November 17 — November 30, 2016

‘Speedy Resolution’ Sought in Manager’s Contract Situation

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — City Council members  agreed on at least one thing Monday, November 21 following a behind-closed-doors meeting for “continuation of discussion regarding the City Manager’s contract:” No talking to the press. Following a call to order by Mayor John Hollar shortly after 4:30 p.m., the council met privately in a conference room down the hall from […]

ESSAY: Food and Family — Navigating New Holiday Traditions

by Holly Day From the time I began eating solid food, my parents stressed its importance. My mom — sentimental and with few cooking skills — loved the way food brought people together. My dad — a foodie with a fast metabolism — loved to eat. Every Sunday my mom would grocery shop. Later, my […]

NATURE WATCH: Supermoon Brings Comfort

by Nona Estrin So many unknowns for so many people! Not right after the election, but by last night, it began to be a comfort to see the heavy supermoon, rising as predicted over our mountians to the east, and today, right on schedual, the vibrant fall flowering of the witch hazel bushes west of […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.17.16

As-Needed Winter Parking Ban Starts Nov. 15 MONTPELIER — The City will continue use of the as-needed and event-based parking bans for the winter of 2016–2017. Parking is allowed overnight on many streets except when the city manager calls for a winter parking ban due to inclement weather or snow removal activities (City ordinance Sec. […]

Four Things To Know About Proposed Montpelier Zoning

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER — The planning commission has wrapped up work on the latest draft of its zoning proposal, but because the final wording is still unfinished, a public hearing originally planned for Dec. 12 was postponed and a new hearing date of Jan. 9 has been set by the commission. The final draft […]

Capstone Head Start Director Steps Down

BARRE — Marianne Miller announced Nov. 9 that after almost 29 years of service to low-income children and their families throughout Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties, she is stepping down from her job as Head Start director later this month. During her tenure, Miller increased Head Start enrollment and expanded services to include both infant/toddler […]

Montpelier Now Offering Preschool at UES

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER — Partly in response to a state law requiring that school districts pay for 10 hours of preschool per child per week, a classroom at Union Elementary School has been converted into a preschool classroom serving about 28 children in two shifts a day. The preschool, which opened at the start […]

Montpelier, Roxbury Study Merger Northfield in Talks with Williamstown, Eyes Montpelier

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER — On Dec. 7, the Montpelier School Board will appoint three school board members and two community members to a study committee with two representatives from Roxbury to determine whether it makes sense for the two school districts to merge. If the study committee recommends a merger, it would only take […]

Residents Concerned Over Manager’s Contract Discussions

by Carla Occaso  MONTPELIER — During a regular city council meeting Nov. 9 at City Hall, roughly 20 residents took turns speaking out following reports in numerous news outlets concerning City Manager William Fraser’s contract nonrenewal. Most citizens who spoke praised Fraser and criticized a process whereby a majority of the city council, led by […]

City Clerk Files for Investigation into City Manager Case

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — City Clerk John Odum has requested an investigation by the Attorney General’s office into the nonrenewal of City Manager William Fraser’s contract as made public recently. It seems that what has been called into question is the procedure by which the decision was reached and the manner in which Fraser […]