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Dollar General stores planned for western Rutland County

CASTLETON—While Poultney waits to learn whether a Dollar General store will move in, one is under construction in Castleton. The steel will be placed in July and the store will have a soft opening in early September with an official opening celebration Sept. 24, according to Dan MacDonald, the company’s director of corporate communication. The Castleton store will offer customers 7,300 square feet of merchandise in a 9,100 square foot building, employing six to ten individuals, some full time and others part time.

Dollar General stores are meant to be convenience stores, close enough to each other that no customer has more than a 10-minute drive to reach one, MacDonald said. They are meant to be small neighborhood, “fill-in” stores, with customers entering, finding what they need, paying, and exiting in about 10 minutes. Other nearby Dollar General stores are already open in Fair Haven and in Whitehall and Granville, N.Y.

Disabled student’s mom blames Green Mountain College

POULTNEY—Christian Pezzino is permanently injured and disabled as the result of an injury he received while a student at Green Mountain College, an injury the school should have prevented, his mother, Sylvia Pezzino, contends. She has filed a federal lawsuit against the school for more than $75,000, as reported in the Rutland Herald. The college has moved for the suit to be dismissed.

The failure of campus security to prevent illegal substance use on campus — a violation of college rules — or to protect her son from the consequences of that use because of inadequate staffing, resulted in the 23-year-old’s imbibing wine laced with LSD during the college’s annual spring concert in 2014 and then jumping through a closed fourth-floor window in Ames Hall, according to Pezzino’s four-page brief.

Taken first to Rutland Regional Medical Center, the young man was then taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he was reported to be in critical condition. Most of the injuries were to his head. The lawsuit, filed this April, claims he is permanently dependent on others for care and supervision.

The college’s 15-page response states that it neither supplied the wine and illegal substances nor compelled Christian Pezzino to take them. The existence of a policy against them does not create a duty to keep them out of students’ hands, the college claims.

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