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There's a new restaurant in Rutland. Café Verde recently opened at 136 Strongs Ave., former site of NK Carpet Designs. The new business owner is Gary Maravalli, founder and former owner of Vermont Bagel Café.

Maravalli has seemingly transitioned from bagels to burritos, but Café Verde is no Mexican restaurant. Instead, the restaurant focuses on food that is healthful, fresh and fast: burritos, wraps, bowls, tacos, and salads, dine-in or take-out, always bearing in mind that customers may have only half an hour for a quick meal. Signature offerings include the Pico Teriyaki burrito with caramelized onions, broccoli, carrots, brown rice and a choice of meat or tofu in a sweet teriyaki sauce. Or customers can choose their own combinations using a variety of salsa, sauces, and dressing, and also opt for gluten-free. The menu includes side dishes and smoothies, served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. As warm weather begins, Maravalli is also considering opening for breakfast.


Linda Deforge has purchased Good Dog! Cookies and K-9 Skinny Chicken from Cris Phelps-Brown. She and Fletch Downing will be re-opening the business at the summer market in Depot Park on May 11. Charlie, a brown and white cocker spaniel, is the new face of the business but Cris will be working with DeForge, Downing, and Charlie at the market as the new owners adjust to their new venture.

The Wonderfeet children's museum is relocating to 17 Center Street, former home of Art and Antiques on Center, a property owned by Gus Louras. Downtown Rutland Partnership exec director Mike Coppinger recently praised the decision, saying that the museum will attract families, the demographic that DRP hopes to attract to downtown.

Greek sculptor Leonidas Chalepas spent a couple of days at Rutland Town School as artist-in-residence, discussing technique and aesthetic with the school's 300 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. They were to join him in visiting the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland, where he has been working for the past year. Their visit was scheduled to include a tour of historic quarries and industrial sites, as well as participation in stone carving demos and outdoor drawing workshops.

The community is invited to join in a farewell potluck for the artist on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 636 Marble St., West Rutland.

The Chaffee Art Center at 16 S. Main, Rutland, re-opens on May 3 to host artwork by students up through grade 8 as part of the annual student art show. Thanks to all the contractors, volunteer cleaning crews, and temporary desk help who worked together so that the work could continue on refurbishing the venerable building.

Having a gallery downtown has been successful enough that the Chaffee intends to keep its satellite display space open. Not only will the 75 Merchants Row site display artwork created by area high school students from May 3 through May 25, but the gallery already has a full schedule for the rest of 2013. Show openings attract a growing number of visitors, followed by a swelling stream of casual viewers during open hours.

Rutland High Science teacher Mike Stannard recently worked with Stafford Tech Forestry & Natural Resource program to teach students a Vermont tradition. Acquiring grant funds, a maple sugaring project purchased a wood-fired hobby evaporator, propane-fueled canner and sap buckets, while the Stafford program contributed working space, a brick-cutting saw, smokestack, and custom skid for evaporator transport, plus assembly for the evaporator and firewood.

The Stafford program used the sap boil to conclude a month-long study of maple syrup production art and science and sugarhouse evaluation. The 50-gallons of syrup produced is donated to the school's Culinary Arts program, for use in the Dollhouse Restaurant.

Leonard Knappmiller recently asked the Rutland Town Planning Commission for a permit to install 561 solar panels in a residential area, but didn't provide enough information to satisfy either the commission or the project's neighbors. Knappmiller owns nearly three acres of open land on West Proctor Road where he would like to set up the photovoltaic system, a larger one than any other in the area. The size of the project concerns the neighbors, and the way it intrudes on their view, as does the notion that Knappmiller does not live at the residence where the panels would be sited, and, therefore, would not be affected by the photo cells' appearance. The board has concerns with the project's visibility from the road, possible interference with a historic site, and potential fire hazards, requesting more info plus a visual layout for the project.

The city and the federal government have reached a temporary impasse on ownership of the former Courcelle Brothers U.S. Army Reserve Center building, 16 North Street Extension. After nearly a year, the federal government branches have not reached agreed-upon goals. The National Parks Service, overseer of public buildings, was to tell the Army when NPS had completed its part of the process. Apparently that communication has not occurred, so the Army cannot cancel contracts on the building it vacated some months ago, and, until that takes place, Mayor Chris Louras won't be able to pick up the keys. There is no point to signing the paperwork to give the city "constructive possession" without having the keys, Louras has said.

Once the changeover is complete, the city's Recreation & Parks Department will be able to move offices and programs into the one-time military training facility. It will be a nice change for the folks of the Rec Department, who are currently occupying every available crevice in the Godnick Adult Center.

Friday, May 3 - Chaffee Art Center's Annual Student Art Show opens, featuring work by local youth enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade or home schooled. Work by students up to 8th grade is on display at Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-0356.  High school artwork is on exhibit at Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row, 775-0062.
Saturday, May 4 - Celebrate local car racing at the Devil's Bowl Dowtown Fan Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Merchants Row. Meet the drivers, see the cars, and get ready for the new season. Call 235-3112 for more info.
Saturday, May 4 - SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody laughs its way onto the Paramount stage, along with naughty musical numbers, and re-imagined characters from the popular book. 7 p.m. 775-0903.
Sunday, May 5 - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Rutland County Post 648 bring you Rutland's 50th annual Loyalty Day Parade at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 - The 2nd Wednesday Community Cinema offers The Revolutionary Optimists, a documentary of young people transforming their lives and their city in Calcutta. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., 7 p.m.,

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