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Getting to Know Mike McRaith,  New Montpelier High School Principal

Getting to Know Mike McRaith, New Montpelier High School Principal

by Lindsey Grutchfield Lindsey Grutchfield: Please tell us a little about your background as an educator. Mike McRaith: My first time as a teacher was in Japan, I taught two years of English in Miharu, Japan, which is in Fukushima Prefecture, which was a wonderful experience. I taught elementary school and middle school, and a […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8. 20.15

Master Plan Re-Adopted by the Planning Commission Sabin’s Pasture To Be Zoned Low Density (472 units) MONTPELIER — Under the nearly finalized master plan for the city of Montpelier, most of the Sabin Street area “could have the potential for eight more dwelling units.” The planning commission voted unanimously to move the district into a […]

EDITORIAL: Honoring Intern Lindsey Grutchfield and All Those Who Contributed to The Breeze

by Nat Frothingham What about yesterday’s (August 17) three-hour “farewell lunch” for Lindsey Grutchfield with attendance from 20 to 30 people of all ages? Lindsey was listed in our July 2015 issue as managing editor of The Breeze but that only partly describes her role. She was really the organizing genius and sparkplug of a […]

OPINION: The Quiet Revolution in Our School House

Part One of a Two-Part Series by David Kelley It was a Vermonter, John Dewey, who helped usher in the educational reforms necessary to sustain the growth and development of a robust middle class and a civil society through the upheavals of the industrial revolution and the Great Depression. Today other, less well known Vermonters, […]

Despite ‘Off’ Taste, City Water Deemed Safe

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — “The water is simply not as appealing as it should be,” stated Tom McArdle, director of the department of public works in a written response to citizen complaints. However, McArdle emphasized, the water is safe. He responded to posts from city residents regarding a strange taste to the water on […]

Innovation Drives Success in Downtown Montpelier

Innovation Drives Success in Downtown Montpelier

story and photos by Nat Frothingham In personal visits to three quite different downtown Montpelier businesses over the past several days — the common theme was innovation. Studio Zenith At Studio Zenith, I talked with Amy Levinthal who opened her first fitness studio at 50 Main Street three years ago. Talking about her Main Street […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

by Dot Helling Sweet tooths have always been easily satisfied in Montpelier. Creemees, pastries, chocolate and candy have always been within walking distance. In the 1970s and 1980s Norma’s Donut Shop had a single creemee window open onto State Street during the summer months. If we ran out of jurors during voir dire at the […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There’s a place in downtown Barre where everyday people come together to share food, sing, dance and play games. And no, it’s not one of our great restaurants or pubs, but Project Independence, Vermont’s first adult day service. Project Independence was founded by Lindsey Wade who was a licensed nursing […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Winding Down and Gearing Up

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Winding Down and Gearing Up

by Miriam Hansen As the growing season winds down, I find myself thinking about next year, what I want to divide and what I want to move, where I think a bed needs more color, discarding disappointing plants or plants that moved in without a by-your-leave. It is so hard for gardeners to discard plants […]

Local Organizations Support Summer Lunch Program

by Elizabeth Parker MONTPELIER — This summer each day Monday through Friday from July 6 through August 14, 20 to 50 school children from Montpelier had lunches on the terrace in front of the Montpelier Senior Center. This new lunch program germinated from the mission of Just Basics, Inc. to bring together structures and programs […]