April 20 — May 3, 2017

HEARD ON THE STREET: 4.20.17

Downsizing Group To Meet May 13 MONTPELIER — A group of area residents interested in moving in the next few years into smaller living quarters — such as condos, apartments and small homes — will be holding another meeting on Saturday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome and there is […]

NATURE WATCH: Spring Garden Time

by Nona Estrin Fox sparrows are still passing through our yard, with flocks of juncos, all on their way North to breed. And our menus are sparked by the many dishes made with the tender leaves of marsh marigolds or from wild leeks from the woods below the house. They are in soups, frittatas, even […]

Zoning Hearing Draws Mostly Opposition

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER — On the hot-seat once again before City Council was Mike Miller, planning director. Again, he explained and defended the new unified development bylaws before a crowd of about 30, who were of mixed sentiment but largely against the new proposals. The development bylaws are popularly known as “zoning.” The general […]

Montpelier-Roxbury Merger Vote Likely June 20

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER/ROXBURY — If all goes as expected, residents of Montpelier and Roxbury will be voting June 20 on whether to merge the school districts of the two towns, as well as electing a potential new school board for the unified district. The decision to move toward an Act 46 merger vote was […]

Where Hunger Intersects with Health

by Julia Barstow BARRE — We have it within our reach to improve our health if we can just change our behavior or help our neighbors change their behavior concerning food choices, activity levels and tobacco use. That was the ultimate conclusion of a recent gathering at Down Street Housing and Community Development in Barre […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dirt

by Beth Champagne “When the world wearies, and ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.” — Mary Azarian It was in the 1970s, post-Vietnam, when Mary Azarian set these words beneath one of her early woodcuts, beautifully colored. Back-to-the-land “transplants,” at that time settling all over Vermont, were with alacrity, and much gratitude, accepting instruction […]

Calling On Everyone to Scramble in the Street

Calling On Everyone to Scramble in the Street

by Harris Webster I learned about “scrambles” several years ago when my son’s family enjoyed participating in Seattle’s Street Scramble. As a walker and leader of walks in Montpelier, by the way a fabulous place to walk, I have for a long time dreamed of Montpelier having its own pedestrian scramble. Finally in this last year […]

Julianna Baggott to Lead MFA in Writing and Publishing Program at VCFA

Julianna Baggott to Lead MFA in Writing and Publishing Program at VCFA

First Group of Full-Residency Students Slated to Graduate in May Vermont College of Fine Arts President Thomas Christopher Greene announced the appointment of Julianna Baggott as Faculty Director of the college’s relatively new (two-year) residential Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Publishing program. Baggott, who will have a full-time presence at the college, will […]

Make Way for Makeover Montpelier

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — It’s not construction, it’s a makeover. That’s the word from Montpelier Alive and the Montpelier Business Association pertaining to the plethora of paving and other road work scheduled for summer 2017. But local merchants don’t want a perceived inconvenience to keep away customers, so they are planning an array of […]

OPINION: The Walking City

by Michael Badamo, Montpelier In 1910 Montpelier actually was a walking city, a description today’s planners and developers claim as a goal. In 1910 horses still plodded down State Street, while a few automobiles edged slowly through pedestrians who walked freely just about everywhere. A small trolley loop ran around town. But mostly people walked […]