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Saint Anselm College has released the Dean’s List of high academic achievers for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year. Among them: Anna B. Richardson, of Berlin; Winter J. Gascoyne, of Montpelier; Gabrielle E. Cicio, of Northfield.

The following students at Northern Vermont University in Vermont were named to the President’s List for the spring 2021 semester: Amy Churchill, Melody Emmons, Brittany Laskowski, Peter Maurice, Krista Metivier, Tammy Willis, of Barre; Tatianna Little, of Cabot; Zayda Kellogg, of Marshfield; Joseph Carchidi and Annabelle Gascoyne, of Montpelier; Monique Brochu and Dyllynn Burton, of Plainfield.

The following students at Northern Vermont University in Vermont were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester: Phyllicia Hepsley, Alyssa Larivee and Anthony Maurice, of Barre; Brendan Langlais, of Cabot; Melissa Locarno and Finn Nutter Knowles, of East Barre; Arianna Moran and Neal Mulligan, of Marshfield; Amanda Adams and Faith Pearson, of Montpelier; Jayden Hudson, of Plainfield; Connor Dowd and Winter Haberle, of Waitsfield; Korrina Cummings, of Waterbury; David Senese, of Waterbury Center; Joshua Smith, of Websterville; Macy Molleur, of Woodbury.



A son, Nathaniel Grant Patno, was born on July 24, 2021, to Kate (Ruesch) and Cody Patno of Peacham.

A daughter, Gracelyn Leigh Capron, was born on July 28, 2021, to Victoria Stauff and James Capron of West Berlin.

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Attention, landlords

BARRE — The Vermont State Rental Rehab Program continues its work with the state. In order to anticipate the amount of funds needed, we are asking any interested landlords to complete a short survey expressing their interest.

Through this program, landlords will be able to apply to receive a grant of up to $30,000 per rental unit (maximum award limit of 15 units per owner applies) to bring vacant units back online.

Visit to learn more and to express your interest,

Hunting courses offered

MONTPELIER — If you or someone you know would like to go hunting this fall but have never taken a hunter education course, this is the time to act. Vermont’s hunter education instructors are now holding a limited number of courses throughout the state.

A person must pass the hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license.

The courses will be listed as they become available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website On the Home page, click on Hunt and then Hunter Education and Find the Right Class for You. Use this link: to access the website and register for a course.

A Vermont hunter education card entitles you to hunt in all 50 states, as well as some international locations.

Rabies bait drop begins

BURLINGTON — The State of Vermont and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services mark a quarter century of cooperative efforts to stop the spread of the rabies, with the 25th annual Rabies Bait Drop, which started Aug. 5. The week-long bait drop is part of a nationally coordinated effort to halt the fatal disease.

Rabies vaccine — in the form of a sweet-smelling oral bait that is attractive to raccoons and skunks — will be dropped in rural areas of Vermont from low-flying aircraft and placed by hand in residential centers. Approximately 450,000 quarter-sized blister packs containing rabies vaccine will be distributed in nearly 100 Vermont communities across nine counties. A switch allows pilots to control where the baits fall in order to avoid roadways, homes and other places where people are most likely to be.

Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Natalie Kwit said the annual drop has been an important part of the state’s focus on curbing the risk of rabies in animals and humans. “The bait drop is an example of public health at work across agencies, both state and federal. We are grateful to have partners like the USDA Wildlife Services and the Vermont of Fish and Wildlife Department,” said Kwit.

Bait packs are not poisonous and are not harmful to people, pets or wildlife. “You can’t get rabies from the bait,” said Kwit, “but it’s important that if you find a bait pack, don’t touch it and please leave it undisturbed so that they can be eaten by wild animals.”

If the bait must be moved, use gloves or a plastic bag in case the blister pack is damaged. If your pet eats a bait, or if a child brings one home, let officials know by calling the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES (1-800-472-2437) or call the toll-free number printed on the bait.

Call to artists

BARRE — Inclusive Arts Vermont invites Vermont visual artists with disabilities to participate in Masked, an exhibition an exhibition of works to travel statewide through April 2023.

The exhibition will begin its statewide tour at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe in early January 2022.

Following Spruce Peak, the exhibition will tour to the following confirmed venues: the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Soapbox Arts in Burlington, and the State House in Montpelier.

Artists are asked to submit works that represent their interpretation of the theme of Masked. The theme arose in early moments of the global pandemic, but like many words, “masked” has nuanced and layered meanings. Possibilities for interpretation could include wearing masks, masking and identity, cultural masks, and so much more. Inclusive Arts Vermont encourages artists to interpret the theme and its meaning as broadly as it takes to inspire their creativity.

Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. According to the criteria, “We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability.”

Artists may obtain assistance with the application form from a support person, family member or friend. Artists should have direct involvement in the completion of an application when assistance is used, and artwork should only be produced by the applicant. Inclusive Arts Vermont is also available to support artists with applications.

Apply at and remember, applications are due no later than Sept. 1.

For more information, email or call call (802)-871-5002.

Gubernatorial appointments

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott recently announced he appointed 70 Vermonters to state boards and commissions since June 1.Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities.

Open farm

MONTPELIER — Vermont Open Farm Week will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 15, and features 90 events at over 45 farms across the state. For the seventh consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Visit to find event listings, which are sorted by day and location.

Apprenticeship stipends

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center announced the 29th year of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (VTAAP). With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center initiated the program to support the continued vitality of Vermont’s living cultural heritage.

In partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, VTAAP provides stipends of up to $2,000 to master artist and apprentice pairs to cover time, materials, and travel expenses; 2021 applications will be accepted through Sept. 3. Visit online to find more information, and application forms are available from the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-4964.

Wardens honored

MONTPELIER — Two Vermont State Game Wardens were recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. Warden Asa Sargent, of Hartland, received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award and Sgt. Travis Buttle, of Shaftsbury, received the 2020 Warden of the Year Award. The 2019 award was not made last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A game warden since 2016, Asa Sargent received the award for his high motivation and effort, positive attitude, public outreach achievements and outstanding casework resulting in a 100% conviction rate as of 2019. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder assisting in remote search and rescue operations.

Sgt. Travis Buttle has been a Bennington area warden for 24 years and is recognized as a diligent and effective protector of Vermont’s natural resources, handling more than 300 cases in 2020, as well as for his public outreach achievements, courteous and responsive professional demeanor, and his valued contributions in remote search and rescue operations.

Recent appointments include:

Access Board: Sandra Silla of Burlington; Nathan Besio of Colchester

Bennington County Side Judge: Mary Frost of Bennington

Board of Liquor and Lottery: Ed Flanagan of Montpelier; Sam Guy of Morrisville; Megan Cicio of Northfield

Board of Medical Practice: Suzanne Jones of Rutland

Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disordered: Pamela Smith of Groton

District No. 1 Environmental Commission: Mike Miller of Killington

District No. 5 Environmental Commission: Gary Nolan of Morrisville; Jeremy Reed of Northfield; Matthew Krauss of Stowe

Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council: June Heston of South Burlington; Rep. William Canfield of Fair Haven; David Carlson of Essex; Brenda Cruickshank of Northfield; Gary DeGasta of Norwich; Richard Farmer of Springfield; Carol Hitchcock of Springfield; Scott Lobdell of Castleton; Douglas Sutton of Vergennes; Adrian Megrath of Rutland; Stephanie Wobby of Milton

Justices of Peace: Paul Kulig of West Rutland; Robin MigDelaney of Waterford; John Lebron of Wilmington

Parole Board: Tom Giffin of Rutland

Rail Advisory Council: J. Jeffrey Munger of Burlington; Joanne Erenhouse of Bennington; Charles Moore of St. Albans; Richard Moulton of Huntington

State Program Standing Committee for Child and Family Mental Health: Ward Nial of South Burlington; Ron Bos Lun of Westminster

State Rehabilitation Council: Lexia Stanley of Cornish

Vermont Board of Chiropractors: Marna Bissaccia of Williston

Vermont Council on Domestic Violence: Amy Messina of Weathersfield; Susan Ide of Richmond; Kim Jordan of Winooski; Rebecca Lalanne of Vernon; Rosemary Kennedy of Rutland; Emily Pianowski of Winooski

Vermont Pensions Investment Committee: Mary Alice McKenzie of Colchester; Ronald Plante of South Burlington; Lauren Wobby of Northfield

Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators: Christine Kurucz of Whittingham; Jennifer Clement of Fair Haven; Brenda Seitz of Brattleboro; Bill Clark of Winooski; Ellen Emery of Burlington; Christine Martin of Sheldon; Amanda Garces of Montpelier

Vermont State Housing Authority Board: Chris Trombley of South Burlington; Aaron Jones of Rutland

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Board of Directors: Timothy Chamberlain of Orleans; Ryan Dulude of Milton

Vermont Veterans Home board of trustees: Kent Butterfield of Gaysville; Arthur Charron of Norwich; Brenda Cruickshank of Northfield; Gary DeGasta of Norwich; Michael diMonda of Sunderland; Michael Klopchin of West Rutland; Joseph Krawczyk of Bennington; Jennifer Carmichael of Arlington; Harry Percey Jr. of Bennington; Robert Hooper of Burlington

The Governor’s Office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at to apply.

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