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Seniors, Time To Choose Your College. Shop Local.

written and compiled by Carla Occaso NORTHEASTERN VERMONT — Those who reside in this area are lucky to be surrounded by places of higher learning. Available courses of study include business, arts, education, culinary arts, human services, individualized study and more. This time of year as public schools are back in session, twelfth graders are […]

All Aboard For Energy Efficiency

All Aboard For Energy Efficiency

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — A passenger train rolled through Montpelier Aug. 15 at a little past 9:30 a.m. starting from the old train station (now Sarducci’s on one side and Minuteman Press/Citizens Bank). Under a sunny blue sky the train came to life and started to chug along the tracks. On board was a […]

Tami Calliope: Speaking for the Wild

Tami Calliope: Speaking for the Wild

by Nat Frothingham and Tami Calliope; photos courtesy of Tami Calliope One of the world’s foremost scientists, Edward O. Wilson, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, explains in his newest book that because the planet has lost so much of its necessary biodiversity, half the world should be set aside for […]

Organics to Energy Project at the  Water Resource Recovery Facility

Organics to Energy Project at the Water Resource Recovery Facility

by  Anne Watson; photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Wastewater treatment is typically one of the most energy-consuming processes for a municipality, but Montpelier’s Water Resource Recovery Facility at Dog River may soon be a remarkable exception. Earlier this month, the Montpelier City Council approved a project development agreement with Energy Systems Group, which outlined […]

Vermont’s Opportunity

by Steve Wright The governor’s Climate Action Commission has a daunting task: link the principles of physics, political science, sociology, biology, economics, chemistry and atmospheric science to form a distinctly ‘Vermont’ response to climate change. The commission is faced with two fundamental questions: (1) What will be our future energy sources? (2) What approaches will we […]

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER —  It takes a certain kind of genius to turn a wastewater treatment plant into a starting point for environmental stewardship, but they’re doing it at the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Dog River Road. Powered by methane gas produced at the plant and solar panels on the […]

Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

by  Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, J.D When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider: • Insurance — […]

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

by Garrett Heaney MONTPELIER — August is officially here, and with its arrival, all eyes are focused intently on two things: the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. At Union Elementary School, they are even more excited than most, as they get to welcome an entire new class of kindergarteners […]

Mississippi ‘Church People’ Perform Community Service Since Hurricane Katrina

Mississippi ‘Church People’ Perform Community Service Since Hurricane Katrina

by  Mary Mello MONTPELIER — Pop quiz: “MS” is the abbreviation for which state? If you answered Minnesota, you’re only about 1,000 miles off. Missouri? Wrong, again. “MS” belongs to Mississippi, a region so unfamiliar to most Vermonters that the Petal, MS, sign on the bus parked outside the Union Elementary School in Montpelier arouses […]

Remembering Janice (Jan) H. Abair

Remembering Janice (Jan) H. Abair

October 8, 1930 – July 1, 2017 by Dot Helling MONTPELIER — Jan Abair was always a feisty “woman before her time.” Jan passed away after a short illness at the age of 86. Jan was my friend and a neighbor from two houses down, her place on Miles Court which she had called home […]