Vermont’s minimum wage to increase

Vermont’s minimum wage to increase

By ANNA WOOD

October 31, 2019

Vermont’s minimum wage will increase by 18 cents on Jan. 1, 2020, bringing the hourly wage to $10.96. The tipped wage, for state employees that receive the majority of their earnings through tips, will increase up $5.48, an increase of 9 cents. In 2014, the state passed Act 176, which raised ...

Tiny House Fest offers big solutions to big problems

Tiny House Fest offers big solutions to big problems

By LUCY TOWNEND

October 31, 2019

WARREN — The solution to the affordable housing crisis may come in small sizes. Hundreds gathered at the Tiny House Fest despite pouring rain on Sunday, Oct. 27 to engage in discussion and celebrate the tiny house movement. The festival, held at Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, boasted three stages...

Rainboots and Reese’s: 12th Annual Spooktacular Brings Halloween Festivities Despite Weather

Rainboots and Reese’s: 12th Annual Spooktacular Brings Halloween Festivities Despite Weather

By HAEUN PARK

October 31, 2019

Families dressed in costumes, posed for pictures, danced to live music and munched on bags of fresh-popped popcorn. A NASA toddler in a tinfoil hat and a painted cardboard rocket waited patiently in line for face-painting. A mini Evil Queen and a black fruit bat played a life-sized game of Connect 4. Multiple Spider-Men and one Sp...

Tac(o) of the town: Long-awaited taqueria opens at Stone Mill

Tac(o) of the town: Long-awaited taqueria opens at Stone Mill

By MELANIE CHOW

October 31, 2019

The Mad Taco and other retailers were welcomed to Middlebury by a large and hungry crowd last Saturday at the Stone Mill’s soft opening, which showcased the multi-purpose space’s new cast of restaurants and retailers. Middlebury residents and college students alike headed down to Mill Street ...

Burlington girls soccer team kicks equal pay into worldwide spotlight

Burlington girls soccer team kicks equal pay into worldwide spotlight

By BENJY RENTON

October 24, 2019

After the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team's success in this year’s Women’s World Cup and the team's fight for equal pay captivated millions around the world, the Burlington High School (BHS) girls soccer team decided to take their inspiration to a new level. Beginning with a campaign to sel...

Spirit in Nature trail system offers connection to sublime

Spirit in Nature trail system offers connection to sublime

By TAYLOR PHILLIPS

October 17, 2019

Tucked away in the foothills of the Green Mountains, the Spirit in Nature Interfaith Path (SPiN) Sanctuary provides a haven for contemplation, reflection and interfaith dialogue.

Greens to yellows to reds: Vermont foliage is in full effect

Greens to yellows to reds: Vermont foliage is in full effect

By ANNA WOOD

October 17, 2019

Midterms are in full swing, fall break is right around the corner and Vermont’s renowned peak foliage has hit. The season is here, and with it comes brilliant bursts of color that define fall in New England. The Green Mountains show their seasonal red hue and blazing leaves wash the trees with a fiery touch.  Where ca...

CBD in your morning coffee?

CBD in your morning coffee?

By BENJAMIN GLASS

October 17, 2019

Think drip coffee, espresso, lattés and cold brew. Among the café classics offered at Royal Oak Coffee on Seymour Street, owners Matt and Aless Delia-Lôbo stock something that might be unfamiliar to customers: CBD oil.  Since its founding last May, Royal Oak Coffee has offered hemp-extracted cannabidiol (CBD) as an additi...

Charter House Coalition hosts open house, expands services and renovates

Charter House Coalition hosts open house, expands services and renovates

By KAITLYN GIROUARD

October 17, 2019

After years of significantly increased demand for its services in the Addison County community, the Middlebury Charter House was open this summer for the first time in its 15–year history. To celebrate this milestone, its recent renovations, program advancements and general success with providing bas...

Middlebury businesses on the right track despite construction concerns

Middlebury businesses on the right track despite construction concerns

By LUCY TOWNEND

October 17, 2019

With several years of work remaining on Middlebury’s Bridge and Rail Project, downtown merchants are determined to outlast dwindling patronship that has posed a challenge since the project began. The Bridge and Rail Project, aiming to bring passenger rail service from Rutland to Burlington by 2...

Dead Creek teems with life on annual Wildlife Day

Dead Creek teems with life on annual Wildlife Day

By MICHAEL FRANK

October 10, 2019

ADDISON— Much of Vermont’s most beautiful fauna are seldom seen in the wild. This is one of the motives behind Dead Creek Wildlife Day, an annual event that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department hosted last Saturday, Oct. 5 in association with Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreati...

Ski-industry giant Vail Resorts acquires Peak Resorts

Ski-industry giant Vail Resorts acquires Peak Resorts

By KARI HENKEN

October 10, 2019

Following months of speculation that a potential deal was brewing, Colorado-based ski conglomerate Vail Resorts announced on Sept. 24 that it had acquired Peak Resorts, owner of the popular southern Vermont ski destination Mount Snow. With the acquisition of Peak Resorts, which operated 17 ski resor...

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