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William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Rutland, Vt — Award-winning Rutland Youth Theatre presents “As You Like It” July 23rd-August 3rd as a traveling troupe. Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and directed by Amberly Soto, it is the story of Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), who is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (Duke Senior’s youngest brother), with her cousin Celia. Rosalind falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but before she can even think twice about it, she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia, being Rosalind's best friend, goes with Rosalind (who is disguised as a boy, Ganymede) and Touchstone, the court's fool, to the Forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, they happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando's eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando's supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede. Stage Manager is Kelsey Soto.

Shows are performed outdoors with rain locations nearby (Carving Studio & Sculpture Center does NOT have a rain location). Bring your blanket or chair! Show times are as follows: July 23rd 6:30pm at The Gables, Rutland; July 24th 7pm at Castleton State College Pavilion, Castleton; July 25th 7pm at Godnick Adult Center Green, Rutland; July 6th 2pm at Belmont Baptist Village Green, Belmont and 7 pm at Larson Homestead, 13 North Street, Middletown Springs; July 27th 4pm at Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland; July 29th 6:30pm at The Maples, Rutland; July 30th 7pm at Wallingford Recreation Field, Wallingford; July 31st 7pm at The Commons Park, Springfield; August 2nd 2pm at Orwell on the Green, Orwell; and August 3rd 2pm at Pine Hill Park Quarry (Giorgetti’s), Rutland.

This is a free event (donations accepted).

Cast includes local favorites such as Orlando - Dmitri Freeman; Rosalind - Eliza Ligon; Celia - Alex Wetherby; Duke Fredrick - Andy Freeman; Duke Senior - Garrett Waite; Touchstone - Skyler Ambrose; Sir Olive/Oliver Martext - Rachel Patch; Corin/Lord - Miles Allen; Silvius - Haley Lassen; Jaques - Emily Wight; Audrey/Adam - Katrina LaFemina; Charles/Phoebe - Ariella Zarfati -Eirmann; Amiens/Page 1 and 2 - Maddie Fuller; William/Le Beau/ Hymen - Leah Allen; Dennis/Lord 1 and 2/De Bois - Tootie Eirmann; Understudy for Charles/Phoebe - Kyle Mead.

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History Guided Tour Across Lake Champlain Bridge

Addison, Vt. – On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. explore the history and views from the Lake Champlain Bridge on the first of three summer guided walks offered by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site managers Tom Hughes (NY) and Elsa Gilbertson (VT) lead the tour.

Meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum to start. Allow at least two hours for this walk back and forth across the bridge. Your guides will show you the 9,000 years of human history at this important and beautiful location on Lake Champlain.

The fee is $6.00 for adults, free for children under 15, and includes admission to the Chimney Point and Crown Point museums. Consider wearing a hat and bringing water, as well a camera or binoculars to bring the Green and Adirondack mountains up close. At the museums, see the Chimney Point special exhibit highlighting the archeological findings from the bridge project and experience the exciting multi-media presentation at Crown Point.

Humans have crossed this narrow lake passage and moved up and down the lake since the glacial waters receded over 9,000 years ago. The channel with its peninsulas, or points, on each side made this one of the most strategic spots on Lake Champlain for the Native Americans, and French, British, and early Americans in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Other last Sunday of the month 1:00 pm tours are on August 31 starting at Chimney Point in Vermont, and September 28 starting at the Crown Point museum.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17, at the Vermont foot of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. Call 802-759-2412 for information. The site is regularly open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays through Columbus Day, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Crown Point State Historic Site is located at the New York foot of the bridge. Call 518-597-3666 for the Crown Point museum.

For information about Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites, visit: Join the Vermont State Historic Sites conversation on Facebook.

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Devils Bowl

Ron Proctor

Ron Proctor waited nearly two years to carry a checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait became worth it as the veteran driver won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship in dominant fashion on Friday, July 18. Proctor headlined a list of winners that also included Bucko Branham, Jamy Begor, and Chris LaVair. Photo by MemorEvents.

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Fair Haven Pays Tribute to its Founder Matthew Lyon

On August 2nd The Fair Haven Historical Society will be entertaining descendants of Fair Haven’s notable Founder, Matthew Lyon. Included in the activities will be a bus tour of the places which were active in Matthew Lyon’s time, a display of pictures, maps etc., Pot Luck luncheon at Fair Haven Eagles and a private tea at the Marble Mansion Inn. The bus tour will start at the park which as a village green was a dream of Lyon’s. He owned much of Fair Haven in the late 1700s. His first store, Tavern, residence, saw mill, grist mill, paper mill, nail factory and ironworks sites will all be visited. The dam that he built for power is also on the tour. This dam does not presently generate power.

Matthew Lyon was born in Ireland, came to Connecticut as an indentured servant as a boy. After being traded for his freedom, he came to Vermont. He became a Colonel in the war, joining Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga and he was a leader in the early Republic with the Allens and Thomas Chittenden in Arlington. Coming to Fair Haven he became a successful businessman. He continued his interest in politics, becoming a United States Congressman in 1796. His opposition to President John Adams led him to be jailed under the Alien and Sedition Act, but he was reelected while in jail by loyal constituents. He left Fair Haven in 1800, moving to Kentucky and later Arkansas and further business and political activity.

This family remembrance of Matthew Lyon was initiated by Marie Elaine Lyon Wamsley, who has done extensive research , finding many documented sources to support her findings. She has prepared a book for Fair Haven Historical Society members, and has given the society folders of information.letters, territorial papers, and other material.

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New York Players Featured in Castleton Summer Concert Series

Renowned Capital District band takes the stage at annual music series.

Castleton, Vt. – Castleton College is pleased to present Prydein as part of the 19th Annual Castleton Summer Concert Series on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at the Castleton Pavilion.

The New York Players have been performing for over eight years, captivating audiences from all over the New England area in more than 500 private parties, galas, fundraisers and concert series.

The Capital District’s premier band is highly acclaimed for their non-stop energy, enthusiasm and their sterling reputation with Albany, Saratoga and New England Wedding Professionals.

Continued every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, the eleven-show series highlights live entertainment by outstanding local area professional musicians.

The Castleton 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 2014 Summer Concert Series please visit or contact Lori Phillips at (802)-468-6039.

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The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Starline Rhythm Boys put on a good performance for the crowd at the Hubbardton Town 250th birthday party on Saturday, July 19th. Sam’s Good News photo by Natalie Aines.

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Stafford Technical Center Summer Showcase

Stafford Technical Center Summer Showcase

Pictured from left to right: Construction camper Jack Sawyer (Poultney), Andy Shaw (Home Depot Rutland manager), Jen Bates (Home Depot Rutland Assistant Manager), David Allaire (President Rutland City Board of Aldermen)

Each summer Stafford hosts multiple camps for students in grades 6th – 9th. These Arts and Technology, Construction, and Career Exploration camps range in length from one to two weeks and give students an opportunity to immerse themselves and explore an interest under the expert supervision of Stafford instructors and Stafford student volunteers.

On July 11, 2014 the Digital Photography summer camp hosted a gallery show highlighting the various projects students worked on throughout the week. This culminating event was open to the public and allowed students in the camp to showcase their accomplishments. Instructor Karen Kysar and student assistants Miranda Platts of Pittsford and Andrea Tumlielewicz of West Rutland worked with campers to learn a range of skills including adjusting shutter speed, analyzing depths of field, and photo manipulation. Campers had much fun exploring the fields of architectural, natural, and portrait photography.

Visitors to the gallery show were treated to an extensive selection of foodstuffs catered by instructor Chef Lisa Fennimore of Brandon and the Fun with Food camp. Chef Fennimore and her student assistant Isabelle Hardina of West Rutland worked with campers and started simply with the art of pizza and pretzel making. By the end of the week campers were studying the chemistry of food and creating maple brittle. The Fun with Food camp also visited Alchemy Gardens Farm in West Rutland and had the memorable opportunity to see where much of the food they worked with originated from.

Under the guidance of instructors John Bixby and Jeff Fowler and student assistants Abi Fowler of Rutland and Catelyn McCoy of Rutland, construction campers received an introduction to various projects ranging from constructing picnic tables to the building of a storage shed for Stafford’s pre-school program. This two week camp includes travel to visit F.W. Webb and the Plymouth Quarry, operated by Markowski Excavating, to see where many materials are sourced from. David Allaire, President of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen, Andy Shaw and Jen Bates, Rutland Home Depot manager and assistant manager, and Glenn Olson, Stafford ‘s Assistant Director, were on hand to present 24 fully loaded toolboxes to each of the Construction camp students. This unique business partnership with the Home Depot is one of the many reasons why Stafford’s summer camps continue to grow. Construction camp has seen their numbers double from last year.

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Black Bear Complaints on the Rise

Black Bear Complaints

Bear complaints are on the rise in Vermont and residents are asked to remove things that might attract a bear from their yard such as trash, dogfood or birdfeeders. Photo courtesy of Gillian Stippa. (Not with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.)

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has received a large number of calls recently from members of the public complaining about bears.

“Our phones have been ringing constantly the last couple of weeks with calls from people asking what to do about a bear that has been visiting their yard,” said Col. David LeCours, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s director of law enforcement. “The first thing we tell them is to identify and remove whatever is attracting the bears.”

People often inadvertently encourage bears to come out of the forest by providing food without realizing it. Some of the most common sources of food that attract bears are pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills, household trash containers or dumpsters, and campsites with accessible food or food waste.

Bears that have found food near someone’s house nearly always return to find more, developing habits that can lead to the bear’s ultimate demise. Relocating a nuisance bear is very difficult – they frequently have to be put down.

“People often assume that we can just capture and move a bear to a more remote area once it becomes a problem,” said Forrest Hammond, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bear project leader. “Bears can easily move dozens or even hundreds of miles in search of food, so there’s really nowhere in Vermont we can put a bear that it won’t find people’s houses if it’s determined. Prevention is really the key. The only way to deal with a problem bear is to remove whatever is attracting it in the first place.”

Feeding a bear is not just bad for the bear, it’s also illegal. A law was passed in 2013 making it against the law to feed a bear and wardens have begun issuing tickets to violators.

Vermont law also states that residents must take reasonable measures to protect their property from bears before lethal force can be taken. Some of these measures include:

• Keep chickens and honeybees secure within an electric fence or other bear-proof enclosure.
• Never feed bears, deliberately or accidentally.
• Feed your pets indoors.
• Do not feed birds April 1 through November 30. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because of seed that is spilled on the ground.
• Store trash in a secure place. Trash cans alone are not enough.

“We’re in a period of transition with this new law,” said Hammond. “People are really starting to get the message and have been taking steps to scare bears away or remove attractants as the law dictates, rather than just shooting the bear.”

“Our wardens have been a tremendous help in our efforts to habituate bears to stay away from people when there is a problem,” said Hammond. “They’ve been working overtime trying to help landowners while also striving to save the lives of these bears.”

For more information about living with Vermont’s black bears, see the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website ( Fish & Wildlife also asks that you use a form on their website to report any incidents you may have with Vermont bears at

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"Comedy Improv: Summer 2014"

The Lost Marbles Are On A Roll Again!

We hope you got to experience the challenging and unpredictable adventure of “Comedy Improv” presented by the Marble Valley Players’ “Lost Marbles” last January. It was so successful that the plan to do it again this month!

Master of Ceremonies Gary Thompson will host this dinner/theater show which is loosely based on the popular TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. The show will consist of a panel of seven veteran performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot. Topics for the improvisations will be based on either audience suggestions or prompts from the host. The performers this time will include: Beth Wolven, Chuck Battles, Judi Tompkins, Pat Shortle, Jon Gilbert, Gena Wener, and Michael Kingsbury. Bring your ideas and your appetites since your ticket includes Chef Gillam’s famous full buffet dinner.
Performances will be held on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 (gathering, 5:30 PM; dinner, 6:00 PM;show, 7:30 PM) at the Holiday Inn of Rutland, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland.

Tickets are on sale now for $37. Pre-payment and reservations are required by Wednesday, July 23 as seating is limited. Please call Nancy or Gail for reservations and additional information at 247-6429. Laughter is the coolest thing this summer! Don't miss it!

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Celebrate America with Patriotic Music at Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps Muster

Fort Ticonderogaís Fife and Drum Corps Muster will take place on July 26th

Fort Ticonderogaís Fife and Drum Corps Muster will take place on July 26th

Ticonderoga, NY -- Experience martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga - America’s Fort™ July 26 during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to modern commemoration, learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums. Enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of these classic marches and camp songs. Admission to the Fife & Drum Corps muster is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.

A special evening Twilight Fife & Drum Corps Concert will be presented at 7 pm on the Fort parade ground. Tickets for the evening program are $10, children 4 years and younger are free and Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are free. To learn more about the event visit or call 518-585-2821.

The Fife and Drum Corps Muster will highlight several Fife and Drum Corps from across the northeast performing throughout the day as well as performances from current and former Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps members.

“The Fife & Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife & Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. Fife and Drum Corps gained increased popularity during the American bicentennial celebrations,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “In 18th -century military life, fifes and drums served as one of the primary modes of battlefield communication and camp regulation.”

Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926 on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebrations of American Independence. The Corps performed at the Fort each summer until the beginning of World War II. When the World’s Fair came to New York City in 1939, the Fife and Drum Corps was a featured performer on May 10th, Fort Ticonderoga Day celebrating the 164th anniversary of the capture of the Fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys.

In 1973, in preparation for the bicentennial, Fort Ticonderoga revived the Fife and Drum Corps to perform daily during the Fort’s summer season. The Fife and Drum Corps has performed every year since and has been featured performers at many major public events including the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, the christening of the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of Ticonderoga area high school students who are paid employees of Fort Ticonderoga, an independent not-for-profit educational organization. The Fife and Drum Corps is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretive Department whose focus brings to life Fort Ticonderoga’s specific history through daily interpretive programs, historic trades and special events.

Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.

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Local skaters participate in the 9th Annual Blainville Roller Marathon in Canada

Danica Stein skating in the half marathon on July 12, 2014 (photo by David Manfredi).

On Saturday, July 12th two skaters from Rutland's Green Mountain Speedskating Club traveled to the Montreal area to take part in the 9th annual Blainville Roller Marathon. Club coach David Manfredi of Rutland, and Danica Stein of Poultney participated in the 42K (26 mile) event. Both skaters are ice speedskaters who train on inline skates during the warmer months. They skate outdoors on Creek Road and Walker Mountain Road in Clarendon, and indoors at Spartan Arena in Rutland. "It is excellent cross-training for ice and keeps us in good shape during the summer," said Coach Manfredi. "To have the opportunity to train for a long distance like a marathon on inlines was fun but very challenging. We've been training for this race for three months."

Manfredi and Stein competed in the Master's class (ages 45 and up). The time limit for the 42K marathon was 2 hours and 30 minutes. Coach Manfredi completed the distance in 1:45:36, a personal best. Stein finished in 2:04:10, a personal best for her. Stein also competed in the 21K half marathon (13 miles). She won silver medals in both events. "It was exciting to be among the very few Americans taking part in this competition," said Stein. "To represent our country and bring medals back to the U.S. was icing on the cake."

The surface for the races was a test track at PMG Technologies, experts in vehicle crash avoidance, in Blainville. The test tracks are used for dynamic tests, braking, durability, fuel consumption and sound level measurements.

The Marathon Roller de Blainville sponsored by PMG Technologies is an international inline skating meet open to skaters from the elite level to recreational skaters. The event consisted of several different distances. Participants could skate one, or any combination of the race distances

The Green Mountain Speedskating Club, based at Spartan Arena, practices on and off ice year round, and welcomes skaters at all levels. For more information about the club and its activities, contact Coach David Manfredi at (802) 779-2853.

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Waterfowl Meetings in Whitehall, NY and Essex, VT

Essex, Vt. -- Public meetings on the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone in New York will be held Tuesday, August 5, in Whitehall, New York, and Wednesday, August 6, in Essex, Vermont. The annual meetings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The August 5 meeting will be held at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York. The August 6 meeting will be held at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex, Vermont. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Vermont and New York waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of these meetings and share their preferences and opinions with other waterfowl hunters and Vermont and New York wildlife personnel.

Under Federal regulations, waterfowl seasons, bag limits, and shooting hours in the Lake Champlain Zone must be uniform throughout the entire zone. Therefore, waterfowl seasons in New York’s portion of the Lake Champlain Zone must be identical to the waterfowl season in Vermont’s portion of the Zone.

Comments received at the August meetings, as well as input and recommendations from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.

**Please note that the Vermont meeting is in a new location**

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The Black Dragon Returns

By Rick Smith, Head Instructor Legend Gates Shotokan Karate

Hello my name is Sensei Rick Smith I am under Grandmaster Hanshi Rick Lenchus who is under O'sensei Kenjiro Kawanabe who learned directly under Soke Gichin Funakoshi the Founder of Shotokan Karate. I currently have a small Karate Dojo in West Rutland VT at the Town Hall upstairs Auditorium.

Last year I had a rare chance to meet Grandmaster Shidisohi Ron Van Clief "the Black Dragon" who fought at age 52 against Royce Gracie in UFCIV. He is a 5x plus World Champion and also an actor/author. Bruce Lee dubbed him "the Black Dragon" and it stuck. Due to this meeting last year I was lucky enough to be asked to sponsor a seminar with Shidoshi Ron Van Clief on Saturday July 26th 10am-1pm at the West Rutland Town Hall Auditorium located at 35 Marble Street, West Rutland VT.

This three-hour seminar and public demonstration of Chinese Goju and Aikijitsu will be taught to a floor full of participants training in this event, but we will have the balcony for spectators and a bake sale of different goods and beverages as a fund raiser for the kids of our small Dojo.

The West Rutland Town Hall is supporting us on this Public event as well as participating. Those wishing to participate must pre-register with Sensei Rick Smith by July 23rd, there MAY be tickets at the door but no guarantees and they will cost an extra $10 for one up to $25 more for Family.

Public spectators do not need to pre-register and can get their ticket at the door. Prices: $5 ages 14 to Adult, $2.50 ages 6-13 and senior citizens, kids under age 5 FREE.

If you have any questions please call 802 438 2750 or email me at ask for Sensei Rick Smith of the Legend Gates Karate. Spectators needing more information can also call Kim at the West Rutland Town Hall at 802 438 2263.

Tickets are $75 each pre-registered for one, Family Rates contact Sensei Smith, no forms just a emailed ticket in your name to confirm good virtual or printed as proof. This is a once in a lifetime rare chance to train or watch an ICON of Martial Arts one I would not want to miss.

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Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center Implements “Cat Friendly Practice” Program

Rutland, VT -- Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center is now officially “Cat Friendly.” The practice has earned the designation from the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and has implemented a new “Cat Friendly Practice” (CFP) program designed to improve the treatment, handling and overall health care of the feline population. Whether it’s a routine checkup or special visit, the staff at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center (RVCSC) is now trained and equipped to deliver exceptional feline care, at every phase of the health care process.

“We are committed to providing quality care to our feline patients,” said Dr. Rob Macpherson, owner of the practice since 2009. “When we heard about the CFP program, we knew it was time to take a fresh look at the practice to determine what could be done to make the veterinary visit more positive for cats and cat owners.”

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered the CFP program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports the cat’s unique needs, and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline-friendly handling.

According to the AAFP, cats present unique challenges before, during, and after a veterinary visit. Some things that can cause anxiety include aversion to carriers, sensitivity to new sights and smells, and the added stress of an unfamiliar location or experience. Understanding these obstacles helped to shape the CFP program and its dedication to putting the needs of cats first.

As a CFP-designated clinic, the staff at RVCSC incorporates cat-friendly features into the physical environment of the practice including a special waiting room, feline-sensitive examination rooms and boarding accommodations, and equipment appropriate for cats.
Staff members also approach cat care in a different manner. The staff learns how to understand the needs of the cat, such as how to interpret a cat’s facial expression and body language. Furthermore, the staff is well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams and procedures do not increase anxiety.

“We evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat,” Dr. Macpherson said. “We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door, our patients and clients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients.”

For more information about the Cat Friendly Practice program at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, visit or call (802) 773-2779.

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Killington Chili Cook-Off Returns

Killington, VT – On Thursday. July 31, the Killington Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Sherburne Memorial Library on River Road from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join the competition and bring your best chili as businesses from around the region compete for the title of Best Chili in Killington, or stop by and taste the competitor’s creations! Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place chili based on tasters’ votes, with winners being announced at 7:45 p.m.

“We are so excited to have the Killington Chili Cook-Off return this year and it is shaping up to be a great event,” sand Kristin Hagenbarth, Killington’s Recreation Director. “Thank you to all of our sponsors for their support and we hope to see you all there.”

The Chili Cook-Off takes place in conjunction with the River Road Summer Concert Series that night featuring live music by the Chad Hollister Band. For those over 21 there will be alcohol to purchase with proper identification.

Admission is $10 a person, $15 for two or $25 for a family of four via case or check only.

The 2nd Annual Killington Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by the Mountain Times, Killington Resort, Killington Boot Camp, Boss Office Works and the Killington Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at Recreation@Killington
or visit

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Rutland High School Class of 1946

Rutland High School Class of 1946

Recently, members of the class of 1946 assembled for a luncheon at the Rutland Country Club. The group included local residents and some visiting our area. They attended the school when it was on Library Avenue and started their freshmen year in 1942 which must have made school times very difficult. Out of one 115 graduates, we were told that 20 were in attendance at the Rutland Country Club. There are other class members but the group does not have any way of getting in touch with many of them. Hopes are high that they will have a big turnout for the seventieth. Sam’s Good News Photo.

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Snake Mountain Bluegrass in Fair Haven

Snake Mountain Bluegrass in Fair Haven

Snake Mountain Bluegrass will be taking center stage in the gazebo on the green in the Fair Haven Park on Thursday, July 31st . The concert begins at 7:00pm and is the seventh in the Fair Haven Concerts in the Park summer series. Bring your lawn chair and get ready for a great evening of musical entertainment for the whole family.

Middlebury College teacher, Gregg Humphrey, and Middlebury construction company owner, Mike Connor, formed Snake Mountain Bluegrass about twenty-five years ago. At the time, both Gregg (guitar and vocals) and Mike (banjo and vocals) were living near Snake Mountain in Weybridge, Vermont, and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. “Snake Mountain Bluegrass,” was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since. They are joined in the band by Earle Provin (manDanica Stein skating in the half marathondolin and resophonic guitar), Randy Kirby (bass), and Chris Prickett (fiddle).

The Connor Sisters are Katie, guitar, Monica, fiddle, and Meaghan, mandolin. They have been singing together for years and throughout their homeschooling. Katie and Monica have graduated and are now pursuing college and other opportunities. They reside in Orwell, VT. Their “sister harmonies” are tight and effervescent! Young Joseph Connor is also learning some songs that feature his impressive vocal abilities and we always love to invite him to the stage to feature his unique style.

Thanks to our generous supporters, concert-goers will be treated to free ice cream cones. Each concert also features a door prize drawing with items donated by local businesses.

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Having a Clean Canine Just Got Easier!

Brenda Hamilton of VIP Dog Grooming

Brenda Hamilton of VIP Dog Grooming will come to you to help make grooming your dog a less stressful experience for manís best friend. Samís Good News photo by Natalie Aines.

By Natalie Aines

New to the roads around Rutland County is the VIP Mobile Dog Grooming van, operated by Brenda Hamilton. Brenda has always loved animals but has worked as a dog groomer for three years. She started with a shop on State Street in Rutland and operated it for two years but found that the rent was not manageable. Since she liked the work, she found herself at a local veterinarian office doing the same thing. One thing she noticed was that having other animals and people around could lend itself to being a stressful situation to the dogs. Her solution was to take it on wheels.

She started VIP Dog Grooming in mid-June. With a van set up for bathing and all other aspects of the grooming process, it's quieter, one on one time. The process will be less stressful, especially since it will be quick for your pooch. No more sitting in a crate waiting for their turn or waiting for you to return.

Brenda understands that it can be difficult for busy people to fit an average appointment into their schedule. That's another benefit to mobile grooming. She comes right to your home, office or vacation spot. She will travel all over Rutland County and beyond. VIP Dog Grooming hours are Monday thru Saturday and start at 8:00 a..m. with a pretty open schedule to accommodate everyone's scheduling needs. The prices are reasonable and 1% of proceeds gets donated to the Rutland County Humane Society.

“You can be sure that your dog will get the very best grooming, love and attention they deserve. After all, they are a part of your family and very much loved. You want the very best for them and I do too!” says Brenda.

If you would like to see for yourself how your canine companion responds to this one on one attention you can call Brenda at (802)558-8448.

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