Veterans ConnectionRUTLAND — RSVP & The Volunteer Center recently received a $1,000 grant from Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark! Connecting Community grant program, to support the RSVP Veterans Connection Program.

The RSVP Veterans Connection Program is designed to help promote camaraderie among former Rutland County service members and provide information on community resources. The program includes a coffee social and regular presentations on services and benefits available to veterans. Meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Calvary Bible Church in Rutland City.

Ice fishingCASTLETON — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host two free introductory ice fishing clinics to help first-time ice anglers get started in the sport. The clinics will cover the basics of ice fishing, as well as aquatic ecology, fish identification, fishing regulations and more.

The first clinic will be at Shelburne Pond in Shelburne from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2020. The second will be at Lake Bomoseen in Castleton from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2020.

All necessary equipment will be provided. For the required preregistration, call (802) 265-2279 or email

Other scheduled 2020 ice fishing clinics around the state include:

Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. Targeting Walleye Through the Ice at Lake Carmi State Park.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. Introduction to Ice Fishing at Mallets Bay Fishing Access, Lake Champlain.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m. Targeting Panfish Through the Ice at Shelburne Pond Fishing Access.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Elmore State Park.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m. Deweys Pond Ice Fishing with Hartland Rec. Dept.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. Panfish Clinic at Shelburne Pond Fishing Access.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m. Smelting at Blush Hill Fishing Access on Waterbury Reservoir.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Intro to Ice Fishing at Lake Bomoseen State Park.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. Intro to Ice Fishing at Lake Parran Fishing Access.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. Intro to Ice Fishing at South Bay Fishing Access on Lake Memphremagog.

Snowstorm safetyBURLINGTON — American Heart Association offers these tips to make snow removal safer:

Give yourself a break. Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body –

Chest discomfort feeling uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern prior to exercising in cold weather – especially if this is a substantial increase over your usual level of activity.

To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing and wear a hat.

Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. If an adult suddenly collapses, call 9-1-1 and begin pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest until help arrive


Margaret J. and Gary R. MacDonald of Clarendon Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Anne MacDonald, to Michael Joseph Gabriele, son of Kelly A. and Michael R. Gabriele of Wilder.

Emily graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is employed at a local financial planning firm in Rutland.

Michael graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. He is a senior accountant in Rutland.

They reside in Rutland Town. An October wedding is planned.

College news

Riley Taylor of Castleton was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Elmira College in Elmira, New York.

Sean Malloy of Bellows Falls, Kristen Lee of Leicester, Cody Young of Pittsford and Emerson Rondinone of Rutland were named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, New York.

Bradie Harris of Bellows Falls was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

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