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August 25th, 2016

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EarthWalk Inspires Local Youth through Long-term Nature Mentoring

By Aaron Retherford There’s no denying, kids love field trips. Any excuse to get out of school for a day is usually good enough for them. But what about spending one day each week outside in nature, where kids can learn how to build a shelter, start a fire, discover where medicines grow, and whittle and carve things with knives after passing a knif...

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Montpelier Experiencing Minor Flooding: City Asks Residents and Business Owners to Monitor Flood-Prone Basements

With the heavy rain and ice jamming over the last 24 hours, Montpelier is experiencing flooding along the Winooski River. Currently this flooding is focused along lower State Street west of the Bailey Avenue Bridge. The City is asking that residents and businesses with flood-prone basements in Montpelier take the necessary action immediately. Speci...

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Winter Farmers Markets Hold Locals Over Until Spring

By Aaron Retherford Looking for fresh vegetables and locally raised meat in the middle of winter? Just head on over to your local winter farmers market. Central Vermonters have several choices for relieving that fix for Vermont produce. There’s the bi-weekly Montpelier winter market and the monthly markets in Northfield and Groton. The Groton Growe...

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There’s Lots of Love in Arnie’s Ice Cream

Looking for something truly unique and romantic to give someone (or yourself) for Valentine’s Day? How about a tempting plunge into one of 12 tantalizing Arnie’s Ice Cream flavors? Arnie’s Ice Cream is the creative sensation of 19-year old entrepreneur Brandon Darmstatd of Montpelier. “I started working on this project in 2013 and wow did I find it...

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Spaulding Student Entering West Point

By Jim Higgins Aidan Reardon, a senior at Spaulding High School, had a longtime dream fulfilled last month. The United States Military Academy at West Point, established in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson, invited Reardon to join its 2016 Corps of Cadets. “I’ve always thought of the United States Military Academy as the best college in the nation,” Reardo...

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Freezing Fun For Families Announces 2016 Beneficiaries

Freezing Fun for Families has announced its 2016 beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiaries are 22-month old Ryland Houle of East Middlebury, Vermont and 11-year-old Garrett Peace of East Montpelier, Vermont. Ryland was diagnosed at 16 months old with Neuroblastoma and has been undergoing treatment since August 2015. Garrett was diagnosed at 10 years...

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes Reveal Secrets of Winter Wildlife

By Aaron Retherford Nature lovers might dread the months where white snow blankets the vast green landscapes of Vermont. If they don’t ski or snowboard, they might as well join the bears in hibernation. But North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier isn’t deterred by the cold, dark winters of central Vermont. In fact, NBNC offers a recurring activity...

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Deadline Nears for Sanders’ State of the Union Essay Contest

The deadline for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) sixth annual State of the Union essay contest is noon on Friday. Sanders essay contest calls upon Vermont’s high school students to address what they view as the major issues facing the United States. President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union speech to a joint session of Cong...

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The Amazing Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Barre reports no gold coin(s) have appeared in this year’s “Kettle Drive” as of yet, but central Vermonters have been quite generous, and the goal of $64,000 is about half way realized. Lt. Chris Street of the Barre Salvation Army explains that his office operates 19 kettles from Waterbury to W. Lebanon/Claremont, NH. He belie...

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Jim Miller, ReSOURCE Team up for ARC/Fun Holiday Winter Dance Saturday

The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance, a fun holiday event coordinated by the Central Vermont ARC and Families and Friends United (FUN), will take place this Saturday, Dec. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. The “potluck” affair, which starts at 6:30, will draw members of ARC/FUN plus family, friends, supervisors and supporters from...

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