To learn more and register click the link the below.
Kids can get a free Imagination Library book monthly from birth through their fifth birthday! Books are carefully selected by the Imagination Library, then sent by mail to your home.
The Rutland Free Library Imagination Library program is only available to children ages birth to 5 years in Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira and Tinmouth. Please click the link below for more information and to sign up.
Below is the registration form that can be printed out and brought to the Rutland Free Library as well.
Tabulator test for the tabulator machine to be used at the Mendon Town Meeting in Mendon on March 2, 2021.
Where: Mendon Town Office – 2282 US Route 4, Mendon, VT 05701
When: Wednesday February 17, 2021 – 1:00 p.m.
Why: To test and secure the tabulator prior to the Town Meeting.
The Health Department has detected an increase in COVID-19 activity in Rutland County during the last two weeks. What they know is:
Rutland City and some surrounding towns now have evidence of increased rates, multiple household clusters and workplaces with cases.
Surrounding towns with increased rates include Benson, Pittsford, Castleton, West Haven and Fair Haven.
At this time they are seeing an increased number of cases that are not known to be associated with an outbreak, which is an indication of more widespread community transmission.
Take these prevention steps to help slow the spread:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep your social circle to only the people you live with.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with.
- Wear a mask any time you are around people you do not live with.
- If you have gathered with people you don’t live with, you should quarantine, and we encourage you to get tested right away, and then again 7 days after the gathering.
- If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, follow quarantine guidelines. Answer the phone if a contact tracer from the Health Department calls you.
- Avoid non-essential travel. If you travel out of Vermont, you must quarantine when you return.
Remember that we’re all at risk of getting this virus. Offer to help community members who are affected by isolation and quarantine. We thank you for being understanding and supportive of one another during this time.
Find more information at healthvermont.gov/COVID-19
The Selectboard for the Town of Mendon will hold a public informational meeting by electronic means on March 01, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the Australian ballot articles on the 2021 Town Meeting Warning. Please click the Mendon Town Meeting Notice below for instructions on how to attend the meeting.
In the coming months, Mendon will be engaging in a deep community conversation to set direction for the future. Everyone in town will be invited to come together in a series of virtual forums to brainstorm ideas for action, select top priorities for the future, and build concrete action plans to move priorities forward. The process will be facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development who will provide a facilitated and neutral platform for discussion and will help to connect the community to key state, federal, business, and non-profit technical and financial assistance. This is an opportunity to connect with your neighbors and share your ideas and vision for Mendon – we hope that you will join in this important discussion for our future.
Community forums will kick off in April 2021 – Keep an eye out for dates and more info. To follow along the process and for updates check out the Mendon on the Move website at bit.ly/MendonOnTheMove or at the town website www.mendonvt.org or at the Mendon Facebook page at facebook.com/townofmendonvt or contact the Vermont Council on Rural Development at email@example.com or 802-223-6091.
After a pause for the new year, the Everyone Eats program in Rutland County will resume on Monday, January 25th.
A table of distribution sites for immediate publication is below. Everyone Eats aims to coordinate the distribution of 3,600 meals per week moving forward. The Vermont Farmers Food Center seeks the community’s assistance in publicizing these distributions so that meals reach families who need them most. More information can be found by following our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram) and on our website.
|Rutland||Vermont Farmers Food Center||251 West Street, Rutland||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday||4 pm – 6 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Vermont Farmers Food Center|
|Chittenden||Barstow Memorial School||223 Chittenden Rd, Chittenden||Wednesday||4 pm – 5 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Chittenden Office of Emergency Management|
|Chittenden||North Chittenden Grange Hall||3 Lower Middle Rd.Chittenden||Thursday||4 pm – 5 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Chittenden Office of Emergency Management|
|Poultney||St. Raphael’s Catholic Church parking lot||21 E. Main Street, Poultney||Wednesday||5 pm – 6 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Poultney Rotary|
|Proctor||Proctor Library||4 Main St, Proctor||Monday||5:15 PM||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Contact Brookelyn Kimball: firstname.lastname@example.org, 8024592832|
|Danby||Smokey House Center||426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby||Wednesday||3:30 pm – 5 pm||Pickup at Center, Coordinate with provider by Friday before.||Smokey House Center||Contact Jamie Lombardo, email@example.com, 802-772-5919 by Friday before to reserve meals.|
|Brandon**||Brandon American Legion||Brandon Department of Recreation|
|Fair Haven||Fair Haven Grade School||115 N Main St, Fair Haven, VT||Wednesday||3 pm – 5 pm||Drive through pickup behind school. Coordinate by Friday before.||Fair Haven Grade School||Contact Harry DiPrinzio to reserve meals by friday before: firstname.lastname@example.org / 917 770 2277|
|Shrewsbury||Shrewsbury Community Church||Wednesday||5 pm –||Coordinate with distribution partners by Friday before.||Shrewsbury Community Church||Call Sue Ransom-Kelly 802- 492-3738 or Roxanne Ramah 802-492-3675 to request meals|
An initial allocation from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will fund three weeks of programming. Partners across the state including the Scott Administration and Legislature are working together to identify additional funding opportunities. Partners agree on the goal of funding the program through the state of emergency.
During the first five months of the program’s operation, from September to December, the program distributed over 53,000 meals in Rutland County, injecting over $530,000 into our local economy. Distribution of these meals was made possible by countless community partners who staffed distribution sites and delivered meals directly to families in need, often on a volunteer basis.
Feedback about the program has been exceptionally positive as families who are struggling say the meals provided are a great benefit to them. Some feedback provided anonymously by meal recipients:
“I don’t have enough food to last all week. The meals are a great help! Thank you!”
“I deliver meals to the elderly who are struggling to make ends meet. Thank you to all who make this program possible.”
“Help. Food. We need the help. Thank you so much for the food, it is a big help for all of us. Thank you. “
“Getting less than 10hrs a week at work. That is why I am here :(“
“Fantastic meals and workers and greeters appreciated. Thank you.”
“Due to pandemic, haven’t had a paycheck since march. Because self-employees, fall into ‘black hole’ for state benefits.”
“Helps with feeding my family and parents”
The program works with over 15 restaurants throughout Rutland county to provide meals. The Vermont Farmers Food Center and Everyone Eats seeks to establish connections between restaurants and local food producers and will be working to do so throughout the next phase of the program.
Everyone Eats aims to support families in need of food, independent restaurants and caterers and local farmers. Participating meal providers are required to source local ingredients and provide nutritious, balanced meals. The Everyone Eats program is administered at the state level by Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), which coordinates hubs in each of Vermont’s 14 counties. The Vermont Farmers Food Center coordinates the Everyone Eats program in Rutland County.
For more information about Vermont Everyone Eats at the state level, visit www.vteveryoneeats.org.