A Community That Plays Together Stays Together

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Recreation isn’t just about physical movement. To some people, it’s a social movement. Montpelier seems to  be developing into a center for thriving sports participants who occasionally butt heads (such as bicycle enthusiasts versus off-leash dog walkers), but who all agree activity is important. So it is no surprise that […]

Catch ‘Pussy Hat’ Knitting Craze — Thanks to the President-Elect, Pink Yarn is Flying Off Local Shelves

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Lee Youngman, owner of Yarn at 112 Main St. in Montpelier, is running out of pink and pink-toned yarn in a big way. This is unusual, she said, because pink isn’t usually a popular yarn color for adults. “I sold $3,000 to $4,000 worth of pink yarn in a month,” […]

Redefining Aging in Central Vermont

by  Dan Groberg MONTPELIER — A typical day at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center is a whirlwind of activity. On the first floor, seniors enjoy the music of the Swingin’ Over Sixty Band before joining their friends for a delicious meal. A group of seniors prepare to set out to pick up litter around town […]

Twinfield School Nurse Alice Day: Frontline Health Care for Children

by Nat Frothingham MARSHFIELD — For the past 10 years, Alice Day has been the school nurse for the 400 or so students at Twinfield Union School. Twinfield is the pre-kindergarten through high school shared between Plainfield and Marshfield. Improbable as it may seem, from as far back as Day can remember as a little […]

Getting Ready For Cajun-Inspired Spice On Snow Festival

by R.D. Eno MONTPELIER — When old-time fiddler Katie Trautz of Cabot, a founder of Montpelier’s Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, was down in western Louisiana a few years ago learning the repertoire from its living masters, it struck her that Vermonters could use a warm blast of bayou soul in the dead […]