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Old 10-31-2006, 11:39 PM
 
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Jason, please tell me you are a professional writer! If not, you should be - the Vermont tourist board should get you to write their travel guides.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Not Where I Want To Be
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Here's another question. What's the best website to get information on VT family laws regarding marriage, divorce, custody, etc.?
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Old 11-01-2006, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Jason, please tell me you are a professional writer!
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Jason - Wonderful post!
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Jason, your post was great!!
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Jason you a writer your good
Thank you all for your kind remarks. I am most humbled by your generous comments.

I am not a professional writer. Perhaps someday...
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:32 AM
 
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Saphyre

Northern Duchess county is nice in the Hudson Valley- not far from Connecticut western hills- housing prices may be a wee higher however, and access to the Ocean is longer takes longer.
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Old 11-01-2006, 09:15 AM
 
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Here's another question. What's the best website to get information on VT family laws regarding marriage, divorce, custody, etc.?
Start with the State's web page - www.vermont.gov
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Just thought I'd mention that Red Hook and Rhinebeck are both lovely. Rhinebeck is much more developed, and probably more expensive to live--lots of shops, events, and eateries. Red Hook is beginning to be quite the place, but smaller in scale.

I worked in NYC and Albany, traveling back and forth on Amtrak for a decade, and only occasionally by car (no allowance) but often stopped at one or both of these towns to and fro.

Also considered living up in the area (Phoenica, nearer to Woodstock and more West).

This is a beautiful part of the State, but has become more expensive in recent years because of its access to NYC.

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I've got a friend in Red Hook and a cousin in Rhinebeck. So if I did decide on there, I would at least know someone However, knowing absolutely nobody is not a deterrent for me either. I make friends pretty easily!
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I have a uncle in Danville he host city kids every summer. He informed me that Manchester N.H. airport is usually about $400 to $500 cheaper he said it is about 1.5 to 2 hr ride but for the $ diffrnce it is worth it. lol anyway the airport code is MST so you can check and confirm for yourself i'd assume it depends where you fly from.
Plus Southwest comes to Manchester, that's a plus for me. I thought Manchester's airport code was MHT. Easy to check though.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:28 AM
 
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Silly question but very important to me - how do you pronounce Montpelier? I've heard it two ways...mont-pell-ear or mont-pell-ee-er. Like three syllables or four? Also, which syllable is the accent on, the mont or the pell? Sorry if this is confusing...don't quite know another way to describe my question. Any help?
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:42 PM
 
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Default How to pronounce MONTPELIER

HI!
It is Mont-peel-yer.....
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Vermont is pretty old, far as non-natives are concerned, Samuel de Champlain was the first white man to see Vermont in 1609. Being French, he gave a bunch of French names to things, including Vermont itself. Yes indeed, there are mountains and certainly they are green. Well, for a few months anyway. Flatlanders are pleased that Mr. de Champlain was practical about the matter as such fuss is best left to those people over the lake. "Empire state," indeed! French folk being what they are, however, they paid no mind to Abenaki names for things and places, probably figuring people would have a hard time remembering Abenaki words as they tended to be much longer and full of things harsh to the French ear, like an abundance consonants.

Happily however, Abenaki words stuck around in many places and most Vermonters saw no need to make an effort to go about renaming things just for the sake of doing so. Winooski is one such place, "where-the-wild-onions-grow," in Abenaki. Yes, quite true, lots of wild onions about the area; a sensible name for a place, so Vermonters kept it. There's a river going through Winooski, so Vermonters named it the, "Winooski River." The river does pass through Montpelier, some 60 miles east, but whether wild onions grow along the banks in those parts I'm not sure, but up around Montpelier it's called, "The Onion River," so I assume onions are in abundance somehow.

The first white man to settle the area was Colonel Davis in 1787, who built a cabin over on Elm Street as part of a group of settlers granted a land patent from the Republic of Vermont in 1781 to found the City of Montpelier. Nice to have everything set-up just-so before you get there. Even then there were grand plans of a city center though most people did the practical thing and settled near the fast-running North Branch river where mills could be built easily. Colonel Davis was fond of things French, as were most people after the revolution seeing as the French were so helpful, and he had named the town of Calais before, so it seemed only natural, given his credentials in such matters, that he name the new town too. Now Colonel Davis was a man of the revolution. He was quite unhappy to see so many towns throughout newly settled lands named after places in the homeland of Americans' former masters. To him, these were not reminders of fondly loved hometowns away over the ocean, but unoriginal placenames and Colonel Davis demanded something more original:

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The Colonel being a man of an independent and originating mind, and consequently one of those who are not led by the examples and customs of others any farther than found consonant with their own notions, had noticed, with dislike, the propensity of the proprietors of most of the townships of the State [of Vermont] to bestow on their respective grants the names of the towns in the old States where they resided, or with which they were in some way associated; and he, therefore, resolved to have a new name for the township in which he was interested - one which should not be obnoxious to the imputation of such servility as had been shown in the naming of the other towns in the new State, and one, at the same time, which should obviate the inconvenience and confusion that he foresaw must someday arise in consequence of having so many places of the same name in one confederacy.

And in casting about for such a name as he would be willing to appropriate for the purpose, he thought of the city of France bearing the name of Montpelier, a word originally compounded, perhaps, of Mont, a hill or mountain, and peller, bare or shorn, and first bestowed on account of some bare elevation at or near the site of that city.

But however that may be, the name, the more particular applicability of which for the name of a town among the mountains was suggested by the first part of the word, seemed to strike the fancy and meet the requirements of the Colonel; and proposing it to his fellow petitioners for the proposed grant of a township here, it was at once adopted, the name of Montpelier inserted in the petition to the Legislature, and the grant made accordingly [in October 1780].
-History of the Town of Montpelier, by Daniel Thompson, 1860.

Please note the above book is now out of copyright and, as such, is public domain.

As a general rule, whenever you see a French name in Vermont, ignore any such idea of attempting to pronounce it in the French manner.

Montpelier is, indeed, pronounced, mont-PEEL-yer. The county where are Johnson and Stowe, Lamoille, is also easy to pronounce. Think of a French circumciser, luh-MOYLE. Montpelier's twin town, Barre, is what you pluck from a shrub, BERRY. Isle La Motte is, ayllaMOT; just run it all together. And as for Mr. Champlain's eponymous discovery, pronounce it, cham-PLANE.
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