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A Preview Of Ballot Articles

MONTPELIER — The following are items to be voted on by Montpelier registered voters Tuesday, March 7 at City Hall on Main Street: ARTICLES 1 and 2 are candidate elections. ARTICLE 3. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $8,762,272 for the payment of debts and current expenses of the City for carrying out any […]

Meet The Candidates, See The Budgets

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — It’s that time of year again, so get ready to grab a sharp pencil and line up to exercise your hard-fought right to vote. Ballot items 1 and 2 are set aside to determine candidates to fill vacant slots on boards, councils and commissions on Town Meeting Day, March 7 […]


Library Seeks $330,633 At City Meeting MONTPELIER — The Kellogg Hubbard Library directors are seeking a $14,000 hike over last year’s taxpayer appropriation. The article voters will see on the Town Meeting Day ballot reads, “Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $330,633 to be used by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for the fiscal year July […]

School Sticks To Budget, Shuns Gov’s Level-Funding Dictum

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Board of School Commissioners is presenting voters with the budget approved at their Jan. 11 meeting. It eschews Gov. Phil Scott’s request for school budgets to be level-funded. The bottom line is, last year’s approved school budget was around $18 million. This year’s proposed budget sits at roughly […]

Nature Center Preschool To Open Full Time

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Families in search of a full-time preschool program will soon have a unique, high-quality child-care option just two miles from downtown Montpelier. North Branch Nature Center’s Forest Preschool, in operation since 2012 as a morning program, will open its doors this fall as a full-time, licensed preschool. Forest Preschool, Vermont’s […]

Heroin Busts On The Rise — Police Also Urge Treatment

by Carla Occaso WASHINGTON COUNTY — Curbing drug addiction is a priority among legislators and law enforcement, nevertheless it is on the rise. So law enforcement is fighting back with both arrests and offers of help. From Local Police: “I would say in general there is more heroin now than there has ever been,” said […]

Michael Arnowitt Will Perform in a Farewell Concert

Michael Arnowitt Will Perform in a Farewell Concert

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Michael Arnowitt who has been a musical force in Montpelier and Central Vermont for 32 years as a classical pianist, jazz performer and arts organizer is leaving Montpelier and moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In an email message of a few days ago and in a subsequent phone call, Arnowitt […]

Late Poet David Budbill To Be Honored

Late Poet David Budbill To Be Honored

by Nat Frothingham Friends and admirers of Vermont poet David Budbill who died at his Montpelier home on Sept. 25, 2016 are continuing to remember and honor him. Even with his passing, his friends and admirers are finding fresh way to give Budbill recognition as a poet and appreciate him for the man he was. […]

Green Up Day:  Student Contest Winners; Support on State Tax Return

Green Up Day: Student Contest Winners; Support on State Tax Return

MONTPELIER — Green Up Vermont announced winners in its annual student poster design contest for Green Up Day 2017. The winning art entry for the promotional poster was designed by Hope Petraro, Grade 9, of Montpelier. She painted a vibrant, warm sun setting on a lovely Vermont lake. Hope said, “I wanted to do something […]

Earth Day Compost Tote Recycling

by Cassandra Hemenway, Outreach Manager, Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District MONTPELIER — Help save the life of a tote and show us your creative genius while you’re at it! Join the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District in Project Tote, in which we invite schools and community members to participate in a reuse and […]