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One More Time to Stay Open: Taking Clothes for Cash

MONTPELIER — Leslie Rabins, owner of One More Time, a second hand clothing shop on Main Street, is having second thoughts about leaving town. Earlier this summer she said she was going to sell off her inventory and head for California, but the success of her Going Out of Business sale has changed her mind. “I […]

Montpelier Aiming to Become a Net-Zero Energy Community

Montpelier Aiming to Become a Net-Zero Energy Community

by Anne Watson, city council member How much money is in your checking account right now? I bet you have at least some idea of that number. What if we planned and managed our energy needs like we manage our money? How might that change our decisions or investments? Well, an early step toward managing […]

Heard on the Street: 7.16.15

Going Geothermal Cuts Out Fossil Fuels MONTPELIER — One way to heat your house without using a huge amount of fossil fuels is by using geothermal ground water heat pumps, according to Jim Ashley of Green Mountain Geothermal. With a background as a hydrologeologist who worked for the state of Vermont, Ashley started his geothermal […]

CarShare Program Helps Curb Car Dependence

by Emily Sargent MONTPELIER — According to Annie Bourdon, driving a car is the most energy-consuming activity many Vermonters undertake on a regular basis. Bourdon is the executive director of CarShare Vermont, an innovative program that aims to reduce that energy consumption by reducing the number of cars on Vermont roadways and encouraging Vermonters to […]

Recycling Law Draws Mixed Reactions

Recycling Law Draws Mixed Reactions

by Lindsey Grutchfield Beginning July 1, part of a stricter recycling law took effect in Vermont. Act 148, passed three years ago, is designed to promote recycling across the state. New provisions of the law require that recycling services be offered by haulers and transfer stations, and that residential waste collection services must charge one […]

Recycling Resimplified

by Mollie Gribbin and Casey Flynn, Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District Good news! Recycling is now more available and easier than ever. As new bins pop up all over Vermont (maybe you’ve noticed more recycling options in public spaces), it becomes simpler for the public to “pop” their items into the correct bin. There […]

OPINION: Net Zero Montpelier after the First Year

by Dan Jones It’s now been a year since the Montpelier City Council made the unanimous commitment for the city to become “net zero” in fossil fuel use by 2030. This big goal — to meet all of the energy needs of the city and its residents through renewable supplies in 15 years — is […]

Vermont Electric Power Turns Us On

Vermont Electric Power Turns Us On

by Nat Frothingham Tom Dunn, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Electric Power Company explains what Vermont Electric Power Company is, what it does, and how. Across Vermont, there are 17 separate utilities that deliver power to consumers, and any of us who own a home or rent an apartment or run a […]

Music to Play in Montpelier

by Ashley Witzenberger In addition to all of the great music venues in downtown Montpelier, mark your calendar for two new opportunities to hear great live music in the capital city. For several summers, Montpelier Alive’s Brown Bag Summer Concert Series, has been a favorite Thursday afternoon work escape for people downtown. The past couple […]

A STATE OF MIND: Ghost Herd in the Sky

by Larry Floersch I just saw a video on YouTube of cows doing tricks. I do not know if the person who posted that video did so to sound an alarm or just to scare the daylights out of people like me. These cows were not doing cute circus-type tricks — you know, jumping through flaming […]