A son, Colin Michael Heck, was born July 23, 2021, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to John and Patty Heck, of East Wallingford.

School News

Community College of Vermont-Rutland student Shayla Phillips is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Phillips is pursuing a degree in environmental science.

The following students at Northern Vermont University in Vermont were named to the President’s List for the spring 2021 semester: Kerigan Disorda, of Benson; Nick Fish and Courtney Hier, of Rutland.

The following students at Northern Vermont University in Vermont were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester: Rory Conro, of Chittenden; Madelyn Page, of Middletown Springs; Cady Ray, of Mount Holly; Ryan Napier, of Pittsford; Sarah Hobbs, of Rutland; and Cordelia Smith and Kyle Laughlin, of West Rutland.

Around Town

Class of ’71 appeal

POULTNEY — A GoFundMe appeal named “Poultney Higher Edu Scholarships” has been created by the Poultney High School Class of 1971 in its 50th anniversary year.

The GoFundMe appeal will “gift it forward” and help future graduating senior students in Poultney high school programs pursuing higher learning in any college or trade school.

Gifts given through this online GoFundMe appeal will go directly to the “Morning Star Lodge No. 37, F&AM Memorial Fund,” an educational scholarship fund established by the lodge. Gifts given to this fund are tax exempt under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Questions about the Lodge and the scholarship should be directed to Michael Roberts at (802) 775-2103. Donations by check are also appreciated. Donations made payable to “Morning Star Lodge, F&AM Memorial Fund” should be mailed to: Lee Lodge #30, F&AM, P.O. Box 301, Castleton, Vermont 05735

Study needs participants

RUTLAND — The Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is conducting a study for beneficiaries who receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income to assist individuals in reaching financial independence by replacing their current benefits with a higher paycheck.

The joint program, known as WorkVT2.0, is conducted in partnership with the Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation and the Kessler Foundation. To be eligible for the program, participants must be SSI or SSDI beneficiaries, live in Chittenden or Rutland counties, be between the ages of 18 and 58, and have a history of working in the past five years.

As part of the program, participants who reach specific employment milestones will receive up to three WorkVT2.0 achievement payments totaling up to $2,000.

The study, which runs from April 2021 through December 2023, is limited to 200 participants. The deadline to enroll is Sept. 30, 2021. Visit online to learn more. Individuals interested in participating in the program are advised to call (802) 786-5866 (Rutland County) or (802) 863-7501 (Chittenden County) to learn more or enroll.

Hunting courses offered

MONTPELIER — If you or someone you know would like to go hunting this fall but have never taken a hunter education course, this is the time to act. Vermont’s hunter education instructors are now holding a limited number of courses throughout the state.

A person must pass the hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license.

The courses will be listed as they become available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website On the Home page, click on Hunt and then Hunter Education and Find the Right Class for You. Use this link: to access the website and register for a course.

A Vermont hunter education card entitles you to hunt in all 50 states, as well as some international locations.

Rabies bait drop begins

BURLINGTON — The State of Vermont and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services mark a quarter century of cooperative efforts to stop the spread of the rabies, with the 25th annual Rabies Bait Drop, which started Aug. 5. The week-long bait drop is part of a nationally coordinated effort to halt the fatal disease.

Rabies vaccine — in the form of a sweet-smelling oral bait that is attractive to raccoons and skunks — will be dropped in rural areas of Vermont from low-flying aircraft and placed by hand in residential centers. Approximately 450,000 quarter-sized blister packs containing rabies vaccine will be distributed in nearly 100 Vermont communities across nine counties. A switch allows pilots to control where the baits fall in order to avoid roadways, homes and other places where people are most likely to be.

Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Natalie Kwit said the annual drop has been an important part of the state’s focus on curbing the risk of rabies in animals and humans. “The bait drop is an example of public health at work across agencies, both state and federal. We are grateful to have partners like the USDA Wildlife Services and the Vermont of Fish and Wildlife Department,” said Kwit.

Bait packs are not poisonous and are not harmful to people, pets or wildlife. “You can’t get rabies from the bait,” said Kwit, “but it’s important that if you find a bait pack, don’t touch it and please leave it undisturbed so that they can be eaten by wild animals.”

If the bait must be moved, use gloves or a plastic bag in case the blister pack is damaged. If your pet eats a bait, or if a child brings one home, let officials know by calling the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES (1-800-472-2437) or call the toll-free number printed on the bait.

Moose permit winners drawn

MONTPELIER — The winners of Vermont’s 2021 moose hunting permits were determined Wednesday at a lottery drawing in Montpelier witnessed by Fish and Wildlife’s Director of Wildlife Mark Scott and Business Systems Analyst Cheri Waters.

The drawing is done by a random sort of applications that were submitted by the June 30 deadline.

As part of the regular lottery drawing, a “special priority drawing” was held for five permits to go to applicants who are Vermont resident veterans. The unsuccessful applicants from the veteran drawing were included in the larger regular drawing that followed. All applicants for both drawings who did not receive a permit were awarded a bonus point to improve their chances in future moose permit lotteries.

The department will issue 60 either-sex moose hunting permits and 40 antlerless moose hunting permits for a hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state. The science-based hunt will result in an estimated harvest of 51 to 66 moose, or 5 percent of the more than 1,000 moose currently estimated to live in WMU E.

Go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website, to find the winners in this year’s moose hunting lottery posted in a searchable database.

If your name wasn’t drawn, you can still bid in Vermont’s auction for three moose hunting permits, which is open until Aug. 11. Sealed bids must be received by Vermont Fish and Wildlife by 4:30 p.m. that day. Contact the department to receive a moose permit bid kit. Email or telephone 802-828-1190 for more information.

Robotics program begins

BURLINGTON — If you are a student, age 4-18, interested in robotics, or an adult willing to serve as a mentor or event volunteer, the FIRST robotics program may be for you.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, is a global program, started in 1989, that provides an opportunity for youths to work in teams to learn how to design, build and program robots using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while honing their problem-solving, communications and other life skills.

Registration is now open for the 2021-22 season for three different program levels: LEGO League (ages 4-14) and the Tech Challenge and Robotics Competition (both for ages 14-18). Adult mentors also are needed to provide both technical and non-technical help to individual teams and to assist at local competitions with set-up, judging and other tasks.

If interested in starting, joining or mentoring a Vermont team, click on “Contact Us” at or get in touch with Liz Kenton at

Check out the global program’s website at for more information about FIRST.

Pollinator program open

BURLINGTON — Pollinators are essential to the production of many food crops, including apples, blueberries, brambles and many vegetables in Vermont. Although honeybees and several other wild and domesticated pollinators are at risk or in decline, by adopting different agricultural and cultural practices, farmers and other landowners can help ensure pollinator health.

To support pollinators on farms and in managed landscapes, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension has created an applied research and education pollinator program and a new Extension pollinator support specialist position, which will be filled by Laura Johnson. The work will be funded primarily through grants and gifts, including a $5,000 donation from the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association’s board of directors.

For more information about the pollinator program, go to or contact Johnson at Visit to make a donation to support this work.

Call to artists

BARRE — Inclusive Arts Vermont invites Vermont visual artists with disabilities to participate in Masked, an exhibition an exhibition of works to travel statewide through April 2023.

The exhibition will begin its statewide tour at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe in early January 2022.

Following Spruce Peak, the exhibition will tour to the following confirmed venues: the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Soapbox Arts in Burlington, and the State House in Montpelier.

Artists are asked to submit works that represent their interpretation of the theme of Masked. The theme arose in early moments of the global pandemic, but like many words, “masked” has nuanced and layered meanings. Possibilities for interpretation could include wearing masks, masking and identity, cultural masks, and so much more. Inclusive Arts Vermont encourages artists to interpret the theme and its meaning as broadly as it takes to inspire their creativity.

Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. According to the criteria, “We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability.”

Artists may obtain assistance with the application form from a support person, family member, or friend. Artists should have direct involvement in the completion of an application when assistance is used, and artwork should only be produced by the applicant. Inclusive Arts Vermont is also available to support artists with applications.

Apply at and remember, applications are due no later than Sept. 1.

For more information, email or call call (802)-871-5002.

Gubernatorial appointments

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott recently announced he appointed 70 Vermonters to state boards and commissions since June 1.Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities.

Open farm

MONTPELIER — Vermont Open Farm Week will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 15, and features 90 events at over 45 farms across the state. For the seventh consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Visit to find event listings, which are sorted by day and location.

Apprenticeship stipends

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center announced the 29th year of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (VTAAP). With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center initiated the program to support the continued vitality of Vermont’s living cultural heritage.

In partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, VTAAP provides stipends of up to $2,000 to master artist and apprentice pairs to cover time, materials, and travel expenses; 2021 applications will be accepted through Sept. 3. Visit online to find more information, and application forms are available from the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-4964.

Family camping

GROTON — Families who register for the annual Outdoor Family Weekend, Sept. 10-12, look forward to camping, outdoor recreation and nature-based learning opportunities. The event will take place at Stillwater State Park in Groton and offers hands-on workshops, community storytelling, self-guided canoe trips, hikes and other activities.

The fee is $175 for the campsite (up to eight individuals), three workshops per camper, an ice-cream social, nightly campfires, entertainment and free canoe rentals. Go to online to register.

Wardens honored

MONTPELIER — Two Vermont State Game Wardens were recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. Warden Asa Sargent, of Hartland, received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award and Sgt. Travis Buttle, of Shaftsbury, received the 2020 Warden of the Year Award. The 2019 award was not made last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A game warden since 2016, Asa Sargent received the award for his high motivation and effort, positive attitude, public outreach achievements and outstanding casework resulting in a 100% conviction rate as of 2019. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder assisting in remote search and rescue operations.

Sgt. Travis Buttle has been a Bennington area warden for 24 years and is recognized as a diligent and effective protector of Vermont’s natural resources, handling more than 300 cases in 2020, as well as for his public outreach achievements, courteous and responsive professional demeanor, and his valued contributions in remote search and rescue operations.

Recent appointments include:

Access Board: Sandra Silla of Burlington; Nathan Besio of Colchester

Bennington County Side Judge: Mary Frost of Bennington

Board of Liquor and Lottery: Ed Flanagan of Montpelier; Sam Guy of Morrisville; Megan Cicio of Northfield

Board of Medical Practice: Suzanne Jones of Rutland

Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disordered: Pamela Smith of Groton

District No. 1 Environmental Commission: Mike Miller of Killington

District No. 5 Environmental Commission: Gary Nolan of Morrisville; Jeremy Reed of Northfield; Matthew Krauss of Stowe

Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council: June Heston of South Burlington; Rep. William Canfield of Fair Haven; David Carlson of Essex; Brenda Cruickshank of Northfield; Gary DeGasta of Norwich; Richard Farmer of Springfield; Carol Hitchcock of Springfield; Scott Lobdell of Castleton; Douglas Sutton of Vergennes; Adrian Megrath of Rutland; Stephanie Wobby of Milton

Justices of Peace: Paul Kulig of West Rutland; Robin MigDelaney of Waterford; John Lebron of Wilmington

Parole Board: Tom Giffin of Rutland

Rail Advisory Council: J. Jeffrey Munger of Burlington; Joanne Erenhouse of Bennington; Charles Moore of St. Albans; Richard Moulton of Huntington

State Program Standing Committee for Child and Family Mental Health: Ward Nial of South Burlington; Ron Bos Lun of Westminster

State Rehabilitation Council: Lexia Stanley of Cornish

Vermont Board of Chiropractors: Marna Bissaccia of Williston

Vermont Council on Domestic Violence: Amy Messina of Weathersfield; Susan Ide of Richmond; Kim Jordan of Winooski; Rebecca Lalanne of Vernon; Rosemary Kennedy of Rutland; Emily Pianowski of Winooski

Vermont Pensions Investment Committee: Mary Alice McKenzie of Colchester; Ronald Plante of South Burlington; Lauren Wobby of Northfield

Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators: Christine Kurucz of Whittingham; Jennifer Clement of Fair Haven; Brenda Seitz of Brattleboro; Bill Clark of Winooski; Ellen Emery of Burlington; Christine Martin of Sheldon; Amanda Garces of Montpelier

Vermont State Housing Authority Board: Chris Trombley of South Burlington; Aaron Jones of Rutland

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Board of Directors: Timothy Chamberlain of Orleans; Ryan Dulude of Milton

Vermont Veterans Home board of trustees: Kent Butterfield of Gaysville; Arthur Charron of Norwich; Brenda Cruickshank of Northfield; Gary DeGasta of Norwich; Michael diMonda of Sunderland; Michael Klopchin of West Rutland; Joseph Krawczyk of Bennington; Jennifer Carmichael of Arlington; Harry Percey Jr. of Bennington; Robert Hooper of Burlington

The Governor’s Office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at to apply.

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