SPRINGFIELD — After noting the location of around 20 tires at the bottom of the Black River along Paddock Road in Springfield, Black River Action Team director Kelly Stettner organized a small flotilla to retrieve them. The “haul” ended up being just more than 70 tires. Volunteers Moira and Armando Stettner worked the river bottom, as well as others who contributed to the effort of several hours: Steve and Maura Anderson, Kayla and Jordan Baker, Bitsy Biron, Richard Barber and son Leonard, and Harry Milkman. Most of the tires were decades old, one still had its rim; two giant tractor tires completed the pile.
MONTPELIER — The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) announced longtime State Parks Director Craig Whipple is retiring.
During his 14 years as director, he was instrumental in creating programs to increase access to the parks, including the First Day Hikes series of free, guided New Year’s Day hikes at parks across the state; the Parks prescription program that provides free state parks day-use passes prescribed by physicians; and the Venture Vermont outdoor challenge that encourages families to explore the outdoors and receive a free state parks pass for their adventures.
Whipple has also worked to build and secure funding for increased recreation capacity within FPR, and through the creation of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative. In addition, he spearheaded the founding of Vermont Parks Forever, the nonprofit friends group supporting the parks, and helped found the national State Parks Leadership School.
In 2014, he received the Theresa S. Brungardt Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association, and in 2016, became one of only three Vermonters ever to be designated a “Legend” by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
RANDOLPH — The 15th annual Last Mile Ride, Run and Walk, held as a virtual “Home Edition” event this year due to the pandemic, raised record-breaking funds for the cause during the first 15 days in August. The event, which invited participants to register online and ride, run or walk at a time and location of their choosing, raised nearly $150,000 to support end-of-life care for Gifford patients, bringing the grand total to more than $1,030,000 raised since the inaugural Last Mile Ride event in 2006
The funds raised help patients and families meet their unique needs during advanced illness or at the end of life, such as costs associated with estate planning and funeral services, special events like weddings, transportation for visiting family members or for patients who require appointments with specialists outside of the region, and more.
Forty-seven businesses supported the 2020 Last Mile Ride, including the following major sponsors: Frankenburg Agency, Gary and Mary West Foundation, Mascoma Bank, Neagley & Chase Construction, Northfield Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Boston Private, Chip’s Auto, Kinney Pike, Memic, ProAct, and Rural Vermont Real Estate.
The University of Maine spring 2020 dean’s list includes Jenny Kiernan, of Arlington; Brett Viens, of Middlebury; Amelia Mattrick, of Rochester; Maia Conway, Ryann McLeod, Brady Rooker, all of Rutland; Andrew Czwakiel, of Springfield; and Wyatt McDermott, of Wells.
A son, Jaxton Lee Notte, was born Aug. 5, 2020, to Carrie Duprey and Dillon Notte, of West Rutland.
A son, Liam Carl Vladyka, was born Aug. 5, 2020, to Brittany and Evan Vladyka, of Fair Haven.