Aug 6 – Aug 19

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

by Dot Helling Sweet tooths have always been easily satisfied in Montpelier. Creemees, pastries, chocolate and candy have always been within walking distance. In the 1970s and 1980s Norma’s Donut Shop had a single creemee window open onto State Street during the summer months. If we ran out of jurors during voir dire at the […]

Need A Vermin Permit? Just Ask MPD

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Police Department often receive questions regarding hunting and firearms use within city limits. The link to the City of Montpelier, VT – City Government ordinances regarding hunting, firearms, and bows is below. This time of year, the department gets many requests for vermin permits which, per city ordinance, allow the restricted use of firearms […]

Murdered DCF Worker Remembered as Being a Beloved ‘Hero’

Murdered DCF Worker Remembered as Being a Beloved ‘Hero’

story and photos by Carla Occaso BARRE — Joe Faryniarz and his wife entered the sweltering Old Labor Hall in Barre August 9 at a little past 4 p.m., both faces wet with tears, joining hundreds of people, including politicians, state workers, community and family members. “She was my cousin,” he said as he took a […]

Vintage Trailers Send Montpelier Back in Time

Vintage Trailers Send Montpelier Back in Time

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — On Saturday morning I walked past a 1958 Serro Scotty trailer, a shiny 1962 Airstream with an owner dressed in a 1960s-era frock and a 1964 pink-themed Holiday Rambler. Had I unknowingly traveled back in time? Or, as one little girl asked her mother, “Why is everybody camping?” […]

New Law Means Consolidation for Many Schools

by Lindsey Grutchfield Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Act 46 — an act relating to education reform — into law on June 2. The new law is the culmination of years of legislative attempts to improve the delivery of education, starting in 2010 with the passage of Act 153. Act 153 concerned voluntary school district mergers […]

Waterhouse Named Spaulding’s Principal

Waterhouse Named Spaulding’s Principal

by Emily Sargent BARRE — For Brenda Waterhouse, the world opened up in first grade. Waterhouse, who began her new position as principal of Spaulding High School this past spring, remembers learning to read and “realizing there was something out there beyond my immediate community … it was amazing. And that all came through education […]

NATURE WATCH: With Kingbirds and Robins Among the Blueberries

by Nona Estrin Birds are suddenly quieter in the mornings, the plant kingdom is focused on seed, yet summer is still in full swing. We’ve had our first cool morning fog and on hot afternoons thunderheads billow up and can be seen for miles. This morning I was in a big commercial blueberry field in […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.6.15

White House Honors MHS Teacher Susan Abrams MONTPELIER — On July 1, the White House named Susan Abrams, a teacher at Montpelier High School, as one recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Presidential Award is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). […]

Neighborhood Weighs In on Sibley Housing Project

Neighborhood Weighs In on Sibley Housing Project

story and photo by Nat Frothingham At a late afternoon meeting on August 4, about a dozen residents of the College Hill neighborhood met with Win Turner of Montpelier and Jamie Hansen of East Montpelier who are exploring the feasibility of a proposed (now-scaled-back) eight-unit apartment building at 25 Sibley Avenue that would house 16 […]

Personal Learning Plans Meet Individual Needs

by Andrew O’Connor During this summer’s interlude, work on the family farm was hardly the story of any of the increasing number of local students and scholar who have given up rakes and hoes for another tyup of tool – the keyboard and computer. More and more such keyboards and computers are being employed in […]