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Post Script

The cutting of the ribbon at the “soft” inauguration of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center on June 27,  marked the close (almost) of the Capital Campaign and of this blog. And it marks the opening (almost) of … well, what … Continue reading

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Donations – How are we doing?

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The Story Never-Ending…

Our lusty crew, Jacques and Larry and the doughty sailors below decks, have now mounted the bowsprit of our good ship MSAC, and we will soon set sail for Adventure! – you and I are old; Old age hath yet … Continue reading

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This Way, Up!

You could guess — your intrepid reporter would find it just too tempting to resist taking a camera shot of that arrow pictured above, newly sprayed on the virgin black asphalt newly covering the Center driveway.  It’s so symbolic, it … Continue reading

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Opening Doors

 Here we are in the new elevator on the first floor of our almost-re-built Center … the door is opening … see! … only a step and we’re there!  It’s not only elevator doors that are opening, you can feel the … Continue reading

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May Day!

Old-time memories … dancing the maypole, welcoming Spring.   May Daze! Suddenly, this weekend, Spring was all about us: sun, and warmth, and friends strolling the streets in the balmy air, the bustle of the farmers’ market, green green Green-Up … Continue reading

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PoemCity / PoemCenter #3

Our reportorial staff was sitting around the press room at the MSAC Blog earlier this month, worrying how to finish off National Poetry Month with a bang, but without any hard work, which we just weren’t up to.  Archy, our … Continue reading

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PoemCity / PoemCenter #2

The second-last day of National Poetry Month, and the second of our posts proving that the Montpelier Senior Activity Center is pure poetry, and that if you like poetry you just have to give it up ($applause$) for the Capital … Continue reading

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PoemCity / PoemCenter #1

During April, National Poetry Month, Montpelier becomes PoemCity; to honor that event on our capital campaign blog, we started the month off with a poem. These last three days of the month your reportorial staff here at PoemCenter proposes to … Continue reading

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Meditation

Strange title for our MSACblog? Well, it’s a small meditation on our donations — does that sound more likely? On what our donations mean and what they do. Late last week the plaza / patio in front of 58 Barre … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back inside…

While we were outside in the previous post, planting trees and enjoying the early Spring, inside the job has been rushing to completion.  Out of camera range, new wood flooring suddenly spread across the large main room of the senior … Continue reading

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn…

…But two trees now grow in front of 58 Barre Street.  Two fifteen-foot tall honey locusts, to be exact.  Below you see arborist Dave Wright (blue hardhat) and his crew from Anything Grows in Richmond carefully positioning the rootball of … Continue reading

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Scoop! You saw it here first!

Our banner picture this time around is of something you may never clamber up to the roof to see. But the sight up there on deck is impressive: banks of solar panels baking under our intense March summer sunlight.  The … Continue reading

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Mystery Quiz

First, the mystery quiz: Describe the purpose of the curious constructions, such as the one on the right, that have cropped up to the side of each apartment door – what in Heaven’s name are they? Even the workmen installing … Continue reading

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Yet another…

Is your intrepid reporter in a rut? Here’s yet another post with yet another banner photo featuring a ghostly arm reaching into the picture to do something obscure, just like this old post (click here) or this one. But this … Continue reading

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You Gotta Have Heart!

The Valentine Bandit has come and gone, leaving behind a trail of happy hearts. The lesson – as presented in The Times Argus this morning – is – be romantic, smile and don’t forget your loved ones. Yes, don’t forget … Continue reading

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Dinner and Silent Auction a Sweet Success

At last, what you’ve been waiting for: a gallery of pictures from our very successful dinner and silent auction and raffle held January 28, in (as you can see above) the bright and warm St Augustine Church basement. It was … Continue reading

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Large Checks Gratefully Accepted – the Larger the Better!

This last Monday, January 30, in the well of the Vermont House of Representatives, the Center was a happy recipient of a large check, literally and figuratively, from the State Department of Buildings and General Services.  BGS awarded a number … Continue reading

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Everything in its Own Good Time

It’s obvious, even to your intrepid reporter once his nose has been rubbed in it, that, to build anything big, you do a series of smaller jobs, but you do them in the right order; it’s the order that’s important. … Continue reading

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Community National Bank – Biggest Donation to Date!

Sharp-eyed browsers may have noticed, a few weeks ago now, that our campaign barometer suddenly jumped up by a large and very gratifying sum, $30,000. But who was the donor? The press release is now out and the truth may … Continue reading

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Details, Details!

Your intrepid reporter is rushing to make a deadline and has only an instant to rush in, snap a shot, and dash on to the next photo-op. But I couldn’t help notice these fellows on the right  due to the … Continue reading

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This Could Be Yours…

“This Could Be Yours”… Tempting, isn’t it? This is a very pretty vase by local Vermont glass sculptor Casey McMains, just one of the wonderful items you can bid on at the MSAC Capital Campaign Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction … Continue reading

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Out with the Cold, In with the Old

Let’s wander about the building, shall we? It’s too cold to do much out of doors, but there’s lots to see inside during this funny, lost, last week of the year, the leftovers between Christmas and New Year. We pick … Continue reading

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All Is Calm, All Is Bright…

Above State & Main a dove wishes peace for us all.

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The “Eyes” Have It

The windows, they say, are the eyes of the home.  The eyes of our senior center home were old and failing, ill-fitting and drafty.  In the picture above, our eye doctors are finishing their latest cataract operation, popping in one … Continue reading

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Montpelier Bridge Remembers Garth Genge

On the front page (click here for PDF download) of the Dec. 1-14, 2011 edition of the Montpelier Bridge, our local-local newspaper, you can read an affecting appreciation of Garth Genge, the late planner of the rebuilding of MSAC. Written … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars! Benefit dinner and raffle!

Great Holiday Gift Idea! RAFFLE to support the Capital Campaign. $100 Gift Certificate for use at MSAC Drawing to be held Saturday evening January 28, 2012 At MSAC Benefit Dinner, St Augustine’s Church Tickets on Sale Now at Center Office! … Continue reading

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Buttoning Up

So, we continue, without Garth, on the rebuilding he put so much into. Warm weather is a fading memory, but the driveway is back, covered in smooth asphalt slicked down by cheerful Percy here, the Little Cat Who Could. And … Continue reading

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Our Appreciation and Sympathy

On Monday, November 14, the community lost Garth Genge, our extraordinary City Planner and Project Supervisor for the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. If any one person can be said to be responsible for the amazingly quick and clever rebuilding of … Continue reading

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OCCUPY… 58 Barre Street!

One thing on which the 99% AND the 1% can agree, 58 Barre Street is the place to be! – or it will be, once we re-occupy our old-but-now-renewed building next year. The old building has quite a history in … Continue reading

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“It Takes a Village…”

It takes a village to raise a child, and in Vermont it takes a whole community to raise a barn or to rebuild a Senior Center. This summer your roving reporter has had a great deal of fun donning a … Continue reading

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Montpelier Home Tour a Success

The “First Montpelier Home Tour,” this past Saturday October 15, promises not to be the last, given the literally hundreds of happy house-gogglers (not googlers!) who enjoyed decent and even sunny weather for the tour. Financially, too, the event seems … Continue reading

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Things Are Coming Together

“Things are moving too fast,” I complained to Jacques, the site supe, “I can’t keep up reporting what you’re doing.” “Well, you know,” he said, “we do want to get out of here, we can’t spend our lives on this … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Fall

In the midst of all the construction, sometimes we’re startled to look through a third-floor window and see all the children at play. Then we turn back and find electricians everywhere, it seems, even disappearing into the ceiling, leaving the … Continue reading

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Taking Shape

Sheets from the old tin ceiling are stacked neatly on the third floor, while the skeletons of the new apartments-to-be are being fleshed out around them.  This third-floor-front apartment in the picture is so tidy it looks almost ready to … Continue reading

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We’re Being Framed!

In this post we’re back inside 58 Barre, and we find that the third floor, which had been stripped bare, is now a forest of studs, as the framing of the apartments gets under way. While up on the third … Continue reading

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Bang! and Crash! and Thud!

Framed in the arm of the giant steam(?!?) shovel, the front entrance looks strangely naked without the old, tacked-on entryway that Mr. Shovel here has just eaten as its first course – for dessert it’s now gobbling up the street … Continue reading

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Rebuilding – The Story Continues

Week 3: The large windows on the upper storeys are out, soon to be replaced by new double-glazed thermally-efficient ones, while inside The third floor is stripped bare we’re down to the bare studs. And asbestos abatement, always a serious … Continue reading

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“Demo” is the word – Demolition!

Week 2 of the rebuilding of the Center was more like demolition than construction, as the crew continued to rip out the fire-damaged interior and prepare for the almost total refurbishment of the old structure. On the second floor, the … Continue reading

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At last! Rebuilding has begun!

Engelberth Construction, having won the bid last month for rebuilding the Center and the new senior housing at 58 Barre Street, was on-site Monday July 11, hard at work on the initial stages of reconstruction, as these snapshots attest.   As … Continue reading

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Centennial Concert great success!

The City Hall Centennial Concert/Dance May 21, benefiting both the MSAC rebuilding and REACH Care Bank, was a lot of fun and a financial success, netting the Campaign more than $1100! Our heartfelt thanks to those great performers who donated … Continue reading

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Welcome to the MSAC Capital Campaign Blog!

This blog site is the home of the Capital Campaign to rebuild the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) on 58 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT.  Check here for the latest news, updates, and photos about the progress of the campaign and the … Continue reading

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