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Wind Riders 4-H Club Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction

The Wind Riders 4-H club is holding a benefit dinner and silent auction on Friday December 5th, 2014. This event is to raise money for the local 4-H club to send the teen members to Washington D.C. to attend Citizenship Washington Focus. This club has been around for 40 years and works with kids of all ages. The dinner and auction will be held at Grace Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, at 8 Court Street in Rutland. They are accepting silent auction donations and the dinner is being catered by Avellino’s. There will be both meat and vegetarian options.

Tickets for the dinner are being sold for $15 for adults (19+), $10 for teens (13-18), and $5 for children (6-12). Children under 5 get in for free. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:00 p.m., there will a talent show at 7:00 p.m. and silent auction winners will be announced at 7:30. Please make any checks payable to UVM and we hope to see you all there! Call Andrea Hathaway-Miglorie with any questions or silent auction donations, her number is 802-245-9257.

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Congratulations to Alyssa Bathalon!

Alyssa Bathalon

Congratulations! to Alyssa Bathalon on her first deer taken during Youth Hunting Weekend. She got a 135 pound spikehorn in Brandon. She was accompanied by her dad Rick Bathalon.

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Congratulations Gary Burnett

Gary Burnett

Twelve year old, Gary Burnett of East Wallingford, who loves hunting, has been very successful so far this season. He took this 225 pound bear in East Wallingford, a 102 pound doe (on youth weekend) in Wallingford and a pair of ducks in Clarendon. Needless to say, his parents are very proud of him. Congratulations Gary.

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Congratulations John Cragin, Jr.

John Cragin, Jr.

John Cragin, Jr. also got a deer on Youth Hunting Weekend.

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Mill River Union School’s Stage 40 Presents “Evita”

Mill River Union School’s Stage 40 is thrilled to present the powerful story of “Evita”, which recounts Eva Peron’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world—while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. “Evita” tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”
Don’t miss this classic musical favorite!

The performances are on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at 7:30 pm in the Mill River High School auditorium.

For further information contact Laura Steere, Stage 40 Producer 802)775-1925 Ext 270.

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Holiday Basket Applications are Available
Applications Due by December 1st

Ludlow, Vt. -- The staff of Black River Good Neighbor Services has announced that they are accepting applications for the 2014 Holiday food basket program. Completed applications must be received by December 1, 2014.

The food shelf staff is eager to see that no person or family goes without food, and no child goes without a gift to unwrap during the holidays.

A significant number of area families received baskets last year, and the staff believes that the number will increase again this year. Even though the economy continues to improve, there are still many unemployed and underemployed individuals who need help. There are also many seniors trying to make ends meet on far too low an income. BRGNS wants to at least make the holiday season a little brighter for all of them.

Anyone living in Ludlow, Proctorsville, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Belmont or Plymouth who believes that they qualify need only stop by Black River Good Neighbor’s Food Shelf and Thrift Store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow to pick up an application.

Even if a family or an individual received a food basket in past years, they must complete a new application this year. BRGNS asks clients to reapply so that they can allocate resources to the right people. Application is an easy process, and employees are at the food shelf to help. Those people who are unable to get to the store, or anyone with questions, may call 228-3663 for assistance.

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Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful Season
Kevin Rice takes a 919 lb. archery record bull in Bloomfield

Kevin Rice of South Pomfret, VT with his archery record 919 lb. bull moose

Kevin Rice of South Pomfret, VT with his archery record 919 lb. bull moose he took on opening morning of Vermontís archery moose hunt. VTF&W photo by Steve Schaefer

St Johnsbury, Vt. -- Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23.

“A preliminary count shows that by October 28 the department had received official reports of 22 moose being taken by 54 hunters in the archery season and 147 moose taken by 289 hunters in the regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. He said a few additional reports may still be sent in from other reporting agents.

“Vermont’s moose population is being managed scientifically, according to a plan developed on sound wildlife biology and input from the public,” said Alexander. “The overall regular season hunter success rate reported to date is 51 percent, down slightly from 54 percent last year.”

Hunters in northern Vermont enjoyed higher success rates, ranging from 68 to 72 percent in Wildlife Management Units in Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex Counties. Hunters in central and southern Vermont had lower success rates.

Of note, for the second year in a row, biologists who surveyed for winter tick larva on harvested moose found them much reduced. Tick loads were 41percent lower than last year, perhaps due to a late snowpack last April. These reduced loads should help moose come through this next winter in better shape than in previous years.

After applying for more than 22 years, Kevin Rice of South Pomfret, Vermont finally received a moose permit and maximized his rare opportunity to harvest a moose. Using his hunting knife and black spray paint, Rice fashioned a cardboard cow moose decoy from a refrigerator carton.

On opening morning of the archery season Rice and his hunting partner, Steve Schaefer, of Hartford, tried using a moose call with no luck. But later that morning a huge bull moose Rice had previously seen while scouting saw the decoy and came running straight in.

“He was swaying his antlers from side to side, grunting and drooling,” said Rice, who stood up and drew his bow when the moose was 15 yards away. “He kept coming, anyway,” Rice remembers. “My opportunity for a good shot came when he was just seven yards away.”

The dressed moose weighed 919 lbs. with an antler spread of 52 inches and was easily the largest bull moose ever taken in a Vermont archery season and the 15th biggest of all moose taken since moose hunting started in 1993.

“All the effort was worth it,” said Rice. “We have a freezer full of delicious moose meat, and it truly was a hunt of a lifetime.”

A final report on Vermont’s moose hunting season will be available in January when all of the 2014 data have been received and reviewed.

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Black Friday Black Cat Adoption Event at RCHS!

In addition to shopping on Black Friday why don't you also consider adopting? RCHS is hosting a Black Friday Black Cat adoption event! On Friday, November 28 from 12 - 5 all black cats and kittens will be the focus of the day hoping to find their forever homes. The adoption fee for black adult cats will be waived and black kittens will be half price at $45 (two for $60). All regular adoption policies will apply. Black cats and kittens often take longer to get adopted and many have been at the shelter for a while waiting to meet their new families. All of our cats and kittens have been spayed/neutered, given their age appropriate vaccines, have been feline leukemia tested, dewormed and defleaed. They're all ready to be adopted and go home! If you have any questions please contact the RCHS Shelter at 483-6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org. Our black cats and kittens look forward to seeing you on Black Friday!

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25th Anniversary of Ron Williams Memorial Poker Run

This past July, the Southwest Freedom Riders celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Ron Williams Memorial Poker Run. Ron Williams was a lawyer who lived in Rutland. Back in the fall of 1988, Mr. Williams and several of his friends went on a motorcycle ride that took them over the Brandon Gap. Unfortunately, Mr. Williams hit some black ice and crashed. He was brought to the hospital, and as he felt fine, insisted on going home. Three days later, he passed away of internal injuries.

In July of the following year, David Swanson, one of Mr. Williams’ good friends, organized the first Ron Run. For twenty-four years, the same route, that was originally planned out in 1988, has been followed. Thanks to the ultimate wisdom of the state of Vermont, this year, on the twenty-fifth anniversary, SWFR was forced to alter the route, as the bridges on Route 73 were closed for repair.

The proceeds from this event go to Mr. Williams’ two favorite charities. Seventy-five percent goes to the Vermont Special Olympics and twenty-five percent goes to VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences) in Quechee. Every year, at the end of the ride, the Special Olympians enjoy a barbecue with all the bikers, as well as participate in bike games that follow.

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Santa Claus is coming to Middletown Springs!!!

visit by Santa

Picture of a prior visit by Santa to the Town of Middletown Springs. Photo provided.

On Saturday, November 29th, the Middletown Springs Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual Breakfast With Santa. Santa will parade atop a fire truck from South Street to the firehouse in Middletown Springs at 9am. Children and their families will enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa. Children will have the opportunity to sit with Santa and tell him what is on their lists this year for Christmas. Children will receive a gift bag and reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve courtesy of the fire department. Parents have the opportunity to sign their children up to receive a letter in the mail from Santa. The letter is personalized, and it will thank each child for visiting Santa and having breakfast with the big guy himself!

The Middletown Springs Volunteer Fire Department has added something new this year! MSVFD will be teaming up with Shriners Hospitals for Children. During the breakfast, the members of the fire department will be accepting unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The members of MSVFD will stuff their fire truck as full as they can and deliver all the gifts to the Shriners Hospital in Massachusetts. They will be making the trip just in time for the holidays! MSVFD Fire Chief Joe Castle said, “The MSVFD is hoping to bring a smile to children in our local communities and also to other children that may not be as fortunate to be home for the holidays. This is our chance to give back to the children. That is what the spirit of Christmas is all about.”

If you would like to donate an unwrapped gift or have questions, please contact Karen Castle at chiefcastlesgirl@
aol.com
or call 802-235-2160. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your Christmas lists and your cameras! Breakfast is $6.00 per person. Kids 6 and under are FREE!!!

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Vermont Tops Rankings in March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card

Burlington – Vermont has the lowest preterm birth rate in the nation, according to the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card. Vermont was one of only five states to receive a score of “A,” and has received the highest score on the report card for the past seven years in a row.

“Since 2008, when the March of Dimes first issued our premature birth report cards, Vermont has always been a leader in preventing premature birth,” said Edward R. McCabe, MD, chief medical officer at the March of Dimes. “Vermont officials and experts have always shown the political will by working together implementing robust quality improvement programs to make sure all babies get a healthy start in life.”

The March of Dimes Report Card compares each state’s preterm birth rate to the March of Dimes goal of lowering the rate to 9.6 percent of all live births by 2020. Vermont’s rate is 8.1 percent. California (8.8 percent), New Hampshire (9.0 percent), Maine (9.3 percent), and Oregon (9.3 percent) were the only other states to earn an “A.” The national rate is 11.4 percent.

“This report is a point of pride for us, and shows our focus on early prenatal care continues to be a model for the rest of the nation,” said Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan. “We offer a multidisciplinary range of health services to pregnant women (and their families), including physical exams, dental and health screening, nutrition, social services, education and referral services.”

Vermont has also implemented Nurse-Family Partnership in 2011, which provides nurse home visits for first-time, lower-income mothers throughout their pregnancy and up through the baby’s second birthday. The program offers nurse home visiting as an evidence-based strategy that improves pregnancy outcomes, and reduces preterm deliveries. Vermont has also established a Home Visiting Alliance that has created common core elements and guidelines for home visiting programs statewide.

Vermont showed improvement over the last year in three areas that contribute to premature birth measured in the report, including uninsured women with no source of health insurance coverage (7.6 percent to 7.3 percent), late preterm births (6.2 percent to 5.8 percent), and women who smoke cigarettes (20.3 percent to 20.2 percent).

Preterm births are a leading cause of birth complications, and the leading cause of neonatal death. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges and developmental disabilities. Achieving a healthy weight, moderate exercise, a healthy diet, reducing stress, avoiding tobacco, tobacco smoke, alcohol, illegal drugs and some medications all are positive steps women can take to reduce risks.

The Report Card information for every state is available online at: www.marchofdimes.com/
reportcard
.

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A Christmas Carol: Readers Style
Shakespeare on Main Street Production

Manchester Center, VT, – “Come in, -- come in! and know me better, man!” says the Ghost of Christmas Past in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Come in and get to know Shakespeare on Main Street better as it presents this timeless holiday classic in intimate Readers Theatre style in Dorset, Manchester, Poultney, Rutland and Wallingford.

Director Gary Meitrott adapts Readers Theater to include costuming and movement by the actors, adding a dramatic element to the performance. With simple, yet elegant, Victorian furniture and costuming, five actors bring all of the characters to life using Dickens’ original words.

Meitrott, a lover of classic literature and founder of SoMS, says, “Even though we are all connected electronically, we are also isolated as individuals. A Christmas Carol rings truer than ever in its lesson to give and to love with every moment we have.”

The cast features Emily Bleakie, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Levi Nelson, Lawrence Zupan and Zachary Zupan.

Performances: Friday, Dec 5, 7pm, Poultney High School, 154 East Main, Poultney, VT 05764
Saturday, Dec 6, 7pm, Manchester Library, 48 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
Wednesday, Dec 10, 7pm, Rutland Library, 10 Court St, Rutland VT 05701
Friday, Dec 12, 7pm, Wallingford Town Hall, 75 School St, Wallingford VT 05773
Saturday, Dec 20, 7:30pm, Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd, Dorset VT 05251

Tickets at the door: Adults: $10.00, Youth $5.00, Children under 12 Free.

The December 6 performance is complimentary as sponsored by the Manchester Library – donations are requested.

For more information go to www.ShakespeareOn
MainStreet.org
.

Shakespeare on Main Street is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to bringing the elevated vivaciousness of Shakespeare and other authors to Vermont and upstate New York audiences. We depend largely on public donations to stage our productions. www.ShakespeareOn
MainStreet.org
.

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Mueller Named Northern Modified Challenge Series Champion

Teenager’s three-win season tops open-wheel series

Jessey Mueller

Mueller_Car: Jessey Mueller won three races on his way to the Northern Modified Challenge Series championship in 2014. (MemorEvents photo)

Rutland, VT – Young stock car driver Jessey Mueller has officially been named the champion of the Northern Modified Challenge Series (NMCS). The 19 year-old from Olmstedville, NY put together an impressive run of victories and podium finishes during the season to become the second champion in series history. The NMCS is a unique tour that pits open-wheel Modified stock cars against each other on both asphalt and dirt surfaces.
Mueller started off the 2014 schedule the same way he did in the series’ inaugural season, with a victory at the legendary Thunder Road International Speedbowl 1/4-mile in Barre, VT on Memorial Day weekend. Mueller did well in twin 30-lap features on the 4/10-mile at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY in July, with a runner-up in the opener and an eighth-place run in the nightcap – his only finish outside the top-three.

The champion’s defining moment came on August 1 at the Carrara Masonry & Concrete C.J. Richards Memorial 67 at the half-mile asphalt track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT. Mueller’s engine blew in a dramatic cloud of smoke during the qualifying round, but his family team was able to swap in a new power plant and rebound for the victory later in the evening.

A third-place finish at Airborne in September was followed by another third and a victory in twin 50-lap races at Devil’s Bowl’s Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend. Mueller opted to sit out the final event, the Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC 100 on the new 1/3-mile dirt track at Devil’s Bowl in November, but had already mathematically clinched the championship.

Veteran drivers Leon Gonyo and Vince Quenneville, Jr. fought for the runner-up position in the NMCS championship the entire season. Both drivers split victories in the twin 30s at Airborne in July, but Gonyo was a tick better down the stretch with a pair of second-place finishes to take overall position. Quenneville settled for third place ahead of Airborne track champion Nick Heywood. Jason Durgan took fifth overall. The season’s eight races were won by Mueller, Gonyo, Quenneville, Bobby Therrien (Airborne), Ron Proctor (Devil’s Bowl), and Adam Pierson (Devil’s Bowl dirt).

The Northern Modified Challenge Series is sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway management. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowl
SpeedwayVT.com
, call (802) 265-3112, or follow on Twitter at @NorthernModCS or with the #NMCS hashtag.

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Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus 5th Annual Advent Concerts

Ladiesí Night Out Womenís Chorus 5th Annual Advent Concerts

This season’s concerts by Rutland’s premier women’s chorus, Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus, start on Saturday, November 29 at 7:30 pm. Led by Lucy Allen Tenenbaum, Conductor and the chorus’ Artistic Director, this year’s choir is 18 women strong. This year LNO will open their tour at the First Baptist Church at 81 Center St. in Rutland. This church has amazing acoustics and six wonderful stained glass windows depicting angels playing musical instruments. What a fitting site for the Ladies to start up the Holiday season with their program of Angels and Bells! Pastors Jon and Patti Stratton, newly appointed at the First Baptist Church, are opening its doors to the community.

The second concert will be at the Weston Church on the Hill, 29 Lawrence Hill Road, Sunday November 30 at 3:30 pm. As an “Evensong” offering, this concert will be perfect in this special place with its history and acoustics. This space is not accessible, regrettably. Please attend at one of the other concert venues for handicap accessibility.

The final concert of the Advent 5 tour is at the Federated Church of Castleton, 504 Main St., Castleton on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30. Pastor Rob Noble, an ardent music supporter, offers the lovely and acoustically exciting church for the performance. Returning for a second year to Castleton, the Ladies are enthusiastically looking forward to their seasonal interactions with Pastor Rob and his congregation.

The program will open with familiar Christmas Carols with angels and bells in the text, with bell ringing added to the choral music for richer sonority. The second half will open with the luscious Romantic Period hymn for harp and women’s voices by Joseph Rheinberger, Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen (How Lovely Are Thy Dwelling Places.)

The centerpiece of the concert is Paul Carey’s Winter Solstice, a hauntingly beautiful mingling of harp and voices. The modal tonalities and mixed meter with flowing harp part will envelop the listeners in a sound-scape a long way from New England and Rutland VT!

The final piece in the program is The Song of the Angels by Mark Sirett. The singers introduce the Gloria, the second part of the title, Gregorian-chant style, adding layers of sound until all pitches are covered. Percussion, in the form of cymbals, hand bells and wind chimes, brings whimsy and charm to the piece

Come support your local women’s choir, and speak to Lucy Allen Tenenbaum after the concert, or call or email (802 342 8348, lucytune@sover.net) if you are interested in joining the 2015 chorus. They start up in mid January and although there are no auditions, a get-together to share some Musicking is required before admission. The spring concert tour, dates and venues to be announced, is usually the last week of April and first week of May. Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights, 7-9 pm.

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Vermont College Choruses Present Rare Cuban Mass
Concerts at Middlebury, Castleton & Saint Michael’s Colleges

Castleton, VT, -- Four Vermont college choirs will combine forces November 20-22 to sing one of Cuba’s greatest masterworks, the Misa Cubana a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, by contemporary Cuban composer Jose María Vitier.

Collaborating to present this exciting work are Castleton Collegiate Chorale, directed by Sherrill Blodget; Middlebury College Choir, directed by Jeff Buettner; the Johnson State College Chamber Singers, directed by Bethany Plissey; and the Saint Michael’s College Chorale, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew. Local professional soloists Allison Mills, Lindsey Warren, Cameron Steinmetz, and Zebulun McLellan, will join the choirs, along with a professional chamber orchestra of strings, organ, and harpsichord, and Cuban percussionist William Rodriguez.

The Misa Cubana is a glorious musical tribute to Cuba’s patron saint, the Virgin of Charity. Cuban legend reveres the Virgin Mary for saving three sailors in peril in the bay off El Cobre in the 1600s. While the Virgin has been often honored in Cuban art and culture, Vitier’s masterwork represents the first large musical tribute to her. The music ingeniously combines classical European musical traditions with Cuban folk melodies, rhythms, and dances, including the contradança, trouva, and guajira.

The Misa Cubana performances mark the fourth collaboration among Vermont collegiate choral programs, following exciting performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. The Misa Cubana is a particularly exciting repertory choice since the work is little known in the United States and offers a fascinating glimpse into Cuban history and culture. “The collaborations offer invaluable experiences to our students and audiences,” said Blodget, “They enable us to bring to life large-scale choral orchestral masterworks and give our students a chance to meet and sing with their colleagues at other local colleges.”

The 130 singers of the combined ensembles will perform the work in three locations:

• Thurs., Nov. 20 at 7:30pm at Mead Chapel at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT
• Fri., Nov. 21 at 7:00pm at the Casella Theater of the Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College in Castleton, VT
• Sat., Nov. 22 at 3:00pm at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel on the Saint Michael’s College Campus in Colchester, VT.

In addition to performing the Misa Cubana, the ensembles will sing several works separately. Admission to the Castleton concert is $5 for adults $3 for students/seniors, and free with CSC student ID. Tickets are available at www.castleton
tickets.com
or the box office (802) 468-1119. Admission to the Middlebury and Colchester concerts are free, but donations will be appreciated and will help further collaborations. Information is available by calling (802) 654-2284.

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Hartigan Appointed as Advisor to State of Vermont Office of Professional Regulation

Thomas Hartigan

Thomas Hartigan. Photo provided by Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Thomas Hartigan, OT/L, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center was recently appointed by Secretary of State James C. Condos to serve as advisor to Christopher Winters, Director of the Office of Professional Regulation on matters relation to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
The director and advisors serve to protect the public by ensuring that occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistant applicants are qualified for licensure, set standards for the profession by proposing statutes and adopting administrative rules and with the assistance of OPR staff, investigate complaints of unprofessional conduct, taking disciplinary action against a licensee when necessary to protect the public.

Hartigan is one of two licensed occupational therapists appointed to the post and will serve a five-year term.

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BBB ALERT: Scammers Steal Passwords from eBay Shoppers

Next time you shop on eBay, watch out for this scam. Con artists are exploiting vulnerability in eBay’s editing feature to redirect online shoppers to look-alike websites that can steal passwords.

How the Scam Works:

You are shopping on eBay for a laptop, cell phone or other popular item, and you see a listing with a great price. You click on it, but instead of taking you to the item’s page, it reroutes you through a series of websites. You end up at a page requesting your eBay username and password.
Don’t enter it! The site might look like eBay’s log in page, but it’s really a different website. If you input your username and password, it will end up in the hands of scammers. This gives hackers the ability to access your account, and, if you use the same password for other websites, free pass into other accounts.

How does this happen? eBay permits sellers to use Javascript and Flash to add design elements to their listings. But this flexibility allows scammers to add malicious code instead, a practice called cross-site scripting.

How to Protect Yourself from this Scam:

  • Check the URL of the website. Before entering your password or any other information, make sure you are on the correct website. Check the URL in the browser bar.
  • Look for a secure connection. Make sure your personal information is being transmitted securely by ensuring the web address starts with “HTTPS” and has a lock icon.
  • Be wary of listings that look too good to be true. Be suspicious of listings that have prices significantly lower than those listed elsewhere. It could just be a ploy to get clicks.

For More Information Learn more about eBay scams on their website. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.

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ARC Thank You

By Lisa S. Lynch, Executive Director

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, over 70 members, friends and supporters of ARC-Rutland Area arrived at the Bomoseen Grange Hall for their annual Halloween Dance. That afternoon the hall was filled with music, munchies, costumes and plenty of dancing. Lori Anna and Bob Mason, did a super job as DJs and provided a delightful assortment of music “witch” allowed everyone to participate, dancing or not.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and friends continue to enjoy living within their communities and reaching their goals. Our Maggie Pak’s Members’ awards acknowledge the efforts put forth in accomplishing goals. In acknowledging such efforts, it is easier to see the contributions made to one’s own life, their family or community. With contributions comes acceptance and a sense of belonging, which is socially vital. Again this year we will be giving out the Membership Achievement Award, the Personal Achievement Award, and the Community Achievement Award at the Annual Membership Meeting. Let ARC know if you want to be recognized for a goal you reached this year through the Maggie Pak Membership Achievement awards.

We can see that people with Developmental Disabilities and their families are being more and more recognized as valued citizens in their communities. ARC Rutland Area’s Self Advocates group has a training they provide to local business and organization showing the strengths of people with Developmental Disabilities. They can be done in 5 minutes or can last up to an hour, call for a training in your place.

Thanks must go to the members of the Sunshine Fund and Bomoseen Grange for providing the DJ, hall donation, decorations and beverages. We offer special thanks to Lori and Bob Mason, Neil Robinson, Dale Dimick, Betty Dimick, Dolores Smiel, Shirley Graves, Lisa Thayer, Laura Parent, and the Self Advocacy group for donating, decorating, organizing, setting up, kitchen work and cleaning up at the end. Their enthusiasm made the party a success; it was appreciated by all. Thanks for the snacks and baked goods that were donated by families and friends of ARC are also in order, as with food comes more joy. It takes much help from many, and all of your contributions towards making this party the success it was is what keeps us able to provide this event for the community, year after year.

It is with these activities and donations, that people with Developmental Disabilities are able to make more meaningful connections in their daily lives. Without community connections it is extremely difficult for natural supportive relationships to develop. We all have a circle of support (friends, relatives, coworkers, and acquaintances) that we have created naturally to fulfill our needs and wants. This dance is another way to help people with disabilities to expand a portion of their circle. We surely value this community opportunity. Thank you Bomoseen Grange and the Sunshine Fund!

Our next event, is our Annual Membership Meeting, held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 2-4pm, at the American Legion in Rutland. Call 775-1370 for more info, all are invited.

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Gift-of-Life Marathon becomes 12-day celebration

Rutland, VT – The biggest blood drive in America, Rutland’s record-breaking Gift-of-Life Marathon, is about to become the longest.

The revamped “Gift-of-Life Marathon - 12 Days of Giving” will run from Dec. 2 to 16 at sites throughout the Rutland region, and will be the longest blood drive in U.S. history.

“The GOLM will change significantly, the changes intended to help ensure that this important community-building tradition will have a long life and save lives for years to come,” GMP Vice President Steve Costello said. “It will continue to bring the greater Rutland community together in a way we never imagined 11 years ago, while providing blood at a critical time of year.”

Costello, Terry Jaye from WJJR and Castleton College President Dave Wolk announced plans for the 2014 GOLM, shifting the focus from one-day records to a sustainable model with less stress for donors, volunteers, organizers and the Red Cross. There will be far more options to donate.

“We are thrilled that Rutland broke the national record, but it was clear to all of us that we needed to change the model if it were to continue to be successful,” said Terry Jaye, program manager at WJJR. “We hope to maintain the sense of community while expanding the effort throughout the Rutland region.”

Wolk, who signed Castleton on as a lead organizer and sponsor last year, along with GMP and WJJR, said the GOLM’s 12 Days of Giving were designed to help ensure an adequate regional blood supply without the expense and huge logistical challenges of a massive one-day drive, which required hundreds of volunteers and workers, many of them coming from other states.

“This year’s GOLM will be a celebration of last year’s record and the greater-Rutland community,” said Wolk, who will host the first day of the drive, Dec. 2. “We expect that by physically spreading the effort across the region and over two weeks of time, we can provide a great experience for donors while still making a substantial contribution to the regional blood supply.”

Organizers are not setting a numerical goal. “We want to help the Red Cross collect as much blood as possible while ensuring a great experience for donors, volunteers and staff,” Costello said. “Our focus will be more on the individual and community experience than the numbers.”

The GOLM 12 Days of Giving will be held:
Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Castleton College
Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at U.S. Army Reserve on Post Road in Rutland Town
Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rutland High School

Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Diamond Run Mall

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Opera Theatre Of Weston Secret Garden Planting At Windham Schools

Students at Windham Elementary School

Students at Windham Elementary School holding spring bulbs for OTW garden project

Students from the Windham County school system participated recently week in a spring bulb planting project organized by the Opera Theatre of Weston and generously funded by Windham Foundation. The schools taking part were Chester Andover Elementary, Westminster Central and Windham Elementary. The OTW outreach program included a talk about the new opera The Secret Garden to be performed in Rutland and Weston in January.

In addition to a DVD screening of the San Francisco Opera debut production and a reading from the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the children, mostly between the ages of 5 and 8, were given instruction about how to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs and garlic cloves in their school garden. Mirroring the characters in the opera, the children discovered the positive benefits of nurturing their environment. They look forward to seeing the rewards of their endeavors in the spring and had many creative ideas for their future garlic crop. A total of more than 2,000 southern Vermont schoolchildren will attend six school matinees of The Secret Garden at the Weston Playhouse and at the Paramount Theatre in January.

During November and December, teaching artist and OTW choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning will tour area schools with Storybook Opera: The Secret Garden Project. Through music and movement, students will develop an understanding of opera as a form and experience aspects of being in an opera. They will also explore the symbolic themes of The Secret Garden, including resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of nature. The Storybook Opera Project is funded by Windham Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Country Store, Berkshire Foundation and Trust Company of Vermont.

For more information, please contact Opera Theatre of Weston at (802) 824-3821, e-mail otw@sover.net or visit www.operatheatre
ofweston.com

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Popular Wildlife Management Area Sees Broad Expansion

Popular Wildlife Management Area Sees Broad Expansion

Pittsford, Vt – A central Vermont wildlife management area popular with birders and waterfowl hunters has nearly doubled in size, thanks to a donation of land by the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO).

The Pomainville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Pittsford, Vt, has added two sections of land that will increase the total area from 360 acres to 572 acres. The additions include a small section of floodplain forest along Otter Creek and a large parcel of softwood forest on the east side of Route 7.

The WMA was originally purchased by Ducks Unlimited in 2004 and was donated to Vermont Fish & Wildlife a year later. The lands were purchased in order to create a forested buffer along Otter Creek and to restore 46 acres of formerly drained wetlands, the largest wetland reserve project ever completed in Vermont at that time.

“The grasslands at Pomainville WMA are beloved by birders looking to spot grassland birds such as bobolinks,” said Jane Lazorchak, land acquisition coordinator for Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “The new additions to the WMA include a large area of important deer wintering habitat, which also serves as a travel corridor for wildlife looking to cross Route 7. There is also seasonally flooded forest along Otter Creek that supports nesting wood ducks and other wetland wildlife such as otters.”

The restoration project along Otter Creek has turned what were at one time seasonally flooded hayfields into productive wetlands and natural fish ponds. The ponds fill with water when Otter Creek floods in the spring, bringing in fish that use the ponds as spawning grounds before returning to the main flow of the creek. The young fish remain relatively protected from predators as they grow in the ponds and are able to return to the main flow of Otter Creek during the next flood cycle.

The increase in fish provided by these natural ponds benefits local anglers, and additionally serves to keep mosquito numbers down as the fish prey on mosquitoes and their larvae.

“These ponds are just incredible in terms of the amount of fish they produce for the Otter Creek system,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “We sampled the ponds again this fall and found that they were once again loaded with northern pike, along with many other fish species.”

The new lands were purchased by VELCO in 2004 as part of a mitigation agreement with the understanding that they would turn the lands over to the Fish & Wildlife Department within ten years.

“VELCO has once again been a fantastic partner in helping to conserve wildlife habitat in Vermont,” said Lazorchak.

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Rutland Regional Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Rutland Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"Patient safety is, of course, a top priority. Our score of ‘A’ reflects the quality of care we provide to each and every patient, every time," said Tom Huebner, CEO of Rutland Regional "We continue to focus efforts on safety at all levels in our organization and we are proud of our staff for achieving the highest score possible for a second year.”

“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Rutland Regional Medical Center for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see how Rutland Regional’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospital
safetyscore.org
. Consumers can also go to www.hospital
safetyscore.org
for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

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Vermont Big Game Trophy Club Releases Their First Book

The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club has announced the release of their first book “Records of Vermont Big Game”. This 383 page full color book details the meticulous record keeping of the both the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club and the now defunct Vermont Trophy Program, which was run by the Fish and Wildlife Department for approximately 20 years.

Utilizing the Boone and Crockett scoring system for deer, bear and moose, and the NWTF system for turkeys, have led to the documentation of over 3,000 trophy class big game animals harvested in Vermont dating as far back as 1897. In addition to the lists of the highest scoring trophies ever killed in Vermont, there are dozens of stories detailing the hunts that led to these trophies.

But this book is much more. In keeping with the Club’s mission to document and preserve Vermont’s time honored and longstanding hunting heritage, there are chapters devoted to each species and the management of how we got them to their current state. Also included are historical chapters featuring catamount hunts and extremely large deer harvested when Vermont deer hunting was in its infancy.

The book was compiled and edited by Curtis Smiley, President and Co-founder of the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club, a project taking over 6 years to complete.

With hundreds of full color and historical black and white photos, 3,000 entries and dozens of feature stories, this hard cover, heirloom quality book is a must have for all Vermont sportsmen and women.

The book is available at select taxidermists and sporting goods shops or you can order directly from the club.

The book may be purchased for $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping. If you are a business and would like to offer these books for sale, please contact the VBGTC at 802-849-2986.

For more information visit our website at www.vermontbig
gametrophyclub.com
.

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