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Masks donation

BARRE — The Rotary Club of Barre will be donating 600 re-usable masks to Barre Supervisory Union faculty, staff and students to help them stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic.

Emergency supplies

BURLINGTON — If a storm, family illness or other emergency make it difficult to get to the store, Susan Bodette with the University of Vermont Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) recommends always having a two-week supply of shelf-stable food on hand. You can find a recommended list of storage-friendly foods that can be adjusted to your family’s needs at along with tips for storage and several nutritious recipes.

When making your list, include staples from all five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy). Look for healthier options such as low or no-salt, no-sugar-added canned goods and whole grain pasta, rice, breads and cereals. Unseasoned frozen vegetables are useful to add to recipes and soups or as an inexpensive side for any meal.

Open boxes of food and other resealable containers carefully, so you can close them tightly after each use. For protection from pests, empty open packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or air-tight canisters. Before using any food item, check for signs of spoilage. Discard any canned foods in swollen, dented or corroded cans.

The nutrition educator recommends stocking up on nonprescription drugs such as pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies and fluids with electrolytes such as sports drinks. Be sure to have a supply of health and cleaning supplies such as bleach, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

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Deer reporting

MONTPELIER — Hunters who harvest a deer during Vermont’s Oct. 24 and 25 youth and novice deer weekend are encouraged to bring their deer between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to one of 17 biological reporting stations shown below, to help state wildlife biologists gather data on the health of Vermont’s deer population.

R&L Archery, 70 Smith St., Barre; Buck Stop Mini Mart, 7373 Main St., Bennington; West Enosburg Country Store, 2394 West Enosburg Road, Enosburg Falls; Guilford Country Store, *Saturday only,* 475 Coolidge Highway, Guilford; Riteway Sports Inc. 241 Wolcott St., Hardwick; M&R Guns & Ammo, 79 Gore Road, Highgate; Bob’s Quick Stop, 6196 Route 14, Irasburg; Jericho General Store, 53 Vermont 15, Jericho; Lead & Tackle, 31 Middle St., Lyndon; Rack N Reel, 5343, Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven; Buxton’s Country Store, 499 Main St., Orwell; Keith’s Country Store, 4085, Route 7, Pittsford; Cones Point General Store, 3816 Route 30 South, Poultney; Singleton’s Store, *Sunday only,* 356 Main St., Proctorsville; Tracy’s Midway, 5326 VT Route 14, Sharon; Windsor Fire Department; 29 Union St., Windsor.

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A boy, Patrick Raphael Cook, was born Sept. 11, 2020, to Connor and Elizabeth (Stafford) Cook of Montpelier.

A girl, Thea Jaymes Mason, was born Sept. 30, 2020, to Dylan and Kendyl (Langevin) Mason of South Barre.

A boy, Silas Otter Williams, born on Oct. 3, 2020, to Nina Otter and Matt Williams of Moretown.

A girl, Emma Elizabeth Dodge, was born Oct. 6, 2020, to Ashley Weston and Shawn Dodge of East Montpelier

A girl, Willamae Marie Akers was born Oct. 7, 2020, to Joshua and Sara (Bresette) Akers of Barre.

Copley Hospital

A girl, Ellarose Marie Rent, was born Sept, 27, 2020, to Nathan and Emily (Kilburn) Rent of Hyde Park.

Gifford Medical Center

A boy, Henry Kasper Kennett, was born Aug. 14, 2020, to Dave and Asla (Labejsza) Kennett of Rochester.

A boy, Ezra Gene Bartlett, was born Sept. 23, 2020, to Daniel and Unique (Small) Bartlett of Brookfield.

A girl, Jayde Elissa-Lee Russell, was born Sept. 25, 2020, to Randi-Jo Locke and Nakoma Russell of Rochester.

A boy, Lincoln Patrick Sherman, was born Sept. 30, 2020, to Logan Merrill and Curtis Sherman of Barre.

A girl, Kennedy Mae Clay, was born Oct. 3, 2020, to Dana and Brittney (Shackett) Clay of South Royalton.

A boy, Kalvin Warner Doney, was born Oct. 6, 2020, to Janel and Caleb Doney of Northfield.

College newsLocal residents earning bachelor degrees from St. Lawrence University include Lane Celone of East Thetford; Sylvia Gilbert of Montpelier; Peter Eckhardt of St. Johnsbury; Natalie Herwood, Hannah Merson, Katelyn O’Toole, all of Stowe; and Olivia Greenleaf of Waterbury Center.

Architecture award

Norwich University’s Design+Build Collaborative earned a design excellence Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, New England chapter, for a project to design and build NEST, an outdoor classroom/playhouse as part of playground renovations at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School. Their entry was on of 163 from across the region. In December 2019, the same project earned a Citation Award in the Education category from the American Institute of Architects, Vermont chapter (AIAVT).

The NEST playhouse is Americans With Disabilities Act accessible, with wood features made from local hemlock and local white cedar sourced from Fontaine Mills in East Montpelier and Goodridge Lumber in Albany, Vermont, and sealed with Vermont Natural Coatings, made in Hardwick.

Many partners donated and discounted their materials/labor to enable this project: DeWolfe Engineering Associates of Montpelier; DMS Machining and Fabrication, Bellavance Trucking, both of Barre; RK Miles of Morrisville; Big Heel Fasteners of Barnard, Kansas; and InCord of Colchester, Connecticut.

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