Kids Roam Streets, Liven Up City
MONTPELIER — On week days, when school lets out, Montpelier High School students roam the streets. So, what’s the problem? Nothing, according to Montpelier business owners. In fact, kids liven up the place. But that may only be part of the story.
“Montpelier kids are really nice,” said Claire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books on Main Street. “They come into the store in a whole gang, and they are really nice.”
Others reported similar student visitations during free time in the afternoon. Those attending the Montpelier Business Association meeting April 6 said students have snacks at Sarducci’s, play with the dogs at Quirky Pet and check out the new sporting goods at Onion River Sports on Langdon Street.
However, that isn’t the whole picture, according to Ken Jones, member of the Montpelier Public School Board of Commissioners. “The school board is concerned about the time between 3 and 6 p.m. I hear, strongly, it is not a problem for business. But we have substance abuse issues, we have sexual misconduct issues during the hours between 3 and 6 p.m.,” Jones said. He would like to hear ideas about providing more structured activities for youth during that time. “We still want to provide our kids more activities,” he said.
Existing resources include school programs, Teen Basement, Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the Monteplier Rec Department. Jones said he would like to have a central place for parents to be able to see opportunities. Montpelier Public Schools supports Community Connections, a member of the Afterschool Alliance. “Community Connections offers quality afterschool opportunities for students and adults of all ages in Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier and Worcester,” according to www.communityconnections.us. Jones emphasized that the central location should be a physical place because, “At risk kids don’t always have internet.”
MayFest Coming To Town
MONTPELIER — Downtown business owners are revving up for Mayfest, the season’s first townwide celebration to be held throughout the first week of May.
“It is my favorite day of the whole year in Montpelier. There is so much happening … it is a lot of fun,” said Andrew Brewer, owner of Onion River Sports April 6.
Festivities include a Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat breakfast, Art Walk, Green Up Day, Three Penny Taproom’s Montbeerlier celebration, Independent Book Store Day at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier Rotary Club’s Mud Season Charity Raffle and more.
In addition, the day will have outdoor yoga and the annual bike swap at Onion River Sports on Langdon Street.
City Readies For Road Jobs
MONTPELIER — City officials are rolling out the paving plans and they want the public to know about it. “They are doing the survey now,” said assistant city manager Jessie Baker on April 6.
Road work this summer will include Terrace Street from Bailey to Dairy Lane, Bailey and Sunnyside, Liberty, East State and Hubbard. Also work will be done on Taylor Street in advance of site construction, which will include storm water treatment infrastructure and sidewalks. This may involve closing the bridge.
Summer 2016 will be minor compared to 2017, when work on One Taylor Street will kick into construction. This will include the bike path extension out to Gallison Hill, Main Street from the Taylor Street Bridge to the City Line and reconstruction of the water and sewer lines on Route 12 up to Berlin, Baker said.