August 1,2013

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Hollar and Aldrich Debate  School Spending

Hollar and Aldrich Debate School Spending

by Ken Russell The question is when is enough, enough? Will the whole thing tip over?” —John Hollar, Mayor and former School Board Chair   Everyone that I talk to says… do not cut this program, do not lose another teacher, do not shave away programs and options for our kids, they do not want […]

Heard On The STREET

Barre Continues to Look Forward The Barre Partnership advertises a community meeting on Monday, August 5, at 5 p.m. at the Barre Elks Lodge: “Meet with the Vermont Downtown Action Team consisting of experts in architecture, businesses and economic development, marketing and branding and organization. Share with them your thoughts on downtown Barre and its […]

What’s In: wrist wraps

What’s In: wrist wraps

  While arms are bared, Montpelierites are winding long strands of leather and beads, and sometimes metals, round and round their wrists; or alternatively, choosing the simplicity of one simple, silver band. Photos by Amy Brooks Thornton.     Share this:

Nature Watch

Looking around for signs of August, and there are many, in spite of the bizarre summer of rain. The alternate-leaved dogwoods are covered with berries, still green, but ripening in time for migrating thrushes of all sorts. In the rich woods, wild onions, or leeks, which didn’t bloom at all last summer in the drought, […]

Voices on School Spending

Voices on School Spending

by Nat Frothingham and Ken Russell Peter Nielsen on Spring 2013 Teacher Contract Negotiations “Those negotiating the contract have sold the whole town down the Winooski for years and years to come. The money that will be added to that contract will come directly from the students instead of paying for teachers. Instead of being […]

Breaking Down the Walls:  New Pathways at our Public High Schools

Breaking Down the Walls: New Pathways at our Public High Schools

The applause does not stop. The audience, packed onto the U-32 high school stage, stands for the performance they’ve just witnessed. Growing Up: The Modern American Horror weaves original music, a live band, fantastical masks, singers and dancers into a politically savvy, witty and highly intelligent script. It is the brainchild of Camille Johnson, director, […]

Sampler of Central  Vermont K–12 Alternate Education Options

Sampler of Central Vermont K–12 Alternate Education Options

Compiled by Bob Nuner   These educational options are tuition-based. Please contact the organizations for more information on associated costs, available discounts and scholarships. This information derived from websites and admissions directors.    1)Central Vermont Academy Our school provides a safe, Christ-centered setting, which gives every child the opportunity to develop spiritually, mentally, socially and […]

The Bully Project

The Bully Project

“For the last two months, a group of teens, with the support of the Basement Teen Center and Folk Life Center, have been interviewing and photographing  people of all ages around downtown Montpelier to record the public’s thoughts on bullying.  Interviewees were photographed and asked questions such as: “What does bullying mean to you?”  “Why […]

Claire Watt Chooses Unpaid South Africa AIDS Awareness Soccer Program over Masters in Nursing

Claire Watt Chooses Unpaid South Africa AIDS Awareness Soccer Program over Masters in Nursing

by Nat Frothingham On Sunday, August 4, after five days of orientation in Hanover, New Hampshire, Claire Watt, a 2005 graduate of Montpelier High School, will fly to Johannesburg along with 22 other interns for a year-long stint with Grassroot Soccer, an international, nonprofit organization that harnesses the attraction of soccer to raise youth and […]