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, 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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Dozens watched as crews began tearing down a dilapitated house in Rutland Monday. Green Mountain Power is teaming up with officials in Rutland and many local businesses to build a brand new energy efficient home that will be given away in a new contest.
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In Rutland, demolition crews began tearing down a dilapidated three-story dwelling which will soon be replaced with a brand-new 1,500-square foot, energy-efficient New England-style farmhouse.

And if all goes according to plan, it’ll be given away to a lucky winner in a nationwide contest.

Abby Hawkins and Victoria Quint, both 18-year-old seniors at Rutland High School are organizing a "March for Our Lives" in downtown Rutland on March 24 to coincide with a national march that day in Washington DC.
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High school students in Rutland say calls for better gun control by survivors of last week's deadly high school shooting in Florida have pushed them into action.

A small group has begun organizing a protest event in downtown Rutland, and they want middle and high school students across Vermont to join them. 

Pittsford residents voted Thursday night on how they want to use a historic house and farm that's been donated to the community.
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About 70 people gathered at the Lothrop School in Pittsford Thursday night to winnow down a wish list: What to do with the old Forrest Farm, a historic house, barn and about twenty acres smack in the middle of town.

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As the Winter Olympics kicks off, the U.S. Women's cross-country ski team — including those with ties to Vermont like Ida Sargent, Jessie Diggins, Liz Stephen, Sophie Caldwell, Kaitlynn Miller, and Caitlin Patterson — is favored to bring home a number of medals.

Emma Griffith, a concierge with Stock the House, shops at the Rutland Area Food Co-op for a client on a ski vacation in Killington. Stock the House got its start last year in New Jersey, and expanded to Vermont in November.
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Travelers are increasingly booking accommodations in private residences through sites like Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway — but staying in someone else's house or condo means there’s no front desk to call when you need something.

Online concierge services have been springing up to fill that role, including one that recently expanded into Vermont.

A nearly finished 660 square foot cabin that Yestermorrow Design/Build School was hired to design and build.
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Imagine if you could hike, mountain bike or backcountry ski from one end of Vermont to the other — and stay in heated cabins along the trail.

That’s the vision of the Vermont Huts Association, a new nonprofit that wants to make the outdoors more easily accessible.

A close up shot of the twisted metal roof and chimney, just about all that remains of a cabin recently purchased by the Vermont Trust for Public Land. State police believe the fire was deliberately set last Tuesday.
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State police say arson is to blame for a fire that destroyed a remote $300,000 cabin overlooking the Chittenden Reservoir on Jan. 16. 

This 19th-century barn is located near Pittsford's town center. Baird and Betsy Morgan bought the barn, farmhouse and 20 acres of land last year and want to turn it into a community center.
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What if 20 picturesque acres of land in the center of your town became available, and you and your neighbors got to decide what to do with it?

Well that’s the question being asked in Pittsford, a town that straddles Route 7 between Rutland and Brandon.

A photo of the South Pond Cabin taken in July of 2017. The three bedroom, two bathroom log home was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening in Chittenden.
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State police are investigating a suspicious fire in Chittenden that was reported late afternoon Tuesday. The blaze destroyed a remote, and apparently empty log home surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest that conservationists were hoping to open to the public.

Jennifer Cohen, a long-time Rutland-area music and math teacher, has launched a new business, Calypso Consulting, that uses steel drums to foster team building, creativity and fun.
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For employers, team building is considered vital if you want to extract the best out of your workforce. To boost camaraderie, many businesses schedule day trips or special activities like high ropes courses, paintball or mock game shows. But Jennifer Cohen, a long time teacher in Rutland, is using music to enhance team building and communication skills.

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her slalom win Sunday at the World Cup in Killington.
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Fans roared as skier Mikaela Shiffrin took first in Sunday's slalom race and second in Saturday’s giant slalom at the World Cup ski races at Killington.

This weekend’s World Cup at Killington is expected to boost excitement among existing skiers. But one group also believes it can help create new skiers.

Colorful banners on Killington's access road tout the upcoming Women's World Cup races November 25-26. An estimated 30,000 people came to see the event last year.
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An estimated 30,000 people packed Killington last November to see the worlds fastest women go head to head in slalom and giant slalom.

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lengthy investigation by Reuters News identified thousands of U.S. communities with lead levels more than twice those found in Flint, Michigan, during that city's notorious water crisis — and several of those communities are in Vermont.

Robert Blaise says the peer drug counseling he took part in while he was in jail in Rutland has helped him stay clean since his release. He now meets weekly with his recovery coach and attends 12-step meetings at Rutland's Turning Point Center.
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In an effort to help the many Vermont inmates suffering from addiction before their release, a nonprofit in Rutland is trying something different: providing peer-to-peer counseling.

President Trump has appointed Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton to lead Vermont’s office of the Farm Service Agency.

Ryan Christiansen of Caledonia Spirits, Ben Whitcomb of the North Williston Cattle Company, Lisa Lorimer, former owner of the Vermont Bread Company, Allison Hooper, former owner of Vermont Creamery and Charles Storey of Harpoon Brewery spoke on a panel.
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Nearly a third of Vermont farms are run by someone over age 65, and according to a recent study by Land for Good, 91 percent of them don’t have someone younger ready to take over.

Joe Giancola, a prominent Rutland developer shakes hands with R. John Mitchell in front of former headquarters of the Rutland Herald. The Mitchell family owned the newspaper and the building that housed it for decades.
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Long time Rutland Developer Joe Giancola was the high bidder Friday morning when the historic headquarters of the Rutland Herald and several adjoining properties were auctioned off for $600,000 dollars.

An image from one of several 30-second ads Mondo Mediaworks has created as part of a $200,000 marketing campaign to attract new residents to Rutland County.
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Thirty-second ads touting Rutland have begun to air on cable TV networks in Burlington and Plattsburgh, Boston and Hartford and even Rutland.

The musical will be peformed in Rutland Saturday, Oct. 14 at the College of St. Josepph. The show will also travel to Dorset, Shrewsbury, Brandon and Middlebury.
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Quilts have historically been created out of left over scraps of fabric; pieces stitched together to create something both practical and beautiful.

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