Around Town

Alzheimer’s awareness

Rutland Regional Medical Center invites the public to a free Alzheimer awareness seminar, “Effective Communication Strategies,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen St. in Rutland. Pre-register at 772-2400 or visit


Rutland Free Library will host a back-to-school celebration to wind up the Summer Reading Club at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the Fox Room, 10 Court St. And just for the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., kids can return lost or overdue library books and have any fines forgiven. For more information, visit

3-D Bow shoot

PITTSFORD — The Mendon Fish & Game Club is holding its annual 3-D Bow Shoot from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Mendon Fish & Game Club, 347 Chittenden Road, Pittsford. For more information, call 773-4118.

Potluck with band

PAWLET — On Saturday, Aug. 24, Pawlet Public Library brings back the Washington County Band for a concert on the library lawn, preceded by a community potluck dinner that will run all the way down Weatherby Lane to the library at 141 School St. in Pawlet. The potluck dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the band plays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a dish to share and your own place settings. In the event of rain, the potluck will be in the library and the concert will be in the Town Hall Auditorium.

‘Love Has No Borders’

POULTNEY — Revive Church in Poultney will celebrate local efforts in international missions at a full buffet dinner catered by Avellino’s at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Aug. 28, at the church. Tickets are $20 for this “Love Has No Borders” event at For more information, call 884-8233 or visit

‘Free Indeed’

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS — The annual “Free Indeed” event takes place from noon to 3 pm. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Middletown Springs Community Church. Fill your bag from displays of toys, games, clothing for adults and children, school items, housewares and more. Everything is, indeed, free. For more information, call 235-2386.

Wildlife art show

POULTNEY — Visual artists, professional and non-professional, in any media are invited to submit up to three works to be included in an open art show featuring nature and wildlife from Sept. 9 through Sept. 29 at Stone Valley Arts, 145 East Main St., in Poultney. Delivery of works will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. For more information, email

Annual picnic

HUBBARDTON — The Castleton Historical Society will hold its annual picnic starting at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hubbardton Battlefield. Local authors Don and Carol Thompson will present a program about local history and famous people.

Bring a dish to share, place settings and a chair or two; beverage will be provided. For more information, call 468-5105.

Veterans Benefit Expo

WEST RUTLAND — White River Junction VA and American Legion Post 87 will host a veterans benefits expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Post 87, 871 Pleasant St., West Rutland. The Post’s Sons Squadron is also serving a spaghetti and meatball dinner with fresh garden salad for $10. For more information, call (802) 295-9363 and ask for extension 5880.

Fall talk and walks

POULTNEY — Joel Tilley will give a presentation on warblers that can be seen in the area during the fall migration season, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Poultney Public Library, 205 Main St.

In the following weeks, he will lead a series of bird walks starting at 7:30 a.m. along trails in the Slate Valley Trails system: Saturday, Sept. 7 — Howe Hill; Tuesday, Sept. 10 — Fairgrounds West; Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Poultney River & Rail Trail; Tuesday, Sept. 24 — Fairgrounds East; Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Endless Brook; Tuesday, Oct. 8 — Castleton University Trails.

‘Peace and Calm in Chaos’

Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a three-part class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 12, 19, and 26, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center, 160 Allen St. The cost is $15 and advanced registration is required by calling 772-2400 or visit

School News

RMHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Oliver Gignoux, of Rutland, achieved Honor Roll status for the fourth quarter at Rice Memorial High School.

Land Stewards Award

Since 2005, the Vermont Land Trust has been recognizing outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are dedicated to agriculture and forestry.

This year, Ben Kerstetter, of Ira, received one of seven Land Stewards Awards presented by the land trust, along with a check for $250.

Kerstetter manages his own small sugarbush on his property and with his family, taps several hundred trees and sells the sap to a neighbor. He is also seasonally employed with a consulting forester, and works independently doing property management. Ben is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He placed first in the 2018 Vermont state Game of Logging competition and received a silver medal in the Vermont SkillsUSA welding competition.

He will be starting a year early at Vermont Technical College after he finishes his junior year at Stafford Technical Center. He plans to earn an associate degree in forestry.

Boys Nation

Trevor MacKay, of Castleton, and an incoming senior at Rutland High School, was selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation held in the Washington, D.C. area in July. He was joined by Patrick Kwass of Rice Memorial High School in representing Vermont at Boys Nation, an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism.

MacKay was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court at Vermont Boys State, and elected attorney general, representative, justice of the peace and school board member.

At RHS, he serves as National Honor Society president, Mock Trial captain, Speech and Debate captain, as well as participating in Model UN, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, tennis and Civil Air Patrol. His honors include three years Best Overall Mock Trial Team; two years Best Prosecution Team; Best Defense Team; second place States, Impromptu; National Speech and Debate Tournament Qualifier, Extemporaneous; and Rutland-Ishidoriya Student Exchange Delegate.

MacKay hopes to attend Yale University and pursue a career in government.

College News


Mia Steupert, of Rutland, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude and with distinction in the field, from Emmanuel College in Boston.

Samuel Billings, of Castleton, earned a B.S. in International Business & Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

Timothy Michael Hughes, of Rutland, received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

Reid Farley, of Proctor, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance, from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, graduates include Aidan Kirby, of Bridport, with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science concentration in Biology Track; Amanda Tucker, of Castleton, with a Master of Science in Environmental Science concentration in Environmental Ecology; and Kate Robertello, of Rutland, with a Master of Science in Investigations concentration in Financial Crimes Investigations.

University of Albany, New York, graduates include Reid Conde, of Pawlet, with a Bachelor of Arts, Geography, magna cum laude; and Alexandra Schermerhorn, of Rutland, with a Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Applied Math, magna cum laude.

Katherine Anne Rampone, of Castleton, graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, graduates include Poppy Immel, of Castleton, with an MS in computer science; Noah Sgorbati, of Sudbury, with a BS in computer science; Timothy Grayson, of Wallingford, with an MFA in metals and jewelry design; and Ellory Lane, of West Rutland, with a BS in mechanical engineering technology.

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates include Kate Dapolito, of Middlebury, with a Bachelor of Science-Geological Engineering, Geological Engineering; and Jesse Wulfman, of Ripton, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art, with distinction.

Dani Mclaughlin, of Castleton, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and Will Steller, of Killington, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Dean’s List

Scarlett William, of Saxtons River, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list, at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

Elijah Oakley Sanderson, of Center Rutland, has made the spring 2019 dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.

Danielle R. Laird of Chittenden, Abigail B. Leathers, Claire M. Skogsberg, both of Rochester, and Ursula R. Martin, of West Pawlet, were named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

The Empire 8 Conference honored Elmira College student-athletes, including Sally Hogan (Women’s Basketball), of West Rutland, on its spring 2019 president’s list, in Elmira, New York.

Carley Lund, of Pawlet, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Colleen Pouliot, of Orwell, was named to the 2019 dean’s list at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Hope Bradley, of Rutland, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

Andrew Sullivan, of Pawlet, was placed on the spring 2019 dean’s commendation list at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Rebekah Grace Krohn, of Clarendon, was named to the spring 2019 Mars Hill University Honor Roll of the Academic Dean in Mars Hill, North Carolina.


Shania Perham, of West Rutland, is completing Colby-Sawyer College’s internship requirement this summer, with Northwestern Mutual in Manchester, New Hampshire. Perham is majoring in business administration.

Ursula R. Martin, of West Pawlet, has been inducted into the Alpha Psi Omega chapter, the national honor society for theater, and awarded a summer 2019 research project fellowship, at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Sophia Hadeka, of Fair Haven, participated in the Ithaca College Ad Lab team that won the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition held in Hollywood, Florida.

VT. Fish & Wildlife

Fishing clinics

MONTPELIER — State parks working with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to offer free “Let’s Go Fishing” clinics this month include:

— Silver Lake, Nature Center, in Barnard, 7 p.m. Saturdays, last clinic Aug. 31

— Lake St. Catherine, Nature Center, in Poultney, 6 p.m. Saturdays, last clinic Aug. 31

The Let’s Go Fishing program features trained volunteer instructors to educate Vermonters and visitors of all ages and abilities about angling. Clinics are free after paid admission to the state park and all equipment is provided on site. For more information, visit

Climbing fern seen

MONTPELIER — Last observed in Vermont in 1997, the climbing fern has been spotted again growing in the Northeast Kingdom, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s botanist Bob Popp. Confirmed by botanist Art Gilman along a VELCO-owned powerline which can be a hotspot for rare, threatened and endangered plants, VELCO is working with botanists to conserve the fern. Climbing fern typically grows a few feet tall in open boggy areas and is the only species of fern found in the Northeast that is a vine.

Companions needed

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) is searching for individuals to participate in its Senior Companion Program in Rutland County after experiencing a recent increase in demand from clients for support and companionship. The program matches volunteers age 55 and up, with older Vermonters who need general companionship, as well as assistance with basic errands such as shopping and getting to appointments, among other activities.

Eligible senior companions receive an hourly, non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement, monthly training opportunities, supplemental liability insurance and paid holiday, sick and vacation time. Earnings from the program do not impact any Social Security income or public benefits a senior companion may be receiving. Prospective senior companions must meet the program’s income eligibility guidelines, and all participants are asked to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week, excluding during paid leave or holidays.

For more information, call 772-7835 or email


Colton H. Kerr

A son, Colton Harvey, was born July 21, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Darren and Molly (Harvey) Kerr, of Shoreham.

Jaiden X. Springer

A son, Jaiden Xavier, was born Aug. 9, 2019, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to Lauralynn Springer, of Castleton.

Abigail P. Walsh

A daughter, Abigail Penelope, was born Aug. 15, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Samantha and Travis Walsh, of Proctor.

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