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Fill Hearts and Stomachs at Empty Bowl Benefit March 10

Fill Hearts and Stomachs at Empty Bowl Benefit March 10

By Bonnie Seideman The wheels are in motion—spinning and humming as hands gently cup and shape each lump of clay.  Magically, a bowl appears, then another, and another. It is January at The Mud Studio in Middlesex and the potters in the room are cheerfully cranking out dozens of soup bowls for the Sixth Annual […]

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Charter Change Narrowly Approved, Spending Items Sail in Montpelier

Charter Change Narrowly Approved, Spending Items Sail in Montpelier

By Tom Brown Montpelier residents were almost equally divided on granting the City Council the authority to regulate energy efficiency in homes and businesses. Voters on Town Meeting Day approved a  proposed charter change that would allow the council to write and enforce energy efficiency standards by a vote of 928-896. The council wanted the […]

Your Guide to Central Vermont Summer Camps

Your Guide to Central Vermont Summer Camps

Helen Day Art Center Summer camps at Helen Day Art Center are open for registration. This year we are offering new camps such as “Crankies & Animation” and “Mobile Digital Art Studio” for teens “Sculptural Music” and “Comics & Cartooning” for younger campers. Classics such as “Art and Nature” and “Wearable Art” for younger campers […]

Farmers Market Plots New Layout for 2019

Farmers Market Plots New Layout for 2019

Two years ago, the Farmers Market moved up to State Street for three pilot project weekends to test the location’s impact on the market, State Street, downtown businesses, and city services. The experiment was a success in some regards—residents and tourists loved the new location, most of the farmers liked being up on the street, […]

In Memoriam: Remembering Larry Mandell

In Memoriam: Remembering Larry Mandell

By Bekah Mandell and Jeff Mandell In 1975, Robert Brower and our dad, Larry Mandell, used a federal job training grant to start Woodbury Associates, which would become Woodbury College. Our dad believed that in a democracy everyone should understand something about the law. And he didn’t think people should have to go to law […]

New Effort Encourages Rental Property Owners to Invest in Energy Efficiency

The Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee and Efficiency Vermont are joining forces to make it easier for the city’s rental property owners and their tenants to enjoy the benefits of more energy- efficient housing. Efficiency Vermont is offering personal project support for Montpelier rental property owners, including free energy walk-throughs by energy efficiency experts to identify […]

Green Mountain Film Festival Reduces Screening Days in Montpelier

By Phil Dodd Facing ongoing financial difficulties, the board of the Green Mountain Film Festival (GMFF) has decided to pare back the Montpelier portion of the 2019 festival to four days and hold the festival for three days in Essex Junction. The festival will be held March 22‒24 at Essex Cinemas and March 28‒31 at […]

How to Help Your Lost Pet Find Home

How to Help Your Lost Pet Find Home

By Sarah Davin Facing the disappearance of a well-loved pet is a frightening experience. Scouring the neighborhood in the dark, worrying if you’ll ever see you cat or dog again is not something anyone wants to experience on their own. Fortunately, we have great local resources such as the Central Vermont Humane Society (CVHS) and […]

Voters to Decide on Municipal, School Budgets

By Tom Brown Property tax bills on a home valued at $228,000 would increase by about $190 if Montpelier voters approve all of the municipal and school spending proposals on the Town Meeting Day ballot. The FY2020 municipal budget is just over $14 million, of which $9.8 million is to be paid by property taxes, […]