Rutland

A sign on a door.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

The Vermont Department of Health released death certificates on Tuesday for the Rutland man killed by police in a shootout last week, and a second man killed in a related homicide.

The Rutland City Police Department in September 2015.
Nina Keck / VPR

Update 9:50 a.m. 10/10/2019 Vermont State Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in Salisbury, in a case that is believed to be connected to the shooting in Rutland. The victim is Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland.

A Rutland City Police cruiser parked outside the Rutland City Police building
Nina Keck / VPR

Updated 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8

Vermont State Police are investigating two separate, but what they believe are connected, incidents in Rutland and Salisbury. In Rutland, local police shot and killed the 33-year-old son of the city's former mayor early Tuesday morning. The same day, police discovered a man's body on Lake Dunmore Road.

A view of a downtown.
Nina Keck / VPR

When Rutland's former mayor Christopher Louras announced in the spring of 2016 that the city would resettle 100 mostly Syrian refugees to boost the local workforce, two camps formed: one that welcomed the new families, and another that didn't.

Several years later, both groups have mostly disbanded. In the meantime, the city has returned to solving the problem that caused the whole refugee resettlement debate: it needs more people to move to the region.

A girl plays piano while two boys and their mother watch.
Elodie Reed / VPR

They fled violence in Syria. They moved from place to place for years. And now, Hazar, Hussam and their three kids are finally settling into their new home in Rutland, which they call a "magical place."

A man stands in a park against brick buildings.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Three years after placing himself in the center of Rutland's refugee resettlement debate and losing his mayoral seat, Christopher Louras only regrets the refugee families who never came.

A photo of Hull Maynard.
photo provided by family

Former Rutland County Sen. Hull Maynard died Thursday at age 85. A Republican from Shrewsbury, Maynard served in the Vermont Senate from 1996 through November 2009, when he resigned his seat to spend more time with his family.  

An older man.
Tossing Funeral Home, Courtesy

Rutland is remembering former state's attorney and influential city alderman Art Crowley, who died Sunday at the age of 90.

woman shops at vegetable stand at a Rutland farmers market
Nina Keck / vpr

According to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, about 65 farmers markets operate in the state – down from a high of more than 80 a few years ago. Farmers say fewer markets is not necessarily a bad thing, but they say remaining markets need to do more to compete and grow.

A view of a downtown.
Nina Keck / VPR file

A Facebook post by Rutland Alderman Paul Clifford has stirred up anger, frustration and heated debate about race relations in Rutland.

Lea-Or Toot Zarfati-Eirmann unwinds a long spool of blue rope.
Nina Keck / VPR

A 16-year old Mill River Union High School student's controversial art project will go on display Friday at Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center, getting a public showing after all.

A college campus with letters on the ground spelling "CSJ."
Nina Keck / VPR

Like other Vermont institutions struggling with declining enrollment and unsustainable finances, College of St. Joseph in Rutland held its final commencement last month. But college president Jennifer Scott said CSJ is working hard to chart a new course.

"Vermont Edition" broadcasts from Rutland to hear the voices of the leaders and students of the three Vermont colleges that recently closed.
Nina Keck / VPR and Courtesy / Southern Vermont College

This month three Vermont colleges held their final graduation ceremonies and now those schools are closed. While there are still 19 colleges in the state, the loss of Green Mountain College, College of St. Joseph and Southern Vermont College will be felt by students, staff and their surrounding communities. Vermont Edition discusses these closings during a live broadcast from the Rutland Free Library.

Nina Keck / VPR

The Vermont Farmers Food Center is a nonprofit in Rutland that’s been working to harness the economic potential of local agriculture. 

The group created Rutland’s indoor farmer’s market and has put teens to work on area farms.

Now they’re focused on using farming as a teaching tool. They hope a new greenhouse and a chance to grow plants will help school kids learn about nutrition, science, and themselves.

A sign for the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport sign
Nina Keck / VPR File

Two regional airlines are competing to provide passenger service for Rutland Southern Vermont Airport — and both companies promise state-of-the-art planes.

Rutland artist Bill Ramage stands in front of his own art at Gallery 77 in Rutland.
Nina Keck / VPR

An art exhibit now showing in Rutland includes watercolors, portraits, abstract oil paintings, photographs, mixed media, video installations — even an elephant-sized pair of bright green boxer shorts. The show spans two floors and 12,000 square feet of gallery space, showcasing Vermont artists who have one thing in common: age.

Nina Keck / VPR

Local and state officials were at Rutland Regional Medical Center Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new $23.9 million medical office building.  The new construction is coming at a time when many hospitals in the state are struggling financially. Rutland hospital officials acknowledge they're taking a calculated risk.

A child looks on as a duo play the 1988 "Operation Thunderbolt" arcade game during the April 7, 2019 opening of the "Dream Machine II Arcade Exhibit" in Rutland.
Nick Grandchamp, courtesy

You're just as likely to run into a game of Pac-Man or Street Fighter II today in the basement of a diehard collector of retro 1980s arcade games as you are to play one in the corner of a pizza parlor or bowling alley. But one Rutland collector is putting more than a dozen of the machines together in a pop-up exhibit showcasing the games, their history and the value of playing together.

Greg Schillinger looks at the camera in the Rutland High School library.
Nina Keck / VPR

You may remember a favorite teacher or coach from high school, but what about your assistant principal? In many schools, it's probably a job known for dealing with behavior problems and handing out detention.

But Rutland High School associate principal Greg Schillinger sees his role very differently — and he's now one of three finalists for National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Nina Keck / VPR

It’s been almost 50 years since there has been a hotel in downtown Rutland. Because of the recent federal government shutdown, it's taking longer than expected to find out if the city will get a new one.

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