4-H Dairy ShowTUNBRIDGE — The Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show returned to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Seventeen 4-H’ers from Orange and Windsor counties were represented at the show sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H: Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Tunbridge; Hartland Cattle Club, Hartland; and Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center. Exhibitors were judged on their poise, presentation and handling of their animal; their animal was evaluated on its body condition and appearance.

Fitting and Showmanship

Overall Champion — Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, was presented with the Dick Dodge Award for Fitting and Showing.

Senior (ages 14-18) Champion — Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge; Reserve Champion, Dylan Slack, Bethel.

Junior (ages 11-13) Champion — Maeve Leslie-Gawalt, Hartland; Reserve Champion, Sylvia Johnson, Tunbridge.

Beginner (ages 9-10) Champion — Austin Washburn, Bethel.

Novice (age 8-10) Champion — Charlotte Aiken, Tunbridge; Reserve Champion, Kaila Britton, Hartland.

Breed championships

Ayrshire — Junior Champion and Grand Champion, Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, with his summer yearling heifer; Junior Reserve Champion, Leah Rogers, Randolph, with her winter yearling heifer.

Guernsey — Junior Champion and Grand Champion, Zachary Johnson, Tunbridge, with his winter calf; Junior Reserve Champion, Sylvia Johnson, Tunbridge, with her spring calf.

Holstein — Senior Champion and Grand Champion, Dylan Slack, Bethel, with his 4-year-old cow; Junior Champion, Dylan Slack, Bethel, with his fall calf; Junior Reserve Champion, Tyler Slack, Bethel, with his spring calf.

Jersey — Senior Champion and Grand Champion, Maeve Leslie-Gawalt, Hartland, with her 3-year-old cow; Senior Reserve Champion, Delia Morgan, Woodstock, with her 2-year-old cow; Junior Champion, Elizabeth Waterman, Topsham, with her spring yearling heifer; Junior Reserve Champion, Maeve Leslie-Gawalt, Hartland, with her winter calf.

Supreme Champion of All Breeds — Maeve Leslie-Gawalt, Hartland, with her 3-year-old cow. She also received the Vermont Jersey Breeders Association 4-H Grand Champion Jersey 2021 Award.

4-H Shooting Sports

The 36th annual 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree was held at the Caledonia Forest and Stream Club in St. Johnsbury. The Green Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Lyndonville, and the Caledonia Sharp Shooters, St. Johnsbury, hosted the event. Six other participating clubs were Green Mountain 4-H, Springfield; High Hopes 4-H Club, Fairfax; Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Pawlet; Mt. Mansfield Pioneers, Jericho; Pownal Valley Sharpshooters, Pownal; Upper Valley Bullseyes 4-H Club, Bradford.

The top three individuals in each age division and discipline were awarded gold (first), silver (second) and bronze (third) medals with an honorable mention certificate for the fourth-place finisher. Winners, listed in order of placement from first to fourth, were:

Overall High Scorers

Senior (14-18) — Brady Roy, Springfield; Luke McReynolds, Danville; Colby Butler, Dorset. Honorable mention, Jayden Mead, Poultney.

Junior (11-13) — Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield; Misha Chirkov, Newbury; Nick McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention, Ivan Osinchuk, Springfield.

Novice (8-10) — Jacob Mead, Poultney; Noah Buck, West Pawlet; Brooke Flewelling, Rutland. Honorable mention (tie), Scout Barney, Bennington, and Nicolas Nadal, Jericho.


Senior — Uma Chirkova, Newbury; Luke McReynolds, Danville; Andy McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention, Jonathan Churchill, Groton.

Junior — Misha Chirkov, Newbury; Jackson Dwyer, Lyndonville; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield. Honorable mention, Ivan Osinchuk, Springfield.

Novice — Chloe Johnson, Concord; Brooke Flewelling, Rutland; Baylie Smith, Concord. Honorable mention, Noah Buck, West Pawlet.

Hunting/Wildlife Skills

Senior — Luke McReynolds, Danville; Uma Chirkova, Newbury; Brady Roy, Springfield. Honorable mention, Gabriel St. Martin, Wells.

Junior — Misha Chirkov, Newbury; Henry Bradshaw, Jericho; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield. Honorable mention, Nick McReynolds, Danville.

Novice — Wyatt DeLance, Castleton; Brooke Flewelling, Rutland; Margaret Williams, Newbury. Honorable mention, Brody Decker, Lake George, New York.


Senior — Elijah Beinner-Desranleau, Burlington; Brady Roy, Springfield; Taylor Tetreault, Groton. Honorable mention, Hayley Michaud, East Hardwick.

Junior — Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield; Misha Chirkov, Newbury; Ivan Osinchuk, Springfield. Honorable mention, Abby McReynolds, Danville.

Novice — Jacob Mead, Poultney; Tony Perez, Arlington; Nicolas Nadal, Jericho. Honorable mention, Wyatt DeLance, Castleton.


Senior — Brady Roy, Springfield; Colton Masure, St. Johnsbury; Colby Butler, Dorset. Honorable mention, Taylor Tetreault, Groton.

Junior — Henry Bradshaw, Jericho; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield; Nick McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention, Riley Perez, Arlington.

Novice — Scout Barney, Bennington; Tony Perez, Arlington; Hadley Michaud, East Hardwick. Honorable mention, Jayden Knapp, Bennington.

Seneca Run

Senior — Brady Roy, Springfield; Lucas Mattison, Eagle Bridge, New York; Jonathan Churchill, Groton. Honorable mention, Andy McReynolds, Danville.

Junior — Ivan Osinchuk, Springfield; Abby McReynolds, Danville; Misha Chirkov, Newbury. Honorable mention, Logan Goodridge, Irasburg.

Novice — Noah Buck, West Pawlet; Jacob Mead, Poultney; Conner Parent, Jericho. Honorable mention, Brooke Flewelling, Rutland.


Senior — Gabriel St. Martin, Wells; Colby Butler, Dorset; Elijah Beinner-Desranleau, Burlington. Honorable mention, Jayden Mead, Poultney.

Junior — Nick McReynolds, Danville; Isaac Osinchuk, Springfield, Abby McReynolds, Danville. Honorable mention, Cody Herbst, West Pawlet.

Novice — Jacob Mead, Poultney; Jayden Knapp, Bennington; Brody Decker, Lake George, New York. Honorable mention (three-way tie), Scout Barney, Bennington; Brooke Flewelling, Rutland; Baylie Smith, Concord.

Tillotson Award — Fred Mead, a longtime adult 4-H volunteer with the University of Vermont Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Program, is the recipient of the seventh annual Sean Tillotson Sportsmanship Award. The Castleton resident was chosen by jamboree participants who described him as kind, compassionate, funny, hardworking and helpful when something is difficult to understand. Mead volunteers with the Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club in Pawlet where he provides rifle instruction for club members. He also has assisted at several state 4-H shooting sports jamborees and events.


Wellness classesRUTLAND — The Community Health Improvement team at Rutland Regional Medical Center is once again offering in-person self-management wellness workshops. All the self-management classes are free. The first two in-person workshops are:

Tobacco Treatment: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 3 – 24, at Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland.

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 3, at Templewood Court Community Room, 5 Tremont St., Rutland.

For more information and to sign up, visit or call 802-747-3768.

Tai ChiRUTLAND — Tai Chi gentle exercise can benefit fall prevention, coordination, body alignment, reduced arthritis pain, better blood sugar levels and lowered blood pressure. Two classes will be held every Thursday, beginning Aug. 26 — Tai Chi for Fall Prevention at 3 p.m. and Yang 24 at 4 p.m. — at the old Courcelle/Armory building, 16 North St. Ext. in Rutland. RSVP at 775-3855.

New marsh trailWEST RUTLAND — The West Rutland Marsh will soon be home to a new trail, the Whipple Hollow Trail. Work on the cedar swamp section is expected to be complete by Aug. 6. The Vermont Youth Conservation Corp is installing a 900-foot long boardwalk in the swamp as Phase 2 of a three-phase project. Phase 1, done in 2019, runs through a mixed woodland/meadow habitat. Phase 3 will be completed next summer.

The trail will allow visitors to experience different habitats and birds than the marsh boardwalk off Marble Street and avoid Whipple Hollow Road traffic. Volunteers interested in helping out can email:

Clothing drive

FAIR HAVEN — The free annual clothing drive will be held at St. Mary’s School, 19 Washington St., Fair Haven, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11; and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 12.

Clean clothing in good condition may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9.

Poultney scholarship

POULTNEY — To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Poultney High School Class of 1971 created a GoFundMe appeal “Poultney Higher Learning Scholarships” to help future PHS graduating seniors pursue higher learning. Gifts given through this online appeal will go directly to the “Morning Star Lodge No. 37, F&AM Memorial Fund.” Donations by check may be made payable to “Morning Star Lodge, F&AM Memorial Fund” and mailed to Lee Lodge #30, F&AM, P.O. Box 301, Castleton, VT 05735.

Call for vendors

LUDLOW — The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce invites vendors to sign on to The Best of Vermont Summer Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 and 29, at the Okemo Field, Route 103 in Ludlow. Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 6. For more information

Norcross Trail opens

WINDSOR — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) in partnership with Ascutney Trails Association (ATA) announced the completion and opening of a new multi-use trail on Mount Ascutney. The 8-mile Norcross Trail provides a link for mountain bikers and hikers between the Ascutney Outdoors Center and Mount Ascutney State Park. It connects the summit-bound Windsor and Brownsville trails, allowing both to be hiked as a loop from a single trailhead without walking between trailheads on busy routes 44 and 44A.

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A son, Colin Michael Heck, was born July 23, 2021, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to John and Patty Heck, of East Wallingford.



Open Farm

MONTPELIER — Vermont Open Farm Week will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 15, and features 90 events at over 45 farms across the state. For the seventh consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Visit to find event listings, which are sorted by day and location.

Apprenticeship stipends

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center announced the 29th year of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (VTAAP). With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center initiated the program to support the continued vitality of Vermont’s living cultural heritage.

In partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, VTAAP provides stipends of up to $2,000 to master artist and apprentice pairs to cover time, materials, and travel expenses; 2021 applications will be accepted through Sept. 3. Visit online to find more information, and application forms are available from the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-4964.

Family camping

GROTON — Families who register for the annual Outdoor Family Weekend, Sept. 10-12, look forward to camping, outdoor recreation and nature-based learning opportunities. The event will take place at Stillwater State Park in Groton and offers hands-on workshops, community storytelling, self-guided canoe trips, hikes and other activities.

The fee is $175 for the campsite (up to eight individuals), three workshops per camper, an ice-cream social, nightly campfires, entertainment and free canoe rentals. Go to online to register.

Wardens honored

MONTPELIER — Two Vermont State Game Wardens were recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. Warden Asa Sargent, of Hartland, received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award and Sgt. Travis Buttle, of Shaftsbury, received the 2020 Warden of the Year Award. The 2019 award was not made last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A game warden since 2016, Asa Sargent received the award for his high motivation and effort, positive attitude, public outreach achievements and outstanding casework resulting in a 100% conviction rate as of 2019. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder assisting in remote search and rescue operations.

Sgt. Travis Buttle has been a Bennington area warden for 24 years and is recognized as a diligent and effective protector of Vermont’s natural resources, handling more than 300 cases in 2020, as well as for his public outreach achievements, courteous and responsive professional demeanor, and his valued contributions in remote search and rescue operations.


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