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New Student Stipends Available The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the state agency that helps students pay for post-secondary education, has announced a new program which offers $50,000 in stipends this coming schoolyear to help low-income high schoolers cover costs of dual enrollment, whereby students take up to two post-secondary courses tuition-free, in addition to their […]

Kids’ Day at the Farmers’ Market

By Carolyn Grodinsky. From pesto to dog biscuits, from sushi to wallets made of duct tape, children sell a wide range of self-made items each year at the Capital City Farmers’ Market’s Youth Day, coming up this season on August 16 at the market’s regular State Street location. You never know what you’ll find. This […]

School Boards Chief: “Engage Every Student”

Interview by Nat Frothingham and C.B. Hall. Steve Dale, executive director of the Montpelier-based Vermont School Boards Association, finds himself in a tight spot. He has to represent the views of the state’s nearly 300 school districts as they confront—some eagerly, some in near-terror—the possibility of an enforced consolidation as a remedy to the Green […]

Chickens, Construction and the Common Core: Area Schools Get Ready for Students

By Carla Occaso. As the calendar creeps closer to the end of August, students and teachers will soon be stashing the flip- flops and breaking out the pencil sharpeners. Are our public schools ready? What’s new? Below are some news tidbits from a random sample of local institutions. U.S. News & World Report has rated […]

Book Review: Snow-Dark Crossing

Reviewed by Lindsey Grutchfield. Kevin Macneil Brown’s new mystery, Snow-Dark Crossing, centers on the death of a University of Vermont American history professor. The police think it’s murder, but it takes some research to prove their theory and find the perpetrator. Because of the nature of the professor’s work, the cops call on a history […]

Parklets or Let’s Park?

Parklets or Let’s Park?

By C.B. Hall. State Street may soon be getting its second parklet. Across the street from the Rialto Bridge parklet, Positive Pie is seeking to expand its restaurant service to a parklet which, like the Rialto structure, will take up two parking spaces. That would give the restaurant and bar 18 to 20 more seats […]

Eye on Montpelier

By Ashley Witzenberger, executive director of Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive invites the entire community to our 15th anniversary party on Saturday, September 6. Celebrate with us on State Street, between Elm and Main, from 5 to 9 p.m., with great music, games, food vendors and fun. We’re grateful for the continued support of local businesses, […]

Mermin to Honor Marcel Marceau

By Nat Frothingham. Rob Mermin—actor, writer and founder of Circus Smirkus—will give a single performance of his one-man show to honor Marcel Marceau on Saturday evening, August 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Unadilla Theatre in East Calais. Mermin studied under two legendary French mimes: Marcel Marceau and Étienne Decroux. In his show he will […]

An Interview with Thomas Greene, President of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

By Joyce Kahn I recently interviewed Thomas Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA)—which has several acclaimed low-residency MFA programs, including one of the top low-residency writing programs in the country—about the college’s addition of a graduate-level, two-year residency program in writing. This will be VCFA’s first program where students reside nearby […]

Four Local Standout Graduates: Then and Now

Four Local Standout Graduates: Then and Now

By Carla Occaso. Amanda Ibey, Spaulding High School, Class of 2000 Amanda Ibey left childhood—and Vermont—behind as the world entered a new century. She dipped her toes into international travel, politics and writing. Now she spends her days in Montpelier, but it all started in Barre. “I had a great, very memorable time at Spaulding. […]