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Happy Birthday A-Team Auto Glass

Steve Brassard

Steve Brassard and the A-Team Auto Glass crew continue to provide their great service. Samís Good News photo by Jack Rogers, Sr.

Celebrating his first year in business, Steve Brassard certainly is no stranger to the replacement auto glass industry. Having worked for Windshield World for 17 years, Brassard was given zero options when the company was purchased by Safelight.

With the knowledge he had gathered over those 17 years, Brassard launched his own business, A-Team Auto Glass. It’s been one year and the company is not only successful but it’s steadily growing.

Brassard’s reputation for service and quality has proven extremely beneficial. A locally owned and operated auto glass company vs. the big box store has also proven to be a desirable asset to his local customers.

When your vehicle has been either vandalized by thefts or damaged from an object hitting your windshield, you are in need of immediate service. This is whenlocal service provides the quickest solution. The A-Team’s turnaround time is normally 24 to 48 hours.

If you’re in need of the A-Team’s Service, give Steve a call at 802-775-5500 or at or ateamautoglass@

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Got Drugs?

Unused Drug Collection Event at Diamond Run Mall

Rutland County Sheriff Stephen P. Benard, in cooperation with the DEA, and the Rutland County Solid Waste District will be collecting unused or unwanted Medications. For more information call the Rutland County Sheriff’s office
at 775-8002 or the RCSWD at 775-7209.

The event will take place on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm at Diamond Run Mall in front of J.C.Penneys.

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Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family

Fun Easter projects for the whole family

(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn't mean it needs to be complicated or difficult. Here are a few great ideas with some easy shortcuts to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

The basket

It all starts with the basket. The egg hunt and basket fillings wouldn't be complete without an Easter basket decked out in bright spring colors. It's not easy to spend hours making your own Easter basket, but you can still make it your own with custom Easter baskets from Personal Creations. Pick out the size, color pattern and design, and add your kids' names to make it a personalized basket that can be from the Easter Bunny himself. Best of all, it comes with a fluffy plush bunny and Easter sweets to make it a complete package for the entire family to enjoy.

The eggs

Colored eggs are an essential part of any Easter celebration. This year, add a fun and simple twist to the usual DIY egg coloring with a tissue paper egg dye. Simply wet the eggs, wrap it in brightly colored tissue paper, and spray the eggs with water to ensure all of the paper has been wetted. Once the egg is dry, kids will be able to easily remove the tissue paper. Beneath, they'll find a perfectly dyed egg that carries the appearance of stained glass.

The sweets

No Easter celebration is complete without treats to sweeten the basket. Marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs are a classic, but adding a gourmet twist to the list of everyday sweets can make receiving this Easter basket an unforgettable experience for even the adults in the family. For an easy twist on the classic, ask kids to shred leftover bits of wrapping paper left around the house to make homemade Easter grass, and add it to a simple Easter treat pail. Then, fill the pail with Easter-themed cake pops from Shari's Berries for a festive gourmet treat everyone can enjoy.

The fluff

Bunnies get all the attention during Easter, but little chicks can be an adorable alternative to add to the basket. For this simple craft, ask children to draw and color a picture of a chick. Make sure the chick is facing forward and not from a profile viewpoint. They do not need to draw the wings; those come later. When the little artists are finished, cut the chicks out. Next, help children trace their own hands and cut these traces out. Glue the traced hands to the chick with the thumbs up, and just like that, the chick has wings with a familiar look.

The grownup basket

Grownups deserve some Easter fun too. Forego the basket filled with candy and design a fresh and colorful take on the Easter basket. Start with a classic wicker basket with liner and add some fresh spring flowers to brighten up the look. Fresh flowers are a beautiful way to brighten anyone's day. Bright spring daffodils arranged in a pretty spread or 30 multi-colored tulips hanging loosely out of the basket is a great way to celebrate Easter in an upscale way.

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Green Mountain College Adds Men’s and Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Green  Mountain College Adds Men’s and Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Poultney, Vt.–Green Mountain College Athletic Director Keith Bosley has announced that the Athletic Department will introduce men’s and women's outdoor track and field to its NCAA Division III varsity athletic programs. The newly added men’s and women's track programs will begin competition in the spring of the 2014-15 academic year. The addition of the two programs brings the number of varsity programs to 13.

Along with North Atlantic Conference members Colby-Sawyer College and New England College which also participate in both programs and Husson University which offers a women’s outdoor track and field program, Green Mountain College will join 38 other Division III New England schools that offer track and field.

"The Green Mountain Athletics Department has worked very hard to be able to introduce some new varsity programs this spring," said Bosley. "Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field continues our development of programs that complement the College’s philosophy highlighting the importance of personal health and wellness. The two programs have also generated a high level of interest among our current student population. These are the second and third sports we have been fortunate enough to add this spring thanks in large part to the support of President Fonteyn and the cabinet buying into and supporting our vision for the athletic department.”

“I am very excited about the addition of track and field and the response of our current students,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “It demonstrates the commitment of Athletic Director Keith Bosley and VP Joseph Petrick to expanding and strengthening NCAA Division III athletics at GMC.”

Men’s and women’s track and field join women's varsity basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball along with men’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer and tennis as sports offered at Green Mountain College.

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VFW 51st Loyalty Day Parade Sunday May 4, 2014

By Ron Fairbanks and VFW Post 648Parade Committee

We would like to remind everyone thatSunday May 4th 2014 starting at 2:00 p.m. will be the VFW’s 51st Loyalty Day parade in Rutland, Vermont.

The Parade will start on corner of Strongs Ave. and Madison St., across Wales St. to Church St., left on Williams St., left onto Grove St., continue down Merchants Row and end at Wal-Mart and Price Chopper entrances. Best place to view parade is in front of reviewing stand on corners of Merchant Row and Center St

Military units such as VFW Postsand American Legion Posts. VFW Post 648 Buddy Poppy Princess and American Legion Unit 31 Poppy Princes. Also attending will be High School Bands performing up to three minutes in front of the reviewing stand, Fire Departments, Cairo Temple with all their units, Old Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Motor Cycles, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, City, State & Federal Representatives, Radio Stations, andmany more.

Sam Gorruso from Sam’s Good News and The Really Big Show will be on hand as our emcee. Stop by andsay hello.

This Parade is in Honor of all Veterans, especially our local ones and those who came together to make this year’s Loyalty Day Parade possible.

Pete Muscatello will be singing our National Anthem in front of the reviewing stand.

PEG TV will be on hand to tape the parade.

This is a fun Parade for all ages, so come out and make it a fun day for all.

Thank you and hope to see you at the 51st Loyalty Day.

Loyalty Day Luncheon at the VFWPost 648.

As we look forward to spring, with warmer days and the renewal of life in the world all around us, we should look to our own renewal of the Loyalty and Patriotism we feel for our great Nation. What a better way to do this than to enjoy our Loyalty Day Celebration with a Parade and a Luncheon.

VFW Post 648 invites everyone to the Luncheon on Sunday May 4th 2014 being served from 11am - until gone. Music and Dancing will start around 3pm withJohn Saltis from Penquin Production as the DJ. Donations: $5.00 per adult 13 & up, $2.50 per child age 6 -12, age 5 and under free. “ARE ALL WELCOME”

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Carl R. Nickerson: The Snowbird Has Returned

Carl R. Nickerson's scooter

Carl R. Nickerson recently stopped by our offices to show his scooter he bought while spending the winter inFlorida. Just like all the snowbirds, it must be summer as Carl is back until the weather turns cold again. Welcome home Carl! Sam’s Good News photo.

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Black RiverOdyssey of the Mind®Team Raising Funds to Compete in World Finals

Black River Odyssey of the Mind team with Sam Micklus

Black River Odyssey of the Mind team with Sam Micklus. Photo provided.

Ludlow, Vermont. The Black River High School/Middle School Odyssey of the Mind®team won first place in Division III at the Vermont State competition on March 22nd. The team of Mary Faenza, Alyssa Shaw, Sonya Sheehan, Eliza Tarbell and coach Sheila Selden traveled to Champlain Valley High School in Hinesburg VT to take part in the tournament. LaValley's provide support for the materials they use in the competition.They will have travel a lot further to compete at the World Finals this spring. If the team raises the needed funds they will represent Vermont at theOdyssey of the Mind®2014 World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on May 28 - May 31.

Odyssey of the Mindis an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. To be successful teams need to work together to solve problems using creative methods.It is the largest problem-solving competition in the world.Over 800 teams from around the world will compete in the 35thOdyssey of the Mind World Finals at the end of May. The next step for the Black River team is to raise enough funds to travel to Ames, Iowa for thecompetition.

The team needs to fundraise $6000 to $8000 to cover travel, accommodations, fees and shipping costs for their materials by the beginning of May. Selden and the team will meet with parents of the team members to brainstorm ideas on how to find a way to cover the costs. If you would like to make a donation or to sponsor the Black River Odyssey of the mind team please contact Sheila Selden or Alisa Shaw at Black River High School at 802-228-4721. Keep eye out for other events the team organizes to help raise enough money to compete at the World Finals.

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Champions at Work

Champions  at Work

It was a competition of "Olympic" proportions. Students trained for months in a particular event, and then competed with their peers for the chance to earn Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals. The event depicted here is theVermont Skills USACompetition which was held April 3 & 4 in Burlington, Vermont. Stafford Technical Centerstudents collected a record number of medals this year with 21 total in categories ranging from T-Shirt Design, Photography, Medical Math, Plumbing, and Automotive Collision Repair. This skill Building is an integral part of the student's preparation for college.

Skills USAis a national non-profit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trades, technical, and skill service occupations including health careers.

Those students receiving Gold Medals are eligible to participate in the Skills USA National Competition to held this June in Kansas City, Missouri. The following students received medals in their respective competitions:

Gold Medalists:

Ryan Eastman(OV-Auto Refinishing and Collision) for Collision Repair.
Dayna Hughes(Fair Haven-Digital Arts-Leadership & Marketing) for T-Shirt Design
Ryan Taylor(Fair Haven-Electrical/Plumbing) andNick Hill(Fair Haven-Electrical/Plumbing) for Teamworks

Silver Medalists

Ryan Eastman(OV-Auto Refinishing & Collision)-for Auto Refinishing
Chandler Reed(FH-Auto Refinishing & Collision) for Collision Repair
Samantha Lacz(WR-Health Careers),Andrew Fitzgerald(WR-Electrical/Plumbing),Briann Crossman(RHS-Health Careers), andRyan Taylor(FH-Electrical/Plumbing) for Gorilla Communications
Erin Perry(RHS-Health Careers)-for Job Interview
Katlyn McCoy(RHS-Health Careers) for Medical Math andLogan Greeno-(MR-Video Communications and Leadership & Marketing)- for Photography
Kelsey McLaren(FH-Electrical/Plumbing) andDavid Fernandes(OV-Electrical/Plumbing)- for Teamworks

Bronze Medalists

Corey Mossey(OV-Auto Refinishing & Collision) for Auto Refinishing
Kylie Sherwood(Post Secondary-Cosmetology 2) for Cosmetology Post Secondary
Briann Crossman(RHS-Health Careers) for First Aid & CPR
Nick Scott(Poultney-Forestry, Natural Resources & Horticulture and Leadership and Marketing) for Job Skills Open
Andrew Fitzgerald(WR-Electrical/Plumbing) for Plumbing
Howard Waldron III(FH-Auto Technology) for Related Technical Math

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Perfect Memories of an Alcohol-Free Prom: Priceless

That is the tag line on the alcohol awareness tuxedo inserts developed more than a decade ago by Ashleigh Mahoney of Brandon, while she was a Rutland County SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) member. The annual Tuxedo Insert Program kickoff took place this year on Monday, April 7th at Hawley’s Florist in Downtown Rutland.

The insert breaks down the cost of prom related items such as a dress, tux, flowers, photos, tickets etc. when students choose to celebrate the event alcohol free. The bottom of the insert, which, thanks to the participating merchants, finds its way into tuxedo pockets and flower boxes, estimates the cost of prom if students choose to attend a prom with alcohol. Those penalties include a ten day suspension from all school co-curricular activities (which tops the list), followed by the cost of alcohol, a citation to diversion when the police intervene, counseling, loss of license, higher insurance costs and lawyer’s fees. Loss of scholarship, at the bottom of the list, has the highest estimated value. The totals for each section, without alcohol and with alcohol, differ by approximately $25,000, reminding students that if they choose to include alcohol, the costs associated with prom can increase by thousands of dollars.

Students representing the Stafford Technical Center Public Safety Services Program and (Students Against Destructive Decisions) SADD chapter, the Lakes Region Cadets from Fair Haven Union High School, the Proctor SADD chapter and the Brandon Police Cadets, joined representatives from the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition and the Department of Health for a photo opportunity against the backdrop of beautiful arrangements at Hawley’s Florist, to promote the event. Several young ladies in the group wore the dresses they will wear to their proms.

Participants included Stafford Technical Public Safety Services/SADD students Chris Morrill, Becca Heibler, Brandi Heath, Public Safety Instructor Debra Perkins and her son Daniel, Lakes Region Cadet, Laura Jones, Proctor SADD Chapter Advisor Clair Molner with students Avery Mullan and Hailey Wood, Brandon Police Cadet Jake Bertrand and Advisor Ann Bandy. Emily Marchinkowski represented the RAP Coalition and Sarah Roy, the Department of Health.

On Wednesday, April 9, a group of students headed to McNeil and Reedy, for another chance to bring awareness to the importance of celebrating prom without alcohol. Among the handsome prom-ready men’s fashions on display, Stafford Technical Center Public Safety/SADD members Tristan Parmalee, Chris Morrill, Scott Doran, Joel Galvin, Dustin Stone, Trisha Bush and Public Safety Instructor Deb Perkins posed with McNeil and Reedy business owners John and Jim McNeil, Vermont State Trooper Sgt. Mark Perkins, Emily Marchinkowski and Allison Iannetti of RAP and Sarah Roy of the Department of Health.

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Award for Interpretive Programs

Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga

Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga.

Ticonderoga, NY --Fort Ticonderoga recently received an Innovation in Interpretation Award from the Museum Association of New York (MANY) which recognized Fort Ticonderoga as a leader in historic interpretation. The award was presented at MANY’s annual meeting in Albany, NY.

“Fort Ticonderoga Interpretative Department, developed in 2011, has in remarkably short time become a national leader in historical interpretation, setting and implementing unparalleled interpretive standards,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “The program outcomes under the leadership of Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie have seen nothing less than amazing results in attendance, school field trip participation, and increased Scout attendance. Through the creation and implementation of a unique interpretive approach, Fort Ticonderoga has defied the professional trends and has embarked on a major transformation.”

“By highlighting a specific group of soldiers during a specific year in the Fort’s history, staff has been able to faithfully study and recreate the experiences of soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation. “Utilizing the wealth of resources in Fort Ticonderoga’s world renowned collections, staff is able to pattern garments, shoes, and accoutrement and faithfully reproduce the items for the upcoming season’s use.”

Each year Fort Ticonderoga highlights a specific moment in time –a specific year and regiment that served at the Fort. In doing so, Fort Ticonderoga has become the only site in the world to take this unique and defining approach, which allows for staff to faithfully research a topic, develop the associated reproduction material culture, and present a dynamic and innovative living history program each year to its guests. The annual seasonal narrative informs interpretive activities such as fatigue duty, gardening, foodways, and trades. The outcome of this revolutionary approach has resulted in significant growth in new marketing opportunities (each year is new at Fort Ticonderoga!), increased and repeat attendance, and a 54% growth in Friends membership to Fort Ticonderoga since 2011.

The new program debuted in 2011 with the 1759 experience of Massachusetts Provincials. In 2012 staff interpreted the 1775 experience of Connecticut troops and in 2013 the 1755 experiences of French soldiers from the Languedoc Regiment. In 2014, the interpretive focus will be on the Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment at Ticonderoga during the year 1776.

The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which serves its mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.It serves this mission by preserving and enhancing its historic structures, collections, gardens and landscapes; and educating the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga. Welcoming visitors since 1909, it preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year, and annually reaches more than 5,000 people in outreach programs. Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 10 through November 2, 2014. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Association of Museums and pursues its vision to be the premier cultural destination in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.orgfor a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

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2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Solid Waste Alliance Communities

Saturday, April 19, 2014
8:00 – 9:30 A.M. – Pawlet, Mettawee Community School Parking Lot, Route 153, West Pawlet
10:30 - 12:00 Noon – Middletown Springs Transfer Station, Behind Firehouse, Middletown Springs
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 A.M. – Tinmouth Transfer Station, Route 140, Tinmouth
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. – Fair Haven Transfer Station, Fair Haven Avenue, Fair Haven
Free Service to residents of the Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) Towns ONLY - Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, and West Haven. As a resident of SWAC, you may attend the events listed above, even if it is not the one scheduled for your town. Residents of these communities may also drop off their household hazardous waste at the Gleason Road Hazardous Waste Depot during normal operating hours. Proof of residency required.
BUSINESS WASTE: Small business (conditionally exempt generators) which may include town offices, schools, and town garages can dispose of their wastes through the Rutland County Solid Waste Management District (RCSWD) Hazardous Waste Depot. Waste may include oil-based paints, pesticides (no charge), and used motor oil. Please call 775-7209 to schedule an appointment. Payment for disposal will be required at the time of drop-off.

Use products up for their intended use to lower disposal costs for your community. Please keep products in their original containers. Do not mix products!

No smoking or fires allowed at the collection site.
COMPUTER COLLECTION: Permanent computer collection programs are available in the towns of
Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, and Tinmouth. Pawlet and West Haven residents can access the computer collection box located in at any approved collection location. Pawlet residents also have access to free electronics collection at the Granville, NY transfer station. Since the passage of environmental producer responsibility electronics legislation in 2011, these facilities as well as many others accept many electronics from residents and small businesses at no charge. Please visit the
SWAC website at for additional information. Large businesses should contact
the RCSWD at (802-775-7209) to discuss recycling and disposal options. There is a nominal fee for recycling/disposal of business waste. ELECTRONICS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THESE EVENTS.


Arts and Crafts Supplies, Carburetor Cleaner, Chemistry Kits, Creosote, Drain Cleaners, Engine Degreaser, Fertilizer, Flea Powder, Floor Cleaners, Fluorescent Bulbs (Unbroken), Furniture Polish, Gas Treatments, Pool Chemicals, Radiator Flusher, Rodent Killer, Herbicides, Insect Sprays, Lead and Oil-Based Paints, Lighter Fluid, Lithium, Mercury, Ni-CAD Batteries, Metal Polish, Mothballs, No –Pest Strips, Oven Cleaners, Paint Thinners, Pesticides, Photo Chemicals, Roofing Tar, Rug/Upholstery Cleaners, Rust Proofers, Solvents/Varnish Sealants, Toilet Cleaners, Used Motor Oil, Wax Polish, Wood Preservatives, Wood Strippers and Stains.


Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors - Disposal options:
• Intact carbon monoxide detectors and household smoke detectors are accepted for disposal with regular trash.
• Many manufacturers of smoke detectors have voluntary take-back programs for safe disposal of these items. Be sure to verify current packaging and shipping requirements directly with the manufacturer. Curie Environmental Services also will recycle ionization smoke detectors for a small fee. The program is called Curiepack.
• Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 241-3745.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications: Ionization smoke detectors do contain a small amount of a low-level radioactive isotope, but the material is not considered hazardous to people or pets at the levels present in household smoke detectors.

Latex Paint - Latex Paint is not a hazardous waste! Use it up or give it to a friend to use. It may be dried and landfilled as a solid waste. Open container and let dry until solid or mix in cat-litter to speed up the process.

Car batteries - Most service stations will take used car batteries.

Tires are also accepted at the Gleason Road facility for a nominal fee.

For additional information, contact the RCSWD (802-775-7209), Pam at the SWAC (802-342-5701), OR VISIT WWW.RUTLAND

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A Yard Sale to Support the Homeless Animals!

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) is holding a yard sale to raise money for the homeless animals. Join us on Saturday, May17 from 9 AM - 2 PM at the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford. Now is the perfect time to start cleaning out those attics, basements and closets! RCHS is happy to accept donations for the yard sale. All items must be pre-priced (nothing less than 25 cents) and in working order. No clothing, shoes, textbooks, magazines or computer equipment. Items can be dropped off at the brown building next to the RCHSshelter on Friday, May16 from 8 AM - 6 PM or Saturday, May17 from 7:30 AM - 9 AM only. The shelter will be open on the17th from 10-5 for visiting with the adoptable animals. Join the fun and support the animals! If you have any questions please call RCHS at 483.9171 or visit

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Spring Wildflowers Of Mount Independence

Vermont wildflowers

Orwell, VT—Spring into spring by participating in the annual guided spring wildflower walk on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years,leads this informative and enjoyable program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.

Olmsted will show participants what to look for and where, will identify wildflowers and tell you their common and Latin names, and will discuss their habitat. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like. This special event brings you to this historic site before the official opening on Saturday, May 24.

This walk, co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, is open to the public. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under age 15. Meet at 1:00 PM outside the Museum. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.

The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best preserved Revolutionary War archeological sites and also known for its natural resources. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. The site will open for the regular season on Saturday, May 24. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 13.

For more information about the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites, visit: Be part of the conversation and join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

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Doing What “Makes Scents”

Elaine Martel

Elaine Martel puts on a happy face as she displays her homemade soaps at Lorettaís Good Food Deli on Route 103 in Clarendon. Samís Good News photo by Natalie Aines.

By Natalie Aines

When I walked into a small country store recently there were two things that caught my eye. The first was the smile of the lady behind the counter. Her smile seemed genuine and without pretense. The second was a display sitting on the counter filled with handmade soaps, each wrapped lovingly with labels and pretty fabric, leaving the ends open so that the scent could be enjoyed. As I chatted with this amiable woman I picked up one bar of soap after another bringing them up to my nose so that I could fully take in the scent. The fragrances were soft and alluring and I found myself bringing each bar up more that once before I set it back in its resting place on the counter. As I made a comment about this brand of soap being unknown to me she said, “That's me!” “Making soap must be hard,” I commented and her response was simply put, “It's just like baking brownies but without the calories.”

Her name is Elaine Martel and the soap is called Wooly Bear. Each fragrance has a different, cute name of its own like “Smokey Lonesome” or “Sweet Cheeks”. Why Wooly Bear I asked? She answered, “There are three animals in this world that can be frozen solid and then you can thaw them out and they will be ok, but the wooly bear caterpillar is the cutest and I consider myself a wooly bear. You can freeze me and then thaw me out and I will keep going.”

Elaine started making soap in 1986 while she was still living in Minnesota. “If you do any reading on what goes into commercial soap – they can use any kind of fat and they don't have to declare it and I don't think it should be ok. Nine times out of ten they extrude the natural glycerin out of it and it makes the soap harsher. I wanted the soap with glycerin in it so it was milder on my skin. You can buy glycerin blocks but I start from scratch and make the glycerin. I use the raw materials start to finish. I use sustainably harvested oils. Ninety-five to ninety-eight percent of my soap is vegan. The soap is absolutely all natural.” Really there is something for everyone. With a good melding of floral, vegetation and earthy scents, there is something for every man and woman.

For the first ten years she made it for herself. She explained, “It was fun and addictive. Then the house started filling up. I made my first sale because I was drowning in it. I sold to a couple of ladies in my spinning class.” Elaine relocated to Vermont in 1998. As she got settled in she used word of mouth to sell her soaps but then in 2006 she started her website Making soap is not her only job, however; she would like to see her future having more time spent on it. “You're going to have to do something, so if you have to do something, you may as well do something you love to do,” is Elaine’s' philosophy.

Elaine has kept busy trying out many combinations and has come out with twenty-two different scented bars of soap, or baa'ars of soap, as she likes to say of the ones including sheep's milk. Some of them including additives of cornmeal or ground loofah sponges for exfoliating. Now Elaine is experimenting with a dog soap, so keep watching for that.

If you're in the market for a mothers day gift or maybe something for yourself you can find Wooly Bear Soaps in a handful of stores, Loretta’s Good Food Deli on route 103 in Clarendon, Pierces' General Store in Shrewbury and Saxtons River Artisans in Saxtons River. Elaine is often at various farmers markets and craft shows including the one May third in Manchester, Vermont. You can also contact her via her website, her facebook page
or call her at (802) 259-3290.

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Win a Brand New Dune Buggy

electric dune buggy

Black River Good Neighbor Services, Inc. in Ludlow is raffling a brand new, just out of the box, electric Dune Buggy to benefit the food and financial aid programs that it sponsors. This vintage-cool ride will give kids and tweens plenty of buggy thrills. The updated dune buggy features a bucket seat, diamond plate floorboard, knobby tires and terrain following suspension. For children ages 8 and up, 120 lbs max, it features variable speed, rechargeable electric motor and steel construction.

Tickets are available at the thrift store, 37B Main Street, Ludlow. Drawing will be held at the Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $2 each or 8 for $10. The buggy has a $350 retail value.

For further information please call Audrey at 802-228-3663. The buggy is on display at the thrift store. Store hours are 10-4 Monday through Saturday.

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Contemporary Shops Add Life To Historic Downtown Rutland

By Natalie Aines

Rutland’s Downtown area was born in the mid 1800's with the arrival of the railroad. Many of the buildings existing today were built in response to that growth. There is a nostalgia that is still held in the quaint and diverse shops open today. As you drive through on a cold winter’s eve, with the shop windows decorated for the holidays and the trees lined with pretty white lights you can almost see a small child from the 1800's with his nose pressed to the glass inspecting the goods inside, as his mother encourages him them to come along to get home. That same feeling is present among the tents shielding the goods and merchants from the summer sun at sidewalk sales, The Farmers Market, or any day that you are strolling down the city streets.

In downtown Rutland it is almost guaranteed that you will be met by a shopkeeper with a smile when you walk into the shop of your choice. And for choices there are many. There are casual women’s clothing stores and upscale, trendy stores. You can purchase men’s clothes, flowers, books and tobacco each in a shop dedicated to their specialty. You can find your solar power needs or buy from merchants who only use solar power to make their goods. Or perhaps you were downtown visiting the gym and need a new accessory to accent the work you just did. There are also several jewelers to choose from.

Michael Coppinger, Executive Director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership says of the shopping experience, “The retail landscape has changed over the last ten years, both from the standpoint of the internet and the big box stores, but we're seeing an emergence of independently owned businesses downtown. Downtown has always had a healthy mix of restaurants as a dining destination but I'm extremely proud of the new niche retail shops that have opened up in the last two years. In that same breath I have to tip my cap and praise those retailers that have been downtown for years and have been staples. There is a strong nucleus of retailers that have been in business downtown, many over thirty years. We are slowly seeing the baton being passed to a new generation of retail owners.”

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From Local to Regional: Defining Vermont’s Foodshed

From Local to Regional: Defining Vermontís Foodshed

By: Erica Campbell, Vermont Farm to Plate program director

Throughout the planning process developing Vermont’s “Farm to Plate” Strategic Plan, we heard many definitions about what the geographic boundaries of “local food” means to different people. Early localvores often used a 30, 50 or 100 mile radius, while others believe local to be a broader, more regional concept. Labeling food as local is important to consumers as well as producers, processors, distributors, and retailers along the value chain.

The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan aligns with the State of Vermont’s definition of local: food that is produced or processed within a 30 mile radius of any given locale. So when you take the perspective of the state as a whole, this means that “local” is “Vermont+30 miles”; which includes any place in New York, southern Quebec, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts that is within 30 miles of Vermont’s border. Some have agreed with this definition and others have found it to be too broad or too narrow. We define “regional” to include the six New England States, plus New York and southern Quebec.

While we have adopted this geographic definition, the Farm to Plate Network continues to wrestle with the concept of exactly WHAT gets counted. Everyone agrees that if it’s grown here, it’s local. But how about specialty foods: the salsa that uses Vermont grown tomatoes only in summer or the bakery that has only one product which uses local wheat? How about coffee and peanut butter products? When it comes to processed foods, it gets complicated. We want to support processing businesses adding value to Vermont grown foods, but we don’t want to ignore the importance of local food manufacturers that may not be using local ingredients yet do create livable wage jobs here in the state.

Legislatively, Farm to Plate is about creating economic development opportunities and jobs in the farm and food sector, and increasing access of healthy, local food for all Vermonters. The Plan’s 25 goals which we hope to reach by 2020, include: increasing farm viability, improving the environment, and reducing food insecurity. In order to reach some of these goals we will need to think broader, and more regionally.

Definitions aside, how do these questions play out in actual purchasing decisions? What do you do when you are standing in the grocery store, trying to make a decision about a particular food?

NOFA-VT (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association) has championed a simple three tiered approach to local and regional food sourcing. When possible, buy foods in season as geographically close or “ultra local” to you as possible. When those are not available, source from other parts of the state—otherwise referred to as Vermont+30 miles—what both the State of Vermont and Farm to Plate define as “local.” When it’s not available in Vermont, look to regional producers in other New England states, New York or southern Quebec.

The importance of supporting “regional” after “local” is especially relevant when trying to source food for institutional markets—such as schools, hospitals, universities, senior meal sites and nursing homes. These markets are looking for greater volumes and a consistent supply of high quality food at lower price points. NOFA-VT works closely with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to expand the institutional marketplace and is also engaged with leaders within the Farm to Plate Farm to Institution Task Force.

Being a localvore is very much about paying attention to where our food comes from and how it’s produced. Food—the way it is grown, distributed, and consumed—affects our health, environment, and economy. Our food choices make a big impact. So if you can purchase food—whether grown or processed—from your community, Vermont, or the larger New England region rather than from California, Mexico, or China, please do!

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Hunt Safely in Turkey Season

Montpelier, Vt. – Hunting safely during turkey season is easy if you follow tips issued by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

In Vermont, May first is almost as important as the opening of the firearms deer season, and while spring turkey hunting-related shootings are rare (last year’s season was incident-free) precautions are needed. Camouflage or drab colored clothing is almost mandatory to outwit a keen sighted gobbler. Unfortunately, camouflage has the same affect on other hunters as it has on the turkeys.

“With a handful of exceptions, all of our incidents have been caused by hunters who didn’t positively identify the target before they pulled the trigger,” said Chris Saunders, Hunter Education Coordinator. “And the victim is usually another hunter, often a friend, trying to stalk a turkey call.”

With the opening of spring turkey hunting season near, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges hunters to consider these safety tips:

• Never stalk a gobbling turkey. Your chances of getting close are poor, and you may be sneaking up on another hunter.
• Avoid red, white, blue and black in clothing and equipment. A tom turkey’s head has similar colors.
• Stick with hen calls. A gobbler call might draw in other hunters.
• Avoid unnecessary movement. This alerts turkeys and attracts hunters.
• Don’t hide so well that you impair your field of vision
• Wrap your turkey in blaze orange for the hike back to the car.
• Always sit with your back against a tree trunk, big log or a boulder that is wider than your body. This protects you from being accidentally struck by pellets fired from behind you.
• Place decoys on the far side of a tree trunk or a rock. This prevents you from being directly in the line of fire should another hunter mistakenly shoot at your decoy.
• Never shoot unless you’re absolutely sure of your target. Since only turkeys with beards are legal during the spring season, lack of positive identification could result in shooting an illegal bird, or worse, another hunter.
• Wear hunter orange while moving from set-up to set-up. Take it off when you are in position.

Hunt smart. Hunt safe.

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Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available

Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available

Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on VT Fish & Wildlifeís website. VTF&W photo by Wayne Laroche

Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website ( Printed applications will be available from Vermont license agents in early May.

The 285 regular moose season permits to be issued this year represent a 20 percent decrease from the 355 permits issued last year. Hunters are expected to harvest close to 150 moose during the regular season hunt which starts October 18 and ends October 23.

An additional 50 permits are designated for the October 1-7 archery moose season when hunters are expected to take about 15 moose.

“We recommended a reduction in permits this year based on the biological data we have collected on Vermont’s moose and our calculated population estimates indicating moose densities are below management goals in some areas,” said biologist Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. “It’s the intent of this proposal to allow slow population growth in some regions while continuing to stabilize moose numbers elsewhere.”

Alexander says applicants need to realize some Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries have changed to better reflect current wildlife populations and habitat conditions. Check page 22 of the 2014 Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide or go to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website for the new WMU maps and descriptions:


Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The deadline to apply is June 10. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350. Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.

Alexander estimates Vermont has 2,500 moose statewide with the greatest concentration in the Northeast Kingdom.

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12th Annual Rotary Club of Rutland Raffle

The Rotary Club of Rutland has announced its 12th annual charity raffle. The grand prize winner will be awarded a credit of $27,516 toward ordering and building a 2014 Camaro with the options desired, or $21,000 cash. Additionally, there is $8,600 in 50 other cash prizes.

According to President Brian Perkins, “This annual charity raffle will benefit the many community charities of Rotary; additionally, the primary beneficiary of this event is the United Way of Rutland County.”

For the first time this raffle has an unusual twist. Perkins indicated that the Rotary Club of Rutland has supported community non-profits for the past 95 years and this year we will give them an opportunity to share in the 51 cash prizes offered. Any individual who sells eight raffle tickets for the 2014 raffle will receive one ticket free that they can designate for their favorite charity. In effect, advocates of worthy regional non-profits can tag onto the Rotary raffle to benefit their favorite non-profit. Tickets are available from any Rutland Rotarian and may be requested by contacting Dick Rohe at

The first Early Bird drawing will be May 13th for one $1,000 prize and 10 - $40. cash prizes.

More information, raffle rules and ordering tickets can be found by visiting:

The grand prize drawing will be at the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce mixer at Allen Pools and Spas, on September 9, 2014.

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Whitt’s Auto

By Alan Hall

Brian Whittemore has been in the auto industry for 30 years. He first started at Burke’s Garage when he was 18 years old. He has also worked for Ted’s Quto and at Rowe’s Sand and Gravel as a mechanic, Mallory’s Automotive, Howard’s Sunoco and Edger Engine in Castleton. As you can see, Brian is a very experienced mechanic and can handle any type of mechanical work you may need. He also does metal fabrication, has Interstate Batteries available and does oil changes starting at $30 depending on the vehicle. He does state inspections that include trailers. He is available for service calls and can be reached at 802 483-6451 or cell 802 236-5711.

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Italian American Club celebrates 100th

Back a few years, Sam’s Good News published an article about the Italians having a masquerade ball, February 7, 1921. Included in the Rutland Historical Society article was a long list of Italian Immigrants. If you can picture the gala, it was held on the fourth floor of Dunn Block in Dunn Hall, located on Merchants Row. As the orchestra played, people in costume danced under streamers the colors of the national flag of Italy. The walls were adorned with United States flags. The decorations were a good marriage of the things that were important to these early members of the club. The pride they felt for their homeland with the love they felt for this new home. Many had arrived here in 1914 only seven years earlier. Of the more than 600 in attendance including the Mayor James C Dunn, more than 500 were Italian.

Though today the Italian American club is it's own entity, when it started it was known as Lodge 414 of the national organization Sons of Italy. Their focus was on philanthropic endeavors, providing mutual aid for its members as well as helping the Italian community learn English and become citizens. They moved into their current home of 73 Grove St in 1934, then known as the Bryant House.

As you read through the list of the Masquerade alumni and see some last names that you will recognize as a part of the today's community let your mind wander back to a bygone era. A time when the place smelled of simmering sauce and yelling was just part of every Italian Conversation, when it was typical to see gentlemen wearing a fedora and playing bocce ball.

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