November 21, 2013

District Heat Project Communications

District Heat Project Communications

On November 18, Nat Frothingham, Ivan Shadis and Jerry Carter of The Bridge met with Bill Fraser, city manager, and Jessie Baker, assistant city manager, to discuss the impacts and repercussions of the district heat project. The following excerpts are from the range of topics that were discussed during that 90-minute interview. 2008–2011 River Street […]

Heard On The STREET

Help the Downtown with Capital City Cash As the dust of this summer’s construction begins to clear, many downtown businesses are looking at a calamitous fourth quarter if  this season’s holiday shopping does not leave them breathing a little easier. One way shoppers can assist is through Capital City Cash, a universal gift certificate started […]

Nature Watch

Less and less sun, more and more dark. Every year at this time, I reawaken to why our species loves the sunlight and has perhaps always found sheltered, south-facing sunny locations for winter basking. Not just our species. I know a fine south-facing rock ledge, set about with hemlock, the ledges high enough to catch […]

Dave Bennett  Connecting Through the Heart

Dave Bennett Connecting Through the Heart

by Amy Brooks Thornton Beloved Community Connections Site Coordinator Soon to Leave To capture Dave Bennett in words or photos is like looking at one MRI slice of the brain, flat and translucent, when the actual phenomenon is vibrating, signaling and connecting in a myriad of directions at lightning speed. Dave Bennett, Community Connections site […]

MHS Outing Club Team Leaders Reflect on Dave Bennett

With the reality that college is looming around the corner, I find myself faced with the question of what I want to be when I grow up. While I have very little inclination as to what I do want to be, if I had to choose, I would say that I would want to be […]

Coping with the  College Common App Online Application Glitches  Not Limited to Health Care

Coping with the College Common App Online Application Glitches Not Limited to Health Care

by Bob Nuner Recently, word spread among the college bound that high school seniors applying for college were encountering snags as they applied using the revamped Common Application. The problems were national in scope. The Common Application, or Common App, which allows students to fill out one college application and submit it to multiple schools, […]

Parking Rates Go Up, Public Safety Authority Charter to Be Revised

by Ivan Shadis Conservation Commission Appointment Ben Eastwood of Montpelier appeared, seeking to fill a seat on the Conservation Commission. The commission is tasked with creating an inventory of “special areas” and natural features to be protected in accord with the master plan and to advise the Planning Commission as necessary. Asked if he would […]

Have Nowhere to Go on Thanksgiving?  Check Out These Free Meals

Have Nowhere to Go on Thanksgiving? Check Out These Free Meals

by Cassandra Hemenway Thanksgiving evokes nostalgia and fond memories—and possibly dread of horrific family dynamics. But ultimately the images of this holiday center around feast and family. Not everyone, however, has access to food or family. In fact, the Vermont Foodbank estimates that at least one in seven Vermonters struggles to get food on the […]

Waste Not, Want Not Directing Excess Food to Those in Need

by Cassandra Hemenway As our food goes from farm to fork to landfill, we Americans waste a whopping 40 percent of it, according to a 2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and that number gets even higher during the holidays. “Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of […]

Make a Joyful Noise

You don’t have to read music to join the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, which has been exciting audiences since 1994. The only requirement is a love of singing. From its humble origins of about 15 people, the group has grown to a choir of 70 regular singers.  This animated spiritual group is joined by some […]