CLiF grantsWATERBURY CENTER — The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has awarded 12 public libraries across Vermont and New Hampshire its 2021-2022 Rural Libraries grant program. The grant program provides two storytelling presentations by CLiF’s Vermont and New Hampshire authors/illustrators and storytellers, new books for the public library, new books for the local elementary school library, a mini-grant for library programming, and new books for each child to pick out for themselves.

The 2021-22 libraries in Vermont are Bradford Public Library, John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library in Craftsbury, Russell Memorial Library in Monkton, Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield, Readsboro Community Library and Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton; and in New Hampshire are George H. Stowell Free Library in Cornish Flat, Olive G. Pettis Library in Goshen, Hill Public Library, Piermont Public Library, Mansfield Public Library in Temple and Whitefield Public Library.

RNESU new employeesBRANDON — Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union welcomes 57 new employees who will be working throughout the district in all capacities. This is a higher than usual cohort of new employees. Federal COVID funds are being used to hire more academic interventionists for the next three years specifically to work with students who may have fallen behind in the last 15 months of school, as well as some coaches and other positions that will help build a support system for students and ensure the nursing, guidance, paraprofessional and custodian staffing needed in the return to in-person learning.

At Barstow: Claire Bronsan, School Nurse; Kim Lake, Paraeducator; Heidi Landon, Teacher, Special Services.

At Lothrop: Lori Allaire, Teacher, 6th Grade; Meranda Bassette, Paraeducator; Calli Bushee, Paraeducator; Laurie Hemple, Paraeducator/Lunch Monitor and LEAP Program Leader; Kristin Lucas, Teacher, Kindergarten; Samantha Masterson, Teacher, pre-K; Stacey Pearsons, Teacher, ¾ Writing; Hope Ralph, Paraeducator; Nicole Roy, Teacher, PE; SueEllen Thornton, Paraeducator; Jennifer Westebbe, Paraeducator.

At Neshobe: William Chapman-Hale, Teacher, Academic Interventionist/ELL; Charles Connelly, Teacher, Special Services; Michelle Daignault, Teacher, pre-K; Craig Davignon, Teacher, Academic Interventionist; Alisha Krans, Parapeducator; Kelly McCarroll, Speech/Language Pathologist; Brittany Plano, L/T Sub Teacher, Music; Susan Price, Teacher, Special Services; Dan Raabe, Assistant Principal; Holly Seigle, Teacher, Kindergarten; Sheila Sicely, Paraeducator; Maureen Warner-Blackmer, Paraeducator; Vicki Wells, Principal.

At Otter Creek Academy: Chad Crisp, Custodian; Michael Ferraro, Custodian; Gila Kelley, Paraeducator; Christine Landon, Teacher, PE; Samantha Masterson, Teacher, pre-K; Nancy McGill, L/T Sub Teacher, K; Eric Traska, Teacher, 6th grade; Jody Sanderson, Teacher, Academic Interventionist; Emily Wood, L/T Sub Teacher, Grade 3.

At Otter Valley Middle/High School: Andrew Blakely, Paraeducator; Katarina “Nina” Bulich, Guidance Counselor; Jason Davis, Planning Room Monitor; Zacharia Eastman, Teacher, Drivers Ed; William Feldhusen, Teacher, MS Math; Lori Hoyt, Teacher, Health; Stephanie Hull, Library Assistant & Media Specialist; Lydia Klotz, Custodian; David Mitchell, L/T Sub Teacher, Science; Marissa Navedo, Teacher, MS/HS Academic Interventionist; Jordan Tolar, Head Custodian; Chris Wetzel, Guidance Counselor.

RNESU District-wide: Aimee Duplissis, Speech/Language Pathology Assistant; William Bearor, Bus Driver; Max Burman, Technology Integration Coach; Susan Hennessey, Technology Integration Coach; Charles Hughes, Bus Driver; James Kalb, Data Literacy Coach; Renee Kittler, Teacher, pre-K Academic Interventionist; Emma O’Rourke, Speech/Language Pathologist; Susannah White, Equity Engagement Coach; Joanie Wisdhal, Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coach.

RNESU continues to hire and is looking for candidates to fill positions, including substitute positions, across the district. Visit for job postings.


Elmira College announced this year’s recipients of its annual Key Award presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. Area students are Taylor Blodorn, of Killington; Bryanna Gloss, Lucas Milazzo, both of Poultney; Ethan Courcelle, of Rutland; and Serena Coombs, Isabell Lanfear, both of West Rutland.


Wolff to visit RFL Sept. 4How would you like your child to learn the art of storytelling? The Dolly Parton Imagination Library at Rutland Free Library is pleased to host Children’s author and illustrator Ashley Wolff at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, in the Nella Fox Room at the library on 10 Court St.

This event is free to children and families.

Wolff will demonstrate how she uses her artwork to tell her stories and do a drawing with the children to write a story together.

“This is a perfect activity for children,” said Amanda Begin, Children’s Services Librarian, Rutland Free Library. “It will inspire them to use their imaginations and creativity to tell their own stories.”

There also be will short presentation on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, where children from birth till their fifth birthday, who reside in Rutland City, Rutland Town, Ira, Mendon and Tinmouth, can sign up to get a free age-appropriate book each month. Families in the five towns can register online to access the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at online.

Visit online to find paper registration forms.

For more information to support the program, email Joan Gamble at

Roast porkPAWLET — The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Supper Club invite the public to the next roast pork dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 4, at Pawlet Community Church. Cost is $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Take-out orders can be made on the day of the dinner by calling 325-3022.

Make jamWOODSTOCK — The Billings Backyard Series presents Making Jam with Chef Emery from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Billings Farm & Museum. Recipes covered include Tomato White Peach Jam, Carrot Cake Jam and Maple Bacon Jam, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period. The workshop costs $15/person; $10/BF&M member. Make reservations at or call 457-2355.

Local NAACP fundraiser RUTLAND — The Rutland Area branch of the NAACP will host its third annual Freedom Fund Dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, virtually this year, much of it recorded professionally at Castleton University. The organization will solicit local restaurants in Addison, Rutland and Bennington counties to join the evening by providing attendees with take-out dinners in the spirit of a community meal.

Visit for more information.

Audubon walkWEST RUTLAND — Join birders for the 3.7 mile loop in this National Audubon IBA (Important Bird Area), or go halfway. Meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 23 at the West Rutland Marsh boardwalk on Marble Street. Kids, new birders and nonmembers welcome. Email for more information.

Rescue SquadFAIR HAVEN — The Fair Haven Rescue Squad board of directors announce that Wendi Fitz-Gerald has been hired as permanent head of service. She has been working with FHRS on a part-time basis for over 10 months. She is a paramedic trainer with years of experience, most recently with Rutland Regional Ambulance Service.

Ms. Fitz-Gerald takes over from Sean Galvin who volunteered to take on a temporary leadership role in March 2020, a week before the pandemic state of emergency was declared. The board is grateful for all he has done and that he will be joining Tom Neumann as one of two deputy chiefs.


Food drive beginsMONTPELIER — September is Hunger Action Month in Vermont. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in food insecurity and the results of a recent University of Vermont study show that need has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Vermonters continue to face the challenge of keeping food on the table.

In its fifth year supporting Vermonters in need and the vital work of the Vermont Foodbank, the Vermont Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive will start Friday, Sept. 3, and run until Friday, Sept. 17. For the past four years, the Vermont Foodbank, the Vermont Bar Association, the Attorney General’s Office, and many other law offices throughout the state have joined forces to raise more than $43,000 and collect more than 11,000 food items.

This year, Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the Vermont Paralegal Organization will join in hosting the food drive. Participants will host online fundraising pages and collect item donations.

Kelly Brush RideMIDDLEBURY — More than 900 cyclists are expected in the 16th annual Kelly Brush Ride, by VBT Bicycling Vacations, on Sept. 11 in Middlebury. All riders and visitors to the Middlebury College campus, where the ride starts and ends, must be fully vaccinated unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption, and wear face coverings indoors.

The ride is Kelly Brush Foundation’s largest fundraising event focused on its mission to improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury through sports and recreation. Participants can ride 100, 50, 20 or 10 mile routes through the scenic Champlain Valley. For those who can’t make it to Vermont, the ride has a virtual component with activities, fundraising challenges and weekly prizes. Supporters can participate via Strava, a social networking service designed for cycling.

Visit for more information and registration.


Instructors wantedESSEX JUNCTION — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors to pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation. The department will host a one-day training workshop for new instructors from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the department’s 111 West Street office in Essex Junction. To register, visit or email or call 802-505-5562.

Wildlife DayADDISON — The 19th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison will be Saturday, Oct. 2. Activities especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems, will be held at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17, west of Route 22A. For more information, visit and check under Watch Wildlife.

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