Community Roundup: Oct. 5

Golf balls rained for rescue squads

The Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg held its annual Golf Ball Drop and Long Drive Contest on Sept. 15.

Photo by Denis Barton. The Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne- Hinesburg’s annual Golf Ball Drop on Sept. 15 was a success, raising more than $8,000 for the three towns fire and rescue departments.
Photo by Denis Barton
The Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg’s annual Golf Ball Drop on Sept. 15 was a success, raising more than $8,000 for the three towns’ fire and rescue departments.

The Shelburne Fire Department stepped up to the plate (or should we say “pin”) by lending their ladder truck for this event. A cascade of more than 900 balls rained down at The Kwini Club Practice Facility on Shelburne Road.

The Closest to the Pin Golf Ball Drop winners were:

  1. Leta Finch — Shelburne
  2. Gary Nelson — Jacksonville, Fla.
  3. Dorrice Hammer — Shelburne.

Farthest from Pin winner was Gerry Lawrence of Shelburne.

In the Longest Drive Contest, the winner was Ben Comai. Emily Roth won in the women-under-60 category, and Jessica Brumsted won the women-over-60 category.

More than $8,000 was raised for the fire and rescue departments of the three towns.

Submissions being accepted for writing prize

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine are encouraging writers to get their entries ready for one of the state’s top literary contests, the Vermont Writer’s Prize. Entries are due on January 1, 2024. Winners are selected in prose and poetry, and each winner receives $1,250 and their works will be published in Vermont Magazine’s Summer 2024 issue. Submissions can be essays, short stories or poems that focus on “Vermont – Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.”

 “Each year we receive so many thoughtful works that show a deep connection to this amazing state. What Vermont means to you is different for everyone, and honoring your Vermont experience through creative writing is what this is all about,” said Kristin Carlson, a judge of the writing prize and vice president at Green Mountain Power.

Entries are being accepted now, and the deadline is Jan. 1, 2024. They must be unpublished, and poems have a 40-line limit, and prose entries must be less than 1,500 words long. 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. More details, including how to submit, are available online.