FY 2014 Municipal Energy Demand

Montpelier Aiming to Become a Net-Zero Energy Community

by Anne Watson, city council member How much money is in your checking account right now? I bet you have at least some idea of that number. What if we planned and managed our energy needs like we manage our money? How might that change our decisions or investments? Well, an early step toward managing […]

Recycling Law Draws Mixed Reactions

by Lindsey Grutchfield Beginning July 1, part of a stricter recycling law took effect in Vermont. Act 148, passed three years ago, is designed to promote recycling across the state. New provisions of the law require that recycling services be offered by haulers and transfer stations, and that residential waste collection services must charge one […]

Digitaria sanguinalis or crabgrass. Photo courtesy of Miriam Hansen.

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Let’s Talk About Weeds: A Tale of Comeuppance!

by Miriam Hansen For most of the 40 years we’ve been gardening, weeding has not been a big onerous issue. When friends have bemoaned the amount of time and effort they spend weeding, I have helpfully (read smugly) offered the following advice: Cover crop with winter rye to suppress Agropyron repens — common name witch […]

Steve Hingtgen, owner of Vintage Trailer Suppy. Photo by Lindsey Grutchfield

Vermont’s First Vintage Trailer Event Coming to Town

by Lindsey Grutchfield MONTPELIER — In the 1954 hit film The Long, Long Trailer, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz set off across the country in a trailer, hoping to see the world. Needless to say, things don’t go exactly as planned. Now, modern day trailer fans and passersby by will have the opportunity to venture […]

Miles Block, Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Remembering and Revitalizing The Miles Block

by Joshua Jerome Around the turn of the 20th century, Barre was a hotbed of development spurred on by the booming granite industry. Throughout the downtown, old wooden structures were replaced with granite and brick, and helped to highlight the artisan craftsmanship embodied by Barre’s culturally diverse immigrant community. Many facades throughout the downtown have […]

July 16 — August 5, 2015

One More Time to Stay Open: Taking Clothes for Cash

MONTPELIER — Leslie Rabins, owner of One More Time, a second hand clothing shop on Main Street, is having second thoughts about leaving town. Earlier this summer she said she was going to sell off her inventory and head for California, but the success of her Going Out of Business sale has changed her mind. “I […]