November 7, 2013

Rachel Putney Mom, Norwich Student, Veteran  of Modern Conflicts

Rachel Putney Mom, Norwich Student, Veteran of Modern Conflicts

by Amy Brooks Thornton Rachel Putney sits across from me in Norwich University’s Kreitzberg Library, her huge blue eyes attentive and bright. She was early, neat as a pin, easy to talk to. Her day began—and will end—in Randolph, Vermont, where she lives with her husband of three years and 11-year-old son. But for the […]

Heard on the Street

Wellness Jamboree at City Hall Saturday, November 9, Hunger Mountain Coop will host its 20th Annual Food & Wellness Expo at Montpelier’s City Hall. The free event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The co-op has again partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to hold a community food drive as part of the event. Last […]

Nature Watch

  Relearning an in-between season. Brassy tamaracks begin to lose their needles. Balsam fir is at its most fragrant, as some of the older needles dry and fall to the ground. Birds, from tiny ruby-crowned kinglets to Canada geese, are still pouring through Vermont, leaving colder weather and shorter days behind them. And sound, without […]

Who Is Skip Vallee?

Who Is Skip Vallee?

by Ricka McNaughton Interviewer’s Note: The following interview with Rodolphe Vallee was conducted via e-mail, per his choice, with some questions edited lightly for brevity. The interview is solely a dialogue with Vallee (unknown to many Plainfield residents), who speaks about himself and his actions. It’s not intended as a complete treatment of the issues […]

The Refueling  of Plainfield:   New Businesses Bring Change to a Small, Diverse Town

The Refueling of Plainfield: New Businesses Bring Change to a Small, Diverse Town

by Ricka McNaughton Ask someone nearby to describe this historic, quaint, livably rural New England town, population around 1,300, and hands down, one word will top the list of adjectives for Plainfield: quirky. It might be better described as a place where the oft-opposing values of fierce individualism and a view to the common good […]

Downtown Montpelier  Construction   Woes?  Depends Who You Talk To

Downtown Montpelier Construction Woes? Depends Who You Talk To

by Bob Nuner As Montpelier’s district heat construction winds down, reaction to the construction season among the city’s business owners ranges from acceptance to anger. For a number of businesses, it’s been a bad year. Depending, in part, on the part of town, annual sales decline estimates start around 10 percent and get worse. Businesses […]

An Interview with Logan Potskowski Husband, Norwich Student, Veteran of Iraq War

An Interview with Logan Potskowski Husband, Norwich Student, Veteran of Iraq War

Logan Potskowski enrolled at  Norwich University as a cadet from 1998–2001. In 2001, he enlisted in the army and served 12 years. Potskowski  served as an infantry sergeant in a reconnaissance troop in Iraq, “the eyes and ears on the battlefield,” he says.  In 2013, he was honorably discharged and voluntarily signed onto the Vermont […]

Public Banks and Public Accountability

by Gwendolyn Hallsmith If you had told me a year ago that a subject as wonky as public banking would produce the scandal that is raging in Montpelier right now, I would have thought you were nuts.  What a month: headline news, more letters to the editor than even Sabin’s pasture managed to generate, accusations […]

Free Speech, Planning Commission Deadlock and Dog Waste Update

by Ivan Shadis The October 23, 2013, meeting of City Council assembled in the shadow of an article in the Times Argus issue of that same day in which Gwendolyn Hallsmith, planning and community development director, claimed directives designed to suppress her free speech were handed down by City Manager Bill Fraser at the behest […]

What Is a Sustainable Population for Vermont? Report by Vermonters for a Sustainable Population Explores the Question

by Nat Frothingham I n the 1960s, when the first Russian and American astronauts soared into space, what they saw when they looked back was our green-blue planet earth floating in a sea of universal darkness—the earth as a wonder of creation, infinitely lucky, fragile and vulnerable. It is this reverence for life that infuses […]