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Sunday, September 30, come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, for a talk by living historian Robert Grandchamp on the British 24th Regiment of Foot and their role in the Northern Campaign of the American Revolution. The talk, with a question-and-answer period, is from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and is included with regular admission of $5 adults/free under 15).

Grandchamp is a member of today’s British 24th Foot living-history reenactors. He will talk about how this elite advanced corps for Lt. General John Burgoyne played an important role in the Revolution. They were one of ten infantry regiments with Burgoyne, were at Mount Independence and Hubbardton, had a detachment at Bennington, and fought at Saratoga.

The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. Regular hours are 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. daily through October 14.

For more information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit:


Billings Farm & Museum will host its annual Pumpkin & Apple Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. This family-friendly celebration features hands-on activities, programs and displays centered around these vital crops, and explores their historical importance and many uses. Wagon rides are included with admission.

Take the apple taste test and vote for your favorite. Lend a hand pressing cider, making pumpkin or apple ice cream, and peeling apples for drying. Join in the “pumpkin and apple fun” with apple races, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, sample pumpkin bread, and watch apple butter being made in the farmhouse kitchen.

Billings Farm & Museum offers a year-round calendar of programs and family-friendly events. Find more information online at or by calling 802-457-2355.


The Pittsford Sheep Festival has been offering free entertainment for over 25 years. This year it will be held on October 7, from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m., at the Pittsford Recreation Area off Furnace Road in Pittsford.

Local craft vendors, felters and spinners will have booths featuring their skills and products. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be held at 11:15, 1:30 and 3:30. Sheep dog handling demonstrations will be held at 12:45 and 2:45. There will be children’s craft activities at 11:45. The Leaping of the Lambs, an exclusive RAS activity, will be held at 12:30 and 2:30. Live music will add to the festive atmosphere. There will be food for sale featuring tasty lamb and Big Lenny’s hotdogs.

The sheep are in training for their big event: The Leaping of the Lambs. Here the sheep compete against each other by running through an obstacle course to reach a treat at the finish line.

You will have the chance to visit with local shepherds and learn about raising sheep in Vermont. This event is sponsored by the Rutland Area Shepherds. For more information check our website,, or contact Don at 802-342-3176.


The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers beginning on Friday, October 26 from 4 — 8 p.m. with dinner provided, and Saturday, October 27 from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. with light refreshments.

The training course will be held at the Rutland office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region on 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. Pre-registration is required. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health-care experience is required.

For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at


155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Join us October 11 for the 3.7 mile loop around the marsh or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. Contact


Rutland Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce their recent partnership with the Vermont Foodbank’s VeggieVanGo program. On the fourth Thursday of each month (the next event is September 27) from 9 — 10 a.m., the Vermont Foodbank truck will deliver large bins of healthy fresh produce in the parking lot by the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at RRMC.

Along with the healthy, fresh food, VeggieVanGo volunteers and staff will also offer cooking demos and taste tests of the vegetables available, paired with recipes and cooking tips. The goal of VeggieVanGo is to provide free, fresh, healthy veggies and fruits for low-income Vermonters. They will also work with physicians and medical staff to identify patients and families who are experiencing hunger and “prescribe” fresh fruits and vegetables for a more nutritious diet.

For more information contact the Employee Wellness Center at Rutland Regional at 802-747-2525.


Please join us at the Castleton Free Library on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. for a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event, Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths, presented by award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown.

Like Greek mythology, Norse myths are still with us, inspiring storytellers from Tolkien to Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon and A.S. Byatt. Surprisingly, most of what we know about Valhalla and the Valkyries, Odin and the Well of Wisdom, the Mighty Thor, and Ragnarok or the Twilight of the Gods was written by a 13th-century Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia.

Free, accessible and open to all. Light refreshments served after the program. For more information call Mary Kearns at 802-468-5574 or email


On September 28 Rutland County Audubon will present the award-winning photographs from this year’s National Audubon photographic contest with a reception from 5 – 8 p.m. and a special talk on birds by Audubon member Mike Blust at 7 p.m., at Rutland City Hall. These spectacular photographs will also be on exhibit through October 10.

Rutland City Hall is located at 1 Strongs Avenue and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call K. Guinness at 287-9338.

Gov. Phil Scott Keynote at BROC Community Action Annual Meeting

BROC Community Action announced that the keynote speaker for their 53rd annual meeting is Governor Phil Scott. “We are honored that the governor is coming to speak. He has supported our work helping people with low incomes or living in poverty to thrive,” stated CEO, Tom Donahue.

The luncheon will be in the ballroom at Holiday Inn, Rutland on Tuesday, October 16 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. The agenda will include BROC Community Action’s year in review. There will also be the presentation of the 3rd Annual Community Action Awards and music by the Rutland High School Advanced Orchestra.

Reserve your tickets today by visiting For more information contact Pamela Shambo at 802-665-1721 or


The 2018 Pico Ski Club’s Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap and Sale will be held Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, at the Pico Mountain Base Lodge. New and used skis, snowboards, clothing, snowshoes and equipment for kids and adults, from the recreational snow-sports enthusiast to the seasoned racer, will fill the upper and lower levels of the Pico Base Lodge. Sale hours: Friday, Sept. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For selling items at the Swap, sellers need to set up an online account and are strongly encouraged to enter their items prior to dropping them off at the sale. Visit: to get started. The Pico Ski Club will accept consignments of gently used, clean ski, snowboard and athletic clothing (no street clothing please), and modern alpine and snowboard equipment. All equipment must meet current safety standards. Swap consignment drop-off at Pico Base Lodge is Sept. 27, 4 — 6 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. — 9 p.m. in the Pico Snow Sports room (Only donated items will be accepted after Friday night).


14th Annual Harvest Fair, Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. at Pittsford Village green. Only handmade, homegrown items by local artists and crafters. Basket raffle & bake sale.

Jack-o’-lantern decorating contest hosted by the Marble Valley Pittsford Grange, win prizes and trophies. Contact: Beth Richards, 773-2843,

Pittsford Village Farm Flea Market, Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m., 42 Elm Street, Pittsford. Bring your own tables, tents, chairs. $15, pre-registration for table space not required. Contact: Donna Wilson, 345-0970,

Maclure Library Annual Book Sale, Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. 840 Arch St, Pittsford., 483-2972.

Slate Valley Brew Run to benefit Haynes House

A new 10K and 5K fall foliage run/walk, the Slate Valley Brew Run, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Veterans Park, Quaker Street, Granville, New York. The event benefits the Haynes House of Hope, a comfort-care home for the terminally ill.

This event partners with the new Slate Town Brewing Company and Hicks Orchard’s Slyboro Ciderhouse. The first 125 registrants for the race will receive a pint glass with the race logo. Over-21 participants will get a coupon for a free pint of craft beer at Slate Town Brewing Company on Main Street in Granville. Hicks Orchard and Slyboro ciders will also be available.

Races include a 10K at 8:30 a.m. which goes into Vermont and concludes along the Rail Trail; a 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. that covers village streets, the Rail Trail and a covered footbridge; and a 1-mile Kids Run at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K, and free for youth under age 13 in the Kids Run. Runners can pre-register for both the 10K and 5K for just $30. Race-day registration fees will be $35 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. Professional timing will be by Underdog Race Timing.

First-place finishers in the 10K and 5K will receive Telescope directors chairs with the race logo, donated by the Granville Lions Club. A custom-designed race logo medal will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.

This year’s event will also feature a Corporate Challenge for local businesses who field teams for the 5K. Trophies will be given to the corporate team that finishes first and to the team that raises the most funds for Haynes House.

Online pre-registration is through and is open until Oct. 3. A printable registration form is available at For more information, email or call race director Peter O’Brien at 518-321-9640.


When shoulder pain interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks like driving a car, carrying groceries, hitting a tennis ball or swinging a golf club, it might be time to consider various treatment options. One of those options being a total shoulder joint replacement.

Join Dr. Eric Marsh, a surgeon with Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, for a discussion on the best diagnostic tools, treatments and surgical options to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. This program is free and will be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.

For more information and to register call 802-772-2400.


Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., at the United Baptist Church, on the Green, East Poultney. Registration for this event is $85 / ($65 Early Registration before September 15), with a special student rate of $20.

The Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium is a celebration of Horace Greeley’s life. The symposium explores the art of writing as presented by publishers and writers in the fields of literature, poetry, philosophy and history.

This year’s keynote speaker is screenwriter, director, and actor Stephen Ohl, who will give a presentation titled “How to Write for Film.”

Additional featured speakers include: John Manchester, “What would Horace think? Reflections on Horace Greeley, journalism and the world today.” Bianca Amira Zanella, “Against Poetry: When we lack the words.” Debbi Wraga, “Publishing How To’s,” from Northshire Book’s Indie Publishing Manager.

The symposium is a dynamic day of learning and nurturing for writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres. This event draws writers and authors from across New York and New England to Poultney, Vermont every year. For more information, or a link to our brochure and registration form, visit our website at or Facebook, where you can also read about a Florida vacation rental raffle. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets; call Suanne at 802-884-5803 for further details and/ or to enter.

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