August 3 – August 16, 2017

Police Charge Gebo With 1st Degree Murder — Cause of Cook’s Death: Strangulation

by Carla Occaso MIDDLESEX — After the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Cindy Cook had been strangled to death, police issued an arrest warrant for her boyfriend, Randal Gebo, 61, of Barre. According to a police report issued July 15, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has finalized the cause of Cook’s […]

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

by Garrett Heaney MONTPELIER — August is officially here, and with its arrival, all eyes are focused intently on two things: the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. At Union Elementary School, they are even more excited than most, as they get to welcome an entire new class of kindergarteners […]


Call to Artists for “Works on the Walls” MONTPELIER — Langdon Street Alive, the local group that seeks to transform Langdon Street into a public art space, is looking for images to reproduce into posters of various sizes. Selected images will be displayed all along the street. If you’re looking for a platform to display […]

NATURE WATCH: A Hush Falls Over The Forest

by Nona Estrin Suddenly the woods are quiet. It seems to have happened overnight. An occasional late-singing  red-eyed vireo by day, or a  thrush as evening falls, may break the hush. But in general, most creatures, even those that will migrate, have quieted down and are busy fattening up! Seeds and fruits had better hurry […]

Downstreet Signs One Taylor Street Option Agreement

Downstreet Signs One Taylor Street Option Agreement

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — With a flourish of the pen, Eileen Peltier of Downstreet Housing & Community Development signed an option agreement with the City of Montpelier — a move that brought the highly touted One Taylor Street multi-modal transportation center one step closer to ground breaking. Peltier performed this act July 27 behind […]

Pamela Brady Says “Goodbye but not Farewell”

by Nat Frothingham MORETOWN — Acupuncturist and sound healer Pamela Brady, who has had a busy traditional Chinese medical practice at various locations in downtown Montpelier for 33 years, will be opening a full-time home practice this August. Discussing her move from Montpelier to an office in her home, she said, “It’s time for me […]

City Council Votes 4 to 2 To Keep Zoning Momentum

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — After momentum of the zoning bylaw adoption process had ground to a halt over a legal challenge to the master plan, a divided council determined zoning bylaws should prevail. Following several legal opinions and hours of airing opposing views, Montpelier City Council voted during their July 26 meeting to move […]

National Life Group Foundation Announces New Application Deadlines

by Beth Rusnock, president, National Life Group Foundation Since its inception in 2006, the National Life Group Foundation has had the good fortune to support hundreds of nonprofits. The work that’s been accomplished with the money donated has been exciting for us to watch. The good nonprofits do in our backyard and all over this […]

At Montpelier Rotary: Update from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture

by Will Kyle MONTPELIER — What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef. The joke was met with laughs and a few groans when it was told by the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Anson Tebbetts. He was speaking at the Rotary Club meeting held in the […]

ESSAY: Colorado’s Lessons for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

ESSAY: Colorado’s Lessons for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

While Vermont has been moving towards becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature — as opposed to through a voter initiative — some proponents of legalization have advocated learning from the experience of states that have already legalized marijuana, before following in their footsteps. An opportunity for research arose on a […]