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4-H Dairy QuizBURLINGTON — At the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl on March 20, four 4-H teens earned a spot on the state team that will compete regionally and nationally. Selected for the team were Emma Seward, East Wallingford; Lorryn Trujillo, North Clarendon; Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs; and Liviya Russo, Lunenburg; who respectively came first, third, fourth and fifth. The sixth, Torrey Hanna of Addison, is the substitute.

Elise Sanders of West Topsham, the youngest competitor in the senior division, took second place. Although recognized for her exceptional efforts, she could not be named to the state team because her birthday falls after the national competition eligibility deadline.

Other seniors finishing in the top 10 were Zach Johnson, Tunbridge (seventh); Elizabeth Waterman, Thetford Center (eighth); Ben Boutin, Williston (ninth); and Brailey Livingston, New Haven (tenth). Patty Bruce, Wallingford, and Morgan White, Whiting, received honorable mentions. Also competing in this division were Natalie Atkins, Lincoln; Michaela Charbonneau, Salisbury; Brendan Gebo, Bristol; Mason Livingston, New Haven; Dylan Slack, Bethel; and Olivia Smith, Lyndonville.

The placements by age group were as follows:

12 and 13: Wyatt Chambers, Tunbridge (first); Caleb Sprague, East Wallingford (second); Sylvia Johnson, Tunbridge (third); Dani Flint, Bethel (fourth); Leah Rogers, Randolph Center (fifth); Ava Smith, Lyndonville (sixth); Chyanna Stone, Brandon (seventh); Allen Cram, Middlebury (eighth).

10 and 11: Austin Washburn, Bethel (first); Natalia Tarbell, Middletown Springs (second); Emmeline Paquet, East Montpellier (third); Remington Card, Williston (fourth).

8 and 9: Gracie Bromley, Wallingford (first); Patrick Paquet, Montpelier East (second); Annabelle Farr, Richmond (third); Daniel Bruce, Wallingford (fourth); Talon Eugair, Florence (fifth); Gracelynn Barber, Shoreham (sixth); Jazmine Cram, Leicester (seventh); Colt Card, Williston (eighth).

4-H Horse QuizSHOREHAM – The Addison County Horse Quiz Bowl on March 26, sponsored by Addison County 4-H, was held at Shoreham Elementary School, with 11 participants from Addison and Rutland counties. The senior division contestants, ages 14-18, had three rounds of 20 questions while the juniors, ages 8-13, had two rounds of 20 questions. Bonus questions were used to resolve tiebreakers.

In the senior division: Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham, placed first; followed by Amie Thurston, West Rutland in second place; and Jadyn Cram, Salisbury, third.

Junior division competitors, ages 12-13, ranked: Isabella Shimel, Bridport, first; Randy Cameron, Shoreham, second; and Brie Pikkarainen, East Wallingford, third.

Iris Bassett of New Haven came in first in the junior division, aged 10-11.

Nora Bergevin, Shoreham; Kelsey Davis, West Rutland; and Naria Audet, Orwell; respectively first to third in the junior division for 8-9 year olds.

All qualified to compete in the State 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl on April 2 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

history dayMONTPELIER — Students from Vermont schools will gather for Vermont History Day on Saturday, April 2, at the University of Vermont and online, to showcase their projects. This year’s participants include 175 students from 17 schools and districts. Their presentations, based on this year’s National History Day theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History,” include exhibits, websites, dramatic performances, documentaries, research papers, and will be reviewed by judging teams made up of local historians, educators and other professionals. The Vermont History Day program is open to Vermont students in grades 5-12 and homeschoolers ages 10-18.

WinnersBRATTLEBORO — Eight young people from Vermont have been selected as the 2022 National Award winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The works were judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. The teachers of the national winners also received prizes. The 2022 Vermont National Award winners are: Cormac Abbey, Mount Mansfield Union High School (Silver Medal); Samantha Aikman, Mount Mansfield Union High School (Gold Medal); Cameron Allembert, Brattleboro Union High School (Silver Medal); Anneke Beth, St. Johnsbury Academy (Gold Medal); Nancy McNichols, Burlington High School (Silver Medal); Maria Sell, Woodstock Union High School (Silver Medal); Willa Sheehan, The Putney School (Gold Medal, American Visions Medal); Madison Wilson, St. Johnsbury Academy (Gold Medal, American Voices Medal).


Dharma Neil, of Killington, and Ashley Sarnowski, of Rutland, have been named to the Fall 2021 Deans List at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Haley Frechette, of West Dummerston, has earned a spot on the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York.


song circleRUTLAND — Singers, acoustic instrument players and listeners are welcome to the Song Circle taking place from 7:15-9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland. Per state guidelines, there are no mask-wearing or vaccination requirements for in-person attendance. Participants complete a form once a year with basic information.

baby farm animalsWOODSTOCK — The Baby Farm Animal Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9 and 10 at Billings Farm & Museum. Meet the newborn animals; pet lambs and kids; hold a chick or duckling; meet calves, piglets and Jersey rabbits; learn all about the animals and how they are cared for on the farm.

Billings Farm & Museum kicks off its 40th season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on opening day April 8. Each guest receives a free scoop of ice cream from the newly named Farmhouse Café.

Public meetingRUPERT – The Rupert Congregational Church is applying to USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to upgrade equipment at the historic 1786 Rupert Meetinghouse facility to improve community life. In order to make the public aware of the proposed project, a meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the church, 2803, route 153, Rupert, VT 05768-0061. For more information, call (802) 733-6522.


Garden with 3SquaresVTVermonters can purchase their seeds and seedlings that produce edible food with 3SquaresVT. 3SquaresVT is Vermont’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides eligible people with money each month to buy groceries.

Nearly 70,000 people in Vermont are registered with 3SquaresVT and can shop at over 600 retailers and over 40 farmers’ markets across the state – 1 in 10 Vermonters enjoy the benefits of 3SquaresVT, but many more are eligible. There are enough benefits for everyone who qualifies, so no one is taking advantage of anyone else by signing up.

In addition to typical grocery store food items, 3SquaresVT can be used to purchase seeds and seedlings. Grocers across the state carry seeds and seedlings throughout the season, including City Market, Onion River Co-op in Burlington, Middlebury Food Co-op and Brattleboro Food Co-op.

At most farmers’ markets, 3SquaresVT shoppers can double their dollar to buy produce, seeds and seedlings. This dollar matching program, called Crop Cash, is operated by NOFA-VT.

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PhotographyRUTLAND – Chaffee Art Center has announced an upcoming photography exhibition and annual photo competition themed “Images of Our World”.

Call for photography: The exhibition will be presented from April 15 to May 27. April 9 is the deadline for entries. Solo photography galleries on the first floor available at $100 per room (non-members $140) and solo wall spaces available on the first floor at $50 (non-members $90)

The annual photo contest will also be on display for voting. April 9 is the deadline for entries. Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. April 15. For more information on guidelines and award categories, visit the Chaffee website ( call (802) 775-0356 or email [email protected]

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