March 15, 2012

Heard on the Street 3.15.12

Cleaning Up Get a little more soaked drying your clothes. Both Montpelier coin laundries have moved toward fixed-price drying. Only four machines left at Launderama on Barre Street allow guessing the quarters you’ll need; otherwise, no matter how damp or dry, spring for $2.50 for 40 minutes to start the machines, or $2 at Capitol […]

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The Historic Preservation Issue

The Historic Preservation Issue

We honor Margot George in publishing this issue on historic preservation. Margot was a moving force behind historic preservation in Montpelier until her untimely death in December 2008, and her energy, intelligence and commitment to historic preservation continue to inspire us today. In this issue we feature stories about several architects and construction firms who […]

Read to Celebrate Women’s History Month: Recommended Feminist Books for Kids and Young Adults

Read to Celebrate Women’s History Month: Recommended Feminist Books for Kids and Young Adults

by Joy Worland March is Women’s History Month and a perfect time to explore and celebrate quality feminist books for children and young adults. An excellent resource for this is the 2012 list of recommended feminist books, compiled by the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project. A diverse mix of fiction and nonfiction, the list […]

Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Concert to Feature Nine Songs Written by UES Students

Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Concert to Feature Nine Songs Written by UES Students

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush What do you get when you mix a couple of songwriters in with eight classes of third- and fourth-graders? Not surprisingly, the answer is nine songs written by the children themselves, in the case of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Songfest Project’s songwriting residency at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School in January. The […]

Selected Election Results from Central Vermont

Editor’s note—the margin of difference is given in parentheses, when applicable.   Montpelier Mayor: John Hollar 2160 City clerk: John Odum 1205, Michael Marinelli 1087 (5.15 percent) Green Mount Cemetery commissioner: Jake Brown 2102 Park commissioner: Kip Roberts 1984 School commissioner (2 seats): Jennifer Cahill Bean 1650, Charles Phillips 1817 City councilor, District 1: Andy […]

From the Ground Up: Weatherproofing An Old House

From the Ground Up: Weatherproofing An Old House

by Sandra Vitzthum My house was built in 1840 just above the floodplain in Montpelier. When we moved in 20 years ago, it burned 2,000 gallons of oil a year. After we moved in, we insulated the ceiling of the second floor with as much cellulose as we could afford (nearly 18 inches), and we […]

Clar Construction Forges Together Old and New in Refurbishing Project

by Bob Nuner Dan Clar, of Clar Construction Inc., and Matt Gould are refurbishing an 1890s house in Montpelier’s Meadow neighborhood. The two-story, flat-roofed house has seen better days, and Clar and Gould talked about some of their work to make the old new. With sun pouring in the windows on a March day, Clar […]

Fixing Up

Fixing Up

You’ll see a small crane parked behind Bethany Church for the next two or three weeks, its boom reaching up beside the church’s steeple. It’s there to facilitate preventative maintenance and interior renovation of the steeple and bell assembly. The renovation is to be paid for by a bequest from the late Margot George, former […]

Montpelier Architects Bring Modern Life to Old Buildings

Montpelier Architects Bring Modern Life to Old Buildings

by Nat Frothingham and Marsha Barber About a month ago, the Montpelier firm Gossens Bachman Architects won the national 2011 John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing (The Bridge wrote about it in Heard on the Street, February 16). Their design and the sweeping renovations that followed dramatically transformed a large, down-and-out 1920s apartment […]