Remembering A Local Ku Klux Klan Resurgence

by Dot Helling CENTRAL VERMONT — There is a very dark continuing chapter in American history, the Ku Klux Klan. Many believe the KKK was a phenomenon restricted to the South, organized in 1866 by a group of Confederate veterans to intimidate recently freed Southern blacks. The KKK fought for white supremacy, becoming heretics who […]


Greene’s Syrup of Tar

by Paul Heller He was an Alderman, an Episcopalian and a highly regarded member of the Republican Party. Lester Greene was, by all accounts, a pillar of Montpelier society. He also sold dangerous narcotics in an elixir he called “Syrup of Tar,” manufactured in his patent medicine factory on Berlin Street near downtown Montpelier. In […]

Photo by Michael Jermyn

Discarded Railway Station to Become Artist Studio and Storage Space (Maybe)

by Nat Frothingham After years and years of creating art and storing his paintings, sculpture and theater sets in some pretty funky locations across Central Vermont — in the past few months artist Nicholas Hecht has good reason to believe he’s finally found a near-perfect studio and storage location. And that studio and storage location? […]

Samara Schneider

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

by Dot Helling In 2015 I wrote a well received piece about some of Montpelier’s friendliest people including Gary Bergeron, Amy Cox, Michelle Pitzner, Erich Rosenstreich, George Estes and others. Here are some more. See if you know them. Stop them and say hello. Beat them to the punch. Richard Young works at Yankee Wine […]

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Didgeridoo Artist Opens Sound Therapy Studio

by Nat Frothingham BERLIN — Pitz Quattrone, a local musician and healer who has done so much to popularize and explain the didgeridoo, a long bamboo-like instrument from northern Australia with roots that go back, some say, as far as 40,000 years of human history — Quattrone and others are discovering that the “didge” when […]


An Inside Look at the Tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Delia Bell Robinson has published her first book, “A Shirtwaist Story” — an inside-looking-out artistic interpretation of lives affected by a horrific inferno, which took place in one of Manhattan’s many ‘sweatshop’ garment factories in 1911. As the title suggests, this is just one of many such firsthand stories that […]

Langdon Meadow during the time that it was used by the National Life Athletic Association for recreational fields. A tennis court is in the lower left corner of the photograph, while a combined baseball diamond and football field is on the upper side of the main access road to the fields. (Courtesy of Vermont Historical Society)

Langdon Meadow and the Growth of Montpelier

by Paul Carnahan Langdon Meadow has played an important role in Montpelier’s growth and development. Originally a wealthy landowner’s field, it was once the site of escapist pleasures and later, key to the region’s economic aspirations. Today, it is the site of state offices, businesses, athletic fields and the high school. Langdon Meadow was a […]

December 1 — December 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

by Nathan Grutchfield Paul Levy was only a year old when his uncle Phil was killed, on January 7, 1945, in the European theatre of World War II. He was largely oblivious to the man’s ideals, the story of his death, and how his life had led him to that fateful moment. The cause of […]