Montpelier

A yoga class at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. The class' instructor, Sarah Parker-Givens, says the class offers many health benefits for students.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

When it comes to health care, studies show that people over 65 use far more services than younger people, but some new research is pointing at ways to reverse that trend.

Fred Bashara announces his family plans to open a new Hampton Inn & Suites behind the Capitol Plaza.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The family that owns Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza hopes to open another hotel right behind its existing hotel on State Street.

Some of the principal figures behind civil unions and same-sex marriage in Vermont celebrate the unveiling of a historic marker honoring passage of the laws.
Stefan Hard / The Times Argus

A historic marker rising prominently from the Statehouse lawn now commemorates Vermont’s outsized role in the history of gay rights.

Montpellier's Ellyes Skhiri, right, vies for the ball against Lyon's Rafael Pereira Da Silva during a French League One game in Decines on Sept. 21, 2016. The Montpellier soccer team is sending a shipment of misspelled jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont.
Laurent Cipriani / Associated Press

In 1781, the city of Montpelier, Vermont, got its name from Montpellier, France. Now, Vermont’s capital is about to get something else from that French city: a shipment of soccer jerseys.

Gov. Phil Scott, left, announced the recipients of $2.7 million in downtown tax credits Wednesday. Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, center, says renovations on the city's historic French Block, seen in the background, wouldn't go forward without the money.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Twenty-two construction projects across Vermont will share $2.7 million in state tax incentives.

Montpelier Pharmacy will be turned into a Kinney Drugs location on October 15, and the Waterbury Pharmacy is closing, the owners announced.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Two independent pharmacies in central Vermont have been sold to the Kinney Drugs chain, the former owners announced. Montpelier Pharmacy will become a Kinney Drugs location on Oct. 15, and Waterbury Pharmacy will close its doors for good later that day, the three co-owners announced in a letter to customers.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

For the past few years, there has been a showdown over conflicting uses of central Vermont’s Berlin Pond. Now, state and local officials are working on finding a compromise.

Steve Zind / VPR

Beau Butchery and Bar, which opened in Montpelier in December, is yet another example of the growth of the local food movement. It’s also an effort to recapture the tradition of the neighborhood butcher shop.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont's school district consolidation law is at a crossroads. Act 46 was set up in three phases, and the second phase ends July 1. After that, districts that haven't been able to get a merger plan approved by the voters have to put together a so-called alternative structure plan.

The mayor of Montpelier says the city got no warning before Immigration and Customs Enforcement listed the city as non-compliant with federal immigration authorities. Mayor John Hollar says the city’s inclusion on the federal list raises questions about the Trump administration’s process for creating the list.

A small car sharing program in Montpelier is ending. The two-year pilot program, run by the non-profit CarShare Vermont in partnership with the state will end in April, after a 24-month trial.  

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

On Town Meeting Day, four central Vermont communities allocated money to build a recreational bridge over the Winooski River. It's a project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association, which has been working to create a recreational trail network across central Vermont since the early 1990s.

Amy Noyes / VPR

Saturday's Women's Marches on Montpelier and on Washington, D.C. drew crowds that surpassed expectations. An estimated 15,000 protesters descended on Vermont's Statehouse alone.

Graham Swaney / Courtesy

In an historic act of public demonstration, millions of people marched in cities around the world for Saturday's Women's March — including an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 in Vermont's capital.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Net Zero Vermont has announced a winner for its Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Entrants were tasked with creating a sustainable vision for the capital city that could be achieved in the next 13 years. 

Angela Evancie / VPR file

A Women’s March and Unity Rally is being planned in Montpelier for Saturday afternoon. Organizers say the event is being held in solidarity with this weekend's planned National Women’s March on Washington and "sister marches" around the world.                 

Stephen M. Frey (Arocordis Design) / Courtesy of the 'Put A Rink On It' committee

Montpelier's Put a Rink on It Committee has gotten its wish. This winter, there'll be an ice skating rink on the front lawn of the Vermont Statehouse. The installation is planned for next week.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Since Donald Trump's election as president, four cities in Vermont have taken steps to declare or discuss declaring themselves sanctuary cities, as part of a response by communities nationwide to anticipate Trump's proposed immigration policies. But what does "sanctuary city" mean?

Bob Kinzel / VPR

Hundreds of people stood in line for hours in downtown Montpelier Tuesday for a chance to meet Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event was part of Sanders' promotional tour for his new book Our Revolution, which chronicles Sanders' political career and provides his road map for the Democratic Party to gain the support of millions of working people in the future.

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Early voting for the November election officially starts on Friday, Sept. 23, but some towns have been handing out ballots for the past week. The Vermont Republican Party wants to know why the secretary of state's office has allowed this to happen.

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