Local & State

Solon so-long: ‘life is short, art is long’

  MONTPELIER – Montpelier High School will say farewell to longtime art teacher Barbara Austin-Hutchins with a lasting legacy, literally carved in stone with the help of a former student.  Austin-Hutchins, or “Barb,” as she is affectionately known, leaves after 38 years at the school. Together with Sean Williams, who graduated from MHS in 2004, they are working on a monolithic, 10-foot tall statue, carved in Barre granite with the symbols of owls that are […]

Times Argus and Rutland Herald appoint news editors

The Times Argus are Rutland Herald have new managers in the newsroom. The sister papers have announced the appointment of new news editors — David Smith, of Middlesex, at the Times Argus in Barre and John Dolan at the Herald in Rutland. Smith is taking on some of the duties in Barre of Editor Steven Pappas, freeing him up to […]

Festival to launch Christ Church capital campaign

MONTPELIER — Christ Episcopal Church in the Capital City will kick off its 150th anniversary capital campaign this year with a three-day celebration of special events at the church.  The celebrations are a mix of musical, artistic, religious and community events to help launch a $1.5 million capital campaign to fund much-needed structural work to fully repair and restore the sanctuary at the State Street church.  “These […]

State Supreme Court to take up plea deal reversal

BARRE — The Vermont Supreme Court will hear an appeal next week regarding a judge’s decision to reject a plea deal in the case of a former dance instructor accused of having sex with his teenage students. The hearing is scheduled for May 31 at 9:30 a.m. Ernest Phillips, 30, of Essex Junction, is facing four counts of sexual assault […]

Sanders announces Senate re-election bid

BURLINGTON — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he will run for re-election on an agenda that would prioritize working families. The campaign said Sanders would kick off his re-election bid with a series of rallies across Vermont next month. Sanders, who is among the list of possible contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, said he looks […]

Safety authority’s message to councils: Stay tuned

BERLIN — They don’t have a lot to report, but directors of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority will check in with representatives of the organization’s two municipal members during back-to-back meetings this week. The authority’s board had hoped to report a third municipal member — the 31-town Capital Fire Mutual Aid System — had voted to join Barre and […]

Berlin woman accused of knife attack

BARRE — A Berlin teenager is accused of attacking someone with a knife. Emily Lynn Shoestock, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of aggravated assault with a weapon. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Shoestock was released on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond. In […]

Chamber Notes: Policy that supports business


The Vermont General Assembly is returning for a special session this week. Rather than convene in a veto session, the House and Senate adjourned “sine die,” or without setting another date in which to meet. In other words, when the assembly adjourned, it signaled the end of the biennial session. What makes this unusual is that the Legislature adjourned knowing […]

Bikers’ benefit

Music review: Scrag Mountain Music challenges and entices

Music Review

MONTPELIER — Scrag Mountain Music, closing its 2017-18 season Saturday at the Unitarian Church, presented perhaps its most audience-challenging program to date – yet its fans responded enthusiastically. (The program was also performed in Northfield and Warren.) The major work – and major success – was Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor, Op. 39, based on his chamber ballet “Trapèze,” […]

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