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Rutland News 9/20/11

Adam Boyce incorporates ten generations of Vermont experience in fiddling, composing, playing piano, and square dance calling in the presentation Sprightly Steps: Vermont's Contra and Square Dancing Tradition. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland, on Friday, September 23.

Join other local bird lovers in a monthly bird monitoring exercise at West Rutland Marsh, Thursday, September 22. Meet at West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 7:00 a.m. For details, call Roy Pilcher, 775-3461.

If you're looking for flu and pneumonia vaccinations, go to the Holiday Inn in Rutland on Friday, September 23, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Other clinics are Monday, September 26, at Hannaford's in Rutland, 9:00 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, September 27, St. Patrick's Church in Wallingford, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and also Tuesday at the community center in North Clarendon, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The shots are for adults only, age 18 and up. Call the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH), 770-1574, for details.

Friday, September 23, the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland begins a series of three concerts that benefit the I AM VERMONT STRONG organization and its support for the community - with the Grammy Award winning quintet Blues Traveler. The second in the series, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, arrives the following evening, with 35-plus years of rock legend production across the U.S. The third in the series, Keb Mo, moves Paramount concert attendees to a modernized Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, September 27, with a sound that begins with the blues and takes in pop, rock, folk, and jazz, all hung together on a story-teller's frame. For tickets to any and all of these performances, visit with the good folks at the Paramount box office, or call 775-0903.

Honor Paula Liguorri at the Live Well and Celebrate Fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund from noon to 4:40, Saturday, September 24, at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. Activities include a yoga class (bring your own mat), origami workshop, celebratory group dance class, and silent auction.

Do you believe you have a book inside you, just waiting to come out? Join self-published author John O'Dowd in an exploration of e-publishing from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, September 24, in the Fox Room of the Rutland Free Library.

Local judges and lawyers assemble in the Fox Room of Rutland Free Library from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, looking at common cases in civil, criminal, family, and probate law. Bring your questions.

Would you enjoy viewing a wider variety of films in Rutland and having the opportunity to discuss them? Come to the Film Society Meeting at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, in the Rutland Free Library's Fox Room.

The Downtown Rutland Partnership is working with the Chaffee Art Center and Rutland farmers markets on the annual Harvest/Heritage Festival, Saturday, October 8. Plans are to ask the state to allow free parking in the parking deck for the day. Horse drawn wagons will shuttle visitors between downtown and Art in the Park. Price Chopper is donating a heritage cake to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town's charter. Also in the works: Marble Valley Swing Band, demonstrations, children's fun, reading of the town charter, and possibly the nucleus of the Rutland Recreation Department's Great Rutland Race.

Keep on conserving water if you're on the Rutland water system.

Women, bring your mountain bikes to a bike clinic in the upper parking lot at Giorgetti from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 24. Shelley Lutz leads the course, designed for beginner to advanced beginner riders. You need a mountain bike and helmet to participate. Please pre-register with the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department.

On Sunday, catch the Vermont Dining Train to eat a four-course dinner in an authentic Pullman dining car. Call (800) 292-7245 for details.

Our best to the State Department of Tourism, already posting fall foliage reports to help bring guests into Vermont for what promise to be excellent displays of brilliant color. Route 4 is officially re-opened.

Rutland alderman Ed Larson notes that, although the Salvation Army headquarters on Wales Street received quite a bit of water damage from tropical storm Irene, it continues to assist community members in need.

Kudos to the Ira Go Getters who worked with Ponderosa Steak House to provide home baked food to help feed the 350+ National Guards who came from out-of-state to help restore roads damaged by tropical storm Irene. Officials expect the Guards to stay in Rutland for about another month. Organizers are looking for additional volunteers to serve meals to these willing workers, and for baked goods donations. To volunteer for breakfast or supper service, call 770-9435. Your baked goods are welcome at the armory on Post Road in Rutland.

Rutland's Gift-of-Life marathon has a new New England record to beat. The Singer Memorial Blood Drive in Manchester, NH, took in 1,957 pints, setting records for both New England and national one-day blood drives. Rutland had set the New England record three years in a row, garnering 1,400 pints last December. Boston is also ahead of Rutland, having collected more than 1,700 pints recently.

Congratulations to Rutland Railway Association for the rehab work on its museum and club headquarters at Center Rutland.

Shoppers at Rutland Discount Foods & Liquidation Center on Cleveland Avenue enter a freshly remodeled store, complete with baby products, small appliances, and lots of other useful items.

The Rutland Heart Center has relocated its offices to 12 Commons St., across Allen Street from Rutland Regional Medical Center. Board certified cardiologists at the Rutland Heart Center are Christian Higgins, Bartholomew Bonazinga, Stanley Shapiro, Michael Robertello and James Fitts.

Same Sun of Vermont recently opened at 24 Center St., between the Paramount Theatre and Lake Sunapee Bank. Marlene Allen says her business sells and installs photovoltaic electric systems for homes and small business.

Also new to downtown Rutland is Jennifer Usher's Make It Sew, offering dressmaking, tailoring, and alterations at 69 Center St.

Rutland's aldermanic board has voted to use Zamias fund moneys to install two Victorian-style street lights at the Rutland Free Library, matching those already installed in the downtown core. The 6-3 vote allowed for up to $11,500 for the street lamps.

United Way of Rutland County recently kicked-off its 2011 campaign at a breakfast meeting, led by freshly elected president Marcia Chioffi, new executive director Traci Moore and this year's campaign chair Carrie Allen. The 2011 fund-raising goal is $565,000.

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