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Community building time


Lest anyone think all is doom and gloom in Rutland – and between the economy and the state of affairs at the south end of Wales Street, there are plenty of those stories in the city these days – along come the good folks at the Creative Economy to remind us of the positive energy in and around the community.

Having gotten a long way down the paths originally embarked upon almost five years ago, the group is going to have another series of community meetings to refresh andrecharge. You may have seen the various committees' continuing op-eds in the Herald or caught representatives on PEG-TV.

The Creative Economy group has had a hand in a number of successes large and small, from Friday Night Live to the monthly Art Hops to the almost-readyfor-prime-time Rutland Creek Path, the downtown shopping bags and many more.

Some, like the path, are works not yet completed. Others that are in progress include an online database for locals and visitors alike of recreation facilities, from swimming pools to biking and hiking trails in Rutland County; a fenced, off-leash dog park and the work on a revitalized downtown public space. Proposals for that include Center Street Alley and/or a permanent farmers' market along Evelyn Street.