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Community Events in Celebration of Hospice Milestone

Rutland — 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Hospice in the United States, and two organizations are coming together to celebrate the milestone with month-long community events.

Beginning November 2, 2014, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) and Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) will host a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the hospice and palliative care programs available to Rutland County residents. All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Special Screening of “The Bucket List” at Paramount Theater— November 2, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. This classic movie is a story of two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the film, as will the introduction of the live Rutland Community Bucket Tree, on which participants may hang their own personal wish list. The Bucket Tree will be planted within the Rutland community at the end of hospice month. Look for colorful buckets all around the Rutland community to place your bucket list in! Your list will be added to the Rutland Community Bucket Tree, and presented at the opening.

Chaffee Art Center Show “The Art of Dying”— November 7, 2014, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. RAVNAH and RRMC have partnered with the Chaffee Art Center to present “The Art of Dying” exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center Mansion. Various artists come together to display their works embodying this poignant theme. Opening night will feature the Hospice Trillium Singers. Refreshments will follow. The show closes December 5.

Hospice and Palliative Care Panel and Discussion at the Chaffee Art Center Mansion– November 11, 2014 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Join a panel of health care professions for an informational evening on hospice and palliative care. Presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the panel. Topics covered will include medication questions, role of social workers, bereavement assistance, volunteering, and much more.

Start the Conversation Presentation & Workshop at the Chaffee Art Center Mansion – November 13, Noon – 1:30 p.m. In life we prepare for everything, but we seldom prepare for the end. Know your end-of-life care options, and get help with advance health care planning. Learn how to take the first step. Chaffee Art Center hosts presenter Kay Jones, RAVNAH Hospice Social Worker.

Death by Chocolate Death Café at the Chaffee Art Center — November 16, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The international program, Death Café, provides participants with an opportunity to share in honest conversations about death, dying, and loss in a relaxed café atmosphere. Come and enjoy coffee, tea, chocolate, and other refreshments while joining in meaningful conversations guided by the program organizers. To register, call Ann at 802.770.1516.

Healing Grief through the Creative Process at the Chaffee Art Center Mansion - November 20, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Susan Farrow and psychotherapist Ann LaRocque will explore the many facets of grieving and the healing effect artistic expression can have when re-creating a life after loss.

Wake Up to Dying Audio Exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center Mansion – Entire Month of November. The Wake Up To Dying Project gathers stories about death, dying and life, and supplements them with art exhibits and discussion, in effort to change the way we think and talk about dying. Come have a listen and consider what life and death mean to you.

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Walk United Rutland County to Help End Breast Cancer

Williston, VT – More than 500 residents rallied together on Sunday, October 26th at Castleton State College for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising approximately $80,000.

“Sunday’s event was an inspirational example of passion in action,” said Michele Almeida, Specialist for Community Events with the American Cancer Society. “I’m so proud of how our community responded and how every participant, volunteer and sponsor took positive steps to help finish the fight against breast cancer.”

The 2014 walk was made possible in part by the generous support of Castleton State College, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Price Chopper, Dunkin Donuts, Autosaver and our Local 22 WVNY, Local 44 WFFF, and Z 97.1.

While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:

• Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;
• Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease;
• Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more;
• Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.

For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can get involved visit www.makings
. For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at or call 800.227.2345 any time day or night.

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SVM Holds Election Day Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Granville, NY: The Slate Valley Museum encourages you to get out and vote on Election Day, grab a brown bag lunch, and then join them for a lunchtime discussion of historic politicians in the slate business. On Tuesday, November 4 at noon, the museum will take an introductory look at of some of the local political leaders who figured prominently in the industry’s history.

Coordinator of Education Bob Isherwood will lead the program, which will include a slideshow presentation highlighting some of the objects, photos, and documents that shed light on this story.

“Historically, there have been several slate company owners and workers who also held political offices. This is a part of the Slate Valley’s story that we’d like to develop more, and this talk will show some of the progress we’re making in our research,” explains Isherwood.

“Our brown bag lunch discussion series is meant to give the public a peek into the research that we do here at the museum,” notes Interim Director Sarah Kijowski. “We want to share how we are working to identify and capture themes and threads in the region's industrial history, and how they tie to social, cultural, and political history as well.”

The Election Day program is the second in the museum’s new Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series. The program is free and open to the public. Participants should bring their own lunches. The program will last about an hour.

The Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, NY. For more information, visit www.slatevalley
or call the museum at 518-642-1417. For the most up to date information on programs and events at the Slate Valley Museum, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn Basket Weaving at Compass

Basket Weaving

Join Maura Clancy, of Red Barn Baskets, for a one day basket making workshop at the Compass Music and Arts Center on Sunday, November 2nd from 10-3pm. No experience is necessary.

Just in time for the holidays, participants will make their own versatile market basket. Use it as a centerpiece for your holiday table, give it as a special gift, or put it to use around the house. Come have fun and learn a new and rewarding skill – you will be surprised with the finished product!

Maura has been a basket maker for 10 years, creating hand-woven baskets of traditional design in addition to designs of her own. She has displayed and taught basket weaving throughout Vermont.

The class fee, which is due in advance, is $80. Materials are included, but each participant is asked to bring their own spray bottle, tape measure, flat head screw driver, a towel and sharp scissors. The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up is October 29th so register now by calling 802-247-4295 or email

The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.) . .

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Upcoming DAV MSO Office Van Visits

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know...and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families.

Monday, November 3, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; American Legion Post 5, 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; DAV Bennington Chapter 4, Vermont Veteran's Home, 325 North Street, Bennington, Vermont.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; DAV Otter Valley Chapter 21, American Legion Post 27, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, Vermont.
Thursday, November 6, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; White River Junction VA Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont.
Friday, November 7, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; White River Junction VA Medical Center, 215 North Main Street,
White River Junction, Vermont.

For further information regarding these events, please feel free to contact NSO Domonique Maestas at (802) 296-5167.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones Dirt Track Finale Again

Wet grounds force rescheduling to November 1

West Haven, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is again postponing its final dirt track stock car race of the season. The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event has now been moved three times from its original date due to weather-related conditions; one final attempt will be made at running the race on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.

With steady rain in eight of the last nine days at the facility, the clay surface of the dirt track has become too saturated for crews to be able to prepare a quality racing surface in enough time for competition on Sunday afternoon.

“We want to give our racers and fans the best quality show that we can, and any attempt at running a race on Sunday would just result in a rutted, muddy track,” promoter Mike Bruno said. “The good news is that the weather forecast looks great for next week, and we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to finish the season on a high note.”

The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event is the third and final leg of the “Battle at the Bowl” dirt track series and features a 100-lap, $2,000-to-win Sportsman Modified race that crowns champions for both the Battle at the Bowl and the Northern Modified Challenge Series. Champions will also be crowned in the Renegade and Mini Stock divisions, and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England tour will also wrap up its point chase with a $1,000-to-win race. A special $1,000-to-win event for the Bear Ridge Speedway Sportsman Coupe division is also on the card.

Grandstand general admission on Saturday, November 1 is $20 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, with pit passes at $40. Pit gates will open at 9:00 a.m., with the grandstands open at 11:00 a.m. Hot laps will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by Sportsman time trials at 12:30 p.m. Green flag racing action starts at 1:00 p.m.

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
or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at
and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl and #BattleAtTheBowl hashtags.

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LIVE Local Election Coverage on PEGTV Channel 21

Hosts Tom Donahue and John Valente

Hosts Tom Donahue and John Valente will update you as the election results come in on Tuesday, November 4 on PEGTV CH21

Rutland, VT - PEGTV, Rutland County’s public access television station, will be broadcasting live election night coverage on PEGTV cable channel 21 on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. Join hosts Tom Donahue and John Valente along with the PEGTV staff as they report the election results from the polling places of the four wards of Rutland City and the surrounding towns. If you don’t have cable television you can watch the coverage streamed live on our website

PEGTV is comprised of Channels 15, 20 and 21 and is available to all cable subscribers throughout Rutland County. Streaming programming, video on demand services and hyper-local weather forecasts are also available online at For more information, contact PEGTV at (802) 747-0151.

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Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice
RAVNAH Community Health Clinics - November 2014

RAVNAH November Foot Care Clinics

The cost of the foot clinic is $10. For more information please call 775-0568.

Tuesday, 11/04, Brandon, Forestdale Sr. Ctr., 10:00 am
Wednesday, 11/05, Wallingford, Wallingford House, 10:30 am
Thursday, 11/06, Rutland, Parker House, 10:00 am
Friday, 11/07, Poultney, Young at Heart, 9:30 am
Wednesday, 11/12, Rutland, Templewood Court, 10:00 am
Thursday, 11/13, Benson, Benson Heights, 10:00 am
Thursday, 11/13, Castleton, Castleton Meadows, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, 11/19, Rutland, Sheldon Towers, 9:00 am
Wednesday, 11/19, Dorset, Dorset Nursing Office, 9:00 am
Wednesday, 11/19, Rutland, Linden Terrace, 11:00 am
Thursday, 11/20, Rutland, Maple Village, 10:00 am
Thursday, 11/20, North Clarendon, Community Center, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, 11/26, Rutland, Godnick Center, 12:30 pm

RAVNAH also offers Cholesterol Screenings for $30 every month:

Clinics held at the Rutland Office are the 1st Wednesday - call 775-0568 for an appointment.

Clinics held at the Dorset Office are the 3rd Wednesday - call 362-1200 for an appointment.

RAVNAH November Flu Clinics. Vaccine options available! Most major insurance accepted – please bring your card.

Friday, 11/07, Rutland, RAVNAH Office, 7 Albert Cree Drive, 9:00 am – noon.
Friday, 11/14, Rutland, RAVNAH Office, 7 Albert Cree Drive, 9:00 am – noon.

Friday, 11/21, Rutland, RAVNAH Office, 7 Albert Cree Drive, 9:00 am – noon.

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Spread Some Christmas Joy!

Writing letters to include in the Christmas shoeboxes

Writing letters to include in the Christmas shoeboxes.

Last year, 75 Christmas gift boxes traveled from Cavendish to Ukraine and brought joy to 75 children! How many boxes will our community pack this year and where will they end up? Don't miss this opportunity to share some Christmas joy! Drop in any time on November 8 between 10:00am and 1:00pm to help pack Christmas gift boxes for some of the neediest children in the world. Operation Christmas Child is an annual event organized by Samaritan’s Purse to bless children all over the world. The Packing Party is hosted by Cavendish Baptist Church and located in the multi-purpose room at Cavendish Elementary School. Boxes and gifts are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own gifts to donate as well. A list of gift suggestions is available at
. Donations towards shipping costs are also a great way to help. For more information about the Packing Party, call (802) 226-7131.

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Castleton State College Rotaract Club's Trip to Honduras

Maria Burt

Maria Burt, Rotaract Club President is shown during a previous trip to Honduras in 2012, while a senior at Fair Haven High School. She is hoping to share her experiences with fellow Castleton State College classmates to help them to discover the benefits of service and international travel for themselves.

By Maria Burt, Rotaract Club President

The Castleton State College Rotaract Club is a club focused on community service and professional development. The club operates under the guidance of Rotary International, specifically under the wing of the Fair Haven Rotary Club. The Castleton chapter has been active since May of 2013. Since then, the Castleton Rotaract Club has been involved with several local community projects as well as international endeavors. In February of 2015, club members, in conjunction with fellow Rotarians from Vermont and New Hampshire, plan to visit the town of Danli, Honduras in order to provide service. There, Rotaract team members will be involved in construction and water purification projects. This project is a fantastic opportunity for Castleton students to broaden their worldview and to understand social problems that exist in another country. It is an opportunity for students to give selflessly of themselves in order to benefit some of the world's neediest families. In order to make this trip a reality, the club is in need of support from the community. Individuals and organizations alike, can contribute to this worthy cause via
, or by contacting me directly at 802-774-8874,

Donations will allow Castleton State College Rotaract members to participate in this trip and provide valuable service for a community in need.

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The River

By James Mee

Nature's liquid ribbon
curls on and past me.
Its cresting covenants only aim?
To simply reach the sea.

Her motives aren't mysterious.
God gave her just one rule.
“Go and find the ocean, dear,
you ain’t no swimming pool.”

The river bends but won’t change course,
so, there’s no need to worry.
She takes it slow ‘round these parts
rarely in a hurry.

She passes by and yet remains.
Flowing on but always here.
I’m not sure how this can be
but it’s true I swear.

This river flows in soothing sound
with the secrets of creation.
Ever onward we all go
toward our destination.

Who, me? I’m just a witness
to this waterway.
Beneath a tree coolin’ my feet
with nothing more to say.

Copyright 2014 James Mee
All Rights Reserved

c/o Publishers’ Licensing Corporation,
48 South Park Street,
Unit #615,

Montclair, NJ 07042.

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Vermont Ostomy Support Group – Dates

The Vermont Ostomy Group has been formed and is facilitated by fellow Ostomates with the support of certified Wound Ostomy and Continence nurses for the purpose of providing support, education and information for the person with a bowel and bladder diversion. The Vermont Ostomy Group is dedicated to serving both individuals and their families in the Central Vermont area.

To celebrate living with bowel and bladder diversions, the Vermont Ostomy Group has scheduled fall and winter meetings times. All meetings will be held at the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice meeting rooms at 7 Albert Cree Drive Rutland Vermont, and are free and open to the public.

November 18, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
February 7, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am
March 10, 2015 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Light beverages and snacks will be provided.

Please contact Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN at 802 770-1682 for more information.

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Poultney Fire Department is Named Poultney Chamber’s 2014 Citizen of the Year

Poultney Fire Department

By Janice B. Edwards

Poultney Fire Department, a 125-year old department of Poultney citizen volunteers, has been selected to receive the 2014 Poultney Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.

The public is cordially invited to join the Chamber in honoring Poultney Fire Department’s present and past member volunteers at a public reception to be held on Saturday, November 1st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the firehouse of Poultney Fire Department, 263 Beaman Street, Poultney, Vermont. Light hors d’oeurves and celebration cake will be served. The reception will be co-hosted with the Chamber by the Town of Poultney. All are welcome.

Each year for the past 125 years, the volunteer members of Poultney Fire Department have been counted on to respond to a number of incidents that require a quick and safe response to protect life and property. Last year alone, the Department responded to 164 service calls ranging from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents to mutual aid calls. The recently retired Fire Chief, Tim Kerber, served as the Co-Director for Emergency Management for the Town as will the current Acting Fire Chief Medrick Petty, III; and 2nd Ass’t Chief Aaron Kerber is ready to assist. Under retired Chief Kerber’s command in 2014, the Department immediately responded to the devastation in the Poultney community caused by the extreme storm on July 3rd.

The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, presented annually since 1990 by the Poultney Chamber, honors resident citizens having made major contributions to the betterment of Poultney; who has distinguished herself or himself through outstanding service to the community and typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideals of Poultney citizenship - - a real "unsung hero" of Poultney. The Citizen of the Year will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 July 4th parade in Poultney.

Twenty-four years of citizen awards have been presented to thirty-two Poultney citizens.

For more information about Poultney Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award, contact Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce (802-287-2010); . The Chamber office is located in the Stonebridge building which is located on Beaman Street (Route 30) near the intersection of Beaman, Grove, Main and East Main Streets.

(Janice B. Edwards, Freelance Writer, is member of Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. ).

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Vermont Actors’ Repertory to Present “True West”

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents True West by Sam Shepard as the first show of its 10th anniversary season. The play was a 1983 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and launched the careers of many actors, including John Malkovitch, Gary Sinise and the late Philip Seymour-Hoffman.

The show will be presented in the Brick Box at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street, Rutland November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and November 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The timeless and powerful play focuses on two brothers who inhabit entirely different worlds, but come together and clash when they meet up at their mother’s house, while she is away on holiday in Alaska. Sam Shepard’s True West is a Cain and Abel re-imagined for our time. In this dark comedy, the playwright sets two sides of the American psyche against each other. Austin is the cerebral screenwriter chasing the American dream on its own winner-takes-all terms. His estranged brother Lee is the lawless, self-reliant frontiersman, as at home in the Mojave desert as a coyote. The play is a virtual pressure cooker, ominously simmering and steaming, about to explode at any moment.

Joanne Greenberg of Montpelier, is the director. She has worked with ART for several seasons directing for the Nor’Eastern Showcase and the main stage. Greenberg, has directed The Understudy and Proof for ART. True West features both familiar and new actors: Shawn Dayton, Matt Reilly, Chris Doyle and Diane Liccardi.

Stage manager for the play is Amberly Soto. Doug Yaremchuk is set designer, David Lane is lighting designer, Nancy Ellery is costume designer and Chad Merkert will run the sound and light board. Peter Marsh, assisted by Sandra Gartner, produces the play.

True West, presented in the Brick Box, has limited seating for each performance. Reservations are available by calling the Paramount Box Office as (802) 775-0903, stopping by the box office or going on-line at their website: Tickets will also be sold at the door and are $20 for general admission.

Again this season, Vermont Actors' Repertory offers a Taste of ART, an exciting dinner and theatre package at Roots, The Restaurant, on Wales Street in Rutland. This offer is only available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office. Dinner certificates must be used within 30 days from the sale of purchase.

For more information about Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre visit the Company’s website at and like us on Facebook. You can also reach us at: ART, PO Box 580, Rutland, Vermont 05702 or e-mail at:

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