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Paddling Out of Winter

It was technically still winter on Saturday morning and there was plenty of snow around, but that didn’t stop Richmond Scott from launching his stand-up paddle board in the North Branch of the Winooski River and bobbing through downtown Montpelier, VT. Scott was clad in a dry-suit and life jacket and cruised down into the Winooski River, headed for Middlesex, about ten miles downstream.

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Phantom Valentines

The annual attack of the Valentine Phantom struck Montpelier again this week. This year’s onslaught of hearts included a cameo by Bernie Sanders and support for Ukraine. And the perpetrator or perpetrators once again disappeared, unseen. As is generally the case with phantoms. Click headline or photo for more.

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Winter Toss

Case Phinney, above (very), goes flying at the annual Montpelier, VT, celebration of winter known as Ice on Fire. The blanket toss, based on the Inuit method, was the most dramatic part of the event. Click on headline or photo for more. Em Hagman, below, was one of the few adults willing to go airborne. And Perry Bellow-Handelman of Middlesex and her daughter, Freida, were […]

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The Joy of Pavement (Without Cars)

Unless you’ve been reading the local papers, you don’t know about the long and painful process over the past summer of paving the County Road, the main drag from Montpelier, VT, to the bucolic hills of Calais and East Montpelier. (Click headline or photo for full post.) It involved a temporarily torn-up road (all summer), rough pavement, flat tires, dust, and various delays, but, finally, […]

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Veterans and Kids on Vets’ Day

This year’s Veterans Day Parade in Montpelier included veterans, of course, but also kids from Union Elementary School wearing placards dedicated to a veteran close to them. They all marched through downtown to the war memorial at Montpelier High School for the placing a wreath and flowers. Click on photo or headline for the full post. Top photos, the prayer, and Tom McGibney, American Legion […]

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All Species Day, Montpelier, VT

Montpelier welcomes spring in its own way, via All-Species Day, which starts in a local park and dances its way to the Vermont State House.

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Montpelier Halloween

You have to admit, for a tiny town, Montpelier, VT, (pop. just over 7,000) knows how to do Halloween. From the the Vermont Dance Alliance zombie takeover of State Street to neighborhood trick-or-treating, the one-mile Trick or Trot Run, the school superintendent on the dunk machine, and other frolics on the State House lawn, it’s a heck of a party. Even if it rains the […]

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The Return of Amtrak

Amtrak is back. At least in Vermont. The first post-COVID (?) passenger train rolled through Montpelier Junction Monday morning, heading for Washington, DC, and was greeted by hundreds of rail enthusiasts. Passengers with reservations and $1 tickets for short hops in the state boarded and disembarked from earlier stops. And there was music, free creemees, and a dose of railroad history. Top: Tim Donovan and […]

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Middle School Track Meet

Last week, about 200 kids from 10 middle schools showed up for one of the first track and field meets to be held in Montpelier for a long time. From the looks of it, good times were had by all. For a giant gallery of running and jumping kids, click here.

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