Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:20 PM
12-year-old girl Skypes with NASA weekly
Congratulations to 12-year-old Christ the King School student Rory
Carrara who has been spending part of her summer in the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration Girls program, a five-week
program that links female middle school students with women working
in space technology. She was one of 80 students who were accepted
into the program - of more than 1,300 applicants.
Mentoring Carrara is Jennifer Rocca, an aerospace engineer from
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The two meet once
a week via video-chat on Skype to talk about a variety of
Carrara's science teacher, Tom Estill, introduced her to the NASA
program. Before teaching at Christ the King, he had spent six years
as an aerospace education specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Maryland.
Estill's students at CTK grew tomato seeds for
the Canadian Space Agency and helped the operators of a weather
satellite calibrate the satellite's sensors this year.
Eileen Gannette recently acquired the former Whistle Stop Corner
Restaurant in Clarendon. She paid out $70,000 for it at a
foreclosure auction. Plans are to renovate the 1914 railroad depot
and caboose before leasing it as a restaurant. The restaurant most
recently in the building had closed earlier this year.
A statewide tax credit program is saving property owner Mark Foley
some 14 percent of the cost of renovating upper floors in two
Merchants Row buildings to accommodate the new Home Service Store.
The project has earned a $46,500 state tax credit from the Downtown
and Village Center Designation effort applies against the $320,000
project. Foley's project is one of 31 taking place in 20 Vermont
downtowns, receiving nearly $2 million in recently announced tax
credits, assisting in some $18 million of construction
Downtown Rutland Partnership executive director Mike Coppinger
touted the restoration, claiming it to be a "resurrection of a
space," part of which had been too dilapidated to use, and "adding
to the inventory downtown." Other projects that add to the value of
downtown commercial space include the $2.5 million renovation to
convert the former Eastman's building to Green Mountain Power's
Energy Innovation Center, and smaller projects that include Small
Dog Electronics and Griffin's Publick House, nearly $4 million in
the current year.
Lani's weekly calendar picks
Thursday, Aug. 15 - Beloved West Rutland School music
teacher Phil Henry performs concert on the West Rutland
Town Hall green. Bring non-perishable food items for the town food
shelf. 7 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 16 - Sat., Sept. 14 - Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main
St., Rutland, hosts the Vermont Historic Theater Scenery, an
exhibit on the restoration of Vermont theater curtains. See a
restored curtain from Chittenden, Vt., and a series of one-act
plays as the show runs.
Friday, Aug. 16-Saturday, Sept. 21 - Chaffee Downtown, 77 Merchants
Row, exhibits Labor of Love.