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Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

by Nat Frothingham On the strength of a last-minute grant, three critical architectural elements that grace the steeple of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier are to be restored. As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the ornamental elements would be lost. In the third week of August, Jay Southgate of […]

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Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital: A Dramatically Different Approach

by Nat Frothingham Afew days ago I took a tour of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), talked to its CEO, Jeff Rothenberg, and tried to understand what the Berlin hospital is, what it does, what it costs and what’s being attempted with the population that it serves. Viewed from the road, VPCH has […]

Miriam Bernardo

Bernardo to Perform in Adamant October 11

by Nat Frothingham Singer Miriam Bernardo will appear in concert, along with composer-guitarist-arranger Michael Chorney and bassist Robinson Morse, at the Adamant Community Center on Martin Road on Saturday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Bernardo has far-flung family roots: Her father is from Cuba, her mother’s family from Newfoundland. Bernardo was born in […]

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Finding Solutions to Vermont’s Psychiatric Nursing Shortage

by Ed Sutherland Three years after Tropical Storm Irene closed Waterbury’s Vermont State Hospital for good, a new $28 million replacement, the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, has opened in Berlin. But are the troubles which beset the Waterbury psychiatric institution—including a lack of nurses—also visiting the new hospital? While there have been no allegations of […]

Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

BOOK REVIEW: “Apples of Uncommon Character”

reviewed by Lindsey Grutchfield In the ages since its origins among the forests of Kazakhstan, the humble apple has become a nearly universal symbol of autumn—and nowhere more so than in the United States, where shiny red apples are as ingrained in the culture as baseball—the saying “as American as apple pie,” that is, exists […]