Nina Keck


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, working in Washington, D.C., and Germany. While in Germany, she also worked as a stringer for Marketplace. 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. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. 

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Guy Mendilow Ensemble

The Rutland Jewish Center is presenting a free concert Sunday highlighting music inspired by a centuries old Judeo-Spanish culture known as Ladino.

When the Jews were forced out of Spain in the late 1400s, they scattered and resettled in Greece, Turkey, Morocco, the Balkans and beyond. In each adopted home, the language, food, customs and songs of these Sephardic Jews retained their identity – yet they also absorbed elements of their new surroundings.

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Phoenix Books will open a 2,400-square-foot store in downtown Rutland by September. City officials say it's the latest step in collaborative efforts to revitalize the city.

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Ken Burns’ latest documentary on the history of cancer has generated a lot of media buzz around a disease that touches nearly everyone. Hospitals across the country are showing shortened versions of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to jumpstart community discussions about the illness.

Rutland will host a screening and discussion session Tuesday night.

Grace Church

Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church will play host to three Vermont choirs and more than a dozen musicians Sunday for an evening of gospel music.

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Technology is becoming increasingly important in education. But smaller enrollments, shrinking budgets and rural infrastructure have made incorporating technology more difficult for some schools than others.

In the final of our series on declining enrollment, we take a look at the role technology plays in the classroom and the challenges schools have in harnessing it.

Okemo Mountain Resort

A number of ski resorts, including Suicide Six, Middlebury’s College Bowl, Pico, Q-Burke and Cochran’s, have all closed for the season, as have some Nordic centers. But thanks to all the snow and cold this winter, many other resorts remain open, with Killington promising lift service into June. 

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The hit and run death of Mary Jane Oatslay in Rutland two years ago, along with several other highly publicized pedestrian related traffic accidents, has brought the issue of pedestrian safety to the forefront in Rutland. And now the city is undertaking a pilot study to help make streets safer.

Rutland Herald

Rutland journalist Kendall Wild died yesterday at the age of 87. Wild spent 40 years as a reporter and later as editorial page editor for the Rutland Herald.

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Vermont’s Department for Children and Families has hired Jennifer Burkey to head up its Rutland District office. Burkey will be the fourth person to hold that position in less than a year.

Burkey is spending her first 3 to 6 months working alongside Interim District Director Beth Sausville. Sausville has been splitting her time since January heading up both Rutland’s and Bennington’s District DCF offices.

Vermont Department for Children and Families officials repeatedly refused to comment on Burkey’s hire, nor was she available for comment.

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Maple syrup producers use a lot of energy boiling sap. Efficiency Vermont, the statewide nonprofit funded by utility customers, hopes a new rebate program they’re launching will help smaller maple producers save energy and boost profits.