Rutland

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In the 19th century, Rutland flourished as the local marble industry thrived. But now it faces a shrinking population and a host of challenges, including lack of affordable housing and high lead levels in the city's children. Dave Allaire served on Rutland's Board of Alderman for 19 years before defeating incumbent mayor Chris Louras in March.

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.

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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.

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.

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program has offices in Colchester, pictured here, and in Rutland. Director Amila Merdzanovic says the effect of President Donald Trump's cap on U.S. refugee admissions will be felt in Vermont and across the U.S.
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President Donald Trump has capped U.S. refugee admissions for fiscal year 2018 at 45,000 people.

Amila Merdzanovic, director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, says the effects of that reduction will be felt in Vermont and across the country.

Two people bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail last year. Bike paths were one topic brought up at a recent forum held by the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative in Rutland, along with other outdoor recreation activities.
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Outdoor recreation brings in $2.5 billion a year in consumer spending in Vermont, but many believe the state could bring in even more.

Cape Air planes on the tarmac at Boston Airport. Airline officials say they've gotten many requests from people in the northeast to carry hurricane relief items to Puerto Rico and other islands recently hit hard by hurricanes.
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Many think of Cape Air, which provides passenger service to Rutland and other northeastern cities, as a New England carrier. But the airline also serves Puerto Rico and The US and British Virgin Islands, areas hard hit by recent hurricanes.

An acre-and-a-half block is available in downtown Rutland, and that got us thinking: What would people in the area like to see fill the space?
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It’s not often an-acre-and-a-half of contiguous downtown real estate is available all at one time. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Rutland.

An oversized metal robot greets those who enter Mac Equipment and Steel in Rutland. The sculpture was made by Jed Danyow, a local welder who says when he's not fixing large machinery, he loves to make art with what's in the yard.
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If you've driven passed Mac Equipment and Steel in Rutland recently, you've probably noticed the growing collection of statues out front.

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Castleton University has a new president. Karen Scolforo will take over the helm in December replacing Dave Wolk, who has led the university for 16 years. 

The long time headquarters of the 'Rutland Herald' will be put up for auction by the paper's former owners on Oct. 27, 2017.
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Next month, the buildings that have housed the Rutland Herald for more than 80 years will be sold at auction. 

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Despite resettlement plans to bring 100 Syrian refugees to Rutland this year, only 14 have arrived.

Nonetheless, Vermont’s Refugee Resettlement Program has applied to the US State Department to resettle 100 more Syrian and Iraqis refugees in Rutland in fiscal year 2018, which starts October 1. 

But until President Trump decides how many refugees from all parts of the world will be allowed into the United States next year, nothing is certain.

Edmund Lewis, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Susannah Millonzi and Eric Tucker, members of the acting company Bedlam, pose in Middletown Springs where they will perform this weekend. Mellonzi and Tucker include their four month old daughter Francis in the photo.
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The Paramount Theater is welcoming back the acclaimed New York City theater company Bedlam for two off-site shows this weekend.

Cape Air Captain Jonathon Coste, left, supervises First Officer William Smith on a recent flight from Boston to Lebanon, New Hampshire.
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After officials blamed a deadly 2009 commuter plane crash in upstate New York on pilot error and inexperience, Congress responded by mandating more training for commercial pilots.

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Rutland Regional Medical Center says it wants to build a new $21.7 million expansion to accommodate its growing orthopedic services, physiatry department and ear, nose and throat department.

After a lengthy legal battle, the Rutland County Parent Child Center has won tax-exempt status in Rutland City.

Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner speaks at the podium in June at a celebration of the completion of the hospital's emergency department expansion. Huebner recently announced he will retire in March 2018.
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Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner, who has led the hospital since 1997, says he will step down in March to travel and spend more time with family.

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