March 1, 2012

A Place for Patriots — Montpelier’s American Legion Post: It’s About Family, Bonding and a Legacy

A Place for Patriots — Montpelier’s American Legion Post: It’s About Family, Bonding and a Legacy

by Caroline Abels; photos by Annie Tiberio Cameron It’s the only downtown storefront with windows so high you can’t see into them. It’s not trying to sell you food, books, clothing or bath soaps. It’s rare that you see anyone leaving or entering, although you might hear someone being buzzed in the front door. The […]

Montpelier Launches Business Mentor Team

by Phil Dodd A group of Montpelier residents with business experience has joined together under the auspices of Montpelier Alive to form a business mentor team that will provide several hours of free advice to entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting a business in Montpelier or moving a business here. An interested entrepreneur can choose to […]

A Closer Look at City Bonding

A Closer Look at City Bonding

by John Odum On Town Meeting Day, Montpelier voters will be asked to vote to authorize the city to add on up to $870,000 of new debt through municipal bonding. The service on this debt will continue to be paid by city taxpayers for the life of the 20-year bond. Despite these financial implications, municipal […]

Watch the Montpelier Candidate Forum!

The Bridge and ORCA Media sponsored a forum featuring mayoral candidate John Hollar, District 2 incumbent city councilor Nancy Sherman, District 2 challenger Thierry Guerlain and District 1 incumbent Alan Weiss. It took place on February 20 in the city council chambers, and was moderated by Cassandra Brush. The forum will be rebroadcast on ORCA’s Channel […]

Interviews with School Board Candidates

Charlie Phillips Charlie Phillips has served on the Montpelier school board for three terms (six years) and is running uncontested for another two-year term. Why are you running for reelection? I spent 37 years of my professional life in the Montpelier school system. I was very fortunate and my family has been fortunate to live […]

ESSAY: On Grieving, Healing and Community

ESSAY: On Grieving, Healing and Community

by Mark Billian Every time I find myself at the corner of State and Main, waiting for the light to change, I notice a parade of seemingly confident young women crossing the street on the way to who knows where. And I ask myself, Why? Why couldn’t it be my daughter among those coffee-cup-grasping, cellphone-talking, […]

Soil in the Soul: Pursuing a Dream to Farm

Soil in the Soul: Pursuing a Dream to Farm

by Marsha Barber Andrew Stowe has had a passionate dream for decades. When we talked on Sunday, February 26, that dream was two days away from being fully realized. He’d given notice at his two jobs and was working his last day at Uncommon Market. By now, he is living at Highfields Farm in Randolph, […]

Green Mountain Film Festival Preview

by Michelle Barber The Green Mountain Film Festival (GMFF) ushers in each spring and pulls many of us out of our cabin fever. With highlighter or pen in hand, we comb through the schedule and plot our course through the 10-day festival, scheduled for March 16 to 25 this year. This year’s festival offers 80 […]

Heard on the Street 3.1.12

Occupation Cooperation Last issue’s Heard on the Street reported the news that some local Vermont organizers and activists involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement were taking umbrage at the scheduled March 10 conference at Plainfield’s Goddard College. The conference, which is being heavily promoted as a discussion of the Occupy movement, also included some […]

Ask The Home Team 3.1.12

This column is produced by Efficiency Vermont, a nonprofit organization that provides energy-efficiency information and services and is funded by a surcharge on utility bills. The three members of the Home Team, Kathleen Brown, Bob Murphy and Li Ling, are staffers at Efficiency Vermont. For more information or to submit a question, go to efficiencyvermont.com/askthehometeam […]