September 6, 2012

District Heat: No to Yes

District Heat: No to Yes

Councilors Discuss Montpelier Biomass Project by Nat Frothingham The Montpelier City Council voted 5-1 in a special meeting August 29 to approve an amended version of the city’s multi-million-dollar district heat project. A week before, at its regular meeting on August 22, the council voted 2–4 to kill the project, which has been in the […]

Council Meetings Heat Up: Councilors Approve Amended Plan at Special Meeting August 29

by Steven M. Cliche In what many in attendance saw as a shocking development, the council voted 4–2 on August 22 to shoot down the $20 million district heat project. After a presentation by City Manager Bill Fraser highlighted the costs, breakdown and projected savings from the project, the council took comments from those in […]

Anne Watson: Montpelier’s Newest City Council Member

Anne Watson: Montpelier’s Newest City Council Member

by Nat Frothingham Barre Street resident and Montpelier High School (MHS) physics teacher Anne Watson took her seat as the newest member of the Montpelier City Council at a special council meeting on August 29. On August 22, Watson had been appointed by the city council to fill a seat that had opened up when […]

Reading for All New: Director Wants Everyone to Have a Home at the Library

Reading for All New: Director Wants Everyone to Have a Home at the Library

by Nat Frothingham On a recent morning in the Kellogg-Hubbard Library’s reading room, a group of five or six patrons sat at long wooden tables or in comfortable chairs reading books, newspapers and magazines. A line of people waited to check out books at the desk. But the biggest crowd of library users was in […]

Checking the Rearview Mirror: Archaeologist Uses the Past to Examine Earth’s Climate Future

Checking the Rearview Mirror: Archaeologist Uses the Past to Examine Earth’s Climate Future

by Bob Nuner Once upon a time Lake Champlain was an inland sea, and Vermont (and the world) was warmer than it is now. What will life be like when things again warm up to these kinds of climate levels? David G. Anderson, professor of archeology at the University of Tennessee, gathers information from across […]

A Workplace Outside the Box: ‘Purpose-Driven’ Creatives Gather at Local 64

A Workplace Outside the Box: ‘Purpose-Driven’ Creatives Gather at Local 64

by Bob Nuner Lars Hasselblad Torres is personable, articulate and enthusiastic, and he observes that his best journal writing may be done in a bar, surrounded by people with whom he’s not talking, rather than in his private study. He’s writing and creating, and even though he’s not necessarily talking to others, the social contact […]

Now Playing: Central Vermont Theater Samples

Now Playing: Central Vermont Theater Samples

Sea Marks in Barnard: Dinner Theater al Fresco Andrew White (who played the Quaker son and love interest in Lost Nation Theater’s production of Lyddie last spring) and his colleague Emily Fleischer, both New York–trained actors and residents of Fable Farm in Barnard, will star in a production of Sea Marks, a play by Gardner […]

Capital City Concerts to Honor Arab American Composer in Residence with Middle Eastern Feast

Capital City Concerts to Honor Arab American Composer in Residence with Middle Eastern Feast

by Nat Frothingham Capital City Concerts (CCC) will kick off its 2012-2013 season September 8 with a three-course Middle Eastern feast prepared with fresh local Vermont ingredients, prepared by flutist and artistic director Karen Kevra. Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz, composer in residence at CCC this season, will be guest of honor. Proceeds will go […]

Heard on the Street 9.6.12

Behind the Curtain Hunger Mountain Coop shoppers noting the black plastic in front of the deli can anticipate that the sounds they hear behind it presage big changes. General Manager Kari Bradley says the co-op’s deli was a loss-leader. It drives customer traffic but has high costs for revenue generated—about 8 percent of total sales, […]

Growing Your Business: What is Your Business’s Competitive Edge?

by Lindel James You know you have to have one, so what is that “edge” for your business? This is the key that draws people to your (virtual or physical) door. Without that edge clearly stated, people will never know why they should turn to you for your product or service. Are you the price […]