Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt at their recently-opened Bohemian Bakery on Barre Street in Montpelier. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

New bakery: Bohemia finds a home in town

Staff writer
MONTPELIER — The iconic Bohemian Bakery is back after a relocation and transformation, much to the delight of its devoted followers. The bakery reopened Feb. 8 on Barre Street in the Capital City after closing last fall because it had outgrown its former home. Owners Robert Hunt and Annie Bakst wanted to reorganize and find a new site. The bakery first opened in 2003 in a 1835 farmstead in East Calais and quickly became a destination for foodies.

Alexander Allison, 14, of Marshfield, who hopes to be a veterinarian, visits with goats at his home Wednesday. Allison is involved in a 13-week class at CCV as part of the McClure Foundation Pathways to Promising Careers program. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

Better Vermont jobs, and how to get them

Staff writer
What are the most promising jobs with the highest wages in Vermont in the next 10 years? Job seekers need look no further than Pathways to Promising Careers, a joint survey by the Burlington-based McClure Foundation and Vermont Department of Labor. The survey anticipates high demand in health care, education, technology, finance and the wood industry, with numerous job openings that pay $20 an hour or more. But there is one caveat: Many require training and education beyond high school. Statistics show that only 60 percent of Vermont high school students enroll in college within 16 months of graduating.

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Montpelier craftsman bridges 19th, 21st-century tech

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MONTPELIER — Jonathan Herz is a master music maker with one foot in the past and one in the present. His musical boxes are a testament to the genius of Swiss timepieces that evolved into tuneful snuff boxes and chiming pocket watches with melody mechanisms in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their refinement led to precision cylinder musical boxes (different from a more conventional “music” box, which might be adorned with a dancing figure, or intended as a jewelry or storage box) made from 1860-’90, capable of playing orchestral scores of popular operetta and classical composers — a lost art that Herz has used 21st-century technology to revive. Cylinder musical boxes were some of the earliest examples of “recorded” music that would lead to the player piano and barrel organ. Then came the cylindrical disk polyphone, the precursor to Thomas Edison’s 1870 phonograph that allowed live music to be recorded and reproduced for the first time.