November 6

Sock Fans Flock to Cabot Hosiery Mills This Past Weekend

NORTHFIELD – At 6:30 – just before sunrise – on Saturday, Nov. 15, a crowd was already waiting to get in, a Cabot Hosiery Mills employee reported. The doors didn’t open until nine. By then, 400 to 500 people crowded around the mill for the 35th annual sock sale. “Word has gotten out,” said Tony […]

Shumlin Still Supports Single-Payer

Shumlin reiterated his support for a single-payer health care system during his press conference Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Montpelier. “I have been committed to single payer all my public life,” he said. “If we move to a single-payer system, it will cost less money for a better outcome.” As for the technology used to support […]

The Country Bookshop Celebrates 40 Years

The Country Bookshop Celebrates 40 Years

by Nat Frothingham PLAINFIELD—Ben Koenig’s Country Bookshop in the heart of Plainfield Village is celebrating a 40th anniversary this year.  But you’d never know it. Ben who has just hit 72 himself seems not overly impressed by anniversaries, be it his own birthday or the 40th year of the bookshop. A few days ago when […]

Heard on the Street – 11.6.14

Barre Street Paving on the Fast Track Tired of those potholes and cracks on Barre Street in Montpelier? Well after Friday, you should have smooth sailing. A paving project started on Tuesday, Nov. 4 is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 7, according to Acting Director of Public Works Tom McArdle on Nov. 4 in […]

Nature Watch – 11.6.14

by Nona Estrin I returned this week to find tamaracks in full brassy yellow, and the following report, from Barb Baird, in my inbox. She lives next to the huge ginkgo tree on Barre Street and sends out the word when the old tree begins its dramatic two-hour shed of leaves: “Weird year for the tree […]

Vermont College of Fine Arts Sign Provokes Comment

Vermont College of Fine Arts Sign Provokes Comment

by Carla Occaso “Yuk!” wrote Kimberly Cheney, chairman of the Montpelier planning commission in a one-word email response attached to a digital communication string concerning the new sign at the Vermont College of Fine Arts on College Street dated October 21. The opinion was addressed to Mike Miller, director of planning and community development, and […]

Tech Check: Update Your Website, People, It’s Not 1997 Any More! Tips for Website Owners

by Jeremy Lesniak I’ve worked on hundreds of websites over the years, including building full websites from the ground up to making smaller changes.Through all that time I’ve found that many businesses know they need a website, but don’t quite understand how to make it more than a web-based, budget-draining business card. I haven’t spent […]

Granite Street Bridge Finally Open

by Ed Sutherland One of Montpelier’s most trafficked arteries has opened after having been closed for repairs for over two months. And, like friends checking into the health of a loved one, area motorists have looked on with interest as the Granite Street Bridge steadily suffered delay after delay. The truss bridge was opened on […]

Bridge Update: White oak plank installation wraps up  project

Bridge Update: White oak plank installation wraps up project

by Carla Occaso The decision to install imported white oak planks on the walkway held up the final step in the Granite Street Bridge renovation, according to acting Department of Public Works Director Tom McArdle on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Replacing the old planks was not part of the original plan, McArdle explained to The Bridge […]

Montpelier School Board Meets with Opposition Upon Asking for a 0 Percent Increase on 2014-15 Budget

by Page Guertin Montpelier School Board members recently tasked the administration with proposing a zero percent increase in the next year’s budget, but the request met with opposition from both parents and administrators. After intense discussion at their meeting Oct. 15, the board voted on three top priorities to forward to the school administrators for […]