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School District Consolidation in Washington County?

School District Consolidation in Washington County?

By Carla Occaso-  On a recent in-service day hosted by Principal Jean Berthiaume at Fayston Elementary School, Moretown Elementary teachers joined their Fayston colleagues to share ideas, resources and camaraderie in order to solidify strategies to face the challenges of the coming school year. The two schools share some staff and plan to increase the […]

Dot Helling Renews Call for Berlin Pond Protection

By Nat Frothingham- At a rally organized by Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond on Aug. 16 in front of the Vermont State House, speaker after speaker sounded a common theme of defiance. Melissa Perley, the organization’s president, expressed her disappointment with an Aug. 14 decision from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) that completely […]

Taylor Street Plans Inching Forward

Taylor Street Plans Inching Forward

By C.B. Hall- Apartments appear virtually certain to occupy the upper floors of the future transit center at 1 Taylor Street, Montpelier, in the wake of an Aug. 18 decision by the city’s 1 Taylor Street Design Review Committee to recommend that option. A final “public participation event,” to be held Sept. 3, will give […]

Kellogg-Hubbard Library Gets a Facelift

By Carla Occaso- Water seeping in through crushed mortar supporting the old granite chimneys of Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library had damaged the walls. Tiles on the entryway floor’s mosaic were, in places, chipped and loose. Frost heaves had cracked the front sidewalk and the lawn had suffered the indignities of patrons taking shortcuts. But, thanks to […]

Northfield Clinic on Track for Late September Ground-Breaking

By Ed Sutherland- Construction of Northfield’s new home for Green Mountain Family Practice (GMFP) is in a race with the weather. In the wake of a long process of local permitting and responding to neighborhood concerns, the 10,000-square-foot project on Crescent Avenue may not begin construction until Sept. 24. Although Vermont granted Act 250 approval […]

The Show Must Go On: Barre Opera House Seeks New Members

The Show Must Go On: Barre Opera House Seeks New Members

By Emily Kaminsky- Thirty-five years ago, the Barre Opera House was a liability. Forlorn and dilapidated, the historic theater, built in 1899, stood in dire need of rescue. After serving as a performance space, it became a movie theater in the 30s and early 40s. In 1944 it closed. In 1982 it returned from the […]

Corinth Celebrates 250th Anniversary with a Service of Inclusion

Corinth Celebrates 250th Anniversary with a Service of Inclusion

By Nat Frothingham- This year, the Orange County town of Corinth has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. Accordingly, on Sunday, Aug. 17, I drove down to Corinth from Montpelier for the final event of the 250 Old Home Day weekend—an ecumenical service at the East Corinth Congregational Church. The centerpiece of the […]

New Stormwater Mitigation Rules Will Require Public Participation

By Page Guertin- Montpelier residents will soon be asked to participate in new stormwater runoff mitigation efforts, according to Todd Law, director of the city’s Public Works Department. A report Law presented to the City Council on Aug. 13 describes new stormwater management regulations from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which aim at lowering […]

Hallsmith Wins a Round

By C.B. Hall- In a case brought by former Planning and Community Development Director Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Judge Helen Toor of the State Superior Court ruled August 21 that the city of Montpelier’s grievance procedure for terminated employees did not meet requirements for due process. The city fired Hallsmith last November in the wake of conflicts […]

School Consolidation: Three Influential Players Discuss the Issue

By Nat Frothingham- On Town Meeting Day this March 4, when 35 of 272 school budgets went down to defeat—the largest number of school budget defeats in Vermont in a decade—politicians in Montpelier and school people across the state took notice. The budget defeats were not confined to small towns. Jurisdictions that rejected school budgets […]