Heard on the Street

“Hundreds” Headed to Climate Demo from Vermont By train, bus, bicycle, and carpool, Vermonters concerned about climate change are flocking south for the People’s Climate March, which will bring together a throng of activists in New York City on September 21 to protest inaction on the issue. Organizers anticipate a crowd of “well over 100,000 […]

The Latest Letters to The Bridge

The Bridge welcomes your letters. Address them to Please keep them under 300 words and include your town or city of residence. We reserve the right to edit letters prior to publication. Is FairPoint  Fair? To the editor: Over the last few months you may have heard about our labor issues between FairPoint Communications and […]

New Farm, Old Roots: Bringing Organic Produce to Barre and Beyond

New Farm, Old Roots: Bringing Organic Produce to Barre and Beyond

by Emily Kaminsky The old Watt Farm, on Snowbridge Road in Barre Town, got a new lease on life last year when owners Ted Russell and Josie Ritter worked with the Farmland Access Program at the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) to conserve and sell the 87-acre farm to Jon Wagner and Karin Bellemare. This was […]

1 Taylor Street Plan Gets Council Nod

1 Taylor Street Plan Gets Council Nod

by Page Guertin At its September 10 meeting, the Montpelier City Council voted unanimously to support residential use of the new building to be constructed and managed by Burlington’s Redstone Commercial Group. Redstone controls the privately owned portion of the 1 Taylor St. redevelopment project. The council had delayed its vote on the use of […]

Vermont a Bit Player in Weapons Transfers

by Richard Sheir The recent confrontation between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, has turned a national spotlight on the huge transfer of military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense to police departments across the country. To be specific, tens of thousands of machine guns, nearly 200,000 ammunitions magazines, thousands of pieces of camouflage […]

True Colors Marks 25 Years

by Nat Frothingham Montpelier’s True Colors Home Decorating is celebrating an event not every entrepreneurial newbie can expect to see: 25 years in business. Owner Bill McQuiggan took the occasion recently to tell The Bridge what those years have wrought. A native of Rockland, Massachusetts, McQuiggan started in business “the old-fashioned way,” to use his […]

Eye on Montpelier 9.11.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director, Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive would like to send a big thank-you out to all of the community members who came out Saturday night for our 15th anniversary party! Thank you to all the volunteers and vendors who helped to make the party great fun. We appreciate all the donations made to […]

Unitarians to Celebrate 150th Anniversary: Steeplejacks Apply Finishing Touches

 By Carla Occaso If you’ve gone up Main Street in Montpelier recently, you’ve likely noticed towering scaffolds around the Unitarian Church. On Tuesdays through Fridays, you most likely would have seen workers from Websterville’s Southgate Steeplejacks dangling from rigging anchored at the apex of the spire. So what’s going on? The steeplejacks have been painting […]

Students Confront Stereotypes 

by Ivan Shadis “I’ve been to rougher schools than Spaulding,” says Ryan Tran. The 17-year-old is a new student at Barre Technical Center, which shares a campus and many facilities with Spaulding High School.  He says that Spaulding students have good personalities and that teachers are kind and loving. He expresses an uncomplicated affection for […]

Dollar General: Blessing  or Curse?

Dollar General: Blessing or Curse?

 by Ed Sutherland Dollar General. The discounter’s name elicits either excitement or terror, depending on your point of view. The company has called Vermont an ideal market: rural, many small towns with low-income residents.  In 2007, there were just seven Dollar General locations in the state. Today, the chain has 23 stores here, with five […]