To the Sabataso family and staff at The Palms Restaurant, recently
celebrating the business's 80th anniversary.
To the Rutland Free Library for a successful weekend of
Mini-gold Madness. An estimated 250 individuals putted their way
through the 18 holes set up both upstairs and down among the
stacks. About 100 adults tackled the course the first day it was
open, while about 150 children came in the following day. The event
gave the library an opportunity to display its many uses.
To chef Stephen Sawyer and his Table 24 Restaurant for being
showcased in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America, a
386-page coffee table book. Honorees were chosen as the result of
telephone interviews with their peers.
To Greg Cox, recently honored by the Rutland South Rotary Club
for his spearheading the creation and development of the Vermont
Farmers Food Center.
ART OF PRACTICE
The Chaffee Art Center has been hosting the exhibit The Art of
Practice, work by ten members of the North Chittenden Women's Art
Collective. Bonnie Baird, Althea Bilodeau, Marion Campbell, Julie
Fredette, M. Elizabeth Holland, Jane Kilik, Gabrielle
McDermit, Kathryn Milillo, Jeannie Podolak, and Elizabeth
Sojourner all have work in the show. It will remain on display in
the Chaffee's downtown gallery, 75 Merchants Row, until Saturday,
WONDERFEET SEEKS HOME
The Wonderfeet Children's Museum is looking for a permanent
location so that it can develop into a regional destination. Among
its potential locations are the Mintzer property on Strongs Avenue,
and the Vermont Farmers Food Center on West Street. It has also
been considering the former Book King store front on Merchants Row.
Also in planning are new exhibits, one with a history theme, the
other on robotics, possibly supported by General Electric. And
monetary support is coming in the form of an April 30 pig roast
fundraiser, planned by Roots the Restaurant and Earth Waste
Systems. To donate or volunteer, visit
Mount St. Joseph Academy recently hosted the high school One-Act
Play Festival, with plays from Mill River, Otter Valley, and Mount
Abraham union high schools and People's Academy High School entered
as well as its own entry Irene, a production based on local
peoples' experienced by the 2011 tropical storm and subsequent
flooding. Otter Valley's Walking Stick Theatre group is going on to
the state finals will represent our area at Randolph April 5 and
State regulatory officials have approved a pipeline that would
bring natural gas to our region, entering the state at Highgate to
travel south to Middlebury and then Rutland. Business leaders tout
the low cost energy it would provide, benefiting farmers as well as
manufacturers. Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce executive vice
president Tom Donahue recently spoke at a meeting in Hinesburg,
describing the pipeline as an "important investment" for the
western corridor. The pipe would cross Chittenden and Addison
counties and enable the company to provide natural gas to
International Paper Co. in Ticonderoga, NY.
Other people are not so sure that the pipeline is a benefit,
expressing concerns that it presents a "safety and ecological
disaster in the making." The environmentalist coalition Rising Tide
Vermont claims hypocrisy on the part of Vermont, banning fracking
while desiring to bring in natural gas produced by fracking;
opponents say that natural gas is not "clean energy." On Sept. 11
there will be a public hearing in Middlebury.
One dream builds on another for some people. Wallingford's Bethany
Bosch is dreaming of swimming the English Channel, a 21-mile
stretch of frigid water between England and France, an ordeal that
is expected to take 18 hours in the water, scheduled for September
2014. She has already swum eight miles in Lake Champlain in 2010 as
a fundraiser for the Greater Burlington's YMCA aquatic programs,
and 10 miles in Lake Memphremagog for the Kingdom Swim in both 2011
Partnering with Natalie Boyle of non-profit Intrepid Adventures,
Bosch benefited from an evening of dining and dancing in downtown
Rutland recently, raising both funds for her swim and awareness of
Boyle's dream of an aquatic center in Rutland. Thanks to Three
Tomatoes and Merchants Hall for hosting the event, and to featured
performers Rick Redington, Gypsy Reel and Extra Stout.
PUBLIC EDUCATION VOTE
Rutland Town voters recently nixed their school budget by a 255 to
229 count. Their vote was a second-time around, after voters
defeated the initially proposed budget by 470-457. Although only
about half the number voted in the second election (484 to 936) and
the budget had decreased by $128,036, the re-vote lost by a greater
margin than the budget vote had received on Town Meeting Day (a
26-vote difference compared to a 22-vote discrepancy).
On the surface, it would seem that there is a geographical
component to the vote results. Voters living east of Route 7,
voting at the school, narrowly approved the budget, 185-184, but
those living west of Route 7, voting at the town hall, rejected the
measure, 71 to 44.
The select board's members worry what else can be trimmed out of
the budget and what else can be deleted without affecting
Clarendon first constable Rick Wilbur recently resigned his law
enforcement post because he has been elected to the town's select
board. The new select board chose Michael Klopchin as board
chairman and Robert Bixby as board clerk, while appointing Linda
Trombley as administrative assistant.
The Clarendon select board
also committed to an "experiment" in the town road crew's work
schedule, planning a work week of 10-hour days Monday through
Thursday, while being on call Fridays. A town meeting exit poll
resulted in a nearly even division between those who wanted to stay
at the present Middle Road location and those who favored a new
The town is getting a new truck with which to plow its roads
next winter. After a $21,000 trade-in from an older town truck, the
cab and chassis costs $57,665 from Clark's Truck Center in Jericho,
with a body, plow and hydraulic system costing $62,597 from Tenco
New England of Barre.
HOME BUILDING AWARDS
Stafford Technical Center's construction technology program won
recognition from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of
Southern Vermont recently, winning the category Single Family Home
under 2,000 Square Feet. Other local winners included Timber
Post & Beam Homes of North Clarendon, for the category
Residential Renovation-Addition; and Harrington Custom Building of
West Rutland, for the category Energy Efficiency New Home.
Glendenning, LLC of Wallingford was among the recipients of an
award for its participation.
Christ the King School will receive new sidewalks and ramps,
partially funded by moneys from the Vermont secretary of state's
office. The school is receiving $5,000 to become more accessible
because it is a polling site for the city's Southeast Rutland is
one of 11 municipalities in the state to receive funds for polling
JAVA NEWS CLOSES
Java News, that little coffee shop on the ground floor of the Asa
Bloomer building, has closed as owners Tom and Verna Navin retire.
The couple had hoped to sell the business but placing it on the
market had brought no buyers.