March 6–March 19, 2019

City-owned Pool Idea Swims Against the Current

City-owned Pool Idea Swims Against the Current

By Tom Brown Alot of folks would like to see a new recreation and aquatic center in Montpelier, but far fewer are willing to see city taxpayers bear the full cost. That is one of the key takeaways from a recent survey that asked a sampling of residents to assess the city’s recreation facilities and […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 3.6.19

Want to Become Involved with City Government? There are 12 vacancies on seven of the city’s 23 committees, according to Jamie Granfield of the city manager’s office. “The Planning Commission, Tree Board, Conservation Commission, Parks Commission, and others often have more applicants than seats to fill because residents feel strongly about those issues and want […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin It’s March, and from the heart of winter, comes spring. Today the sun is hot.  Last night’s snow starts to melt,  falling in splats each time a breeze stirs the air.   The snow degrades, slowly shrinking into a denser pack.   A male cardinal sings, the local turkey flock fills the […]

Lack of High-Speed Internet Hurts Home Values, Dampens Sales

By David Healy and Rebecca Schrader The lack of high-speed internet is having a negative impact on Central Vermont housing sales. According to Janel Johnson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Classic Properties, “Buyers are frequently asking where high-speed internet exists. If there are two houses in a rural town, they will only want to look […]

Local Residential Real Estate: Still A Seller’s Market

By Phil Dodd While the number of sales of existing homes fell a bit in 2018 compared with 2017, median prices in most Central Vermont towns rose, and median listing prices jumped even more. In Washington County as a whole, the number of sales of existing single-family homes and condos fell 9.9 percent to 548, […]

Cabot Creamery Marks 100th Anniversary

By Larry Floersch Tractor-trailer trucks with the familiar red, white, and green logo for Cabot cheese are a common sight on the roads and highways of Central Vermont. The large number of them is all the more impressive when compared to Cabot’s tiny population of just around 1,500, as is the vast size of the […]

Ginny Callan Reflects on Eight Years on Act 250 Commission

Ginny Callan Reflects on Eight Years on Act 250 Commission

By Mike Dunphy Since 1970, Act 250 has sought to “protect and conserve the lands and the environment of the state of Vermont and insure that these public lands and environment are devoted to uses which are not detrimental to the public welfare and interests”—or so the text of the law evinces. Key to administration […]

Girl Scout Cookies are More than a Matter of Taste

Girl Scout Cookies are More than a Matter of Taste

by Michelle A.L. Singer After the dust from the holidays has settled and yet winter still stretches before us, we may be inclined to despair. But then, like a ray of hope dawning, we remember: Girl Scout Cookie season! From January through March, we welcome the arrival of Tagalongs, Samoas, and Thin Mints. Or maybe […]

Barre Company Pursues Plastics Revolution

Barre Company Pursues Plastics Revolution

By Carl Etnier The 1967 film The Graduate created a Summer-of-Love version of a meme when Mr. McGuire looked Dustin Hoffman’s titular character in the eye and said one enigmatic word, “Plastics.” Some 45 years later, in 2012, a Vermont Technical College (VTC) student named Tyler McNaney became so convinced in the great future in […]

Montpelier Flood Watch:  Helpful tips to stay safe and avoid damage before, during, and after floods

Montpelier Flood Watch: Helpful tips to stay safe and avoid damage before, during, and after floods

Montpelier is a city that has experienced flooding since its inception, with recorded events back as far as July 1830. These included the Great Flood of 1927 and the ice-jam flood in 1992, both of which caused significant damage. In the past, the city responded by building dams, levees, and channelizing the rivers and streams, […]