Copley Hospital

A boy, Oscar Hercules Mulligan, was born Nov. 10, 2021, to Jessica and Randall Mulligan, of Hyde Park.

Gifford Medical Center

A daughter, Inara Moon Trask, was born Nov. 3, 2021, to Jason and Alicyn (Scott) Trask, of Brookfield.

A son, Emmett Campbell Wolfe, was born Nov. 4, 2021, to Chip Gianfagna and Sarah Wolfe, of Northfield Falls.

A son, Bodhi Daniel Lamb, was born Nov. 5, 2021, to Bonnie Bridge and Daniel Lamb, of Randolph.

A son, Henry Ryan Roberts, was born Nov. 5, 2021, to Brittany Lewis and Kevin Roberts, of Randolph.

A son, John Russell Shannon, was born Nov. 7, 2021, to Taylor Winter and Andrew Shannon, of Barre.


Bovine BonanzaBURLINGTON — Fifty-seven 4-H’ers from nine counties gathered at the Paul R. Miller Research and Educational Center on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington for the State 4-H Bovine Bonanza. Certificates of participation were awarded to:

Addison County: Torrey Hanna, Addison; Bella Roell, Bristol; Courtney Curler, Alexis, Erin and Katherine Whipple, Bridport; Caroline and Thomas Allen, Ferrisburgh; Emma Deering, Middlebury; Hailee Allen, Peyton Ball, Brailey and Karissa Livingston, New Haven; Jayden Ploof, Kylee Shepard, Panton; Gracelynn Barber, Shoreham; Taryn Burns, Sutton and Tenley Chittenden, Samuel Luis, Morgan White, Whiting.

Caledonia County: Trevor Smith, Hardwick; Ava and Olivia Smith, Lyndon; Lillian Ball, Lyndonville.

Chittenden County: Bristol and Remington Card.

Lamoille County: Holden Marcelino, Johnson.

Orange County: Leah Rogers, Randolph Center; Elizabeth Waterman, Thetford Center; Sylvia Johnson, Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge.

Orleans County: Eva Bury, Reegan Kelley, Grace Patenaude, Derby; Emma Rowell, Greensboro; Alex and Aubrey Maley, Irasburg; Emma Pothier, Carter Weikel, Newport Center.

Rutland County: Bailey Bowen, Talon Eugair, Florence; Natalia and Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Gracie Bromley, Patty Bruce, Emma Seward, Wallingford.

Washington County: Ryder Curavoo, Berlin; Emmeline and Patrick Paquet, Ella Purchase, Katelyn Sibley, East Montpelier.

Windsor County: Dani Flint, Sophia Fors, Amos Riesterer, Dylan Slack, Austin Washburn, Bethel.

Vermont VoicesMIDDLEBURY — This fall, the Vermont Folklife Center is partnering with Burlington Technical Center and Windham Regional Career Center to create opportunities for students to produce and present media projects on issues and topics that matter to them and their communities.

Vermont Voices, to be carried out over two academic years, will pilot how to integrate humanities-centered training and skills practice at career and technical education (CTE) centers. It will focus on Burlington and Brattleboro, areas that serve proportionally significant BIPOC student populations.


Artisans saleMORETOWN — The Moretown Artisans Sale will return to in-person shopping format, Dec. 11 and 12, at Moretown Elementary School. This year’s event will feature more than 24 area artists selling a variety of handcrafted work, but for COVID safety reasons, masks will be required for all in attendance and all vendors have been vaccinated. Also new this year, the Moretown PTO will be the nonprofit partner of the MAS and starting next year, they will take over ownership and management of the event. Funds raised from the Silent Auction & Raffle this year will be used to host the Troy Wonderlee Circus Program Residency at Moretown Elementary School this May. Visit for more information.


Museum newsSTOWE — The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is closed until Nov. 26 to prepare new exhibits for the upcoming season.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, via Zoom, join author Peter Radacher and Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame member JG Gerndt, for the Virtual Writer’s on The Red Bench Series, Boards — A Brief History Of The Snowboard. The event is complimentary, but a $10 donation is encouraged. RSVP at to receive a Zoom invite.

Vermont humorMONTPELIER — Rootstock Publishing, a Montpelier-based publisher and imprint of Multicultural Media Inc., announces the Dec. 7 release of “I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor” by former legislators Don Hooper and Bill Mares, with a foreword by prize-winning political cartoonist Jeff Danziger. With cartoons by Hooper and prose by Mares, this potpourri of art and words documents how Vermont humor has evolved over 150 years.

Maple ConferenceRANDOLPH CENTER — The 2021 Vermont Maple Conference, Dec. 8 through 11, will offer options for online and in-person learning with 15 sessions led by maple industry experts and maple producers. Daily sessions will be of interest not only to sugar makers but also to foresters who work with maple producers and forest landowners looking to lease to a producer.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 with the first of nine online sessions over a three- day period, attendees also can register for a day of in-person sessions Dec. 11 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.

Go to to register. The registration fee is $10 for online sessions only, $25 to attend the Dec. 11 in-person sessions and $35 to participate in online and in-person sessions.

Writers’ PrizeGreen Mountain Power and VERMONT Magazine are accepting entries for the Vermont Writer’s Prize contest. Submissions can be essays, short stories or poems that focus on “Vermont — Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.” The prize is awarded in two categories: prose and poetry. Each winner receives $1,250 and their works will be published in VERMONT Magazine’s Summer 2022 issue.

The deadline is Jan. 1, 2022. They must be unpublished works, less than 1,500 words of prose, and less than 40 lines of poetry. Individuals may submit only one work. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. Employees of VERMONT Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Visit to submit your entry.

Food donationsWILLISTON — A Green Mountain Republicans group recently organized a food donation for the Williston Community Food Shelf. Gregory Thayer, Tammy Lancour, Niki Delong and Martha Hafner collected donations from Vermont Republicans for the food drive. According to Ginger Morton, president of the organization, roughly 350 pounds of food were received, and very much appreciated. She thanks Vermont Republicans for their donations.

Grant recipientsThe Vermont Community Foundation announced $150,000 in grants to expand Vermonters’ access to mental health and suicide prevention care as part of the newest recovery initiative from its VT COVID-19 Response Fund. The full list of grantees is:

Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro received $10,000 to expand its PRISM program’s LGTBQ+ support group.

Center for Health and Learning received $10,000 to support its Umatter Postvention Project, a collaboration with the Howard Center to provide suicide postvention programming.

North Central Vermont Recovery Center received $10,000 to provide peer recovery coaching.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital received $10,000 to expand the efforts of the Pediatrics Department.

Out in the Open (FKA Green Mountain Crossroads) received $10,000 to support expansion of its evidence-based peer support Trans Femme Chill Club.

Outright Vermont received $10,000 to support a two-to-three-year pilot project in Rutland to identify and recruit allies, volunteers, and build community relationships.

Pride Center of Vermont received $10,000 to implement a short-term counseling program.

Rutland Mental Health, Community Care Network received $10,000 to expand youth access to services.

South Royalton School-Based Health Clinic (DBA HealthHUB) received $10,000 to hire a part-time mental health outpatient therapist.

Spectrum Youth & Family Services received $10,000 to implement an agency-wide effort to adopt comprehensive suicide prevention planning.

The Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley (SNSC) received $10,000 to implement Art Lab for Teens.

Turning Point Addison County received $10,000 to expand mental and behavioral health supports.

Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery received $10,000 to support the development of a pilot program in suicide peer support services.

Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation received $10,000 to support a “Umatter Gatekeeper” Training of Trainers for student and staff leaders at Northern Vermont University and Community College of Vermont (CCV) in partnership with the Center for Health and Learning.

Youth Services received $10,000 to support Friends For Change (FFC) approach to help youth reframe their responses to traumas.

Nonprofits collaborateBARRE — Four Vermont nonprofits recently gathered at the Vermont Granite Museum to announce a new workforce development effort called Serve, Learn & Earn, as they celebrated the graduation of one of the funded programs (ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 training). Serve, Learn & Earn is a collaboration of Audubon Vermont, ReSOURCE, Vermont Works for Women and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The group is centered on the vision that every Vermonter should have a viable pathway to employment and affordable education, in exchange for serving their state. Participants serve by working on important projects in priority areas such as climate, housing and outdoor recreation.


Bird feedingThe Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears. While watching your bird feeders, you can participate in one or more bird monitoring projects by looking up the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feeder Watch — all three collect important information to understanding bird populations. Tips for bird-friendly bird feeding:

Keep cats inside. Place feeders closer than 4 feet or farther than 10 feet from a window. Clean feeders every few weeks with a 10% bleach solution, then rinse and allow to dry before refilling. Feed birds only between Dec. 1 and April 1 but remove feeders if you see signs of bears.

Wild turkeysNorth America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table. Wild turkeys disappeared from Vermont in the mid-to-late 1800s due to habitat destruction when land was cleared for farming. The wild turkeys we see in Vermont today originated from just 31 wild turkeys stocked in Rutland County by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 1969 and 1970. State wildlife biologists moved groups of these birds northward, and today Vermont’s population of turkeys is estimated at close to 50,000. Funding for Vermont’s wild turkey restoration was derived from the sale of hunting licenses and a federal tax on hunting equipment.

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