October 3, 2013

Music Thrives in the Green Mountains

Music Thrives in the Green Mountains

by Amy Brooks Thornton  State Street. Montpelier. Past midnight on a Saturday. There is a hush. Empty sidewalks. Few cars. Muted glow of street lamps. But, open the door at Positive Pie, Charlie-O’s or Sweet Melissa’s, and melody and rhythm and the buzz of those relaxing into the vibe waft out, envelope you and pull […]

Heard On The Street

Kitzmiller Coat Drive Needs Volunteers Representative Warren Kitzmiller reminds that the Karen Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive happens October 26. The drive seeks volunteers to help collect, organize and distribute what has historically been nearly 2,000 winter coats. Kitzmiller says, “We also distribute hats, mittens, gloves, boots, comforters, quilts and blankets.” The event takes place in […]

Nature Watch

I can’t ride my bicycle far without dodging a woolly bear caterpillar (an Isabella tiger moth in its later life) crossing the road, looking for a place to overwinter. Wasps are active on the warm south side of our house, batting about madly as they impregnate the newly emerged young queens of the year. These females […]

Small Joints Are Jumpin’ with foot-tapping tunes, brews and bacon

Small Joints Are Jumpin’ with foot-tapping tunes, brews and bacon

by Kate Mueller Want to venture a bit off the beaten path to hear some music and encounter a different social scene? The beaten path in this case being Montpelier. Just a short distance from the capital, a couple of intriguing options present themselves: the Whammy Bar in Calais and Nutty Steph’s Chocolaterie Shop in […]

City Council Meeting

Burglaries up Fivefold, Montpelier to Challenge Berlin’s Proposed Water Treatment Plant by Ivan Shadis To begin, during general appearances, LaToya Coleman of Montpelier addressed racism in Vermont. “I come here today because I feel that I have been judged by the color of my skin and not by the content of my character,” said Coleman. […]

Deadline for Declaring Homesteads Looms Property Tax Adjustment Rules Have Changed

Bob Nuner ’Tis the season for homeowners to pay property taxes. But taxpayers are reminded that the rules have changed—again—for paying those taxes, particularly the education portion. Tax bills have two main portions: the municipal or town tax and the education tax. The education tax is affected by Act 68, in which the state considers […]

Got Health Insurance? Navigating the State Health Care Exchange

by Bob Nuner All Vermonters—indeed all Americans—are supposed to have health insurance coverage starting January 1, 2014. According to the frequently-asked-questions site at the state’s health insurance marketplace site, “Starting January 1, 2014, federal law requires all Americans to have health insurance. Many people will be eligible for public programs or financial assistance to help […]

The Need for Tweed Debut CD of Chris Robertson  and The Socket Rockets

The Need for Tweed Debut CD of Chris Robertson and The Socket Rockets

by Chip Wilson Chris Robertson has been on a longtime search for the ultimate guitar tone. With The Socket Rockets, he has realized his sonic vision with their debut CD The Need for Tweed. Tweed refers to the most coveted Fender guitar amplifiers, and Robertson puts his amps through their paces. Robertson vocalizes on roadhouse […]

Five Community Groups Sponsor a  Five-House Montpelier Home Tour

Five Community Groups Sponsor a Five-House Montpelier Home Tour

This Saturday, October 5, five Montpelier showcase homes will be open for a self-guided tour to benefit these organizations: Montpelier’s public schools, Montpelier Alive, Rotary Club of Montpelier, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society and Montpelier Senior Activity Center. The tour presents a variety of homes: from an 1820s farmhouse to a 2008 net-zero house powered by […]

Passing the Five-Year Mark at the Vermont College of Fine Arts

Passing the Five-Year Mark at the Vermont College of Fine Arts

by Nat Frothingham About five years ago in June 2008, the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) purchased the Montpelier campus on the hill with 12 buildings from the Union Institute & University and gave birth to a new, independent college with the aim of creating a national center for education in the arts. As […]