MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is seeking proposals from across the state to promote access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The agency’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program will distribute $4 million in federal funds for infrastructure work that could range from bike lanes, shared-use paths and sidewalks to pedestrian signals and crossing improvements.
The funds are available for planning and construction.
Program Manager Jon Kaplan says the grants provide critical resources that communities need to build facilities that enhance mobility, promote public health and improve connections to other modes of transportation modes.
Program applicants are required to attend one of two workshops scheduled at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites across Vermont. The first workshop is May 15, the second is May 20.
Details are available on the agency website.
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]
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.
Today 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
GE Aviation announced Wednesday it will invest another $20 million in its Rutland facility next year, bringing total investment since 2010 to nearly $100 million.
The announcement coincides with a visit to the Rutland plant by GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
Immelt is also scheduled to address the annual meeting of the Rutland Regional Medical Center at the Paramount Theatre.
Over the last three years, the GE Rutland plant has increased employment from 950 to 1,250 workers. At the same time, the plants on Windcrest Road and Columbian Avenue have completed $75 million in capital improvements.
GE said the growth is driven by a record backlog and rising production rates. GE Aviation’s production rates are expected to increase from approximately 3,600 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2013 to 3,900 deliveries in 2014, and 4,100 deliveries in 2015.
Much of the growth in Rutland is driven by rising production rates of the GEnx, the fuel-efficient engine which powers Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 jumbo jet. Deliveries of GEnx engines will grow from 200 this year to 300 in 2014
Rutland manufactures the high pressure turbine blades for a variety of engines, including the GEnx. The high-pressure turbine sits directly behind the combustion chamber and receives the brunt of the exhaust gasses produced in the combustor.
RUTLAND – The Merchants Hall Stage Series presents “Three Dudes Cabaret,” a night of Broadway, rock, and comedy, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Merchants Hall, 40-42 Merchants Row.
“Three Dudes Cabaret” is a fun “let your hair down” evening for the entire family. Join three of Rutland’s favorites – Trent Hayward, Jacob Patorti and Jamie Willis – as they give it their all on our stage! Featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Elton John, The Beatles, and many more.
Tickets are $10 (BYOB); call 802-855-8081, or go online to www.MerchantsHall.com.
Midway Diner will become an IHOP after all. Frank Trombetta Jr. and John Valente have reached a deal to lease the Midway Diner to a South Burlington businessman, who will convert the Midway Diner into an IHOP restaurant. Valente announced the deal on Monday and said the Midway’s last day of operation will be next Sunday. Sam Handy, who owns the South Burlington IHOP, was on the verge of buying the diner late last year but couldn’t come up with the financing. Valente said the long-term lease arrangement made the deal possible.
Department of Public Works crews attack a water main break on Washington Street at the intersection with Merchants Row on Friday morning. Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
A water main break in front of City Hall this morning has cut water to several downtown businesses. The break was reported around 4:30 a.m., according to city police, and Rutland Department of Public Works crews have been working to fix the break for several hours. Project Manager Dave Sears said that at 9:20 a.m. they had about another hour of work to fix the leak.
The offending side attachment to the main pipe, which rotted away and broke off, causing the leak. Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
Troy Ebbinghausen and Mike Nartowicz had the lucky job of going into a 10×10 hole dug down to the leak and clearing out the surrounding dirt and gravel in order to fix the break. The break came when a saddle attachment that closed off a side branch of the water main, which Sears said was probably put in place around 30 years ago after it was replaced by a 6-inch pipe taking water toward what is now Bardwell House, rotted through and fell off the main.
DPW crews were working in light rain, with the leak, about 3 inches in diameter, clearly spouting water into the repair ditch.
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
The Rutland City Police Animal Control truck was involved in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning, and may be a total loss, according to a police supervisor at the scene, because of frame damage to the older rusted truck. At least one person in another vehicle was treated at the scene, but the officer driving the truck did not appear to have any major injuries. A Volvo at the scene had severe front-end damage. City Police said they would issue a press release.