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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 hosts an opening reception for its annual SculpFest at 5 p.m. Saturday, Septe. 8, at the Carving Studio. The stone's dedication and SculpFest also coincide with the Carving Studio's 25th anniversary celebration.

The "Heritage Wall" is a work in progress, as more names continue to be added to its roster in the future. It was one of the projects conceived by the Dimensions of Marble campaign a few years back; a similar commemorative stone is also in the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor.

Nearly 100 individuals gathered on a recent Saturday to raise funds for efforts to help prevent child abuse. The local contingent was taking part in a "Walk to End Child Abuse," following a three-mile course from the Howe Center through Rutland.

Congress recently observed that the dome that links the House to the Senate is leaking and noted that a thorough rehab would be expensive, perhaps as much as $61 million. Few noted, however, the history that ties Rutland to the story of the dome, completed during the Civil War with much credit going to Vermont Senator Solomon Foot, chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Foot joined President Abraham Lincoln in viewing the dome's completion as a symbol of the reuniting of the country that would come after the war concluded. Foot's political skill was often called into play to keep the work going on the project, completed December 2, 1863, when the last part of the Statue of Freedom was set and secured in place.

Delays in opening a planned methadone clinic may cost the city of Rutland its federal funding for the project. Over the next two years, the feds could kick in 90 cents for every dollar spent on the clinic in Rutland and on opiate treatment centers in Burlington. No one seems sure of how much money Vermont may lose if the clinic does not open on time.

Initial projects called for a start-up date of October 1, but that projection appears unrealistic even though the date is nearly a month away. The site the clinic will occupy, Building 10 at the Howe Center, is vacant, but finding it took a big bite out of the allowable time built into the project's Medicaid funding.

A new cooling system and wiring will make the West Rutland town hall auditorium more usable through the hot weather season, courtesy of the Friends of the Town Hall. Smalley Contractors expects to complete the project, installing the new AC units over the stage before November.

Thanks to the good folks who donated more than $144,000 to enable the project.

Construction in historic structures often turns up interesting bits of history. This project is no exception. Among the finds are old musical scores, school production booklets, and other ephemera that were delivered to the town historical society.

Saturday, Sept. 9 - Participants in the Walk to End Alzheimers meet at Main Street Park in Rutland at 9 a.m., and start walking at 10. Call 316-3839.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Stafford Technical Center, 8 Stratton Rd., hosts the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce's September mixer, beginning at 5 p.m. It's a great opportunity to sample work by students in Stafford's culinary arts program. Call 773-2747.
Thursday, Sept. 13 - Holder of five Grammy Awards, two CMA awards, and two Academy of Country Music awards, singer Mary Chapin Carpenter performs at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., at 8 p.m. Call 775-0903.

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