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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.Shakespeare

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.Shakespeare

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“The Noble Train Begins” at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ti

The Noble Train Begins living history event will take place at Fort Ticonderoga on December 6th.

Ticonderoga, NY -- Discover the story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at Fort Ticonderoga’s upcoming living history event, Saturday, December 6, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will feature a lively program highlighting Henry Knox’s arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate the beginning of the epic feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776. Admission to the living history event is $10 per person payable at the gate. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children 4 years and under are free. For more details visit or call 518-585-2821.

“Guests will discover the inspirational story of Henry Knox, the unassuming Boston book seller, whose physical and mental might would be first tested with the ‘noble train’ of artillery,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “See man power and oxen power in action as 59 cannons and mortars are carefully selected from Fort Ticonderoga. Watch as soldiers work as carpenters to maintain Fort Ticonderoga. Experience the power of oxen as these 1000 pound animals pull sleds of cannon tubes. Examine the science of gunnery, preserved in Fort Ticonderoga’s massive cannon collection. Stand inside the stone walls in the stark beauty of winter on the very spot where Henry Knox began his Noble Train of Artillery.”

“The Noble Train Begins” will feature interpretive staff working with oxen as they move the artillery in place for the journey, cannon tours and cannon demonstrations will also be presented. Historic trades programs such as pit saw demonstrations and sled building demonstrations will highlight the material needs and production of the new fledging American army and in particular the resources needed for Knox’s epic journey to Boston.

Matthew Keagle, Director of Exhibitions, will discuss the tools of the artilleryman’s trade as he highlights the Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s artifact collection. See tools, ammunition, and evidence of the use of artillery recovered from Fort Ticonderoga’s ruins. Keagle’s presentation will take place at 12 pm inside the Mars Education Center.

The siege of Boston, April 19, 1775 - March 17, 1776 was the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War in which New England militiamen, who later became part of the Continental Army, surrounded the town of Boston, Massachusetts, to prevent movement by the British Army garrisoned within. In November 1775, Washington sent a 25 year-old bookseller-turned-soldier, Henry Knox, to bring heavy artillery that had been captured at Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Knox knew the challenge before him as he wrote to George Washington on December 5, 1775.

The garrison at Ticonderoga is so weak, the conveyance from the fort to the landing is so difficult, the passage across the lake so precarious, that I am afraid it will be ten days at least before I can get them on this side. When they are here, the conveyance from hence will depend entirely on the sledding; if that is wood, they shall immediately move forward; without sledding, the roads are so much gullied that it will be impossible to move a step.”

In a technically complex and demanding operation, Knox began the “Noble Train” in January 1776 at Ticonderoga and carried 60 tons of artillery through the dead of winter to Boston in just 40 days. In March 1776, these artillery pieces were used to fortify Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston and its harbor and threatening the British naval supply lifeline. The British commander William Howe, realizing he could no longer hold the town, chose to evacuate it. He withdrew the British forces, departing on March 17, for Halifax, Nova Scotia thus giving Washington his first great victory of the war.

Fort Ticonderoga is the location of the first Knox Trail marker in the Knox cannon trail that traces the route of the noble train. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum owns two original artillery pieces that made the epic journey in the winter of 1776.

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Benefit for the Maclure Library: Wines from around the world, artisan cheeses from around the corner, and original Vermont artwork.

Join the community in celebrating and supporting a wonderful community resource, the Maclure Library in Pittsford, on Friday evening December 5 for a wine & cheese evening and silent auction event. The event starts at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

More than just a place to read, the Maclure is a mainstay in town, a real fixture in the cultural life of the area. The library is host to numerous area groups for meetings, public lectures, and community events of all kinds, as well as hosting its own series of classes, slide lectures, movies, and children’s activities designed to spark interest in reading and developing a life-long love of learning. All this in addition to providing a wide range of reading and research options for children and adults.

The goal for the December 5th event is to raise $1,000 to support children’s programming for the coming winter/spring season at the Maclure.

The evening will include wine and cheese tasting, silent bidding on local artwork and rare and unique books, an opportunity to chat with wine and cheese experts about their products, and to obtain advice on selecting and serving great wine/cheese combinations. There will be an opportunity to order wine and cheese.

The staff at the Maclure produced a very successful series of summer programs for children this year that included poetry workshops, cooking classes, a photography workshop, and even a henna hand-painting session.

Like all Vermont communities, there are children here who live with very limited resources. Some live at or below the poverty line, and many are from single parent households where everyone is struggling just to get through the week. In many cases after school or summer daycare is not a financial option for these families.

This past summer the library staff successfully engaged a significant group of just such children, providing opportunities for them to learn new things, and to learn to love learning new things.

Please join in support for this great community resource. Call 483-2972 for details about this event or to buy tickets. You may also purchase tickets by mail at P.O. Box 60 in Pittsford (05763-0060). If you can’t attend this great event please consider sending a donation just the same. Remember; it takes a village to support a library, and you can make a difference!

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra Continues its 80th Anniversary Celebration in Southwestern Vermont!

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s kicks off its Sunday Matinee Series in southwestern Vermont again this season with three performances at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The series opens with “Joyful Journey,” a Holiday Pops concert featuring Anthony Princiotti conducting the VSO Chorus, directed by José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, on December 14 at 3:00 pm. Additional concerts are titled “At an Early Age,” on January 25 at 3:00 p.m., and “Paris in the Spring,” on March 15 at 3:00 p.m. The January and March concerts are preceded by Musically Speaking, pre-concert discussions with guest artists providing insights into the program, the composers, and themselves. The discussions begin one hour before the stated concert time.

To celebrate 80 years of beautiful music in beautiful venues, VSO has commissioned seven Vermont composers to write 80 second fanfares which will open each of our full-orchestra programs. We look forward to sharing great musical experiences with you all season long!

The Holiday Pops program includes two sleigh rides, a skating party, and a sojourn through the Twelve Days of Christmas (cleverly adapted to various musical styles) as part of the joyful holiday journey with the VSO and VSO Chorus. “Lightning Galop,” a fanfare by Burlington composer T.L. Read, starts us off at a festive clip. Excerpts from Messiah and the Nutcracker are along the way, as are shepherds, traditional carols, a singalong, and a celestial harp.

“Sunday Matinee Series” subscribers will save 15% off the cost of single tickets, choosing reserved best seats of the house for the entire series with the option of renewing those same seats for future seasons. Series subscribers also receive a New England Orchestra Consortium subscriber savings e-card enabling them to enjoy discounts on tickets purchased for concerts presented by 15 orchestras across New England. A special subscription offer is also available for members of the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra and their families. Subscriptions may be ordered by calling Grace at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, (800) VSO-9293, ext. 10.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.

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Nine Point Brow Tine Buck

Nine Point Brow Tine Buck

Jeff Danoski recently visited his home town in Binghamton, New York and bagged what he informed us as a "Nine point brow tine buck", on Opening day in New York. He bagged it at 8:25 AM on his family Land in Binghamton. Photo provided to Sam's Good News

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Bells of Joy 31sr Christmas Concert

Rutland, VT. The Bells of Joy, directed by Karen James will present their 31st annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30PM in the chapel of the United Methodist Church, 71 Williams St. Rutland VT. Don’t miss one of Rutland’s favorite Christmas Concerts!

Inspired by the Lessons and Carols Service from Kings College, Cambridge in England, this concert will feature traditional Christmas carols, like ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ and ‘I Wonder as I Wander’ arranged specially for this unique instrument comprised of 5 octave of Bronze Handbells and 5 octaves of lovely Handchimes. Pianist Emily Roth will join the choir for an incredible rendition of the Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and Rob Roth will add some percussion sounds to several selections on the program. Lessons will be read by Alan Betts.

Also featured on the program will be ‘O Holy Night’ rung by solo ringer Bobbie Fillioe, accompanied by Judy Blair, director Karen James, and Pastor Hannah Rogers and Ellen Wakker on vocals.

Come early to get a good seat. This concert will lift your heart and spirit and renew your soul. The United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible. Donations greatly appreciated.

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The Rutland Free Library Presents
A “First Wednesdays” Lecture “Jesus: The Human Face of God”

Middlebury College professor and author Jay Parini will consider Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries, in a talk at the Rutland Free Library on Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, "Jesus: The Human Face of God," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Parini is a poet, novelist, and biographer. He is the Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, and has also taught at Dartmouth College and Oxford University. He has published numerous novels, books of poetry, and critical and biographical studies, including Why Poetry Matters, Robert Frost: A Life, Some Necessary Angels, The Art of Subtraction, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. His latest book is the historical biography Jesus: The Human Face of God.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at the Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Rutland include: “Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh” with author Reeve Lindbergh on January 7; "Knight to Queen Chess: Chess, Courtly Life, and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages" with Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll on February 4; and "India Rising" with UVM professor Abby McGowan on Mar. 4.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

For more information contact the library by phone, 802-773-1860, or email programs@rutland
or info@vermont

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Need a reason to donate blood? Here are 10

By Steve Costello

Two years ago, I produced a list of 100 reasons to donate blood at the Gift-of-Life Marathon. The list was filled with serious (You’ll be a Hero!) and not-so-serious (You might get on TV!) reasons.

This year, with the national blood drive record in the books and a whole new format designed to alleviate the logistical challenges of a mammoth one-day drive, we are making the event a life-giving celebration of the greater-Rutland community, with 12 opportunities to participate across the region.

The sense of urgency connected to the national record goal may have played a big part for many donors last year. But with that goal accomplished, the need for blood remains important during this holiday season, so here’s a list of 10 significant reasons to make an appointment for this year’s drive by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting www.giftoflife

10) Most people need blood at some time. Look around at your friends, family, classmates or co-workers. Six in 10 of them will need a blood transfusion some day.

9) Barely 5 percent of Americans ever donate. In Rutland, we have a donation rate nearly four times the average, but still, only one in five donates blood regularly.

8) One pint can help up to three people. How often can you help three people through one simple act?

7) 20 percent of blood recipients are children. Your donation could affect generations, including a child, her siblings, parents and grandparents.

6) Blood can’t be manufactured. There is no substitute for people like you.

5) Supplies always drop around the holidays. But because people continue to have babies, cancer treatments, accidents and surgeries that require blood, the need never disappears.

4) Someone in America needs blood every six seconds. In the time it takes to read this, 15 or 16 people will need blood.

3) You’ll get a free mini physical. A few years ago, a potential GOLM donor was told to go immediately to the hospital due to extremely high blood pressure. He did – and was diagnosed with heart disease that required bypass surgery to save his life.

2) We’re asking you. You. Most people who don’t donate blood say no one ever asked them.

The No. 1 reason to donate blood during the Gift-of-Life Marathon 12 Days of Giving?

You will help save at least one life. What could be more important, or meaningful, than that?

(Steve Costello is a vice president at Green Mountain Power, which along with Castleton College and WJJR, sponsors and organizes the Gift-of-Life Marathon.)

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Rutland Young Professionals Reveal Two major Announcements at November Mix

Rutland, Vt. – The Rutland Young Professionals organization was thrilled to share two major announcements impacting the future of the organization at their November Mix on Thursday, November 20.

The first announcement introduced a unique partnership with Castleton College. The group signed an MOU with Castleton Downtown, the college’s new entrepreneurial center located in downtown Rutland, to share space with them at their new Merchants Row location in the Opera House. The two groups also plan to collaborate on future community development projects.

Castleton has been at the center of many recent community initiatives and has proven to be a forward-thinking organization. This partnership provides a very unique and exciting opportunity to partner with an organization that will undoubtedly help advance RYP’s stated mission to attract and retain young professionals

Castleton Downtown wishes to support the economic, cultural and environmental sustainability and growth of the surrounding communities. RYP will add energy and expertise to Castleton initiatives, while helping the college fulfill its goal of bringing together various community organizations.

As an all-volunteer organization, one of the RYP’s main impediments to pursing new initiatives is the lack of staff with dedicated hours in the week to devote to such efforts. Having a workspace provides a place for future staff to work, as well as opens up opportunities for Castleton staff and student interns to become involved.

In addition to the Castleton partnership, RYP announced its new status as a 501©3 federal non-profit. “This allows us to apply for grants that can take our organization to even greater levels,” said organization President Katye Munger. As a federal non-profit allows for sponsor’s charitable contributions to be tax deductible.

In upcoming months RYP plans to continue building organization momentum, and exploring potential membership options. The group’s December Mix is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16 at the Mountain Top Inn.

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Give the Promise of Summer Adventure this Holiday Season

Vermont State Parks Holiday Gift Packages Now on Sale


Purchases of Vermont State Parks gifts help support our 52 beautiful parks and distinguish the gift giver as a savvy, creative, locally-conscious buyer.

Complete with park day or camping passes and park gear featuring designs by local Vermont artists, holiday gift packages offer something fun to enjoy right now, and something to look forward to this summer.

The packages can be ordered online, come attractively wrapped and ready to give, and shipping is free.

Here are the Packages at a Glance:

Day Tripper Package: Includes a punch card good for 10 state park day visits, a VT State Parks hat, a gift card for one hour boat rental and a VT State Parks tote bag to keep it all in. $39

Weekend Getaway Package: Includes two nights of tent, RV or lean-to camping, two VT State Parks water bottles, a bundle of firewood for your campout and a VT State Parks tote bag. $79

Full Season of Family Fun Gift Package: Includes a Vehicle Season Pass that provides unlimited day entry into any VT State Park, all season long for up to 8 people per visit, two VT State Parks water bottles, two gift cards for a one-hour boat rental and a VT State Parks tote bag. $99

Holiday packages, gift certificates in any denomination, park passes, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and more can be ordered any time at

You can also order by phone by calling 1-888-409-7549 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.

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Brown’s Auto Salvage and Premium Recycled Parts North East Supports The Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warriors

Mark and Joan Brown present a check for $21,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The check was accepted by Iraq War Veterans Wilas Loomis and Kurt Miller.

The employees of Browns Auto Salvage and Premium Recycled Parts North East are supporting injured service members through the Wounded Warrior Project.

For years Browns Auto Salvage and the Team PRP NE partners have had a Christmas tradition of exchanging holiday baskets.

Last Christmas co-owner Joanie Brown looked at all the goodies that fortunate people were lavishing on other fortunate people and thought “We could do better than this.” Joanie proposed to the group that in lieu of gifts to each other they support our brothers and sisters who have served our country and are in need of services.

Recently Team PRP NE presented the Wounded Warrior Project with a Christmas check for $21,000.00.

More than 50,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

Team PRP North East is a network of 21 auto recyclers who work together as partners to provide overnight service and top quality auto parts to body shops, mechanical repairers, and the general public. Browns Auto Salvage in Bomoseen is the Vermont partner.

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Little Farmer’s Market

Bright Futures

This replica of a Farmer’s Market Display from Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum was one of many activities
that children enjoyed recently at the Rutland Building Bright Futures Annual Fall Event: Just Play? No Way!
which was held at the Godnick Adult Center. The theme was highlighting healthy brain development in children through play. Other presentations included music, art, dramatic play, yoga, gross motor skills, literacy, healthy foods, and dental care.

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Castleton Presents Two Weeks of Ensemble Performances
Four Castleton ensembles come together for two weeks of musical concerts.

Castleton, Vt. - Castleton presents the Castleton Jazz Ensemble, Collegiate Chorale, Jazz Combos, and Wind Ensemble in four evenings of music on December 2, 5, 8, and 10.

On Tuesday, December 2, the Castleton Jazz Ensemble, led by Robert Roth, presents a selection of pieces written or arranged by the legendary Quincy Jones. Past performances have also featured a number of surprise guests including the Green Mountain Show Band, the big band ensemble of Vermont’s 40th Army Band.

Friday, December 5 features the Castleton Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers, directed by Sherrill Blodget, who will present their Winter Concert featuring Castleton’s new Allen C-15 Digital Organ. The choirs will combine with guest organist David Neiweem to perform organ and choir pieces including Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, as well as a cappella pieces.

On Monday, December 8 the Dance Band Tenths, Castleton’s jazz combo under the direction of Kent Baker, will center around jazz standards popularized in the 1950’s. The concert will contain works made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson and others.

Ensemble Week concludes Wednesday, December 10 as the Castleton Wind Ensemble presents a winter concert entitles “Tribute to Film Music.” This multimedia event will allow audience members to watch selected scenes from such films as The Red Pony, The War Horse, Schindler’s List, Avatar, and The Polar Express, during a live wind ensemble performance.

All concerts start promptly at 7 p.m.

Tickets for each of the four performances are $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors, and children under 12 and are available at or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office one hour prior to curtain. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at (802) 468-1119.

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2014 Gingerbread Construction Contest.
December 5 to December 19, 2014

The Chaffee Art Center will once again host its Annual Gingerbread Construction Contest in conjunction with the Chaffee's second annual Holiday Boutique. This year the Gingerbread Construction Contest is themed "Out of the Box," where we encourage participants to think up bizarre, innovative, or nontraditional designs. Awards will be given for Best Candy Free Design, Best Contemporary/Futuristic Architecture, Best Gingerbread Sculpture, Overall Best in Theme, and People's Choice Award.

Themed and unthemed, 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional gingerbread designs will be accepted. The contest is open to individuals or groups of all ages. All materials used in the construction of gingerbread designs must be edible. Entry deadline is December 6, 2014 by 6pm.

For more information visit the website at:


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Handel's Messiah at Grace Church in Rutland

On Sunday, December 7, Grace Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Rip Jackson. The chorus and orchestra will also perform “We Praise Thee, O God” from Handel’s Te Deum for the Peace of Dettingen and The Angel’s Fanfare, a newly composed festive processional for chorus and full orchestra by Rip Jackson incorporating “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The Messiah soloists are Amy Frostman of South Burlington (alto), Allison Mills of Burlington (soprano), Zebulun McLellan of Tinmouth (bass) and Cameron Steinmetz of Rutland (tenor). Marybeth McCaffrey of Lincoln (Soprano) and Jamie Willis of Rutland (tenor) will join as soloists in “We Praise Thee O God”. Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the biblical prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. A free will offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the 7:00 p.m. performance. For more information, please call the church office at 775-4301.

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Holiday Stuff-A-Bus to Benefit Local Food Shelf

Ludlow, Vt., The holiday season is upon us and Black River Good Neighbor Services has announced that it will hold its annual “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive on Saturday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Shaw’s Market parking lot in Ludlow. This is one of the most important food drives of the year for BRGNS.

While there is abundant joy to be found at this time of year, it is also a time that marks significant need in our communities. This is a very busy time for BRGNS as this local non-profit organization prepares to deliver gifts and a full holiday dinner to those in need. Over one hundred families from the immediate and surrounding towns will be helped this holiday season.

Food shelf volunteers will be handing out holiday dinner menus at Shaw’s Market and asking shoppers to help with the foods most needed: canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pickles, olives, mac & cheese, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, cereal (oatmeal), candy, carrots/peas, gravy, stuffing, margarine, corn, green beans, yams, and coffee.

Donations of money are always welcome and greatly appreciated since much food will still need to be purchased.

Volunteers are needed to sort the food as it comes in, and countless other tasks are required to make sure that the Holiday boxes find their way to everyone who needs help. Please call Audrey at BRGNS’ Food Shelf and Thrift Store, 228-3663 or visit 37B Main Street to ask how you can get involved.

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RCHS "Wagging Tails Winter Online Auction” Closes Soon!

The "Wagging Tails Winter Online Auction" is well underway and will close for bidding on Wednesday, December 3. With more than 140 items available for bidding, you're sure to find something for everyone on your holiday list! The proceeds will go to the homeless animals at the Rutland County Humane Society. Auction items include hotel/vacation stays, jewelry, collectibles, hand knitted items, antiques, gift certificates and so much more! RCHS is dedicated to advocating for and working towards a responsible and humane community. RCHS provides shelter and adoption opportunities for pets that are homeless, and promote animal welfare throughout Rutland County. Your contributions and bids will help assist the projected 1,300 animals they will see during 2015. So bid as high as you can! After all, it's for the love of animals! For more information contact the RCHS Business Office at 483-9171 or visit

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Super Shoes

Mike Saxon at Super Shoes

Before returning home to Dallas, Texas, retired Dallas Cowboy Mike Saxon stopped at Super Shoes in Rutland to purchase a Carhartt jacket for his trip home. Wearing his Super Bowl ring is Sandy Smith and Super Shoes store manager Jeff McLaughlin. Sam’s Good News photo.

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Top 10 Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows

The holiday season is about family, overpriced gifts, crazy relatives, psychotic shoppers, mall parking lots that resemble a scene from Mad Max and of course the one thing that truly brings families together…watching TV.

Every couple of years, What To Do With The Kids® asks people what their favorite Christmas or holiday movies or TV shows are that the whole family can watch. Their first poll was in 2011 and the latest was last year. Early next season, they’ll be asking people again and although some traditional family favorites move in and out of the top 10 list, there are always a few that remain in our hearts.

What To Do With The Kids® presents the Top 10 Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows

1. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966 – Animated)
2. “The Polar Express” (2004 – Animated)
3. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
4. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (1964 – Animated)
5. “Elf” (2004)
6. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965 – Animated)
“The Santa Clause” (1994)
“Frosty the Snowman” (1969 – Animated)
7. “The Grinch” (2000)
8. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
9. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
10. “A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)

To find out how these and other movies ranked in the last poll, visit www.whattodowith

(What To Do With The Kids® is the website that adults go to when they want to know what to do with their kids.)

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Pittsford Resident Wins Vermont’s Funniest Comedian Competition

Rutland, VT - Pittsford native and UVM junior Grant Robin took home the title of “Vermont’s Funniest Comedian” on November 8 this year.

Fifty-seven Vermont comedians competed for the top honor over four nights of shows at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT. The judges, who have experience at national clubs and festivals as well as in television and casting, included industry professionals from New York City, Boston and Montreal.

This was the third year the event took place; the contest was produced by Vermont Comedy Club, a local booking agency run by the husband and wife team of Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller.

“The comedians in Vermont keep getting better,” Hartswick states. “Each performer brought their own unique voice and perspective to the stage, and as always the judges were extremely impressed with all the comics who competed this year.”

In addition to a cash award, Robin also won several prizes to help him take his budding comedy career to the next level, plus a headlining slot on a featured show at the Green Mountain Comedy Festival in May of 2015.

Robin, who is a 2012 graduate of Otter Valley High School and a Radiation Therapy student at UVM, is a comedian with a dark, deadpan wit and delivery. “I’m honored to have been chosen the winner,” says Robin. “Nathan and Natalie of the Vermont Comedy Club have worked incredibly hard to produce the event and the whole Vermont comedy scene is supportive and welcoming.”

Other contest winners included Kyle Gagnon, Kendall Farrell, Mike Thomas and Bitsy Biron.

The Vermont Comedy Club produces hundreds of comedy shows in Vermont each year featuring local, regional and national talent. VCC produces the state’s two largest annual comedy events, the Green Mountain Comedy Festival and the Vermont’s Funniest Comedian contest. In 2015, founders Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller will establish a permanent, brick and mortar home for comedy in Vermont. For more information on their crowd funding campaign and upcoming shows, visit

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