3 Pears Fine Art and Artisan Décor Gallery Opening in Pawlet
Pawlet, VT – The village of Pawlet welcomes a refreshing new shopping experience with the opening of 3 Pears Gallery, an extraordinary curated collection of fine art, furniture, rugs, home accessories, and jewelry. Composed of over 30 esteemed artists and artisans in a 2,000 square foot rustic barn, proprietor Gregory DeLuca invites you to peruse the unique collection of oils, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculpture, and décor for the traditional or contemporary country home.
Featuring consummate local favorites Leslie Peck, Leslie Park, Brian Sweetland, George Van Hook, Kathie Thompson, Mary Islin, Virginia McNeice and many more; you are sure to find something to suit everyone’s taste. Rarely available in retail stores, jewelry by LunaMoth Designs combines high fashion with the natural world. Using the colors and textures that surround us, LunaMoth creates ornately crafted, must-have jewelry. New York Times best-selling author John Katz will display his highly sought after photography that echoes his literary genius and focuses on his passion and love of animals.
Whimsical and edgy artist Brian Hewitt uses deep contrast, shadows and vibrant colors combined with signature techniques and unique perspectives. In addition, Hewitt will be offering commissioned oil painting of private residences.
An opening reception will be held Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25th from 1-4pm with desserts catered by Judaberry’s Scrumptious Baking. 3 Pears Gallery will be located at 6256 Vermont Route 30, in the former Susan Sargent space next to Circle of Healing. A short, scenic drive from Manchester, Pawlet is considered by many to be an “artist town” with a smattering of galleries and studios nestled within the picturesque landscape. 3 Pears Gallery is set upon a rolling meadow overlooking the Mettowee River and mountains. After shopping, grab a take-out lunch at the Pawlet Station Restaurant or Mach’s Market and have a riverside picnic behind the gallery.
3 Pears Gallery will be open Wednesday through Monday 10am – 5pm and closed Tuesdays. For more information, please contact Gregory DeLuca by calling 802.770.8820 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EMS Day at State House Honors Vermont First Responders
MONTPELIER – One of the safest days of the year to have a medical emergency at the State House in Montpelier is May 21, 2013, and you won’t even have to dial 9-1-1. Just yell for help out the front door.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Day will bring together first responders from among the more than 2,000 EMS providers along the State House lawn (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as a part of National EMS Week celebrations.
Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD will read a proclamation at 1 p.m. honoring EMS providers and recognizing the critical role they play every day in saving lives and responding to emergencies.
Nearly 60 percent of the 2,600 EMS responders statewide are volunteers who serve as first responders and with ambulance services in nearly every corner of the state. The event on May 21 will include an open-house with access to the EMS equipment and ambulances and demonstrations on how the equipment is utilized in an emergency.
“The rural nature of our state and the relatively small size of most Vermont communities makes it one of the toughest places in the nation to offer fast, reliable and high-level EMS services,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, who worked as an emergency room physician for more than 20 years in Rutland. “EMS is a key component of our public health efforts and everyone associated with emergency medicine respects and appreciates the work they do.”
EMS providers also educate people about hazards such as fall prevention for the elderly, proper car seat use for children and infants, and wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle.
“Vermonters count on EMS as their community healthcare safety net. When people are not able to access healthcare any other way, they know that dialing 9-1-1 will bring them a response – anytime and anywhere,” said Chris Bell, director of the Health Department’s Office of Public Health Preparedness.
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Christ The King School 27th Annual Spring Into Summer Mixer
On Friday, May 31, 2013, Christ The King School will hold its 27th annual school fundraiser and raffle. The event will take place at the Elks Club on Pleasant Street in Rutland, 5:30 Cocktail Hour, 6:30 Dinner.
There will be a grand prize drawing of $5000, a 2nd prize of $500, a 3rd prize of $250 and thirteen $100 prizes. Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold. Each ticket admits two adults for a buffet dinner; cost of the ticket is $100 made payable to Christ The King School.
Don’t miss out on M.C. Father Justin Baker, Roulette Cash Wheel, Cash Bar, and other raffle prizes.
One does not need to be present to win. Winners are required to pay taxes.
To purchase your tickets, please call the school office 773-0500.
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RRMC Auxiliary Geranium Sale
Ronna McPhee, RRMC Gift Shop Manager; Jeannie Corbett, Geranium Chair Person and Sara Grey, Gift Shop Volunteer.
The RRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop will hold its annual geranium sale on Friday May 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Main Street at the Medical Center. A wide variety of colors will be available. You can take advantage of pre-orders by calling 802-747-1660. The proceeds from this sale will help fund programs provided by Rutland Regional for our Community.
Each year $7,000 in Scholarships is awarded to area high school seniors who are pursuing a career in health. Also a $2,000 non-traditional scholarship is awarded to a nursing student at Castleton State College. This is made possible by the support of the auxiliary board and members , staff & volunteers of the gift shop, customers , local business and RRMC staff.
If you would like to become an Auxiliary member, call 747-1660 for more information.
Please stop by and visit the Gift Shop during business hours, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Mike and Mary Blanchard cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of their New England Maple Museum in Pittsford, Vermont. Sam’s Good News photo by Jack Rogers, Sr.
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Memorial Day Weekend Civil War Cemetery Tour
On Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 p.m. there will be a tour of Hillside Cemetery in Castleton, Vermont. In case of rain the event will be held Monday, May 27th at 2:00 p.m.
About 250 men from Castleton served in the Civil Ware, 249 of whom were Union soldiers, one was a Confederate soldier. These soldiers included several “men of color”.
Local author, historian and member of the Castleton Historical Society Don Thompson will conduct a tour of ten Civil Ware veterans’ gravesites and tell a little about each soldier. Through research that Thompson did using local resources such as the Castleton History Society’s archives as well as online sites, participants will learn about such local heroes as Salmon P. Gates, who fought at Gettysburg and succumbed to his wounds.
Four of Castleton’s Civil War veterans buried at Hillside were African Americans. One, William Jackson, served as a private in the 54th Massachusetts, made famous by the moving “Glory”. He survived the war, but died from injuries in a fall from a wagon in 1903.
Edwin Hall Higley, from one of Castleton’s prominent families, enlisted while a sophomore at Middlebury College. He ended up a prisoner at the infamous Andersonville Confederate Prison. When he finally made it back to Castleton, his own mother barely recognized him, but he recovered his health and went on to graduate with honors from Middlebury College. He became a professor of Greek and German and loved to play the church organ.
These are just a few of the stories about Castleton’s Civil Ware soldiers. Other graves on the tour are Abel E. Leavenworth, Dr. Selah Gridley Perkins, Dr. Henry C. Atwood, Horace G. Ross, George Oscar French and William H. Barber.
For further information on the Memorial Day Weekend Cemetery Tour contact Don Thompson at 802-468-5309 or email email@example.com.
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Main Street Vendor Spaces Available For Poultney’s June and October Town Wide Yard
Sign up soon for your Main Street space
By Janice B. Edwards
Vendor spaces along historic Main Street for Poultney's 2013 Annual Town Wide Yard Sales in both June and October are available for rent. They are available on a first-come, first serve basis through Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, event sponsor.
The yard sale event dates are Saturday, June 1st and Saturday, October 12th. Both yard sale events are open from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. - rain or shine!
To select and rent a vendor space, call Mary Lee Harris, (802)-287-4114 at Stitchy Women or stop by the shop at 144 Main Street Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Town Wide Yard Sale is a long-standing event sponsored by Poultney Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the day during these events, many businesses, organizations and house sites throughout virtually every street and roadway in the community offer goods and wares for sale to eager shoppers. Town Wide Yard Sale Day is always a day of fun in which great deals, interesting merchandise, food selections and bargains of all sorts can be found. It is also a great day to walk the streets and visit with friends, longtime ones as well as new ones.
Don't dally, call Mary Lee at Stitchy Women soon to rent your vendor space. Call (802) 287-4114.
Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a non-profit organization of businesses whose mission is to work together to strengthen Poultney’s economic community. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, you can reach the Chamber by telephone at (802)287-2010.
(Janice B. Edwards [Cartref Taid (Grandfather’s House ®)], freelance writer, Cartreftaid@yahoo.com, is member of Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce.)
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Cairo Shrine Walk/Run Winners
Cairo Shrine of Rutland, Vermont was an active participant in the Loyalty Day Parade on May 5th with over ten marching units. Not only were there loads of marchers, mini cars, mini trucks, mini motorcycles, snowmobiles, clowns, and Bessie the Camel there also was a 5k Walk/Run for participants of all ages. This was the 3rd Annual Cairo Shrine Walk/Run. The first place runner was Pat Consolatti of Rutland! The following were the remaining top seven: Carrie Cushman with her dog, Newton, Joe Taggart of Castleton, Jaime Gadwah, Kaleb Harvey of Orwell, Deborah Hall of North Clarendon and Sue Taggart of Castleton. Fun was had by all!
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Camp Ta-Kum-Ta Is Happy To Announce “Commodes For Camp”
Here’s how it all “goes down” … Commodes for Camp was designed to help Camp Ta-Kum-Ta raise funds to complete the installation of a new septic system, which is one of the camp’s biggest and most crucial infrastructure needs. This will allow Camp TKT to have bathroom facilities in every cabin, which is so important to many of the children who are going through treatments and need to use the facilities more often. Having the facilities right in their cabin will make all the difference in the world!
Commodes for Camp sponsors will receive a painted Commode to display during the entire event, which runs from May 13- June 21. These local businesses and individuals will “Complete and Compete” by raising funds to fill (or hopefully overflow) their commode. Each sponsor will also be given their own fundraising webpage for the event in order to work with the local community, their employees, vendors and clients to raise money during this six week event. Sponsors include: Vermont Systems, Regal Gymnastics, SimplexGrinnell, JaniTech, Champlain College, Seventh generation, Hallam ICS, Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, PAR Springer-Miller, Vergennes Union High School, Waterbury Rotary, SilverCloud Design, Union Street Media, University Mall, 95 TripleX, and WVMT 620AM.
Help kick-off the event by making a donation (‘A Christening Flush’) at www.takumta.org! Your donation will help Camp Ta-Kum-Ta bring bathroom facilities to the cabins village.
May 13 to June 21 – Complete and Compete: Commodes will be on display at participating businesses and Sponsors locations as they compete to raise the most funds to fill their commode.
June 23 to 29 - All painted commodes will be displayed at the University Mall in South Burlington, VT. The community will be encouraged to donate online for their favorite commode.
June 29, 2013 – Commodes for Camp Awards and Recognition Ceremony at Camp TKT
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides a safe, loving place where children who have, or have had, cancer come together, share their stories and simply laugh. Don’t miss this opportunity to help bring restrooms to our campers in every cabin.
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Trout, Bass Fishing Rule Changes Proposed -- Hearings Set for May 28, 29, 30
Montpelier, Vt –The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board is holding three public hearings May 28, 29, and 30 on proposed regulation changes that would increase trout and bass fishing opportunities for anglers and reduce the daily brook trout limit.
Eleven new river sections are proposed to have catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the normal trout fishing season, opening 27 miles of river to year-round trout fishing.
A section of the Walloomsac River in Bennington is proposed to be added to the selection of trophy trout streams that are stocked with two-year old brown or rainbow trout.
Bass catch-and-release open water angling (not ice fishing) outside the normal bass season is proposed to now include all lakes, ponds and reservoirs not listed as “seasonally closed waters.”
The daily creel limit for brook trout is proposed to be reduced from 12 to 6.
The fish regulation, with the proposed changes, can be seen on vtfishandwildlife.com. Under “Law Enforcement and Game Wardens,” click on “Rules and Proposed Rules.”
The three public hearings will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the following locations:
Tuesday, May 28 – St. Johnsbury Elementary School, School Auditorium, 257 Western Ave., St. Johnsbury, VT
Wednesday, May 29 – Pavilion Auditorium, Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT
Thursday, May 30 – Kehoe Education Center, 636 Point of Pines Road, Castleton, VT
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Vermont’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8
The annual “Grand Isle Fishing Festival” will be held at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station on Free Fishing Day, Sat., June 8. Raymond Tardif and son, R.J., are shown here enjoying last year’s festival. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery. Photo by John Hall.
If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to give fishing a try, here it is! Saturday, June 8, is Vermont’s Free Fishing Day -- the one day in the summer when residents and nonresidents may go fishing in the Green Mountain State without a fishing license.
Fishing is a quiet, relaxing way to enjoy Vermont’s scenic outdoors with many accompanying benefits. You can release any fish you catch, or take home some very fresh fish for dinner.
Anglers in Vermont can try for brook, brown or rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, and northern pike as well as other several other species.
At the same time, you will likely see several species of wildlife while fishing in Vermont. A bald eagle or osprey soaring overhead is an experience you will always remember. Whether you get out there alone, or take friends or family, a good day of fishing makes memories that will last a lifetime.
Vermont has 284 lakes and over 7,000 miles of clear streams offering the greatest variety of high quality fresh water fishing in the Northeast, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Finding a place to fish in Vermont is easy, but the department also hosts a special event especially for kids on Free Fishing Day in Grand Isle.
The “Grand Isle Fishing Festival” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Free Fishing Day at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery.
To find out more about Vermont's great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-241-3700 and ask for a copy of the “Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide.” E-mail email@example.com for any questions or discover more from the website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).
While there, check the new interactive page about Family Friendly Fishing spots: www.vtfishandwildlife.com
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Senator Patrick Leahy Receives Legislator of the Year Award
Jim Finger, Past President AAA; Senator Patrick Leahy, Timothy Long; Carson Long; Jimmy Johnson, President AAA (Carson and Timothy are Dale Long's sons) at the presentation of the 2013 Legislator of the Year award. Photo provided.
The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has awarded Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) the 2013 Legislator of the Year award.
Senator Leahy received the award for his tireless work toward passing the Dale Long Act, which was signed into legislation in 2012. The act, named after Dale Long, a paramedic who lost his life in the line of duty, extends public safety officer's benefit programs to employees and volunteer members of nonprofit EMS organizations. Commenting on the victory Jim Finger, AAA past president, said, “Thanks to Senator Leahy, over 1,200 paramedics and EMTs who are employed by or volunteer for non-profit EMS agencies in Vermont and thousands more across the country will now have the peace of mind that their families will have some financial security in the event of their death in the line of duty.”
Senator Leahy was awarded the Legislator of the Year during the AAA’s 2012 Stars of Life event in Washington, DC. This event celebrates the dedication of ambulance services professionals for their tireless and often unnoticed work.
The AAA is based in Washington, D.C. Its ambulance operation members across the United States provide coverage for more than 95% of the urban US population with emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services. Founded in 1979, the AAA’s mission is to “promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.”
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Pittsford Memorial Day Ceremonies
The Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department and Pittsford Historical Society will co-host the Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday May 27. The parade forms on the Village Green at 12 noon, marches at 12:30 south on Route 7 to Pleasant Street, ending at the Firehouse. The program takes place there, followed by refreshments. In case of heavy rain, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be held at 12:30 in the Firehouse.
Commander Robert B. Birmingham, Supply Corps, United States Navy (retired) is this year's speaker. Born and educated in Pittsford schools, Cmdr. Birmingham graduated from the University of Vermont in 1985. He earned his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1986. His initial sea tour as assistant supply officer, USN was aboard the USS Valdez.
Throughout his naval career he earned numerous advanced degrees in science, military awards and medals until his last assignment in 2003 as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Presently he is employed by the iRobot Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts, serving as Director of Asia Pacific International Agreements, Defense and Security Business Unit.
Cmdr. Birmingham's speech will memorialize his older brother, PLT Sgt. Edward A. Birmingham, killed in action 1967 in Vietnam, and his niece's husband, SSGT Scott C. Rose, 30, killed in action 2003 in Iraq.
Following the ceremony, all are welcome to come to the Museum in Eaton Hall to see photos and news articles honoring Pittsford's veterans from all eras.
For more information call Fire Chief Tom Hooker 483-2281 or Anne Pelkey 483-6178.
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Walk, Wag & Run at CSJ
Does your dog like to go for walks (silly question!)? Do you want to get out and get some exercise and raise money for the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS)? If so, join us for Walk, Wag and Run at Collage of St. Joseph! RCHS is working with the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department on these great events! On May 28, June 25 and July 30 5K walk/runs will take place at College of Saint Joseph in Rutland. Bring your dog (or not) and enjoy the great outdoors and help raise money for RCHS. Walkers begin at 6 pm and runners begin at 6:30 pm. Sponsor sheets are available or you can set up an online fundraising page to raise money, too, although raising money is not required. Visit www.rchsvt.org for more details. Please contact the RCHS Business Office at 483.9171 with any questions.
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Local Kids Awarded Honorable Mention in VPT Writers Contest
Brody McGuire from Vergennes
Klara Hopkins from Brandon>
Faith Holzhammer, Orwell
Joy Holzhammer, Orwell
Eagle and hamster friends, moose vs. crocodile, a vegetarian cat and a hard-working pencil are among the protagonists in stories honored in the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, held by Vermont Public Television. With crayons, watercolors, photos and unlimited imagination, 12 creative children in kindergarten, first, second and third grade earned top honors in this competition that encourages youngsters to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating original storybooks.
Chuck Pizer, community engagement director, and content assistant Judy Gordon organized VPT’s contest. Pizer said, “This has been a signature event for us for 18 years, and we’re so happy to challenge the kids to do their best.” VPT provides children, parents and educators with 53 hours a week of PBS KIDS GO! programming, along with online and mobile resources, and community activities like the contest.
The winners and honorable mentions are:
Winner: “Best Friends Eat Their Veggies” by Keira E. Kegelman, Hartland, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “An Ice Rink Story” by Livia Marie Brochu, Williston, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “No Snack for Sam! (A Sally & Sam Shark Story)” by Brody McGuire, Vergennes, Vt.
Winner: “The Flying Pencil” by Evan James Thorburn, Hinesburg, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “Melissa the Colorpillar” by Klara Hopkins, Brandon, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “My Day in Kitty World” by Madeleine Thaxton, East Thetford, Vt.
Winner: “How Marzier the Moose Got His Antlers” by Harry Kim, Manchester Center, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “Bobby” by Molly Wilson, Wolcott, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “Paddy the Fish and Dribbler the Duck” by Aidan Gage, Randolph, Vt.
Winner: “The Special Lantern Festival of Montreal” by Jasmin Townsend-Ng, Charlotte, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “George the Puppy Writes a Story” by Faith Holzhammer, Orwell, Vt.
Honorable Mention: “Lights ... Camera ... Pony!” by Joy Holzhammer, Orwell, Vt.
VPT sends each grade-winning entry on to the national contest. Results of that will be announced this summer.
Some children enter and are honored multiple times. That was the case this year when the judges gave the top second-grade prize to Harry Kim, who had an honorable mention last year. Twins Faith and Joy Holzhammer earned honorable mentions for the second year in a row.
The winning stories are posted on VPT's website at vpt.org/writers. The children are featured on air and online reading their stories, and all entrants will be invited to read their work at story times held around the state.
The contest is sponsored by Comcast and ECAC (Employee Community Action Council of the Employees of General Dynamics). VPT’s community partners in the project are Ben & Jerry’s, Bennington Free Library, Children’s Literacy Foundation, Everybody Wins! Vermont, Fletcher Free Library, The Flying Pig Bookstore, Goodrich Memorial Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Kids VT, St. Albans Free Library, Stern Center for Language and Learning, Vermont Department of Libraries and Vermont Humanities Council
Contest judges were Sarah Allerton, St. Albans Free Library; Caitlin Corless, Essex Free Library; Amy Cunningham, Everybody Wins! Vermont; Carolyn Fox, Kids VT; Pat Greene, Stern Center for Language and Learning; Meg Paquette, South Burlington Community Library; Hannah Peacock, Burnham Library, Colchester; Kat Redniss, Brownell Library; and Michelle Szabo, Stern Center for Language and Learning.
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Busy Memorial Day Weekend ahead for Devil’s Bowl Racers
Fireworks and more on Friday, Thunder Road event on Sunday
Leon Gonyo posted a victory in the Twin 25s at the People's United Bank Memorial Day Special at Devil's Bowl Speedway in 2012. (MemorEvents photo)
West Haven, Vt – Stock car drivers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway will be racking up the miles on Memorial Day Weekend. The track’s top two divisions – the ground-pounding, open-wheel Bond Auto Parts Modifieds and the sleek and racy Late Models – will see plenty of action between their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series home track at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven, VT and in special events at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
People’s United Bank and Mobil 1 present a jam-packed event to kick off the summer Friday night weekly schedule at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway half-mile on Friday, May 24 at 7:00pm. Twin 25-lap feature races for the Modifieds and the Late Model championship opener will be accompanied by regular events for the Renegade and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions, along with a major fireworks display to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.
New York State veterans Ron Proctor and Leon Gonyo split victories in the twin features at the People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special in 2012. Proctor’s victory was his first of three on the year and helped propel him to the track championship. Drivers aiming to knock Proctor and Gonyo off the top on Friday, May 24 include Vince Quenneville, Jr., Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates, Alex Bell, Joey Roberts, and Spring Green opening day winner Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT.
The Late Model division is expected to draw as many as 20 entries for its championship opener at the People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special, and with champion Craig Bushey running only a partial schedule in 2013, the race for the title is wide open. Top contenders Kevin Elliott, Dan Petronis, Robert Bryant, Jr., Hunter Bates, Chris Bergeron, and more will be aiming for victory lane and the overall crown.
On Sunday, May 26, drivers from both divisions will head to the high-banked quarter-mile at Thunder Road for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The event features a 100-lap season opener for the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series and a 50-lap race for the brand new Northern Modified Challenge Series. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm.
The People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special presented by Mobil 1 begins at 7:00pm on Friday, May 24 and includes a special holiday fireworks show. General admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, visit www.devilsbowl
speedwayvt.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.
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Honor American Armed Forces at America’s Fort!
Fort Ticonderoga Honors American Armed Forces on Memorial Day, May 17th. Credit Fort Ticonderoga
(Ticonderoga, NY) Join Fort Ticonderoga on Memorial Day, May 27, to salute the service of the armed forces of the United States on the very grounds where so many American soldiers fought and sacrificed. Parade into Fort Ticonderoga behind the Fife and Drum Corps during a special program at 11 am, and step back in time to meet the soldiers of the American Revolution. Experience all aspects of the life of the Continental Army soldier in 1775, from their weapons to their rations, and learn about what they believed would come from their sacrifice. A 10% general admissions discount will be given to active duty military members with proof of service. For more information visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
“See Fort Ticonderoga at the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775; a hive of activity as citizens turned soldiers take up pick and ax, hammer and saw to rebuild this old French Fort from the French and Indian war,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Interpretation. “All day long watch these new soldiers in the Continental Army ply their civilian trades to help build this military outpost. See horse power in action as lumber, firewood, and military stores move in and out of Fort Ticonderoga, and hear the report of gunpowder as soldiers test cannon barrels and practice their gunnery.”
Memorial Day Event Highlights:
9:30 am - Fort Opens to Visitors
10:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:45 pm - Guided Tour
Learn how Fort Ticonderoga, known as the Key to the Continent, was an American bulwark for independence.
11 am - Salute to the Soldiers
In this hour long presentation enjoy Fife and Drum music, both patriotic and 18th century tunes. Hear the roar of musketry as Fort Ticonderoga salutes the sacrifice of soldiers who fought both at Ticonderoga and around the world for the United States. Hear the words of the soldiers of the American Revolution as they described their reasons for serving in the birth of this nation.
11:30 am and 2:30 pm - Garden & Grounds Tour
Discover this soldier’s garden turned colonial revival garden in the memory of the soldiers that fought and died at Fort Ticonderoga.
2 pm - Cannon Demonstration
Explore how the guns of Ticonderoga worked and discover how American soldiers used these vital guns in defense of our fledgling nation.
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Champlain Region State Historic Sites Open
Addison, Vt. –The Memorial Day weekend brings the start of the 2013 season at the Chimney Point, Mount Independence, and Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Sites. The sites open on Saturday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. Plan on visiting this summer to see history where it happened. Partake in the special history and nature programs being offered.
These sites have scenic grounds for walking and picnics, activities for children, and specialty museum shops with many books and other items.
The Chimney Point State Historic Site on Lake Champlain in Addison commands one of the most strategic locations on the Lake, of importance to human beings for over 9,000 years. The site presents the Native American, early French, and early American settlement of the area. The special exhibit is What Lies Beneath: 9,000 Years of History at Chimney Point, highlighting the archaeological findings from the 2009-2011 bridge and temporary ferry project—including the likely location of the “chimney” that gave Chimney Point its name in 1759. You’ll see evidence from the earliest Native American habitation, the 1731 French fort, Moses Bradley’s 1790s redware pottery, and more. The exhibit was prepared by the University of Vermont Consulting Archeology Program and guest curator Kate Kenney. Bring a picnic and walk across the new bridge to take in the views in all directions. The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays, 9:30-5:00. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children under 15.
Orwell’s Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark named after the Declaration of Independence, was built on Lake Champlain in 1776-77 to protect the American colonies against British invasion from the north. In the museum are state of the art exhibits and Revolutionary War artifacts, ranging from large items such as two huge logs from the Great Bridge across Lake Champlain and a cannon recovered from the lake to fish hooks and fish bones from the Revolution. Six miles of scenic walking and hiking trails wind past archaeological sites. The award winning Baldwin Trail, with colorful interpretive signage, is suitable for outdoor wheelchairs and strollers. The annual Soldiers Atop the Mount living history encampment is September 7 and 8. The site is open daily, 9:30 to 5:00. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of Vermont’s only Revolutionary War battle. It is considered one of the best preserved battlefields in America, retaining most of its original setting with stunning mountain views. The July 7, 1777, battle will be commemorated with the annual living history weekend on July 6 and 7. The site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays, from 9:30 to 5:00. Admission is $2.00 for adults and free for children under 15.
For information on the many special events visit: historicsites.vermont.gov
/events. The last day of the season is Monday, October 14.
Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.
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Castleton Summer Concert Series Ready For 18th Season
Eleven-event schedule kicks off June 4.
Castleton, Vt. – Castleton College is pleased to present the 18th Annual Summer Concert Series beginning Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Castleton Pavilion.
The Castleton College Summer Concert Series features a premier lineup of local bands that are set to take center stage all summer long.
Continued every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, the eleven-show series highlights live entertainment by outstanding local area professional musicians.
Included in this year’s series are Elixir, Panhandlers Steel Band, the Will Patton Ensemble, Starline Rhythm Boys, the Bluegrass Gospel Project, Across The Pond, Atlantic Crossing, New York Players, American Longboards and Satin and Steel.
In addition to several new bands for the series, all of the concerts will be held at the recently built Castleton Pavilion located on the college campus, adjacent to Spartan Stadium.
The pavilion serves as an excellent indoor/outdoor facility for summer events and allows concerts to be held rain or shine.
With great bands featured every week in the perfect summer venue, concertgoers can expect to experience exceptional live music and entertainment all summer long.
For a complete list of concerts or for more information on the 2013 Summer Concert Series please visit www.castleton.edu/
concerts or contact Lori Phillips at (802)-468-6039.
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Make sure your pet has identification!
Losing a pet is a very emotional thing. It's really important that all animals have identification so they can be returned to their owners. An ID tag on your pet's collar is the easiest method. The tag should include your name, address, telephone number and the pet's name. If there's extra space, the phone number of the veterinarian is also a good idea. If you move, make sure you get a new tag for your animal with your new contact information. Pets can also be microchipped. Many humane societies and veterinarians have a scanner which identifies if an animal has a microchip. If there's a microchip, a phone call is made to identify the owner. Either way, please take a moment and check that your favorite pet has identification so you can get him back safe and sound in a hurry! If you have any questions, please call the Rutland County Humane Society at 483-6700.
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Summer Food Service Program for Children Announced
The Vermont Achievement Center is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer.
All children participating in the Vermont Achievement Center’s Summer Programs are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.
Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at The Vermont Achievement Center at 88 Park St in Rutland between June 19 - August 23, 2013. Breakfast will be served from 8am-9am and lunch from 11am-12:30pm.:
For enrollment information, contact Mike Raymond at 802-777-2395.
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