December 12, 2013

Going for the Real Gold: Once an Orphan, John McArdle Surmounts Multiple Obstacles with Boundless Energy and Enthusiasm

Going for the Real Gold: Once an Orphan, John McArdle Surmounts Multiple Obstacles with Boundless Energy and Enthusiasm

by Joyce Kahn What is a hero? Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a hero as an illustrious warrior, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities and one who shows great courage. Extending this idea, Carlos Castaneda said, “The ordinary person takes everything as a blessing or a curse. A warrior takes everything as a […]

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Nature Watch

Our earth has now tilted as far away from the sun as it does. These last days do not add noticeably to the length of night, nor to the low angle of the sun. But on clear days, it often shines with that gold and orange hue of low light, unless the air is dessicatingly […]

Heard On The STREET

Support the Food Pantry This Holiday Season If you want to support the food pantry, but don’t know what to get or have time to stop in, the food shelf would welcome your monetary donation. These donations can be mailed in, saving you another trip out during this busy year. Make checks out to Just […]

Another Year, Another Budget Gap State Budget FY2014

By Jerry Carter When the Vermont State Legislature assembles on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, lawmakers will face the task of digging themselves out of a deeper budget hole. In FY2013 the state found itself with a budget gap of $50.6 million. This gap has deepened to $67.3 million in FY2014, and administration economists predict that […]

City Council Meeting: Merchants Confront City Hall over Construction Fallout

Several downtown merchants spoke out over the impact of the district heat project on Montpelier’s downtown commerce during City Council meeting on December 4. Confronting the mayor, the council and the city manager, these business owners expressed discontent over the city’s handling of the project, citing a fumbling of communication so grievous that Cindra Conison, […]

December 4 School Board: Meeting State Parking Lot Nixed, School Budget Pending

by Bob Nuner Among subjects discussed at the meeting of the Montpelier Board of School Commissioners, held on December 4 at Montpelier High School, was a proposal, from the state of Vermont, to use a lawn adjacent to the parking lot for state employees to park their cars. The state offered to pay the school […]

George Spaulding: Lover of Books and People, Embodying Vermont Values

George Spaulding: Lover of Books and People, Embodying Vermont Values

by Lisbeth Dodd George Spaulding, with his trademark colorful T-shirts and long, white mane of hair, is a readily recognizable Montpelier citizen, whether seen behind the large oak desk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library or the counter at Bear Pond Books. George, a genial soul, greets hundreds of people a day at Kellogg-Hubbard, his warm “How may […]

Eleventh-Hour Showstopper: Gasoline Wholesaler/Retailer Skip Vallee Appeals Black Bear Biodiesel’s Permit

by Ricka McNaughton In the close-knit business community of tiny Plainfield, Vermont, where friendly competition goes without much saying, a permit dispute has arisen between two recent arrivals. The business owners involved have markedly different ideologies concerning free enterprise, and one of them has now prevented the other from opening his doors, at least temporarily. […]

Holiday Events

Holiday Events

Barre (City) Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Date: December 13 Location: Barre Opera House Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission: $30 adults; $24 seniors (65+) and AARP members; $9 youth 18 and under Tickets/Information: 476-8188 or barre operahouse.org Join us for another festive celebration of the season. The theater will ring with holiday favorites not to be […]