Profiles

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? […]

Love and Constancy in Montpelier

Al and Phyllis Merritt on Their 66-Year Marriage by Jerry Carter The other day, I had the privilege to sit down with Al and Phyllis Merritt at their lovely home in Westview Meadows to talk about love, marriage and growing old together. Al and Phyllis have been married 66 years, and in a time when […]

The Hungry Heart: A Talk with Director Bess O’Brien

Nearly a year and a half ago, Director Bess O’Brien released The Hungry Heart to a packed auditorium in Saint Albans. Since then, the movie has taken the state by storm. It had such an effect on Governor Shumlin that he devoted nearly his entire State of the State Address this year to the issue […]

A Word From Your Montpelier City Council Candidates

Dona Bate, District 1 I’m running for District 1 City Council position because we need more focus on implementing its incredible citizen-driven master plan. We need to promote the acceptance and expansion of a Regional Public Safety Authority and to improve council communication for briefer meetings and with its committees. We need to build on […]

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

by Amy Brooks Thornton   Fred Ho’s vision is to unite and give voice to three sweeping political crusades through the power and spirit of music. In the Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour, playing in Vermont college auditoriums this month, Ho celebrates and draws parallels between the struggle to free all oppressed peoples, […]