtown Brandon, and participate more fully in Vermont’s creative economy. Vermont artists and artisans in all media are invited to apply online by Wednesday, September 19 at

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 invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library, located at 10 Court Street in Rutland, on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. 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: or 800-772-9390.

155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us September 22 for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. Learn from our friendly bird experts. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. Contact

When shoulder pain interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks like driving a car, carrying groceries, hitting a tennis ball or swinging a golf club, it might be time to consider various treatment options. One of those options being a total shoulder joint replacement.
Join Dr. Eric Marsh, MD, surgeon with Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, for a discussion on the best diagnostic tools, treatments and surgical options to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. This program is free and will be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
For more information and to register call 802-772-2400.