The 2nd Annual Rutland Wellness Fair will be held at the Holiday Inn on Route 7 South in Rutland, on Saturday, November 2, 2002. The free event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus free Gentle Yoga at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. WJJR Mix 98.1 will broadcast live from the Fair.The launch of www.rutlandwellnessfair.com(link is external) means easy access to the 2nd Annual Rutland Wellness Fair. The site includes Wellness Fair information for visitors, applications for wellness providers with professional credentials, and a call for Fair volunteers. Applications for wellness professionals applying for Fair space must be postmarked by August 1, 2002.“Our website makes it easy for Vermonters to find us whether they want to display, volunteer, or just check out the Fair,” notes Sheryl Rapée-Adams, President of the Wellness Alliance of Vermont (WAV), a nonprofit organization which produces the Rutland Wellness Fair and offers integrative healthcare access and information for the Rutland Region. “We’ll get more wellness information to more people than we could with paper-intensive mailings.”The 1st Annual Rutland Wellness Fair on November 3, 2001, drew nearly 1,000 visitors and represented the fields of acupuncture, chiropractic, herbalism, holistic medicine and podiatry, hypnosis, midwifery, natural foods, nutritional supplements, skin and body care, smoking cessation, sports medicine, therapeutic massage and bodywork, yoga, and more.The 2nd Annual Rutland Wellness Fair on November 2, 2002 will fill the entire Holiday Inn Conference Center. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. expo offers more than twice the space of last year’s Fair. In the speaker room, interactive presentations will begin hourly, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, starting and ending with Gentle Yoga.www.rutlandwellnessfair.com(link is external) is the central location for Rutland Wellness Fair information for 2002 and beyond. The website includes a directory of local wellness professionals, highlights from last year’s Fair, previews of the 2002 event, applications for participants and volunteers, links to wellness-related websites, and Fair sponsors and supporters, such as The Rutland Herald, Catamount Radio, and Adelphia Cable.www.rutlandwellnessfair.com(link is external) was created by former Middletown Springs resident Craig R. Smith, founder and Big Kahuna of Smithcraft. Fair organizers were attracted to the tasteful and attractive design of www.smithcraft.org(link is external), where Craig displays samples of his work.”I’m happy to help,” says Smith. “I think the Rutland Wellness Fair is an important venue for Vermonters to learn about different holistic approaches to better and more vibrant health. Besides, one of the organizers is my doctor!”For more information can call Sheryl Rapée-Adams at 802-775-0354.
Hunting has been a way of life throughout the history of mankind. From hunting and gathering for survival to a cherished family tradition passed down from generation to generation, hunting has remained the most natural way to obtain fresh, organic meat. While today the practice of hunting for sport is heavily scrutinized, for many it is still an extremely important aspect of everyday life. To be a hunter is so much more than simply shooting an animal. It requires a unique respect and reverence for nature that can only be found through hunting.It is a responsibility and way of life that runs in your blood. In fact, many hunters will tell you that the greatest parts about being an outdoorsman have nothing to do with killing animals. Fred Bear, a celebrated TV personality and author also known as “Papa Bear” to much of the hunting community, once said, “Go afield with a good attitude, with the respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forests and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”Wisconsin men’s water polo finishes season on high note at Big Ten TournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s club water polo team wrapped up their fall season two weekends ago in Ann Arbor Read…The Badger Hunting Club is a student organization at University of Wisconsin which teaches students hunter safety, the importance of conservation and gives its members the opportunity to get out of the city and into nature. Currently, there are 37 members and club president Lucas Olsen says those numbers are only rising. “Last spring for us was really successful all in all; especially on the conservation front,” Olsen said. “But hunter numbers [in the community at large] are declining … One of the big things hunters need to step up and do is teach new people how to hunt, and that’s something we really try to do.” Hunting currently accounts for around two-thirds of all conservation funding in the U.S. according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as hunter numbers decline, so does the amount of money that goes into preserving wildlife. Aside from the financial benefits, hunting also brings people closer to the environment. “When you’re hunting, you’re sort of connecting with nature on a different level than you would doing other things,” Olsen said. “I’ve always participated in other outdoor activities but it never feels quite the same as when you’re hunting. Hunting just has a different feeling.”Men’s basketball: Scalding hot takes for 2018-19 seasonIn anticipation of the upcoming Wisconsin men’s basketball season, I have been doing some thinking and now have some predictions Read… No hunter forgets his first time being up in a tree stand, hearing the wind whistle through the spruce trees, the sun peeking over the horizon to paint an array of colors over the morning sky, the stillness and peace of the woods around him as it awakens and the immense respect he feels for the perfect balance of nature. The Badger Hunting Club tries to share this tradition with the student population at UW by taking students hunting for the first time, bringing in guest speakers to share the importance of good hunting ethics and providing opportunities and ways in which students can help better the world they live in through conservation. Many students at UW were never given the opportunity to hunt growing up because many of them are from urban areas where the tradition of hunting has fizzled out. But as you move further north, you begin to see the deep-rooted tradition come to life. Olsen said he vividly remembers growing up in a small town in Wisconsin where nearly everyone he knew was an outdoorsman. “It wasn’t an uncommon conversation to have … when we’d go to church on Sundays it was normal to hear folks ask one another what they were seeing or if they’d had any success hunting over the weekend,” Olsen said.Tell Michael Deiter you’re sorry. No, seriously.Apologize to Michael Deiter. Yes, you. Apologize to Badgers senior guard Michael Deiter. Oh what’s that? Would you have not Read…The tradition of hunting brings families and communities together and teaches important life lessons very early on in life such as accountability, responsibility, respect and patience. Olsen said that hunting has helped shape him into the person he is today and has taught him skills that prepared him for the real world.“I think hunting taught me a lot about the uncertainty of life … each hunt I equate to a life story … you try some things and [they] doesn’t always work out in your favor and sometimes you can do all the right things and still take a shot and miss,” Olsen said.Being an outdoorsman is a way of life that many people misunderstand and are quick to judge. But it’s a passion that is difficult to describe to someone who has never had the opportunity to experience it. Of course, there will always be people who smear the image of hunters today but The Badger Hunting Club does an extraordinary job educating its hunters and reminding them of the importance of fair, ethical hunting. “You know there [are] a lot of great hunters doing a lot of great things out there and they’re not asking for any credit for it,” Olsen said. “They’re interested in the long-term well-being of the animals they’re pursuing … I mean hunters are just a group of really really good people.”