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News briefs from the Rutland Region 5.24

Farm and market news

The Downtown Farmers Market has blossomed again at Depot Park in Rutland. Tuesday evening market on the same site is also open, so you can shop on your way home from work and freshen up the stock in your refrigerator.

Organizers note that vendor enthusiasm is high, with all spaces spoken for, and a few alternates waiting to step in if there's an opening.

The market is more than a place to shop for food and farm products. It's a great place to visit with old friends and make new ones, enjoy an impromptu lunch on foot or seated at a handy bench, and listen to music by local entertainers. Coming soon is the popular Shop With a Chef series: follow a local chef around the market as he or she select locally ground produce from the vendors, and then prepares selections before your eyes. You may learn to use produce you've not tried before, see a new technique, or combine foods and spices you've not thought belonged together. (Did you know you can cook pizza on your outdoor grill?)

Early spring crops are already coming into the markets - fresh leafy greens and fiddleheads (fern shoots); also enjoy a variety of root crops that were dug last fall and spent the winter waiting for you. Don't miss a week. There will be new varieties coming in from one market to the next.

Education news

Rutland native Sorchas Dundas has received a 2012-13 Fulbright scholarship to Nepal; there she will be an English teaching assistant. She is a student at the University of Rochester, NY, graduating this spring with a B.A. degree in anthropology.

Rutland Town School's assistant principal Aaron Boynton is moving up to take the principal's position at the school. Before his move to the Rutland school last June, he was previously principal at Middletown Elementary.

Sarah Tetzlaff is taking Boynton's position at Rutland Town. She has been teaching and chairing the family and consumer sciences department at Rutland High and at Allen Street Campus.

Three students from Stafford Technical Center recently took high honors in the National Financial Capability Challenge. Rob Peterson tested in the top 10 percent of the students who took the test, 84,000 of them across the country. Breeauna Frazier and Nick Sweet scored in the top 20 percent. All three students are registered at Rutland High.

Mount St. Joseph Academy principal Paolo Zancanaro is resigning his position to return to teaching; he has led the school since 2006, Under his leadership, MSJ met its enrollment goals for the first time in a number of years. 

Future of Dana Building

Although residents in the city's northeast quadrant have expressed interest in converting the former Dana School building, most recently home to the city's Parks and Recreation Department, to a neighborhood park, playground, or dog park, or a project for Stafford Technical Center students, none of these is very likely. The school district plans to offer the parcel for sale in June.

As private property rather than a non-profit, the building - now vacant - and land would generate tax revenue for the city. Finding a buyer may be problematic; it needs a new roof and other extensive renovation. The Rutland County Parent Child Center has already expressed an interest in acquiring the property, but purchase by this non-profit group would presumably leave the property off tax rolls.

Medicare cuts to force unit closure

Rutland Regional Medical Center is considering closing its physical rehab unit, but many in both the medical and patient community are lobbying for it to remain open. Supporters point to the number of people who have already been treated there since the unit opened in 1990, receiving help after hip replacement, stroke, or a variety of other health concerns.

RRMC is one of only three hospitals in the state that contains a physical rehab unit; if the unit were to close, people in need of the kind of aid it offers would need to turn to local nursing homes with subacute care or travel to Burlington or Windsor.

The federal government has recently indicated it will trim Medicare reimbursements for inpatient rehabilitation. And Medicare covers most patients the unit serves. Patients who feel the additional expense of a hospital stay is worth the cost are encouraged to make their feelings known before the hospital board of directors meets later this month and the closure will be under consideration. Although the meeting is private, your letter to hospital president and CEO Thomas Huebner may play an important role in the board's deliberations.


Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27 - Open Studio Weekend is an opportunity to visit with local artists in their workspaces or enjoy demonstrations in the Chaffee Art Center.

Tuesday, May 29 - College of St. Joseph 5K XC series provides an opportunity to run or walk for fun on a course across a mixture of fields and woods. Register online or at Rutland Recreation Godnick office, or onsite. Call 773-1853.

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