January 10, 2013

Democrats in the Driver’s Seat: With One-Party Control Stronger Than Ever, Not Everyone is Happy

Democrats in the Driver’s Seat: With One-Party Control Stronger Than Ever, Not Everyone is Happy

Vermont House Member Paul Poirier: Once a Democrat, Now an Independent by Nat Frothingham In the estimation of Paul Poirier, a longtime Vermont House member and an Independent representing Barre City, the Democratic Party has forgotten its working-class roots and abandoned the marginalized people the party was once committed to serve. Poirier was first elected […]

Staff Reductions Proposed for Both City and School Budgets

by Richard Sheir The year 2013 may be remembered as the time when both school and city operating budgets began the process of “bending the curve”—adjusting staff capacity downward to better reflect the population decline in the last decade. Both budgets also pay far greater attention to preventative capital maintenance, which had largely been ignored […]

City Council Discusses Budget Cuts: Shorter Library Hours, Degradation of City Services Are Possible Effects

by Steven M. Cliche Kellogg-Hubbard Library director Richard Bidnick warned the City Council that the library could be forced to go part-time if the council did not approve an additional $14,698 to be presented to voters on town meeting day. The city has already agreed to bond nearly $44,000 for the library in the coming […]

The State of the Budget: Local Legislators Weigh In

by Robert Nuner  The governor’s address to the legislature has been delayed a week, and a shortfall in Vermont’s tax revenue is widely anticipated. Cuts are expected in the state’s aid from Washington. We reached out to Montpelier’s legislators to ask about the fiscal situation, in particular about priorities and, if cuts were needed, the […]

Eleanor Ott: Writer, Educator and Activist

by Max Shenk The poetry of Eleanor Ott, a local writer and educator, was recently published in Come Walk with Us, a 2013 calendar that also features photos of East Calais by Jane English. Ott’s writing reflects her lifelong mission: practicing the spirit of the phrase “think globally, act locally.” Ott’s work as an educator […]

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

by Mary Mello RU listening? Maybe you’ve noticed that our language appears to be shrinking. In a world that increasingly relies on the shorthand of e-mail and texting, we may be losing our interest in complex language. What will happen to our ability to think, as well as to write, if we no longer feel […]

Bagitos: A Home for Local Musicians

Bagitos: A Home for Local Musicians

by Bronwyn Fryer Not long ago, Langdon Street Café was the live-music destination in Montpelier. When the dark red curtains cocooning the stage area came down and its doors shut, many local musicians felt adrift. They bemoaned the lack of a beloved venue, and the café’s shuttering felt like a big loss to the community. […]

Exploring Heritage, Legacy and Identity: Collective Memories of a Lost Paradise by Robert Belenky

by Joyce Kahn Robert Belenky’s personal quest for his roots is lovingly detailed in his latest book, Collective Memories of a Lost Paradise: Jewish Agricultural Settlements in Ukraine During the 1920s and 1930s. Part memoir, part historical documentation of a little-known era in which Jews were given land to farm in Ukraine, Belenky accomplishes what […]

South Side Tavern: A True Barre Gem

South Side Tavern: A True Barre Gem

by Steven M. Cliche Cruising through downtown Barre on a frosty Monday night, I’m in awe. A few months ago, Main Street was a muddled mess of caution signs, construction equipment and barriers that blocked off massive holes that would have swallowed up vehicles. Frankly, it looked downright post-apocalyptic. How things have changed. With clean, […]

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