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Mettowee Grange's picnic now August 10 The Mettowee Valley Grange’s Community Picnic has been rescheduled for August 10. The event will be held at the home of Charles and Phyllis Mason at 6:30 p.m., August 10. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided. For more information, call Regina Mason at (802) 325-2280.

By Matthew Rice The Wells Variety Day Fair has been showing guests a good time for 34 years thanks to the folks in the Wells United Methodist Church. “It’s a good Vermont day, fun for families and people of all ages,” event organizer Audrey Nelson said. Saturday, July 16 the fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the village green and church lawn. “It’s some of the same things and some new things – it’s a busy fun day,” she said. Variety Day is an all-day family fun event featuring everything from tasty treats and fair food to a silent auction and vendors. Kids will have the sawdust pit to keep them busy ‘hunting’ for treasure until other games start up in the afternoon at

Hampton Hosts Powwow The Phillips Intertribal Powwow will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 at 155 Golf Course Road in Hampton. Story, Pg. 2

See WELLS, pg. 4

In Fair Haven, farmers and history meet July 24 By Derek Liebig History and agriculture are coming together for a special event in Fair Haven next weekend. The Fair Haven Farmers’ Market and The Fair Haven Historical Society are joining forces to stage the third annual Farmer’s Market and Local History Day from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 at the Fair Haven Green. The event blends together local history and agriculture and features a farmer’s market, crafters, flea market vendors and interactive historical displays. “It’s gone over really well,” Fair Haven Farmer’s Market Manager Sherry Smith said. “The market has become more well

established and because of that we’re getting more of a response from the community. They are really starting to embrace us.” Besides the chance to patronize local farmers, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about local history.

See HISTORY, pg. 2

Free fishing in Whitehall By Derek Liebig The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will provide local residents with the opportunity to enjoy some free fishing next weekend. The “Free Fishing Day” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the John A. Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier on South Bay. Participants will have the chance to fish for a variety of

The state's annual Free Fishing Day draws a big crowd at Whitehall's South Bay Pier. different species of fish without a license. DEC employees and members of the Washington County Sportsman Federation will also

be hand to provide basic fishing instructions such as how to cast a spinning rod, tie knots and release fish. Participants will also learn

more about different fish species, aquatic biology and habitat protection.

See FISH, pg. 4

SolarFest: 'Green' can be fun Tinmouth event focuses on music sustainability classes By Bill Toscano

Public Notice The Town of Poultney will collect hazardous waste July 16. See Pg. 2.

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The newest addition to Poultney’s downtown business scene, Stone Valley Community Market, will host a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, July 22 starting at 11 a.m. and Saturday, July 23 beginning at 10 a.m. Friday’s event will feature speeches by USDA and Vermont dignitaries, product sampling, and live music. Saturday will feature product samples, demonstrations and giveaways wth live music and a basket raffle. Stone Valley Market is located at 216 Main Street, Poultney. For information call (802) 287-4550 or visit

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The Castleton Historical Society will hold its annual potluck picnic on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Hubbardton Battlefield. Rutland historian Don Wickman will discuss his most recent book, “A Very Fine Appearance, The Civil War Photographs of George Houghton.” All are invited to attend and to bring a dish to share along with utensils and a folding chair. Beverages will be provided. Call Holly Hitchcock at 802-468-5105.


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Even if this weekend's SolarFest in Tinmouth, was not one of New England’s most important renewable energy and “green” technology events, it would be one of the region’s top music festivals. This year, 24 regionally and nationally known bands will be playing the three-day festival in

Tinmouth. Vt., beginning on the morning of Friday, July 15 and running through the evening of Sunday, July 17. The final band of the festival, five-time Grammy nominee Roomful of Blues, will hit the main stage at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with a show that will include a healthy sampling from its new CD – “Hook,

See FEST, pg. 2 Roomful of Blues plays Sunday.

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Hampton hosting annual powwow By Derek Liebig The sounds of Native American singing and dancing will echo through the hills of Hampton next weekend. The Phillips Intertribal Powwow will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 at 155 Golf Course Road in Hampton. Admission is free to the public and camping is permitted at no charge. This years’ powwow returns after a one year hiatus and will be held in honor of Raymond Phillips, who is battling an illness. “He’s 68 years old and has never missed a powwow so it’s being held in special honor of him,” said event founder Deb Joaquim, who is also known by her Native American name Wildflower. Because of the special significance of this year’s event, all the string are being pulled to make it the largest to date. “It’s turning out a lot bigger than we anticipated,” Joaquim said. The event will feature Native American dancers, singers, storytellers, vendors and much more. Grand entrances will be held at noon on Saturday and Sunday and organizers are hoping to plan a Jamboree on Saturday night. The jamboree is expected to include fiddle and guitar music and a potluck dinner. The main drum group this year will be the Seven Arrows Spirit Drum from Bristol, N.H.

Peggy Germain said the group plays a variety of traditional and new age Native American songs and Joaquim said people she has spoke with have described the group as “very good.” Other attractions include Shaman Black Foot who will perform healing and naming ceremonies, arrow throwing demonstrations, and a bevy of vendors who will offer goods such as handmade jewelry, weather makers and hand sewn moccasins. A number of vendors will also offer authentic Native American dishes. There will also be presentations by historian George Larabee who will discuss Native American games and the history of various Indian tribes. It’s that educational aspect Joaquim had on her mind when she started t four years ago. A Native American herself, Joaquim established the Whitehall powwow and later the Hampton powwow to provide local residents with an opportunity to enjoy and learn more about Native American culture. “I’m hoping people understand our culture and take away some spirituality,” she said. “It’s really a family spiritual gathering.” Germain, Joaquim’s daughter, said the event will feature several Native American groups including Cherokee, Iroquois, Navajo and Mohawks. For more information on the powwow, call 307-5403, or email Germain at peggiemoon@ aol. com.



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SolarFest: More than 80 classes By Derek Liebig Most local schools may have shut their doors for the summer, but a different kind of classroom nestled on an 80 acre farm in the hills of Tinmouth will open its doors this weekend. SolarFest will be held Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 at Forget-Me-Not-Farm. The three day, dawn-to-dusk festival combines music and a conference on sustainable living and alternative energy. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge from many of the leading thinkers and doers in the country. The festival features alternative energy companies, green builders, architects, organic food producers, college professors, engineers, system designers and environmental activists, who lead a wide range of educational workshops related to renewable energy and sustainable living. “There are longer, more in-depth, hands-on workshops this year than ever before,” said Patty Kenyon, SolarFest managing director. Workshops fall under one of five subjects or tracks: Green Building, Renewable Energy, The Solar Generation, Sustainable Agriculture and Thriving Locally. In all, there are more than 80 different workshops, ranging from “Photovoltaics 101” which provides attendees with a crash course in generating electric power from solar radiation to “Raw Milk: Sustainable Dairy in Practice and Policy,” a discussion of raw milk dairy farming. “There are a bunch of great workshops in sustainable agriculture, including one on growing mushrooms and another on growing rice is cold climates,” Kenyon said. There are also workshops designed specifically for children. Solar Generation workshops focus on providing children opportunities to think, learn and create while having fun. Some of the specific classes included in this

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Line & Sinker” – as well as other favorites from the 44-year history of the band, which started in 1967 in Westerly, R.I. Band leader Chris Vachon said the musicians in his band are excited to play a new venue, especially with a new CD fresh out. “We will play a lot of songs from the new CD, but we will definitely mix in the songs that people expect from us,” he said. Vachon said the band, which has more than 50 members over the years, said the band has been able to adapt to its changing lineup. The band has been going through a recent resurgence as it continues its busy youring schedule. Roomful has won seven Blues Music awards, including “Blues Band of the Year, and plays an

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The historical society will provide tours of the Marble Mansion. The Marble Mansion was built in 1867 by Ira Allen, a prominent businessman in Fair Haven and a relative of American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen. The 8,800 square foot home French Second Empire mansion is made of marble source from quarries in Proctor and was the first home in the community to have electricity. There is a small fee associated with tour and proceeds from will benefit the ongoing marble fence project which seeks to replace the wooden fence posts

tract include “Climate Change 101,” “Harnessing the Power of Wind,” and “Making the World a Better Place: Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots.” According to Kenyon, one of the most popular children’s workshops involves the construction and racing of solar powered cars. During this workshop, children will be provided with a solar panel and electric motor that they can then use to create a sun-driven car. Workshop leaders provide the tools, materials and know-how; kids provide the creativity and hard work. Most children take approximately four to six hours on Saturday to build their car and then demonstrate and race their creations Sunday afternoon. Children 10 to 14 years old who would like to participate in this event are required to attend the initial meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. For the less industrial-minded children, Kids Corner workshops provide children a place to enjoy fun and creative activities from felting and body painting to yoga and parachute games. Organizers practice what they preach. The events was a recipient of Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and produced only 90 pounds of unrecyclable waste last year despite a crowd approaching 5,000 people. Electricity and hot water during the festival are provided by solar energy installations, including a number of photovoltaic panels. Attendees can learn all about SolarFests’ onsite energy technologies during SolarFest Site Tours. The tour, which is approximately two hours long and led by John Blittersdorf provides an overview of how all the equipment interacts to power SolarFest. A tour designed for children is also offered. On Saturday, keynote speaker, Jeff Wolfe, founder and CEO of groSolar will talk about renewable energy, our energy future and cultural impediments to a clean future.

inspired, lively and heated brand of rippling, up-tempo, horn-dominated R&B,” says Rolling Stone Magazine. Jon Cleary’s new Philthy Phew band will headline Saturday night’s lineup. Considered one of New Orleans’ finest pianists, ranking with the Big Easy’s “professor pianists” and internationally popular, Cleary comes to ForgetMe-Not-Farm following appearances in the New Orleans Jazz & Folk Heritage Festival, Stockholm Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and the Salem Oregon Art Fair. Bonnie Raitte’s piano player, Cleary’s raw stripped down piano sound is an important part of the New Orleans R&B tradition. SolarFest organizers say their booking aim this year was “Americana,” a melting pot of rock, bluegrass, folk, the blues, and a return to the great tradi-

tion of American folk musics. Other bands include include Bluegrass Gospel Project, a group that draws on the bluegrass gospel which evolved outside the church in southeast Appalachia, and singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot’s whose debut CD was voted “No. 1 Folk Release of 2006” by the Boston Globe and named to the “Top 10 Releases of the Year” by NPR’s Folk Alley.. Other bands that will be at the event include Moors & McCumber , Justin Black & Big Heart, Duane Carleton & the Backwoods Messiahs, Gold Town, Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Phil Henry, Lynn Miles, Peter Mulvey, Jessica Smucker & The Sleeping World, SolarFest House Band, Soule Monde, Split Tongue Crow, The Stereo Fidelics, Swing Noire, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, and Reed Waddle. More information on the bands:

around the Fair Haven Green with marble ones. Members of the Horace Greeley Foundation will also be hand to provide residents with insight on the famed journalist and abolitionist and the Poultney 250th anniversary trolley is expected to be present. Don Thompson, author of several books about the Castleton-Bomoseen area will discuss local history and organizers are hoping to display Civil War period medical equipment and tools from the re-enactors with the Civil War Medical Coalition. The Historical Society will also be selling shirts, mugs and books, and will provide advice about genealogy research. Swinging the pendulum to agriculture, between 20 and 30

vendors are expected to be hawking their wares. “We’ll have everything from fruits and vegetables to handmade items,” Smith said. There will be fruits and vegetables, meats, maple items, jams and jellies, pickles and relishes, baked goods, herbs, cheese and much more. Smith said one of the more unique vendors is a West Haven goat farmer who will be selling goat milk, cheese and possibly even yogurt. There will also be many regional crafters with a variety of handmade goods included jewelry, wood crafts and sewn items. Admission tis completely free and will be held rain or shine.

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Childers plays Castleton Tuesday The Castleton Concert on the Green summer concert series will continue at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, with Otter Valley High School graduate, Nathan Childers, after performing in a “fantastic” concert last year, is bringing his great band back, and his sensational saxophone, from the Big Appleto Vermont, with great musical flair. Childer, who also composes, has been performing since he was 13. He started playing with his father. Gene Childers, and later earned three degrees in music. Others performing with Childers include John Rivers, is a versatile bass player who is currently the Jazz bass instructor at the University of Vermont. He performs and records regionally with many diverse ensembles. A graduate of the University of Miami, he studied under Don Coffman. He has traveled internationally, including a recent trip to Yaroslaavi, Russia with the Chris Peterman Quintet. Caleb Bronz is a professional drummer, based in Burlington. He has also performed with The Chris Peterman Quintet and has toured Europe several times, as well as Russia and Turkey, and, in Thailand, with The Gordon Stone Band. In addition to performing, he teaches privately and with such programs as Rock Camp Vermont and Vermont Jazz Camp. The husband and wife team of Amber DeLaurentis and Tom Cleary have previously performed several times on the Castleton Green. DeLaurentis , who teaches jazz voice at the University of Vermont, was a Blue Gardenia vocalist with the Pine Street Jazz, and two years ago, performed as Verthe featured vocalist with with her own band. Cleary too, played with the Pine Street Jazz and was the drummer for

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days throughout the year. “The point is to introduce the sport to people who wouldn’t normally do it. In a world of TV and video games, our intent is to recruit and retain anglers.” This is the third year the event has been held on South Bay. The response the first two years has been encouraging Ernst said, with about 50 people turning out the first year and fewer the second year because of unsettled weather. “It’s a very nice location with some great fishing and it’s universally accessible,” Ernst said of the pier. South Bay is home to numerous species of fish including northern pike, a variety of panfish, gars, and bass, which are

particularly attractive among anglers. Ernst said there may be some instructors available who will teach advanced bass fishing techniques. The event is open to anyone, regardless of age or previous fishing experience. Ordinarily anyone age 16 or younger is required to obtain a license when fishing. Although licenses won’t be necessary, officials say all other fishing laws and regulations will still be in effect during the event. Pre-registration is not required, but large groups are encouraged to call ahead to give organizers a heads up that they are coming. For more information, call 402-8891.

green. Live music runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., provided by The Butterfields. “They’re a couple who play wonderful modern and old time music, they come every year,” Nelson said. Later, the dance group ‘The Wild Country Cloggers’ make their return to Variety Day from Bennington. The family dance team will perform starting at 3 p.m. “They’re really good and family-oriented too; they have grandmas and grandpas and little ones all dancing, the whole family’s doing it. There’s quite a group of them,” Nelson said. When all of the activity gets your appetite revved up, look to the famous food court. The food court returns with a taste of Vermont from the homemade macaroni and cheese made with real Cabot Cheese, maple flavored baked beans and more. “You can’t beat it, it’s marvel-

ous,” she said. If fair food is more your speed, the burger booth is always a place to stop for something savory with your choice of toppings, or find hot dogs and other summertime carnival favorites. “We will have some vegetarian foods too,” Nelson said. Save room for dessert like fresh strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream or a stop by the ice cream booth. The Larson Farm of Wells will provide useful and interesting information on local, fresh grown foods and where to buy local so we can all eat healthy. Nelson said Variety Day is one of the church’s primary fundraisers for the work they do. “We do an awful lot of helping out local people; the proceeds go to cover local mission work,” she said. For information call 802-6450216 or for vendor information call 802-325-3203. And don’t forget to buy a square for the Cow plop Bingo. “It goes until the cow plops,” Nelson said. The payout happens like a 50-50 drawing. Admission to the event is free.

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FAIR HAVEN Registrations are being accepted for the Slaters Wrestling Club Camp that will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 25 to 29, with a conditioning day from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday the 30th. Cost: $60 for six days of training, including club workout gear. Information/registration: Coach Shaddock at 802683-7223.

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS A Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Middletown Springs Transfer Station (behind the fire house). This collection is open to residents of towns in the Solid Waste Alliance Communities organization, such as Middletown Springs, Fair Haven, Pawlet, Rutland Town, and Tinmouth. Information: John at the Rutland County Solid Waste District: 802-770-1333, or Pam at the Solid Waste Alliance Communities, 518-854-9702, or

MANCHESTER The Zion Episcopal Church at 5167 Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester is accepting registrations for its Vacation Bible School that will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, July 25 to 29. Cost: $35 first child; $25 each additional child in the same family. Information/registration: 802-3621987, or email PAWLET From now through Sunday, July 24, the Mettowee Valley Grange in Pawlet is sponsoring a Coloring Contest as part of National Ice Cream Month. Entries by children ages 4 through 13 will be displayed at the Pawlet Public Library and winning entries will be announced at the Grange’s potluck community picnic where you’ll make your own ice cream sundae. Information: 802-3252280, or email pawletmasons@ RUTLAND BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont will conclude its Third Annual Flea Market and Craft Fair in the President’s Building at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16. Inside and outside vendor space is available for new and used items. Information/vendor space: Donna Stearns at 802-7739480. TINMOUTH The 17th Annual SolarFest, The New England Renewables Festival, will be held Friday through Sunday, July 15 to 17, at the 80-acre Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth. Featured will be sustainable living conferences, a trade show, demonstrations, food, crafts, art, and music. Information/ cost: PAWLET An Artist Open House will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at the Pawlet Public Library. Proceeds from the sale of artwork and photography will benefit the library’s children’s programs and its early literacy “AWE” unit. While there, be sure to visit the Pawlet Farmers’ Market that also will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. RUTLAND The Killington Music Festival musicians will perform at Friday Night Live in downtown Rutland on July 15. Information: 802-773-4003, or KILLINGTON Musicians with the Killington Music Festival’s Young Artists Series will perform a free concert each Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rams Head Lodge at Killington Resort. Information: 802773-4003, or

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KILLINGTON Killington Dog Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, to benefit the Rutland County Humane Society. Featured will be national DiscDog competitions, pet-friendly vendors, and games for pets and

RUTLAND The Green Mountain Club will offer a moderate, fourmile hike up Mount Stanley in West Rutland on Saturday, July 16. Meet at 9 a.m. at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street, in Rutland. Information: Tom Copps at 7745144. EAST DORSET The Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity organization will hold an Auction and Tag Sale on Saturday, July 16, at A Safe Place Self Storage, 275 Tennis Way in East Dorset (four miles north of Manchester off Route 7A). A preview will start at 9 a.m. and the auction with Clarke Comollo at 10 a.m. Information/ photos of auction items: WHITEHALL The state of New York Department of Environmental Conservation will sponsor an “I Fish New York” Free Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. You’ll find this event at the John Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier at South Bay in Whitehall. Fish and learn about the fish in Lake Champlain, fishing techniques, and more. No fishing license is required and current fishing regulations will apply. Information: 518-402-8891. POULTNEY The Poultney Artist Guild will present Art on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, in downtown Poultney. Help celebrate Poultney’s 250th birthday with a day of demonstrations, music and art. Information: 802-287-2035, or email WELLS The Wells United Methodist Church will host the 34th Annual Variety Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, on and off the green in Wells. Craft, flea, antique and plant vendors, a silent auction, including more than 60 gift certificates, games and contests, including cow plop bingo, and a food court, including homemade mararoni and Cabot cheese, will be featured. There’ll be music by the Butterfields from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Wild Country Cloggers will perform at 3 p.m. Information: 802645-0216. Vendor information: 802-325-3203. Also, stop by the Wells Volunteer Fire Dept. on Route 30 for the department’s annual tag sale. KILLINGTON Killington Dog Days will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, at the Sherburne Library fields on River Road in Killington. Featured will be two national disc dog competitions, canine demonstrations, vendors, nail clipping, pet tagging, and more. Free, with a gift to those making a donation to the Rutland County Humane Society. Information: Suzie Dundas at 422-2185, or www.discoverkill- RUTLAND The Rutland County Sheriffs Dept. will sponsor a Car Wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered group that provides disability awareness training in Rutland. Information: ARC-Rutland Area at 802-775-1370. HUBBARDTON A guided hike along a rarely explored stretch of the 1776 Mount IndependenceHubbardton Military Road will be held on Saturday, July 16. Meet at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, seven miles north of Route 4. Bring lunch (lemonade will be provided after the hike) and wear hiking shoes and clothing to protect from thorns and insects. Information: Tom at 802-388-2967. CASTLETON A Castleton Community Center Basket Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Hall on Route 4A in Castleton. Drawings will begin at 1 p.m. and the $5 admission will include 25 tickets. More than 100 baskets and $1,000 in raffle items will be featured. Information: 802468-3093. KILLINGTON The Killington Music Festival musicians will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Rams Head Lodge at the Killington Ski Resort. Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and String Quartet in F minor will be featured. Cost: $20. Information/ tickets: 802-422-1330. Tickets also will be available at the Rams Head Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. This concert series will continue on Saturday evenings through Aug. 6. WHITEHALL The Jonathan Newell Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Cooke’s Island Arts Center in Whitehall. Featured will be music of the classic rock bands of the 1960s and ‘70s, including Jennifer Newell’s rendition of famed women singers such as Janis Joplin. Cost: $20 adults; $18 senior citizens; $16 students. Information/reservations: 518-4990687.

Sun 7/18 WELLS The Section Eight Ryders will host a Blind Run for Breast Cancer at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, at the Modern Woodmen of America Hall off Route 30 in Wells. Cost: $10 per rider or $15 per couple, with proceeds benefiting the Image Fund for Breast Cancer at Glens Falls Hospital. Bikes, cars and trucks will be welcome. Information: Jan at 518-642-1814, or Ernie at 642-9051. MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The Middletown Springs Community Church invites everyone to a Block Party from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, on the green in Middletown Springs. Free food, live music, games and inflatable attractions for children will be included. Also, parents will have an opportunity to register their children for the church’s Vocation Bible School that will run from 4 to 7 p.m. July 18 through 20. Children ages 6 to 12 will choose from 16 hands-on, skill-building, vocational workshops. Information: Betsy Mitcheson at 235-2097, or www. HUBBARDTON Dressed in period attire, Carl Fuller will bring a

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by Jim Carrigan MANCHESTER A representative from Heifer International will speak at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. Learn about the more than 50 countries to which Heifer sends all kinds of animals, from Argentina to Vietnam, and meet some of the animals. Information: 802-362-2607. CASTLETON The Castleton Historical Society will hold its annual Potluck Picnic at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Hubbardton Battlefield. Bring a dish to share, utensils and folding chairs; beverages will be provided. Also, Rutland historian Don Wickman will discuss and present his most recent book, “A Very Fine Appearance, The Civil War Photographs of George Hamilton.” Information: Holly Hitchcock at 468-5105.

A Castleton Community Center Basket Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Hall on Route 4A in Castleton. Drawings will begin at 1 p.m. and the $5 admission will include 25 tickets. Information: 802-468-3093. Hubbardton resident of 1777 back to life to discuss the Revolutionary War battle of Hubbardton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. Meet at the Visitor Center at the Hubbardton State Historic Site on Monument Hill Road and drive to nearby East Hubbardton Cemetery for a guided walk and “introduction” to some residents who lived in the war’s path. Carl will offer similar programs at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, and Sept. 18. Meet at the Visitor Center for each program. Information: 802-273-2282, or MANCHESTER In support of the 19th Annual Vermont-New Hampshire Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Manchester Gym will host a Zumbathon from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, in the cafeteria at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Cost: $20. Come and go as you wish. Advance tickets: Manchester Gym, 320 Airport Road. Information: 802-362-2733, email, or

Tues 7/19 WEST HAVEN The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with Water Chestnut Pulling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August. Meet at the Nature Conservancy office, 115 Main Road in West Haven. Wear canoeing-type clothing and shoes; drinks and snacks will be provided. Information: 802-265-8645, Ext. 30, or email mosher.cherie@ CASTLETON The Castleton Concert on the Green Series will present the Nathan Childers Band at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, on the Main Street green in Castleton Village (rain site, Casella Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College). Free and open to all. Information: 802-273-2911.

MANCHESTER In support of the 19th Annual Vermont-New Hampshire Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Pets Etc. and Wagatha’s will host a “Paws for the Cure” event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, in the dog park at the Manchester Recreation Center. Pink up your dog and register for $10 per dog. Register online at Information: 802-362-2733. DORSET The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer an “Understanding Grief” seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at the Dorset Nursing Office, 909 Route 30 in Dorset. Registration is required with Ann LaRocque at 802-770-1516. RUTLAND The Wednesday Concert Series will present Chad Hollister from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 20 at the gazebo in Main Street Park, Rutland. Free and open to all.

Thurs 7/21 POULTNEY The Poultney Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 7 on Main Street in Poultney. Offered will be bedding plants, specialty foods, range-fed meat and eggs, farmstead cheeses, Vermont crafts, and more. Information: 802-468-5805. RUTLAND The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics as follows: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, Maple Village, Rutland; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Godnick Adult Center, Rutland; and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Community Center, North Clarendon. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.

FAIR HAVEN Concerts in the Park will present the Woods Tea Company in a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the gazebo on the green in Fair Haven (rain site, Fair Haven Baptist Church). Celtic, novelty, FrenchCanadian, and American folk songs will be featured. Information:

Fri 7/22 RUTLAND The Meals on Wheels Program will host the annual Rutland County Senior Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland. Food, entertainment and senior safety demonstrations will be featured throughout the day. Reservations/ transportation information: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging at 802-786-5991. PAWLET The Pawlet Farmers’ Market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at the Pawlet Village green, next to the library. Fresh produce, handmade crafts and Vermont maple products will be offered every Friday, rain or shine.

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RUTLAND The Killington section of the Green Mountain Club will offer a moderate, 4.6-mile hike to the rocky, scenic summit of Buck Mountain in Fort Ann on Saturday, July 23. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street in Rutland. Information: Sue Thomas at 773-2185.

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CASTLETON The Castleton Village Farmers’ Market next to Citizens Bank on Main Street will be open from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 6. Offered will be locally grown and made products. Information: Lori Barker at 353-0498, or Robert Staudter at 468-2213.

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Music and Ice Cream at Killington On Monday July 25 the Castleton Community Center has planned an evening of wonderful music performed by members of the Killington Music Festival and a sweet summer “Make Your Own Sundae”

treat courtesy of the Fair Haven Stewart’s Shops. The Sundae bar opens at 7pm and the music will begin at 7:30. The event is open to the public. Call the Center by Friday July 22 to reserve a seat. 802-468-3093.

Clambake and gala set for July 23 Fort Ticonderoga is poised to host two of their biggest fundraising events of the summer next weekend. A Community Clambake will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and the fort’s annual Midsummer Gala will be held later that evening. The Clambake brings together people from the surrounding communities for an afternoon of family fun, friendship, music, square dancing, and of course, clams. The event will be held on the grounds of the King’s Garden and besides clams, the menu will include clam chowder, grilled barbecue chicken, baked potato, corn, watermelon and an assortment of beverages. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $18 for children 10 and under, and can be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga’s Log House, from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce or at

Fort Ticonderoga itself. Later that evening, Fort Ticonderoga will host its Midsummer Gala. This elegant fundraiser features cocktails, lively music, delicious food and a silent auction. The gala will take place near King’s Garden. The silent auction is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $150 each and reservations are required. Proceeds from the events support the fort and its mission by preserving and enhancing its historic character and educating the public. Throughout the day, guests will also have the chance to view the fort’s normal exhibits as well as its featured exhibit, “The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the eyes of America’s Great Artists” which highlights the Fort’s extensive art collection, including Thomas Cole’s pivotal 1826 piece, Gelyna. To learn more, or to make reservations, visit, or call 585-2821.

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Clarendon to celebrate 250th on July 30 It’s time for a birthday party in Clarendon. The community will celebrate its 250th birthday on Saturday, July 30 with a number of events throughout the community. The event begins at 8:45 a.m. with a “Kiddies Parade” and concludes with a fireworks display later that evening. In between families will find historical displays, food, music, and much more. Anytime you celebrate a community that’s been around for two and a half centuries history is going to be a big part of

the festivities. Information on the community and historical displays will be available at the Clarendon Community Center. Warner’s Co. of the Green Mountains Rangers will pay special tribute to Revolutionary War Officer Lt. Col. Joseph Wait at his gravesite. There will also be Open Houses at Town Hall, Old Brick Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Clarendon Fire House on Grange Hall Road from 8 a.m. until dark. Various events will be held throughout the day at the

Bible school offered in Middletown Springs The Middletown Springs Community Church is again offering Vocation Bible School are children and their families. From 4 to 7 p.m., July 18-20. The event is free and dinner is included. To kick things off, the whole community is invited to a fun filled Block Party, on the Middletown Green, Sunday July 17 from noon to 3 p.m. Come on out for free food, live music, games and inflatables for the kids. At the Block Party, there will be a booth where parents can register their children for VBS. Parents, or other responsible adults, are also invited to make VBS a “family affair” by attending workshops with their kids.   Vocation  Bible School will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18, 19, 20 from 

4 – 7 pm at the church. Children ages 6-12 can choose from sixteen interesting hands-on, skill building workshops. Topics range from Soldering and Sock Puppets to Good Bugs-Bad Bugs, Guitar Instruction, Small Engines and much more. A free dinner will be served each evening at 6 pm, followed by a live, interactive “radio drama” presentation. Parents and other family members are warmly invited to join their kids for the dinner and the radio drama. For more information on VBS or to sign up earlier than the Block Party, call Betsy Mitcheson at 235-2097. A link to the complete VBS flyer with a listing of all sixteen workshops, and a registration form, can be found on the church website under Events.

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Dinner at Skene Manor July 27 The Skene Manor will host its Special Month Dinner on Wednesday, July 27. The third monthly dinner of the summer will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. The main entrée this month will be steak and the meal will include soup, salad, rolls, side dishes, dessert and beverages. The entire meal is cooked inside the Skene Manor kitchen. Tickets for the meal cost $30 and diners are encouraged to make reservations at 4991906,499-2053 or 747-3735.

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Save the date of Friday, July 22 for the annual Rutland County Senior Picnic, 10 am to 2 pm, at the Rutland Fair Grounds. Hosted by the Meals on Wheels Program of Rutland County, and organized by the Rutland County Triad, there will be food, entertainment and senior safety demonstrations

throughout the day. Folks are encouraged to carpool with friends and neighbors. Group transportation may possibly be available, with pickups at central locations. For more details and reservations, please call the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging after the first week in July 1-802-786-5991

Rutland Recreation’s Outdoor Expedition Camp is a great way for youth to get outside, get off of the couch and learn some things about what Vermont has to offer when you step out your front door. This summer we will check out dozens of hiking trails and mountain bike the fantastic network of trails that Pine Hill has to offer. We’ll visit streams, waterfalls, and lakes. Campers will be guided into the Green Mountain National Forest and beyond. You’ll hike

mountains on and off Vermont’s “Long Trail,” challenging yourself and 8 to 13 other campers to reach various summits. Session 4 will begin July 18 with the campers choosing the big trip of the week. We will be going mountain biking, swimming and hiking. The fee for week 4 is $145 resident, $156 non residents. To register please visit or stop by our office located at 1 Deer St. Rutland, the Godnick Adult Center.

Rutland Youth Theatre Camp is back again this year, and children are welcome for just one section or for an entire day. In the morning section, the campers will have a chance to devise their own characters and write their own script. The afternoon section will feature the Disney Kids’ musical Cinderella for kindergarten to Grade 2. All sections will end with a performance for parents. The afternoon sections will perform on Saturday August 6th for

the Long Trail Festival. Camp will begin July 25 and run until August 5. Camp will be offered in two sections, a morning section 9:00-11:30 a.m.a nd an afternoon section from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Fee to participate is $163 resident. Add $11 for non residents. Register 10 days in advance and receive a $10 discount. To register please visit www.rutlandrec. com or stop by our office located at 1 Deer St. Rutland VT (Godnick Adult Center)

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Friends in Adoption holds picnic celebration Friends In Adoption celebrates family and life with their annual picnic for birth parents, adoptive parents, children that have been adopted through FIA (all ages), and extended families of all involved. For many, this is the only time during the year for families involved in

the adoption process to re-connect. A festive day of music, games, and swimming provides an informal atmosphere for families to share time together and meet each other. The event takes place at Lake St. Catherine State Park, the weekend of July 16, please

contact Friends In Adoption for event details. Friends In Adoption is a non-profit, licensed adoption agency located in Middletown Springs, and offers free services for pregnant women/couples making an adoption plan. For further info,

Slate Valley Teen Center to hold summer programs in Fair Haven The Slate Valley Teen Center, located on 89 Main St. in Fair Haven, kicks of its Summer Program at 6 p.m., on Monday July 11. These fun “Activities Nights” are open to young people entering seventh through ninth grades and take place 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays and Wednesday. Activities with include arts and crafts, recreational games

and “Design your Teen Center”, which will include the actual painting and decorating on the Center. We will also be planning a few Saturday activities as well, where teens can explore cultural activities around the state (Rutland, Burlington, etc.). Activities will be directed by Castleton State College student interns and supervised by professionals from the Teen Center and

Board of Directors. The Summer Program dates are as follows: July 11, July 13, July 18, July 20, July 25, July 27, August 1, August 3, August 8, August 10, August 15 and August 17. There will be several Saturday bus trips, starting with a free food, fun, music and educational event at the Main Street Park in Rutland July 16. Other bus trips will be July 30 and August 13.

These events are part of the premiere programming for the Slate Valley Teen Center, a facility that is located in Fair Haven, but will serve youth from eleven communities (Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Ira, Middletown Springs, Orwell, Poultney, Tinmouth, Wells and West Haven) in West-Central Vermont. The Center directors imagine a place that will amplify

the hopes, aspirations and promise of young people in our region. In the meantime, our motto for youth programming encourages young people to “be respectful, be safe, be involved and dream big.” This program is free to all participants. For more information, please contact Chrispin White, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, at 468-1431.

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Twig Remembers Walter “Red” Dorion He was here in Fair Haven when we moved over from Rutland. But it was a few years before we were formally introduced. But it was a mutual friend that drew us together. That friend was Joe Crowley of Rutland. He and Red grew up together and shared some great times as teammates on some pretty good Rutland High football teams back in the 1930’s. I first met Crowley back in the late 50’s when he and his wife Merle ran the food concession at Crystal Beach for her father “Roxie” Wilson who ran the rides and the beach. We both agreed that he was one very special, unique character who could get himself in and out of the craziest situations with ease. In the late 1960’s Ronnie Doane and I took construction jobs for the U.S. Government to help with the addition on the back of Rutland’s post office. Who shows up in the same job description – Crowley. We had this real mean foreman named Robie and Crowley had him eating out of his hand. At noontime we would all take our brown bag lunches to the long marble steps and it was showtime. Crowley always brought a broom, one that he was using for the soft job he had weaseled out of Robie. He used that broom as his microphone. The temporary post office was located next door and hundreds of people would walk by

to get their mail on their lunch hours. Crowley asked me to M.C. So I would introduce him as “Rutland’s Rudy Vallee” and off he’d go. For the men he would interview them about sports. The women would get their interview and then – “Mary, I want you to close your eyes and remember that handsome young man you were with back in 1936 when you first heard this song; then he’d get right down with his mike and sing “I’ll build a stairway to the stars.” The old girls loved it. It would remind them of a movie or an old boyfriend. And you would hear, “Oh, thank you so much Joe, it’s so much fun to reminisce.” After Joe Crowley passed on whenever Red and I met we would have a great time telling Crowley stories; and there are so many of them. Oh, we would laugh so hard. There in the middle of Shaw’s market would be these two men just having much fun with it. Now here’s Red’s favorite Crowley story. Joe knew everybody in Rutland so with permission he had a printer friend make up business cards with “Joe Crowley special representative for the Rutland Herald, WSYB, WHWB” and a lot of small town newspapers and that allowed him access to places like Fenway Park. He loved the Red Sox and would go whenever he could. One time he talked his buddy

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“Babe” Franzoni into driving down. At the last minute Babe called and said three friends were in town and they needed him for a golf foursome. Well, Crowley wanted to go and he knew Merle wouldn’t let him hitchhike so he went anyway. So he ends up in a radio booth with a Rutland announcer and when he asked him how he got there this time, Crowley gave him the whole story. Meanwhile, back in Rutland Merle turns on the radio to see what the score is and he’s telling the story. Afterwards Crowley’s telling a friend, “Yeah, I had to sleep on the back porch again. But worse than that, lumpy gravy for three weeks. I hate lumpy gravy” said the chunkster with the little round body. Red was a great storyteller from another era. He had a very special, unique delivery and went into very pinpoint detail. Storytellers often get together to gain new ideas to add to their repertoire. In this fashion you can go into the past to move forward. Now you must remember that this is not an obituary. It is a tribute, a remembrance, a memoriam to a friend. This is the way I knew him, this is the way I will miss him and this is the way I will always remember Red Dorion. May God bless you, Red. Twig Canfield

God found the perfect job for Audrey. She worked in the financial aid office at Castleton State College. Now, think about that – always a smile, straight to the point, yet very stern when she had to be. Now placed in the situation of walking into a strange (to

you) office and you are looking for some sort of aid. I think I’d want to be dealing with the pleasant personality of Audrey Reed. God bless you, Audrey. Twig Canfield

Jeanie Hart Petty As I sit down to write, it is hard for me to remember her without her husband Medrick. It seems like they were always together and especially at Evvie Pelkey’s Kozy Kitchen. For years she has always addressed me as “Mr. Canfield” and I could never figure it out. She was two years ahead of me in school. She knew my dad who owned the newspaper in town. And I believe it started when I began writing for Reuben St. John in

“The Promoter.” It really doesn’t matter because it happens I like it. It’s unique and it makes me stop and think. And it is not going to end because her son, Tim, picked up on it as a little guy and always addresses me in that fashion. You see, from now on that is going to remind me of a schoolmate from way back when. God bless you, Jeanie Petty. Twig Canfield

Joyce Ainslie It takes a special kind of person to be a waitress and especially in a place that is a combination restaurant and bar. Joyce had it all – great personality, quick wit, high level of tolerance and the gusto to stand up to a rude or stumbling customer, if need be. Joyce was always a lot of fun to be around.

I can see her now as she is passing through with a full tray and she feels a brush on her side. She spins around and gives a long, dark stare. Next time through – clear sailing. Wish you were still waiting tables. God bless, Joyce Ainslie. Twig Canfield

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