Dragonflies will be featured in an Audubon talk held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland.

Around town

Pancake breakfast

WEST PAWLET — West Pawlet volunteer firemen will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Fire House, 2806 Vermont Route 153.

Cost is $10 for age 12 and older, $8 for seniors age 65 and older, $5 for ages 5-11, and free under age 5.

The department members all wish to extend a sincere thank you to the many patrons of pancake breakfast events held monthly September through April.

Basket raffle

POULTNEY — A basket raffle will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at Poultney High School to support the Class of 2022. Doors open at 11 a.m., drawings start at 1 p.m.

Cost is $5 for entry ticket (age 12 and older), $2 for additional sheets.

Girl Scouts

POULTNEY — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will hold an information session for girls and parents from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Poultney Elementary School, 96 School Circle, Poultney.

For more information, call 1-888-474-9686 or visit

Blood Drive

PITTSFORD — Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church will host the American Red Cross Blood Drive, with refreshments, from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 67 Gecha Lane.

To make an appointment, call 775-9525 or visit

RRMC programs

Rutland Regional Medical Center presents the following free, six-week programs starting Tuesday, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, held at Templewood Court, 5 Tremont St., Rutland:

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Healthier Living Workshop for Diabetes teaches disease management and preventing serious problems.

From 1:30 to 4 p.m., Chronic Disease Self-Management Program offers techniques to improve overall health and manage disease symptoms.

For more information and to register, call 776-5507.

Audubon program

Mike Blust, author of “Odonata of Vermont” and retired biologist from Green Mountain College, will present “Dragonflies — Hawks of the Insect World,” a slide show and discussion, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Grace Congregational Church, Court Street, Rutland.

For more information, email

NewStory meeting

NewStory Center’s Annual Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at 77 Gallery, 77 Grove St., Rutland.

RSVP requested by Monday, Jan. 21, by calling 775-6788 or email

NewStory Center works to end the cycle of violence. For crisis hotline, call 775-3232.

Grant award

Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District was awarded a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to continue providing support for the Vermont Clean Water Act and the Otter Creek Basin Plan. Year two of this funding will extend through September 2019. The grant provides support for Vermont Conservation Districts to conduct targeted outreach, coordinate monitoring programs to support science-based water quality investments, and organize local work groups, among other services.

For more information, call 775-8034, ext. 117, or email

Blankets donated

RUTLAND — Through their “All Knotted up with Love” program, Kristen Ramey and her fifth-graders from Rutland Intermediate School recently donated 42 blankets to Foley Cancer Center. These blankets were handmade by the students, and given to patients currently undergoing treatment. This program is in its eighth year.

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