4-H Horse ShowNEW HAVEN — Vermont 4-H club members gathered at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site for the annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show. Elyza Bird, a former 4-H’er from Benson, served as the ring mistress. Winners included the following:

ENGLISH DIVISION (based on combined scores in equitation, trail, pleasure and either road hack or hunter under saddle classes) —

Senior English Champion, Megan Carson, South Londonderry; Reserve, Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg.

Junior English Champion, Piper Thompson, Hinesburg; Reserve, Adaline Ploof, Westford.

Advanced Beginner English Champion, Emma Sibley, Milton; Reserve, Emma Cater, Colchester.

Beginner English Champion, Elyse Thurber, Brattleboro; Reserve. Ivy Lea-Simons, Shelburne.

WESTERN DIVISION (based on combined scores from equitation, trail, performance and pleasure classes) —

Senior/Junior Western Champion, Ella Dubin, Northfield, Massachusetts; Reserve, Elizabeth Brown, Vernon.

GYMKHANA (speed pattern racing and timed games on horseback) —

Senior Gymkhana Champion, Megan Carson, South Londonderry; Reserve, Jenna Dolloph, Chester.

Junior Gymkhana Champion, Madison Markwell, Greenfield, Massachusetts; Reserve, Emma Cater, Colchester.

Beginner Gymkhana Champion, Rylie Mitchell, Northfield, Massachusetts; Reserve, Logan Claypool, Milton.

OPEN DRIVING — Champion, Madeline Tylenda, Essex Junction.

In addition to competing in classes, the 4-H’ers’ scores from fitting and showmanship, quiz bowl, judging, a general knowledge written exam and 4-H project class were combined for a final score and placement in the 4-H Division —

High Point 4-H Champion (highest overall score in the 4-H Division), Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg.

Senior 4-H Champion, Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg; Reserve, Faith Ploof, Westford. As senior champion, Vivienne also won the Paul Quinn Memorial Award, given to honor a longtime supporter of the Vermont 4-H Horse Show and 4-H horse program.

Junior 4-H Champion, Rose Ouimet, Castleton; Reserve, Adaline Ploof, Westford.

Advanced Beginner 4-H Champion, Jillian Murdough, Essex Junction; Reserve, Emma Sibley, Milton.

Beginner 4-H Champion, Logan Claypool, Milton; Reserve, Ivy Lea-Simons, Shelburne.

Special awards

Fitting and Showmanship Champion, Paityn Paradee, Swanton.

Melissa Issler Alumni Equitation Class for 4-H alumni, Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport.

Jim Wallace Memorial Pleasure Class Award (first-place winner in this class), Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg.

Marci Mac plaque (winner of the versatility class), Megan Carson, South Londonderry.

Outstanding 4-H Member Award (for overall achievement in the UVM Extension 4-H horse program), Faith Ploof, Westford. Eligibility for this award includes participation in three New England 4-H Horse Shows at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and selection three times for Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky.

4-H Club Award, Whispering Pines 4-H Club, Westford. This award goes to the club with the highest combined scores in the general knowledge test and judging, quiz bowl, fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes.

4-H Hippology ContestNEW HAVEN — More than 40 Vermont 4-H club members took part in the State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site. It was one of several events held during the annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show. The top scorers through 10th place in each division received a rosette ribbon:

Juniors (8-10): Ivy Lea-Simons, Shelburne (first); Giselle Fenoff, Danville (second); Addison Erickson, Florence (third); Paityn Paradee, Swanton (fourth); Elyse Thurber, Brattleboro (fifth).

Juniors (11-13): Rose Ouimet, Castleton (first); Emma Sibley, Milton (second); Kelsey Paradee, Swanton (third); Annabel Carson, South Londonderry (fourth); Madison Markwell, Greenfield, Massachusetts (fifth); Addie Ploof, Westford (sixth); Jillian Murdough, Essex Junction (seventh); Emma Cater, Colchester (eighth); Seanna Erickson, Florence (ninth); Samantha Provost, Milton (10th).

Seniors (14 and older): Emma Cushman, Barre (first); Grace Parks, Essex Junction (second); Faith Ploof, Westford (third); Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg (fourth); Ella Dubin, Northfield, Massachusetts (fifth); Haileigh Demers, Westford (sixth); Katherine Heath, Bristol (seventh); Madeline Tylenda, Essex Junction (eighth); Jasmine Mooney, St. Johnsbury (ninth); Jenna Dolloph, Chester (10th).


Graduates of the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology include John McCarroll, of Rutland, BS in software engineering; and Anna Smiechowski, of Rutland, BS in chemical engineering.

Annie Kappel, of Cornwall, was named to the 2021-21 dean’s list at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.


Cemetery talkPOULTNEY — Netanel Crispe, director of the East Poultney Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project in Poultney, will present his talk, Recovering Lost History: Unearthing the Past to Inspire the Future, at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Slate Valley Museum, 17 Water St., Granville, New York.

The price for in-person attendance is $10, or free for museum members. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited, RSVP by emailing or calling 518-642-1417. Given the ongoing pandemic, program attendees should come prepared to wear masks. Pre-register at to participate in the program, which will be also be streamed live, free of charge.

Pork supperPAWLET — Pawlet Community Church will hold the next pork supper starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The church will once again be open for in-person dinning. Cost will be $12.00. Take-out orders can be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

Vets Town HallsSTATEWIDE — Upcoming Vets Town Halls held outdoors this summer include at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Godnick Center in Rutland, and 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. All are free and open to the public.

Veterans are invited to stand before their community and speak for up to 10 minutes about what it was like to serve their country. Non-veterans are encouraged to attend and listen. These events are non-political, and all perspectives are valued. Vets Town Halls were originated by author Sebastian Junger (War, Tribe) with the aim of increasing communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities.

Visit to RSVP. For more information, email

Quilt awardsWOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum announced the Juror’s Choice and Staff Choice Award for the 35th annual Quilt Exhibition, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 22. The awards were presented at the opening reception July 16.

The Quilt Exhibition is a juried show, with each of the exhibition’s three jurors selecting a quilt they thought most deserving of recognition. Linda Diak, of Chester, was recognized for her quilt, Berkeley, by juror Marti DelNevo; Floral Bouquets, made by Mary Jane Arvidson, of Brownsville, was selected by juror Nola Forbes; Norma Ippolito, of Chester, was selected by juror Froncie Quinn for Confetti Carnival, which also received the Billings Farm & Museum Staff Choice Award.

Cycling festivalPOULTNEY — Slate Valley Trails is partnering with Mountain Bike Vermont to host the first annual Meeting of the Grinds, an all-day cycling festival on Sept. 18. The event will raise money to support the stewardship efforts of Slate Valley Trails and is based out of their Fairgrounds Trailhead in East Poultney, where riders can access more than 35 miles of guided gravel, singletrack and adventure rides for all ages and abilities. Tickets start at $75 for adults and $45 for students, and include guided rides, food, an event T-shirt and a raffle ticket. Visit for tickets.

AHA honors RRMCRUTLAND — The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently recognized Rutland Regional Medical Center for its 100 years of participation and leadership in the organization. Osei Mevs, the Region 1 Regional Executive from the AHA, presented a commemorative 100-year award to Rutland Regional President and CEO, Claudio Fort, along with members of the Executive Team.


Cancer screeningSTATEWIDE — Millions of people delayed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local oncologists are participating in a new initiative encouraging Vermonters to schedule potentially lifesaving cancer screenings.

The “Time to Screen” campaign provides assistance and educational resources to help adults screen for six common cancers: breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate, lung and skin. The initiative lets consumers access information on the importance of screening and find local cancer screening locations through a website and toll-free hotline.

Research has shown a considerable drop in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment for older adults in 2020, including an 85% decline in breast cancer screenings and a 75% decline in colon cancer screenings. Time to Screen is engaging oncology practices, medical professionals and employers in Vermont to reverse this trend, equipping adults with resources that could help them catch cancer early.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of death in Vermont. Black adults have higher death rates than all other racial/ethnic groups for many cancer types. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Hispanic and Latino adults. Social determinants of health, including incomes, health literacy and physical access to care, contribute to these disparities.

“Time to Screen” is a partnership between COA, a national nonprofit advocacy group dedicated solely to independent oncology practices and the patients they serve, and CancerCare, a national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Screening recommendations are based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines.

People can visit or call toll-free 1-855-53-SCREEN (1-855-537-2733) to learn more about cancer screenings and find a convenient location.

Sugar makers honoredWESTFORD — The board of directors of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association 2021 Maple Awards were presented by Sam Cutting IV at the Association’s Annual Meeting held on Zoom, as follows: Outstanding Sugar Maker Award to James Buck, Washington, Vermont; Vermont Maple Person of the Year to Mark Cannella, UVM Extension; and Sumner Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Mark Isselhardt, UVM Extension.

Sugar makers webinarBURLINGTON — A free webinar series offered through University of Vermont Extension covers topics of interest to maple producers from maple production and forestry practices to business management. Eight online sessions will be held from late-July to October. A separate registration is required for each webinar with the deadline to register 48 hours prior to the 7 p.m. start time; go to to register online. Topics and dates are as follows:

July 28 — Maple Start-Up Profiles and Financial Benchmarks

Aug. 11 — Best Practices for Birch Syrup Flavor

Aug. 25 — Sugarbush Inventory Methods

Sept. 15 — Sap-Only Enterprises

Sept. 29 — Binding Contracts and Legal Agreements

Oct. 13 — Maple Forests and Carbon

Oct. 27 — Northeast Forest Land Taxes and Programs

Shooting rangesMONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife will offer shooting range improvement grants to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges for enhanced safety and operation; $80,000 in grant funds will be available this year. Ranges that receive these grants must provide at least 20 hours of public use per month when in operation and be open at reasonable times for hunter education courses.

The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges; applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Eligible projects include shooting range re-development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and the construction or improvement of access roads and parking lots. Grant money may also be used for lead mitigation, such as recycling, reducing range floor surface drainage, or liming range property.

For further information or to download an application packet, visit or email or call (802) 318-1347.

Cyanobacteria dangerBURLINGTON — Cyanobacteria blooms can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals, and health officials want you to know what cyanobacteria blooms look like so you can avoid them while enjoying Vermont’s waters. People are encouraged to go to to see a video of what cyanobacteria look like, and photos of what is — and isn’t — a bloom.

Reentry housingWATERBURY — Vermont Department of Corrections is partnering with 15 community organizations to provide reentry housing and services to incarcerated individuals released from correctional facilities. Vermont DOC is funding 274 beds/apartments with the 15 housing providers, including two new Community Justice Centers. Housing will be offered in every district, including in Lamoille and Orange counties, where DOC housing has not existed before. Visit online to find partner organizations on the Public Listing.

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