Tag Archive | Vermont

Nature Watch 3-6-14

This time of year everyone knows someone who either is, or was just, or is about to leave on vacation. It’s always to escape the unpredictable, the cold, those last storms, or to stow away a bit of vitamin D before the skin and bones deteriorate any further! Our human family in the far north […]

Heard On The Street 3/6/2014

Two New Trustees Join the Norwich University Board Maxine Grad of Moretown, Vermont, and John Koziol of Rockwall, Texas, were elected to the Norwich University board of trustees recently. Grad is a graduate of Vermont Law School and has represented Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren in the Vermont State House since 2001. An alumnus […]

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 […]

2014 Town Meeting Day: Statewide Results Summarized

by Jerry Carter Highlights from around the state. Gun Control Legislation to push for tighter gun control received strong support from Vermont’s biggest city. Burlington residents voted on Tuesday to prohibit firearms from institutions that distribute liquor, to allow police to seize guns in instances of domestic violence and to mandate firearm owners to secure […]

Five Reasons to Attend the Green Mountain Film Festival

Five Reasons to Attend the Green Mountain Film Festival

by John O’Brien Midvoyage in this digital age, I’m dumbfounded that anybody actually goes out to the movies anymore. If the Shumlin administration is to be believed, there are only four Vermonters left without access to high-speed Internet in the state (coincidently, all four live on my road in Tunbridge), which means that the other […]

Opinion: Why an Investment in Public Higher Education Matters

by Linda Olson Public higher education has become increasingly unaffordable in Vermont. According to Vermont State Colleges (VSC) data, state support for higher education has steadily declined in the past 34 years. In 1980, state appropriations provided 51 percent of VSC revenue, while 49 percent came from student tuition. Today, less than 18 percent of […]

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. […]

The Bottom Line on School Spending

by Jerry Carter “The trends aren’t good,” said Lowell VanDerlip, of the Montpelier school board, after hearing remarks from panelists at a February 11 meeting. The meeting, hosted by Vibrant and Affordable Montpelier (VAM), focused on state education financing. During an hour-and-a-half discussion, the panelists explained to the audience the implications of state education financing […]

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 […]

Barre Prepares to Vote

by Michelle A. L. Singer “Hopefully, it’s a straightforward and simple ballot this year,” says Barre city manager Stephen Mackenzie. On March 4, Barre City residents will vote by Australian ballot on a general fund budget of $11,187,972; voter assistance requests, like Project Independence and Green Mountain Transit; and a special ballot item for the […]