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News briefs from Rutland 12.15

SNOW REMOVAL

Funds are low in City coffers this year. Please help keep the budget in check by removing as much snow as you can yourself. The city is responsible only for cleaning sidewalks that do not front a store.

ARMORY CLOSES

The National Guard Armory on West Street, in use for more than a century, is the latest Rutland landmark building to lose its occupants. The Guard itself recently moved into the new building at 2143 Post Rd, after a busy few weeks helping Vermont recover from tropical storm Irene.

The U.S. Department of Defense's Starbase program, which provides hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math experiences to students, joined in the move to the new facility, the Rutland Armed Forces Reserve Center. 
The substantial building on West Street saw other uses in the community too: state basketball championship competitions, Boy Scout jamborees, gun shows, and other gatherings.

PEGTV NEEDS AND NEWS

Channel 15 is looking for sports fans to produce local games for broadcast. Don't be afraid because you think it's difficult. The new cameras are even easier to use, and you don't even have to think about making tapes. The video you shoot records directly to onboard memory.

Castleton State College sportscaster Jack Healey debuted new talk show Spartan Pride on Channel 20. He interviews coaches, staff, and student athletes in the school's athletic program.

A new internship program links PEGTV and Stafford Technical Center students from the Video Production and On Camera Performance program. Students help PEGTV with its workload while they gain valuable experience.

New community news magazine ACCESS recently celebrated its first anniversary. What and who do you know that would make an interesting subject?

WATER SHORTAGE EDUCATION

Local students learned what they could do to conserve water when faced with a recent water shortage as the result of tropical storm Irene. Science teacher Erica Wallstrom and social studies teacher Jen Kravitz are in the process of developing new courses that study emerging global and environmental issues.

The Rutland School District is working on other ways to make education more real for students too. The nationwide Common Core concept urges out-of-classroom learning. Rutland High will begin three new courses built on this concept: international cuisine, New England landscapes (geology plus chemistry, biology, and physics), and global studies.

A School Improvement Grant may also help Rutland High bring up its scores. Students would learn to apply classroom to real world problems - part of the global studies course. 
where is your heart?

If you lost your heart to the brightly decorated train locomotives that decorated Rutland a few years back, you're likely to lose it again. Mary Crowley and Karen Seward are putting together another street art project, this time an assortment of 30 four-foot-tall, fiberglass hearts. The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Rutland Partnership, Rutland Economic Development Corp., and Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont are already part of the effort, and Omya has agreed to be a sponsor. Project director is Sherri Birkheimer Rooker.

A number of local artists have already received invitations to submit proposals to decorate a heart, with heart bases going to approved artists in early March. Details are under development.

BRANCH BANK OFFICES SHUT DOWN

Two branch bank offices are disappearing from the Rutland business landscape after the first of the year. The Citizens Bank in Price Chopper will pack up its computers to consolidate with its sister bank branch at the corner of West Street and Merchants Row, only a tenth of a mile away.

The TD Bank branch on South Main Street - a five-person crew - moves into the bank's main facility on Merchants Row.

Banks continually must balance convenience for their customers against the cost of delivery. In both cases, these branch offices had shrinking numbers of visitors, perhaps due to the growing prevalence of online and mobile banking. No employees will lose their jobs as the result of these shifts, however.

ST. JOE CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM

The College of St. Joseph men's cross country ski team recently took part in its first 2011 USCAA Cross Country National Meet, held at Lake Placid, NY. An auspicious beginning for a first-ever effort!

LANI'S PICKS

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17 - Find out who is the real Santa Claus during Miracle on 34th Street The Musical, at the Paramount Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 17 - Curbstone Chorus sings at Book King Bookstore at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Help set a national record at the Gift of Life Marathon, taking place at three locations.

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