Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo
Jason Merrihew and Mark LeGrand play at the Honky Tonk Happy Hour at Sweet Melissas in Montpelier
By Art Edelstein | Arts Correspondent
It’s become something of a Friday early evening tradition that the place to be at week’s end is Sweet Melissa’s on Langdon Street in Montpelier. Part of the reason so many people stop in for a drink or some food is the live music. Holding down the happy hour slot is singer Mark LeGrand and his honky tonk band.
LeGrand is a mainstay here, as he has been at a variety of venues around town for a decade or more with his country infused vocals, mellow acoustic guitar and a variety of musicians who have been members of his backing band.
LeGrand recently released his third solo album, albeit a seven song EP CD, “Burn It Down,” and it continues the growth of this durable local performer’s songwriting career.
Singer-songwriter Mark LeGrand will introduce his new EP album, “Burn It Down,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sweet Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St. in Montpelier. For information, call 802-225-6012.
What we get on “Burn It Down” is LeGrand’s view of the world, one that was born and nurtured in New England, primarily in Vermont. Although a native of Connecticut, he has lived here since 1967. His early music career found him playing roadhouse dives along Route 22 in New York State. “Into The Night,” track one on the CD, describes that early musical lifestyle. Continue reading
By Erin Mansfield
Kevin Ruane spent all day Sunday in the woods tapping his maple trees and preparing for the sap to run. His farm in Tinmouth produces about 3,200 gallons of maple syrup per year, but this year he and his six sons haven’t even started.
“Really there’s no warm weather coming in until the last week of this month,” Ruane said. “It needs to be 35 to 40 degrees to make the sap start running.” Continue reading
By SUSAN SMALLHEER
NEWFANE — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of about 100 gallons of heating oil siphoned from a Newfane man’s home.
Police suspect that someone siphoned the heating oil from the home of Bart Clark, 52, of Blueberry Circle Extension, sometime in the past month. Continue reading
BENNINGTON — A Mount Anthony Union High School student will go before the reparative board after admitting in Bennington criminal court Monday to hitting her gym teacher in the face Jan. 10 because the teacher was “pushing her buttons.” Continue reading
By DAVE GRAM
The Associated Press
MONTPELIER — A Vermont House committee Tuesday emphatically rejected legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The House Human Services Committee took the action after state health commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, said he opposed the legislation because 18- to 20-year-olds are legally adults and should have the freedom to smoke. Continue reading
By Neal P. Goswami
VERMONT PRESS BUREAU
MONTPELIER — The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee killed off a proposed tax on disposable shopping bags Tuesday with little fanfare.
Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, asked the committee to weigh in on his proposal to charge customers 10 cents for each plastic or paper bag they receive while shopping. Three members of the committee indicated they were not in favor of the bill, but no formal vote was taken. Continue reading
By Kevin O’Connor
LUDLOW — Think March Cinderella stories only center on college basketball players scoring upset wins in this month’s national tournament?
Meet Logan Nicoll, a 27-year-old political newcomer who just bagged a surprise victory this Vermont Town Meeting Day. Continue reading
By Brent Curtis
Tony Flory said there was little left of his family’s motel even before a fire started Sunday afternoon that razed the building on Business Route 4 in Rutland Town. Continue reading
BRATTLEBORO — Police are investigating the death of Dr. Kathryn Eppel of Brattleboro.
Eppel, 60, a psychiatrist, was discovered at her East Orchard Street home Wednesday afternoon, police said. Continue reading
The Associated Press
WATERBURY– Vermont State Police say a man involved in a crash on Interstate 89 over the weekend has died.
Police say 38-year-old Brian German of Warren died Wednesday evening. Continue reading