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Heard on the Street – 12.4.14


Barre-Tones to Hold Holiday Afternoon Concert

MONTPELIER — Having recently returned from their 9th place finish at Harmony, Incorporated’s International Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, central Vermont’s women’s a cappella barbershop chorus will present its annual holiday show at Montpelier High School on Sunday, Dec. 14.  This 2 p.m. performance of the Barre-Tones is a holiday season favorite and features the chorus and its quartets, along with special guests. Door prizes and an intermission sing-along will be part of the afternoon’s event. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids under 8 are free. Tickets will be available at the door, or call 498-8545 to reserve.


Coalition Formed to Oppose Marijuana Legalization

MONTPELIER  — A group of concerned Vermonters announced last month the formation of SMART Vermont, a grassroots coalition opposing the legalization of marijuana. SMART Vermont is a statewide coalition of parents, grandparents, young adults, senior citizens and other concerned Vermonters. The members represent diverse backgrounds including drug and alcohol prevention, youth services, education, law enforcement, mental health and business leaders who agree that marijuana legalization poses a threat to Vermont’s health, economy, youth, education, highway safety and workforce. For more information contact Debby Haskins, executive director at 456-1479 or info@smartvermont.org.

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Funding Available

MIDDLEBURY — Funding is now available from the Innovations and Collaborations grants program at the Vermont Community Foundation. One of a number of competitive grant programs, Innovations and Collaborations supports projects that help nonprofits collaborate across sectors and regions to develop common solutions to community needs. Typically, applications are accepted from one lead organization in association with one or more additional partner organizations. Grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and multi-year funding is available but not guaranteed.

Letters of interest for the Spring 2015 grant round are due Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Visit www.vermontcf.org/I&C to learn more or apply or call 388-3355.


Holistic School of Business Finds New Home

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Holistic School of Business has found a new home in Montpelier, right on Main Street. The new location will make the school easier to access, and provide greater opportunities to serve the local community. The school has also been added to the list of schools approved to receive grant funding through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). This means that Vermont residents can apply for non-degree grants to pay their tuition in the school’s programs if eligible. 

The school’s founder, Jason Pugliese, started the school out of his home two years ago as a way to help lower-income, Vermont small business owners get on the right track as they start, grow, and market themselves and their businesses. The school offers personal business coaching live and by phone. It also offers online courses that complement the business coaching. The school also provides professional marketing services. For more information, call 225-5960.


Roundabout Ready for Through Traffic

WATERBURY — The Waterbury roundabout is finally open all the way around. Up until recently, it was pretty hard to get through the construction without stopping and starting under the guidance of flaggers, but as of Nov. 21, the flaggers are gone and it was easy going. Under construction since this summer, the cost was slated to be $3.9 million, but final costs won’t be available until all the final invoices are in, said VTrans Project Manager Ande DeForge. As for the overall project, “It has actually gone pretty smoothly,” according to DeForge. His claim is verified by looking up the original proposal on the web under watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov where construction is scheduled for July-November 2014. Sure enough, it appears to be done on time. But finish work, including landscaping, turf establishment, sidewalk work and signage work will continue through to summer 2015.


Photographer Peter Miller Starting New Project

COLBYVILLE — What’s up with Peter Miller’s “Lifetime of Vermont People” and his downsized, squashed photography gallery in that godforsaken hamlet known as Colbyville that is also squashed between Waterbury and Waterbury Center?” Miller recently informed The Bridge by press release that he is starting on two large size photo books, Paris in the 1950s and “Margaux Vendange 1957”, the wine harvest in the most famous village creating Bordeaux wines.

Miller says, “And no, I don’t have the funds to produce them so I’m out there again,  creating magic on a wing and a prayer … I’m selling photographs at  low, low prices to pay the printing bill. Peter Miller Gallery, 20 Crossroad, opposite King Kong’s Hong Kong Restaurant.” Call 272-8851 for more information.