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OPINION On Zoning: Reduce, Revise and Keep Open To Hearings

Presented to the City Council June 15, 2016 To: Mayor Hollar and Montpelier City Council From: Steve Sease, former member and chair, Montpelier Planning Commission, former land use attorney and director of planning, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Re: Section two of Proposed Zoning Bylaws Reduce the geographic extent of the Mixed Use Residential zone. […]

‘Chair Bombing’/Ribbon Cutting Event Planned For Langdon Street

‘Chair Bombing’/Ribbon Cutting Event Planned For Langdon Street

Several business owners/managers not informed of chair portion of event by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Don’t try to drive down Langdon Street Friday after work or you just might tangle with a lawn chair. This is according to information from someone on the organizing committee for Langdon Street Alive — a public urban art project […]

OPINION: Act 46: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley, Greensboro The authors of Act 46 said their goals were:  1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity.  Act 46 […]

Art Show Coming to Berlin Mall

Art Show Coming to Berlin Mall

BERLIN — Starting July 8 through fall, the “Big Art ~ Bold Vision” exhibit featuring 16 artists will be affixed to Berlin Mall’s sizable windows. “This is a high quality group of artists, and it’s a delight to bring their wonderful work to the people,” said Janet Van Fleet, the exhibit’s curator and one of the founders of Studio Place Arts […]

Governor’s Gallery presents ‘Kaleidoscopic Pathos’, paintings by Renée Bouchard

Governor’s Gallery presents ‘Kaleidoscopic Pathos’, paintings by Renée Bouchard

MONTPELIER — Bennington-based artist Renée Bouchard will be featured in theGovernor’s Gallery for the months of July, August, and September. The gallery is located in the Pavilion Office building, 109 State Street, 5th floor. Photo identification is required for entry. Her exhibit titled ‘Kaleidoscopic Pathos’ features a collection of paintings created over the last seven years.  Bouchard states that she works by combining […]

Poetry by Hazel Singer

Poetry by Hazel Singer

From The Breeze

ESSAY: On Chickens

ESSAY: On Chickens

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach They smell bad. They screech during test time. Inescapably loud. Sometimes they escape and chase innocent, frightened freshmen. They will eat the garden if you let them roam around. With all the murals on the walls and people playing guitars right there in the hallways, this is a weird […]

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky!  “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky! “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

From The Breeze by Sam Murray, Callie Dalley, Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Izzy Banse Feminine hygiene products have been taxed since 1973, making anyone with a period pay extra for their monthly necessities. Following a successful campaign in 2000, the tax was lowered considerably, but women still pay tax on tampons and pads. This is unfair […]

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach Even if more money doesn’t equal more power, there’s still the idea that the rich are more cultured and more easily immersed in what are known as ‘high-class’  activities. The reason for this isn’t that they are all snobs, it’s just that they can afford to be thus immersed. […]

Thoughts on Berlin Pond:  Montpelier’s Primary Source of Drinking Water

Thoughts on Berlin Pond: Montpelier’s Primary Source of Drinking Water

From The Breeze by Anders Shenholme As is quite apparent, the recreational use of Berlin Pond has been highly controversial ever since the Vermont Supreme Court revoked Montpelier’s control over the small water body in 2012. Now, with a charter change that would give Montpelier power over its water source still yet to be passed, […]