Jennifer Overton of the Painted Pear with Jessie.

Innovation Drives Success in Downtown Montpelier

story and photos by Nat Frothingham In personal visits to three quite different downtown Montpelier businesses over the past several days — the common theme was innovation. Studio Zenith At Studio Zenith, I talked with Amy Levinthal who opened her first fitness studio at 50 Main Street three years ago. Talking about her Main Street […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

by Dot Helling Sweet tooths have always been easily satisfied in Montpelier. Creemees, pastries, chocolate and candy have always been within walking distance. In the 1970s and 1980s Norma’s Donut Shop had a single creemee window open onto State Street during the summer months. If we ran out of jurors during voir dire at the […]

The Red Hat Club at Project Independence

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There’s a place in downtown Barre where everyday people come together to share food, sing, dance and play games. And no, it’s not one of our great restaurants or pubs, but Project Independence, Vermont’s first adult day service. Project Independence was founded by Lindsey Wade who was a licensed nursing […]

A redefined and renewed flower bed. Photo courtesy of Miriam Hansen

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Winding Down and Gearing Up

by Miriam Hansen As the growing season winds down, I find myself thinking about next year, what I want to divide and what I want to move, where I think a bed needs more color, discarding disappointing plants or plants that moved in without a by-your-leave. It is so hard for gardeners to discard plants […]

August 20 — September 2, 2015

Getting to Know Mike McRaith, New Montpelier High School Principal

Getting to Know Mike McRaith,  New Montpelier High School Principal

by Lindsey Grutchfield Lindsey Grutchfield: Please tell us a little about your background as an educator. Mike McRaith: My first time as a teacher was in Japan, I taught two years of English in Miharu, Japan, which is in Fukushima Prefecture, which was a wonderful experience. I taught elementary school and middle school, and a […]