Transition Town Montpelier October Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

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New England Regional Transition News

The New England Resilience & Transition Network is a network for grassroots groups working on Community Resilience, Transition, the New Economy, Environmental Justice, Permaculture, Renewable Local Energy, Local Food, Sustainability, Time Banking, and More.

Our goal is to support and inspire our grassroots members through inter-connection, resource sharing, and more. Read more and join us here!

Here are some regioinal Transition events you won’t want to miss:

Webinar: The New England New Economy Fund
Thursday, October 15
12pm – 1pm ET
Read more

Workshop: Leadership Skills for Networked Work
Part of the RootsSkills Training Retreat 
Saturday, October 31
1pm – 4pm
Keene, NH
Read more

Community Events

350.vt Montpelier Node Meeting

This meeting will take place Sunday October 4 at 6:30 at the Unitarian church.  The Montpelier node would like to work with other related Montpelier organizations.  Please come if you can.

Calais Energy Fair & Fall Foliage Festival
Saturday, October 3rd, 9am – 2pm 
Upstairs at the Maple Corner Community Center, 
County Rd, Calais
Test drive an electric vehicle.
Find out about alternative energy solutions for homes and businesses.
Learn how you can support Carbon Polluters Tax legislation
Check out our brand-new community root cellar
Home energy audit and weatherization information and much more.
Meanwhile, downstairs at the MCCC, you can enjoy the Annual Beggar’s Breakfast and Beggar’s Lunch.

Sponsored by: the Calais Vermontivate Team, Calais Transportation Group and the Calais Energy Group

Energy Efficient Home Tour in Adamant

Richard Czaplinski cordially invites those who may be interested in home energy conservation to his place in Adamant on Saturday, October 3. Richard has lived in Adamant in an energy conservation mode, what he calls “Built-in” conservation, for over three decades. He has given dozens of tours and lectures of the place featuring the “walk in refrigerator” (AKA as a root cellar) and the diminutive solar power system (75 watts at full sun) that have served him quite well over the years. 
This event is a fund raiser for Vermont Natural Resources Council of which he is a Board member. The tours are free, however any donations will be matched one-for-one up to $1000.
For more information and to sign up for one of the four tours that day, go to this link:


Walking Onion Plants Fall Perennial Sale

Take 20% off catalog prices for orders of $25 and more. Lots of perennial vegetables, pollinator plants, medicinals and groundcovers. We are happy to help you pick the right plants for your landscape. Open by appointment at 1573 County Rd and free deliveries in the Montpelier area for orders of $25 and more. Find us on Facebook and our catalog here.

CarShare Montpelier:

In partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and with support from the City of Montpelier, this past April CarShare Vermont embarked on a two-year pilot project to place two-fuel efficient vehicles in the downtown to serve residents, businesses, and commuters.You’ll now find CarShare cars located next to City Hall and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Since the launch, over 50 Montpelier residents have joined CarShare Vermont and started to reap the financialenvironmental, and social benefits of car-sharing. This is a great start, and with your help we’re confident that this pilot project will be a huge success. To keep the positive momentum going, and to ensure that CarShare Vermont continues to grow and succeed in Montpelier, we need your help!

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Become a CarShare Vermont member, and encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to do the same. If you’ve been thinking about ditching a car, go for it – we’ve got you covered!
  • If you work in Montpelier, encourage your employer to set up a business membership. CarShare Vermont can help businesses reduce work-related travel expenses, while providing an enticing employee benefit.
  • Join our outreach team, and help us raise awareness and generate excitement about our service. We need local volunteers to help table at community events, put up posters, knock on doors, post messages on Front Porch Forum, and generally help spread the word.
  • Connect with CarShare Vermont on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and invite everyone in your social network to do the same. We use social media to share information, announce opportunities/events, and generally keep people in the loop.

Thank you in advance for all of your support to help make this pilot project a huge success! If you’d like to get involved, please email or call (802) 861-2340.

Onion River Exchange Tool Library: The Onion River Exchange has a tool library for ORE members.  The hours of operation Wednesdays 4-6 pm.  Saturday 9-11am.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info at

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