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‘Smart Meter’ Trials Planned

‘Smart Meter’ Trials Planned

by Ed Sutherland MONTPELIER — Aside from finding a parking place in downtown Montpelier, the biggest hassle for motorists can be dealing with the parking meter. Since the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City back in 1935, the ‘no-armed bandit’ has changed little. Now, however, Montpelier officials are looking to update parking control […]

Barre’s “Baba Marie” Nurtures Newcomers in Need

Barre’s “Baba Marie” Nurtures Newcomers in Need

by Emily Kaminsky Marie Bevington is always smiling. She’s mild-mannered, caring and curious. She is perhaps one of the most kind-hearted, generous people I have ever met. She has lived in Barre City for decades, but she is not from here. Bevington, who turned 82 this month, came to the United States in 1956 when […]

Heard on the Street: 11.20.14

Stars Come Out for Lost Nation Theater in ‘LNT-Aid’ Come to a show with mega-talented and fun artists doing remarkable things to raise funds for Lost Nation Theater. Expect an evening of great tunes, great laughs, and great storytelling! LNT-Aid stars David Budbill, Patti Casey, Rusty DeWees, Jon Gailmor, Colin McCaffrey and George Woodard in […]

Berlin Pond Group Changes Name, Sets Sights Statewide

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The group formerly known as Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond has changed its name to the Vermont Clean Water Coalition and is now getting ready to focus its efforts on protecting drinking water sources statewide. “We are going to be strategizing in the Legislature,” said Montpelier City Council member Dona […]

Nature Watch: 11.20.14

by Nona Estrin On Monday an icy blast brought bad roads and storm. When dusk began to fall only a bit after 3:30 p.m., my spirits sank. I knew winter was coming but some part of me was clearly not prepared. This feeling had been creeping up on me at end of day since time […]

Fundraising Begins for Foot Bridge and Trails

MONTPELIER — When it comes to building a 90-mile community greenway across Vermont from Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River, the Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) faces many obstacles, including how to provide trails that keep walkers and cyclists off busy highways. In central Vermont, that problem has prompted an ambitious solution: a plan for […]

Some New Englanders Still Struggle 393 Years After the First Thanksgiving

by Ed Sutherland It’s not clear how many New England families attended the first Thanksgiving in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation. Although the original feast marked the settlers’ first harvest in the New World, some 393 years later modern New Englanders are still struggling to put food on the table. According to some estimates, nearly one-quarter […]

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Meet New Library Director  Tom McKone

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Meet New Library Director Tom McKone

by Nat Frothingham “I had a great childhood,” said Tom McKone — Kellogg-Hubbard’s new library director — about growing up in Hartford, Connecticut. McKone’s family had a Victorian house in a nice Hartford neighborhood and he was surrounded by family — not just his mother and father and four siblings but his grandparents and a great-grandfather […]

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Inside is a Mecca for Book Lovers and Techies Alike

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Inside is a Mecca for Book Lovers and Techies Alike

by Joy Worlund Looking at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library from the outside, your first thought might be, “What a beautiful old building.” Inside, it’s a different story.  The friendly staff and shelves of books are still there, but for many patrons, 21st century technology is the main draw. In 2013 people used the library’s Internet over […]

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Gala Features Star-Studded  Author Lineup

Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Gala Features Star-Studded Author Lineup

by Rachel Senechal Every year, on the first Saturday of December, the library is transformed into a magical place with lights, flowers, food, drink and many happy people celebrating the beginning  of the holiday season. Some of our favorite writers and illustrators have been honored at what has become a signature fundraising gala known as […]