Nina Keck http://digital.vpr.net en New Interim Director At Rutland DCF Works To Restore Trust http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-interim-director-rutland-dcf-works-restore-trust <p>The Rutland district office of the Department for Children and Families has come under intense scrutiny following the death of a Poultney toddler in February.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The office now has a new interim director, Lynne </span>Klamm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who says keeping kids in the community safe is her number one priority.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nina Keck 30482 at http://digital.vpr.net New Interim Director At Rutland DCF Works To Restore Trust Soccer Fans Savor World Cup On Big Screen At Rutland's Paramount http://digital.vpr.net/post/soccer-fans-savor-world-cup-big-screen-rutlands-paramount <p>While many soccer fans have been shouting at their televisions from the comfort of their living rooms, hundreds of World Cup enthusiasts have been watching recent matches in high definition on a 30-by-24 foot screen at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre.</p><p>Bruce Bouchard, director of the Paramount, said they installed their high definition projection equipment last year initially to show the Metropolitan Opera.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:28:43 +0000 Nina Keck 30469 at http://digital.vpr.net Soccer Fans Savor World Cup On Big Screen At Rutland's Paramount Rutland Awarded $1.25 Million To Clean Up Blight And Boost Homeownership http://digital.vpr.net/post/rutland-awarded-125-million-clean-blight-and-boost-homeownership <p>It’s not often that a press conference includes tearing down a building. But city and state&nbsp;officials gathered in Rutland Monday to demolish the first of a number of blighted properties in the city’s northwest neighborhood. The event kicks off a $1.25 million renewal project aimed at boosting property values, lowering crime and encouraging homeownership.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:10:41 +0000 Nina Keck 30454 at http://digital.vpr.net Rutland Awarded $1.25 Million To Clean Up Blight And Boost Homeownership Castleton Crackers Wins Top Food Award http://digital.vpr.net/post/castleton-crackers-wins-top-food-award <p>For an actor there are few honors bigger than the Oscar. For a gourmet salsa or fine chocolate, the “sofi” is the award that gets the red carpet treatment. Sofi stands for specialty outstanding food innovation and Castleton Crackers was one of several Vermont food products to win the coveted prize.</p><p>Whitney Lamy began selling her homemade crackers in hand lettered brown paper bags at the Rutland Farmer’s market in 2008.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nina Keck 30420 at http://digital.vpr.net Castleton Crackers Wins Top Food Award Rutland Putting History A Click Away http://digital.vpr.net/post/rutland-putting-history-click-away <p>If you want to find out about your family history, there’s a lot of info on the web. But if the ancestral homestead or the great great grandparents you’re researching were in Vermont, chances are any photographs or documents will not be just a computer click away.</p><p>But a group of volunteers in Rutland is trying to change that and make their city’s history accessible anywhere.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Nina Keck 30401 at http://digital.vpr.net Rutland Putting History A Click Away Hobby Lobby Ruling Generates Strong Reactions In Rutland http://digital.vpr.net/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-generates-strong-reactions-rutland <p>A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that family-owned corporations don't have to pay for contraception services for employees as required by the Affordable Care Act. The case centered on the right to religious freedom. It was brought by Hobby Lobby a craft supply retailer, which has one store in Rutland.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:26:11 +0000 Nina Keck 30374 at http://digital.vpr.net Hobby Lobby Ruling Generates Strong Reactions In Rutland Brandon Select Board Struggles To Trim Budget After Three Defeats http://digital.vpr.net/post/brandon-select-board-struggles-trim-budget-after-three-defeats <p>Brandon’s Select Board will meet in an emergency session tonight to trim a budget that’s already been voted down three times by local residents.</p><p>Officials in Brandon were hoping the third time would be the charm this week, but no such luck.&nbsp; Voters overwhelmingly said no to a $3.2 million municipal budget.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Baker was among them. “Our tax rate is very high. There were people who put up 'vote no' signs this time that really amazed me,” said Baker.&nbsp; “So I think people have just had it.”</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Nina Keck 30294 at http://digital.vpr.net Brandon Select Board Struggles To Trim Budget After Three Defeats Despite Fewer Accidents, Rutland To Close Experimental Bike Lanes http://digital.vpr.net/post/despite-fewer-accidents-rutland-close-experimental-bike-lanes <p>Most every town has its “malfunction junction,” or assorted traffic headaches that drive people crazy. But as officials in Rutland recently found out, trying to fix those trouble spots can be an even bigger headache.</p><p>Woodstock Avenue is what you’ll take if you’re driving between Rutland and Killington. It’s part of U.S. Route 4, with four lanes, big trucks, a local high school and lots of densely packed businesses.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:06 +0000 Nina Keck 29989 at http://digital.vpr.net Despite Fewer Accidents, Rutland To Close Experimental Bike Lanes Rutland's Brierre Faces Challenger for State's Attorney http://digital.vpr.net/post/rutlands-brierre-faces-challenger-states-attorney <p>Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre is facing a challenge from within his own office. Former deputy prosecutor Rose Kennedy announced today she is running for the job.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kennedy worked as a deputy prosecutor in Rutland for the last 12 months. Before that, she spent seven years as a deputy state’s attorney in </span>Chittenden<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County, specializing in sexual assault and child abuse cases.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:27:43 +0000 Nina Keck 29682 at http://digital.vpr.net Getting Wet Is Par For The Course At Trout School http://digital.vpr.net/post/getting-wet-par-course-trout-school <p>If you want to teach middle school students about water cycles, fish habitat and the impact of pollution, you can make those lessons a lot more fun if you raise real fish, go to an actual stream and let students get wet in the process.&nbsp;</p><p>Trout Unlimited has a nationwide program called Trout in the Classroom that tries to do just that. A number of Vermont schools take part including Manchester Elementary Middle School, better known as MEMS.</p><p>On a recent afternoon, 40 sixth graders from MEMS spent close to two hours at the rocky headwaters of the Mettawee River in Dorset.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:55:21 +0000 Nina Keck & Ric Cengeri 29558 at http://digital.vpr.net Getting Wet Is Par For The Course At Trout School