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SABE-R Car Wash and Bake Sale to Benefit Citizens with DD

Rutland, VT – On Saturday August 30th, 2014 ARC Rutland Area’s Self Advocates Becoming Empowered – Rutland (SABE-R) group of adults living with Developmental Disabilities (DD) will be holding a car wash and selling baked goods to raise funds for their main goal of the year: To Adopt a Family at Christmas.

Each year this group of adults works on many goals, attending trainings to learn new ways to speak up for themselves and providing trainings to the community to share about living with a disability and how they use their Abilities in the community. A citizen in this population doesn’t have the same natural circle of support as a citizen without DD. When the group sets goals, takes on those tasks needed and then reaches their goals; they learn many things, are given a chance to participate in the community in a meaningful way, and gain a better sense of self worth. A feeling all humanity needs to thrive.

You can show your support by going to the car wash or bake sale in August, or by making a donation. The car wash will be at Ponderosa on the 16th and the bake sale will be at Walmart on the 30th, both locations in Rutland from 10am -2PM. The Rutland County Sheriff’s Department will be co-sponsoring the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered – Rutland’s car wash, as well as supporting ARC’s main goal. The bake sale may run longer.

ARC Rutland Area is an organization that advocates for the rights of citizens with Developmental Disabilities and their families to be regarded as valued citizens with the same entitlements as non-disabled individual, including the right to lifelong opportunities for personal growth and full participation in the community.

They can be reached at 775-1370 or by email at, or you can check out their new webpage:

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Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 14. The late bear season begins November 15 and continues through November 23.

The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season.

The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.

Vermont’s regulated bear hunting seasons help manage Vermont’s bear population, now estimated at about 6,000 bears, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The number of bears has increased during the last two decades and is now at the high end of the objective of 4,500 to 6,000 bears listed in Vermont’s Big Game Management Plan for 2010-2020.

“Twenty-five years ago Vermont’s bear population was less than 3,000, and bears existed primarily in the mountains and in the northeastern quarter of the state,” said wildlife biologist Forrest Hammond. “Through changes in hunting regulations, at the urging of the public we successfully encouraged bears to increase in number. The downside of this, however, is that the human population has also increased with the result that encounters between humans and bears have become more frequent.”

“Although bear-human conflicts were once relatively rare,” added Hammond, “we are now seeing more incidents of bears doing damage, primarily where they are attracted to foods such as bird seed, pet food left outside, garbage containers, bee hives, chicken coops, barbecues, livestock, and field corn.

“Carefully regulated hunting plays a very important role in wildlife management by helping to control the growth of the black bear population and allowing for the sustainable utilization of black bears for food and other purposes,” said Hammond.

Hammond reminds hunters to please collect a small pre-molar tooth from each harvested bear, because, he stressed, “The collection of a premolar tooth from every bear reported is critical to the bear project as it provides important data for evaluating changes to the age structure of the bear population and for making population estimates.”

“The tooth is actually quite small and easy to loosen with a knife,” he added. “Directions for removing the tooth are on the back of the envelope provided by the check station. We are able to age the bear from the tooth and gain essential knowledge about the status of Vermont’s bear population.”

“We also have a video on our website ( showing how to remove the tooth.” (

Hunters took 556 bears last year in Vermont. A report listing the number of bears taken in each town during the 2013 bear season is available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website at ( Click on “Hunting and Trapping,” and then “Big Game.”

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Carolyn Enz Hack To Be Featured At Castleton Downtown Gallery

Vermont Artist Presents “Power And Energy” Exhibit

Hack Art - Bang

“Bang” by Carolyn Enz Hack.

Castleton, Vt. – The Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland will feature the works of local Vermont artist Carolyn Enz Hack running from August 20 through September 20, with an artist reception scheduled for Friday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

Entitled “Power and Energy” the exhibit will feature paintings, large drawings and paper sculptures, including both abstract and representational imagery. Each piece is a meditation on the nature of change and the mystery of being.

“My work maps my stream of consciousness, asking big questions that have incomplete answers,” said Enz. “Each piece is an attempt to process the exterior world through my internal lens.”

The Castleton Downtown Gallery is located on Center Street Alley in Rutland and is open Wednesday through Saturday with hours of operation from 1-6 p.m.
For more information on the exhibit or the Castleton Downtown Gallery please contact Sarah Karczmarczyk at castletoncollege

Carolyn Enz Hack holds a BFA in theatrical design from the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University and has worked in the theatre for many years, primarily in Seattle, Washington before moving to Vermont. She is particularly fascinated by themes from ancient cultures that continue to resonate, especially those explored in theatrical and religious literature, and by developments in cross-disciplinary science. She works from her studio on a farm in Thetford, Vermont.

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Rutland County Head Start Open House at New Hickory Street Preschool Center

Rutland County Head Start will host an open house to introduce its new Hickory Street Preschool Center on Thursday, August 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. The Hickory Street Preschool Center is located at 15 Juneberry Lane which is accessible from Forest Street in Rutland City.

The new classroom has been relocated from the Rutland Public Schools Allen Street Campus where Head Start rented space since 2011. While the Allen Street classroom operated part-day from September through May, the new Hickory Street Preschool Center will expand operations from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the year with both Head Start and childcare services for children ages three to five. The Hickory Street Preschool Center was collaboratively designed by the Rutland Housing Authority, developers of the new Hickory Street neighborhood, and Rutland County Head Start. The preschool will open for children on September 9.

The open house will include a tour of the facility, activities for young children and light refreshments. Both rutland County Head Start and Rutland Housing Authority will have representatives at the open house to answer questions. For more information call 775-8225 or visit

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Paradee and Weinmann join CSJ

College of St. Joseph announces that Melissa Paradee has joined CSJ as dean of students and Liz DiMarco Weinmann joins as vice president of strategic initiatives and assistant professor of business.

Paradee comes to CSJ from Castleton College, where she served as the director of student activities.
She is a CSJ alumna, receiving her masters of education in 1999. She also holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy studies from University of Vermont.

Weinmann joins as vice president of strategic initiatives and assistant professor of business. Weinmann brings more than two decades of senior-level leadership experience and expertise as a managing director at global marketing services firms and nonprofits.

She holds an MBA in finance and leadership from New York University’s Stern School of Business and has taught marketing at NYU for five years.

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RAFFL Welcomes New Farmer Program Coordinator

The Rutland region community and its farms have a new resource in Jen Miller, new Program Coordinator for RAFFL, the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link. In her position, Jen will focus on two of RAFFL’s central initiatives, the New Farmer Program and Farm to Workplace, each of them key components of RAFFL’s system of support for agriculture in the Rutland region.

A recent graduate of the University of Vermont’s Masters in Community Development and Applied Economics, Jen has demonstrated a considerable commitment to sustaining local agriculture. As a teenager growing up outside of Boston, she devoted her summers to The Food Project, working with other young people to support production and distribution of organic produce to the community, including its hunger relief organizations. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and a certificate program at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Jen continued her career path in sustainable agriculture in Burlington, Vermont at the Intervale Center, ultimately co-owning Samara Farm there. Unfortunately, Samara was a victim of the floods of Tropical Storm Irene and ceased operation at the end of 2011.

Finding herself a farmer without a farm, Jen made the decision to add to her range of farm management skills. Understanding the importance of crop planning, financial management and budgeting for farms, she matriculated into UVM’s program to strengthen her ability to support other farmers. With this strong preparation and her long-time commitment, Jen is excited to be part of RAFFL and looks forward to working with farmers by coaching and supporting them in areas such as budgeting, record keeping, enterprise analyses, and marketing. As RAFFL’s Program Director, Jen will be carrying out the organization’s mission to “support the success of small farms through mentoring, technical assistance and connections with new customers.” One of Jen’s first tasks will be to help coordinate CRAFT, the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. In addition, Jen looks forward to applying her skills to RAFFL’s Farm to Workplace program, thereby supporting the viability of local farms as well as providing essential access to local farm fresh food for Rutland area consumers.

As a new resident of the city of Rutland, Jen is excited to be here. “I’m psyched to jump into the community and to be of support and service.”

Jen can be reached at the RAFFL office in the Opera House on Merchant’s Row or by contacting her at or at 802-417-7096.

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WWII Memorial Fundraiser

WWII Memorial Fundraiser

West Rutland Town Manager Mary Ann Goulette, Bryan Bailey and Josh Butler of Bailey Motors and Roving Westside Photographer Ken Heleba smile for the camera at the World War 2 Memorial chicken barbecue fundraiser held at Bailey Motors in West Rutland on Saturday, August 16th. Sam’s Good News photo by Jack Rogers, Sr.

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Back-to-School Shopping? Beware of Scams

Marlborough, MA - According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), book-to-school shopping is the second largest spending season of the year, and this year an estimated $75 billion will be spent for back-to-school and college expenses.

Mobile shopping is on the rise, as consumers are utilizing their smartphones more and more. The NRF states that 37% of shoppers will research school items with their smartphones, the highest percentage they’ve seen yet, and 58% of college bound students will use their device to shop for college items.

It’s also important to be aware of back-to-school scams that target smartphone and social media users. Be wary of ads or links found on social media sites that offer large monetary gift cards for filling out surveys or entering contests. These links will lead you from your social media channels to malicious sites that will download malware to your devices. Scammers are also known to send text messages claiming to be brand name stores asking consumers to claim a free gift card by texting their personal information. These are smishing (SMS phishing) scams that lead to identity theft.

BBB advises families who are preparing for back-to-school the following tips for savvy shopping:

  • Make a List. Even if you don’t have a school supply list yet, you can still purchase other items like clothing and in-class essentials like pens, notebooks and binders. Make a list for each child, but start by “shopping at home” for items that you may already have left over from last year. For some items, it’s worth spending a bit more (a high quality backpack will last for years).
  • Set a Budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend. After taking inventory, create a shopping list and stick to it. Be sure to clip coupons and make a note of discount codes or rebate programs.
  • Avoid Social Scams. Some ads or links on social media sites will offer free products or gift cards by filling out surveys and giving your personal information. Some links will even lead to malicious sites that download malware onto your device or steal your information. Be sure to avoid ads that look too good to be true.
  • Tax Free Holidays. Many states have tax-free days in August, which can mean significant savings. Be mindful of restrictions, either a dollar amount or on the type of item purchased. Most tax holidays include clothing and school supplies; some include computers and sports equipment, too.
  • Sign Up for Alerts. By signing up for email or text alerts for you or your children’s favorite stores, you can monitor pricing early on and you won’t miss out on the hottest items or limited opportunities. But be sure to never respond to an unsolicited text from stores that offers free gifts cards or products and ask for your personal information.
  • Check Refund Policies. Be sure you can exchange or return items purchased during this time period. Keep in mind, some items may be non-refundable or have restocking fees associated with a return.

For more tips you can trust, visit or check out our Facebook page.

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2013, consumers turned to BBB 131 million times for Business Reviews on more than 6.5 million businesses, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.

Paula Fleming is VP of Communications & Marketing for Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT. Find Paula on Google+.

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Designed in the Shape of the Fort

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze Adventure Opens August 15!

Fort Ti Corn Maze

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze opens August 15, 2014!

Ticonderoga, NY -- What activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine and over two miles of winding trails? Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! Test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s new six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The Heroic Maze is included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open through October 19. Visit
visit/heroic-maze for corn maze details or call 518-585-2821.

The maze, with a new design featuring the shape of Fort Ticonderoga and the year 1776, is divided into phases allowing two levels of difficulty and the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze. The average journey will take from 20 minutes for the first phase up to an hour for the second phase.

New this year! “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest
Hidden in the maze are 8 new stations each representing a component of an 18th-century fort. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station. It takes perseverance and skill to find all the objects. Great fun for all ages!

Back by Popular Demand: Fort Ticonderoga’s youngest guests will have a chance to explore the Heroic Maze in the new kiddie corn maze. Taking less than 5 minutes to navigate with no fear of getting lost, little ones will be in and out in no time.

Experience the Maze at night! Explore the 6-acre corn maze using your flashlight as a guide and under the light of the full moon. The mysteries of the night surround you as you search for hidden stations in the maze to complete our “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest! Cost is $10 per person; tickets available at the door; last ticket sold 1 hour prior to closing. Maze by Moonlight event dates are Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. Gates open at 7 pm.
Group Visitors

School field trip groups, and other group tours, will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest. In September and October, the Heroic Maze will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am until 2 pm. Registration is required.

Fort Ticonderoga developed the Heroic Maze with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer technology to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest.

The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756 when the French built the Garrison Gardens below the walls of the Fort. The agricultural story continues today with nearly 40% of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape in agricultural use. In addition, a strong horticulture program brings the use of landscape to life in the formal Colonial Revival Garden, working Garrison Garden, and other Discovery Gardens.

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! is funded in part by generous support McDonalds of Ticonderoga and Amtrak.

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Military Road Car Tour

Hubbardton, Vt.—On the third annual guided driving tour of sections of the Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road of 1776-77, leader Jim Rowe will introduce participants to Hydeville Branch of the road. Meet with your automobile at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton on Saturday, August 23, at 9:30 a.m. for the orientation and directions. The trip will go from the Hubbardton Battlefield to the East Road in Benson, to West Castleton, and finishes at the outlet of Lake Bomoseen.

Rowe is president of the Crown Point Road Association, has a lifelong interest in this Revolutionary War military road, and is an engaging storyteller. He will be assisted by several other knowledgeable members of the Association.

The Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road was built after the September 7, 1776, order of Gen. Horatio Gates to connect the American Revolutionary War fortification being constructed at Mount Independence on Lake Champlain to Hubbardton and Rutland, Vermont, and Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. Gates considered the road “so Essential to the Interest of the United States” and “the safety and protection of the inhabitants of all the Middle States of this Union.”

This tour explores the lesser known Hydeville Branch of the road. Two other guided military road events include the September 28 military road hike starting at the Hubbardton Battlefield at 2:00 pm and the October 12 hike at 1:00 pm exploring the Mount Independence section.

The fee is $3.00 for adults, free for children under 15, and includes admission to the Hubbardton Battlefield museum.

The Hubbardton Battlefield, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is located at 5696 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton. Call (802) 273-2282 for more information.

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

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Rutland Youth Theatre Open Auditions for “The Snowman” and “Stuart Little”

Rutland, VT — Rutland Youth Theatre is collaborating with Lakes Region Youth Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary and will hold Open Auditions for acting/singing in “The Snowman” August 24th and 25th. Open Auditions for “Stuart Little” will also be held August 24th and 25th.

Produced by Lakes Region Youth Orchestra. Musical directed by Peter Miller. Stage directed by Saskia Hagen Groom, “The Snowman”, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, is the tale of a boy who builds a snowman one winter's day. That night, at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life and the two venture into the night. The boy and the snowman take flight visiting special places, including Father Christmas. The story’s theme song "Walking in the Air" is the only spoken language. All other acting is done in pantomime. Check for the animated version of the story.

Audition times for “The Snowman” are August 24th from 3-6pm and August 25th from 5:30-8:30pm. Show times are December 13th at 4pm and 7pm at Casella Theatre, Castleton State College. Grades K-12 may audition. Choose ONE audition only, but stay for the duration of the audition!

Based on the book by E.B. White and dramatized by Joseph Robinette, “Stuart Little”, is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world."

“Stuart Little” audition times are August 24th from 3-6pm and August 25th from 5:30-8:30pm. Show times are October 17th at 7pm and October 18th at 2pm and 7pm at Rutland Intermediate School Theatre. Grades K-12 may audition. Choose ONE audition only, but stay for the duration of the audition! Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and guest directed by Nancy Manney.

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Vermonters for Vermonters to hold Benefit Concert

Rutland, VT – On Sunday, September 7, Vermonters for Vermonters will be hosting a benefit concert at the Vermont State Fairgrounds Grandstand from 2:00-8:00pm. There will be live music by Joey Leone, Bow Thayer, Myk Sno, Tony Lee Thomas, Jeremy Graham, Ashley Buchart, as well as many speakers from Governor Peter Shumlin to many inspiring people affected by Vermont’s opiate addiction epidemic.

Vermonters for Vermonters is a volunteer effort of citizens committed to raising funds and awareness to help combat the negative effect drugs have had in Vermont. This organization was started in response to the growing epidemic of drug abuse in Vermont, which is affecting citizens across the state in increasing and alarming numbers. Vermonters for Vermonters is a group of volunteers who have decided it is time to take action against this epidemic, and have organized this benefit concert to help raise awareness and get other Vermonters involved in the cause.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit three organizations that are directly involved in combating this epidemic and providing assistance to Vermonters and their families suffering from drug abuse and addition: Project Vision, VT Recovery Network, and Dismas House.

Project Vision is an organization that is working toward the revitalization of the Rutland, VT community, by bringing together social service organizations to address and combat many of the situations that lead to drug abuse and criminal activity, including mental illness, family crisis and dysfunction and poverty.

The VT Recovery Network is a non-profit statewide organization that supports the provision of recovery support services for people who have experienced problems resulting from drug and alcohol use. The Dismas House is an organization whose mission is to “reconcile prisoners to society and society to prisoners,” and works to provide shelter and re-integration resources to men and women being released from prison. Their objective is to provide these men and women with the second-chance resources necessary to be successful citizens upon release, and thus combat substance abuse, further crime, and overpopulation of prisons.

Joey Leone, one of the featured performers at the benefit concert and Vermonters for Vermonters founding member
and volunteer, is confident in the power of his local community to make a positive impact in this growing crisis. “In the past few years Vermonters have shown that, when confronted with problems, whether they be natural or man-made, we will rally to surmount them,” said Leone. Vermonters for Vermonters is funded solely through donation, and is being run by the generous help of volunteers.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the gate on the day of the event or at Monetary donations can be made payable to “Vermont Recovery Network” and sent to: Vermonters for Vermonters C/O Steve De Clue, 31 North Main St., PMB #104 Rutland, VT 05701.

Items will also be accepted for donation for an auction that will take place online before and after the event, and those interested in donating items for auction can contact Jessie Boudreault at If you are a business interested in a sponsorship opportunity of this event, you can also contact Jessie Boudreault at for more information. Proceeds from tickets and items sold, as well as donations will go directly to the three beneficiary organizations: Project Vision, Dismas Of Vermont, Inc., and Vermont Recovery Network.

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Send Your Kids Back to School with Vaccines Up to Date

Burlington – Back-to-school season is the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life, the Vermont Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM14).

"Your child should have all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's immunization schedule to protect classmates and the community," said the Health Department's Immunization Program Chief Christine Finley. "Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs."

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk, and can spread diseases to others – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (to protect against tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (to protect against measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.

Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), and meningococcal vaccine is required for residential students. HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is not required for school entry but highly recommended when they are 11 to 12. Yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at
parents/index.html or or

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Brian Sylvester

Brian Sylvester

Brian Sylvester of Burlington, Vermont has been commissioned by the Rutland Downtown Partnership to paint a mural on Center Street near BROC. Previously he painted one of vegetables and bottles on Evelyn Street. Sam’s Good News photo by Natalie Aines.

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CCF Accepting Applications for Fall 2014 Grants

Cavendish, Vt., -- The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2014 awards. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2014. Applications are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website: and include instructions on how and where to apply.

The fund began in 2007 giving cash grants to organizations for educational, artistic and cultural projects, programs and events of benefit to the Cavendish community. Last spring the fund awarded a grant to the Cavendish Town Elementary School to defray the cost of providing the third grade class with a hands-on theater production experience through writing, directing and acting in a play.

Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends grant awards 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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14th Annual Tom Fiske Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament

The Tom Fiske Memorial Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization founded in August of 2001 to educate local people in hunter safety, encourage the safe use and conservation of our natural resources, and create opportunities for individuals to learn how to practice and accomplish these things. Tom Fiske’s life was cut tragically short when he was hit by the arrow of another hunter. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved children and felt everyone should be taught the right way to utilize our resources and respect other hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.

In the last 14 years, the Foundation has donated over $50,000.00 for the purchase of over 200 Vermont State Lifetime Hunting Licenses for successful graduates of the local Vermont Hunter Safety Education Program sponsored by the American Legion Post 31. They also were able to send children to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp where they enjoyed outdoor experiences and took hunter safety courses. The Foundation has also awarded College Scholarships to students in Vermont pursuing an education in Environmental Sciences including Fish and Game Law Enforcement and Forestry.

On August 24, 2014 the Foundation will be holding its Fourteenth Annual Tom Fiske Memorial Golf Tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. at the Neshobe Golf Course in Brandon. Entry fee is $80 per person, which covers 18 holes of golf with cart, meal, door prizes and prizes for the winning team. Format is Captain and Crew, best ball. If you would like to play, enter a team, sponsor a hole or contribute a door prize which would be raffled off at the golf tournament please contact: Mike McNolty 802-236-9260 or Nick Markowski 802-353-5339.

While there are a myriad of causes vying for donations, please keep in mind that your support of The Tom Fiske Memorial Foundation goes to local youths in our community to help and encourage them to enjoy and preserve our rich outdoor heritage. It is the Foundation’s intent that no one else should suffer such a heartbreaking, tragic loss of a loved one. Education is the key and they need your support. Thank you for your consideration and dedication to Hunter Safety and the Youth of our community.

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Legion Baseball

Legion Baseball

The Vermont American Legion Baseball Teams came together for dinner at the American Legion Post 50 in Castleon on July 24th. They enjoyed a dinner with an Italian flavor. Auxiliary members were on hand to spoon up the ziti, meatballs, sausages, rolls and garden salads. Cookies and beverages rounded out the menu. There were 235 dinners served. Pictured here are Second Vice President Rachel Nichols, President Phyllis Blanchard, Chaplin Grace Calvin, Unit Secretary Laura Bronson and Executive Committee members Debbie Lynch. Photo provided.

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Opera Theatre of Weston and GMALL Present The Making of The Secret Garden

The Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning and Opera Theatre of Weston will present a lecture about The Making of The Secret Garden at the Riley Center of the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester on Sunday August 24 at 7:00 PM. Composer Nolan Gasser and scenic designer Naomie Kremer will discuss how the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been transformed into a delightful opera for all the family. OTW will perform the East Coast premiere at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland and at the Weston Playhouse in January 2015.

The Secret Garden made its debut at the San Francisco Opera in 2013. OTW will use original stunning and cutting-edge scenic projections by Naomie Kremer, designer of the original production at SFO, in a special video adaptation which will be shown at the presentation. According to Nolan Gasser: “I am truly delighted that OTW will be presenting the East Coast premiere of The Secret Garden, and the world premiere of our newly revised version of the opera. The enthusiasm and impressive creativity that OTW has already revealed about their upcoming production, along with its terrific cast, gives me great confidence that our opera is destined for a great run in Vermont.”

Dr. Gasser is the chief musical architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind Pandora Radio – now with over 100 million subscribers in the US alone. He is also the Artistic Director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval–Renaissance Music History.

OTW musical director Angela Hines-Gooch, stage director Diana Stugger, costume designer Robina D’Arcy-Fox and choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning will join the discussion. The audience will be treated to musical highlights from the opera by the professional cast, which includes soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, The Houston Opera and Washington National Opera. The cast will feature a number of favorites from past OTW productions, including soprano Lora Rachel Davidson, tenor Pablo Bustos, bass-baritone Christopher Besch and Vermont mezzo-soprano Peggie Telscher.

Tickets are $15 online in advance at
event_id=667 (phone 802/867-0111) or $20 at the door.

Opera Theatre of Weston is a professional company member of OPERA America. For more information, please contact Opera Theatre of Weston at (802) 824-3821, e-mail or visit our website at

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Second Stone Soup Event Raises Hunger Awareness And Celebrates Bishop’s “Bike For Bread”

Rutland, VT - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host its second “Stone Soup Celebration” event on Friday, August 22 from 11:30-2:00 pm as Lutheran Bishop James Hazelwood of the ELCA New England Synod rides into Rutland on his “Bike For Bread” World Hunger Appeal Ride.

The Bishop’s motorcycle tour through New England this summer will help raise money for ELCA World Hunger. Stops on the Bishop’s ride also raise awareness of local efforts to curb hunger, such as the Rutland Meals Challenge to be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in January 2015. Local motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to join the ride. They can call the Bishop’s office at (508) 791-1530 for more information.

The Rutland Meals Challenge plans to set a Northern New England record early next year, by packaging 40,000 nutritious rice and bean meals for distribution to food pantries throughout Rutland County. The meals, which are purchased in bulk from Outreach, Inc., cost 25-cents per serving. Fundraising is still underway and a 50/50 raffle will be held during the festivities to help fund the project.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church welcomes members of the community to the Stone Soup Celebration to share a delicious free lunch prepared by Chef Meggen Hanna. Lawn games, music and a visit from the Good Food Bus are also planned for the event. Participants are asked to bring vegetables from their garden or other soup items to leave in the soup pots for donation to the Community Cupboard.

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