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NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin In addition to the comforting familiarity of common birds in winter, Montpelier occasionally throws us a treat. In back of City Hall, with late winter sun hitting the crab apple tree, a flock of Pine Grosbeaks transformed the tree and its numerous red fruit into a blaze of color and movement! The […]

VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar

VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar

Compiled by Mike Dunphy The Perfect Liar is the sixth book by Thomas Christopher Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is now on sale at your local independent bookstore. Here, Tom Greene speaks about the psychological thriller set in Burlington and New York City, his approach to writing, and how he […]

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

By Gregory Gerdel Snow removal crews from Montpelier’s Department of Public Works (DPW) managed to clear many of the accumulated snowbanks before the arrival of back-to-back storms this week. Frequent, light snowfalls started early this winter, and while the one- to two-inch accumulations from these Alberta Clippers keep things pretty, they’re much more expensive from […]

Pickleball Craze Tickles Montpelier

Pickleball Craze Tickles Montpelier

By Phil Dodd The tick-tock sound of a plastic ball being hit back and forth across a net with a wooden or graphite racket is becoming ever more common in Montpelier, where scores of area residents—young and old—are keeping active by playing pickleball on two indoor courts at the Montpelier Recreation Center. “It keeps growing […]

East Meets West at River Confluence Park

East Meets West at River Confluence Park

By Carl Etnier A public-nonprofit partnership is moving forward with plans for a new park in the center of Montpelier, at the confluence of the North Branch and the Winooski River. On the west side of the North Branch, the land is secured for the park, and the discussion is about overall design. On the other […]

WWII Vet Receives Highest Honor in Surprise Ceremony

WWII Vet Receives Highest Honor in Surprise Ceremony

By Cat Cutillo Albert Besser of Morrisville walked into Montpelier City Hall on January 7 expecting to attend an event for World War II veterans, not realizing he was about to be the guest of honor in a sophisticated ambush. To Besser’s surprise, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch presented the 94-year-old with the Congressional Gold Medal […]

Sarducci’s Celebrates 25 Years in Montpelier

By Tim Simard On a recent sunny and chilly January afternoon, Sarducci’s Restaurant founder and co-owner Carol Paquette relaxed by a front table and looked back on 25 years. Sitting alongside head chef and new co-owner Jeff Butterfield, Paquette marveled at surviving two-and-a-half decades in the restaurant business—a momentous achievement. This past weekend, the Montpelier […]

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

By Tom Brown Opponents of a downtown parking garage have gone to court to challenge a permit issued by the city’s Development Review Board (DRB). The appeal to the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court was filed on behalf of 18 city residents and could potentially delay construction of the project that was approved by […]

Hunger Mountain Co-op Teams with Capstone to Help Vermonters

Anyone who has lived in or visited Vermont during winter may be familiar with just how beautiful but unforgiving a season it can be. The sometimes biting, bone-chilling cold is undeniable and can be a challenge for some residents trying to escape from it. Helping Vermonters find food, shelter, and warmth, especially on frigid winter […]

Active Seniors Flocking to Exercise Classes

By Phil Dodd Exercise classes at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, offered in four sessions a year primarily to those age 50 and over, are increasing in number and attendance “every quarter,” according to Senior Center director Janna Clar. “We’ve had tremendous growth in the number of courses we offer in order to keep up […]