November 15–December 5, 2018

A Rebel Heart Beats in Downtown Montpelier

A Rebel Heart Beats in Downtown Montpelier

By Mike Dunphy Jenny Sebold wears her heart on her sleeve—literally. The anatomically correct tattoo on her left shoulder and biceps isn’t just a decoration, but a symbol of inspiration born of a will to survive and push forward after a divorce and all the difficult life changes that come with it. This same rebel […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.15.18

Co-op Tries Corn-based Bags for Bulk Foods Hunger Mountain Co-op is experimenting with a next-generation biodegradable technology for the bags used by customers to take home products from the store’s bulk food bins. The rolls of green “Biobags” are made from GMO-free corn and break down into carbon and water without leaving behind tiny bits […]

NATURE WATCH: Early Winter

NATURE WATCH: Early Winter

By Nona Estrin A stick season sun-rise yesterday is transformed today into a soft winter scape, snow holding to every surface, branch and twig, the air filled with more. Trees loaded with puffs and mini hanging glaciers. Down, down, down it comes, no shortage of flakes! A plentitude of early winter for all! Share this:

Green Mountain Transit Considers Paratransit Service for Central Vermont

By Michelle A.L. Singer Green Mountain Transit is considering the creation of a dedicated “paratransit” van service as part of its NextGen Transit plan, which also aims to increase route efficiency and improve customer service. Community-wide discussions are ongoing for proposed changes to key local bus routes, including the Montpelier Circulator, Barre Hospital Hill, Montpelier […]

Property Tax Adjustments and Deductions Affected by New State and Federal Tax Laws

By Phil Dodd The first of a two-part series on revisions to state and federal tax systems. Aproperty tax adjustment change made by the Vermont Legislature last spring means about 20,000 households with annual incomes of more than $47,000 will receive smaller adjustments on their school property tax bills this year than they would have […]

District Heat Rates to Jump this Winter; City and School Budgets May Be Affected

By Phil Dodd The average bill for users of the city’s district heating system will rise 22 percent starting in January under a new rate structure approved by the city council. The larger-than-usual increase is the result of debt service obligations and higher wood chip costs, city officials say. Beginning January 1, the system’s “capacity” […]

Montpelier Sets 2050 as Citywide Net-Zero Goal

Montpelier Sets 2050 as Citywide Net-Zero Goal

By Carl Etnier When Montpelier committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 in 2014, did it commit all the residents and business owners and everyone else in the city to that ambitious goal, or did it just pledge to get its own house in order? At its October 24 meeting, the city council voted to […]

Early Voting, Huge Turnout Highlight Montpelier Election

by Tom Brown Parking, plastic, and politics drew a huge number of Montpelier voters to the polls, especially for a midterm election that featured virtually no competitive statewide races. An impressive 73.5 percent of “active voters” participated in the general election, strongly approving all four ballot measures and backing incumbents, with the exception of Gov. […]

Voters Endorse Parking Garage but Questions Remain

By Tom Brown Voters on Election Day gave a solid green light to building a proposed city-owned parking garage, but permitting hurdles and a possible legal challenge mean the debate is likely to continue. City residents voted 2,459–1,877 in favor of the public-private downtown development that would have the city take on a $10.5 million […]

Flannel Friday Cozies Up Montpelier

Flannel Friday Cozies Up Montpelier

This holiday season, skip the mall and ditch your online shopping apps and visit downtown Montpelier for an unforgettable holiday experience. More than 40 unique, locally owned stores offer products and services you won’t find anywhere else. Linger a while with a bite to eat and enjoy the glow of the holiday lights. Fun events […]