April 5–April 18, 2018

While the Crowd Applauds, Poets Struggle to Afford a Meal

While the Crowd Applauds, Poets Struggle to Afford a Meal

by Mike Dunphy “To be a poet is a condition, not a profession,” wrote Robert Frost, and Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord would like to add an addendum. “If you are dedicated to writing poetry,” he says, “it’s a little bit like a disease. You’re infected with it, so you have to do it.” And […]

NATURE WATCH: Peeking Leeks

NATURE WATCH: Peeking Leeks

by Nona Estrin Down in the hardwoods below the house pale spears of this year’s wild leeks are already poking up through the soggy leaf mat. And in the small meadow below us melting snow joins the little brook, languid where wide, gurgling where flat, and fairly dancing over the declines.   Share this:

Superintendent Brian Ricca Resigns

Joint Statement on Superintendent by Montpelier Public Schools Board of School Commissioners and the  Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Board of School Commissioners. Dr. Brian G. Ricca and the Montpelier Public Schools Board of Commissioners announced that after seven years of service to the District, Dr. Ricca will be stepping down as Superintendent on June 30, […]

Digging into Vermont – Three Landmark Finds under the Green Mountains

Digging into Vermont – Three Landmark Finds under the Green Mountains

by Jess Robinson At its most basic, archaeology is the study of the human past through the things people left behind. For archaeologists, the value of artifacts rests in what they reveal about the people that made or used them. Events in the past are reconstructed by analyzing how and where artifacts were deposited, how […]

Spanish Speakers Find A Home in Montpelier

Spanish Speakers Find A Home in Montpelier

by Irene Racz They come from 16 Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America and range in age from 30 to 70. They live in several area communities and are engaged in a variety of occupations, hobbies, and volunteer activities. But when asked to describe themselves, they offer a single answer: “family.” […]

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

by Nat Winthrop My 37-year-old son Dan—also a Montpelier resident—and I returned from eight days in Havana, Cuba just over a month ago. Dan served as my photographer and interpreter. Under President Trump’s travel restrictions, we traveled as journalists, reporting on art, contemporary culture, and technology. It was an amazing experience, profoundly different from all […]

Eight Threatened and Endangered Species in Vermont

Eight Threatened and Endangered Species in Vermont

by Tom Rogers Vermont is often on the cutting edge of progress, and our state’s endangered species law is a prime example. Vermont lawmakers passed legislation more than a year before the federal Endangered Species Act. That legislation has protected Vermont’s endangered species for nearly half a century. Happily, three species have since recovered enough […]

Seventy-Five Years Later: Reclaiming Montpelier’s French Block

by Nat Frothingham After lying vacant for 75 years, the two upper floors above Aubuchon Hardware at 32 to 42 Main Street in downtown Montpelier are finally getting their much-needed makeover. The first or “abatement phase” of the project, purging the floors of lead paint and other toxins, is close to being done and renovations […]

VCFA Announces Second Annual Free Artist Portfolio Review

The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) MFA in Visual Art program has announced its second annual free portfolio review for all artists interested in applying to the college or looking for critiques on their work. The submission period will run until April 9, 2018. The MFA in Visual Art program’s esteemed faculty will review […]

Tickets on Sale for Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration presented by Casella Waste Systems. The sixth event will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Trader Duke’s Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 pm, with the induction ceremony following […]