2012 Issues

The Cost of Montpelier Education: Superintendent Brian Ricca and School Board Chair Susan Aldrich Discuss the School Budget

The Cost of Montpelier Education: Superintendent Brian Ricca and School Board Chair Susan Aldrich Discuss the School Budget

On Friday, December 7, Nat Frothingham and Richard Sheir of The Bridge sat down with Montpelier school superintendent Brian G. Ricca and Montpelier school board chair Susan Aldrich for a wide-ranging discussion of school issues with sharp attention to a new school budget that is being put together right now by the superintendent’s office in […]

Who Wants Money? A List of Outside Agency Requests

There are two pools of money: one for the arts and one for general agency support. The pot is $100,000. Eleven have filed for the arts for $18,692. Twenty-seven have come in for $108,575. The next meeting for the committee, which will determine allocations, is Friday, January 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. Arts Fund Avi […]

Following the Money: Part Two of an Interview with Montpelier Mayor John Hollar

Following the Money: Part Two of an Interview with Montpelier Mayor John Hollar

In our last issue, we presented the first part (of two) of a conversation with Mayor John Hollar, Nat Frothingham and Richard Sheir about issues of Montpelier city financing and operation. Here is the second and final part of that discussion. Nat: Let’s keep talking about ways to cut municipal spending by reorganizing the way […]

Shopping in Montpelier for the Unique and Affordable

Shopping in Montpelier for the Unique and Affordable

by Joyce Kahn Asking me if I like to shop is like asking the pope if he’s Catholic. And so with joy in my heart and a little cash in my pocket, I began my foray into a sampling of Montpelier’s shops with one question to pose to shopkeepers, eager to promote their wares for […]

Finance Through Efficiency or Borrowing? City Council and City Manager Present Opposing Strategies

by Richard Sheir The city of Montpelier has three major cost centers. Its operating budget, which funds daily city services, is paid for by property taxes. Property taxes also pay back capital borrowing to fund building and street improvements. Our water and sewer borrowing, about $17 million, and operation is paid for by fees for […]

District Heating Project Moves Forward

by Steven M. Cliche The November 28 meeting saw the unanimous approval by the City Council to move forward on building the entire district heating project. The decision, which passed 4–1, was applauded by many of those in attendance and assures that Montpelier will pump heat from the recently purchased wood-chip-fired boilers to the downtown […]

Gala Concert to Celebrate Michael Arnowitt’s Birthday

Gala Concert to Celebrate Michael Arnowitt’s Birthday

by Nat Frothingham Montpelier’s Michael Arnowitt, who has just turned the page on the first 50 years of his life, is assembling a full-orchestra birthday celebration concert to be performed Sunday afternoon, January 6, 2 p.m., at Montpelier High School’s Smilie Auditorium. Over the years, Arnowitt has taken on and achieved larger-than-life projects. He organized […]

New Book from Burr Morse: Sugar Words: Musings from an Old Vermonter

New Book from Burr Morse: Sugar Words: Musings from an Old Vermonter

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Burr Morse’s latest self-published book, Sugar Words: Musings from an Old Vermonter, is a collection of stories stemming from his 60-plus years as a seventh-generation Vermont farmer. It’s rife with Morse’s unique fireside-chat storytelling style, combined with his keen eye for detail and history and his willingness to thoughtfully adopt changes, […]

‘Stories for a Winter’s Eve’ at Old Meeting House, December 23

‘Stories for a Winter’s Eve’ at Old Meeting House, December 23

In what organizers hope will become a new holiday tradition in this part of Vermont, storytellers Mark Nash and Kathryn Blume will team up with musicians Pete Sutherland and Patti Casey (left) for two shows of “Stories for a Winter’s Eve” on Sunday afternoon and evening, at 3 and 7 p.m., at the Old Meeting […]

Learning to Live Sustainably: Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State

Learning to Live Sustainably: Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State

by Robert Nuner In time for the holidays, Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State, a heavily illustrated, information-packed, photo-laden paperback, offers tools for folks seeking to understand how this little part of the world functions—or does not function. Greening Vermont, published by the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Thistle Hill Publications and designed […]