May 21 – June 3, 2015

Robbery Spree Covers Three Towns

Man charged with Assault, Robbery and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult MONTPELIER — On Saturday, May 30 at around 3 p.m. the Montpelier Police Department received a call from the elderly resident of 45 Barre St. that there was a man in her house trying to take money from her. When officers arrived, they met with […]

Council Appoints Olson to Replace Guerlain

Council Appoints Olson to Replace Guerlain

-by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — City councilors appointed Jean Olson, a District 2 resident who lives on Hubbard Street, to replace outgoing council member Thierry Guerlain during an executive session at the beginning of their meeting May 27. Guerlain’s resignation became effective at the end of the meeting. Guerlain had announced his resignation at the […]

Sunny Sunday Brings Out Shoppers

Sunny Sunday Brings Out Shoppers

MONTPELIER — Every where you looked Memorial Day Weekend were signs directing people to various arts or craft studios in town. Some were officially sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council, and others, such as Bo Muller-Moore, just took the opportunity to invite people to see how the crafts are created. In any case, shoppers talked excitedly […]

Montpelier Police Beat: May 11 – 17

(Excerpted from the Montpelier Police Department Media Log) Keys were found in the vacant lot next to Splash Naturals. There was a juvenile problem on Foster Street A motorist reported an intoxicated male walking in traffic on River Street. Police located the man and later placed him into protective custody. Someone reported a suspicious event […]

Rooms With Views:  New Apartment Building Nearly Complete

Rooms With Views: New Apartment Building Nearly Complete

by Jake Brown   MONTPELIER — Construction of a six-unit apartment building close to downtown is nearing completion, and two of the six apartments in the building on Cedar Street have been spoken for, says owner Jason Merrill. He says the project, the first new residential apartment building constructed in downtown in many years, should […]

NATURE WATCH: The Sweet Fragrance of Spring

Up on our hill, the apples are still blooming and spring is boasting its most beautiful weather in years, with gentle slowly soaking rains setting off days of sun. Wild plum fragrance has given way to apple and lilac. The air is sweet, the days are long, while gardens demand we turn our energy to […]

Heard on the Street: 5.21.15

Heard on the Street: 5.21.15

New Barbershop to Open  MONTPELIER — A new business is getting inspected by the end of this month, and then men and women about town will be able to sit on a refurbished 1940’s vintage Belmont barber’s chair under a new pressed tin ceiling with recessed lighting to relax, recline and get a cut and/or […]

City Council Votes to Ban Smoking in City Parks

Smoke-Free Downtown Also Proposed -by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — Effective imminently: No smoking in city parks. Effective soon? No smoking in downtown Montpelier. The details: To be determined. City councilors voted unanimously on May 13 to support the motion made by outgoing City Council member Thierry Guerlain and seconded by Jessica Edgerly Walsh to […]

Pocket Park on Main Street Creates Inviting Community Space

by Ashley Witzenberger   The lot on Main Street next to Splash Naturals has been an eyesore for Montpelier’s historic and quaint downtown for some time, but that is about to change. If you haven’t already seen the beginnings of the makeover, a new pocket park and public gathering space is coming together and the […]

OPINION: Is Growth Always Good?

by George Webb, retired UVM professor   When population increases, development increases: More commercial buildings, houses, apartments, schools, and more and wider roads. My personal experience has been that not all of these changes are good. I moved to Vermont in 1966 when the population was about 423,000. Now it is about 625,000. In 1966 […]