35th Annual Beyond the Unicorn Christmas Craft Fair in Springfield
Once again, the Beyond the Unicorn Craft Fair promises to bring together some of the most talented crafters and artisans from New England and New York. The fair will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th at the Riverside Middle School on Route 11 west in Springfield, Vermont. Sponsored by the Springfield High School Alumni Association, the fair has been one of the largest events in Springfield for 35 years.
Eighty-five talented Crafters from all over the region will showcase their handmade original creations at the event. The wonderful aroma of fresh balsam wreaths and other delightful arrangements add to the festivities. Delicious food is prepared and served all day by the “Alumni Chefs”, delectable “take home” pies and loaves of bread, book signings, raffle drawings throughout the day ( items donated by every crafter) and face-painting add to the festivities.
You’ll have to see this for yourself, there is absolutely something for everyone. Come and spend the day, it’s a Community Celebration!
The Fair is always held on the first Saturday of December. For information about the Craft Fair or to volunteer to join in the fun, contact Marie Gelineau at 802-885-3579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Second Local Fiddle Jam Set for Tuesday, Dec. 10
Lausanne Allen plays the fiddle at the 2007 Farmers Market.
South Starksboro fiddler and caller Lausanne Allen will lead the Wild Wood Music Co-op’s second fiddle jam Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Merchants Hall in downtown Rutland. Dancing will be included.
Born and raised in Vermont, Allen has played traditional music for nearly 40 years and has called dances across the U.S. and in Canada. Though she calls for experienced contra dancers, the Rutland dancing will be a casual complement to the fiddle jam.
The jam will take place from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Merchants Hall, the performance venue owned by the Patorti family, is located at 40-42 Merchants Row, just north of West Street.
Response to the initial jam was positive. Seven fiddlers and a total of 29 people attended. That has prompted organizer Jack Crowther to schedule the second jam in hopes of making it a regular activity in Rutland.
Fiddlers will lead the session, but players of other acoustic instruments are invited to attend and play along. Listeners and dancers are of course welcome.
There’s no admission charge, but donations are requested.
For further information, call Jack Crowther at 775-1182 or visit the Wild Woods website at www.wildwoodsmusic.org or the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/
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GMC Athletics Pitches in for Thanksgiving!
GMC Athletes deliver turkeys.
At holiday time, communities often take the time to ensure that their less fortunate members are provided for by creating special opportunities. The Green Mountain College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) did exactly that when it developed a way to give back to the Poultney Community.
SAAC recently completed a fundraising event in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The organization took cash donations to raise money to purchase turkeys helping guarantee that more mouths and bellies got filled with the festive bird of choice. The crew was able to raise enough money to purchase 25 turkeys through an initiative with Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland, Vt. Those turkeys were then donated to the Poultney Food Shelf distributed them to needy families.
“It was trulyinspiring to carry 25 turkeys into the food pantry and fill up a huge chest freezer,” related SAAC President Johanna Douglas. “We donated the turkeys while people were there picking up food and it was amazing tosee the deep gratitude that all of the people -- our own neighbors -- displayed when they saw our donation. I think it is awesome that the GMC athletic community could spread some happiness to the residents of greater Poultney, especially during this time of giving thanks. It made us take a step back and be thankful for what we have and realize how donating just a small amount individually can add up when everyone chips in, making a real difference in our neighbors' lives.”
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New Rental Development Opens in Rutland
Rutland Housing Authority and Housing Vermont Complete 23 Apartments
The ribbon was cut recently at the Rutland House Authority’s new Hickory Street development.
City officials, funders and others joined representatives from the Rutland Housing Authority (RHA) and Housing Vermont to celebrate the opening of 23 affordable apartments at the new Hickory Street neighborhood.
The new apartments mark the completion of the second phase of the three-part transformation of the Forest Park public housing site into a redesigned neighborhood with apartments affordable to renters across a wider range of incomes. The first phase of 33 apartments was completed in April 2011.
“This phase not only brings 23 more attractive apartments to the neighborhood, but it also provides needed space for Head Start and our Family Self Sufficiency program as well as a playground and maintenance room,” said RHA Executive Director Kevin Loso.
The nine one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments are scattered among three duplex, one five-plex and two six-plex buildings.
“The new units build upon the energy efficient design of the first phase,” said Housing Vermont President Nancy Owens. “The second phase includes a wood-pellet fired boiler which serves the larger buildings and a roof-mounted photovoltaic array which will produce electricity to offset our electric costs.”
Demand for housing in the new development remains strong. RHA received more than 95 applications for the new housing and has signed leases for 16 apartments. The remaining apartments are expected to be filled by the end of the year.
RHA and Housing Vermont secured funding from 11 different sources to meet the $7.2 million total development costs. TD Bank and Housing Vermont’s Green Mountain Housing Equity Fund V invested almost $4.3 million in tax credit equity.
“This development is an outstanding example of how Vermont’s financial institutions play a central role in creating affordable housing and maintaining strong communities,” Owens said. “Equity investors in the second phase of Hickory Street Apartments include TD Bank, Peoples United Bank, National Life, Merchants Bank, NBT Bank, KeyBank, Bank of Bennington and Arrow Financial.”
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided nearly $2.6 million through several programs including the Neighborhood Stabilization Program operated by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) and the Vermont Community Development Program administered by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development.
“We are grateful to the innovative participation of the Vermont Community Loan Fund which enabled us to maximize the effectiveness of HUD’s mixed-income financing program,” said Loso. “That’s a terrific example of the collaboration and ingenuity which allows Vermont to stretch every available housing dollar.”
In addition to administering one of the HUD funds, VHCB loaned $100,000 from its general fund. Other sources included equity from the sale of Vermont tax credits as well as donations from three foundations.
"Thanks to a donation from the Ronald McDonald Charities we were able to install a first-class playground on site,” said Loso. “The donation by the Flying Birch Fund helped us to outfit the Community Center.”
Naylor and Breen Builders was the construction manager and Michael Wisniewski of Duncan • Wisniewski Architects was the project architect. The Merchants Bank provided construction financing.
Those interested in renting apartments should contact the Rutland Housing Authority at (802) 775-2926 or www.rhavt.org.
“We’re two-thirds through the redevelopment of this neighborhood,” Loso said. “We look forward to completing the final phase of this successful community project.”
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Honoring a Loved One
Throughout our lives, people and animals often become important to us and make a great impact. There are many ways to remember or honor these special individuals. One way is to make a donation in their name to Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS). For animal lovers, a terrific holiday or birthday gift might be a donation to RCHS. A donation is a great way to remember a favorite pet or family member who meant a lot to you. Joyous occasions, such as birthdays and weddings, are other reasons to donate. When someone asks you what you want as a gift, suggest a donation to RCHS! So next time you're thinking about the "purrfect" gift for a loved one, please remember the homeless animals at RCHS. Your donation can really make a difference! If you have any questions about donating to RCHS please call us at (802) 483-9171 or visit our website at www.rchsvt.org.
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ESA Serves Up Safe Cooking Tips in Time for Holidays
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides fire safety tips to homeowners
The end of the year is upon us, which means family gatherings, good times and the ultimate home-cooked meal. Unfortunately, it’s also the leading time of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that cooking fires occurred three times more often on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.
To ensure your Thanksgiving is indeed something for which to be thankful (and not a fiery fiasco), use these safe cooking tips from the Electronic Security Association (ESA).
Cooking with care
Whether you’re roasting a turkey or baking a pie, it’s important to exercise caution in the kitchen. A few ways to avoid dinnertime disasters include:
• Keep your stove top free of flammable items such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, pot holders or towels.
• Refrain from wearing loose and dangling clothing that can easily catch fire.
• Cook on the back burners of your stove top whenever possible and keep pot handles turned in to prevent pots from accidentally being knocked off.
• Children should be kept at least three feet away from hot stoves to ensure that they do not get burned by bubbling liquid or steam.
• Electric cords should not hang off of counters, since they could easily injure children if they are pulled down.
• Never leave dangerous items such as knives, matches or lighters in reach of children.
Don’t burn the bird (or the house)
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports that unattended cooking equipment is the leading factor contributing to the ignition of larger, spreading cooking fires. The best way to prevent kitchen fires is to pay attention to what you’re making. It’s extremely important to stay nearby when grilling, broiling or frying food. These methods of cooking present more fire danger than baking, boiling or roasting.
If the cooking goes south and you find yourself in a smoke-filled kitchen, it’s vital to the safety of your home and family to take immediate action. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby and use the PASS method to remember how to operate it:
• Pull the pin, hold the extinguisher with the nozzle facing away and release the locking mechanism.
• Aim low and point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
• Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
• Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Never try to put out a grease fire with water—no matter how big or small. Water doesn’t extinguish this type of fire; it spreads the fire by causing the grease to splash out of the pan. The best way to extinguish a grease fire is to quickly cover it with a pan lid and turn off the burner.
Even if all precautions are taken to avoid a kitchen fire, there is no guarantee that it won’t happen. For this reason, all homes should be equipped with a monitored fire alarm system. ESA encourages homeowners to select a knowledgeable and trusted security company that is a member of ESA to install and monitor a fire alarm in the home. To find a local ESA member, visit Alarm.org.
Although diets and healthy food go out the window this time of year, safety is something that shouldn’t. Use these tips to ensure each meal is cooked safely.
The Electronic Security Association (ESA), established in 1948, is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.
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UVM-GMP Announce Far-Reaching Initiative to Promote Vermont
Green Mountain Power and the University of Vermont have announced they have entered into an agreement that will promote educational, environmental and economic development growth in Vermont.
The agreement, which is set forth in a Memorandum of Understanding, codifies how GMP and the UVM will work with each other on variety of topics including "to advance the GMP Energy Innovation Center in Rutland."
At a press conference on the UVM campus, GMP President and CEO Mary Powell and UVM President Tom Sullivan hailed the accord as an important milestone in the way that the public and private sector can cooperate to advance the interests of the State of Vermont.
"I am very pleased that as part of this agreement UVM will work with our Energy Innovation Center in Rutland to encourage new businesses in the energy and technology sector that will benefit the whole state," Powell said. "I am very pleased that GMP will be able to tap into the important UVM pool of intellectual resources for our customers throughout the state."
"For UVM," Sullivan said, "this agreement is an important step in assisting in the transfer of University-created intellectual property for commercial use by Vermonters in their homes and businesses. UVM is eager to work with GMP to enhance our dual commitment to improve the educational, environmental and economic climate of Vermont, which is the latest modern-day example of what it means for UVM to be a Land Grant university."
Under the Agreement announced UVM and GMP will use best efforts to work together to:
• Create an on-going relationship with any appropriate public agency or private entity that will advance climate science, understanding of weather impacts on energy usage and related infrastructure, and the private economy to promote the general good of the state.
• Establish and maintain in Rutland a research facility that will house these activities, and UVM will have a presence.
• Establish an Energy Innovation Center Lecture Series that will include professors and lecturers from UVM who will focus on energy, efficiency, environment, and related economic growth.
• Develop internships and cooperative learning opportunities for UVM students who are interested in renewable energy and the energy industry.
• Create an opportunity for job-shadowing so UVM students can learn about job opportunities in renewable generation and energy technology.
• Investigate renewable generation opportunities at UVM and collaborate to develop sustainable generation and associated educational opportunities for students and the general public.
While these new joint activities will be explored, UVM's Electrical Engineering Department and GMP are already engaged with Sandia National Lab and IBM in the installation of the recently announced regional test center in Williston that will help improve solar technology for cold weather areas.
UVM is cooperating with GMP in collection of data concerning the production of small wind installations throughout the state to create a shared wind generation dashboard. UVM will connect its 10kw Bergey wind turbine to this project.
"These are examples of some of the joint projects already underway that makes this new formal and long-term cooperation agreement very timely. We are eager to continue our work on behalf of Vermont," said Powell.
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Bud's Car Wash
Stop in at bud’s Car Wash, 186 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland for gift books of car wash tickets and stocking stuffers this holiday season. Owner Jeff (left) and his dad Nelson Smith will be glad to help you. Give them a call at 802-773-7959.
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Vermont Muzzleloader and 2nd Archery Deer Seasons, Dec. 7-15
Bill Garrison of Arlington, VT with a nice buck he took during Vermont’s rifle deer season this year. Photo from VT Big Game Trophy Club & VTF&W
Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time -- December 7-15.
A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. In addition, a hunter who received a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit may take one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) designated on the permit.
An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take one in the earlier part of archery season. An archery hunter may take an antlerless deer except in WMU-E in the Northeast Kingdom.
A legal buck is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer.
An antlerless deer is a deer without antlers or with no antler longer than three inches.
A deer with spike antlers may not be taken during the archery, November rifle, or muzzleloader seasons.
A muzzleloader or archery license is required in addition to a standard hunting license, except for a nonresident who chooses to purchase just a limited archery license for the archery season.
Vermont hunters may take up to three deer in a calendar year with appropriate licenses and permits for each deer season (archery, youth weekend, November rifle, December muzzleloader). Only two of the three deer in the annual limit may be legal bucks, but only one legal buck may be taken in each season.
Preliminary reports indicate that hunters tagged some exceptionally heavy bucks with big antlers during the October portion of the archery season and in the November 16-December 1 rifle season.
Check the 2013 Vermont Hunting, Fishing and Trapping LAWS and GUIDE for more regulation details. It’s available where licenses are sold and on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishand
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Gift-of-Life Marathon organizers appeal to first-time donors
With less than two weeks till the Gift-of-Life Marathon, organizers are appealing for blood donors – especially first-timers – to sign up for the national-record effort on December 17.
“We are getting into crunch time, and we have a long way to go to even think about breaking the national record,” said Steve Costello, vice president for generation and energy innovation at Green Mountain Power, and one of the organizers. “We are making steady progress, but we still need over 1,000 people to commit to the drive to have a shot at the record.”
For an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.giftoflifemarathon.com. Students as young as 16 can donate blood in Vermont, though 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or have a signed consent form available on the Red Cross website.
Terry Jaye, program manager at Catamount Radio, said first-time donors would be critical to reaching the goal of 1,969 pints, which would break the record held by Manchester, N.H.
“If you have never donated blood before, this is the drive to do it,” Jaye said. “It’s an amazing atmosphere and sense of community, and with a little luck, you’ll be part of a national record.”
Reed Wilcox, who moved here from St. Louis in June, signed up to donate for the first time. “Before I moved here, I hadn’t really been exposed to a place where it was such a focal point,” Wilcox said. “It just seems easier to do in this town – in the past I wouldn’t have even known where to go to give blood.”
Allison Gillette will also be donating for the first time. “It’s such a huge community effort, I felt compelled to get involved,” Gillette said. “I am really passionate about helping Rutland become the greatest place it can be, and I see the blood drive as a part of that. I feel like I have to be a part of it. I’ve been surrounded by heroes in my life – my Mom was a single parent, my grandmother overcame cancer three times, and my boyfriend was a Marine and is now a police officer,” she said. “I don’t have the opportunity to do heroic things like them every day, but this is my opportunity to do it for the first time.”
Korinne Rodrigue, another first-timer who has been involved in Rutland’s VISION campaign, said she signed up for similar reasons. “I love this community, and that alone is enough reason to get involved,” Rodrigue said. “Add in the fact that one pint of blood can help save up to three lives, and I can’t imagine not being part of it.”
Dave Wolk, president of Castleton College, said students at the college are signing up for a lot of reasons, including the most obvious: there is no substitute for human blood. “The drive and the record attempt are amazing in and of themselves, but ultimately this is about helping save the lives of friends, neighbors and strangers throughout the region,” Wolk said. “Our students, including many first-time donors, relish that opportunity.”
The Gift-of-Life Marathon, which is December 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is organized by Castleton College, WJJR and Green Mountain Power, with lead support from the Paramount Theatre and Small Dog Electronics. While supplies last, donors will receive gift bags stuffed with items from dozens of local businesses and organizations. Locations include the Paramount Theatre, Elks Club, College of St. Joseph, Holiday Inn and American Legion.
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Local Stylist Offers New Skin Care Treatment
If you have skin problems such as dryness, large pores, rosacea or age spots Tammy Brewer, stylist at Turning Heads Salon in Rutland, invites you to try a skin treatment that she really believes in. NeriumAD was accidentally discovered in 2006 by Nerium Biotechnology while researching uses for the nerium oleander plant. What they discovered was a skin treatment that delivers results quickly and effectively. The product only recently became available on the East Coast.
Tammy and Turning Heads owner Nora Audet both started using NeriumAD a few weeks ago and both have noticed improvements. Nora swears that fine lines around her lips have almost disappeared and the redness from rosacea on her cheeks has faded.
Turning Heads Salon recently held a “Wine and Wrinkles” Party to explain the product to interested clients which had a very good response. They plan to do another in the future. Both Tammy and Nora say that a big plus of using the Nerium treatment is that it is applied once a day and it is only one product, not a series of moisturizers and creams.
Researchers examining NeriumAD have used advanced facial scanning equipment that includes fluorescence spectroscopy technology and artificial intelligence that allows them to measure before and after effects of the product on the user’s skin. It is suggested that clients take pictures before starting use and again after ninety days.
Nora and Tammy both acknowledge that NeriumAD is not inexpensive, but depending on your current use of skincare products, savings may average out your cost. Tammy says that clients that sign up for regular monthly purchases with automatic shipments can also save a significant amount of money.
Tammy is an Independent Brand Partner for NeriumAD and would be happy to discuss the product with you. You can call her at 802-558-1483, email tammybrewer16@
aol.com or go directly to the website for information or to order at www.tbrewer.
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Third Graders at Barstow Memorial School with teacher Jennifer Buzzell, proudly display their new dictionaries donated by Rutland South Rotary Club through Project Dictionary.
Rutland South Rotary Club is giving back…in the form of a dictionary, to Rutland County third graders. For the past 12 years, Rutland South Rotary has participated in the Dictionary Project, a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1995 by Mary French in Charleston, South Carolina. Its mission was to provide personal copies of dictionaries to 3rd grade students in the South Carolina Public School system.
Rutland South Rotary has implemented Project Dictionary in 8 area schools: Barstow Memorial School, Christ the King, Clarendon Elementary, Proctor Elementary, Rutland Area Christian School, Rutland Intermediate School, Rutland Town School, and West Rutland School. This is one of the ways Rutland South Rotary supports literacy.
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A Rutland Christmas Tradition – Rotary Christmas Tree Sale
Rutland Rotary Club members took a break from installing the stanchions for their Christmas tree sale to pose for the roving photographer. They are Lou Scott, Jeff Chabot, Richard “Rich” Carlson who chairs the Christ Tree Fund Raising project, Billy Drummond and Brian Perkins who is the president this year. Sam’s Good News photo.
A long-standing Christmas tradition in Rutland is the Rutland Rotary Club Christmas tree sale in Main Street Park. The Sam’s Good News roving photographer visited Main Street Park during Thanksgiving week to observe the annual tree sale setup. Several Rotary members were installing stanchions to hold the more than one thousand Christmas trees they have on order.
When asked, Rotary members present figured the group has been selling Christmas trees for fifty years. Every year they purchase a thousand first grade balsam trees from a plantation in Stannard, Vermont. The Christmas tree sale hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until all the Christmas trees are gone. Lou Scott mentioned that all the money raised by the sale goes back into the community.
When the roving photographer asked one too many questions, he was told to “stop needling us, we’ve got to spruce up around here.”
Look for the Rutland Rotarians and your favorite member in Rutland’s Main Street Park from now until Christmas.
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Saltwater Cowboy owner, Jennifer Sheridan, with her son Kevin Maguire, Amanda Zilski and her daughter Hailey are here to serve all your holiday needs. Saltwater Cowboy is licated at 209 North Main St., in Rutland. Fresh seafood is delivered daily. 773-6060.
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"Southwest Freedom Riders President, Ron Morse (left), presents a check from the proceeds of the 24th Annual Ron Williams Memorial Poker Run, to Special Olympians (left to right) Alexa Wortman, Kevin Hanson and Shelby Wortman."
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Killington’s Toys for Tots Benefit Set For December 7th at The Foundry
Ted Arbo’s 27th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party will be held Saturday, December 7th, from 5pm to 8pm at The Foundry at Summit Pond in Killington. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation. In addition to the toy drive, the event will feature a raffle with all proceeds going to local charity organizations, including Rutland Women’s Network and Shelter, Dodge House, Open Door Mission, Killington-Pico Rotary and Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.
Raffle items include local restaurant gift certificates, lodging packages, ski and snowboard gear and apparel, Killington golf and ski packages and more. Guests will receive one raffle ticket in exchange for each toy donation, and additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the door. Entertainment will be provided by Duane Carleton from 4 to 7:30pm, and Honky Tonk Knights from 7:30 to 11pm.
Ted Arbo’s Toys for Tots Holiday Party has been a celebrated tradition in Killington since the first event at the Grist Mill in 1986. Throughout that time, over $100,000 in toys and donations have been raised, supporting many local agencies and causes. Last year’s event raised $8,600 in donations and collected over 500 toys – a record for the event.
Formerly the site of the Grist Mill Restaurant, The Foundry at Summit Pond is located on the Killington Road in Killington, Vermont. For more information, call (802) 422-3035.
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Congressman Welch Shares the Holiday Spirit at the Community Cupboard
Sue Bassett accepts a personal donation to the Rutland Community Cupboard from Congressman Peter Welch. Sam’s Good News photo.
United States Congressman Peter Welch stopped by Rutland recently and on his list was a stop at the Rutland Community Cupboard where he made a personal donation to executive director Sue Bassett. Ms. Bassett gave the Congressman a tour of the food shelf after he had admitted he had never been to the Community Cupboard before. The former gas station, dry cleaners and printers has outgrown itself as a food shelf and Ms. Bassett said, “We may end up building a building.”
Sue Bassett invited the congresman to take a look around and he started asking questions such as where they had gotten the building. She responded that they had purchased it about ten to twelve years ago and, “We’ve already outgrown it. This morning alone we had ten to twelve families here at the same time.” She also mentioned that the Rutland Community Cupboard had just finished their big food drive a few weeks ago with the Pack the Paramount and the Letter Carriers’ Drive, the churches always donate, as well as individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses. She said, “We just finished the Green Mountain Power Challenge and I think forty-six groups participated this year.”
Although tipped off that Congressman Welch was coming, Bassett was appreciative of his donation and added that they were serving about five hundred and fifty families per month, year round. Before Congressmen Welch boarded his car for his next stop he said, “Rutland is helping it’s own, it’s a tough time for a lot of folks and remembering them for Thanksgiving is important and remembering them all year is also important. This is an incredible community effort. A lot of volunteer time, a lot of generous donations and it’s important. Leadership is coming from the communities not from Washington and I’m glad to see good leadership here.”
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RCHS "Critter Care Holiday Auction" Is Underway!
Join the auction action! Pleasehelp the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) raise needed funds for the animals in our current and future carewith our "Critter Care Holiday Auction"!The online-only auction, with over 140 items donated, is underway and will close onMonday,December 9!You can bidon items including art,jewelry,quilts, household items and gift certificatesfor restaurants, massages andmore! Visit www.rchsvt.org to check out the items and start bidding. The online auction is a lot of fun and there are great items for everyone on your holiday list.Proceeds from the auction will help us care for the1,300 animalswho come through our shelter each year.To learn more contact RCHS at 483-9171 or www.rchsvt.org.
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Sunday FUNd Day for Dennis Smith
The community is gathering to support a local man, Dennis Smith, who has done a tremendous amount for many people and the community. Dennis is battling cancer for the second time and recently lost everything due to a horrible house fire.
The event will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rutland Moose Club. Music will be provided by Duane Carleton Bank and DJ Mike Coppinger, There will be food, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and 50/50.
Come out and help Dennis fight the fight.
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“The Noble Train Begins” at Fort Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga brings to life Henry Knox’s Epic Feat that Began at Ticonderoga in 1775
The Noble Train Begins living history event will take place at Fort Ticonderoga on December 7th.
Discover the story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at Fort Ticonderoga’s upcoming living history event, Saturday, December 7, 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 “The Noble Train Begins” living history event is $10 per person and payable at the gate. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children 4 years and under are free. For more details visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
“Guests will have the opportunity to meet 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 Director of Interpretation. “See man power and horse power in action as fifty-nine cannon are carefully selected from Fort Ticonderoga. Watch as these vital arms and military stores are loaded up to be hauled down to the tenuous siege of Boston. Meet the soldiers left behind to guard this frontier outpost, as the first winter of the Revolutionary War begins to take hold. Discover the mechanics of this epic feat Henry Knox would perform
“The Noble Train Begins” living history event will feature interpretive staff working with horses as they move the artillery in place for the journey, cannon tours and cannon demonstrations. Historic trades programs will highlight the material needs and production of the new fledging American army. The event will also feature Rich Strum, author of Henry Knox: Washington’s Artilleryman, who will present an overview on Henry Knox. Strum’s presentation will take place at 12 pm inside the Mars Education Center.
Historical Background: 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. In a technically complex and demanding operation, Knox began the “Noble Train” in January 1776 and carried sixty tons of artillery through the dead of winter to Boston in just forty 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 2 original artillery pieces that made the epic journey in the winter of 1776.
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Mount Saint Joseph Academy Students Collect for Project HelponDecember 19 & 20
41stYear of MSJ Tradition of Service That Has Received National Recognition
For over four decades, Mount St. Joseph Academy students, faculty/staff, parents, alumni and friends have planned and executed Project Help, a program that provides Christmas baskets for some of the neediest families in the Rutland region.
This year’s Project Help is slated forDecember 19 and 20. MSJ students and volunteers collect food and monetary donations from area residents and businesses on the first day of Project Help,Thursday, December 19. They will be joined in this effort by eighth grade students from Christ the King School. The students will then deliver the gift baskets to local families onFriday, December 20.
In addition to food items, each basket contains gifts for the children of the family. The gifts are donated by the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Rutland, as well as by other volunteers.
Project Help puts a real face on faith and connects MSJ and CKS students to their community in a unique and powerful way.In 1984, it received praise from the White House when President Reagan wrote to the MSJ, saying that, "[y]our involvement exemplifies the highest tradition of service to others and enhances the lives of all citizens."
If you would like to volunteer, make a food or monetary donation or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Fortier email@example.com. Students knock on most Rutland City doors, but if you live in a remote area or outside the city and wish to contribute gifts or donations, you may drop off your offerings at the MSJ main office onWednesday, December 18, during school hours.
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Gift Tag Purchase Supports Vermonters in Need, Working Landscape
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) invites you to give the gift of locally grown food to a hungry neighbor this holiday season. More than 100,000 Vermonters lack access to enough food to fully meet their basic needs, according to Hunger Free Vermont. The Vermont Farm Share Program is a creative approach to building community food security while enhancing farm viability for local farms.
When limited-income families enroll in the Vermont Farm Share Program, NOFA-VT matches them with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in their communities. Each week for a season, they receive a portion of the farm’s harvest. NOFA–VT subsidizes 25% of the cost of the CSA shares, 25% is paid through funds raised by farms in their local communities, and the participant pays the remaining 50%. This unique program provided CSA shares to more than 500 people in 2013, as well as generating over $60,000 in income to farms
In order to reduce the cost of the CSA shares for the participating families, NOFA-VT raises funds through a few simple channels, including the Farm Share gift tag benefit. These gift cards are available for donations of $25 or more and include a beautiful Bonnie Acker art card, a plantable gift tag made from recycled paper embedded with a wildflower seed mix, and a brochure with details about the Vermont Farm Share Program. A donation of $25 leverages the funds to provide a season of fresh, local farm products to one person; a donation of $125 will bring a family of five into the program, while generating $500 in income to a working Vermont farm. Purchase several gift tags, and extend the gift of farm-fresh food to more limited-income Vermont families.
“The Farm Share Program is effective in many ways. It works to preserve the working landscape that keeps our state so beautiful and also brings fresh, local food to community members who need it most,” program coordinator Erin Buckwalter said. “The popularity of the program means we have a waiting list each season, and through our gift tag benefit we hope to bring next summer’s bounty to more families.”
During this holiday season, consider supporting the Vermont Farm Share Program by purchasing a gift tag. Hang it on a tree, tuck it into your guests’ table settings, attach it to a present, or mail it to your relatives to show them why you’re proud to live in a state that is actively fighting hunger while ensuring that the beautiful working landscape is here for generations to come.
To learn more about the Farm Share Program and to purchase gift tags, visit: www.nofavt.org/FSgift. Please order by 12/18 for delivery before Christmas (12/25).
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Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center Celebrates 50 Years of Accreditation
The staff at Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center pose for a group photo. Photo Courtesy of Rutland Magazine, Tim Sink.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center is earning recognition for practicing the gold standard of veterinary medicine for 50 consecutive years.
Since 1963, Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center has voluntarily submitted itself to the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Standards of Accreditation.Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by AAHA. To maintain accredited status, Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.
“I would like to congratulate Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center on reaching this significant milestone,” said Michael Cavanaugh, executive director and CEO of AAHA. “Choosing to be AAHA accredited and maintaining that for a half century demonstrates true commitment to veterinary excellence by the entire practice team.”
Dr. Rob Macpherson, owner of Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center, says that maintaining the prestigious accreditation requires an exceptional level of medical care and client service from the practice team. “AAHA accredited hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols.By achieving this status, we are demonstrating our commitment to provide the very best care to our patients and pet owners, each and every day.”
The clinic was founded in 1961 by Dr. Donald Icken, who later sold the practice to Dr. Lisa Geovjian. Under her leadership, the clinic expanded to offer additional examination rooms, updated and more comfortable housing for boarded and hospitalized pets, expansion of the lobby, treatment room, and surgical suite, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Macpherson joined the staff in 1999, and purchased the practice in 2009. He specializes in advanced surgeries, including complex orthopedic and soft tissue repair.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center provides routine veterinary medicine and surgery, including preventive care exams, vaccines, spays, neuters, dentistry, x-rays, ultrasounds and laser therapy. They also offer boarding and grooming, and sell pet food. Emergency service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. The team of veterinarians includes Dr. Rob Macpherson, Dr. Robin Crossman, Dr. Heidi Homuth and Dr. Patricia Hannegan.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center is located at 90 E. Pittsford Road in Rutland, and can be reached at (802)773-2779. For more information, visit them on the web at www.rutlandvet.com or on Facebook.
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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland has engaged a new minister.
The Reverend Doctor Stanley Sears has been engaged as the new minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland. Dr. Sears brings thirty years of ministry experience and a number of strengths that are well suited to the needs of our congregation and community.
Dr. Sears is dedicated to reaching out to newcomers and has been described as hard working, intelligent, open to others, and someone with a gift for pastoral care. Furthermore he has been noted as an excellent speaker with a good sense of humor, providing cohesive and well-planned services with messages that are accessible, challenging, researched and well thought out. He will preach his first sermon in Rutland on Sunday November 24th.
Dr. Sears holds degrees from The University of South Carolina (A.B. in Journalism); the University of Chicago (A.M. from The Divinity School); and Meadville/ Lombard Theological School (D.Min.). Ordained in 1981, he has served several congregations across the United States and in British Columbia, Canada. He is an avid runner, dog lover, bagpiper and occasional guitarist.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland welcomes visitors and is open to anyone who seeks a spiritual home in which many different beliefs and religious paths are accepted. The church is located at 117 West Street, Rutland.
Sunday services are at 10:30 A.M. with childcare available and religious education classes for children and youth. Rev. Sears is available for pastoral care or conversation by calling (802) 775-0850 for an appointment. For additional information call Erin Piotrowski at 802-665-7601 or visit our web site at www.rutlanduu.org or find us on Facebook.
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Table 24 Hosts Holiday Party To Benefit WSYB Christmas Fund
Table 24 in downtown Rutland will host its second annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party for Charity on Thursday, December 5th beginning at 5pm. The event will offer appetizers, drink specials and a raffle featuring golf packages, wine and additional donations from area merchants. Admission is $25 per person, and guests are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweater. All proceeds raised at the event will benefit the WSYB Christmas Fund.
Since 1972, WSYB has organized and run the WSYB Christmas Fund, Inc. Now in its 39th year, The Christmas Fund has raised over one million dollars at Christmas time for those less fortunate in Rutland County.
Table 24 is located at 24 Wales Street in Rutland. To make a reservation, call (802) 775-2424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.table24.net.
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