Mary Brown, of the Timberloft Farm Store in West Rutland, prepares a wreath for a customer during the 44th annual Holiday Fair at College of St. Joseph in Rutland on Friday afternoon.

Top, the second version of Ceres, carved by then sergeant-at-arms Dwight Dwinnell in 1938, is removed from the State House this past spring. Left, Sculptor Chris Miller works on the intricate sheaf of wheat recently at the Vermont Granite Museum in Barre. Right, Sculptor Jerry Williams fine …

Snow-laden trees droop over a snowy West Road in Ira on Tuesday. According to the Vermont Department of Transportation, more than half of the roads in Vermont are unpaved.

Colin McCaffrey, of East Montpelier, walks across a snowy Calais field in search of a buck during the second week of hunting season. Rifle season wraps up on Sunday with muzzleloader and archery season running from Dec. 1-9.

Swiss national ski team member Aline Danioth, a reigning junior world champion, trains this week at Sugarbush Resort in Warren in anticipation of this weekend’s World Cup slalom and giant slalom events at Killington Resort.

Jasminter Multani, right, looks back down to his belayer during a costume themed league night at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Rutland Thursday night. Multani and his team dressed up as "The Boulder Girls."

Chris Thompson, left, ascends a while while dressed as "Woody" from Disney's Toy Story movies, as Patrick Banks, right, dressed as Buzz Lightyear belays during a costume themed league night at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center Thursday night.

Coming soon to the Rutland Herald, a new edition of Hometown Heroes will feature the volunteer firefighters of the West Rutland Fire Department. Talking Pictures interviewed some of these dedicated guys, some of whom are second- and third-generation firefighters with the department, some of …