March 1–March 14

Vermont Has Film Festivals, but Does It  Have a Film Industry?

Vermont Has Film Festivals, but Does It Have a Film Industry?

by Mike Dunphy Living abroad, it was often a challenge for me to explain Vermont. The vast majority of people I’d meet had never heard of it, and oddly, would often confuse it with vermouth.  Thankfully, when The Lord of the Rings movies came out, I was able to say, “You know Hobbiton? That’s essentially […]

Montpelier–Roxbury Proposes  $23.4 Million (2018-2019) Budget

Montpelier–Roxbury Proposes $23.4 Million (2018-2019) Budget

by Nat Frothingham The newly formed Montpelier-Roxbury School Board is asking voters in Montpelier and Roxbury on March 6 to approve a joint school budget of $23,452,706 for FY 2018–2019. Comparing School and City Budget Requests Now, this is not new. But still it’s worth considering. As in previous years, a Montpelier property taxpayer is […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 3.1.18

Another Montpelier Phantom  The wonder, the worry, the puzzle of it. We’re aware of Montpelier’s annual Valentine Phantom, who covers the downtown with big, red hearts on February 14. But consider this other, earlier phantom that struck at the end of January. Take the case of Kenny and Barbara Saxe, who live on Guernsey Avenue […]

NATURE WATCH: Hemlock for Nuthatches

NATURE WATCH: Hemlock for Nuthatches

by Nona Estrin I cherish each view of a red-breasted nuthatch this year. This smaller version of its larger cousin, the white-breasted nuthatch, follows the success of hemlock cones, and this winter they have stayed in Vermont to enjoy a bumper crop of the oily, delicious seeds of the hemlocks. The shrinking snowpack under evergreens now […]

Vermont Life Magazine Wins a Reprieve and Charts a New Course

Vermont Life Magazine Wins a Reprieve and Charts a New Course

by Mike Dunphy Few people move to Vermont for a career. Most move to Vermont for Vermont, and it only takes a single glance at the cover of Vermont Life magazine to remember why. Since it was launched in 1946, the magazine has captured and distilled the essence of what makes our little state so […]

Lucas Herring Runs for Mayor of Barre

Lucas Herring Runs for Mayor of Barre

In the race for mayor of Barre, city council member Lucas Herring faces off against fellow councilor, and director of Studio Place Arts, Sue Higby. Not only does Herring bring a long resume of municipal experience to the campaign, but he also has the official support of current mayor Tom Lauzon. Last week, Herring was […]

Vermont’s Best Places to Work Say Why Employees Love Them

by Mike Dunphy In January, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced nominees for the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018. Created in 2006 and presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Department of Commerce and […]

The Best Irish Trad Session You’ve Never Heard of

The Best Irish Trad Session You’ve Never Heard of

by Mike Dunphy It’s almost infuriating to watch people pass by the windows of Bagitos in downtown Montpelier on Saturday afternoons, as one of the state’s, if not country’s, if not world’s, best sessions of Irish traditional music fills the room and bleeds through the panes. It’s not that the gawking faces distract from the […]

Marijuana Revenue Still Missing  While Budget Challenges Persist

Marijuana Revenue Still Missing While Budget Challenges Persist

by Michael Bielawski Earlier this month the state finance department dipped its hands into the medical marijuana reserves and pulled out $300,000 from a $500,000 balance to mitigate the pains of a $30 million general fund deficit. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman was not impressed. “When you take those fees from people who are sick and […]

Travel Legend Rick Steves Lights up the Marijuana Debate at the Vermont State House

Travel Legend Rick Steves Lights up the Marijuana Debate at the Vermont State House

by Mike Dunphy   While most viewers know the gentle and bespectacled face of the renowned travel guru Rick Steves from his PBS television shows, guidebooks, and more, far fewer are aware of his passionate crusade to reform drug laws, particularly regarding marijuana. On February 15, he arrived at the Statehouse in Montpelier to speak […]