2015 Issues

Hallsmith Hearing Officer: Termination Justified

Hallsmith Hearing Officer: Termination Justified

Independent Hearing Officer Issues Decision Upholding the City’s Decision to Terminate Gwendolyn Hallsmith   MONTPELIER — On December 28, Independent Hearing Officer Michael J. Marks issued his decision on the post-termination appeal of Gwendolyn Hallsmith, former planning director, concerning the termination of her employment by the City of Montpelier in November 2013. The City prevailed. In […]

School District Consolidation Discussed

by Jose Aguayo   Act 46, a complex new law aiming to reshape Vermont’s education landscape through district consolidation, will  impact the lives (as well as property taxes) of many, according to discussions held at the Agency of Education in Barre December 17. While Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe stated that no specific mandates exist to […]

Unsung Heroes: Montpelier Firefighters Battle Much More Than Blazes

Unsung Heroes: Montpelier Firefighters Battle Much More Than Blazes

Celebrating Unsung Heroes by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Major fires rarely ignite to maximum fury in Montpelier, so why do we need a full-time professional fire department? To answer that, just make a note of the correct complete name of the department: “Montpelier Fire and Ambulance Department.” Emergency medical services made up most of their […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.17.15

City Council Proposes New Luxury Tax MONTPELIER — At its December 9 meeting, the Montpelier City Council discussed the advisability of checking to see if voters are willing to support a one percent added municipal tax on rooms, meals and alcohol. If approved, this added tax could produce as much as $200,000 of additional revenue for […]

NATURE WATCH: Waterfowl Tarry As Warmth Continues

by Chip Darmstadt Our snowless landscape and warm weather have been an inevitable topic of conversation lately. Ponds and other water bodies are still ice-free. A recent ramble around Berlin Pond yielded eight different species of waterfowl, including a very rare Ross’s Goose. This diminutive arctic species closely resembles the much more common Snow Goose. […]

Focus on Photography

Focus on Photography

by Daniel A. Neary, Jr. It was in the 1930s that a group of photographers organized to form f/64. This collection of lensmen and women opened up the meaning of the words “art” and “photography” with images based, in part, from the forces of nature. Their work challenged the stiff-collared portraits of the period and […]

Locals Send Relief to Syrian Refugees: Local Couple Helped by MHS Students Gathers 250 items

Locals Send Relief to Syrian Refugees: Local Couple Helped by MHS Students Gathers 250 items

Celebrating Unsung Heroes by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — It is one thing to think, “We should help refugees.” It is another thing to actually roll up your sleeves and help the refugees depicted in the news media drowning, suffering and freezing in faraway lands. Some people in our community, though, have rolled up their sleeves. […]

Dispensary Worker Pot Bust: Husband Charged, Wife Off The Hook

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — One half of a Moretown couple, who both worked at Montpelier’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary, appeared in court after being busted together for having pot at their home this fall. The other came out unscathed. Both Benjamin Jenkins, 38, and his wife, Nicole (Brooke) Jenkins, 36, were employed at the medical […]

The Med Shed

The Med Shed

Celebrating Unsung Heroes by Stephen Mills MONTPELIER — If you’re a medical patient, have a disability, are elderly, poor or eco-conscious and want free medical equipment that is recycled, then The Med Shed at Wayward Wheels is the place for you. For the past 20 years, Sue and Raymond Toolan have offered the free loan […]

Award-Winning Film Director Lukas Huffman Seeks Indiegogo Support

Award-Winning Film Director Lukas Huffman Seeks Indiegogo Support

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Last March, Lukas Huffman came back home and won the audience award for best film at the 2015 Green Mountain Film Festival. Huffman grew up in Montpelier and is a 1996 graduate of Montpelier High School. His award-winning film that won Best Picture last spring is a dramatic comedy called […]