January 23–February 6, 2019

Concierge Health Care Comes to Central Vermont

Concierge Health Care Comes to Central Vermont

By Tom Brown Jeff Lourie juggled more than 1,000 patients when he worked for Gifford Health Care at its Berlin facility, which limited the amount of time he could spend with each person. The family nurse practitioner found it difficult to establish personal relationships and provide consistent outcomes for patients amid the hurried environment of […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.23.19

New Commercial Building On Barre-Montpelier Road Last fall, Connor Contracting of Montpelier tore down the old John Deere store on property it owns on the Barre-Montpelier Road. It has now erected a new 10,000-square-foot building that should be completed this spring, according to Fred Connor of Connor Contracting. Conner said his firm has received permits […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin In addition to the comforting familiarity of common birds in winter, Montpelier occasionally throws us a treat. In back of City Hall, with late winter sun hitting the crab apple tree, a flock of Pine Grosbeaks transformed the tree and its numerous red fruit into a blaze of color and movement! The […]

VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar

VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar

Compiled by Mike Dunphy The Perfect Liar is the sixth book by Thomas Christopher Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is now on sale at your local independent bookstore. Here, Tom Greene speaks about the psychological thriller set in Burlington and New York City, his approach to writing, and how he […]

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

By Gregory Gerdel Snow removal crews from Montpelier’s Department of Public Works (DPW) managed to clear many of the accumulated snowbanks before the arrival of back-to-back storms this week. Frequent, light snowfalls started early this winter, and while the one- to two-inch accumulations from these Alberta Clippers keep things pretty, they’re much more expensive from […]

Pickleball Craze Tickles Montpelier

Pickleball Craze Tickles Montpelier

By Phil Dodd The tick-tock sound of a plastic ball being hit back and forth across a net with a wooden or graphite racket is becoming ever more common in Montpelier, where scores of area residents—young and old—are keeping active by playing pickleball on two indoor courts at the Montpelier Recreation Center. “It keeps growing […]

East Meets West at River Confluence Park

East Meets West at River Confluence Park

By Carl Etnier A public-nonprofit partnership is moving forward with plans for a new park in the center of Montpelier, at the confluence of the North Branch and the Winooski River. On the west side of the North Branch, the land is secured for the park, and the discussion is about overall design. On the other […]

WWII Vet Receives Highest Honor in Surprise Ceremony

WWII Vet Receives Highest Honor in Surprise Ceremony

By Cat Cutillo Albert Besser of Morrisville walked into Montpelier City Hall on January 7 expecting to attend an event for World War II veterans, not realizing he was about to be the guest of honor in a sophisticated ambush. To Besser’s surprise, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch presented the 94-year-old with the Congressional Gold Medal […]

Sarducci’s Celebrates 25 Years in Montpelier

By Tim Simard On a recent sunny and chilly January afternoon, Sarducci’s Restaurant founder and co-owner Carol Paquette relaxed by a front table and looked back on 25 years. Sitting alongside head chef and new co-owner Jeff Butterfield, Paquette marveled at surviving two-and-a-half decades in the restaurant business—a momentous achievement. This past weekend, the Montpelier […]

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

By Tom Brown Opponents of a downtown parking garage have gone to court to challenge a permit issued by the city’s Development Review Board (DRB). The appeal to the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court was filed on behalf of 18 city residents and could potentially delay construction of the project that was approved by […]