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A New Approach to Being Well

The staff at Therapydia

The staff at Therapydia looks forward to helping their clients meet their physical goals. They will meet you at whatever level you are at and help guide you to a new, functional you. Scott Tomolla; Physical Therapist and TRX instructor; Darci Whitehorne; Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor; Cody Parker; Athletic Trainer.

By Natalie Coons

I find it intimidating to walk into a gym. You have no idea if everyone that sees you is judging you as much as you are judging yourself. If you haven't been going to a fitness center regularly your first thought is that you will be met with a gaggle of hard-bodies that you will never look like. I know I am not alone in this. What a relief when I walked into Therapydia recently. It is not a gym but it is a place where you can come to and work on being the best version of yourself physically.

Therapydia started out in San Francisco. There are more springing up all over the country in larger cities, but Rutland, Vermont is home to the second one ever to open up and it is thriving. Darci Whitehorne was a practicing physical therapist who received information from the original Therapydia about their approach to helping people reach new levels and she became interested. A year ago this second location opened up in an empty storefront that used to be home to a cafe. The space has been renovated and you would never know that anything else was ever here.

When it first opened up you would have seen Darci using her skills in physical therapy and also yoga. Her approach to yoga is a little different than what you get at other centers. She got into it 11 years ago when her life as a triathlete took a turn. Darci was very active until she was diagnosed with a heart condition that limited her. She found that yoga gave her the mobility she was looking for without pushing her into a dangerous situation. “I approach it from more of an academic standpoint,” says Darci. “Because I have a physical therapy background I focus on movement. Through that you focus your mindfulness. I use a mixture of different styles but the foundation is form and technique.” There are classes offered Monday through Friday, some taught by Darci herself and others by Stephanie Jones, another instructor from this area.

In March Darci was joined by Scott Tomolla who is also a physical therapist. Scott also teaches TRX classes. TRX has been featured on national news programs. It was designed by a Navy Seal who, when out on deployment and in a confined space, did not have the means to continue working out as he was used to. He used a parachute harness and developed his own workout. When he came home to San Francisco he was at a park using the harness in conjunction with the playground equipment. A man walked by and mentioned that he should patent that, so he did. That was 10 years ago and the popularity of it is growing across our nation. While I was visiting I got to join in. Cody Parker, an Athletic Trainer at the facility had me grab the handles and led me through a couple of moves. It is amazing how this seemingly simple device can have so many uses. We started with a basic move that worked my arms and then he showed me how a small change in stance completely changed the focus. We spent a very short amount of time on it, just enough to give me an idea of what it does. Later on as my day was coming to an end and I climbed into bed I noticed the little bit of warmth I felt in muscles located in my abdomen, arms and legs. I didn't hurt but I could tell my muscles had been worked in ways that they weren't used to.

Cody will use a little bit of TRX in his work with clients, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. He focuses on strength training. What you can expect from him at your first meeting is that he will get to know you and spend some time finding out what interests you have and what your limitations are. You then get a workout tailored to your needs. Perhaps someone doesn't like dumbbells. There are generally other ways that you can achieve your goals without the use of them. The point is to keep you motivated to continue on this path to a better you without getting bored.

What is key about Therapydia is the one on one attention you get. They focus on functional restoration whether you are having a private 45 minute consultation or even in a small group setting. They meet you at your level and work with you to meet your individual goals. They are competitively priced and offer free injury screens.

Also a part of this friendly staff is Michelle Charron. If you have any questions you can give her a call at (802) 772-7801 or visit them at 155 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. You can also check out their website at www.therapydiarutland.com. Packages are also available.

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Annual Fair workers party

Fair Workes Party

Members of the Vermont State Fair Staff showed up for pizza and soda in the bingo hall, and to get their paychecks for the 2014 Vermont State Fair. President Don Chioffi, Treasurer Donna Stearns and other Fair board members were also there while Chioffi made the presentations. He said, “The members of the board drove around, especially checking on the bathroom cleanliness and they were very proud of the Porters”. He added, “tip money was just about two thousand dollars this year and people really, really appreciated the work that they did”. Sam’s Good News Photo

Blessings disguised as roadblocks

Lazy Acres Equines

Lazy Acres Equines is a place for both horses and people to thrive. Some of the dedicated people involved are Michelle Kingston, owner, Ruth Reich, Centered Riding Instructor, Adams Pride, well mannered horse, Ellen Miller; Dressage Training, Greg Markowski, part-owner of Markowski Excavating, Katie Ellis, Barn Manager, Tim Kingston, President of Green Mountain Gunners.

By Natalie Coons

Michelle Kingston is doing what many people wish they could, earning a living doing what they are passionate about. For Michelle that includes horses. She has been giving lessons for ten years at her property Lazy Acres Equines in Brandon, Vermont. The biggest hurdle that she was often faced with was the weather. With an outdoor riding arena she found herself having to call her students and cancel due to snow or other inclement weather. Last year she embarked on a new adventure, adding an indoor riding arena so she could avoid having to cancel. Once she knew the dimensions and other details necessary for this building the real adventure began.

There are other indoor arenas which only lend themselves to a narrow riding area due to how low the sides go and that is something she wanted to avoid. The design had to allow her to ride right up to the wall. A dealer was found out of state that was able to provide the right dimensions for this particular structure. The one regret that Michelle had was that she wasn't able to buy from a local company, but she stayed focused on the end result. Finally the materials were made to specification and were loaded on a truck, ready to travel to Vermont. The manufacturer of course has builders approved to do the work and was sending a team along with the product. The problem was that it was late November. The company called every builder and contractor that they had on their list and no one would come to Vermont at this time of year, due to the cold climate. It was also in the agreement that the manufacturer would not ship the building until there was a team in place to construct it.

Markowski Excavating had already come out and leveled the land. The truck was already loaded. This couldn't be happening. Although, what sometimes seems like a roadblock is actually a blessing in disguise. Michelle spoke with the Markowski team and asked if they would consider this job which was different from what they usually do. An excavating company generally works the land; clearing so the builders can come in, digging sewer lines, helping in the creation of a ball field, not putting a building up. Greg Markowski, part-owner, asked Tim Herbert, also of Markowski Excavating if he thought they could do it. Tim's response? “What the heck!” So they got a team together, led by Tim and within a week all the equipment was on site and the crew was ready to work. It also was at a time that many local people who had been laid off for the season found themselves employed.

If you were around here this past winter you will remember the extreme cold and wind that settled into this region. Tim admits that the bitter wind made the project difficult but they worked throughout the season and this past March Michelle and her team were able to start training in the new facility. On Friday, September 5 the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held, honoring all the hard work that went into making this dream a reality.

The building is constructed of a metal frame with a white, fabric covering. It stays cool in the summer, retains heat in winter and allows a lot of light to enter naturally. They don't have to turn the lights on until the sun goes down which saves a lot of electricity. It's nestled atop a hillside at the end of the Taconic Mountain Range which not only lends itself to beautiful views but also cooling breezes on the hot summer days.

Riding lessons are only a portion of the services provided at Lazy Acres Equines. They also get into more stylized riding such as Centered Riding, Dressage Training and Natural Horsemanship. Each of which keep the balance of communicating in a healthy way between horse and human. They are affiliated with Green Mountain Gunners, Tim Kingston who is Michelle's husband is the President. As the rider is mounted on the horse they use a .45 or a rifle and navigate through an obstacle course shooting balloons in a timely and calculated manner. I must admit it really looks fun.

You can board your horse at Lazy Acres and can rest knowing that it will be well taken care of but Tim, Michelle and the rest of the crew really have a heart to dig deeper in. At the ribbon cutting I met Valerie Badger and her partner Melissa Forgey. Valerie grew up with horses and missed that part of her past. As they were traveling one day they noticed a sign for a free pony and foal which had been seized in a large confiscation of mistreated horses. The foal, Dakota, had been born without knowing the abuse that her mom Melody had known. Melody did not trust anyone and Valerie couldn't get near her. They brought both ponies to Lazy Acres Equines and left them. After five or six months of hard work Michelle was able to get through to Melody. They are now home with Valerie and she showed me pictures of her kissing Melody on the nose.

Not only do they train the people to communicate with their horse but also use horses to help people. “We have a percentage of students who are on the autistic spectrum or have physical challenges and looking to learn more about communicating,” says Michelle. “We just meet them wherever they are at (emotionally or physically) and we have horses that can work with them at that level and be a blessing to people. It doesn't matter if people label themselves with a disability or not. We just meet people wherever they're at.”

If you are interested to learn more about Lazy Acres Equines or any of the services that they offer you can contact them at (802) 236-5745 or visit them at 867 Pearl Street, Brandon, Vermont. You can also check out facebook at www.facebook.com/
or their website  www.lazyacresequines.com.

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The first president to die in office was William Henry Harrison who died of pneumonia. He died after one month in office. John Tyler was the vice president and became president because Harrison died.


I am growing older because I put tenderizer in my cream of wheat.

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Happy Birthday to Sean Finley who will be a year older on September 21st. Thank you for being a Great grandson. Love Grammy.

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