August 4 — 17, 2016

National Life Group Elects New Board Member

National Life Group Elects New Board Member

MONTPELIER — Carol A. Carlson, who specialized in auditing and accounting in the insurance industry during her career in accounting, was elected to the National Life board of directors at its August meeting. Carlson recently retired as a partner of the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP, after 36 years. Her clients included many of the […]

Honey Child, Down Home Re-Opens For Business.  Thanks Y’all

Honey Child, Down Home Re-Opens For Business. Thanks Y’all

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Y’all have a hankering for cheese grits, catfish or fried chicken at Down Home Restaurant on the corner of Langdon and Main Streets? Well, fear not. They’ve reopened for the first full day today, August 15, after a few weeks of renovating, adding a new chef and creating extended hours. […]

Barre Issues Water Conservation Notice

BARRE — Barre City Manager Steven Mackenzie has issued a voluntary water conservation notice. Due to the extended period of very dry weather over the summer, and the near term forecast for limited precipitation, the water level and stored reserve in the City’s Dix Reservoir has dropped significantly. As a precautionary measure, all customers of […]

Close Calls, Write-Ins And Other Primary Surprises

Close Calls, Write-Ins And Other Primary Surprises

Washington County Senate Primary News:  Brooks Squeaks Ahead of Hill by Six Votes, Incumbents Stay Ahead House of Reps Primary News: Barre’s Karen Lauzon Comes Out On Top in Republican Write-In Primary Middlesex’s Jessup Trounces Etnier, Burley, Swasey and Kaplan in Washington-5 Race   by Carla Occaso   Ever think your vote doesn’t matter? In […]

Berlin Mall Puts Big Effort Into Little Art Community Program

Berlin Mall Puts Big Effort Into Little Art Community Program

BERLIN — Throughout this summer at the Berlin Mall, kids are enjoying free hands-on art sessions every Saturday, through September 3. Under the supervision of Tina Logan, a highly regarded art educator who has been a K-8 art teacher in Vermont’s public schools for 29 years, and her husband Todd, an artist and graphic designer, children paint, draw, […]

Unitarian Church of Montpelier Shelters Homeless Youth through Donation to Washington County Youth Service Bureau

Unitarian Church of Montpelier Shelters Homeless Youth through Donation to Washington County Youth Service Bureau

MONTPELIER — The Washington County Youth Service Bureau, a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of programs to empower and enrich the lives of youth and families, is pleased to announce a $21,000 donation from the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. This generous, one-time gift will allow the agency to collaborate with Downstreet Housing to secure […]

To All The Hep Cats In The Know: Get Jazzed Up For A Trailer Show

To All The Hep Cats In The Know: Get Jazzed Up For A Trailer Show

by Nat Frothingham Photos by Kimberley Greeno MONTPELIER — Villages, towns and cities across the country celebrate summer with parades and fireworks, or dazzle locals and visitors with a country fair or a homecoming festival, or a barbecue pit or any other near-unique event. But how many communities have organized a show with vintage trailers […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.4.16

Police Warn Of Common Crash Spot From the Montpelier Police Department Facebook Page July 21: MONTPELIER — In the last two days we’ve responded to multiple crashes with airbag deployment and injury in the same area of Berlin and River Streets. One was a result of an operator running a red light, sideswiping another vehicle […]

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

by Nona Estrin Early in the cool, up to the woods off Brazier Road where we have permission to roam. Visited a number of favorite haunts. Most of these we named over the decades after events or findings. Some, Porcupine Condo, and Spotted Salamander Pool, still inhabited by their namesakes, or descendants. But unexpectedly, came […]

Helping Vermonters Prepare For ‘Their Own Good Death’

by Michelle Acciavatti MONTPELIER — There is a quiet revolution happening around the world to embrace the reality of death and dying. People are hosting death cafés, writing advance care plans, tending to the personal and spiritual needs of the dying and even personalizing funerals. It is an honor and privilege to be one of […]