September 20–October 3, 2018

Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

by Sarah Davin Two days after DeMena’s closing, comedian Kathleen Kanz, enjoying some recently purchased Positive Pie pizza and looking for some calm and quiet, ventured up to the restaurant’s oddly vacant deck. As she ate, a person appeared, possibly an employee, who tried the door and was seemingly surprised to find it locked. Whatever […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 9.20.18

Morse Farm Ski Touring Center Closing Shocks Skiers Local cross-country skiers and snowshoers were saddened to learn this week that the Morse Farm Ski Touring Center in East Montpelier will not reopen this winter, after 17 years of operation. A statement emailed to customers by the five partners of the ski operation, and also posted […]

NATURE WATCH: Signs of Summer’s End

NATURE WATCH: Signs of Summer’s End

by Nona Estrin Last glories of summer. Even on out highest mountains, the occasional monarch butterfly or a small group of blue jays join broad-winged hawks and others heading south.  Close to home, you might try Mount Philo, or down I 91, to Putney Mountain Hawk Watch, with an online daily count reported for the […]

Council to Decide on Design for Proposed Parking Garage

by Tom Brown Montpelier officials expect to settle this week on the design for a proposed $10 million parking garage to be built in conjunction with a privately owned 80-room hotel complex. The City Council scheduled a special session for Wednesday, September 19, to take public input and hoped to reach a decision on the […]

Council Approves Wastewater Plant Upgrade; Sewer Rates Would Increase

by Phil Dodd The Montpelier City Council voted unanimously to put a $16.75 million bond on the November 6 ballot to pay for a major upgrade to the city’s wastewater plant, one that will replace aging infrastructure at the plant and allow the city to move toward an “organics to energy” future. The bond’s size […]

Fighting the Real Lake Champlain Monster—Pollution

Fighting the Real Lake Champlain Monster—Pollution

by Mike Dunphy Some art looks best from a distance, and thanks to pollution, the same might be said for Lake Champlain. Indeed, 2018 has seen numerous spills of un- or partially treated water into the lake thanks to malfunctions and overflows at sewage treatment plants—7.1 million gallons of “treated and partially disinfected effluent” in […]

Wellness Walk Invites Public to Alternative Health Fair

Compiled by Valentyn Smith Corpse pose enthusiasts, Rising Scorpios, roasted dandelion tea, third-eye chakra stones, and tarot—all things healing and spiritual, or just holistic and curious, find their way to Montpelier’s first Wellness Walk to be held on Friday, September 28, 3-7 pm. The event paves the way for anyone to connect with the local […]

Lawson’s Finest Set to Open New Waitsfield  Brewery and Taproom

Lawson’s Finest Set to Open New Waitsfield Brewery and Taproom

by Mike Dunphy Among the faces carved into Vermont’s Mount Rushmore of Craft Beer is Sean Lawson’s. Together with his wife, Karen, they transformed a tiny one-barrel nano-brewery at their Warren home in 2008 into a 30-barrel, 7,500-square-foot brewery and taproom set to open this fall along Route 100 in Waitsfield. In between, the couple […]

Wood Mountain Ferries Fish From Bait to Plate

Wood Mountain Ferries Fish From Bait to Plate

by Gail Callahan Where does Montpelier’s fish come from? For many local restaurants, the answer is Massachusetts-based wholesaler Wood Mountain Fish helmed by Ethan Wood, who pursues a “bait-to-plate” philosophy that pulls the fish from the water in the morning and gets them in Vermont kitchens by evening. David Huck, worker-owner of Woodbelly Pizza & […]

DOT’S BEAT: Looking Forward and Back on Montpeculiar’s Eateries

by Dot Helling I grew up in the 1960s. I did not attend Goddard College, but the reasons that drew me to Central Vermont and Montpelier were similar to those that brought many students and activists to our area. Fifty years ago, Vermont became a bastion of co-op startups, organic farming, and alternative lifestyles. Last month, […]