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Cooperative Store Stands the Test of Time

Cooperative Store Stands the Test of Time

by Larry Floersch The A&P grocery store in Montpelier is long gone. The Finast in Berlin is also gone. So, too, the Grand Union in Barre. The Grand Union in Montpelier is now a Shaw’s, Howard’s Friendly Market in South Barre was sold to Hannaford, and the P&C on the Barre-Montpelier Road changed into Price […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.22.15

Buch Spieler Celebrates Anniversary MONTPELIER — On Saturday, Jan. 24, don’t miss Buch Spieler’s 42nd anniversary celebration, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The store at 27 Langdon St. will offer 42 percent off sales on selected merchandise, refreshments, and from 5 – 9 p.m., Myra Flynn will perform and introduce her new jewelry line. And, […]

Healing with Nature: Lory Explores Roots of Medicine

Healing with Nature: Lory Explores Roots of Medicine

by Carla Occaso ORANGE — When thinking of medicine, health and healing, you might first think of hospitals. Or you might think of doctors, pills and pharmacies. But some people who practice the art of healing swear by the power of mother nature. Sandra Lory of Orange has embarked on studying and using a grassroots […]

Winter Health and Fitness Indoors and Out

by Carla Occaso CENTRAL VERMONT — Speed Tracs, Aqua Zumba, core training and more kinds of indoor fitness are speeding up the heart rates of central Vermonters. People who prefer the outdoors can find plenty to do as well. Kellyne Witte, assistant manager at Snap Fitness in Berlin, reports on the latest in fitness at […]

Shumlin’s Budget Proposal for Health Care

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — If we don’t change our health care system, we will destroy our economy, said Gov. Peter Shumlin during his budget address to the joint assembly of the Vermont House and Senate on Jan. 15. How to solve the unfair, unsustainable and unaffordable cost of health care was one of the […]

City Block Demolished, Two Lots Undergoing Clean Up

City Block Demolished, Two Lots Undergoing Clean Up

by Ed Sutherland BARRE — Since the early 1900s, two lots on Summer Street in downtown Barre have been exposed to a range of uses — including apartment housing and light industrial such as woodworking. Because of the range of uses the two Summer Street lots have been exposed to chemical pollution. But now as […]

Remembering the Oldest Continuously  Running Store in Vermont

Remembering the Oldest Continuously Running Store in Vermont

by Nat Frothingham ADAMANT — I was manager of the Adamant Cooperative store for not quite two years — from sometime in March 1990 until the end of February 1992. In the very earliest days of my time as manager, someone drew my attention to a story written as a special feature by Sally Johnson […]

Profile of an Adamant Storekeeper: Susan DeForge

Profile of an Adamant Storekeeper: Susan DeForge

by Carla Occaso Occaso: How long have you lived in Adamant? DeForge: Thirty years. Occaso: How did it come to be that you worked at the Adamant Cooperative store? DeForge: I had been raising my children and having a registered day care. When my children were all in school I wanted to get out and […]

Higher Education Spotlight on Vermont College of Fine Arts: Interview with President (and Author) Thomas Christopher Greene

Higher Education Spotlight on Vermont College of Fine Arts: Interview with President (and Author) Thomas Christopher Greene

by Carla Occaso and Nat Frothingham Nat Frothingham: We are putting together a series of profile on the six institutions of higher education in Washington County. Vermont College of Fine Arts is one of them. Please describe the college. Thomas Greene: Vermont College of Fine Arts has quickly become one of the leading graduate arts […]

Higher Education Spotlight on Vermont College of Fine Arts: Interview with Alumna Kekla Magoon

Higher Education Spotlight on Vermont College of Fine Arts: Interview with Alumna Kekla Magoon

by Carla Occaso Occaso: Tell us about yourself Magoon: Usually I’d start the answer to this question by talking about my work as an author, since that’s most of what goes on in my life. But that is the next question. What else would you like to know? I’m 34. I was raised in the […]