All Aboard For Energy Efficiency

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — A passenger train rolled through Montpelier Aug. 15 at a little past 9:30 a.m. starting from the old train station (now Sarducci’s on one side and Minuteman Press/Citizens Bank). Under a sunny blue sky the train came to life and started to chug along the tracks. On board was a […]

Mississippi Soul and Blues Man To Perform with The Dave Keller Band

MORRISVILLE/MONTPELIER— Award-winning Mississippi soul and blues man Johnny Rawls will perform at Oxbow Park in Morrisville on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. He will also play a special early show at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.  Backing Rawls will be The Dave Keller Band, that will also perform songs […]

Tami Calliope: Speaking for the Wild

by Nat Frothingham and Tami Calliope; photos courtesy of Tami Calliope One of the world’s foremost scientists, Edward O. Wilson, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, explains in his newest book that because the planet has lost so much of its necessary biodiversity, half the world should be set aside for […]

Organics to Energy Project at the Water Resource Recovery Facility

by  Anne Watson; photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Wastewater treatment is typically one of the most energy-consuming processes for a municipality, but Montpelier’s Water Resource Recovery Facility at Dog River may soon be a remarkable exception. Earlier this month, the Montpelier City Council approved a project development agreement with Energy Systems Group, which outlined […]

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER —  It takes a certain kind of genius to turn a wastewater treatment plant into a starting point for environmental stewardship, but they’re doing it at the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Dog River Road. Powered by methane gas produced at the plant and solar panels on the […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Re-fresh, Re-new, Re-create — Hate Has No Place Here

by Joe Fox The following is the text of a memo I sent to staff and coaches of the Recreation Department yesterday (Aug. 14). I felt it is important for you to know what we stand for. — Joe Fox, Director of Recreational Programs (St. Johnsbury) In light of the most recent despicable instances of bigotry […]

August 17 – September 6, 2017


U.S. Department of Ed Seeks Input on ‘Every Student Succeeds’ Plan BARRE — The U.S. Department of Education sent the Vermont Agency of Education Aug. 9 a request for revisions and clarifications to sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act Vermont state plan. The agency now has 15 calendar days to respond to the federal  […]