March 20–April 2, 2019

Aging in Place: A Roadmap for Seniors and Future Seniors

By Peter Kelman Ed.D. “Aging in Place” is generally understood to mean spending the rest of your life in your own home. As such, aging in place may seem primarily about making your home more senior-friendly. In reality, however, home renovation is only a small part of a complex and challenging process that is more […]

Pothole Season—A Scourge for Drivers and City Staff

Pothole Season—A Scourge for Drivers and City Staff

By Phil Dodd Was this the worst winter ever for potholes in Montpelier? Retired attorney Jim Clemons, who was born in 1951, raised in Montpelier, and now lives in East Montpelier, thinks so. “I’ve never seen the potholes in Montpelier so pervasive,” he said.  His opinion is likely shared by a lot of drivers who […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 3.20.19

Energy Entrepreneurs Sought for Summer Program A Burlington business accelerator is seeking innovative, early stage energy companies focused on reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the heating and transportation sectors to participate in its 2019 climate economy entrepreneur program in Burlington. Applications are being accepted through April 28. Eight to 10 companies […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Environment— a word that had limited meaning when I was born— is now in everyone’s thoughts. Young adults are demonstrating to halt climate change now,  H.205, a VT bill to protect bees and other polinators by limiting highly toxic pesticides called “neonics,” passed committee with an unanimous 8-0 vote. Now, to the […]

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?—Beneficiary Designations

By Claudia I. Pringles You are a planner. You’ve met with your estate planning attorney to make sure your wishes are documented and to minimize the headaches associated with probate for your survivors. You’ve also met with your financial advisor to make sure your financial goals are on track. Everything looks great, but then you […]

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

By Tom Brown The story of 104-year-old Wanda Fortunée Meriems Johnson, who lives in Duxbury, reads like a Hollywood love story—think Titanic without the iceberg. It began 80 years ago in Heliopolis, Egypt, when Wanda decided to join a group of young people bound for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Her parents, Jews whose […]

New Spring Classes at MSAC

New Spring Classes at MSAC

Abandon your notions about what “senior center” means. Spring is on the way, and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center has prepared over 75 weekly spring class offerings. More than 10 new class series are being offered that span a variety of topics from yoga to financial foundations. Many are open to adults of all ages, […]

COVE Puts Faces to Elder Issues

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) has launched a new campaign—grow bOLD—to encourage civic engagement in the legislative process in order to positively change the conversation on aging in Vermont. grow bOLD was introduced during the Older Vermonters Caucus at the State House on February 7 and will remain a constant and weekly presence each week […]

PoemCity Celebrates 10 Years of Verse

PoemCity Celebrates 10 Years of Verse

By Michelle A.L. Singer You could reasonably argue that as a skill, poetry isn’t as useful as CPR. In other words, poetry doesn’t save lives. And yet, consider Tom Martin from Franklin, Vermont, who comes to Montpelier every April to experience PoemCity, Kellog-Hubbard Library’s  celebration of National Poetry Month.   In 2006, Martin was in […]

New Novel Features Girl King Arthur

New Novel Features Girl King Arthur

By Sarah Davin The new novel, Once & Future, by Montpelier-based authors Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, takes the legend of King Arthur and launches it into an adventure that embraces science fiction. This crossover novel, meant for both a teen and adult audience, centers on the character of Ari Helix, an illegal immigrant […]