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Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton to learn about the creepy crawly critters that make Halloween Fun on Oct. 25.

Around Town

2-1-1 Call Center hours cut

ESSEX JUNCTION — The organization hosting Vermont’s one-stop number to call for information about health and human services has announced it is no longer able to offer 24/7/365 service by phone. Effective Oct. 1, Vermont 2-1-1 contact center hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Free flu shotClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, 173 South Main St. in Rutland, is offering flu shots at no cost to the patient throughout the entire month of October.

It’s important to get your flu vaccination before winter begins so your body has enough time to develop the antibodies that protect against influenza. Receiving the flu shot not only helps you protect yourself, but it also prevents the flu from spreading throughout the community.

The No Cost Flu Shot Month allows all patients to get vaccinated, regardless of insurance coverage. Vaccinations are available for ages 4 years and older, while supplies last. No appointments are needed, just walk in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Patients are asked to bring a photo ID and insurance card (if available). For those with health care insurance, the urgent care center will bill the carrier and cover any remaining out-of-pocket cost. For those without insurance, ClearChoiceMD will cover the cost.

Hazardous wasteRUTLAND TOWN — Household hazardous waste collection will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Rutland Town Transfer Station, 218 Northwood Park off Post Road Extension. The service is free for Solid Waste Alliance Communities: Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven. For more information, visit or call 342-5701.

VT F&W Halloween

CASTLETON — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend its annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’Lantern Hike from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton. Free admission and activities, no registration required. For more information and to donate pumpkins for the event, call 265-2279 or email corey.hart@vermont or call 802-265-2279.

Hospice training

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing a two-day training for hospice volunteers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, in the Rutland office, 7 Albert Cree Drive. To pre-register, call 770-1683 or email at

Gifts received

POULTNEY — Thomas A. Hughes, Poultney Area St. David’s Society president, announced donations of $6,945 have been received from the society’s 18-day charity appeal to benefit the historic Welsh Presbyterian Church annual operating and building restoration needs.

4-H Horse Show at Big E

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Vermont 4-H members participated in various horse events at the Eastern States Exposition. Delegates were Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg; Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Samantha Blackmore, Charlotte; Addie Boutin, Essex Junction; Lauren Hodsden, Bridport; Lilia Kocsis, Vernon; Emily Lang, Hinesburg; and Faith Ploof, Westford. Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford, Wisteria Franklin, Lyndon Center; Emeillia Gomo, Chester; and Allison Tourville, Georgia; participated as teen leaders.

All members of the Vermont delegation participated in general knowledge and judging contests in their respective divisions. Delegates placing in the top 10 in general knowledge were Chloe Barewicz was second; Lilia Kocsis, fourth; and Lauren Hodsden, seventh. In the teen leader division, Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford; Allison Tourville, Georgia; and Emeillia Gomo, Chester; took second through fourth place, respectively.

Grace Parks captured first; Jasmine Mooney, second; and Tucker Murdough, fifth; in general knowledge. For judging, Tucker was fifth; Jasmine, seventh; and Grace, ninth. Anna-Lise Cooledge, was fourth; Emeillia, seventh; and Allison, eighth; in the teen leaders’ division.

States also were ranked in judging, combining the top four individual scores for a total score. Vermont came in sixth based on the individual scores of Addie Boutin, Anna-Lise Cooledge, Emily Lang and Tucker Murdough.

Individuals placing in the top five in their respective performance classes were Vivienne Babbott (fourth, hunt seat pleasure; fifth, hunt seat discipline rail); Chloe Barewicz (second, obstacle driving; third, driving discipline rail; fourth, pleasure driving, driving all around); Samantha Blackmore (third, hunt seat pleasure; fourth, hunt seat discipline rail); Addie Boutin (third, bridle path hack); Lauren Hodsden (fourth, Western all-around); Lilia Kocsis (fourth, Western all-around, Western discipline rail; fifth, Western trail); Emily Lang (third, hunt seat equitation; fifth, hunter under saddle); and Faith Ploof (fourth, hunter over fences, hunter under saddle).

Competing in quiz bowl, Vermont 4-H members on the first-place team were Jasmine Mooney, Anna-Lise Cooledge, Allison Tourville; second-place team, Chloe Barewicz, Grace Parks; third-place team, Faith Ploof, Emeillia Gomo; fourth-place team, Lauren Hodsden; fifth-place team, Lilia Kocsis; sixth-place team, Tucker Murdough.


Elizabeth R. Palmer

A daughter, Elizabeth Rebecca, was born Sept. 4, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, to Allison Greene and Stephen Palmer, of Woodstock.

Zoe A. Roberts

A daughter, Zoe Alexa, was born Sept. 11, 2019, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to Gianni and Jeffrey Roberts, of Rutland.

Mason E. Lafrancois

A son, Mason Edward, was born Sept. 21, 2019, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to Tabitha Plude and Ethan Lafrancois, of Rutland.

Vanessa R.L. Kennedy

A daughter, Vanessa Rena Lynn, was born Sept. 26, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Makayla Kimball and Mark Kennedy, of Weybridge.

Elsie M. Hutchins

A daughter, Elsie Marie, was born Sept. 29, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Kyle and Alyssa (Hartwell) Hutchins, of Brandon.

College news

Elliott Thomson Abbott, of Middlebury, Spanish major, graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Dawson Cole, of Rutland, graduated from the Overhead Electric Line Worker academic program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

Community College of Vermont summer 2019 academic honors include:

Dean’s list — Adam Pate, of Mount Holly; Kristy Richardson, Robyn Sweet, both of Rutland; and Nathaniel Hance, of Wallingford.

Student Honors list — Nicole Tursi, of Benson; Maija Chamberlain, of Bridport; Daniel Myhre, of Cuttingsville; Samantha Raymond, of East Middlebury; Melissa Gay, of Fair Haven; Chloe Speyers, of Leicester; Breanna Lepri, Kelly O’Keefe, both of Middlebury; Cassandra Kosmalski, of Middletown Springs; Emily Perry, of Pittsford; Kathryn Andrews, Stephanie Colton, Lillian Gutoff, Jason O’Neill, Deron Rixon, Miranda Stoutes, all of Rutland; Marie Whalen, of Wallingford; Lea Keyes, of Wells; Kresten Ballantyne, of West Pawlet; Justin Laliberte, of West Rutland; and Maria Bedell, of Whiting.

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