June 21, 2012

Berlin Pond Perspectives: Citizens React to the New Rec Use of Montpelier’s Water Supply

Berlin Pond Perspectives: Citizens React to the New Rec Use of Montpelier’s Water Supply

by Bob Nuner Some folks want to be out on the water; others savor the idea of a place relatively unblemished by human contact. A recent Supreme Court decision that barred Montpelier from prohibiting recreational use of Berlin Pond has raised debate about who uses the area for what, and who is in charge of […]

Berlin Pond: Will Recreational Use Affect Water Quality?

Berlin Pond: Will Recreational Use Affect Water Quality?

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Now that Montpelier’s drinking water source is open for limited recreational use, the big question is: “Is the water safe to drink?” The answer, according to people whose job it is to assure water quality, appears to be “probably.” “My idea is, it is safe,” said Mike Wichrowski, land and facilities […]

A Tribute to Ray Bradbury, 1920–2012

A Tribute to Ray Bradbury, 1920–2012

by Brett Campbell In 1990 I wrote the first and only fan letter I have ever written—to author Ray Bradbury. I wrote him about how much I admired his work and how helpful his book Zen in the Art of Writing was to me as an aspiring writer. I never expected a reply, only an […]

Lola Aiken, Centegenarian!

Lola Aiken, Centegenarian!

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Vermont’s grande dame, Lola Aiken, turns 100 on June 24. Many people who live to see a century have been blessed, over the course of their lives, with good physical health, mental acuity, strong social support and often a religious community as well. Lola has all of those factors, plus the […]

Crosswalk Controversy and Berlin Pond Discussion

by Steven M. Cliche The June 13 city council meeting began with Montpelier resident Diana Wright calling for an end to the new sounds of the crosswalk signal located at the intersection of State and Main Streets. Local business owner Stephanie Johnson echoed the sentiment, declaring that she’d have to move her business if action […]

The Secrets of Himitsu Sushi

The Secrets of Himitsu Sushi

by Sylvia Fagin Almost every day of the week, Nate Kulchak and Megan Dolan load a portable sushi case, coolers of fish and vegetables, and a dizzying array of knives, chopsticks and tiny dishes into the back of their jeep. Where are they going? It’s not quite a secret. Kulchak and Dolan are the proprietors […]

Summer Events!

Summer Events!

Your local guide to Vermont arts and culture, food, outdoors, family fun and much more. Looking for something to do? Look inside.

A Solstice-Themed Celebration on the Rocks

Pierre Couture is the driver behind an upcoming fiery entertainment event planned for the evening of Friday, June 22, and the afternoon and evening of Saturday, June 23. It’s called RockFire, and it’s taking place along the trails that Couture’s organization, Millstone Trails Association, has developed among the old quarries of Barre Town. In an […]

Dear Pina Performance Features Local Dancers

Internationally known modern dance choreographer Philippina “Pina” Bausch was born in Germany in 1940 and died in 2009. She began her international experience studying at Julliard under such noted dance names as José Limón and Paul Taylor, moving on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and, with Taylor, at the New American Ballet, […]

Heard on the Street 6.21.12

Heard on the Street 6.21.12

Groups Raise Concern About Possible Tar-Sands Pipeline Several environmental and climate-action groups in a June 19 press conference in Montpelier highlighted the potential threats posed by a plan that could bring tar-sands oil through New England, including the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The advocates say the plan is unsafe and that a tar-sands oil spill […]