IHOP hopping into Rutland?
Pancake lovers, your future looks brighter, with promises that,
Rutland may soon host an IHOP. If all the pieces fall in place,
Handy Family Enterprises, owner of Vermont's sole IHOP (in South
Burlington), will buy Rutland's Midway Diner. The 3.52-acre parcel
will be subdivided, with the front 1.6 acres, behind the Midway
Mobil, including the diner and its parking area to be sold, while
the 1.92 acres to the east remaining undeveloped.
Current owners for the Midway are Frank Trombetta Jr. and John
Valente. If the Development Review Board approves the sale at a
June 6 hearing and the Handy folks obtain funding, the purchase is
likely to take place. Then the exterior would receive a facelift to
match the IHOP look, with "stone" front corners and portico
columns, a blue metal roof, new front doors, and IHOP signage.
Although the building footprint won't change, its interior will,
with additional seating increasing its capacity from 126 to
A few years ago, the Handy family had intended to erect a 150-seat
IHOP on Route 7 South, next to the Ponderosa Restaurant, but the
permitting process dragged on. By the time the Handys had snagged
an Act 250 permit; they were not interested in building at the
Rehab unit closing
So long to the physical rehab unit at Rutland Regional Medical
Center, snipped from the hospital's budget and scheduled to close
October 1. Patients and staff, unfortunately, will be the losers in
Closing the unit will eliminate about 40 employees. It was one of
the state's three in-hospital acute care rehabilitation facilities,
which makes the closing that much more unfortunate.
Restoration effort brings recognition
Honoring Katye Robare Munger and her fellow Restoring Rutland
founders, the Rutland High graduating class decided to ask Munger
to be their commencement speaker this spring. She graduated from
RHS in 2002.
New owners take the reigns at Café Terra
Kerrilee Knights and Ryan Dixon recently purchased Café Terra on
Center Street in Rutland. The couple plans to include more
sandwiches and wrap options and soups made of mostly local
In addition to expanding the menu, the couple has other plans to
encourage locals to use their new business. They are inviting
groups and businesses to use their space for meeting and small
events; they also plan to host live music, rotating artwork, a
book-share and other activities.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4
Educational camps for 7-8 graders
Current 7th and 8th graders may spend July 2 through 13 learning
basic construction in a free 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. overview at
Stafford Tech. Coordinated by John Bixby, electrical/plumbing
instructor at Stafford Tech, the course integrates safety
instruction, heavy equipment operations, visits to job sites,
building a special project, and an introduction to all aspects of
the construction trades. Students receive safety equipment and
tools plus tours of participating contractors. Call 770-1050.
Stafford Tech also offers a one-week arts and technology camp and
weeklong theme camps. Arts and Technology Camp (June 25-29)
introduces students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 to programs at
Stafford including Cabinet Making/Construction, Culinary Arts,
Digital Arts, Forestry & Horticulture, Forensics and Law
Enforcement, Human Services, Music, and Metal Arts. Theme camps
(July 9-13) look at career opportunities: entrepreneurship
including a business plan, product creation and marketing; ecology
and natural communities; SCI investigations; fun with food; music
performance; and digital photography. Bus pick-up is available.
On the job
Phillip Fernandez resigned his job as head of the 118-bed Rutland
jail (Marble Valley Correctional Facility) recently, beginning a
new position as case manager overseeing an inmate re-entry program
for the Rutland Probation and Parole Office. Assistant
Superintendent Thomas Giffin has stepped in as interim Rutland jail
superintendent while the position is advertised.
Bill Shouldice plans to leave his current position of president and
CEO of the Vermont Country Store, saying his goals are accomplished
and he intends to become an entrepreneur. He will leave at the end
of the calendar year, having headed up the catalog and retail firm
for seven years.
Sat.-Sun., June 9-10 - Crowley Brothers sixth annual Sport and
Fitness Expo in Rutland Middle School Keefe Gymnasium starting at
10 a.m. The 36th annual Crowley Brothers Memorial 10K (also a
certified marathon and 5K point to point) Road Race begins at 8
a.m. the following day, Proctor to Rutland. Call 558-2328.
Saturday, June 9 - Vermont Center for Dance Education annual
recital, -directed by Stefania Nardi, on The Paramount stage. 2
p.m. Call 775-0903.
Tuesday, June 12 - Summer Sunset 5K Running Series at Pine Hill
Park at Giorgetti Park. 6:30 p.m. 773-1853.