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Premium Goats’ Milk Production Expanding in Vermont

Premium Goats’ Milk Production Expanding in Vermont

by Mike Furey Lined up on shelves at either end of the glass-enclosed atrium are 30 or more gold and silver statuettes along with 18 or so plaques representing dozens of national and international awards that the cheeses and products of Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. have won in the last decade. Just recently they […]

Farm to Plate for All Vermonters

Farm to Plate for All Vermonters

by Erica Campbell Vermont has a blossoming local food movement that is often in the news and even makes national headlines. While it’s wonderful to be recognized as a leader, we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to continually examine the impacts of local food systems on the economy, health, food security and the […]

The Drag Queens of Dummerston, Vermont: A Story of Transformation

The Drag Queens of Dummerston, Vermont: A Story of Transformation

by Amy Brooks Thornton Evie Lovett’s transformation began in the basement of the Rainbow Cattle Co., a gay bar in Dummerston, Vermont. As she photographed everyday Vermont citizens turning themselves into divas of the stage—padding their hips and busts, lavishly applying lipstick and eyeliner and donning gorgeous wigs—she asked herself, “How do I let my […]

Efficiency VT and Suncommon: Energy Solutions for Vermonters

by Joyce Kahn Did you know that the energy efficiency charge on your electric bill every month helps to fund Efficiency Vermont, the first statewide energy efficiency utility in the United States? I discovered this when I shadowed Kate Stephenson, a local volunteer trained by Efficiency Vermont, on a visit to the home of a […]

Qualifying for a Mortgage Loan

by Phil Dodd What does it take to qualify for a loan to buy a house in Vermont today? Start by having a credit score above 620, which is the minimum level required by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting model, according to Kathy Simanskas of Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU). That credit […]

Getting the Perfect Shot

Getting the Perfect Shot

by Erin McIntyre With spring just around the corner, the Vermont real estate market will soon swing into high gear. For homeowners across the state who are preparing to list their properties for sale, it’s important to focus on taking good photographs. According to the National Association of Realtors, nine out of 10 home buyers […]

The Ins and Outs of the 2014 Montpelier City Meeting

This year Montpelier witnessed one of the most contentious local elections in years, maybe even in decades. Incumbent mayor John Hollar faced off against challenger Gwen Hallsmith in a race that involved more mudslinging than Vermonters are used to this time of year. With hard-packed snow and ice still plastered to the ground and surrounding […]

Record Attendance at Calais Town Meeting

by Nat Frothingham Forget about the freezing temperatures in Calais on March 4. Indoors, at 9 a.m., when the Calais school meeting was gaveled into order, the potbellied stove was cranking out heat, and about 200 people had already assembled. That number only grew, and by 9:30 a.m., it was standing room only. Talking to […]

2014 Town Meeting Day: Statewide Results Summarized

by Jerry Carter Highlights from around the state. Gun Control Legislation to push for tighter gun control received strong support from Vermont’s biggest city. Burlington residents voted on Tuesday to prohibit firearms from institutions that distribute liquor, to allow police to seize guns in instances of domestic violence and to mandate firearm owners to secure […]

The Rivers and Montpelier

The Rivers and Montpelier

Mitigating Flood Risk Through Wetland Protection and Infrastructure by C. B. Hall   On the morning of March 11, 1992, Montpelier residents awoke to see the Winooski River engulfing their downtown, as ice floes loosened by an early spring thaw jammed the river just below the Bailey Avenue bridge and transformed much of the city […]