A Middlebury farmer plows a field in dry conditions on Wednesday afternoon along Route 7. The recent spell of dry weather is looking to come to a close at least temporarily. Rain is in the forecast for today and snow might even be in the forecast for Friday evening.

On Thursday, a group of students and educators from Rutland Middle School delivered a large number of hand-decorated pennants to Rutland Regional Medical School to thank health care providers for the work they’re doing to protect the community during the COVID pandemic.

Designer Amanda Sisk makes a clay model of the Ernie Royal Sculpture that is taking shape at the Carving Studio in West Rutland on Friday afternoon. Sisk is using old photographs of Royal to help shape the design of the clay model. Once that is finished, a plaster cast will be made that will…

It was the night before Christmas Eve and Sharon Russell, director of Rutland’s Open Door Mission, was finishing up and getting ready to head home. As she chatted with the cook, a woman and her young son entered through the back door looking for the thrift store.

From left, Marty Thibodeau and Mike Nardowicz, of the Rutland Department of Public Works, let loose a rush of water from a fire hydrant at the corner of West and Elm streets in Rutland City on Thursday as they flush out the water distribution system.

Curt Busony, of Rutland, cuts a piece of steel with a band saw for a raised dog-bowl stand he was making Tuesday afternoon at the MINT-Rutland’s Makerspace. The MINT is expanding their size and services to members at its location on Quality Lane in Rutland Town. See the story on page A3.