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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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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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A Rutland couple who was suing the state over a botched bed bug extermination has reached a settlement in the case. 

Neil and Patricia Whitney, long time foster parents in Rutland, agreed to drop their lawsuit against the state Department for Children and Families, the state agency of Human Services and several state officials for $450-thousand dollars. 

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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.

Despite a petition against her, outgoing Burlington Superintendent Jeanne Collins remains in the running for the top job in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

As Seven Days reported last week, Collins is the only finalist for the superintendent job in Rutland, where she would oversee seven schools.

Rutland Family Frustrated By Pesticide Cleanup

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A foster family that’s suing Vermont officials over a botched bedbug extermination says they’re not getting enough answers about ongoing cleanup efforts at their Rutland City house. The family says only two of their home’s three floors are being cleaned and they say they’ll never feel comfortable living there again.

A Rutland lawmaker says the state needs a more comprehensive approach for dealing with bedbugs in buildings used for state services.

To that end, the House Human Services Committee will hear testimony on Wednesday from Rutland foster parents who had to move from their home because of an allegedly botched attempt to exterminate the pests.

Patricia and Neil Whitney say a foster child brought bedbugs into their home in 2012. The couple believes the state knew the risk of infestation and should have had a plan in place to deal with the problem.

Rutland is no longer the master of its own domain – on the web, that is.

The city government didn’t renew its lease on the web domain when it expired last week, and a Panamanian cybersquatter picked it up, the Rutland Herald reports.

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A 65-year chapter in Rutland’s history will end on Sunday, when the Midway Diner serves its last burgers, omelets and fries.

The much-loved local eatery on Route Seven will be replaced by an International House of Pancakes.

John Valente the Midway Diner’s co-owner, stood outside the restaurant Thursday. He shouted out a greeting to his old friend Bud Creed.

“Hey Bud!” He said. “Bud, how you been?”

“Pretty Good!” Creed answered. “I came down to get my last Western.”

“I’m going to miss you,” Valente called after him.

The Blood in This Town, the documentary about Rutland’s grassroots effort to revitalize itself will make its European debut this weekend.The 80-minute film by Art Jones will be shown Sunday in Breda one of Holland’s largest cities.

Monique Mols, a Breda native who translated the film into Dutch says she hopes the can-do spirit in Rutland will inspire residents of Breda who’ve seen their city hurt by unemployment and the European Debt Crisis.

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Green Mountain Power says there are a lot of Vermonters who’d like to use solar power. But many are unable or unwilling to install the necessary equipment on their homes.  

GMP officials say now, thanks to a new partnership with the nation’s largest solar developer, they’ll be able to offer a new way for customers to take advantage of solar power without installing the hardware.