A girl, Emma Rose Zeller, was born June 25, 2021, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to Chelsea and Conrad Zeller, of Chittenden.


GraduatesSara Hartson, of Rutland, graduated with a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Dean’s list spring 2021

University of Southern Maine:

— Addison County, Tyson Cram, of Leicester, and Brandon Cousino, of North Ferrisburgh;

— Bennington County, Lily Loftus, of Bennington;

— Rutland County, Taylor Worcester, of East Wallingford and Phoebe Elliott, of North Chittenden;

— Windsor County, Tori Amsden, Katherine Moulton, Garrett Moore, all of Springfield.


U.S. Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard Academy announced that Emma Briggs, of Fair Haven, has been recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential. She has accepted an appointment to attend the Coast Guard Academy and will be sworn-in as a member of the Class of 2025 on June 28, 2021. Coast Guard Academy Cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five-year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as a commissioned officer.

A Fair Haven High School graduating senior, Briggs was selected to Slate Valley All-League in Basketball, Vermont All-State in Soccer; was Vermont State Champion in Girl’s Pole Vault 2021, runner-up in the Vermont State Decathalon; and a member of the National Honor Society.


Swimming holes

MONTPELIER — With swimming holes across Vermont getting busier, more than a dozen nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies in the Vermont Swimming Hole Collaborative want to remind the public about important safety and etiquette considerations.

— “Carry-In, Carry-Out” and “Leave No Trace” where trash and recycling bins are not present, or where bins are full.

— Use designated bathroom facilities only; human waste (and dog waste) can lead to dangerous bacteria in the water.

— Always keep your dogs leashed to keep them and others safe or leave them at home. Pick up and properly dispose of dog waste.

— When a parking lot is full, come back later or visit a different site; do not park on private property or in the travelled area of roads.

— Do not trespass on private property and respect “no trespassing” signs.

— Read and respect all signage at swimming hole sites.

— Be considerate of others and the neighborhood.

— Help keep Vermont waters clear; staying on the trails reduces erosion and saves plants.

Library awards

— Lauren Kelly, Technical Services Librarian, Stowe Free Library.

— Jean Wolfe, Librarian of 37 Years, Marsha Higgins, Assistant Librarian, The Trustees/Friends, all of Tunbridge Public Library.

— Marsha Hoffman, trustee, treasurer, volunteer, friend; Ed Place, trustee extraordinaire; Becky Johnston, assistant director; all of Bixby Memorial Free Library, Vergennes.

— Jennifer Razee, assistant librarian, Pettee Memorial Library, Wilmington.

— Kathryn Plageman, circulation and technical services; Jessica Joyal, cataloging specialist; Jennifer Murray, library director, Susan Bliss, adult services librarian; all of South Burlington Public Library.

— Lucinda Walker, director, and awesome colleagues, all of Norwich Public Library.

— Jessie Lynn, co-director, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

— The Whole Staff of Brownell Library, Essex.

— Staff and board of Rutland Free Library.

— The staff, trustees, friends, and patrons of Pierson Library, Shelburne.

— Bob Joly, executive director, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

— Marie Schmukal, director, Warren Public Library.

— Joshua Muse, Vermont Department of Libraries Library Consultant — Library Technology.

— Jodi Lew-Smith, chair, board of library trustees, Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick.

— Dana Rozycki, friend of the John G. McCullough Free Library; and Nick and Lani Disorda, proprietors, Pangaea Restaurant, all of North Bennington.

— Janette Shaffer, assistant state librarian for Library Advancement.

The Libraries of Vermont — every single library, be it public, school or academic, worked to ensure their communities were safe and resilient. Additionally, thoughtful and purposeful programming with resources ensured mental health and wellness could be accommodated to the best level possible.


Rutland City Band

Rutland City Band, under the direction of Eddie Wilkin, will open its 142nd season at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4, in Main Street Park. It is the oldest municipally funded city band in the country and is made up of members from local and surrounding communities. This year is a shortened season, playing July 4 and 18, Aug, 1 and 15, in Main Street Park. If interested in joining the Rutland City Band, email

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