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WILLISTON — Vermont State Police offer the following snowmobile safety reminders:

Take a snowmobile safety course, Vermont law requires those born after July 1, 1983, who are 12 years of age and older, to take and pass an approved snowmobile safety course before operating on the State Snowmobile Trail System. Visit or Check weather and trail conditions; Conduct a safety check on your snowmobile; Wear appropriate clothes and protective gear, Vermont law requires wearing a DOT approved helmet; Carry a basic first aid kit; Bring a friend/file a plan; Operate in a safe and controlled manner; Respect the trails, no ice is safe ice.

MONTPELIER — MENTOR Vermont hosted nearly 200 youth mentees, volunteer mentors and mentoring supporters from around the state for its annual Youth Mentoring Celebration. The 2020 Vermont Ambassadors of Mentoring are:

Angelique Parks and Darcie (Mentoring at United Counseling Service); Bonnie Ferro and Kada (King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies); Carolyn Grodinsky and Lillian (Girls/Boyz First Mentoring); Dorothy Sacca and Charlie (Grand Isle County Mentoring); Evan Leontis and Dylan (The Collaborative); Laura Page and Kadence (Windsor County Mentors); Lisa Rees and Ohana (Milton Mentors, Milton Community Youth Coalition); Nathaniel Klein and Tanner (Middlebury College Community Friends); Terri Weinstein and Tori (Twinfield Together Mentoring); and Zandra Cousino and Valkyrja (Monkton Mentors, Mount Abraham Unified School District).

WINOOSKI — The deadline to apply for one of the 150 scholarships managed by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. closes soon on Feb. 12. Over $5 million in awards are available to help Vermonters pay for their education and training after high school. For more information, call 888-253-4819 or email

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Hardwick-based CBD company Sunsoil is offering $10,000 in scholarships to Vermont students studying sustainable agriculture at Sterling College. For more information, visit:

WATERBURY — Vermont Adult Learning received a $10,000 grant from Northfield Savings Bank. The grant will fund enhanced supports to promote equity in programming and help students attain a high school diploma.

Fraternal clubs

Barre Lions Club — King Lion Charlie Livendale of the Barre Lions Club and Judy Cookson, immediate past president presented Joey Buttendorf, chief chef iInstructor of Capstone’s Community Kitchen Academy with 72 packages of tomato basil pasta that will make 432 meals. District 45 recently packaged 20,000 meals at their January cabinet meeting. The Barre Lions delivered 30 cases to the Vermont Foodbank.

Barre Rotary Club — Barre Rotary Club recently presented a $2,500 check to the Family Center of Washington County from the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve fundraising event at Moruzzi’s Speakeasy in Barre. The donation was raised from ticket and raffle sales, plus a round of 50/50 blackjack. The Family Center would like to thank the Barre Rotary Club for their support, including special mention to Nicole DiDomenico, club member, Caroline Earle, club member, and Abigail Joyal of the Norwich University’s Rotaract Club, for their work in planning this event, along with Valerie Beaudet and staff from Moruzzi’s, and everyone in the community who supported the event, including donated raffle prizes and ticket sales.


Copley Hospital

A girl, Luna Ryan Foy, was born Jan. 24, 2020, to Natasha Wescom and David Foy III of Morrisville.

A girl, Kaycee Elizabeth Ducharme, was born Jan. 28, 2020, to Shannon Harvey and Joshua Ducharme of East Hardwick.

Gifford Medical Center

A boy, Ruben Kennedy Swanberg-Morales, was born Jan. 19, 2020, to Corazon Swanberg and Ruben Morales of Hartford.

A girl, Arrilyn Faith Johnson, was born Jan. 21, 2020, to Kirt and Victoria (Bliss) Johnson of Graniteville.

A boy, Keegan Edward Jon Hannigan, was born Jan. 25, 2020, to Taylor Martin and Allen Hannigan of Montpelier.


A girl, Kayleena Rose Wood, was born Jan. 27, 2020, to Kaylie Knapp of Barre.

A girl, Emily Jane Fleury, was born Jan. 28, 2020, to Holli Shackett and David Fleury Jr. of Waterbury.

A girl, Adelyn Amelia Gregoire, was born Jan. 29, 2020, to Crystal and Ryan Gregoire of Barre.

College news

Jessica Mugford of Montpelier, biology major, was named to the College of Charleston fall 2019 president’s list.

Emma Poirier of Barre and Serenity Northrup of East Montpelier were named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Quinnipiac University.

Jack Thomsen of Waterbury Center earned academic distinction for the most recent semester at Whitman College.

Stella Drews-Sheldon of Stowe, media arts production major, and Mckenzie Lattimore of Worcester, acting major, were named to Emerson College’s fall 2019 dean’s list.

Endicott College fall 2019 dean’s list students include Emily Bashara, finance major, Paul Farrell, business management major, Luke Hawley, finance and marketing major, all of Montpelier; and Celeste Favaloro, interior design major, of Waterbury.

Area students named to the University of Rhode Island fall 2019 dean’s list include Lydia Rice of Barre, Kelsey Nolan of East Barre, Morgan Lavoy of East Corinth, Willem Slade of Montpelier, Emily McCormack of Morrisville, Madison Nintzel of Northfield, Seth Boyce of Post Mills, Soeren Brynn of Stowe and Marie Haviland of Waterbury.

Western Governors University graduates include Alayna Martel of Barre with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing; Marie Patton of Randolph with a Bachelor of Arts, Special Education; and Erin Wheeler of Waterbury Center with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing.

Local students named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College include: Anna M. Beach, environmental studies and political science major, Emily R. Boisvert, mathematics major, Anthony Yeung, psychology major, all of Barre; Lillian J. Richardson, mathematics and economics major, of Berlin; Peter C. Tallman, political science major, of Randolph; Kara B. Gailiunas, business administration major, of Waitsfield; and Shayna E. Guild, English and elementary education major, of Williamstown.

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