May 3, 2012

Renovation at 58 Barre Nears Completion: Senior Center Pushes to Reach Fundraising Goal

Renovation at 58 Barre Nears Completion: Senior Center Pushes to Reach Fundraising Goal

by Nat Frothingham With construction work on the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) at 58 Barre Street slated for completion at the end of May, with a senior center move into the new space to follow in June, and with an uncompromising fundraising deadline on June 30, senior-center members, friends and staff are intensifying their […]

Pete’s Greens to Return to Farmers’ Market

Pete’s Greens to Return to Farmers’ Market

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush After what one board member called a “long and arduous process,” including multiple meetings, a couple of decisions, a petition signed by more than 200 market-goers and strong feelings all around, the Capital City Farmer’s Market (CCFM) has invited Craftsbury farm Pete’s Greens back into the fold. The verdict followed up […]

Preparing Purple Traps: Montpelier Plans for Managing Invasive Insects

Preparing Purple Traps: Montpelier Plans for Managing Invasive Insects

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush While we enjoy the fruits of a worldwide market—expecting our grocery stores to provide avocados year-round and becoming accustomed to the low cost of goods made overseas—Americans have been importing something else a bit more sinister. Two invasive species, the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle, have hitched rides […]

East Montpelier to Vote on $10.3 Million Bond for Elementary-School Improvements

East Montpelier to Vote on $10.3 Million Bond for Elementary-School Improvements

by Bob Nuner East Montpelier residents will have a final chance on May 14 to discuss a proposed $10.3 million, 20-year bond for an East Montpelier Elementary School (EMES) renovation and expansion, which goes up for a vote on May 22. The May 14 meeting will address taxpayer concerns and review plans for the project. […]

Union Elementary Honors Todd Keller

Union Elementary Honors Todd Keller

by Nat Frothingham As 400-plus Union Elementary School (UES) kids crowded into the gymnasium on Friday morning, April 20, there was a definite buzz of excitement. Friday was the last day before spring vacation, but something else was stirring—a surprise, all-school assembly to honor Todd Keller, the school’s chief custodian. And no one had given […]

Rent at the Haybarn Theater

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush The tough and tragic themes of AIDS in the early 1990’s, drug addiction, love and how to forge one’s way in the world as an artist combine to form an intense experience in the form of Rent, the Broadway musical performed by Green Mountain Theater Group this month. After a two-week […]

Lyddie’s Trials and Triumphs Make Great Theater

Lyddie’s Trials and Triumphs Make Great Theater

by Alex Brown Lost Nation Theater’s Lyddie is an ambitious production and a distinctly creative use of theater. Kim Bent and Kathleen Keenan, LNT’s artistic directors, kick off their 2012 season with a stage adaptation of Katherine Patterson’s story of a Vermont farm girl whose struggles drive her to seek a grueling job in a […]

To Celebrate Good Beer: Three Penny Taproom to Host Montbeerlier Festival May 5

by Steven M. Cliche For those who love craft beer, finding a great tavern is a bit like finding your soul mate. Some spend their whole lives searching for “the one.” I’m not talking about any ordinary barroom but a place where the sign on the wall might read, “We proudly DO NOT serve Anheuser-Busch.” […]

Heard on the Street 5.3.12

Leaving for Less Somewhere in distant memory is an academic’s snarky observation about the puritanical nature of an early New England writer, who, if memory serves correctly, used the proceeds from his first book royalties to purchase a burial plot. Maybe this is made up; it doesn’t seem to Google, but the recollection, real or […]

Ask the Home Team 5.3.12

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 […]