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News and events in Rutland County, Vermont

Danby man charged with stealing from fire vehicles

The U.S. Forest Service has arrested Kyle M. Hoffman, 27, of Danby, and charged him with the federal felony of theft within the “Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction of the United States,” the Forest Service said in a release Thursday.

The warrant for his arrest stemmed from several thefts reported in September of 2013, where federal wildland fire vehicles, Student Conservation Association vehicles and other vehicles were broken into at a Forest Service work center in Mount Tabor.

The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney in Burlington.

Slick roads cause crashes around Rutland

Slick roads caused several slide offs and crashes this morning around Rutland and along Route 4 towards Castleton. State police also warned of slick roads and some accidents in both Chittenden and Franklin counties. About 3 inches of light snow fell overnight.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo  A pickup truck went off the road along Route 4 near Exit 5 in Castleton Monday morning.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
A pickup truck went off the road along Route 4 near Exit 5 in Castleton Monday morning.


Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo  Slippery roads caused multiple vehicle accidents on Route 4 near Exit 5 on Monday morning.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Slippery roads caused multiple vehicle accidents on Route 4 near Exit 5 on Monday morning. Three cars were off the road within about 500 feet of each other.

Police search for missing New Hampshire man near Fair Haven

Vermont State Police are looking for a missing New Hampshire man who may have been last seen in Fair Haven. Police said Robert P. Walker, 75, of Farmingham, N.H., was en route to visit a relative in Addison this week, but never arrived. Police said Walker is “believed to have left an unknown hotel in the Fair Haven area” at around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Walker is described at 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with grey hair and a bald top. He may be wearing a tan overcoat and was driving a 2005 white Dodge Caravan with New Hampshire plate 2090832. He is reportedly traveling along. Police also said Walker prefers “home style” cooking and is likely to eat at “a diner or Cracker Barrel type restaurant.” Walker was recently diagnosed with stroke-induced dementia, according to police, and may appear confused. Anyone with information on Walker’s whereabouts is asked to call Vermont State Police at 388-4919.

Artist Stephen Schaub to feature at Christine Price at Castleton

CASTLETON – Mixed media artist Stephen Schaub will be featured in an exhibit in the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton College Jan. 21-Feb. 21. An artist talk is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Herrick Auditorium, and reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the gallery.
Combining the aspects of painting, the techniques of photography and the presentation of works on paper, Schaub’s artworks defy conventional classification. His works reference the delicate, subjective nature of life and depict in-between moments and anonymous figures in scenes of hyper-reality.
After serving as a U.S. Marine in the first Gulf War and receiving the Navy Achievement Medal, Schaub went on to graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Photographic Arts and Sciences. Having authored two collections of his artworks, he has been featured in numerous publications and shows both at home and abroad, including the showing of “Through a Glass Darkly” in Paris in 2004.
The Christine Price Gallery is located on the Castleton College campus in the Fine Arts Center and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact William Ramage at 802-468-1266 or [email protected].

Downtown Gallery to feature works of Paul Bowen

RUTLAND – The Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland will feature the works of wood sculptor Paul Bowen Jan. 15 -Feb. 15.
Titled “Sculpture: 1973-2013” the exhibit is comprised of scavenged sea materials and wood, once part of ships, houses, salt works, barrels or crates.  Many of his works merge images of covered bridges with wharfs, reflecting his current and past environments.
Bowen, who grew up in seaside town in Wales, lived and worked near the waterfront in Provincetown on Cape Cod for more than 30 years, proving to be an evident influence on his art form.
Constructed from sea-worn wood fragments, sticks and scraps of metal, his abstract sculptures are remnants of the fishing draggers from which he finds his inspiration, and often appear to float across or torque away from the surface of the wall.
Since moving to Vermont in 2005, Bowen has continued crafting his passion for creating earthy wood art.  His new sculptures combine gathered driftwood from Provincetown’s beached with wood from the Wilder Dam in New Hampshire.
He now works as a visiting professor at Dartmouth College.
The Castleton Downtown Gallery is located on Center Street Alley in Rutland and is open 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For more information on the exhibit or the Castleton Downtown Gallery, contact William Ramage at 802-468-1266 or [email protected].

Gift of Life Marathon tweet timeline

Gift Of Life Marathon about to begin

Rita Walker, second from left, explains some details to Alice Drislane at the registration table at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Walker, from Montpelier, is one of hundreds of Red Cross employees who have mobilized for the #GOLM13.

Rita Walker, second from left, explains some details to Alice Drislane at the registration table at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Walker, from Montpelier, is one of hundreds of Red Cross employees who have mobilized for the #GOLM13.

The day has arrived in Rutland. It’s clear, and at 9 a.m. the temperature is six degrees below zero. The breath is rising in clouds from people walking the sidewalks towards the Gift of Life Marathon in the Paramount Theatre. The city and county will need to mobilize to break the record of 1,968 pints in a single day.



Will Rutland rise to the challenge? Blood drive today

1217_loc_golmsetup3Today is expected to be the bloodiest day in Rutland’s history.
More than 200 staffers from the American Red Cross and more than 300 volunteers have descended on Rutland for the annual Gift of Life Marathon blood drive, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at five locations.
The drive, organized by Green Mountain Power, is Rutland’s third attempt to break the national record for most donations collected during a one-day blood drive. Manchester, N.H. holds the record of 1,968 pints. Last year, Rutland fell short by 14.
Organizer Steve Costello said that more than 2,000 people have made appointments to give blood today, and that his greatest fear is that number inspiring complacency.
“This is not in the bag,” he said Monday. “Everywhere I go, that’s what I keep hearing — ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ We’re very worried about overconfidence in the community. We had a huge number of appointments last year, too, and we came up short.”
Last year, 200 people with appointments simply didn’t show up for one reason or another, Costello said, such as family emergencies or sudden illness. About 300 of this year’s appointments are high school students and likely first-time donors, he said, and first-time donors have a higher rate of being rejected.
So, organizers continue to encourage walk-ins. Costello said anyone worried about getting to one of the donation sites — The Paramount Theatre, College of St. Joseph, the American Legion, the Elks Club and the Holiday Inn — can call 468-1202.
“Anyone, anywhere wants a ride, Dave Wolk or one of his people from Castleton (State College) will pick them up,” he said.
With a computerized intake system, Costello said organizers will have a clear, real-time picture of how much blood had come in.
“If we’re super close and don’t know for a fact we have it, we’ll probably stay open a little later at the Paramount,” he said. “We’ll get the word out on the radio and by Twitter.”
Costello said he encourages people to follow the event on Twitter, where updates will be marked with the hashtag #GOLM13.
“We’ll be trying to get information on where the shortest waits are, that kind of thing,” he said. “Bottom line, we feel cautiously optimistic.”

- By Gordon Dritschilo | Staff Writer

Man charged for alledgedly punching car

WEST RUTLAND — A Rutland man faces a charge of unlawful mischief for allegedly using his fist to punch out a car headlight during a family fight, according to Vermont State Police.
Police say they were called to 23 Proctor St. at 10 p.m. on Halloween night for a family disturbance. At the address police say they learned that Gregory M. Eastman Jr., 29, had punched and broken a car headlight.
On Nov. 6, police issued Eastman a criminal citation to appear in Rutland criminal court next month.

Annual outdoor Halloween event in Castleton Friday

CASTLETON — Families can join a fun and educational Halloween campfire show led by students from Green Mountain College’s environmental education and interpretation program at the Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp on Point of Pine Road in Castleton, on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-8 p.m.
The second annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-o’Lantern Hike at the camp’s Education Center is where kids will learn about the creepy, crawly critters that reside in Vermont and have a chance to get decked out in their costumes before the traditional trick-or-treat night. The 20-minute campfire program will run at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Other activities include a nature hike along a trail that’s lit by carved pumpkins, wildlife-related activities, face painting, and a photo booth. Snacks will include apple cider, caramel apples and other seasonal treats.
“The Education Center at Kehoe does a natural resources related event every month, and October is a perfect time to highlight the fun of Halloween while focusing on the wildlife that make it so special” said Alison Thomas, education coordinator. “This event gives families a chance to enjoy the season in a different way and to learn these animals may not be so scary after all.”
Admission and activities are free and open to the general public, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
The Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp is operated by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. This event is sponsored by the Fish & Wildlife Department and Green Mountain College. For directions to the Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp, visit
For more information about the event, contact Ali Thomas, Fish & Wildlife education coordinator at [email protected] or 802-371-9975.