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School news

Stafford Technical Center student George Barry recently received statewide recognition for his poster on Entrepreneurship. The Rutland High junior took part in an annual poster competition that recognizes Entrepreneurship Week in Vermont.

Mill River Union High School recently hosted a regional one-act drama festival, part of a statewide competition. Mount St. Joseph Academy, Fair Haven Union High School, Arlington Memorial High School, Mount Abraham Union High School and Green Mountain Union High School each made presentations on the stage. This year was the second in a row that Mill River hosted the annual event; Rutland High also hosted one of the state's regional festivals earlier in the month.

West Street bridge work

Proposals are due Monday, March 26, for repairing the West Street Bridge, with construction expected to begin before August. Work is a complete rebuild, using only the existing girders and abutments. While the bridge is closed - two to three months - traffic diverts to Columbian Avenue and State Street; project cost is estimated to be $550,000 to $600,000, with the help of a $175,000 grant from the state.

Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award

The New England Association of Health Philanthropy (NEAHP) recently gave its Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award to William (Bill) H. Bannerman and Jeremiah (Jerry) Tarr. They co-chaired Rutland Regional Medical Center's recent capital campaign initiative to raise funds for a new linear accelerator in the Foley Cancer Center. The campaign surpassed the established goal of $1.25 million, raising an additional half million dollars.

Alder board president race

William Notte is running against incumbent David Allaire for the presidency of Rutland City's board of aldermen. Notte was recently elected to the board for his third term; Allaire, also re-elected, has served on the board for 14 years and been president for six of them. Notte is campaigning to build a stronger relationship between the city and City Hall; he decries the scarcity of candidates for the alder board and seeks greater transparency and use of social media and technology to communicate with city constituencies. Allaire touts his own leadership skills and voter confidence, as well as trust with various levels of city government.

In the recent election, Allaire received the greatest number of votes; Notte, the third highest.

Vermont farmers market board

Cris Phelps-Brown of Good Dog! Cookies is the new president for the Vermont Farmers Market, elected at the group's annual meeting. Also elected are Paul Hogan, vice president, from Foggy Meadow Farms; Sherry Smith, secretary, Riverside Farms; and Ralph Williams, treasurer.


A new water main break recently flooded the intersection of Woodstock Avenue and North Main Street in Rutland. Officials say it appears that the 133-year-old pipe gave way in the early evening. Without water overnight were Lagasse's restaurant, CVS pharmacy, and residences on Woodstock's north side between Main and Lafayette streets.

Changes in the city's water system delayed repair. The standard for water lines has expanded from 5 inches to 6, so finding the narrower line parts took some detective work. The city eventually located the necessary couplings in Latham, NY.


Saturday, March 24-Harmony in rhythm from The Shirelles and the Drifters at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St. 775-0903.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 - Sugarhouses across the state invite visitors for this year's Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. Satisfy your sweetness cravings; see maple syrup being made. Participants include Baird Farm, North Chittenden; Cross Road Sugar Co., Ira; and Sugar & Spice Restaurant & Gift Shop, Mendon.

Friday, March 23-The Chaffee Art Center opens the Bone Structures exhibit, work that depicts the human body. An opening reception follows on the 24th, complete with hors d'oeuvres, wine, and jazz. Curator is Michael Winslow, former director of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

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