August 7, 2014

Heard on the Street 8.7.14–8.28.14

Williams Challenging Kelly in State’s Attorney Race Democrat Scott Williams is challenging incumbent Washington County state’s attorney Tom Kelly for his job in this November’s election, maintaining that “in  two election cycles, there has not been a strong Democratic campaign for the position. This year is different.” For Williams, the justice system’s handling of drug […]

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Kids’ Day at the Farmers’ Market

By Carolyn Grodinsky. From pesto to dog biscuits, from sushi to wallets made of duct tape, children sell a wide range of self-made items each year at the Capital City Farmers’ Market’s Youth Day, coming up this season on August 16 at the market’s regular State Street location. You never know what you’ll find. This […]

School Boards Chief: “Engage Every Student”

Interview by Nat Frothingham and C.B. Hall. Steve Dale, executive director of the Montpelier-based Vermont School Boards Association, finds himself in a tight spot. He has to represent the views of the state’s nearly 300 school districts as they confront—some eagerly, some in near-terror—the possibility of an enforced consolidation as a remedy to the Green […]

Chickens, Construction and the Common Core: Area Schools Get Ready for Students

By Carla Occaso. As the calendar creeps closer to the end of August, students and teachers will soon be stashing the flip- flops and breaking out the pencil sharpeners. Are our public schools ready? What’s new? Below are some news tidbits from a random sample of local institutions. U.S. News & World Report has rated […]

Book Review: Snow-Dark Crossing

Reviewed by Lindsey Grutchfield. Kevin Macneil Brown’s new mystery, Snow-Dark Crossing, centers on the death of a University of Vermont American history professor. The police think it’s murder, but it takes some research to prove their theory and find the perpetrator. Because of the nature of the professor’s work, the cops call on a history […]

Parklets or Let’s Park?

Parklets or Let’s Park?

By C.B. Hall. State Street may soon be getting its second parklet. Across the street from the Rialto Bridge parklet, Positive Pie is seeking to expand its restaurant service to a parklet which, like the Rialto structure, will take up two parking spaces. That would give the restaurant and bar 18 to 20 more seats […]

Nature Watch 8.7.14

By Nona Estrin   Today summer is taking a nap. Berries are ripening; chanterelles are popping up overnight—sun and rain, just right for them this year. The shrubby power line near us is silent, but I know the common yellowthroat warblers and the black-billed cuckoo are feeding fledglings there. If I stand quiet, I hear […]

Eye on Montpelier

By Ashley Witzenberger, executive director of Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive invites the entire community to our 15th anniversary party on Saturday, September 6. Celebrate with us on State Street, between Elm and Main, from 5 to 9 p.m., with great music, games, food vendors and fun. We’re grateful for the continued support of local businesses, […]

Mermin to Honor Marcel Marceau

By Nat Frothingham. Rob Mermin—actor, writer and founder of Circus Smirkus—will give a single performance of his one-man show to honor Marcel Marceau on Saturday evening, August 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Unadilla Theatre in East Calais. Mermin studied under two legendary French mimes: Marcel Marceau and Étienne Decroux. In his show he will […]