Mon, Sep 5, 2011 12:16 PM
Thanks to all who helped their neighbors and the community
at large to confront the issues left from tropical storm Irene.
Rutland High became a temporary Red Cross shelter. Newly opened
Lagasse's Hearthside Grille kept extra long hours to feed emergency
workers. Casella Waste Management has been delivering donated
supplies, working with the freshly created Restoring Rutland group
that collects those basic necessities at 34 Strongs Ave. and Christ
the King School at Killington Avenue and South Main St. Want to
volunteer? Check in with the folks at 34 Strongs.
Rebuilding the community is going to take a while.
Lowlying areas like Meadow Street Playground likely will contain
debris for quite some time. Otter Creek crested at 17.21 feet,
nearly four feet about its 1938 flood level (no gauge existed for
the 1927 flood). First priority is making sure that people and
animals have food and water, and that roads are passable. One of
the small things everyone can do is to drain any buckets, paint
cans, or other containers of standing water; each may otherwise
become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Singer/researcher Linda Radtke brings music from the
Vermont Historical Society archives to the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute of Rutland for a 1:30 p.m. program on Vermont music
traditions Friday, September 9, at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer
St. For details, call 446-2041 or 492-2300.
The 4th annual Walk to end Alzheimer's starts at Rutland's
Main Street Park at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10. All are
welcome to take part, regardless of age or ability. Call Mary Lou
Morrissette at 747-3426 or (866) 747-7168.
Don Ross's "Stone, Water, Metal" photography precedes
SculptFest 11, with the display opening at 4:00 p.m. Saturday,
September 10, in the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, 636
Marble St., West Rutland. The opening reception begins at 5:00 with
the Fine Art Raffle, with drawing at 7:00 p.m. Call 438-2097 for
The Vermont Dining Train rolls again on Sunday, September
11. You eat a four course meal in an authentic Pullman Dining Car
as your train rolls through scenic Vermont countryside. Call
Former faculty and staff of Christ the King School are
invited to join their current counterparts in celebration of the
school's 125th anniversary at an 11:00 a.m. mass Sunday, September
11, followed by a barbeque on the school grounds. Call Betsy Morgan
at the CKS main office, 773-0500, to reserve your
Learn to mediate lead paint in a certification class (RRP)
through the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern
Vermont in an all-day class at FW Webb in Rutland, 30981 Cold River
Rd., Tuesday, September 13. The class runs 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call 773-0672 to find out more.
Central Vermont Eye Care hosts the Rutland Region Chamber
of Commerce September mixer Tuesday evening at 5:00. Call 773-2747
to learn the details.
Want to help provide the needs of people who are homeless?
Meet with service professionals and community members to plan,
coordinate and deliver housing and other services. Come to the
Rutland City Police Department on Wales Street at noon, Thursday,
September 15. Call 775-9286 for details.
Rutland Middle School plans an open house for parents and
teachers to meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September
Vermont Rail Systems is asking the town of West Rutland to
close Barnes Street to vehicles, with the idea that decreasing the
number of available street crossings would help prevent accidents,
especially with the train's anticipated speed-up. However, the
street connects neighborhoods with the school and Route 4A; most
locals seem to believe that Barnes is not a mere "redundant
crossing" but an important part of daily life.
Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) has purchased
Omya's Vermont Marble Power Division, bringing the smaller
utility's 875 customers into the CVPS pool. The $29.25 million buy
includes hydroelectric production facilities on Otter Creek and
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the Garofano family, losing
two family members when a river bank gave way.
Dr. Arabella Bull-Stewart, a physiatrist who helps people
recover from serious injury and surgery, has joined the staff of
Rutland Regional Medical Center. An osteopath, she is also
certified in acupuncture. In addition to working at the hospital,
she will work with the Vermont Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and at
out-patient rehab locations.
Congratulations to Rachel Ingalls of Rutland who recently
graduated with not one, but two bachelor's degrees from Virginia
Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
Bring your vocal talents to hospice and other patients in
the Rutland area by joining the Trillium chorus, the hospice
program of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association &
Hospice (RAVNAH). Find out more by calling Nancy Birdsall at
Rutland's annual Harvest Fest will include a birthday
party for the original Rutland, encompassing not only Rutland City
and Rutland Town but also West Rutland and the southern part of
today's Proctor. The celebration of the original town's charter 250
years ago will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday,
Local doctors Bruce Bullock and Seth Coombs are switching
their practice to a "concierge medicine" model, charging annual
fees to their whittled down client roster.
The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) celebrates
local farms and food with its annual Twilight in the Meadow. This
year, Twilight rises at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, on
Hathaway Farm in Rutland Town, with a raw bar of New England
oysters and clams, farm tours, and locally sourced cuisine from
chef Sissy Hicks. Bid on auction items while you eat followed by
mingling to music as the moon rises.
As the Rutland area cleans up after Irene's visit, you
have to marvel at the community-wide cooperation. Say your thanks
to the many people and organizations that have given so freely of
themselves and their resources. The Rutland Region Chamber of
Commerce kept its office throughout the holiday weekend to
answer calls for assistance and pass along information. Grace
Church in Rutland held a supper for volunteers and victims. The
Vermont Rail System repaired washed out track beds sp that
gasoline, oil, riprap, and other supplies could reach our
community. The Casella company voluntarily located replacement
water pipe and helped bring the necessaries to those in need. The
Vermont State Fair people helped recreate a feeling of normalcy for
the Labor Day weekend and the following week, although the tractor
pulls had to be set aside. The folks who put together the Restoring
Rutland effort and all those who set aside part of their businesses
to help collect and deliver food and clothing all deserve a