Former school board chair John Hollar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Montpelier. He made the announcement at Onion River Sports. Hollar, 51, spoke about the positive qualities of Montpelier, including its parks, active citizens, and vibrant downtown. He also referenced two major challenges the city faces: Montpelier’s high tax rate, which he said is among the highest in Vermont, and its declining infrastructure. ‘These two competing demands will present us with some very difficult choices in the months and years ahead,’ he said. ‘But we cannot afford to shy away from them because they are hard.’ Hollar said he chose the sporting goods store as the venue for his announcement because the store epitomizes what is great about Montpelier ‘ its thriving downtown business, great employees and high quality service and merchandise. Hollar also said that he is an avid biker and cross-country skier. Hollar said that he would spend the next eleven weeks of the campaign ‘talking to as many people as I can to determine what our community values, and what our priorities are.’ Hollar has practiced law in Montpelier for 21 years and is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is co-chair of its Regulated Entities and Government & Public Affairs groups. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1982) and Georgetown University (JD 1989). He’s lived in Montpelier since 1990.Hollar is married to Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a 5th generation Montpelier resident, and they have three sons.The City of Montpelier uses a city manager type of government. The mayor is elected by the entire city every two years and sits on the City Council. The other six councilors represent three electoral districts and are also elected every two years. The council is the legislative body and the city manager runs the government.12.20.2011
ELLSWORTH — In the spirit of teamwork taught through youth sports, Darling’s Chevrolet is supporting Acadian Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2016 youth baseball season.Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve.Over the course of the season, Darling’s Chevrolet will donate equipment to the league, which will include equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catcher’s gear, ball buckets, umpire’s equipment, coach’s kits, breakaway bases, bat racks, batting tees and first aid kits.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textYouth baseball participants will also have a chance to attend a youth clinic with local professional baseball coaches.“We are looking forward to a great season with Acadian Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations” said Tom Wheeler of Darling’s Chevrolet. “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”The 2016 program will provide assistance to approximately 300 organizations in the Northeastern region, and Chevrolet dealers will contribute more than $450,000 in monetary and equipment donations.