CCF Accepting Applications for Spring 2014 Grants
Cavendish, Vt. -- The Cavendish Community Fund is now accepting applications for grants that will be awarded this spring. The deadline for applying is April 15, 2014. In 2007 the fund inaugurated its program of giving cash grants to organizations for educational, artistic or cultural projects, programs or events. Last year grants went to several organizations including the elementary school for a drama-based collaborative project with the Weston Playhouse, to the Raise the Roof concert series at Gethsemane Church, and to the Historical Society to help edit a book on the life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Applications and guidelines are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website: www.CavendishCCCA.org under the Community Fund tab. Hardcopies are also available at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville and at the Cavendish town office.
Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends the ultimate grantees based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications and the amounts requested.
For further information on applying, on eligibility or on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.
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When Science Meets Holistic Therapies
Dr. William Kelley of Pyramid Holistic Wellness and Dr. Sharrie, local neurotherapist recently met to discuss how modern medicine and holistic therapies can interact.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Dr. Sharrie, Rutland’s local neurotherapist was atthe Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center on 120 Merchants Row across from WalMart after her presentation to Dr. William Kelley, owner and therapist. One of the hot topics included how well medicine as we know it today combined with holistic therapies increases a person’s chance towards wellness. The holistic approach is what both Dr. Kelley and Dr. Sharrie strive for.Dr. Kelley offers many modalities like massage, halotherapy, and of course the well known Salt Cave among many others.Whereas Dr. Sharrie offers brainregulationthrough neurofeedbackfor clients diagnosed with issues like anxiety, depression, attention deficit, migraines, and learning disabilities, just to name a few.
The other hot topic of discussion was Dr. Sharrie’s experience working with local psychotherapists and counselors. During talk therapy many people get stuck and can’t seem to move through issues.Utilizing neurofeedback allows the brain to regulate itself and perceptions of problems and concerns can be managed more productively with talk therapy. Dr. Sharrie states that, “When I worked with childrenin foster care the results were amazing. Neurofeedback and talk therapy go together like cookies and milk!”
The final discussion was the cost of therapies and out of pocket expenses for health and well being in our nation. They stand united when their passion flares on this topic. Both doctors keep their prices at a very reasonable level so that all may benefit from their services. They believe that nobody should ever not have the opportunity to experience health and well being.
Dr. Kelley and Dr. Sharrie are truly a great asset to the Rutland community for their reasonable rates and therapies they offer. You can reach Dr. Kelley or a staff member at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center at802-775-8080for further questions on what he offers. Dr. Sharrie can be reached at802-236-7378or be seen at her next speaking engagement with Dr. Timothy Cook at Convenient Medical Care on March 31, 2014.
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Historical Society Maple Festival Blends Old and New
Middletown Springsm Vt -- The Middletown Springs Historical Society will be holding its 26th Annual Maple Festival on the Green and indoors on Sunday, March 16 from 1-4 pm.
The event will feature Fred Bradley's demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast iron kettle over an open fire.
Bill Clark, Past President of the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers Association, one of the oldest Vermont maple organizations, dating back to 1893, will give a talk on the evolution of sugaring technique using examples from the Historical Society collection.
Delicious maple desserts created by Society members, maple products and crafts, and new 2014 syrup will be available for sale.
Old-fashioned sugar on snow and maple cotton candy are always favorites.
Videos about Vermont maple sugaring will be shown continuously.
A silent auction will feature Maple Sap Buckets decorated by local school students, as well as handwork from local artists and craftspersons, merchant donations and services. Student artists from local schools and Green Mountain College have decorated antique buckets with images reflecting the maple sugar season.
A raffle with over 50 prizes including $75.00 and $50.00 in cash, maple gift baskets, maple syrup and maple products, craft items, and gift certificates from local businesses will go on continuously during the festival.
Acoustic music and kids’ activities enliven the free afternoon event.
For more information about the Maple Festival call Robert Gould at 235-1811 or David Wright at 235-2376.
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Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association Recognizes Woodworker of the Year
David Hurwitz at his shop in Randolph, Vermont. Photo by: Jack Rowell
Randolph -- On January 31, 2014 at their Annual Meeting, the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) honored David Hurwitz of David Hurwitz Originals in Randolph, VT with the 2013 VWMA Woodworker of the Year Award.
Hurwitz has been a professional woodworker since 1998 and has a BFA in woodworking and furniture design from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology. Hurwitz has won numerous awards for his unique “Taffy” designs in his furniture and woodenware and has been featured in many industry publications, such as Fine Woodworking, Design New England, and New England Home.
Hurwitz has served on the VWMA Board of Directors for several years and participates in the Annual Vermont Fine Furniture, Woodworking & Forest Festival every year in Woodstock, Vermont. He is a member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, as well as an instructor at the Vermont Woodworking School. Teaching the next generation of woodworkers of Vermont is something that Hurwitz does with ease and our industry is very thankful for the inspiration and motivation he provides to the students. You can learn more about David’s work by visiting www.davidhurwitz
The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association represents primary and secondary processors and related businesses statewide. VWMA's mission is to support the industry in Vermont and promote its long-term viability by expanding members presence in the marketplace, ensuring a sustainable supply of raw materials, increasing workforce skill and acting as responsible employers and community members. Learn more about our organization at www.vermontwood.com.
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Chester Fall Festival Vendor Applications Available
The 40th annual Fall Festival on the Green in the Town of Chester, VT., will be held on the weekend of September 20-21st 2014. High quality artists and craftspeople creating handmade work in New England are encouraged to participate. Applications are due by April 1stand are currently being accepted. They are downloadable at www.chesterfallfestival.org. Participating vendors and corporate sponsors will be listed on the Fall Festival website. A limited number of spots are available at no cost to local non-profit organizations, but an application is required.This event is sponsored by the Chester VT Rotary Club. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winged Sprint Cars Flying Back to Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Sprint Cars of New England to make first half-mile appearance October 18
Chris Donnelly (17), Lacey Hanson (33), and Kevin Chaffee (8) are among the top drivers expected at the Sprint Cars of New England event at Devil's Bowl Speedway on October 18. Photo by Alan Ward.
West Haven, VT – The winged warriors are back. Mud-slinging, methanol fueled, high-flying Sprint Cars will come to Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, October 18 with the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England series.
The race marks the first show for winged sprinters in over five years, and is the final event of a three-race, end-of-season series on a temporary clay surface laid over the existing Devil’s Bowl pavement. The SCoNE tour will be making its first-ever appearance on a half-mile track during the event and will crown its 2014 champion there.
Top drivers expected to be at Devil’s Bowl include three-time SCoNE champions Mark Cole and “Professor” Chris Donnelly, 2011 champion Danny “The Topside Tornado” Douville, Vermont’s “Fairlee Flier” Kevin Chaffee, Clay Dow, Will Hull, and 2013 SCoNE Triple Crown champion Tyler Rich.
Also expected to compete is popular driver Lacey Hanson, a veteran SCoNE pilot who won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock event on the Devil’s Bowl asphalt last summer. Hanson lives just five minutes from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Orwell, VT.
SCoNE organizers Mike Kondrat and Si Allen had been searching for a new northeastern venue to add to their growing tour’s schedule, and are looking forward to the challenge that Devil’s Bowl will bring.
“We’re excited to be going to Devil’s Bowl,” Kondrat said. “That’s a track that I had always wished that SCoNE had raced at years ago. Our tour has only ever run on quarter-miles, but some of our veterans have high-speed experience at places like Lebanon Valley, Utica-Rome, and Charlotte. It will be nice to have leaders who can guide our younger drivers, but they’re all fearless anyway. They should put on quite a show on that big half-mile.”
Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its asphalt season on Sunday, May 4 with the “Spring Green” event for the American-Canadian Tour and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The dirt track events will be held on Friday, September 26, Saturday, October 4, and Saturday, October 18, with additional details to be announced soon.
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 the all-new www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/
DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed.
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Jeremy Mohney and his Band Hot Jazz and Swing back to Brandon Music
Brandon, VT – Using only sounds from the halcyon days, Jeremy Mohney and his Band are dedicated to preserving the original style of swing and jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Jeremy returns to Brandon Music with his blend of Hot Jazz and Swing after a spectacular performance last summer. The group performs Saturday, March 8th at 7:30.
The band’s swinging beats take us back to a time when Americans began to create a new, modern, improvised beat to lift their hearts and move their feet. Jeremy borrows motifs from the greatest artists of this period such as Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and Benny Carter, but it's easy to recognize that he adds his own unique twist on it that makes it his own. Listening to his music, you will see how genuine his presentation of this elusive art form is and savor the fact that even after all these years, Swing hasn't gone anywhere.
Coming from Boulder, Colorado, Jeremy has played in such settings as Denver's Lindy on the Rocks, Mile High Blues dance festivals and has made waves on stage at Boulder's 1940's Ball. His band has also played Denver'sMercury Cafe, Chicago'sFizz, and BostonSwing Central.
Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $15. Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802)465-4071 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net | www.jeremymohney.com/
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"For the Love of Dogs" Variety Show Fundraiser
Hosted by Lesli Hyland of Red Dog Solutions,her team of talented dog lovers will bring their four legged friends to perform in front of a live audience on Saturday, March 8. Performances will start at 1 pm on stage at the Rutland Intermediate School auditorium, with a curtain call of around 3 pm. Dancing, music, tricks and more! A fantastic show to watch and be amazed! Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children! Fantastic raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle! All proceeds will benefit the homeless animals at the Rutland County Humane Society. For more information please contact Marc Miele, Rutland County Humane Society, 483-9171 extension 203 or visit the website at www.rchsvt.org.
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Open Auditions for Seussical, Jr. – The Musical
Rutland Youth Theater will hold auditions for Seussical, Jr. – The Musical will be held March 9th 3:00pm-6:00pm and March 10th 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland VT (choose one audition only – no preparations required). All ages K-12 are allowed to audition. Rehearsals will be held some weeknights, Saturdays and Sundays afternoons.
Performances will be May 9th at 7pm and May 10th 2pm and 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland VT. Ticket prices are: $8 children/seniors $10 adults
This is the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
The presentation will be produced by Saskia Hagen Groom, directed by Meghan Hakey, musical directed by Loren Sylvester and choreographed by Justin Gardner.
Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-for-profit organization. For more information on upcoming productions and workshops, please visit www.rutlandrec.com/rutland-youth-theatre or visit us on Facebook.
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West Rutland Variety Show for Pure Water for the World
On Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. the fifth annual West Rutland Variety Show will showcase local talent to raise money for Pure Water for the World. The show will be held at West Rutland Town Hall, 36 Marble St., West Rutland, VT. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors with a $20 family cap.
Terry Jaye from WJJR will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Members of St. Bridget's Church and St. Stanislaus Kostka Churches in West Rutland will perform, along with students from local schools in West Rutland and surrounding areas. The Rutland Curbstone Chorus, the Sweet Tones, and The Reasonable Facsimile will also contribute, along with several solo acts. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. All funds raised will go directly to Pure Water for the World. For Variety Show tickets, call (802) 438-2490.
Pure Water for the World is a non profit ( 501c3) organization, based in Rutland, Vermont, that helps the underserved in developing countries by providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education. The goal of Pure Water for the World, Inc. is to prevent children from suffering from water borne diseases that cause pain and misery as a result of consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. We do this by providing sustainable safe drinking water filtration systems, latrines and hygiene education to families and communities in developing countries.
Pure Water identifies communities, schools, health clinics, or orphanages where there is a high incidence of waterborne disease and where there are no anticipated improvements for water systems. The organization is currently most active in the El Paraiso district of southern Honduras, and throughout Haiti. Pure Water, with its Haiti offices located in Port-au-Prince, was able to provide substantial relief following the 2010 earthquake. For 14 months following the disaster, Pure Water delivered clean water to as many as 80,000 people every day in the Cité Soleil district of Port-au-Prince. Pure Water efforts continue in Port-au-Prince and nationwide.
Executive director Carolyn Meub has seen first-hand the impact her organization has had. “Pure Water for the World has had an impact in over 600,000 lives in Honduras and Haiti.Children and their families are healthier because of the water they now drink. Clean water is medicine. The intervention of improved access to clean water and sanitation – something most of us take for granted -- eliminates preventable illnesses which diminish quality of life and can cause death.”
For more information, please visit www.purewaterfor
The West Rutland Variety Show for Pure Water for the World is the fifth show organized for charitable causes. In 2010, St. Bridget’s Church hosted a Variety Show to benefit relief efforts in Haiti, with Terry Jaye from WJJR as Master of Ceremonies, and in 2011 the benefit was for Japan, after the devastating tsunami the country experienced. 2012’s Variety Show enabled the construction of a well for orphaned children in Kampala, Uganda. Last year’s Variety Show benefited the Rutland Dismas House, and was the first year the event sponsored a local charity. The purpose of the Variety Show is to unite members of the local community in celebration of individual talents to fulfill a critical need in the global and local communities.
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This March Community Cinema Explores How A Small Town and Its High School Basketball Team Fight to Survive
Rutland Screening To Feature Q&A With Local Experts
Community Cinema will present a free preview screening of Medora, followed by a community discussion about sports in our community on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rutland Free Library Nella Grimm Fox Room.
Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Rutland Film Society with the Rutland Free Library, is excited to offer an advance screening of Medora, which follows the down-but-not-out Medora (Indiana) Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of a season, capturing their stories both on and off the court. Riding a brutal losing streak when the film begins, the team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resemblance to the town’s fight for survival. An in-depth, deeply personal look at small town life, Medora is also a thrilling, underdog basketball story and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. While the film follows this particular team in this particular place, ultimately Medora is a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one resident observes, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.” Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, Medora premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00-11:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings).
For more information, visit: www.pbs.org/independentlens/
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Fifth Local Fiddle Jam Set for Wednesday, March 12
South Starksboro fiddler Lausanne Allen returns to lead the Wild Wood Music Co-op’s fifth fiddle jam Wednesday, March 12, at the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland. The jam will take place from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. The Godnick Center is located at 1 Deer St., just off Woodstock Avenue.
Born and raised in Vermont, Allen has played traditional music for nearly 40 years and has called dances across the U.S. and in Canada.
Response to the fiddle jams has been positive, with attendance averaging about 30, including fiddlers, players of other acoustic instruments and audience members.
Fiddle jams are tentatively scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month for the rest of the year at the Godnick Center. Fiddlers will lead the session, but players of other acoustic instruments are invited to attend and play along. There is no admission charge, but donations are requested.
For further information, call Lausanne Allen at 802-453-2199 or visit the Wild Woods website at www.wildwoodsmusic.org.
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Business & Consumer Tips to Avoid Tax Identity Theft
Marlborough, MA - Tax season is here and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is emphasizing online services this year to help consumers navigate the hectic tax filing season. Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT is encouraging taxpayers consider the following tips in order to avoid the rapidly growing identity theft scam.
“It is extremely important for consumers and businesses to safeguard their sensitive information during tax season,” explained Paula Fleming, Vice President for the local BBB. “Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns as early as possible to avoid tax identity theft.”
Here’s how it works: tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund from the IRS. It can also happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return. Tax identity theft is the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission.
Tax identity theft victims typically find out about the crime when they receive a letter from the IRS explaining that more than one tax return was filed in their name, or IRS records show they received wages from an employer they don’t know. If you get a letter like this, don’t panic. Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.
To avoid being a victim of tax identity theft, BBB recommends the following tips for consumers:
1. File your tax return as early in the tax season as possible.
2. Use a secure Internet connection if you file electronically or mail your tax return directly from the post office. Shred copies of your tax return, drafts, or calculation sheets you no longer need.
3. Never provide financial or other sensitive information over the phone or in an email.
4. Know the IRS won’t contact you by email, text, or social media. If the IRS needs information, it will contact you by mail. Respond to all mail from the IRS as soon as possible.
5. Do not give out your Social Security number (SSN) unless you initiate contact and know exactly to whom you’re giving the information. If your SSN has been compromised, contact the IRS ID Theft Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.
6. Research tax preparers thoroughly at bbb.org/boston before you hand over personal information.
7. Don’t fall for the promise of big refunds. Be wary of any tax preparation business that promises larger refunds than the competition, and steer clear of tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund.
8. Check your credit report at least once a year for free at annualcreditreport.com to make sure no other accounts have been opened in your name.
To help businesses avoid the tax identity theft scam, BBB recommends the following tips:
1. There are many electronic filing options for small businesses. Be sure to use a secure Internet connection (https://) while filing electronically.
2. There are different taxes for different forms of small businesses. Click here to check out the list of business taxes from the IRS. Be aware that the IRS will not contact you by phone, email or online; if information is needed, they will contact you through mail.
3. If completing your business’ tax return by mail, be sure not to leave it in a mailbox that is easily accessible to the public.
4. If you don’t already have a tax preparer for your business, search bbb.org/boston to check out a preparer’s qualifications.
The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive tax refunds. The deadline to file your taxes remains April 15, 2014, but consumers can request an automatic six-month extension if needed. The request is easily done with Form 4868, which can be filed electronically or on paper.
For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/boston.
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West Pawlet Fire Department Volunteers to Host Pancake Breakfast
Ron Taylor, Sr. prepares pancakes prepares pancakes at the West Pawlet Fire House. Photo by Morgan Hosley.
By Janice B. Edwards
The West Pawlet (Vt) Volunteer Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 9th. Breakfast will be served at the West Pawlet fire house from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.
The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry. Waffles, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage and bacon are also available. Coffee, milk and orange juice are also available. Prices are $7.00 for 12 years and up, $5.00 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5 years. Breakfast profits are dedicated for the department’s equipment and training needs. The department is a non-profit. Donations are appreciated and will also be gratefully received.
The West Pawlet fire house, located on Route 153 (Main Street), is a handicap accessible site. New members are welcome.
For more information contact: Antonio Landon at (802) 345-4312 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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