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 […]

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 […]

House Calls At School: Barre Launches New Student-Health Programs

By Emily Kaminsky- The children have gone back to school with their backpacks and lunchboxes, their hopes and their dreams. And their germs. The beginning of a school year is often rife with coughs and sneezes, as children in close quarters share those germs, and some youngsters are soon missing school for doctor’s appointments. At […]

Homeschooling: When Going Back To School Means Staying At Home

Homeschooling: When Going Back To School Means Staying At Home

By Emily Kaminsky- Each year, over 2,400 Vermont children greet the end of August and the beginning of the traditional school year a bit differently: while they may shop for school supplies and take advantage of back-to-school clothing sales, they aren’t filling their backpacks with lunchboxes or getting up at the crack of dawn to […]

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 […]

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 […]