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Calling All Pie Bakers!

The Fair Haven Historical Society is preparing for the 6th Annual Apple Pie contest to be held at the Apple Festival on Saturday, September 20th (rain date on Saturday, September 27th). This year there will be only one category. All ages may enter.

The pie competition is for amateurs (they can not sell their pies for profit). The pies will be judged on appearance, texture and taste for First, Second and Third Place ribbons.

In place of the student category, there will be we are having an apple decorating contest for students up to age 12. There has not been an apple decorating category since 1995. The apples will be judges by the public for the Best in Show. Entry time is 9-10 AM.


All pies must be entered by 11:00 AM, judging will be at 12:00 PM
disposable tins or tins that do not have to be returned are encouraged
pies must be wrapped in a clear plastic wrap ( to keep the bees away and for sanitary reasons)
at least 8” in diameter
you may use other fruits but the majority of the pie must be apples
pies become the property of the society and will be sold after the judging

Professionals will be asked to donate a pie or apple dessert for to be sold before the judging begins. They are encouraged them to bring in a business card or menu to advertise their business.

For more info contact: Lorraine Brown 802-365-3545

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Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Storyteller, Wordsmith Shares His Gifts!


Rutland, VT.: Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike, in addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner. Johnsmith will perform Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm at The Coffee Exchange Cafe at 101 Merchants Row, Rutland VT. Tickets are $10.00 pre-sale (until 10/2) At the Door - $15.00

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

"I feel like every time one of Johnsmith's songs gets heard a little healing happens to the world," Buddy Mondlock.

Join in sharing this musical evening with everyone who you know that appreciates good music and lets show John and his wife Jo, a great big "Green Mountain" welcome. You will not disappointed!

"Not only does he spell his name as one word, he doesn't always capitalize it. Actually he could call himself wordsmith or songsmith just as easily, because he certainly can smith a song." ~ Joe Henry of Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Little Rock, AR.

Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

John has announcee the release of his newest CD, "The Longing Road." If you're not yet familiar with John's music, take a few moments to discover a truly great acoustic music artist. We're sure you'll be glad you did!

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Boys And Girls Club honors 9-11

Boys And Girls Club honors 9-11

In honor of September eleventh, the boys and girls from the Boys and Girls Club “swept in front and rear of the club, cleaned the windows and swept in front of the neighbors sidewalk”, said Linda Macfarlane. She added that “a couple of kids stayed in the club and they are writing a letter to servicemen and then the teams are doing posters for the fire department and police department”. Having said that, Linda mentioned how all the boys and girls were going out on the front step and sing, “My Country Tis of Thee in honor of those who died in Nine-Eleven.

Linda mentioned how other clubs throughout the country were doing things in honor of Nine-Eleven, so as a group, they chose to do what they did for the day. Linda mentioned that My Country Tis of Thee was perfect for honoring the day, by the boys and girls.

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19th Annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship at Chimney Point

Addison, Vt. – The field at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, turns into a competition ground on Saturday, September 20, 2014, for the 19th annual Open Atlatl Championship. Turn back the clock thousands of years to participate or watch the competition using the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing tool, to test prowess in accuracy and distance shooting. Also on deck are demonstrations and discussions of flint-knapping (making tools out of stone), Woodland period pottery, hafting points, and atlatl making.

Demonstrations run from 10 am to 4 pm, competition registration starts at 10:30 am, at 11:00 am is the International Standard Accuracy Competition, and the accuracy and distance event begins at 12:30 pm. Competition ends with a “Grand Champion” shootout. Competition categories include youth girl and boy, women, and men, and usually the field ranges from interested novices to some of the best in the country.

The atlatl was used around the world before the bow and arrow to effectively project darts and spears for hunting. During the recent Lake Champlain bridge project archeology work, many early projectile points were found here, indicating the atlatl was used on the very location of this championship.

The event is a highlight of September’s Vermont Archaeology Month. Come watch or participate in this unusual and interesting event on the scenic shores of Lake Champlain. Admission includes the museum with the special exhibit on bridge archeological findings, the new outdoor interpretive signs, and shop with books and other items on the area’s Native American, French, and early American history. The admission fee is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15. The competitor fee is $6.00 with pre-registration or $7.00 on the day. Call 802-759-2412 to register.

On Friday, September 19, from noon to 5:00 pm is an atlatl workshop with Robert Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl, the $65 fee includes materials, instruction, and coaching, and pre-registration required. Berg teaches all over the United States and Europe. Call 802-759-2412.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site presents the history of the region’s three earliest cultures—Native American, French Colonial, and early American. The site was used by Native Americans for thousands of years, was the location of the 1731 French fort, and the museum is in the c.1785 tavern building. It is located at 8149 VT Route 17W in Addison at the foot of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. The site is open 9:30 to 5:00, Wednesdays through Sundays, through Columbus Day, October 13.

For more information about the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites visit

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Paddle 4 Paws benefits the Rutland County Humane Society

Woodard Marine presents the first annual Paddle 4 Paws fundraiser for the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) on Sunday, September 14 at 9:30. Kayakers, canoers, paddleboarders and boaters will race, and their dogs are welcome to accompany their owners! The cost is $25 with proceeds going directly to RCHS. We will be there with our products for sale, information on adoptable animals and more! Thank you to Woodard Marine and for this fantastic event! For more information on participating in this event contact Woodard Marine or visit
or call the Rutland County Humane Society at 483.9171.

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Rutland Recreation & Parks Department Programs

7th Annual Duathlon - Run & bike throughout the Pine Hill Trails on Sunday, September 21. The course will feature a 5K trail run followed by a 10K loop for mountain biking race starts at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9:15 a.m. You can participate as an individual or as a team. The fee to participate is $10 pre-registration or $15 on race day for an individual or $15 pre-registration or $20 on race day for a team. Our races are low key and fun for all levels of competitors whether 8 or 80! Register at Rutland Rec offices or visit

Flip Side Skate Park - Still Open! Open to all ages and ability levels. New School Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 3-7pm, Saturday, 1-8pm, Sunday, 1 – 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Strength Training - Burn the fat and feed the muscle! Instructor John Scaralia will take you a through a specially designed program with proven principles of progressive weight training and nutrition for maximum muscle building. Next session starts September 23. Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 30st. Register at or stop by Rutland Rec offices.

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Announcing Our New Executive Director

Rutland, Vermont—BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont’s Board of Directors, announces they have selected Carol Flint as BROC’s new executive director.

Mary Jean Inglee, BROC’s President for the Board of Directors comments that, “We are confident that Carol’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the work, staff, and friends of BROC, and together we will continue to advance our mission in our local communities.” Carol is a leader who brings to BROC experience with anti-poverty programming including community economic development and family services. Carol has served Capstone Community Action, formerly known as Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., for the past twenty years. During her time there she helped to establish the Vermont Women’s Business Center, developed and implemented Disaster Case Management services to serve survivors from Tropical Storm Irene and most recently implemented a new Community Kitchen Academy at Gable Place in Barre in partnership with the Vermont Foodbank.

Carol said “she is pleased and honored to be selected as the new Executive Director and excited to begin work at BROC.” She looks forward to meeting community members, affirming existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships.

BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont has been in existence since 1965, serving the needs of low to moderate income persons throughout Rutland and Bennington Counties. Our range of programs and services include an emergency food shelf, housing and homeless assistance, budget counseling, nutrition education, weatherization assistance, to economic and workforce development for job training and entrepreneurship. For more information about BROC, please visit our website at

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Lake Bomoseen Association future events

Thursday, September 25 is LBA's fall social and since the time has been changed to 5-7pm, the social committee decided to make chili and let our guests bring something to go with it. You are invited to bring an item to add to the dinner: a salad, chili toppings, corn bread or dessert. And remember to bring your own beverage. The dishes and silverware are provided. Woodard Marina has kindly invited us to use their showroom located on Route 4A in Hydeville. Come and meet your lake neighbors....we hope to see you there. This is a social and there is no cost to attend.

A Glow Golf Fund Raiser is Friday night, October 3 at Prospect Point Golf Course. John Casella and his committee are working out the details so stay tuned. Save the date as it should be a fun evening for you and your family.

Wine tasting for those with discriminate palettes is just what you may like to try on Saturday, October 4 at Harpo's Grille on the Water, located at Prospect Point Golf Course. From 4 to 6pm you are invited to come and sample different wines: reds, whites and sparklies, along with some appetizers. Harpo's Grille is doing this fund raiser. The tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Dinner is available following the tasting at Harpo's.

This year, Lake Bomoseen has been home for an usual amount of invasive milfoil. We plan to do what we can to reduce it but that comes with a cost. We invite you to attend these events and support our efforts to accomplish this goal.

Any questions, contact Davene Brown at or call at 518-265-1267.

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USDA Awards $2 Million to Expand Water and Sewer to West Rutland

Montpelier – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday that it has awarded $2,007,100 in grants and loans to expand municipal sewer and drinking water to parts of West Rutland. “These upgrades will have environmental, health and economic impacts for hundreds of Vermonters in and around West Rutland,” said USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director Ted Brady. “The new sewer lines will help West Rutland citizens and businesses replace several costly and poorly functioning, on-site wastewater systems that threaten both the health of residents and the environment. The new water lines will deliver dependable, clean water to residents who may have struggled to find good well water.”

Two grants totaling $723,100 and two loans totaling $1,284,000 will be used to extend West Rutland’s municipal water and sewer service 1 ¼ miles along Business Route 4 between West Rutland and Rutland Town. This well-traveled corridor has needed municipal utilities for decades. Landowners have inadequate on-site water and wastewater systems, preventing property improvements and business development. The water main will also provide fire protection to this area.

USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program awards grants, loans and loan guarantees to develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns unable to obtain financing from other sources at rates and terms they can afford. Funds can be used for construction, land acquisition, legal fees, engineering fees, capitalized interest, equipment, initial operation and maintenance costs, project contingencies and any other cost determined by Rural Development to be necessary for the completion of the project.

President Obama's historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.

USDA, through its RD mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $201 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont/New Hampshire Rural Development website ( or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.

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