July 19, 2012

The Tax Collectors’ Balancing Act

The Tax Collectors’ Balancing Act

by Bob Nuner Tax collectors must negotiate a fine line. Although traditionally unpopular, they are the ones who make sure a municipality has the funds to operate. On the other hand, officials know taxpayers may simply be unable to pay bills when they’re due. Property-tax delinquency rates can be seen as an economic indicator of […]

Berlin and Montpelier Discuss Pond Issues

by Steven M. Cliche The Montpelier City Council and the Berlin selectboard met in front of a packed house of concerned citizens July 16. The main item on the docket was the ongoing negotiation over what will happen with Berlin Pond. Since the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in May that struck down an ordinance banning […]

Council Approves Beginning Negotiations on Carr Lot

by Bob Nuner The Montpelier City Council has moved to begin negotiations with Alan Carr toward the city’s purchase of the Carr lot downtown. The motion followed a discussion at the council’s July 6 meeting. The Carr lot has undergone hazardous-material remediation this summer in preparation for future development. The city now has an assessment […]

Capital City Grange to Replace Dance Floor

Capital City Grange to Replace Dance Floor

by Nat Frothingham The Capital City Grange features “the best dance hall in New England,” according to its website. Dancing—contra dancing, Afro-Carribean dance, drumming and dance from Mali, and traditional dance—has been a popular activity at the Grange for years, and after several decades of spirited dancing, the dance-hall floor has been danced down so […]

J. Morgan’s: Big-City Menu, Local Sources

by Sylvia Fagin It may not be easy running the biggest restaurant in downtown Montpelier, but it is definitely satisfying for Fred Bashara III, the owner and executive chef of J. Morgan’s Steakhouse. The full-service restaurant in the Capitol Plaza hotel seats over a hundred diners at a time and frequently serves more than 200 […]

Bard’s Game of Thrones Kicks Off Unadilla’s New Theater

Bard’s Game of Thrones Kicks Off Unadilla’s New Theater

by Robbie Harold If I could take only one Shakespeare play to a desert island, it would be Henry IV, Part I, which would make for better box office these days if it were called Rebel Sons and Badass Daddies. Henry IV is a guy play, with its bawdy comedy, dark treachery and swashbuckling sword […]

Viewing the Carnage: Parents Go Extreme in Lost Nation Theater’s Comedy

Viewing the Carnage: Parents Go Extreme in Lost Nation Theater’s Comedy

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Take four parents, two dysfunctional couples, four extreme personalities and an explosive situation—one couple’s child has beaten the teeth out of the other couple’s child—stick them all in a living room, and sit back to watch what happens. That’s the gist of Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award–winning comedy, God of Carnage, showing […]

Biking Through Vermont for Climate-Change Awareness

Biking Through Vermont for Climate-Change Awareness

Four bicyclists—above, from left, Anna Kruseman, Shea Riester, Lily Gutterman and Monique Gallant—are all college students or recent college graduates who are spending seven weeks this summer pedaling across Vermont, meeting local people, volunteering on local service projects and spreading the word about the dangerous consequences of global climate change and the need to take […]

Heard on the Street 7.19.12

Public Meeting to Hear Streetlight Plans With help from Efficiency Vermont, a volunteer Montpelier streetlight committee that has been meeting for about a year and a half has produced a detailed report. The report contains four recommended actions. First, that the city replace its current mercury-vapor streetlights with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. Mercury is […]

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