Rutland High School Jazz Ensemble members play Earth Wind & Fire’s “September” while practicing in Main Street Park on Memorial Day. From left to right are: Brayden Shelton, Tristan Stoute, Alex Stoute and Charlie Hubbell.

Members of Rutland High School’s Umatter Club pose for a photo Friday morning at the school in the Hope Garden they planted in October. From left to right are: Jenna Montgomery, co-advisers Barret Hughes and Nancy Ivey, Catherine Dufresne, Sophie Anderson, Emma Gilmore and Jeremiah Jones. Th…

A couple of guinea hens forage outside Fellowship Bible Church along Route 30 in Castleton on Monday afternoon. The prehistoric-looking birds are known to cackle loudly and exhibit more independent characteristics than chickens.

Isaiah LaRock, of Ticonderoga, N.Y., directs traffic while working for Markowski Excavating at the detour around Park Street in Brandon on Wednesday afternoon as construction has started again. Drivers will have to detour around Park Street to take Route 73 east until the middle of August.

Owner Ivan Rochon covers a jewelry case as he closes up shop Monday afternoon after opening for the first time in more than two months at Diamonds and More on Center Street in Rutland City. Today, Gov. Phil Scott allowed certain retail businesses to open with social distancing restrictions a…

Friday’s “Stuff-a-cruiser” food drive to benefit BROC’s Community Food Shelf brought in not only an abundance of food supplies, but according to BROC CEO Tom Donahue, $5,735 in cash donations. The event was a joint effort by BROC, Project VISION, Rutland Police and Capt. Mark Stockton, Stock…

Jerry Henrichon, owner of Park Place Florist and Garden Center in Rutland, said he will donate 10% of all sales made on May 22 to BROC Community Food Shelf. Orders can be placed ahead of time online at, and if they're picked up on May 22, 10% will go to BROC.

Cashier Adam King works behind a plexiglass screen at the Jolley Mart on Grove Street in Rutland City on Friday afternoon. King, like many of Vermont’s Essential Workers has been working many hours above and beyond the call of duty to keep things running during the quarantine.

In this undated provided photo, Mark Stockton, of Stockton Security, left, Tom Donahue, CEO of BROC-Community Action and Cmdr. Matt Prouty, of the Rutland City Police Department and leader of Project VISION, promote a food drive set for May 15 to collect food for BROC's community food shelf.

From left, Mark Stockton, of Stockton Security, Tom Donahue, CEO of BROC-Community Action in Northwest Vermont, and Cmdr. Matt Prouty, of the Rutland City Police Department and Project VISION, promote a food drive set for May 15 to collect food for BROC’s community food shelf.

The Charlotte-Essex, N.Y., Lake Champlain Ferry leaves for the east side as the 6 p.m. commuter boat heads with a cargo of cars and trucks. The Charlotte-Essex ferry opened for the season May 1 with special social-distancing guidelines in place for the season. Passengers must be inside enclo…

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With our movements and interactions with people limited for safety and our homes largely becoming our universes, finding an outlet for energy and creativity has been a godsend of late, in my case in the form of birds.

The dinosaur sculpture on North Main Street at MAC Steel has been spotted wearing an appropriate face mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 although gusty winds have apparently blown it askew during the night.

A group of migrating double-crested cormorants returns to Lake Champlain as they fly north against a strong northwest wind on Wednesday afternoon near the Champlain Bridge in Addison. The fish-eating ducks are often considered a nuisance by anglers. 

A sign informs visitors to Baxter Street Park in Rutland City on Wednesday afternoon that because of the COVID-19 pandemic the park has been closed. The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department has closed Baxter Street Park, Justin Thomas Park and the River Street Mini Park to the public.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday said Vermont “strongly discourages” incoming travel from coronavirus hotspots in the Northeast, directing “nonessential” travelers from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The latest addendum to his “stay home” order states that “any person, re…