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Bike Lanes Prevail for Now over Parking on State Street

by C.B. Hall   The tug-of-war between Montpelier’s bicycle and parking advocates continued October 8, as the city council, for the third time, weighed what State Street between Taylor Street and Bailey Avenue should look like once state-financed reconstruction of the thoroughfare is completed. This time, however, the discussion did not get very far, as […]

Council Approves Antibiotics Resolution

by Page Guertin At its regular meeting October 8, the Montpelier City Council, on a unanimous vote, approved a resolution on a subject not frequently found on city council agendas—the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The resolution, being circulated by a national advocacy group called Food and Water Watch (FWW), calls for national prohibition of […]

Bike Lanes Prevail over Parking on State Street

by C.B. Hall   The tug-of-war between Montpelier’s bicycle and parking advocates continued October 8, as the city council, for the third time, weighed what State Street between Taylor Street and Bailey Avenue should look like once state-financed reconstruction of the thoroughfare is completed. This time, however, the discussion did not get very far, as […]

Barre Collaborative Addresses Mental Health Creatively

by Emily Kaminsky   “I’m so stressed-out!” When was the last time you uttered, or thought, those words? What did you do next? Did you take a deep breath and drink some water? Did you start writing in your journal, or sketch a picture? Did you call a friend? Or did you grab another cigarette, […]

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

by Nat Frothingham On the strength of a last-minute grant, three critical architectural elements that grace the steeple of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier are to be restored. As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the ornamental elements would be lost. In the third week of August, Jay Southgate of […]

Barre Beat 10.9.14

Barre Beat 10.9.14

by Emily Kaminsky Organizers of Returning to the Community, an interactive event which simulates the experience of formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community, are still looking for participants. The event will be held Thursday, October 16, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Barre’s Alumni Hall (next to the Barre Auditorium), and is free of […]

Senate Candidates Speak on Single-Payer

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D) and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with challengers Sandra Gaffney (P-D), Pat McDonald (R) and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. […]

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital: A Dramatically Different Approach

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital: A Dramatically Different Approach

by Nat Frothingham Afew days ago I took a tour of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), talked to its CEO, Jeff Rothenberg, and tried to understand what the Berlin hospital is, what it does, what it costs and what’s being attempted with the population that it serves. Viewed from the road, VPCH has […]

Bar Association’s Paolini Puts Out Call to Support Needy Clients

by Nat Frothingham In remarks to a September 15 meeting of the Montpelier Rotary Club, and in a subsequent interview with The Bridge, Robert Paolini, executive director of the Vermont Bar Association, hammered at a single theme: the serious gap evident in our legal system when, in civil cases, poor people can’t afford to hire […]