August 16–September 5, 2018

TimberHomes Raises the Roof in Montpelier

TimberHomes Raises the Roof in Montpelier

by Mike Dunphy There’s no denying the pastoral beauty of Vershire, Vermont, at the headwaters of the Ompompanoosuc River in the Upper Valley. But for TimberHomes, a builder of timber frame structures, the rural location—even for Vermont—does create limitations to business and pleasure. Thankfully, success, including 100 percent growth from 2016 to 2017, has allowed […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.16.18

Kool Runninz Finds a New Home (for Now) Jerk chicken fans may have been dismayed to find the Jamaican pop-up restaurant Kool Runninz gone from their location at the corner of Granite and Barre streets last week. According to co-owner Tiffany Knibb, the state asked them to move and make way for the bike path […]

NATURE WATCH: Ingredients from  the Garden

NATURE WATCH: Ingredients from the Garden

by Nona Estrin During this last wild month of summer, people coming and going, the little vegetable garden grounds me. Out each morning, look around, pick beans, lettuce, tomatoes, chard, summer squash, and cucumbers.  Eggs with chard and tomatoes in the morning, buttered steamed squash and chard at lunch, perhaps a summer chowder with whatever […]

So Many White-Tails—Montpelier’s Deer Debate

So Many White-Tails—Montpelier’s Deer Debate

by Sarah Davin Oh Deer Think back when humans started moving into deer habitat, They probably were saying, “how dare those 2 legged creatures be so brazen!” They’re cutting down our forest! Etc., They’re ruining our food. Well, as people populate more I guess deer aren’t dumb, when they spot a meal, they want some. […]

Conservation Law Foundation Appeal Complicates Montpelier Wastewater Plant Upgrade Plans

by Phil Dodd While Montpelier contemplates an upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant, the city’s wastewater permit—and those of six other Vermont municipalities—are being challenged in court by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), which believes the permits allow too much dissolved phosphorous to flow into an already polluted Lake Champlain. A state permit issued to […]

Vermont’s Renewable Energy Use Increases, But Not Enough Says Report

by Phil Dodd As of 2017, Vermont’s energy use was 20 percent renewable, up from 12 percent renewable in 2010, according to the 2017 Annual Report by the Energy Action Network (EAN). That’s a 66-percent increase in seven years, but the annual report says that this pace of increase is not fast enough to reach […]

Tesla Batteries and Solar Panels Create Energy Islands in Vermont

Tesla Batteries and Solar Panels Create Energy Islands in Vermont

by Tom Brown Air conditioners were humming this summer as Central Vermonters sweated through July, the hottest month ever recorded in Vermont. August has started the same way, and whether you believe these heat waves are the new normal or merely an anomaly, some utilities are already working to reduce the spike in customer bills […]

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Bring Energy-Efficient Innovation to Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Bring Energy-Efficient Innovation to Affordable Housing

by Debbie Goodwin Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, Inc., is one of eight Habitat affiliates in Vermont with the mission to build affordable, decent housing in partnership with low-income families. Habitat’s recent project was a “passive house” in East Montpelier. Winning Efficiency Vermont’s  Honor Award in Residential New Construction and PHIUS certified, the home boasts […]

The Berlin Mall Offers Free Space for Dream Making with The HUB

The Berlin Mall Offers Free Space for Dream Making with The HUB

by Cat Cutillo Colton Doolen just got a lot closer to realizing his dream of becoming a stand-up comic. In fact, it’s moving in next door. Doolen is the assistant manager at Game Stop in the Berlin Mall. In July, the mall announced the creation of The HUB, a community-focused concept that designated up to […]

Textile History Forum Brings Weaving Experts to Marshfield

Textile History Forum Brings Weaving Experts to Marshfield

From July 27 to 29, weaving fans and experts met at the Marshfield School of Weaving for the Textile History Forum. The three days included hands-on workshops in tape loom weaving, knitted heddles, spliced corncob bearings, and weaving on a barn loom. Paper sessions also discussed topics such as recreating George Washington’s parlor furniture from […]