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  • News Briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Stopped on suspicion A young man wearing a 9mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol was stopped by Rutland City police as he walked along a residential street in a neighborhood. To the police, he seemed suspicious. He was shirtless ...

  • News Briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Re-open for business POULTNEY - Nancy's Place is now open at 150 Main St., Poultney.  Proprietor Nancy Duncan was forced to move her business when her previous restaurant location, The Station, was sold to LiHigh School ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Toy Factory opens at mall Diamond Run Mall will soon sport a toy store. Jeremy Griffin and Chelsea Felion are opening the Toy Factory in space formerly occupied by KB Toys. They plan to carry primarily specialty, classic toy ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Tie vote for proposed smoking ban in park FAIR HAVEN - A proposed ban on smoking inside the fenced area of Fair Haven's town park failed when the select board's vote on the proposal ended in a tie 2-2. Selectwoman Claire Sta ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Public service announcement on well water This summer's heavy rains have affected the quality of potable water for those whose supply comes from local wells. Some wells throughout the state have tested positive for both coli ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Rutland to New York flight coming soon? Rutlanders may be able to fly into New York City via Cape Air, as the company hopes to expand its routing based on success with flights from its Lebanon, NH, facility to New York. Plan ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Zero sort now available in Wallingford Zero-sort recycling is now operational at the Wallingford Transfer Station.  Bagged garbage still goes in the compactor, construction waste and heavy metal still go in their respec ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Rezoning rejected for admissions house CASTLETON - A Planning Commission meeting sprouted conflict as only two members of the group voted for a proposed change to the "Reinfort house" on South Street. One more vote was neede ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland region

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    Late June storms flood streets and down trees, cut power A recent summer rain/windstorm took down trees and power lines, and flooded parts of the city. Nearly 10,000 homes were without power for a few hours. Rutland City Pol ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    The Station Bakery and Café to move locations POULTNEY - Nancy Duncan is moving her Poultney business, The Station Bakery and Café, to a new location. Shutting down her bakery in the old train station at 28 Depot St. as July ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Vacant property ordinances considered Vacant dwellings are a potential target for looters - what can the city do? The Charter and Ordinance Committee has been puzzling whether a proposed vacant property ordinance would meet ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Town-wide smoking ban? FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven's select board has been considering a ban on smoking and other use of tobacco products in the town park. At least one smoker has proposed that the board use signage rather than a ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CASTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER CHALLENGE Castleton Community Center has set up a "challenge" supported by a partnership between the Vermont Senior Games Association and the University of Vermont Center on Aging, the CCC Challeng ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Mexican restaurant opens downtown
 Two new restaurants in downtown Rutland provide alternatives for local diners. Mexican restaurant Nacho Mamas recently opened at 118 Merchants Row, a space formerly occupied by Ojala's beau ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Library programs set for summer POULTNEY - School is nearly out, and the summer library programs will soon begin. Before school lets out, the library staff visits Poultney Elementary in costume, and tells of the summer's pla ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Disturbance of peace CASTLETON - Residents of Castleton are still unhappy with some young people, seemingly part of the college student body, who have been partying until 2 a.m. Is the problem one of inadequate law enforcem ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    FUHS tops list for education FAIR HAVEN - Fair Haven Union High School recently made Newsweek's list of the best 2,000 public high schools, using a scoring system that compares effectiveness in turning out college-ready grad ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Greeters to screen boats for invasive species BOMOSEEN - A Vermont Grant in Aid provides funding for the Town of Hubbardton and the Lake Bomoseen Association to support the Greeter Program. Greeters offer voluntary watercraf ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    RESTORING A HISTORICAL HOUSE POULTNEY - Green Mountain is in the process of restoring the 1900 C.W. Humphrey House, known most commonly as Bentley Hall, with plans for it to be a community meeting and events center that will ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    CAFE VERDE OPENS There's a new restaurant in Rutland. Café Verde recently opened at 136 Strongs Ave., former site of NK Carpet Designs. The new business owner is Gary Maravalli, founder and former owner of Vermont Bagel Café ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    FUTURE PLANNING POULTNEY-What lies in Poultney's future? Poultney 2020 conference attendees hope to see a community art center on Main Street, a localvore restaurant, a park on Main Street, and an in-town hub for recreation ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    SPRINGS SCHOOL IN A BIND MIDDLETOWN - Middletown Springs voters recently turned down their school budget by a four-vote margin, 165-161, so the school board went back to the accounting table and shaved some more off anticipa ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    CONGRATULATIONS Kyle Robillard for becoming the newest member of the Rutland Fire Department. His dad, Deputy Chief Fran Robillard, has been part of the department for 38 years and an uncle, Mike Robillard, has been with the ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary

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    Trailblazers succeed By Loren M Pepe, Principal KES thanks the incredible parent volunteers for allowing the Killington Elementary School Trailblazers to experience another successful ski and snowboard season. The Trailbla ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    NEW OWNERS POULTNEY-The Shaw's grocery store in Poultney has a new owner. A group of private investors, led by Cerberus Capital Management, recently purchased a number of national grocery chains, including the 19 Shaw's sto ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CONSERVATION TINMOUTH - Tinmouth landowners recently completed a conservation project designed to preserve the community's ridgeline on Tinmouth Mountain. The Gilmore family's 200-year-old dairy, Echo Mountain Farm, was the ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    ENFORCING FREE PARKING It's possible that the members of the alder board are not downtown on Saturday? Or perhaps they just not read the signage on the meters? Parking has been free on Saturdays and that signage posted on th ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    INDEPENDENT LIVING CASTLETON-The Castleton Community Seniors thank the voters of Castleton, Fair Haven and Hubbardton who approved the Community Center appropriations for 2012-13. These are dollars well spent in helping seni ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    SELECT BOARD MEETINGS FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven's select board has decided to move its meetings to every other Monday beginning March 18. The move allows the town manager to function as the town's representative to the Rutland ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    RUTLAND TOWN VOTER REPORT In Rutland Town, voters elected Don Chioffi to a three-year seat on the Select Board, approved a $1,070,488 municipal budget in a ratio of nearly two to one (686 to 264) and turned down the $8,127,0 ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    AIRPORT GROWTH Of the 10 state controlled airports in Vermont, the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport in North Clarendon is the fastest growing and the second busiest. It has recently acquired airfield lighting and in ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    BUFFER ZONE CASTLETON - Some folks who live along Lake Bomoseen are perturbed about the Vermont legislature's H.223. Intended to protect the state's navigable waters, the bill sets standards to protect shorelines by establis ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    EDUCATION The Rutland City school district is planning to develop two non-profit organizations. Becoming a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit would enable the Rutland Raiders Booster Club to give donors a record of their tax-deducti ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CLOSING SCHOOL? CASTLETON - Should Castleton close the Village School? Frank Taggert believes so and is circulating a petition for the school board to put the question on a special ballot. Taggert believes the school distric ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary School

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    KES EXCELS The New England Common Assessment results (NECAP) indicate that students at Killington Elementary School (KES) continue to perform very well. This test is administered statewide to students to measure individual s ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    LOCAL DEBATES The debate season is on. These community forums are all great entertainment. If you missed debate one among the 12 candidates for the open six seats on the board of aldermen on Wednesday, Feb. 20, catch it on P ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    ARTIST IN RESIDENT CASTLETON-Castleton State College will again host the Governor's Arts Institute of Vermont, bringing up to 130 young dancers, musicians, actors and artists for an artists-in-residency experience at the col ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    TRANSPORTATION The proposed 2014 state budget includes $5 million for replacing jointed rail with continuously welded rail, rebuilding highway crossings, and replacing switches between Rutland and Burlington. The continuousl ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    COMMUNITY CENTER CASTLETON - A grant from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging is helping Doris Markie take the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener class, with the aim of using what she learns to guide other ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    VANDALISM Rutland area folks recently woke up to a string of damaged vehicles, homes, and businesses, the apparent result of at least three individuals intent on vandalism. More than 50 cars in Rutland and West Rutland had w ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    HOUSING TOWN OFFICES CASTLETON - The Castleton select board and a group of private citizens are again drawing lines over plans for where to put the town offices and at what expense. The select board is putting a bond article ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary School

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    SUPERSTAR PROGRAM "Be respectful! Be responsible! And be safe!" This is the mantra at Killington Elementary School (KES) as we begin our third year of participation in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). At ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    GUNS IN RUTLAND Much has been made of Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger, Montpelier mayor John Hollar, and Barre mayor Thomas Lauzon joining the nationwide "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" organization. Rutland mayor Chris Loura ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    ACTIVIST THREATS POULTNEY-The Vermont House Agriculture Committee recently heard testimony from Green Mountain officials and students asking for protection for farms and other businesses, to guard against potential online th ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    AID TO STOP ABUSE Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter members recently announced they will use a new tool to predict whether an abusive relationship contains enough violence that it may end in homicide. The short ques ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    FOR SALE: TOWN OFFICE BUILDING CASTLETON- The Castleton town office building will be sold, the select board announced recently, with right of first refusal going to the town historical society. Realtor Ray Ault has advised a ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    NEW LIBRARY OFFICERS It's the time of year when many organizations hold annual meetings to elect officers for the coming year. Rutland Free Library is no exception. At its 126th annual meeting, the organization elected Larry ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    SCHOOLS Classes resumed Wednesday, Jan. 3, but students receive a long weekend soon with Monday, Jan. 21, off for Martin Luther King Day. Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union is challenging faculty and staff in a month-long co ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    OVERFLOWING HEARTS Donna Arnado's family commemorated her life as they served 123 holiday meals at the Open Door Mission recently. It was a fitting tribute to a woman who donated her Friday days off at the Mission. Taking pa ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Hoping everyone is enjoying an optimistic beginning of the new year! NEW EATERY PAWLET-Sherrie Baker and Jami Panoushek recently opened Your Next Stop Pawlet Station at 50 School Street in Pawlet Village. Open for breakfast ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    BENEFITS DISTRICT REDRAWN    The city's alderman board recently changed the boundaries of the Downtown Special Benefits District. Property owner Joe Giancola had asked to have his 56 Howe Street Complex exclud ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    VILLAGE GRANT POULTNEY-Poultney Village is receiving a $153,000 grant for sidewalk construction along York Street from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. It is one of 15 communities in the state to be awarded a total of $ ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    WATER & SEWER Individual and business efforts to reduce their water use may end up driving up the price they pay. Billed water usage dropped about 10 percent from fiscal year 2008 to 2012, 75,939,100 cubic feet to 66,989 ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP WEST PAWLET-A team of Green Mountain College students, headed by Ben Smith, recently organized a clean up day for the burned barn at Pine Woods Farm in West Pawlet. Students were to remove charred wood tha ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    PROF & VETS CASTLETON-Castleton State communications prof Dr. Tom Conroy, professor of communication at Castleton, and Castleton frosh Jordan Gowland recently appeared with Dr. Edward Tick on Wisconsin Public Radio's "A ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    DOWNTOWN TAX UPHELD The downtown special tax assessment will continue for the next three years, the result of a recent vote of 24 business owners and 38 property owners in the downtown business district. The special tax asse ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    BIKE RACKS RUTLAND COUNTY-The Vermont Agency of Transportation recently announced that Rutland County is receiving 17 of the 132 bicycle racks it is installing at public locations across the state. In Castleton, racks will b ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    CITY WATER Recent recounts of voting on the proposed $5.5 million city water bond discovered another 12 votes for building a new water filtration plant, still 218 votes short out of 7,196. If the halocetic acids and other by ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    ELECTION RESULTS Rutland City voters decided against investing $5.5 million in a granulated activated carbon filter system to purify its water, by about 200 votes. To meet federal drinking water standards, the city may have ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary School

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    ABCs of parent conferences Parent / Teacher conferences started Monday, Nov. 12. Use the ABCs to get the most out of your parent/teacher conferences. Here's how: A - Ask questions. Before the conference, jot down a list of ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes region

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    BUILDING A FIRE EXCAPE PAWLET-A recent Vermont Arts Council grant to build a fire escape on the back of the Town Hall now needs community help to reach fulfillment. With the fire escape completed, the community will be able ...

  • New briefs from the Rutland Region

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    ECONOMY MAKING PROGRESS Although we miss the convenience of Sabby's and will surely miss Mary Fran's Art & Antiques on Center, don't forget that there is positive news, too, in Rutland's downtown. There will soon be a ne ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    $48,900 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD CASTLETON-Castleton biology and geology junior recently won a research fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two-year, $48,900 award includes a paid summer internship ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    COMMUNITY CITIZENSHIP PAWLET-Congratulations to Judy Coolidge, co-chair of the summer's Pawlet Club 250 and Pawlet town treasurer, recognized by Mettowee Valley Grange 373 to receive its Community Citizenship Award for 2011. ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    THE LAST MEGA-BLOOD DRIVE The upcoming blood drive, planned for Tuesday, Dec. 18, will be the biggest, most efficient Gift of Life event - and the last. Whether the annual campaign is successful in breaking the goal of 1,969 ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary School

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    KES recognizes Red Ribbon Week KES students and staff recognized Red Ribbon Week recently. The United States Congress proclaimed an eight-day Red Ribbon Week 23 years ago as a way to help students understand the negative ef ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CSC HOSTS LOCAL SOPHOMORES CASTLETON-More than 300 local high school sophomores attended a day of career exploration at Castleton State College recently. The "Sophomore Summit" is a pilot program organized by the Rutland Reg ...

  • News Briefs for the Rutland Region

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    PRACTICAL EDUCATION Three new homes will rise on Rutland's River St., all built by students from Stafford Technical Center. Over the next six years, about 60 students in Stafford's construction technology, electrical/plumbin ...

  • News Briefs from the Lakes Region

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    PAWLET POSTINGS A Vermont Arts Council grant will help pay to install a fire stair on the north side of the town hall to make the upstairs auditorium more usable, provided the community raises matching funds. To help out, se ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    RUTLAND DEALS WITH TRAGEDY The Rutland community continues to mourn the death of high school senior Carly Ferro and wonders how to shed the area's increasingly disruptive illegal drug sales and use. Carly Ferro died after be ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    TOWNWIDE VOTE NIXES WIND HUBBARDTON-Hubbardton residents recently voted 94 to 6 for putting an end to building commercial wind turbines on the Grandpa's Knob ridgeline. Selectboards in the other towns targeted for the Reunio ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    EDUCATION NEWS Fair Haven Grade School thanks the parents and family members who attended its recent open house. The Middle School Open House is Tuesday, Sept. 25. Mettawee Community School library and technology specialist ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    OBSERVATORY CASTLETON-Castleton State College's astronomy club plans to hold star parties, opening the school's observatory to let students and residents look at the night sky. This is not a new effort for the group, but las ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    THE BUS GAINS FOUR The fleet of buses at Marble Valley Regional Transit District is growing by four, up to 58, courtesy of a federal earmark. Three additional buses joining the fleet are replacements coming in as three older ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    WATER BOND SET The Rutland Board of Aldermen recently approved language for the ballot that would set a $5.5 million bond to build a new filter system. Should the bond vote fail, the city is able to switch to using chloramin ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CSC FALL SEMESTER CASTLETON-The Christine Price Gallery in the Fine Arts Center hosts two shows through Friday, October 5. Work by seven alumni - Jim Byrne, Brian Derosia, Jason Draine, James Harmon, Jason Jarvis, Michael Kr ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    WEST RUTLAND HONORS MARBLE WORKERS The Town of West Rutland and the West Rutland Historical Society plan to dedicate a stone block bearing the names of local marble workers while the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center host ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    EDUCATION NEWS MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS-Middletown Springs elementary school has new hours this year. School officially begins at 7:55 a.m., and the school day ends at 3:05. The new hours are geared to help students get to class i ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    WATER BOND PROPOSAL FORMING Rutland's voters appear likely to have a say on whether to build a new drinking water filter system. At the direction of the alderman board, the city attorney and public works commissioner develop ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    SAD BUT CELEBRATORY GOODBYE A service at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in West Rutland celebrated the life of its pastor Monsignor Frank S. Warzocha. Speakers outlined his involvement with his congregation, his faith, and his ...

  • New briefs from the Lakes Region

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    PROPOSAL ON PEAKS & RIDGES CASTLETON-The Castleton Planning Commissioners recently completed a study aimed at clarifying and expanding the town plan in respect to mountain peaks and ridge lines. Now it's the citizenry's ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CSC DINING UPGRADES CASTLETON-Residence halls open Thursday, August 23, for new students, with orientation beginning the following morning. Returning students come back Sunday, August 26, with classes beginning the following ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    LOCALLY GROWN SUCCESS
 The success of our local farm markets is keeping pace with the development of other markets across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced that there are more than 600 more farme ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    CSC reaccredited; implementing strategic plan CASTLETON-Castleton State College is officially reaccredited. In its official letter of approval to the school, the New England Association of Schools and College's Commission o ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    SAVING ENERGY, CUTTING EXPENSES Rutland Regional Medical Center is half way to its energy use reduction goal, already saving enough to supply 40 'typical' homes each using 11,000 kilowatt-hours a year. After the first year o ...

  • News briefs from the Rutland Region

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    Response to turmoil Rutland City officials have had enough. Fights, vandalism, and other complaints in the downtown have lead to tighter restrictions. The city recently issued a no-trespass order against an 18-year-old woman ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    New performing art space for CSC CASTLETON-Castleton State College's performing arts department has the opportunity to expand its activities into Rutland with the awarding of an Arts Endowment $50,000 grant to the Paramount ...

  • News briefs from the Lakes Region

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    Castleton governance CASTLETON-Castleton voters are a bit curious about their select board. The board was quick to vote in opposition to the Reunion Power proposal, yet slow to take action on a town hall solution. Voters too ...

  • News briefs from Killington Elementary

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    KES students earn circus celebration Killington Elementary Students participated in a Circus Celebration after earning 15,000 stars for displaying responsible, respectful, and safe behaviors! On Wednesday, June 6, Christine ...