Construction and Development Abounds in Berlin

Montpelier retail owners, city officials and politicians react by Carla Occaso BERLIN — Bulldozers. Mounds of dirt. Gigantic new buildings. Plans for a new state rest area. Up in Berlin Center, that’s what it’s all about. The spacious two-story Northfield Savings Bank operations center went up over the summer just off Paine Turnpike at the […]

Berlin Pond Watershed

Photographs by Josh Blouin

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” -Marc Riboud                   Photographer Josh Blouin, a wildlife seasonal technician, was born and raised in Berlin. He submittedphotographs to The Bridge he took while studying the bats and black bears of northern Yosemite. He also gave us […]

GwenHallsmith,firedplanningdirector, is sworninbyhearingofficerMichaelMarksatCityHallNov.18

Hallsmith Airs Grievances Two Years After Being Fired

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Gwendolyn Hallsmith, former planning director, was the final witness to testify at the impartial grievance hearing in City Council Chambers on November 18. This was a continuance of the supreme-court ordered proceeding held November 9. This hearing Hallsmith fought to have, and finally got, following her termination by City Manager […]


Dem Deputy State’s Attorney To Run For Senate

MONTPELIER — Ashley Hill, 30, is throwing her hat in the ring to land one of three senate seats to represent Washington County. Current senators are Anthony Pollina, P/D – Middlesex, William Doyle, R – Montpelier and Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier. Hill, who lives on Barre Street, studied law at Suffolk University and has been deputy […]


Big Changes at True Colors Home Decorating Center

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Three big changes are coming to the True Colors Home Decorating Center at 141 River Street. First change: After 25 years of selling paint and paint products, True Colors will stop selling paint in less than two weeks on Tuesday, December 1. “What? Stop selling paint?” I asked with astonishment. […]


Dwight & Nicole: On Top, and Still Free to be Fabulous

TV’s “The Voice” star and her powerhouse partner play The Flying Stage in Barre, Nov. 21 by Ricka McNaughton Before a concert, Nicole Nelson gets her mental prep work out of the way. Then she silences all the squawky feedback from the part of her performer’s brain concerned with set-up and self-analytics. During a show, […]

November 19 — December 2, 2015


FY 2015 Legal Costs Runneth Over by $59K MONTPELIER — Montpelier city officials have spent $99,265 on legal fees in fiscal year 2015 on several legal cases. The budget approved on Town Meeting Day amounted to $40,000, which leaves a $59,265 overage. The biggest culprits were a tax dispute filed by The Vermont College of […]