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Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

by Nat Frothingham Introduction: Here is the remarkable story that details the skein of events beginning in 2001 that led to the formal incorporation of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Inc. in May 2006. Here also is the just-as-remarkable story of the first 10 years of the college from 2006 to the present. Both stories, […]

Invasive barberry bush in front of City Hall. Photo by Dot Helling.

DOT’S BEAT: Tree Hugger: Single Trees Are Lonely

by Dot Helling Can you be a tree hugger and live in downtown Montpelier? My guess is Montpelier Tree Board Chair John Snell would say yes! It depends on your definition. Kind of like the debate we used to have with Reverend John Nutting about whether or not transplanted Vermonters ever become real Vermonters. I […]

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ESSAY: The Day I Kicked A Murderer

by Brianna Stallings According to South Carolina serial killer Donald Henry Gaskins (better known as “Pee Wee” because of his 5’4” frame), the first time he ever heard his real name was in a courtroom. He was 15. Pee Wee had other nicknames during his life: “Junior Parrott,” “The Redneck Charles Manson” and infamously, “The […]


Remembering David Budbill

David Budbill moved to Vermont in 1969, settling in Wolcott and building a house there that he lived in for 45 years until his declining health prompted him and his wife, the painter Lois Eby, to move to a condo in Montpelier. Born in 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, David’s colorful life included being a track […]

Harper Wimble, left, and his best friend Seamus Beall

Legends Never Die

by Harper Wimble Ride together, die together. Forever have each other’s backs, no matter what. That was the vow we made. What we had went deeper than best friends. Went deeper than brothers. It’s almost like we were connected by soul. Always on the same page, never mad at each other. We would always tell […]


GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Foodrepreneurs Start Old Soul Farm

by Joshua Jerome This past summer the Barre Farmer’s Market began anew with a new location and day, mostly because the old guard of the market’s past simply gave up on the notion of having a market. Still, not all had lost hope. Barre’s newest and youngest farm, Old Soul Farm, is located just down […]

October 20 — November 2, 2016



Grassroots Task Force Aims To Create New Fitness Center MONTPELIER — A formal group has formed and is working towards creating a recreational facility to address the gap left behind by the closing of the downtown First in Fitness. The Montpelier Indoor Rec and Aquatics Task Force is meeting regularly. For now the group is […]