Chlora what?

Chloramine. There's a small but vocal group of city residents fighting to prevent Rutland from switching its water disinfectant from chlorine to chloramine (a compound of chlorine and ammonia). They have an active Facebook presence. I can't remember if it's an open or closed group right now (its status has moved back and forth), but… Continue reading Chlora what?

In praise of teachers

Last week I happened upon a group of teachers holding a protest (after school hours) in Poultney, encouraging the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union to resume negotiations with their teachers in advance of a possible strike. Monday, Bill Toscano, our Granville (NY) reporter, came in with a story and photos on the Future Business Leaders of… Continue reading In praise of teachers

Congrats in order

The Gift of Life marathon in Rutland (population c. 20,000) collected 1,848 pints of blood yesterday, the second-largest one-day blood drive in the US, ever. So while the target was 1,969 pints, it's hardly a mark of shamethat we didn't quite get there. A few little technical snags with the equipment slowed things down earlier… Continue reading Congrats in order

NYC update

Just (just ... six hours on the train!) got back from New York. The Blood in this Town was very warmly received by an SRO crowd of not more than 139 people (the fire marshal's maximum for the room) at the Pratt Institute in Manhattan on Friday night. It's the third time I've been part of a panel and the fifth… Continue reading NYC update

Changing face of downtown

After a period of stagnation, change is coming to downtown Rutland. Some change is inevitable: Stores close or move away; others open or move in. That change is also short[term cyclical. The change I'm discussing is also cyclical, but over a much longer term. At one time, downtown was the social and shopping center of… Continue reading Changing face of downtown

Kudos to the Country Store

A few weeks ago, I spent the days leading up to the weekend putting up "OPEN" posts for every business, nonprofit and community group that sent in emails declaring they had sufficiently recovered from T.S. Irene to welcome customers. I tried to interest a couple of people (including a state agency) to partner on a website to do… Continue reading Kudos to the Country Store

Open post to Mary Powell

On PEG-TV's Insight show, I asked Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, the company buying out CVPS, about the possibility of teaming up with Stafford Tech Center to develop a specialty in developing electrical technicians. Rutland is, after all, about to become the operations center for the new, combined utility, and CV has opened its demonstration… Continue reading Open post to Mary Powell

Personals ad to AY* 475

You: Woman driving a blue Honda Element with a Thule carrier. I left out one letter * on the plate in case there's two such cars in Rutland. You were wearing aviator shades and between my sunglasses and the tint of my windshield, you had an odd, one-tone color set off against the blue of the… Continue reading Personals ad to AY* 475

Cool stuff coming up

On Thursday, I'll be at the annual meeting for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns up in Killington, part of the team of Rutlanders bringing Art Jones' documentary "The Blood in This Town" to the northeast and the nation (there's also a showing in Washington, D.C., on the 13th). And I just got the… Continue reading Cool stuff coming up