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Friday Night Live getting input

The Downtown Rutland Partnership and Creative Economy are gathering ideas for Friday Night Live's sixth season this summer. One of the goals is developing activities that appeal to young attendees. We all know no event pleases everyone, but FNL planners keep trying to make it better. A final report on all the community discussions will come out in late March.

Tentative dates for this year's FNL are June 22 and 29; July 6, 13, 20, and 27; August 3, 4 and 10.


The restaurant/coffee shop at the corner of Merchants Row and Center Street is scheduled to re-open in late March. Don Fleck is leasing the street level facilities in the Mead Building and purchased the restaurant equipment formerly used by Clem & Co. and Clem's Café at auction.

With new ownership come new names and new hours. The restaurant will be, simply, Clem's, while the coffee shop is to be refigured to The Coffee Exchange, a name that hung over its door some years ago.

Fleck, the owner of DellVeneri's Bakery, plans to keep the restaurant open until mid-afternoon, for those who would enjoy later lunches. The coffee shop will stay open until 8 p.m., later on nights when there are special events downtown.

Once a pastry chef at The Coffee Exchange, Fleck is now becoming his own customer, with plans to use baked goods from DellVeneri's.  He plans to re-employ former staff members, including chef Scott Gero.


Aaron Boynton moved up the educational hierarchy, from assistant principal to principal of Rutland Town School. He replaces Patricia Beaumont who recently resigned.

Jeffrey Wennberg is taking over leadership of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, a group opposed to single-payer health care insurance and seeking answers on how the state's plan will affect quality, availability, and cost. Wennberg had previously been Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner and, before that, mayor of Rutland City.
John Conlan recently received a promotion to the position of chief investment officer for People's United Bank in Vermont. The Manchester-area resident is responsible for the bank's entire investment portfolio in Vermont, overseeing Vermont's seven portfolio managers, and a member of several of the bank's corporate committees that determine client funds management policies and procedures. 
Peter Werner recently received Kinney Pike Insurance's 2011 Dorsey Award, given for being the commercial insurance account executive who produced the top sales. He works in the Rutland office.

Pamela Keefe, former senior vice president and chief financial officer at Central Vermont Public Service, is leaving to become CFO of the Electric Power Research Institute, an independent non-profit that performs research, development and demonstration in the electricity sector. Officials credit her with substantial responsibility for CVPS's financial recovery and return to investment grade. Her job change takes place at the end of March.

Fred Valastro takes over the principalship at Clarendon Elementary in mid-summer. His background includes being a principal in Argyle, NY, and assistant principal and teacher in South Glens Falls, as well as retail management, and telecommunications work. Current principal Ruth Anne Barker shifts to part-time work at Clarendon, providing administrative support in curriculum development.


The Chaffee Art Center recently issued an invitation to artists residing in and close to Vermont, asking them to submit applications for juried membership, and 2013 Featured Exhibits. Both Chaffee members and non-members may apply; the submission deadline is Tuesday, March 20.

Juried membership includes invitations to exhibit artwork in summer and winter annual member exhibits and other exhibition opportunities through the year, sales space in the Chaffee Gift Shop, and other perks. Call 775-0356 for more info.

The Chaffee has also announced its Art in the Park early bird deadline. Submissions are due from 12-noon on Saturday, March 31, through 12-noon the follow day. There is absolutely no correlation between that deadline and April Fool's Day.


Those planning to begin boat driving are required to take a Boating Safety class to receive a license. Rutland City's Recreation and Parks Department offers the course Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., March 29 through April 26, at the Godnick Adult Center. Pre-register; class is limited to 25 participants.

Thanks to Yankee Medical

Yankee Medical Inc., a medical supply, recently donated a wheelchair to Robert Campbell, whose wheelchair was destroyed by a hit-and-run driver. The company gave Campbell a new Ivacare Tracer Ex2, a newer model of the damaged chair. Thank you, Yankee Medical, for expressing your concern. Campbell's wife, Deborah Campbell, died in the accident.

Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home is accepting donations for the family. Call 247-5704 to help financially. If you have information about the accident, call Rutland City police, 773-1816.


Friday, March 9-The four-part tight harmony plus vocal percussion of Rockapella returns to The Paramount Theatre. Recognize their sound, first popularized on PBS with 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.'

Sunday, March 11-The Vermont Symphony Orchestra performs Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," at The Paramount. Tickets for all three of the above, 775-0903.

Tuesday, March 13-Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce annual Business Show at the Holiday Inn. More than 85 locally-based exhibitors displaying their products and services. 773-2747.

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