May 7–May 20, 2015

Vermont Arts Council Turns 50

Vermont Arts Council Turns 50

by Carla Occaso The first legislative general fund allocation for the Vermont Arts Council in 1965: $500. Fiscal Year 2015 legislative general fund allocation: $654,439.00 MONTPELIER — If you have seen a public building or a road construction project created or renovated in recent years, you probably noticed sculpture or other art forms intermingled with […]

Heard on the Street: 5.7.15

Montpelier High School Names New Principal  MONTPELIER — School authorities have chosen Michael McRaith as new principal to serve at Montpelier High School starting next school year. Sue Aldrich, chair of the school board, said McRaith made a favorable impression during the April 14 board meeting. The announcement came weeks after Principal Adam Bunting said […]

16-Unit ‘Net Zero’ Building Proposed Near Sabin’s Pasture

16-Unit ‘Net Zero’ Building Proposed Near Sabin’s Pasture

by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — Atop College Hill at the corner of Sibley Avenue and Sabin Street is the site of a proposed 16-unit apartment building with underground parking. If the project moves forward, it would replace a grassy lawn-type area with a fence-protected garden. “The idea was to make a net-zero building,” said […]

Emergency Responders Rescue Woman from River

Firefighter Nick Bressette honored for extra effort by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — It was the first time in recent memory that emergency responders pulled someone from the Winooski River alive, said James R. Quinn, deputy fire chief with the Montpelier Fire and Ambulance Department. The survivor of the April 15 water rescue is not […]

Public Meetings To Be Held On New Zoning Regulations

The Montpelier Planning Commission has finished writing a draft update of the city’s zoning regulations, and will be holding a series of workshops in May and early June to receive public input. The new zoning, which the Commission has been working on for nearly five years, is a comprehensive update and includes many changes, including […]

EDITORIAL: Preserve Parental Right to Choose

by Nat Frothingham Author, activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visited the Vermont State House on May 5 and gave testimony on the current Vermont vaccination debate in a packed hearing room before the House Committee on Health Care. Kennedy is widely recognized by many Americans being the son of his namesake father, the […]

A Tribute to Catherine Orr

A Tribute to Catherine Orr

Editor’s Note: The final event of the Capital City Concerts 2014-2015 season will be dedicated to Catherine Orr, whose contributions to musical life in this part of Vermont spanned more than 30 years. In mid-April I heard from Karen Kevra, artistic director of the Capital City Concert series. She asked me to talk with Orr […]

Teen Filmmakers Pledge Long-term Collaboration

by Ahri Messina The ability to straddle the line between professionalism and having fun is something very important to any artist or performer. It’s something that comes naturally to teenagers. It’s something I’ve truly learned to do only recently, and it’s an ability that I hope to never lose. Vermont is a very welcoming place […]

BOOK REVIEW: “Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women”

by Lindsey Grutchfield Female relationships are generally complicated, often messy, and frequently overlooked by the literary world. Realistic portrayals of their complexities can be difficult to find, sacrificed for romantic relationships or buried under the guise of so-called “chick lit.” Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, an anthology of essays edited by Nina Gaby, avoids […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Fine Art of Food in Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Dustin Smith opened Morse Block Deli almost a year ago with a vision to provide downtown Barre with an eccentric deli experience, and that’s exactly what he’s done. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Smith uses his diverse educational background and life experiences in providing local diners with […]