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State Sues Dollar Tree over Jewelry The Vermont Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has sued small-box retailer Dollar Tree for violation of a 2010 agreement under which the national chain committed itself to stop selling jewelry in the state. Dollar Tree’s testing protocols do not ensure detection of traces of toxic lead and cadmium present in […]

District Heat Project Moving to Next Phase

by Bob Nuner Assistant city manager Jessie Baker says Montpelier’s district heat project is, for now, sold out of energy capacity. The project contracted with the state for a fixed supply of heat back in 2012. The project temporarily supplied City Hall, Union Elementary School, Fairpoint Communications, Union Mutual Mutual of Vermont, and the police […]

Book Review: A Barre Stonecutter’s Story

Book Review: A Barre Stonecutter’s Story

Book review by Lindsey Grutchfield Barre, Vermont has a long, storied history as a working-class town, playing host to legions of men and women who upheld the local economy by working the local stone. This granite has served not only as the building material for the Vermont State Capitol, but also for countless buildings and […]

Bear Pond to Create a “Pop-Up Museum” to Celebrate Gary Lee Miller’s New Book

by Nat Frothingham On Friday evening, August 1, at 7:00 p.m., at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, Montpelier writer Gary Lee  Miller will be reading from his new book of short stories, Museum of the Americas. “These are stories that I have written over a number of years,” Miller said, describing his new opus. “Most of […]

Middlesex Vehicle Charging Station Inaugurated

by C.B. Hall On July 7, dignitaries including Governor Peter Shumlin and Senator Patrick Leahy came to Middlesex for the official inauguration of Vermont’s 33rd electric vehicle charging station, located at the MiddleGround complex on Route 2. The station will include both level 2 and level 3 chargers; the former provides 20 miles of charge […]

Decision on 1 Taylor Street’s Upper Floors Still a Ways Off

by The Bridge staff Plans for the transit-oriented development at 1 Taylor Street, Montpelier, remain half-formed in the wake of the City Council’s July 9 decision to delay a final decision on the use of the transit center’s upper floors, as developer Redstone Commercial Properties has yet to complete an analysis of the relative feasibility […]

Hands On Gardener: Feed Me and I’ll Feed You!

by Miriam Hansen So far this has been a banner gardening year. We’ve had the perfect amount of rain and sun, and plenty of heat to encourage vegetables to grow and produce quickly. Pests have been minimal, though we have sprayed BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) a couple of times to combat cabbage moths and other caterpillars […]

Tech Check: The Case Against Technology

by Jeremy Lesniak What’s this? The technology columnist is writing a piece against technology? Surely that’s a typo. No, it isn’t. In my role as consultant on all things that plug into other things, I’m constantly looking for places that technology can make lives better, easier or less expensive. My job is not to find […]

Fostering Transition, Creating Jobs, Saving Money

by Bob Nuner Sarah Galbraith manages the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative (VBI) of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), known for sustainable agriculture programs such as “Farm to Plate.” The initiative was funded through a United States Department of Energy appropriation, secured by Senator Patrick Leahy in 2005. It expires at the end of 2015. Its […]

The Barre Beat

The Barre Beat

by Emily Kaminsky The Barre Heritage Festival (July 23–July 27) is just around the corner and promises to be full of a family-friendly variety of danceable live music, delicious food and other fun. Organizers continue to look for volunteers, as well as parade entries and dessert submissions for La Soirée Sucrée (The Sweet Evening) at […]