WATER & SEWER
Individual and business efforts to reduce their water use may end
up driving up the price they pay. Billed water usage dropped about
10 percent from fiscal year 2008 to 2012, 75,939,100 cubic feet to
66,989,300. Sounds good, but water and sewer funds also dropped,
creating a combined deficit of $165,000 in FY2012.
A rate study calls for a 6.6 percent increase in the water rate,
14.9 in sewer treatment, and 20.2 in sewer maintenance. That would
cost the average Rutland family $7.87 a month, a 10.9 percent
100 PERCENT PRINCIPAL
The West Rutland School Board recently voted to increase Joseph
Fleming's contract as principal from interim to full-time, or from
80 to 100 percent and to contract with him through the upcoming
school year, through June 30, 2014. The decision is less than
Former principal Juanita Burch-Clay continues to sue the board,
specific board members, and principal over her firing over the
A small house at 629 Main Street will be demolished sometime this
winter as part of a town project to help alleviate traffic near the
high school and public library. With the structure gone, the town
may open up a second lane of traffic, converting High Steet to a
The fire department has dreamed of making High a two-way street
for years; its current one-way status has long been a source of
anxiety for emergency planners. Improving the street is also a boon
to teachers and students who use the school parking lot, enabling
them to turn left onto High and then onto Main, rather than winding
through residential neighborhoods.
Dewey Avenue's rehab was expected to be complete this week, ahead
of schedule thanks to prime weather conditions and speedy work by
Jack Bowen Excavating. The road had been squeezed down to one lane
for more than a year and a half, since a landslide collapsed under
it a few weeks before tropical storm Irene.
• The Rutland Area Farm & Food Link recently
closed out its Grow-A-Row program with the observation that it had
collected more than 14,000 pounds of fresh food, gleaned at 18 area
farms, and distributed donations to 21 local charities. The program
also benefits farmers, providing a way to easily donate surplus
produce. "In the midst of a busy growing season, this program makes
the difference between composting our extra produce and donating it
to help our community," Ryan Wood-Beauchamp of Evening Song Farm
told the folks at RAFFL.
• The Palms Restaurant recently hosted a benefit
to raise funds to aid communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The
non-profit Restoring Rutland organization, organized the concert
that featured DanK and The Funksticks and Rick Redington and The
Luv. Money raised is going to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation,
initially created to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who
died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attack, and continues to
assist wounded soldiers and New York City firefighters and police
officers. The foundation has refocused part of its attention on
Hurricane Sandy victims, working with people who are trying to
rebuild on Staten Island. Restoring Rutland will continue to accept
donations for the foundation through the end of the year.
• The eagerly anticipated Wonderfeet children's
museum in downtown Rutland has moved closer to reality thanks to a
$20,000 donation from Green Mountain Power. All the Rutland
Creative Economy folks need now is $5,000 more to use as a match
when they apply for a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts
grant. A children's museum was one of the items that Creative
Economy participants ranked high as a community need, both to
educate children and to provide an additional tourist destination
for stimulating the local economy. Eventually, they envision it as
growing into a facility as important as the Montshire Museum of
Science in Norwich.
• Green Mountain Power expects to be part of
creating the museum with input from GMP's planned Energy Innovation
Center, currently under construction in the former Eastman's
building on Merchants Row. Museum exhibits have been open primarily
during the summer Friday Night Live series.
Fabian Earth Moving of West Rutland for completing 75 years in
business, let alone their great contributions to the community at
Mill River varsity cheerleaders Leslie Hixon, Anna Baker, Tara
Conover and Gage Greeno for taking part in the Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade in New York City, and to freshman Shania Perham for
being in the Philadelphia Dunkin' Donuts parade. They were each
chosen to participate in the parades at a Universal Cheerleading
Association camp in New York during the summer by recruiters from
Spirit of America Productions.
Garland Mason for becoming coordinator for the Rutland Area Farm
and Food Link's New Farmer Initiative. He is also starting his own
farm in Tinmouth.
On the positive side, the annual Christmas tree lighting in Depot
Park marked the official beginning of the holidays. This year's
celebration began with seven decorated trees - sponsored by The
Palms Restaurant, Walmart, the Rutland Regional Medical Center,
Green Mountain Power, the Community College of Vermont, Pyramid
Holistic Center, and the Rutland Herald -- rather than the sole
tannenbaum of years past. Hopes are for even more trees in the
Children met Santa Claus at the Paramount Theatre, turned in their
Christmas wish lists, and followed Saint Nick to Depot Park to see
the trees lit up.
The community mourns the loss of criminal defense attorney Matt
Harnett. He had been a partner in the offices of Lorentz, Lorentz,
and Harnett. Complications from lymphoma treatment at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center caused his death.
Stafford Technical Center's Cosmetology Program has officially
opened its Bellezza Salon to the public. The full-service,
student-run salon offers haircuts, color, permanents, nail
services, facials, waxing, and more. It's open Tuesday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 770-1055 for an appointment.
Rutland Youth Theatre will present Annie at the Paramount Theatre
Dec. 14 & 15. Purchase tickets at the Paramount.
Fencing just began at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St., on
Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. It runs through the end of March. The
Godnick also hosts adult fitness strength training Tuesdays and
Thursdays, and integrative yoga on Wednesdays.
Winter adult volleyball begins Sunday, December 9, at Rutland
The Rock Climbing Center offers classes beginning in January,
levels 1 through 6. Call the Rutland Recreation and Parks
Friday, Dec. 7 - Tap is not confined to mobs of cute girls and a
few boys in twinkly outfits. It's gone industrial. See for yourself
when Tap Dogs comes to the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Call
775-0903 for tickets to all Paramount events.
Saturday, Dec. 8 - Country rock harmonies and Southern pop took
all-male band Sister Hazel to 40 weeks on Billboard charts with the
1997-released 'All For You." Its performance is all for you at the
Paramount Theatre Saturday at 8.
Sunday, Dec. 9 - Tidings of great joy ring from the Paramount
Theatre stage at 3 p.m. when the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
presents its Holiday Pops concert that traditional and classical
movie of the season plus a salute to Woody Guthrie. It's the first
in a series of VSO Sunday matinee concerts, with successors to
follow in January and March.
Wednesday, December 12 - West Rutland School K-12 winter