Photography, video, interviews by RH Alcott

What’s inside:

Crazy ’bout an automobile

July 13-14, 2019

Victoria Covarrubias

July 12, 2019

Chris Mendoza: Exactitude

July 07, 2019

Street Talk: Pillagers in the village

Interviews

Paige Carrara and Abbie Baillie

June 25, 2019

Kevin Blow, KB Machine, Pittsford, Vt.

June 12, 2019

Cal Josselyn Sr. and Jr.

May 29, 2019

Street Talk: Memorial Day in West Rutland

May 27, 2019

Lowell Snowdon Klock

April 18, 2019

Attention Deficit News

April 9-17, 2019

Adeline Praud

March 27, 2019

Leona Razanouski

March 18, 2019

Sandy Mayo

March 15, 2019

Mayor David Allaire

March 6, 2019

New Snapshots 2019

March 1, 2019

Seku Grey

January 31, 2016

Laura Cáceres

July 24, 2016

François Clemmons

December 7, 2016

Tabitha Moore

August 16, 2017

Tom Joyce

July 23, 2018

Debo Mouloudji

August 23, 2018

Miles Dixon

October 27, 2018

Danielle Klebes

November 11, 2018

Jennifer Usher

January 2, 2019

Paul Gamba

January 7, 2019

Louis Scott

January 8, 2019

Donna Hunt

January 14, 2019

Gary Meitrott

January 26, 2019

Mr. Pickle Man

February 2, 2019

Nick Santoro

December 22, 2017

Joe Ladabouche

February 2015

Street Talk: Crazy ’bout an automobile

See the Street Talk video at bit.ly/0720RAVE

July 13-14, 2019

Bill Brower, Clarendon

It’s a 1954 Chevy panel truck. I’ve owned it approximately 10 years — did all the work myself. We travel with it, go everywhere with it, wouldn’t hesitate to get in it today, head west with it. 

RH: What’d you do to it to make it what it is today?

BB: All the drive chains have been changed, the engine’s been updated, transmission, rear end, all the suspension. It’s got power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, all new interior. It’s basically a new vehicle in an old shell. 

Gino Piscopo, Rutland

It’s a 1962 Austin Healey. It’s been modified with a 327 Chevrolet Corvette engine in it — it was done in 1964. It’s a two-owner car. I’ve had 32 Healeys, and this is the nicest-driving Healey I’ve ever owned. 

RH: You’ve had 32. Is this the last one?

GP: I’d never say that. There’ll be a No. 33 and a No. 34, I’m sure. 

RH: What do you like about this car?

GP: It’s dependable. It’s the only Healey I’ve ever owned my wife says I can take on a 100-mile drive and not work on it for six days after I bring it home to get it going again. It’s just an honest, fun-driving car.

Marty Lemmo, South Glens Falls, N.Y.

I’ve had it about 3 years. I’ve always loved the (Corvette) body style, and it’s just fun. It’s a driver, a nice driver. 

RH: What’d you do to it?

ML: I bought it just the way you see it. 

RH: You didn’t do nothing to it?

ML: OK, I had the clock repaired. And I had the radio — for what it cost to get the radio repaired, I had it replaced with original style that is now modern. It’ll play AM-FM stereo, and I plug my iPod in it so I can listen to what I want. 

RH: What do you like about this car the best?

ML: Just the way it looks. It’s fun. I mean, obviously it’s a fair-weather car. What I like about it is, 95% of the ’61s have a white cove. Everyone can recognize these cars — red body with a white cove, and it was a $16 option in 1961, and apparently the guy didn’t want to go for everything.

RH: A cheapskate.

ML: Ah, what can I tell you? In today’s dollars it’s about $110 option. Personally, I like it without the white. I like it with the solid color. 

Kevin Durkee, Fair Haven

RH: So it seems like you’re a car fan. What is it about you and cars? 

KD: Oh, my goodness, they’re pretty. I love the rumble when they start ’em up. It’s just fun, it’s good clean fun. They’re works of art. They’re just beautiful. 

RH: What was your first car?

KD: A Volkswagen. A 1955 Volkswagen Beetle. 

RH: How long did you have that?

KD: Well, I had it a year or so, but it would only go 50 miles an hour, so I sold it, and it was absolutely perfect. 

RH: What’s the best car you had?

KD: It was a Plymouth Barracuda 273 with a four-speed. That was a nice car. But I’ve had a lot of Volkswagens. I’ve got a Mustang now. I really like that, it’s a 2018. That’s a lot of fun. 

RH: It’s almost brand-new. What do you like about that one?

KD: It’s a convertible — what’s not to like? 

RH: Just tell me it goes pretty quick.

KD: Well, we don’t want to be talking about that on film here.

Tom Truex, Wallingford

My wife and I were out for a ride, and we came across this at a service station over in Cornish, New Hampshire. Actually, it was right around Plainfield, New Hampshire, I should say. And we saw it outside, and it was in pretty rough shape. Hood was all caved in, and it was rusty. So we figured this would be a good retirement project if we could get it cheap, and we did. So over the course of the next five years, with a lot of help, we took it all apart, everything off it. We fixed the things that needed to be fixed mechanically, and the rest was cosmetic. Right now, it’s running good and I hope it stays that way. 

RH: What is it exactly?

TT: It’s a 1935 — it’s a GMC chassis and the fabrication was done in South Portland, Maine. There was a guy that used to work for the McCann firetruck manufacturers in Portland and he went out on his own. His name was Charles Rutledge. He manufactured — not a whole lot — there’s not many in existence, but there’s, I’m guessing, maybe a dozen Rutledges that he made. It was a very well-made truck, but it was more geared toward the small town. It wasn’t a custom truck like you might see, that the cities might have. It was a small, rural firetruck. 

David Cavacas, Rutland

RH: Tell me about your Pacer.

DC: I wanted to build something that nobody else had, and I think I succeeded in doing that. My parents and grandparents had ’em when I was a kid. Friend of mine came up with the idea of putting a big block in one, so I just took it a little further. I put a big block Chrysler motor into it and all the full-sized running gear. Wanted to go drag racing — we’ve done a little bit of that with it. It’s a pretty fast little car actually. Other than that, I restored the whole thing myself, built the thing from the ground up, painted it.

RH: What do you call that color?

DC: It’s Synergy Green. It’s actually off a 2010 Camaro. I saw one driving down the road one day while I was building this, and I said that’s the color the car’s going to be, and I’m glad I did. Everybody was skeptical about green at first, but when I painted it, it fits the car. Other than that, we take it out to car shows whenever we can.

RH: So it’s not exactly your daily driver.

DC: Oh, no, no. Gas mileage is not real good. It’ll be lucky if I get five miles to the gallon. It has two big carburetors up in the front. 

RH: It’s got a beautiful rumble. I could hear you coming from a long ways off.

DC: Thank you!

Glenn McPeters, Essex Junction

RH: Tell me about your Chevelle.

GMcP: I’m the second owner. Came out of backwoods Virginia. I’ve had it about 10-11 years. Full-frame off restoration, with sort of like a Day Two attitude, you know, just parts you could buy in 1969. It’s 396 in the garage, it’s got a 454 in it now, 562 horsepower, just over 6 seconds, eighth-mile, 97 miles an hour. It’s just bad ass.

Camera and production by RH Alcott

Victoria Covarrubias

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July 12, 2019

Victoria Covarrubias, of West Rutland, moved from Oxnard, California, to Rutland, Vermont, bringing the recipes for authentic Mexican food learned from her grandmother. Now she runs her own catering business, has a popular booth at the Rutland Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and sits on the board of directors of the Vermont Farmers Food Center.

Above left, Victoria Covarrubias works the Wednesday Farmers Market. At right, her husband, Gus Covarrubias, works alongside his wife at the Saturday market.

Victoria Covarrubias: “We made a big dinner for my neighbors one day, and the one thing they said was ‘You know that there’s no Mexican food here in Rutland.’ And we didn’t believe it, so we looked it up, and only a few places came out. So that’s how it started, it was just, you know, an authentic plate here and there, and I said I’ll have to get licensed and be official. And that’s how it started, little by little. The farmers’ market was my first big step into the catering.”

“At the farmers’ market we sell taquitos, flautas, tamales — which go really fast — we started making four dozens and by 12 o’clock they’re done. I have people who come buy 8, some people buy a dozen. People buy one, then they come back and buy more. We make burritos, quesadillas and tacos, all made to order … no tomatoes and no lettuce. If I have the cheese and you want cheese on your stuff, I’ll put the cheese on there, but that’s not how the original plate is. I have no problem adding it if we have it.”

Camera and production by RH Alcott

Chris Mendoza: Exactitude

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July 07, 2019

Nicaraguan-born Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Chris Mendoza takes Talking Pictures on a tour of his Rutland exhibition, “Exactitude,” a 20-year retrospective of his painting, drawing, ink and collage work at the Alley Gallery in Center Street Alley. The show runs through August 10.

Column published July 12, 2019, in the Rutland Daily Herald.

Camera and production by RH Alcott

Paige Carrara, Abbie Baillie

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June 25, 2019

Paige Carrara, of Rutland Town, left, and Abbie Baillie, of Rutland City, discuss the correlation between looking good and feeling good, and the work they do to achieve both at Blush Salon and Beauty Lounge at West and Wales streets in Rutland. Abbie says, “Everyone deserves to get their feet taken care of and just feel pampered once in awhile.”

Camera and production by RH Alcott

Kevin Blow, KB Machine, Pittsford, Vt.

June 12, 2019
Kevin Blow

“I was a co-owner of Blow’s Service Station, right across from the fairgrounds in Rutland, and we had closed that business, and we started this business up, and I started doing line boring for Markowski Excavation.  And a lot of people asked me if I would do that kind of work for them. I didn’t have the equipment, so I went out, and I bought the equipment. I’ve been doing this stuff for probably about 5 years. And I’ve been doing metal fabrication and machining for probably 10. I loved it, and so it’s kind of a niche, you know, fixing and repairing stuff for people — stuff that’s unfixable, thought to be unfixable, I try to fix. I just started doing this and offering it. Apparently, there’s nobody in Vermont that I am aware of that does this type of business, so hopefully, I’ll get busy from it once things pick up. One of my sons is actually doing this stuff with me, so we’ll be busy once we get going.” 

Kevin Blow, of Pittsford, is owner and proprietor of KB Machine. 

Interview and camera by RH Alcott