Nina Keck

Reporter

Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. Nina has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  In 2006, she won for her investigative reporting on VPR and in 2009 she won for her use of sound.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Interim Director At Rutland DCF Works To Restore Trust

Lynne Klamm is the new interim director of the Rutland district office of the Department for Children and Families.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

The office now has a new interim director, Lynne Klamm, who says keeping kids in the community safe is her number one priority. 

But with several investigations pending, she says providing stability to her staff and rebuilding trust within the community are also vital in moving the troubled agency forward. 

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VPR News
6:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Soccer Fans Savor World Cup On Big Screen At Rutland's Paramount

Brazil's World Cup team fills the huge high definition screen at Rutland's Paramount Theatre Tuesday. About 100 fans watched Germany rout Brazil 7-1 in a stunning semi-final.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

Bruce Bouchard, director of the Paramount, said they installed their high definition projection equipment last year initially to show the Metropolitan Opera. 

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VPR News
6:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Rutland Awarded $1.25 Million To Clean Up Blight And Boost Homeownership

Demolition equipment tears down a vacant apartment building in Rutland's northwest neighborhood. City officials announced a new $1.25 million effort to remove blighted properties and replace them with single family homes and green space.
Nina Keck VPR

It’s not often that a press conference includes tearing down a building. But city and state 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.

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VPR News
9:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Castleton Crackers Wins Top Food Award

Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Crackers and Ric Woods (l), Head Cheesemaker at Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company pose with Chef Dominique Ansel who hosted the sofi specialty food awards, June 30th in New York City.
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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.

Whitney Lamy began selling her homemade crackers in hand lettered brown paper bags at the Rutland Farmer’s market in 2008.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Rutland Putting History A Click Away

Volunteers Mickey Kelly and Clifford Griffin scan original civil war documents at the Rutland Historical Sciety.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

But a group of volunteers in Rutland is trying to change that and make their city’s history accessible anywhere.

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VPR News
6:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Generates Strong Reactions In Rutland

Reactions to Monday's Supreme Court decision at the Hobby Lobby store in Rutland have been strong and mixed.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

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VPR News
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Brandon Select Board Struggles To Trim Budget After Three Defeats

Officials in Brandon worry that not having a town budget in place for the start of the new fiscal year, will make staffing the town's popular Indepence Day activities more difficult.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

Officials in Brandon were hoping the third time would be the charm this week, but no such luck.  Voters overwhelmingly said no to a $3.2 million municipal budget. 

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.  “So I think people have just had it.”

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VPR News
8:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Despite Fewer Accidents, Rutland To Close Experimental Bike Lanes

Ted Shattuck of the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition points out an area on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland that has a high number of traffic accidents.
Nina Keck VPR

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.

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.

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VPR News
11:27 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Rutland's Brierre Faces Challenger for State's Attorney

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.

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 Chittenden County, specializing in sexual assault and child abuse cases.

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Vermont Edition
2:55 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Getting Wet Is Par For The Course At Trout School

Parent volunteer Jim Mirenda shows an insect to Renae Hale and Spencer Kulis, 6th graders from Manchester Elementary Middle School who were taking part in a Trout in the Classroom fieldtrip.
Nina Keck VPR

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. 

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.

On a recent afternoon, 40 sixth graders from MEMS spent close to two hours at the rocky headwaters of the Mettawee River in Dorset.

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