First In Fitness To Close Montpelier Facility

MONTPELIER — First in Fitness, central Vermont’s leading health and fitness club, is closing its downtown Montpelier location. Club owner Michael Woodfield said the Montpelier club behind City Hall would be closed and much of the equipment and all classes will be moved to the Berlin facility, consolidating all fitness offerings and improving operations to […]

Cats Reported Missing On Barre Street

Cats Reported Missing On Barre Street

Larceny Effort Suspected On Social Media by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — At least two cat owners called the Montpelier Police Department July 28 to report missing cats. And speculation about an organized kitty larceny effort has been circulating on Montpelier’s very active Front Porch Forum — a Vermont-based social networking website. “Apparently, individual(s) identifying themselves […]

Prof Gets Fellowship To Research Female Murderers

Prof Gets Fellowship To Research Female Murderers

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth Gurian has earned a prestigious research fellowship to support her work on women murderers. The American Association of University Women awarded Gurian a 2016–17 American Fellowship. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most […]

Barre Buttoning Up and Saving Energy

Barre Buttoning Up and Saving Energy

The Push Continues During Heritage Festival by Carla Occaso BARRE — A renewed effort to get municipal buildings, businesses and multi-family dwellings to button up and save energy is heating up. A coalition called the “Barre Saves Energy Initiative” headed up by The Barre Partnership, Barre City Energy Committee and Efficiency Vermont will be reaching […]


Culinary Institute Offices Move to School Street MONTPELIER — New England Culinary Institute has moved its administrative offices from College Hill to 7 School St. — the same building as the Main Street Grill restaurant. Administrative and executive offices had been located at 56 College St. until June 27. “It is great. We’re consolidating our […]

Staff Shifts Implemented Within The City

MONTPELIER — Even though Financial Director Sandy Gallup and tax collector Beverlee Pembroke Hill have left the building (City Hall), taxes still need to be collected and numbers still need to be crunched. Therefore, staff changes have been put in place to fill in the gaps. For example, Todd Provencher will be promoted to accounting […]

Herbicide Application Scheduled

MONTPELIER — According to a notice from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (Food & Markets) — herbicide treatment will be applied to a right-of-way owned by the Washington County Railroad prior to 6 a.m. sometime between July 20 and July 22. The area is between Main Street and Granite Street beginning at Sarducci’s Restaurant and […]

Bye, Bye, Bev!  Longtime City Employee Leaving

Bye, Bye, Bev! Longtime City Employee Leaving

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Longtime city employee Beverlee Pembroke Hill retired effective June 30. “Beverlee Pembroke Hill started working for the City of Montpelier in 1987. She has held a number of positions including interim city manager, assistant city manager and delinquent tax collector. She has made an enormous impact on the city over […]

Primary News: Lafavour Seeks to Represent Middlesex  and East Montpelier

Primary News: Lafavour Seeks to Represent Middlesex and East Montpelier

by Carla Occaso MIDDLESEX — The Bridge ran press releases from six other candidates in the previous two issues. Those candidates are competing to represent the seat in the Vermont House of Representative soon to be left vacant by Tony Klein, D-Washington 5, of East Montpelier. Klein is not running after serving 14 years. He […]

Residents Air Ire Over Zoning

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Getting property owners to embrace new zoning bylaws and map redraw is proving to be challenging. Over a dozen people gathered at a recent city council meeting to share feelings and opinions on what has been described as a major overhaul of Montpelier’s previous zoning and floodplain ordinances. Issues are […]