The sun is shining again in Montpelier! As vaccination rates rise and COVID counts fall in turn, we can begin to look forward to a summer together again in community. After months apart, we can’t wait to come together and enjoy an incredible lineup of fun events.

Kyle Doda, owner of 1000 Stone Farm, in Brookfield, trains cherry tomato plants to climb Wednesday in one of his greenhouses. The farm has a busy retail shop on the property that sells fresh produce, meats and dairy, and numerous area stores and restaurants feature their products.

Kelly Kindestin, of Barre, sets out her line of Le Fusion Botanicals at her stall at the first Barre Farmers’ Market of the year Wednesday. The market will run Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the Pearl Street pedestrian way.

Morgan Royce was cleaning his brother’s headstone in the Maple Street Cemetery in Waterbury Center on Memorial Day.

Morgan Royce was cleaning his brother’s headstone in the Maple Street Cemetery in Waterbury Center on Memorial Day.

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NORTHFIELD — The rain didn’t keep residents away with around 50 people in attendance for a Memorial Day event in Northfield Monday.

BARRE — A fistful of crisp new American flags in one hand and a clipboard in the other, retired Judge Stephen B. Martin went for a stroll in Hope Cemetery over the weekend. He left empty-handed.

There is no debate that Vermonters have put up with a lot this past year and a half. Unanticipated, and certainly unwanted, COVID-19 has created chaos in our communities. Canceling our plans, laying us off, creating havoc in our lives, our children’s lives, our plans, and economic security.

Not long ago, Joseph Clairmont didn’t even know how to turn on a computer.

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An item in an 1876 Newport newspaper recalled an event in Hardwick some 40 years earlier that demonstrated the excesses of the religious revival that swept through Vermont in the 1830s.

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Justin Turcotte has two great passions: serving good, healthy food and working to ensure that no one goes hungry.

Montpelier Alive recently had the chance to connect with Michael Drake, owner of the new restaurant The Social, now open at The Inn at Montpelier, 147 Main St. We can’t wait to check it out.

The scent of a thrift shopping excursion is often reminiscent of Grandma’s attic or that basement you never wanted to go into as a kid — dingy and only exciting when you find something everyone else has forgotten about.

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WILLIAMSTOWN — History just repeated itself in Williamstown where a church that was destroyed by fire more than 170 years ago was destroyed by fire again.

Schools across Vermont are looking to adapt to new state COVID-19 guidance with an eye toward getting more students back into classrooms following the April school break.

SALISBURY — Tuesday marked the second day in a row firefighters were called out to a brush fire caused by an unpermitted burn.

Editor’s note: In Mutual Aid is a series of profiles and articles that introduce us to the people providing and the benefactors receiving services during the ongoing pandemic.

About a dozen teachers gathered outside West Rutland School on Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to proposed changes to the state’s pension system.

DUXBURY — Shawn Thompson’s arrest for what would be his second drunken driving offense won’t keep him from coaching Harwood boys hockey team as it attempts to win back-to-back state championships Wednesday night in Barre.

STOWE — The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is presenting a 90-minute Zoom discussion: ‘The Art of The Graphic’ as part of its virtual Red Bench Speaker Series, Thursday, March 25, starting at 7 p.m.

On a chilly, bright March morning, Betty Jones, 84, raps on the door of an old shingled farmhouse on Barnes Hill Road in Waterbury Center, a cheerily-wrapped bundle under her arm. Her errand is to drop in on her old friend Florilla Ames and convey birthday wishes from Waterbury Center Commun…

When it opened in Montpelier 1884, the three-level building that was located between today’s City Hall and the Rite Aid pharmacy was called “The Golden Fleece.” It was named for a grand opera house in Paris, at one time considered to be a model of elegance.

BARRE — A new-look City Council will enjoy a stress-free transition as Granite City voters comfortably approved the $12.8 million municipal budget that was among the biggest questions on Barre’s ballot Tuesday.

BARRE — Most school boards and superintendents around the region are breathing easier following an unconventional election that, but for Barre, produced mostly run-of-the-mill results.

MONTPELIER — City Clerk John Odum is underwhelmed, mildly concerned and more than a little surprised the city’s state-subsidized shift to universal mail-in voting hasn’t generated the response he was hoping for in the run-up to Town Meeting Day.

In 1973, former state trooper Paul D. Lawrence was hired by St. Albans to clean up the drug and “hippie problem” at Taylor Park and along Main Street. He proved he was the right man for the job. Within a year, he had made more than 100 arrests.

As I write this, we are about to celebrate the anniversary of COVID storming into our lives. Much like an uninvited distant relation who overstays his welcome, we are all looking forward to the days when the pandemic finally gets up from hogging our couch, watching TV shows we don’t like and…

WATERBURY — A Burlington woman was unhurt but police cited her for Driving Under the Influence early Saturday morning after she crashed her vehicle into the Old Center Cemetery along Vermont Route 100 in Waterbury Center, damaging the cemetery fence and a number of gravestones.

On the Town Meeting Day ballot, Waterbury and Duxbury voters will decide whether or not to allow the sale and production of cannabis within their towns.Currently, it is legal in Vermont for adults over the age of 21 to possess small amounts of cannabis, to give cannabis flower and other prod…

Montpelier continues to draw exciting new businesses, in spite of the pandemic. Montpelier Alive had the chance to connect with Justin Dain, chef and owner at Oakes & Evelyn, which recently opened at 52 State St. in the former Kismet location in downtown Montpelier (Kismet has relocated …

Snowmobile sales and trail use across Vermont are strong despite both the pandemic and minimal snowfall in December.

MONTPELIER — City officials acknowledge the district heat system has been a “mixed bag” since it went online in 2014, thanks to lower-than-projected oil prices, but the customers that use it say they are happy with the service.