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Getting to Know Mike McRaith,  New Montpelier High School Principal

Getting to Know Mike McRaith, New Montpelier High School Principal

by Lindsey Grutchfield Lindsey Grutchfield: Please tell us a little about your background as an educator. Mike McRaith: My first time as a teacher was in Japan, I taught two years of English in Miharu, Japan, which is in Fukushima Prefecture, which was a wonderful experience. I taught elementary school and middle school, and a […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8. 20.15

Master Plan Re-Adopted by the Planning Commission Sabin’s Pasture To Be Zoned Low Density (472 units) MONTPELIER — Under the nearly finalized master plan for the city of Montpelier, most of the Sabin Street area “could have the potential for eight more dwelling units.” The planning commission voted unanimously to move the district into a […]

Despite ‘Off’ Taste, City Water Deemed Safe

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — “The water is simply not as appealing as it should be,” stated Tom McArdle, director of the department of public works in a written response to citizen complaints. However, McArdle emphasized, the water is safe. He responded to posts from city residents regarding a strange taste to the water on […]

Innovation Drives Success in Downtown Montpelier

Innovation Drives Success in Downtown Montpelier

story and photos by Nat Frothingham In personal visits to three quite different downtown Montpelier businesses over the past several days — the common theme was innovation. Studio Zenith At Studio Zenith, I talked with Amy Levinthal who opened her first fitness studio at 50 Main Street three years ago. Talking about her Main Street […]

Local Organizations Support Summer Lunch Program

by Elizabeth Parker MONTPELIER — This summer each day Monday through Friday from July 6 through August 14, 20 to 50 school children from Montpelier had lunches on the terrace in front of the Montpelier Senior Center. This new lunch program germinated from the mission of Just Basics, Inc. to bring together structures and programs […]

Read the August 20, 2015 Issue Online

Read the August 20, 2015 Issue Online

Read the August 20, 2015 Issue Online

Need A Vermin Permit? Just Ask MPD

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Police Department often receive questions regarding hunting and firearms use within city limits. The link to the City of Montpelier, VT – City Government ordinances regarding hunting, firearms, and bows is below. This time of year, the department gets many requests for vermin permits which, per city ordinance, allow the restricted use of firearms […]

Murdered DCF Worker Remembered as Being a Beloved ‘Hero’

Murdered DCF Worker Remembered as Being a Beloved ‘Hero’

story and photos by Carla Occaso BARRE — Joe Faryniarz and his wife entered the sweltering Old Labor Hall in Barre August 9 at a little past 4 p.m., both faces wet with tears, joining hundreds of people, including politicians, state workers, community and family members. “She was my cousin,” he said as he took a […]

Vintage Trailers Send Montpelier Back in Time

Vintage Trailers Send Montpelier Back in Time

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — On Saturday morning I walked past a 1958 Serro Scotty trailer, a shiny 1962 Airstream with an owner dressed in a 1960s-era frock and a 1964 pink-themed Holiday Rambler. Had I unknowingly traveled back in time? Or, as one little girl asked her mother, “Why is everybody camping?” […]

New Law Means Consolidation for Many Schools

by Lindsey Grutchfield Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Act 46 — an act relating to education reform — into law on June 2. The new law is the culmination of years of legislative attempts to improve the delivery of education, starting in 2010 with the passage of Act 153. Act 153 concerned voluntary school district mergers […]