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Aging in Place: A Roadmap for Seniors and Future Seniors

By Peter Kelman Ed.D. “Aging in Place” is generally understood to mean spending the rest of your life in your own home. As such, aging in place may seem primarily about making your home more senior-friendly. In reality, however, home renovation is only a small part of a complex and challenging process that is more […]

Pothole Season—A Scourge for Drivers and City Staff

Pothole Season—A Scourge for Drivers and City Staff

By Phil Dodd Was this the worst winter ever for potholes in Montpelier? Retired attorney Jim Clemons, who was born in 1951, raised in Montpelier, and now lives in East Montpelier, thinks so. “I’ve never seen the potholes in Montpelier so pervasive,” he said.  His opinion is likely shared by a lot of drivers who […]

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?—Beneficiary Designations

By Claudia I. Pringles You are a planner. You’ve met with your estate planning attorney to make sure your wishes are documented and to minimize the headaches associated with probate for your survivors. You’ve also met with your financial advisor to make sure your financial goals are on track. Everything looks great, but then you […]

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

By Tom Brown The story of 104-year-old Wanda Fortunée Meriems Johnson, who lives in Duxbury, reads like a Hollywood love story—think Titanic without the iceberg. It began 80 years ago in Heliopolis, Egypt, when Wanda decided to join a group of young people bound for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Her parents, Jews whose […]

New Spring Classes at MSAC

New Spring Classes at MSAC

Abandon your notions about what “senior center” means. Spring is on the way, and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center has prepared over 75 weekly spring class offerings. More than 10 new class series are being offered that span a variety of topics from yoga to financial foundations. Many are open to adults of all ages, […]

COVE Puts Faces to Elder Issues

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) has launched a new campaign—grow bOLD—to encourage civic engagement in the legislative process in order to positively change the conversation on aging in Vermont. grow bOLD was introduced during the Older Vermonters Caucus at the State House on February 7 and will remain a constant and weekly presence each week […]

PoemCity Celebrates 10 Years of Verse

PoemCity Celebrates 10 Years of Verse

By Michelle A.L. Singer You could reasonably argue that as a skill, poetry isn’t as useful as CPR. In other words, poetry doesn’t save lives. And yet, consider Tom Martin from Franklin, Vermont, who comes to Montpelier every April to experience PoemCity, Kellog-Hubbard Library’s  celebration of National Poetry Month.   In 2006, Martin was in […]

New Novel Features Girl King Arthur

New Novel Features Girl King Arthur

By Sarah Davin The new novel, Once & Future, by Montpelier-based authors Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, takes the legend of King Arthur and launches it into an adventure that embraces science fiction. This crossover novel, meant for both a teen and adult audience, centers on the character of Ari Helix, an illegal immigrant […]

Craftsbury Filmmakers Produce a Gem

Craftsbury Filmmakers Produce a Gem

Farmer of the Year Sets Stage for Future Projects By Irene Racz The late writer and director Nora Ephron famously said that “everything is copy.” Kathy Swanson, a Craftsbury resident who hails from Minnesota, appears to have come by that notion intuitively. For as long as she can remember, she has written down anything that […]

Town Meeting Day Roundup—Energy Efficiency Charter Change Narrowly Passes

Town Meeting Day Roundup—Energy Efficiency Charter Change Narrowly Passes

By Tom Brown Mayor Anne Watson said voters got their message across with the narrow victory on Town Meeting Day of a city charter change proposal. Residents were almost equally divided on granting the City Council the authority to set and enforce energy efficiency standards in homes and businesses, approving the charter change proposal by […]