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Castleton University to take over Killington School of Resort Management

KILLINGTON — Castleton University will take over the Killington School of Resort Management this fall, according to a Friday announcement.

For the past 18 years, Green Mountain College has worked with Killington and Pico to cultivate a three-year bachelor’s degree program in the fields of hospitality and business.

The program was started in 2001 and directed by GMC professor of business and economics Frank Pauzé, but GMC President Bob Allen announced last month that the Poultney college would close at the end of the spring semester, so Castleton decided to take up the mantle and keep the program alive.

“While we’re sad to see our relationship with Green Mountain College end, we’re happy to have Castleton University step up and open their doors to GMC students,” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “We’re thrilled to have Castleton as a partner in our new version of our innovative and truly unique B.S. degree in Resort and Hospitality Management.

Solimano said, “Like GMC’s program, Castleton plans to incorporate practical experience in the resort industry. Currently, 35 alumni of the GMC program work at Killington, and we hope to see that number grow with the inception of CU’s new program.”

More than 90 percent of the participants complete their bachelor’s degree in hotel and resort management and 99 percent of the students who graduate end up working in the hospitality industry, according to a statement released by the Killington school.

“It seemed to make sense from our end,” said Courtney DiFiore, communications and public relations specialist for Killington Resort. “We’ve had a good relationship with them in the past, they’re close by ... it made sense to align with them.”

The new partnership will bring some changes, DiFiore said, but any alterations are still being finalized and though Killington is not planning to create any new programs, the school would consider expanding if participation grows.

“We would like it to grow, if that’s something that can happen,” DiFiore said. “Overall the idea and the way it’s designed will be similar ... hands-on learning.”

“Castleton University and Killington have a long-standing and strong partnership,” said Castleton University President Dr. Karen Scolforo.

Scolforo said the school has submitted a request for approval from the New England Commission on Higher Education to offer a 3-year bachelor of science degree in resort and hospitality management.

“That program is delivered in a cooperative learning model,” Scolforo said.

Students will be able to take classes at Killington and have the opportunity to interview for positions there while earning their degree, serving in salaried positions while gaining workplace experience, Scolforo said.

“We’re anticipating that approximately 20 students will transfer into our program in the fall,” Scolforo said. “The capacity is around 70.”

Scolforo said the school will continue to seek student housing on the mountain, so students don’t have to travel from the Castleton campus to take part in the new program.

And that’s not the only housing developments Castleton has made: In anticipation of GMC students from other programs transferring to Castleton University, Scolforo said, the school has set aside housing especially for them.

“We’ve heard from approximately 25 students who have expressed an interest in transferring so far,” Scolforo said.

The university is meeting as well with program and department heads at GMC to work out pathways for GMC students to transfer.

“We are anticipating being beyond capacity in the fall,” Scolforo said. “We have a lot of partners in the community that are willing to work with us.”

Scolforo said Castleton never intended to merge with GMC or use the campus as a satellite program, but there are a number of faculty members on the campus that Castleton is “very interested in speaking with.”

“In this environment in higher education, we’re limited to some of the things we can do,” Scolforo said. “I do think we’ll be able to serve a large number of students at Green Mountain.”

Scolforo said overall student body growth is up 3 percent at Castleton.

“We have 48 full-time equivalents more than we had last spring,” Scolforo said. “That’s exciting.”

The growth is attributed to the development of new programs, initiatives and partnerships in and out of state, she said.

“We’ve done a lot of work with spotlighting our students and our faculty,” Scolforo said. “And how special the student experience is at Castleton University ... (My prediction is) we’ll be becoming more of a destination school.”


Pure Water for the World executive director announces resignation

In Pure Water for the World’s 20th year, Carolyn Crowley Meub is passing the torch and resigning from her position as executive director.

“I remember growing up, sitting in the Rutland Free Library reading books about Clara Barton and Alber Schweitzer, and they were all serving others,” Meub said. “I said I really want to do something that has purpose.”

So, 17 years ago, she joined Pure Water for the World, a nonprofit that works to improve access to safe water, as its executive director.

“We believe that (bad) water is the source of a lot of poverty,” Meub said. “If you’re consuming contaminated water, you get sick, your body doesn’t develop that fast, you don’t continue school, you drop out young, you don’t get education.”

Meub said she’s always been very active in Rotary International, and at one point was district governor for southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire.

Pure Water for the World was started by the Brattleboro Rotary Club in the mid 1990s, and became a nonprofit corporation in Vermont in 1999

“When my year as district governor was up, I wanted to do something internationally,” Meub said. “Rotary sort of opened my eyes to a greater world.”

A friend of hers suggested that she look into Pure Water for the World.

As the spearhead for Pure Water for the World, Meub has helped organize in-home water filtration for families by delivering biosand water filters that purify local water through an organic layering process, which makes the filters easily accessible for rural and displaced communities.

Water is poured down through a diffusion plate, after which a biological layer of microorganisms destroy bad bacteria before the water passes through a rich layer of filtration sand and trickles down through a layer of separation gravel and “underdrain” gravel.

“It’s similar to Rutland City’s,” Meub said.

Her journey with Pure Water for the World began with education, Meub said, before the organization sought to broaden its efforts into hygiene and behaviors.

“We work with families to build toilets and understand that fecal contamination in water and on your hands make you sick,” Meub said.

“We have a strong program in schools...we worked with the national government of Honduras to try and incorporate ... basic hygeine messages,” she said.

Meub said the organization developed government-supported menstrual education programs for men and women of all ages.

“Men didn’t even understand their wives’ periods,” Meub said. “You can’t just go in and say ‘we’re going to teach you about menstrual education,’ because they think you’re going to teach sex.”

The organization worked with schools to develop gender-specific toilets, handwashing stations, waste receptacles, and is teaching women in Honduras how to make reusable sanitary pads for women who don’t have ready access to disposable feminine hygeine products.

“They found that girls who get their period and don’t know how to stay clean drop out of school,” Meub said.

The programs also help women and girls to make good lifestyle choices to remedy the pains of their cycles, because they can’t dispense medicine

“It’s really working within their cultures,” Meub said. “We had 14 people (in Honduras) and all of them are Haiti, all but one are Haitian.”

The program is demand-driven, so people have to want Pure Water for the World in their community, which involves accessing community leaders, addressing them on their terms and being conscious of cultural stigma.

“Sometimes, it’s hard to get women,” Meub said. “Because their husbands don’t want them to go into someone else’s home.”

In Haiti, the community structures are very loose, with an overarching religious structure and an underlying voodoo spirituality, both of which have community leaders that need to be onboard with the community developments Pure Water for the World wanted to pursue.

“Sometimes you’re really luckier than you are smart,” Meub said.

Meub said growth of the program is ideal, but will take time. For implementation in other countries, Pure Water would have to first achieve NGO status, get through to the local communities, convince them of the benefits of having cleaner water, train staff, acquire vehicles and keep labor laws in mind.

“It’s a lot of capital expense,” Meub said.

Since Meub came to Pure Water for the World, the organization increased in staff from one paid position to 45.

“We went from a $50,000 budget to $1.1 million,” Meub said.

Pure Water for the World has its home office in Meub’s house. The search is underway for its new home and executive director.

Meub previously ran Sen. Bob Stafford’s office as campaign coordinator, completed the bicentennial for the Rutland Herald, and said she felt everything in her past had led her to her work at Pure Water for the World.

Now, Meub said she’s looking forward to the next project, which she hopes will be another philanthropic adventure, this time serving her hometown of Rutland.

“I’m going to miss it,” Meub said. “But it’s time.”


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A pair of railroad workers ride a car as it prepares to cross Park Street in Rutland in January.

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A white-tailed deer looks out from a snowy forest in East Montpelier Friday afternoon.

Community news -- Birth announcements



A boy, Joshua Edward Pierce, was born Nov. 12, 2018, to Crystal Campbell and Joshua Pierce, of Northfield.

A girl, Aalia LynnZey Sanborn, was born Nov. 13, 2018, to Lacey Norton and Nicholus Sanborn, of Barre.

A boy, Hunter Roy Hart, was born Nov. 18, 2018, to Chellby Colombe and Nathan Hart, of Plainfield.

A boy, Toren Arnold Spooner, was born Nov. 20, 2018, to Nealsa (Matava-Welch) and Lowen Spooner, of Barre.

A girl, Sophie Elizabeth-Rose Poland, was born Nov. 28, 2018, to Katie Fleury and Vern Poland Jr., of South Barre.

A girl, Ella Mae Paquet, was born Dec. 2, 2018, to Hilary (Giroux) and Travis Paquet, of East Montpelier.

A girl, Mae Hua Ryan, was born Dec. 3, 2018, to Amy (Chen) and Barry Ryan, of Montpelier.

A girl, Iliana Renee Sargent, was born Dec. 5, 2018, to Vanessa and Miah Sargent, of Montpelier.

A girl, Danielle Marie Jobin, was born Dec. 9, 2018, to Cayla (Messier) and James Jobin, of Groton.

A boy, Oaklan Lyle Beck, was born Dec. 11, 2018, to Kimberly Welch and Chad Beck, of East Corinth.

A girl, Sierra Rae Thibodeau, was born Dec. 11, 2018, to Heidi Brown and Jeff Thibodeau, of Websterville.

A girl, Brooklyn Eve Compton, was born Dec. 19, 2018, to Jessica Duprey and Ryan Compton, of Barre.

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A girl, Artemis Luna Doolen, was born Jan. 8, 2019, to Fern (Elliott) and Colton Doolen, of Barre.

A boy, Nolan Andrew Green, was born Jan. 8, 2019, to Janelle and Kris Green, of Orange.

A boy, Tysen James Booth, was born Jan. 24, 2019, to Kelsey Tillotson and Tyler Booth, of Williamstown.

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A girl, Leah Beverly Masse, was born Jan. 14, 2019, to Karen Potter and Logan Masse, of Craftsbury.

A girl, Mabel Quinn Burtt, was born Jan. 18, 2019, to Gregory and Stefanie (Crossman) Burtt, of Cabot.

A boy, Elliot Marc Bigelow, was born Jan. 21, 2019, to Ashlea Bigelow, of Wolcott.

A girl, Haven Ann Gough, was born Jan. 24, 2019, to Matthew and Jamie (DePalma) Gough, of Jeffersonville.

A boy, Kayde Richard Keough, was born Jan. 29, 2019, to Nicole Keough and Keith Stevens-Reil, of Wolcott.

A girl, Eleanora Ryan Leeman, was born Jan. 29, 2019, to Thomas and Michelle (Emerson) Leeman, of Middlesex.

A girl, Nova Melody Draper, was born Jan. 30, 2019, to Desireé Fortin and Garett Draper, of Lowell.

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A girl, Violet Elizabeth Knipp, was born Jan. 13, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Jennifer (Boudreault) and Colt Knipp, of Braintree.

A boy, Clayton Glenn Angell, was born Jan. 15, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Elizabeth Sturgis and Matthew Angell, of Royalton.

A boy, Seamus Brock Riley, was born Jan. 15, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Anna (Kristensen) and TJ Riley, of Randolph.

A boy, Thatcher Paul Gearwar, was born Jan. 18, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Charlee Drury and Robert Gearwar, of Rochester.

A boy, Tavian Leigh Carroll, was born Jan. 21, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Victoria Dailey and Tyler Carroll.

A girl, Winona Withrow Wright, was born Jan. 21, 2019, at Gifford Medical Center, to Alicia Wilder and Quentin Wright, of Randolph.

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Carolyn Crowley Meub, executive director of Pure Water for the World, explains how the biosand water filter works at her home in Rutland on Friday.