Vermont Press Association Praises Legislature for Passing Shield Law for Journalists

The Vermont Press Association praises and thanks the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources. The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140-2, on Thursday afternoon and is sending the measure to Gov. Phil Scott for his signature. “This is an important […]

Marijuana Bill to Piggy-back on Drug Penalty Bill 

By Micheal Bielawski MONTPELIER  – A bill intended to loosen penalties on misdemeanor drug charges will have an extra amendment that changes its dynamic just a bit, with full-scale legalization of marijuana. Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, offered the amendment to H.167, which passed the House last month which directs legislative counsel to study modifying penalties for […]

Getting A Bigger Slice At Cabot Creamery — Innovation Equals More Sales

Getting A Bigger Slice At Cabot Creamery — Innovation Equals More Sales

by Carla Occaso CABOT — What’s better than sliced bread? Sliced cheese! That fairly recent way of packaging and selling your favorite pre-sliced cheddar is upping the bottom line in the U.S. cheese industry in general, and helping Vermont dairy farmers in particular. “People are busy. When they get home, they want their cheese already […]

Be Sure To Look For the Lipstick Logo!

Be Sure To Look For the Lipstick Logo!

Downtown Montpelier is Open For Business during this summer’s construction! Montpelier Alive and the Montpelier Business Association invite you to Shop Local as our roads and sidewalks get beautified. For any questions and updates, and to receive notifications, contact the official VTrans project outreach coordinator, Francine Perkins, at 479-6994. Look for weekly updates every Thursday. […]


Downsizing Group To Meet May 13 MONTPELIER — A group of area residents interested in moving in the next few years into smaller living quarters — such as condos, apartments and small homes — will be holding another meeting on Saturday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome and there is […]

NATURE WATCH: Spring Garden Time

by Nona Estrin Fox sparrows are still passing through our yard, with flocks of juncos, all on their way North to breed. And our menus are sparked by the many dishes made with the tender leaves of marsh marigolds or from wild leeks from the woods below the house. They are in soups, frittatas, even […]

Zoning Hearing Draws Mostly Opposition

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER — On the hot-seat once again before City Council was Mike Miller, planning director. Again, he explained and defended the new unified development bylaws before a crowd of about 30, who were of mixed sentiment but largely against the new proposals. The development bylaws are popularly known as “zoning.” The general […]

Montpelier-Roxbury Merger Vote Likely June 20

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER/ROXBURY — If all goes as expected, residents of Montpelier and Roxbury will be voting June 20 on whether to merge the school districts of the two towns, as well as electing a potential new school board for the unified district. The decision to move toward an Act 46 merger vote was […]

Where Hunger Intersects with Health

by Julia Barstow BARRE — We have it within our reach to improve our health if we can just change our behavior or help our neighbors change their behavior concerning food choices, activity levels and tobacco use. That was the ultimate conclusion of a recent gathering at Down Street Housing and Community Development in Barre […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dirt

by Beth Champagne “When the world wearies, and ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.” — Mary Azarian It was in the 1970s, post-Vietnam, when Mary Azarian set these words beneath one of her early woodcuts, beautifully colored. Back-to-the-land “transplants,” at that time settling all over Vermont, were with alacrity, and much gratitude, accepting instruction […]