March 6 2014

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Nature Watch 3-6-14

This time of year everyone knows someone who either is, or was just, or is about to leave on vacation. It’s always to escape the unpredictable, the cold, those last storms, or to stow away a bit of vitamin D before the skin and bones deteriorate any further! Our human family in the far north […]

The Ins and Outs of the 2014 Montpelier City Meeting

This year Montpelier witnessed one of the most contentious local elections in years, maybe even in decades. Incumbent mayor John Hollar faced off against challenger Gwen Hallsmith in a race that involved more mudslinging than Vermonters are used to this time of year. With hard-packed snow and ice still plastered to the ground and surrounding […]

Heard On The Street 3/6/2014

Two New Trustees Join the Norwich University Board Maxine Grad of Moretown, Vermont, and John Koziol of Rockwall, Texas, were elected to the Norwich University board of trustees recently. Grad is a graduate of Vermont Law School and has represented Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren in the Vermont State House since 2001. An alumnus […]

Record Attendance at Calais Town Meeting

by Nat Frothingham Forget about the freezing temperatures in Calais on March 4. Indoors, at 9 a.m., when the Calais school meeting was gaveled into order, the potbellied stove was cranking out heat, and about 200 people had already assembled. That number only grew, and by 9:30 a.m., it was standing room only. Talking to […]

2014 Town Meeting Day: Statewide Results Summarized

by Jerry Carter Highlights from around the state. Gun Control Legislation to push for tighter gun control received strong support from Vermont’s biggest city. Burlington residents voted on Tuesday to prohibit firearms from institutions that distribute liquor, to allow police to seize guns in instances of domestic violence and to mandate firearm owners to secure […]


The results from what City Clerk, John Odum, said was the largest turnout of voters in the last 12 years. For Mayor JOHN H. HOLLAR 1525 GWENDOLYN HALLSMITH 782 For Green Mount Cemetery Commissioner  CHARLES E. WILEY 1939 For Park Commissioner  BRYAN M. PFEIFFER 1398 BILL JOHNSON 677 For School Commissioner  CAROL PAQUETTE 1516 KENNETH […]

Students, Faculty, Parents Seek Stronger State Support for Higher Education

by Nat Frothingham On Tuesday, March 11, Vermonters concerned about the steady decline of support from the state of Vermont for the state college system will gather at the State House to talk with legislators. Students, faculty, parents and others plan to make a case for increased state funding for higher education. Russ Mills, a […]

City Council Report:  February 19, 2014 Meeting

City Council Report: February 19, 2014 Meeting

City Charter Amendments, Proposed Parklet and District Heat by Nat Frothingham   Shortly after calling the February 19 meeting to order, Mayor John Hollar presented District 3 councilor Alan H. Weiss with a framed proclamation to acknowledge and thank Weiss for his six years of dedicated service on the council. Ballot Item: Proposed City Charter […]

The Rivers and Montpelier

The Rivers and Montpelier

Mitigating Flood Risk Through Wetland Protection and Infrastructure by C. B. Hall   On the morning of March 11, 1992, Montpelier residents awoke to see the Winooski River engulfing their downtown, as ice floes loosened by an early spring thaw jammed the river just below the Bailey Avenue bridge and transformed much of the city […]