June 20, 2013

Graduation: A Rite of Passage Through Difficult Times

Graduation: A Rite of Passage Through Difficult Times

The high school experience is slowly expanding as students seek alternatives that better suit their educational needs and help pave their future path more effectively. During the final years of high school, students are faced with increasing concerns—the push to take a multitude of classes and participate in sports or extracurricular activities extensively, a battery […]

Heard On The Street

Vermont Graduates Loaded with Debt As if parents don’t have enough to worry about, this is an excerpted communique from Senator Sanders’ office: “(T)he Joint Economic Committee showed the average student loan debt in Vermont was greater than the amount in all but six other states. In Vermont, 63 percent of college graduates hold student […]

Nature Watch

The fragrance of lilacs is now just past, but two heavy-hitting olfactory delights are on deck, bedstraw and the impossibly wonderful scent of milkweed bloom. Actually, fragrant bedstraw (formerly called mattress grass for it’s old-time use as bedding) is flowering now. It’s that spreading white bloom on overgrown fields. But with all the rain, I […]

Looking Back on Year One: An Interview with MHS Principal Adam Bunting

Looking Back on Year One: An Interview with MHS Principal Adam Bunting

by Nat Frothingham In the middle of a wide-ranging conversation that kept coming back over and over again to the idea of what constitutes a powerful learning experience, Adam Bunting, who is just concluding his first year as principal of Montpelier High School, suddenly broke away from a rather abstract discussion of brain research to […]

New Waldorf-Based High School to Open

by Nat Frothingham Beginning this September, a new central Vermont high school based on the teaching principles of Rudolf Steiner and his worldwide Waldorf schools will open at the Stokes Building on the Goddard College campus in Plainfield. For the past two years, a group of parents and educators have been making preparations for what […]

Dragon Boat Racer  and Cancer Survivor Mary Trafton

Dragon Boat Racer and Cancer Survivor Mary Trafton

by Nat Frothingham Many people in Montpelier and beyond recognize Mary Trafton through her work as a graphic artist at the Hunger Mountain Coop. Her lively and colorful hand-drawn signs can be seen throughout the store. A recent sign featured a very large watermelon that said impressively, “Organic Watermelons.” About two and a half years […]

The Council Considers Late-Night Construction Noise, Downtown Parklets and Dogs in the Park

In Montpelier’s City Council meetings, the consent agenda generally presents routine matters. On June 12, this included approvals for borrowing $2.5 million for a Tax Anticipation Note for FY14 and a Bond Anticipation Note of $2 million for the district heat project. Other consent items included approval of the city’s audit service contract (Fothergilll Segale […]

Johnny Boyd Swings Back to Vermont

Johnny Boyd Swings Back to Vermont

by Amy Brooks Thornton After a 12-year hiatus, Johnny Boyd of the very popular 1990s swing band, Indigo Swing, is returning to the music scene and bringing his toe-tapping, highly danceable music to the Capital City Grange in Montpelier. His goal? “To have people sweaty and hot at the end of night.” Although Boyd’s songs […]

Food News You Can Use

The Barnstand, a business collective including Onion River Farmstand, Nutty Steph’s, and A Stitch in Time, opened in May at the intersection of Route 2 and Onion River Road in Marshfield. The collective will offer free coffee every day, as well as organically grown starts, herbs, vegetables, blueberries and goods made from produce grown on […]

Michael Arnowitt  Performs in Washington, D.C.

Michael Arnowitt Performs in Washington, D.C.

by Kathryn Powers Sunday evening, in the fern- and philodendron-filled West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., pianist Michael Arnowitt presented a magnificent concert of early 20th-century music. All the selections, assembled by Arnowitt, were composed in or around 1913, a year of great cultural, technological, social and political ferment, […]