Mobius announces recipients of the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants

BURLINGTON — This fall, through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has awarded 33 grants, totaling $331,700, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont. “Mobius continues to be awed by the work that mentoring programs throughout Vermont are doing to support youth in their local communities,” said Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt. “We are grateful to be able to use this annual funding to continue to support long-time partners, while also working with new agencies in underserved regions.”

The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible each year through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. The 2017-2018 grants will provide continuing support for established programs that demonstrate they meet best practices, and support programs in their first or second year of implementation.


Patrick Krok-Horton wins Assistant of the Year Award


SHELBURNE — Patrick Krok-Horton, recreation services assistant at Wake Robin, Vermont’s first Life Plan Community, was named Vermont Health Care Association’s Recreation Services Assistant of the Year. VHCA is an advocate for quality care and collaboration between Vermont’s residential care, nursing, and long-term care communities. The Award was presented at the organization’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in Stowe on September 26. “I’m honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this award,” said Patrick Krok-Horton of Wake Robin. “To be recognized by peers and colleagues for the work you do is an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful to have the support of such a great team.

 The Cannabiz Pitch Competition series launched

Heady Vermont presents The Cannabiz Pitch Competition, in which Vermont startups and entrepreneurs pitch their respective businesses to five judges in a ‘shark tank’ style event with a $1,000 cash prize for the winner. With the overall interest in cannabis growing rapidly and more legal cannabis entrepreneurship in Vermont, Heady Vermont is organizing the first in a series of quarterly cannabis business pitch competitions that will award $1000 to a Vermont startup and/or entrepreneur(s) with a business, product, or service related to the cannabis plant. The first cannabiz pitch competition will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at Main Street Landing with a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium and the Pitch Competition starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. The event is being presented and coordinated by Heady Vermont with the sponsorship of Merritt & Merritt, KIND Consulting, and Main Street Landing. The $1000 prize can be used to directly support any startup costs and fees, including personal expenses, transportation, or rent.

Rutland Young Professionals event Oct. 17

Meet and network with young professionals from the Rutland region at The Draught Room. Bring your business cards and a friend. Apps and cash bar available, plus our monthly door prizes. Find more info at

Vermont Teddy Bear reveals a nostalgic event: In honor of Kevin Lepage

SHELBURNE– Vermont’s very own Kevin Lepage, a well-known local race car driver, is making an appearance at our factory in Shelburne, Vermont on September 29th. We will be honoring his last race at Thunder Road for the 55th Annual Milk Bowl. Vermont Teddy Bear was the first to sponsor Kevin in 1994, which then led to a very wonderful racing career throughout the past 20 years in NASCAR. The event will be held at 6655 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. It will be a fun-filled, nostalgic day with a raffle giveaway of a Vermont Teddy Bear Racer Bear with Kevin’s signature, meet and greet with Kevin, free factory tours all day long, and Handy’s Lunch will be on site.

Hildt Aviation offers Vermont service

BENNINGTON — HILDT AVIATION has relocated their general aviation maintenance operation from the Albany, NY International Airport to the Wm. H. Morse State Airport in Bennington, VT. According to pilot/owner Jamie Hildenbrandt, moving his general aviation operation to Bennington, Vermont allows HILDT AVIATION to better serve its growing general aviation clientele throughout the Hudson Valley Region, Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts. “Since we opened our doors in 2010, our goal is to become a trusted part of your aircraft’s lifecycle, from pre-buy inspection through engine overhaul.”

In addition to a wide variety of maintenance, warranty repair and avionics services, HILDT AVIATION offers to pick up your aircraft and fly it back to your home base after service completion for a nominal fee. For more information contact Jamie Hildenbrandt at 1-866-649-5296 or or visit their website at

Rutland Young Professionals September Mix

Stop by Vibe Portrait Art for Rutland Young Professional’s September Mix. It’s the end of summer and we’ll be enjoying an ice cream social with The Vermont Truffle Company, while hearing from Vibe owner, Chris Booth. Plus music, lawn games and door prizes. Bring a friend! Learn more at


Free Admission

Annual ham supper in Shrewsbury

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual ham supper on October 7th at the Shrewsbury Town Hall. The buffet supper has continuous seating that start at 4:30. The cost is $10 for adults, $5.00 for kids 5-12 and kids under 4 eat free. The SVFD along with the dedicated Shrewsbury Auxiliary will be serving up a delectable dinner consisting of Wallingford Locker ham, zesty potato salad, cole slaw, apple sauce and fresh baked rolls. The dinner will be topped off with scrumptious homemade desserts.

Three Steps Forward program names coordinator


RUTLAND — The Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board (RRWIB) and its partner, Vermont Adult Learning, has named Pierre Cotton Program Coordinator for Three Steps Forward for Young Men. The program, funded by The Bowse Health Trust, will provide local young men additional support to graduate with a high school diploma and with a clearly articulated plan for meaningful employment with advancement opportunities leading to financial security and healthy lives. “In Rutland County, employers report well-paying job openings across multiple industry sectors. Employers need skilled help. Three Steps Forward is designed to close the skills gap so our young men will be employed,” says Lynn Bondurant, RRWIB Executive Director.