June 1 – June 14, 2017

School for Children with Autism Licensed

BARRE — Washington County Mental Health Specialized Treatments and Reaching Success Program has established the STARS School.  STARS School will provide full, onsite educational services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays. STARS, in collaboration with Washington County’s ChOICE Academy, became licensed through the Vermont Board of Education March 21. The school […]

Special City Meeting June 20: School Merger, New School Board, Tax Stabilization, Leash Law

Special City Meeting June 20: School Merger, New School Board, Tax Stabilization, Leash Law

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — City Council has scheduled a special vote by Australian ballot on June 20 to tackle the topics of the school district merger (Montpelier with Roxbury), new school board election (should the merger go through), tax stabilization and a dog leash law (advisory only) for Hubbard Park. Early voting starts May […]

Communications Workers Strike for Better Work Opportunities with AT&T

Communications Workers Strike for Better Work Opportunities with AT&T

by  Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER — The singing and dancing in the street almost seemed like a celebration, but rather it was a strike by about two dozen communications workers employed by AT&T which was livening up Main Street on Sunday afternoon. Across 36 states and Washington D.C. over 35,000 AT&T workers decided to strike the […]

Caballero Back in Vermont Facing Second Degree Murder Charge

by Carla Occaso BARRE — Murder suspect Jayveon Caballero, 30, of Barre, was ordered to be held without bail May 22, according to Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams. Proceedings were held at the Vermont Superior Court — Criminal Division in Barre. Caballero was extradited back to Vermont over the weekend of May 20 to […]

Hunger Mt. Coop: Spike In Sr. Discounts Poses Quandary — Seeking Community Input

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — In the past seven years, members 65 and over enrolling in the senior discount program have sharply driven up the Hunger Mountain Coop membership discount program in a way that is upsetting the fiscal applecart. So co-op leadership is seeking a solution. “This has a direct impact on our co-op’s […]

Students Win Awards For Decorating Totes

Students Win Awards For Decorating Totes

BARRE CITY — The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District invited schools and community members to use their creative ingenuity to repurpose unusable compost totes from the District business organics program. The District asked student and community artist participants to paint the totes with an Earth Day theme or upcycle them into something that goes […]

Caledonia Spirits Welcomed to Montpelier

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER/HARDWICK — Caledonia Spirits, of Hardwick, got a warm welcome from City Council May 29 to move forward on a distillery expansion project in Montpelier. The company started in Hardwick in 2009 making 235 cases of gin and vodka by distilling raw honey. They quickly grew, won two international awards and now have […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Great Migration

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Great Migration

by Larry Floersch I hate to fly in the face of science, what with it being assaulted by the current administration to the point that scientists have had to leave their labs and take to the streets in protest, but Florida is not sinking because of global warming and rising sea levels. Now I know […]

Trump Budget Proposals Would Cut Some Education Programs

(Print Version. Elongated version to be uploaded soon.) by Nat Frothingham RANDOLPH CENTER — In the days leading up to May 23 release of the U.S. President Donald Trump administration’s proposed fiscal year 2018 U.S. budget — Amanda Chaulk, who is director of marketing and communications at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, talked by […]

Lost Nation Theater to Perform Sondheim’s  “Into the Woods”

Lost Nation Theater to Perform Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — As the gate of summer swings open, Lost Nation Theater will be presenting Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical “Into the Woods” for three weekends beginning on June 1 and running through June 18. There will be a preview performance on June 1 — and in the spirit of Cinderella’s ball […]