October 1 – October 14, 2015

How Does Law Enforcement Handle Mental Health Crises?

How Does Law Enforcement Handle Mental Health Crises?

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — What happens when a family member, a neighbor or a friend suddenly becomes a danger to him or herself or others? Maybe they are suicidal. Maybe they are threatening to kill someone. They have a weapon, perhaps, or have gone outside in the winter without enough clothes on. A common […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.1.15

Project Seeks to Ease Stigma for People With Intellectual Disabilities BARRE — Community Developmental Services of Washington County Mental Health and Pride Center of Vermont have collaborated to form the Connections Project, which will produce an interactive program over the next year to increase knowledge around sexuality, intimacy and self-esteem for adults with intellectual and […]

NATURE WATCH: Robins In The Rain

by Nona Estrin Rain just starting at last, and around 200 robins here suddenly, as afternoon wanes, calling, gathering up energy, sounding as if they may fly again tonight, at the leading edge of rain. Not a great flying night but we’re losing 15 minutes a day of light here and that puts the pressure […]

Captain Richard Phillips to Local Rotary Club: ‘Never Trust a Pirate’

Captain Richard Phillips to Local Rotary Club: ‘Never Trust a Pirate’

by Carla Occaso  MONTPELIER — “Nothing is over until you choose to give up. You can overcome any obstacles,” Captain Richard Phillips said, relating some of the life lessons learned during a terrifying experience as the first U.S. ship’s captain to be kidnapped at sea by pirates since 1803. “Now, picture if you will, the […]

At New England Culinary Institute: U.S. Coast Guard Top Culinary Students Come Here to Get Schooled

At New England Culinary Institute: U.S. Coast Guard Top Culinary Students Come Here to Get Schooled

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard Food Service Specialist Program decided to bolster enlistment by sending a handful of their best and brightest to Montpelier’s own New England Culinary Institute. That way, the new highly trained food service specialists could teach elite cooking skills to others and gain usable skills […]

Mindfulness: The Common Thread

by Garrett Heaney Over the past few years, in my quest to become a perfect human, I have sought a number of different therapies, therapists, counselors, and programming — each with its own specific agenda in attending to my mental health. Through it all has been a common thread that seems to tie together each […]

Taking On Stress with Counseling, Shamanic Healing  and the Life Vessel

Taking On Stress with Counseling, Shamanic Healing and the Life Vessel

by  Nat Frothingham “What about stress?” was the question I put to Wendy Halley who has recently opened Lucid Path Wellness at 97 State Street in downtown Montpelier. Halley — who is both a traditional, academically trained mental health counselor and in a separate practice a shamanic teacher and healer — knows a lot about […]

OPINION: Your Drinking Water: Managing the Risk of Recreation on the Source

Protection of drinking water sources is serious business in most New England states and New York. The laws may be administered by the state, community or water utility, but almost every state prohibits or restricts swimming and body contact in water supply sources. Other recreation is banned or limited largely depending on the size of […]

Kerrin McCadden Wins First Ever Vermont Book Award

MONTPELIER — Poet Kerrin McCadden of Plainfield has won the first ever Vermont Book Award for her collection of poetry titled “Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.” McCadden earned her award during the Vermont Book Award Gala at Vermont College of Fine Arts on Saturday, Sept. 26. President Tom Greene presented the award, which Vermont artist Tyrie […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Secrets and Getaways

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Secrets and Getaways

by Dot Helling In the 1970s I often slipped out of town through the Statehouse “underpass.” The “underpass” was a one-way, narrow passage through a section of the building that housed the cafeteria entryway. We lost that shortcut when the State House underwent restoration in the 1980s. I remember being surprised by the likes of […]