Profiles

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

by Julia Barstow In the midst of a long day of boiling maple sap into syrup, Rick and Betsy Barstow will sometimes be surprised by a friend or neighbor stopping by their sugarhouse to lend a hand. Some come to help collect sap from the tanks and buckets, some bring in a load of wood […]

Community Capital of Vermont, Lender of Opportunity, Helps Pave the Way for “Bailey Road”

by Emily Kaminsky Sarah DeFelice, a 26-year-old native of Northfield who now resides in Montpelier, lights up with enthusiasm as she describes what will soon be Montpelier’s newest business on Main Street. Named after her great-grandmother and the road she grew up on, Bailey Road will offer a great shopping experience for women searching for […]

Record Attendance at Calais Town Meeting

by Nat Frothingham Forget about the freezing temperatures in Calais on March 4. Indoors, at 9 a.m., when the Calais school meeting was gaveled into order, the potbellied stove was cranking out heat, and about 200 people had already assembled. That number only grew, and by 9:30 a.m., it was standing room only. Talking to […]

Rare Owl Attracting Birders from Far and Wide

Rare Owl Attracting Birders from Far and Wide

by C. B. Hall   Bird-watchers from all around the Northeast have been making tracks this winter to an unassuming woodlot in Waterbury to get a glimpse of a northern hawk owl, a rare denizen of the Canadian Shield that has taken up winter residence just off one of the busiest stretches of road in […]

The State of Town Meeting

The State of Town Meeting

An Interview with Frank Bryan by Nat Frothingham   It’s fair to say that Frank Bryan’s longtime study and contemplation of town meeting makes him a “town meeting expert.” His scholarly fascination with the town meeting idea, what he now calls “his life’s work,” began in 1969 with the help of college students at St. […]

Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education Rebecca Holcombe Speaks Out

Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education Rebecca Holcombe Speaks Out

by Joyce Kahn with Nat Frothingham The Goal of the Agency of Education “Our goal at the agency is to improve the learning of every student, and we say ‘student’ because some of our students are adult learners and some of our students are in nontraditional classrooms. But we are committed to ensuring that every child […]

Opinion: The Race Continues

A Progressive Vision for Montpelier by Gwendolyn Hallsmith What’s your vision for Montpelier? I see a city that still feels like a small town, where people have good work they’ve created from the lifelong education opportunities here. We have a vibrant, historic downtown, healthy ecosystems, safe neighborhoods and affordable housing; we run on renewable energy. […]

Parks Commissioner Race

Bill Johnson Montpelier has a number of wonderful assets, and one of the greatest is our park system. To maintain and strengthen our park system, I believe we need to keep the following objectives in mind: • The park system must serve a diversity of uses. • We must respect and preserve the park’s natural […]

Emily Hazelton: Nurse Case Manager at People’s Health & Wellness Clinic

Emily Hazelton: Nurse Case Manager at People’s Health & Wellness Clinic

by Jerry Carter with reporting by Julia Barstow   There is a new face at the People’s Health and Wellness Center (PHWC).  Emily Hazelton joined the team of dedicated doctors, nurses and care workers at PHWC recently and brings with her a wealth of experience and a dedication to helping people in need. Emily Hazelton, […]

Candidates for Montpelier City Council Weigh In

Dona Bate, Council Candidate, District 1 Do you support the current spending request for FY2015 Montpelier school budget? Commenting on the proposed school budget is not appropriate for a council candidate and certainly not a way to build a good working relationship with the school board. Which candidate do you support for mayor and why? […]