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Students Shine at Montpelier High School Graduation

by Sarah Davin Graduation gowns are surprisingly uncomfortable to wear outside. They usually come in dark colors, meaning that on that beautiful summer day, these human-enveloping tarps absorb the heat of the sun and hold it close to the human body. Over the course of the long ceremony, as the principal reads through all of […]

CBD Brings AroMed New Success—and New Space

CBD Brings AroMed New Success—and New Space

by Mike Dunphy Just as the breath of life involves contraction and expansion, so too does Montpelier’s downtown business community. Adding a sweeter fragrance to that air is Lauren Andrews, owner of AroMed, who has expanded her business thanks to rapid growth and a loyal customer base here and in the flatlands. While the retail […]

Gardening for Pollinators, Birds, and Beauty

by Erin O’Hara Science shows us that biodiversity leads to a more productive ecosystem in which more oxygen is produced, more carbon dioxide stored, more water purified, and more energy from the sun transformed into food and biomass. The key to maximizing biodiversity in our gardens and landscapes is native plants. If we focus on […]

An Excerpt on the Myth of the Small Farm from  Daniel Hecht’s New Novel, “On Brassard’s Farm”

An Excerpt on the Myth of the Small Farm from Daniel Hecht’s New Novel, “On Brassard’s Farm”

Just as I’d had imbecilic notions of the forest, I had childlike misconceptions about farms, farming, and farmers. I had an imaginary “farm” in my mind. I knew that most of our food is grown on factory farms run by giant corporations. I knew that growing lots of a single crop or raising lots of […]

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

by Nat Winthrop My 37-year-old son Dan—also a Montpelier resident—and I returned from eight days in Havana, Cuba just over a month ago. Dan served as my photographer and interpreter. Under President Trump’s travel restrictions, we traveled as journalists, reporting on art, contemporary culture, and technology. It was an amazing experience, profoundly different from all […]

Living Mindfully by Writing Poetry

by Suzanne Podhaizer Let’s begin with a bad joke: “What do you call it when you sit on the couch, scratch your nose, doodle, check Facebook, and play a game of Solitaire?” “Writing poetry.” It’s one thing to force yourself to perform a tangible task, like washing dishes, gassing up the car, or making some […]

Honoring Ken Squier: Radio Station Owner and Motor Sports Broadcaster

Honoring Ken Squier: Radio Station Owner and Motor Sports Broadcaster

by Nat Frothingham At a St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast celebrated on March 13, the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce honored motor sports broadcaster and Radio Station WDEV owner Ken Squier. As a boy growing up in Waterbury Village and for more than 80 years, Squier has had a continuing association with WDEV. Squier has also […]

Filmmaker and VCFA Student Tamara Perkins Discusses Life After Life

Filmmaker and VCFA Student Tamara Perkins Discusses Life After Life

compiled by Mike Dunphy Few people, much less filmmakers, are as willing to dig into the “underbelly” of society as VCFA student Tamara Perkins. And she goes even further, devoting much time and energy to rehabilitation of those that either fall, or dive through, the cracks, be it with yoga and mindfulness training or filmmaking. […]

More than a Pretty Face: Five Feminist Films in the GMFF

More than a Pretty Face: Five Feminist Films in the GMFF

by Sarah Davin The Oscars ceremony this year was alive with political activism, with actors and actresses on the red carpet responding to questions about the #MeToo movement. One of the moments that stood out the most was Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech for her Oscar for best actress. After putting the spotlight on all the […]

To Weatherize or Not to Weatherize: That’s a Question?

To Weatherize or Not to Weatherize: That’s a Question?

by Paul Markowitz, Net Zero Montpelier High heating bills getting you down? Tired of your home being cold in the winter? Wondering how to get rid of those giant (and dangerous) icicles hanging from your roof? Weatherize Montpelier could be the right fit for you! Weatherize Montpelier is a new initiative of Net Zero Montpelier, […]