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Heard On The Street 4.17.14


There’s a new organic farm in South Barre!

Bear Roots Farm is a small-scale, diversified, organic vegetable farm located in South Barre at 175 Snowbridge Road. Our goal is to produce high quality, nutrient-dense food for the greater Barre community. We offer a CSA program that offers on-farm pick up, business delivery, or farmers market pick up. Our farm stand, located at the farm, will officially open at the end of May. Starting on May 17th you can find us at the Barre Farmers Market, located at the Granite Museum from 9AM-1PM. We started Bear Roots Farm to make high-quality, locally-grown, organic food available to our community. To find out more about us visit our website: www.bearrootsfarm.com

Public Meeting on Parklet Proposals

Montpelier Alive has solicited proposals for seasonal parklets (extensions of the sidewalk that cover parking places and can be used for public or private activities) to be installed in the downtown as a two-year pilot project. There will be a public presentation of at least one proposal for a public parket on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 pm, in city council chambers.  Montpelier resident Ward Joyce and students from Vermont Technical College will present their idea for a parklet on the Rialto Bridge.  For information contact Montpelier Alive at 223-9604 or director@montpelieralive.org.

U-Haul Ranks Florida and Vermont as Top Growth States for 2013

In their annual study, U-Haul pegged Vermont as having the highest percentage of growth for states with 5,000-20,000 families moving during 2013. The report, titled “U-Haul 2013 Top 10 U.S. Growth States” said that, “Vermont had the highest percentage for the second year in a row, with an astounding growth rate of 8.12 percent in 2013.” Florida had the highest growth rate for states with more than 20,000 families moving, “with 4.85 percent more families moving into the state than out,” according to the report.

Sign up Today for Onion River Sports 11th Annual Century Ride

All proceeds go to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Register ahead of race day for $60 or on the day of the event for $75. The event kicks off on July 26th at 8:30 a.m. when riders depart from the Montpelier Pool out through the city. There are three distances that riders can register for including an 111 mile full century, 110 K Metric Century (68 miles), or a 40-mile ride. Visit www.onionriver.com for more information or e-mail Tristan atevents@onionriver.com.

East Barre Resident Named Vermont Nurse Fellow

Tara Reil of East Barre was named one of 25 nurses to be honored as one of this year’s Vermont Action Coalition’s Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows. In a press release put out by VAC Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN, associate professor of nursing, University of Vermont and co-lead of VAC said, “This program will prepare the nurse fellows to lead and inform health care decision-making by leveraging their frontline perspective and providing additional insight into the business and financing of health care.”

Car Burglars Back in Town

A recent string of Front Porch Forum posts have brought to light a series of car break-ins in the Montpelier area. Thieves appear to be looking for money and anything of value. One report noted a strong smell of cigarettes and alcohol remained in the car after the robbery.

City of Montpelier School Budget Vote Results

The school budget proposal as revised was approved by Montpelier voters on April 15. The final tally was 914 people voting yes and 565 people voting no. 1,479 people turned out to vote, significantly fewer people than turned out on Town Meeting Day 2014. On Town Meeting Day 2014 2,446 people voted, just over a third of the 6,319 registered voters in the city.

3-Square Vermont Is there to Help

“Vermonters are a hardworking people, but the high costs of food, fuel and other necessities make it tough to get by,” said Jen Evans of the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC). CVAC wants to remind Vermonters that federally funded programs like 3SqaureVT are there to help. According to Evans, “A family of four earning up to $3,632 a month may be able to get benefits.” For more information and to find out if you qualify, please contact 1-800-639-1053.

CVCOA Seeks Candidates to Join Board of Directors

Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) seeks candidates interested in serving in positions on its Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for and has authority over the overall management and performance of the Council on Aging. Interested candidates should visit http://cvcoa.org.board-of-directors.html or email Executive Director Beth Stern at bstern@cvcoa.org.