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Heard on the Street, June 8, 2022

Artists rendering of top view of recreation building with gray roof and pool.
A preliminary architect drawing shows the clubhouse and tennis facility proposed for the city’s Elks Club property. Illustration by Black River Design.

AroMed Owner to Open ‘Capital Cannabis Company’ on Main Street

Lauren Andrews, owner of AroMed on State Street in Montpelier, announced on her Facebook page that she will open ‘Capital Cannabis Company’ on Main Street in Montpelier in October. Word has it she has signed a lease with Jesse Jacobs for the former Bailey Road space. Andrews is a registered nurse, clinical aromatherapist, and a graduate of the University of Vermont’s Cannabis Science and Medicine Certification program. She is interested in expanding options for both physical and mental disease, according to her website Aromedessentials.com. Vermont’s legislature legalized the retail sale of marijuana on Oct. 7, 2020, and it will go into effect this year. Andrews announced last fall on Front Porch Forum she will begin selling retail cannabis when it becomes legal. 

Former Elks Property Eyed by Homelessness Task Force

The Homelessness Task Force will discuss using the former Elks Club property, which the city of Montpelier was authorized to purchase on Town Meeting Day. Details are not provided, but the agenda for the next Homelessness Task Force meeting scheduled for June 8 at 11:30 a.m. states, under “upcoming topics,” “Meeting to discuss planning for Elk’s Club Property 203 Country Club Road.” The property is 138 acres and voters approved a $2 million bond for its purchase.

Trashed Path

Trash on the Siboinebi Rec Path and elsewhere is a continual problem. The city’s trash contractor does not have the capacity or staff to add additional pick up dates. The city is looking at alternatives including hiring a seasonal worker (if they can find one).

Berlin Residents Learn to Swim at the Montpelier Pool

Hannah Connor from the Berlin Recreation Committee spoke to the Berlin Select Board recently about a subsidy provided by the town for Berlin residents to take swimming lessons at the Montpelier pool. Connor said there were roughly 30 participants each year. It was agreed that the town of Berlin will pay Montpelier for 30 participants, with Berlin paying more for additional participants. The total cost is $52.50 per swimmer, with the family paying $27.50 and the town paying $25. The Rec Committee could use reserve funds this year. The board approved using $750.00 from the reserve funds to subsidize swimming lessons for 30 participants.