February 16 — March 1, 2017

Montpelier Foundation Receives Generous Gift from Estate of Alan Weiss

Montpelier Foundation Receives Generous Gift from Estate of Alan Weiss

MONTPELIER — A Montpelier philanthropic organization received a big financial boost recently, receiving a significant bequest from a long-time public servant. The Montpelier Foundation, a charitable fund that supports community projects, recently received a gift of $35,000 from the estate of Alan Weiss, who died Feb 29 of 2016. “Alan was deeply connected to the […]

Under The Golden Dome 2017 Week 8

Eighth week of the 2017 Vermont legislative session Feb. 22, 2017. State House Info – Portrait of Matthew Lyon, former VT State Representative and U.S. Congressman. Interview segments with Rep. Robin Chestnut-Tangerman, Rep. Paul Poirier, Rep. Robert LaClair, Rep. Don Turner, Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Robert Frenier, Sen. Ann Cummings, Montpelier, VT Artist Regis Cummings, […]

Under The Golden Dome 2017 Week 7

Seventh week of the 2017 Vermont legislative session Feb. 15, 2017. State House Info – “I Am Vermont Too” Photo Exhibit. Interview segments with Rep. Brian Keefe, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Vergennes Restaurateur Matt Birong, UVM Senior Tristan Leidinger, Sen. Francis Brooks, Rep. Don Turner, Rep. Anne Donahue, Rep. Tom Stevens, VT Adjutant General Steve Cray. […]

A Preview Of Ballot Articles

MONTPELIER — The following are items to be voted on by Montpelier registered voters Tuesday, March 7 at City Hall on Main Street: ARTICLES 1 and 2 are candidate elections. ARTICLE 3. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $8,762,272 for the payment of debts and current expenses of the City for carrying out any […]

Meet The Candidates, See The Budgets

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — It’s that time of year again, so get ready to grab a sharp pencil and line up to exercise your hard-fought right to vote. Ballot items 1 and 2 are set aside to determine candidates to fill vacant slots on boards, councils and commissions on Town Meeting Day, March 7 […]

NATURE WATCH: The Character Evolution Of Snow

by Nona Estrin Finally a storm with deep snow. Being so fresh,  the snow does not yet have character. Over the next days it may become more fluid and  start to drape from the branches of trees. As it degrades on the ground it may slump  into interesting patterns or gullies, or if it stays […]


Library Seeks $330,633 At City Meeting MONTPELIER — The Kellogg Hubbard Library directors are seeking a $14,000 hike over last year’s taxpayer appropriation. The article voters will see on the Town Meeting Day ballot reads, “Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $330,633 to be used by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for the fiscal year July […]

School Sticks To Budget, Shuns Gov’s Level-Funding Dictum

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Board of School Commissioners is presenting voters with the budget approved at their Jan. 11 meeting. It eschews Gov. Phil Scott’s request for school budgets to be level-funded. The bottom line is, last year’s approved school budget was around $18 million. This year’s proposed budget sits at roughly […]

Nature Center Preschool To Open Full Time

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Families in search of a full-time preschool program will soon have a unique, high-quality child-care option just two miles from downtown Montpelier. North Branch Nature Center’s Forest Preschool, in operation since 2012 as a morning program, will open its doors this fall as a full-time, licensed preschool. Forest Preschool, Vermont’s […]

Heroin Busts On The Rise — Police Also Urge Treatment

by Carla Occaso WASHINGTON COUNTY — Curbing drug addiction is a priority among legislators and law enforcement, nevertheless it is on the rise. So law enforcement is fighting back with both arrests and offers of help. From Local Police: “I would say in general there is more heroin now than there has ever been,” said […]