Jan 18 – Jan 31

Opinion	 Montpelier Meets Senegal

Opinion Montpelier Meets Senegal

by Adam Blachly When we first drove into the village of Temento Samba, in southern Senegal, in our two cramped station wagons, a parade of kids ran behind us as we were jostled around on the rutted, dusty, one-laned road. The village was picturesque: round-thatched huts, farm animals roaming everywhere, cook-fires outside, and all around, […]

Identity: Diversity Within

Identity: Diversity Within

by Margaret Blanchard “I have walked through many lives, some of them my own and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to stray.”—Stanley Kunitz, “The Layers”     Throughout much of my adult life various forms of identity politics have played through the national […]

After the Robbery at Capitol Deli, What Should Businesses Do?

by Mike Dunphy December 27 was like any sub-zero day at the Capitol Deli in Montpelier, with the usual comings and goings of cars gassing up outside and people popping in for a quick coffee or snack before moving on with the day. A very different customer walked in the front door around 6:30 pm. […]

After the Fire, Montpelier Rallies

After the Fire, Montpelier Rallies

by Mike Dunphy At first, when Hannah Bean smelled burning at her two-level apartment at 197 Main Street on the morning of January 2, she ran upstairs to check if she’d inadvertently left the space heater on. It wasn’t. Next, she checked to see if any toys of her 21-month-old daughter, Greta, had been left […]

Nature Watch

by Nona Estrin Let in the Fresh Air With each successive thaw, the snow pack slumps into gullies as water runs off the land. Many small creatures now begin their life cycle. Snow in the woods was peppered with snow fleas the last thaw, and there will be more. Even tinier, influenza and other microbes […]

HEARD ON THE STREET

Beau Loses its Bar and Bartender  Montpelier may have lost its best cocktail mixer, as Kate Wise has ended her tenure at Beau, and the bar will not continue. However, her prodigious skills and experience will still be on tap for Vermonters near and far through her new venture, Wise Consulting, LLC. Wise will be […]

How Fit is Fitness in Montpelier?

How Fit is Fitness in Montpelier?

by Mike Dunphy It’s 6 pm at Planet Fitness in Berlin, and the blood is pumping. Atop, inside, and underneath the more than 140 bright purple and yellow cardio and weight machines, arranged in military rows, dozens of people are sweating out the calories of the holidays, creating a sense of machinery in motion akin […]

Five Local Spa Treatments to Revive Your Spirit

Five Local Spa Treatments to Revive Your Spirit

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The Hunger Mountain Cooperative: Will Its Business Success Erode Its Democratic Governance?

The Hunger Mountain Cooperative: Will Its Business Success Erode Its Democratic Governance?

by Nat Frothingham At a time when two longtime and active member-owners of the Hunger Mountain Co-op—Billy Donovan and Stephanie Kaplan—have been insisting on the tradition of direct democracy in co-op governance, it would illuminating to go back to Vermont’s first co-ops: the Adamant Cooperative and the Putney Co-op. Both had humble beginnings. Adamant and […]