READER BULLETINS: September 14-20, 2017

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BROC Community Action is offering three free workshops in Sept. at our facility located at 45 Union Street in Rutland.
Sept. 14 there will be an Introduction to Starting a Micro Business workshop from 9 a.m. – noon. Participants will have a chance to explore whether becoming self-employed is a viable option and what next steps would need to be taken to accomplish it. To register contact Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744
Sept. 27 there will be a Savvy Spending Solutions financial capability workshop from 10 a.m. – noon. Participants will explore saving strategies, how to plan for financial goals and planning to purchase a home. To register contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or
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Friday Sept. 15. The 13th Annual Castleton Community Center Golf Outing at Lake St. Catherine Country Club will benefit the Center’s Elderly and Disabled Transportation program. Over 4400 rides were provided last year for essential travel to doctor’s appointments, nursing home visits, therapy, adult day care and senior meals. The CCS transportation program provides seniors and the disabled the flexibility and independence that allows them to remain in their homes and improve their quality of life. The event features 18 holes (Captain & Crew format), a $10,000 hole-in-one-contest and prizes for low gross, low net, longest drive and closet to pin for both men and women. The $90 registration fee includes greens fee, golf cart, dinner, gifts, raffles and prizes, great day of fun, friendship, and golf “for a cause.” To register call 802-468-3093.

Vermont musician Tristan Henderson, who hails from Pomfret, will be back in the local area with multi-generational roots music trio Pete’s Posse at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock, VT.
Hosted by Pentangle Arts, the concert benefits Woodstock Nordic Runners — a part of Woodstock Ski Runners, which offers programs for local kids throughout the winter. The Sept. 15 show will also have a live auction during intermission.
Pete’s Posse includes acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon, and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson. The group formed in 2013, and quickly developed a reputation as an innovative, driving, sought-after power trio with diverse musical influences. In just four years, they’ve made four albums and have numerous tours under their belt.
For tickets to the Sept. 15 show, go to or call 457-3981. For more information on the band, visit

A “Harry Houdini Double Feature” will be shown with live music on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7, in Brandon. Admission is free; free-will donations are encouraged, with proceeds to support ongoing renovation of the town hall. For more information, visit
For more info on the music, visit

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum 3rd Annual Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade, a community event for all ages to enjoy a day in downtown Rutland with their dogs, will be Saturday, Sept. 16, 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. Registration and $10 per dog fee includes participation in the Paw Parade, a token of appreciation for all participants, a chance to win a mystery prize and the opportunity to win a judges’ choice award in categories such as best pet/owner look-a-like, most entertaining, wildest wag and much more. Pre-register online at or registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the event. For more information call 802-282-2678 or visit

Join the women of the The Rutland Cutting Edge ice hockey team for another fun-filled season. Whether you have never played before or have been looking for a chance to get back on the ice, the Cutting Edge can provide the opportunity for you to get involved in this amazing sport. This recreational team practices Sunday nights and plays house league games on Thursdays. The fall session will start with a practice on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., a clinic (facilitated by some of Castleton’s finest) on Thursday, Sept. 21 and the first official house game on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. A Learn to Play program starts in late Oct. on Sundays at 6 p.m. and equipment is available to help get you started. Please come see what it’s all about — great exercise, camaraderie and fun! Questions? Email at

Rutland Regional Medical Center will be hosting a free showing of the newly released documentary, “All of Me,” on Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
This film by award-winning filmmaker Bess O’Brien focuses on the lives of women, girls and boys who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders, and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. It also focuses on the parents who struggle with their children around this devastating disease.
Although the film focuses primarily on bulimia and anorexia, the underlying issues of other eating disorders are touched upon in the film. In addition, “All of Me” delves deep into the often pervasive ways that food, dieting and body image affect all of us on a daily basis. Many of us may not be diagnosed with an official eating disorder, but struggle with our own histories and insecurities around food and weight.
Most importantly, “All of Me” centers on the underlying emotional issues that eating disorders stem from, including depression, anxiety, trauma, sensitivity, control, perfectionism and other mental health issues.
In addition, the movie gives hope to those struggling — people can recover and reclaim their bodies, and their emotional connection with themselves and others.
For more information about this free film viewing, visit

Rutland Area Toastmasters invites residents to its open house to meet members and watch special guest speakers, Laurie Musick-Wright and Peg Flory talk about the importance of communication skills for today’s professional Sept. 19 at CCV Rutland, 60 West Street, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Following our speakers will be a Table Topics demonstration. “Table Topics are one of my favorite parts of the meeting,” said Club Treasurer Bill Forbes. “This is where guests and members can choose to speak for one to two minutes on a topic proposed by the Topics Master. It helps you think and speak clearly on your feet.”
The Rutland Area Toastmasters Club is not a service club; it is an educational organization open to all, existing solely for the benefit of members, offering an inexpensive, proven program in effective communication and leadership. It is best described as a workshop, in which each member learns and develops communication and leadership skills through constant participation. Whether you are working on learning how speak in front of others for the first time or honing your presentation skills, Toastmasters is the place for you.
For more information, email
Toastmasters 6205 meets the first and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Rutland High School. For more information about this event and the club, please visit

Grace Congregational Church Fortnightly group will meet on Thursday Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m., in the church parlor. The speaker will be Gary Salmon, on “Why Trees Change Color.” Tea and cookies will be served and all are invited. Parking is available in the West Street lot.
Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church will hold a Fall Rummage Sale beginning on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. Friday the bag sale will be held from 9 a.m. – noon. Please use the Center Street entrance.

There is still time to sign up for The Vermont GREAT 2-4-6-8K Run, Walk and Relay on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Downtown Rutland. The first 100 registrants receive a cool training hat. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and the race starts promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Center Street. New to the event is the collaboration with the Come Alive Outside Green Street initiative. A portion of Center Street will be covered in sod, and there will be lots of kid-friendly and family fun activities.
All proceeds from this special event will benefit the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In addition to raising vital funds for the Foley Cancer Center, the race will help Rutland Regional promote and support wellness in our community through outdoor activity.
Check out the clover-leaf designed route that offers a variety of distances for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The route is posted on Facebook at The Vermont Great 2 4 6 8K! The 8k is ideal for those participants who prefer a longer route, while those who are new to physical activity, may find the 2k more appealing. Runners and walkers can participate individually, as part of a group, or relay team, running or walking the distances that best fit their interests and abilities.
The post-race party will feature food provided by many of your favorite downtown restaurants. Enjoy a local brew at the beer tent and dance to music by WJJR and Catamount Radio. For more information or to register, go to today! Questions, please contact the Rutland Health Foundation at or 802-747-3629.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Joanna Tebbs Young for a talk on her new book, “Lilian Baker Carlisle.” Young has used 80 years worth of scrapbooks kept by Carlisle herself to reconstruct the amazing life of one of Vermont’s greatest historians. Assistant to Electra Havemeyer Webb of Shelburne Museum, author of “the most accurate and complete” book on early Vermont silver, a champion for equality and the environment, a politician and preservationist, Lilian Baker Carlisle was a woman ahead of her time.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Lilian Baker Carlisle” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre and The Rutland Free Library together present “An Evening in Honor of Banned Books Week” on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. located at the Rutland Free Library on 10 Court Street. This is the first of many showcases during ART’s 13th season. The night will begin with a reading of “The Rabbit’s Wedding,” by Garth Williams, followed by a staged reading from “Alabama Story,” by Kenneth Jones, based on the true events surrounding the children’s book. “Alabama Story” is a current play that deals with books, race, censorship and the American character. “Alabama Story” will have its Vermont premiere, produced by ART, in spring 2018. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read, it will be held this year during the week of Sept. 24. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. For more information, please contact Associate Show Producer Garrett Robin,, or ART Producing Director Sandra Gartner,

Phoenix Books Rutland welcomes Nadine Budbill, Peter Gould, Nancy Hayes Kilgore and Tim Weed Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m., for an evening in celebration of four new titles by Vermont-based publisher Green Writers Press.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland. Copies of the featured titles will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

Sept. 28 — A monthly bird monitoring walk at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Join us for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Learn from our friendly bird experts and then join us for brunch afterwards. Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 a.m. Contact

If you have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering Chair Aerobics, Mondays & Thursdays, Oct. 2-19, 10 – 11 a.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, NASM-CPT, will focus on strength, endurance and flexibility. It 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.
Cost is $15 and payments must be received by Sept. 18. Registration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or visiting

The Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 23-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Woodstock at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
The farm and park are directly across the street from each other. Visit with about 20 artisan vendors and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the visitor center, barn and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, bowls, cutting boards, home & kitchen accessories and other woodenware, toys, cabinetry, flooring, wildlife carvings, and all other products made of wood will be for sale.
The scenic backdrop of the farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley and locally sourced, wood-fired pizza from Woodbelly Pizza provides a perfect accompaniment for shopping or watching live turning demonstrations outdoors. Meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens as you discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have their cheese for sale in the gift shop. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make-your-own wood crafting, and other family activities at Vermont’s only national park.
Vendors currently include well-known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff, Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others. Please check out or call 802-747-7900, email for information about admission, parking and activities planned. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking available on site.


Community Health Education at Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering its 4th wellness and weight-loss workshop to assist participants to lose weight while adopting habits and tactics that introduce sustainable behavior changes for maximum, long-term results.
The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional and begins on Oct. 2. The balance of the classes will be held on Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30 with the final two classes on November 6 and 13.
The Strategic Topics of this wellness/weight-loss program include: diet/nutrition, fitness/exercise, stress management and sleep, psychological and physiological examination of food addiction and overeating, as well as a food preparation demonstration.
Registration is required. The cost is $20 for the entire 8-week course. For more information or to register, visit or call 802-772-2400.

The staff in Rehabilitation Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center has developed a FREE workshop specifically addressing walking, balance and stability. The workshop, entitled “Gaining Traction: Improve your walking, balance, mobility and stability, will be held every Monday in Oct. beginning 10/2, from 4 – 5:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
In this program participants will learn the mechanics of walking and how various conditions such as arthritis, foot and joint issues, and neurological problems impact gait, and what strategies can be used to compensate for these conditions. There will be discussions on setting realistic walking goals, how to track progress using a pedometer and other technology, utilizing exercises that will enhance your mobility, and how to select appropriate footwear. At the conclusion of the program there will be a panel discussion with the folks from Rehabilitative Services followed by a walk around the Rutland Regional Loop, weather permitting.
Registration is required for the workshop. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

Phoenix Books Rutland will host Archer Mayor for a book talk and signing on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Join us in welcoming Archer Mayor back to Rutland! In “Trace,” the newest Joe Gunther mystery, Gunther and the VBI are pulled into three different critical cases at the same time, each equally important, each potentially deadly. Archer Mayor, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is a death investigator for the state medical examiner and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Copies of “Trace” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-855-8078 or visit

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 will take place 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 the day of the race. Cost for youth 18 and younger is $10. For a registration form, go to Registration forms can also be obtained by contacting 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.

It is time for the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit Sara’s Stories! Sara’s Stories is 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.

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