February 2, 2012

Who Pays for Montpelier? A Look at The Proposed Local Option Taxes

by Bob Nuner By a vote of  four to two, Montpelier’s city council has proposed two new local option taxes: A local sales tax that adds 1 percent to Vermont’s existing 6 percent sales tax and a rooms, meals and alcohol tax that adds 1 percent to an existing 9 percent Vermont rooms and meals […]

Senior Center Part of City Budget This Year

by John Odum As part of the response to the calls for greater austerity in the city budget, Montpelier officials opted to put many expenditures that had their genesis as specific ballot items back onto the 2012 town meeting ballot in an attempt to give citizens more control over what the city is spending its […]

150 Years of Land Grant: The Accomplishments of Senator Justin Morrill

by Roger Allbee This year is the 150th anniversary of the passage and signing by President Abraham Lincoln of the historic Land Grant Act in 1862. It was this act for which Justin Morrill is best remembered. But like many things, there is more to this story. Morrill was a very humble man from very […]

Lost Nation Theater’s Winterfest

by Bob Nuner Lost Nation Theater’s 2012 Winterfest opens its first week tonight with Cages: A Live Memoir, featuring performers Donny Osman and Michael Chorney. (Cages was previously profiled in the January 19 issue of The Bridge.) Winterfest continues over the next three weeks with three additional events: February 9–12 Ann Harvey and Friends will […]

Capital City Concerts Assembles ‘Ambitious’ Mozart Evening

by Bob Nuner The Capital City Concerts series celebrates its 12th season this year, and its next offering is an all-Mozart program with an orchestra of professional musicians and soloists of national and international stature. Participants are affiliated with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera Orchestra, Opera Pacific, A Far […]

Heard on the Street 2.2.12

Library Shakeup Kellogg-Hubbard Library Executive Director Daniel Pudvah has resigned, reportedly to take a job elsewhere. As of the writing of this column, no details were available, but a formal announcement is expected later in the week. Also resigning, however, is Library Director Robin Sales, who recently returned from maternity leave. She is rumored to […]

Minding Our Own Business: Local Business News

Painting Nostalgia Central Vermont has a new painting business: Nostalgic Painting. Bradley Whalen paints indoors and outdoors. He says he started at the age of 12, learning from his grandfather and uncles. Taking a risk, he has left the federal bureaucracy and returned to his painting roots, opening his own business after having worked again […]

Inside Design: Marketing Your Home

by Alisa Darmstadt When we decorate our homes, we do it largely for ourselves. We want it to suit our tastes and our lifestyle, and it does not matter what anybody else thinks of it. However, when we choose to sell our home, what other people think is critical to a quick and high-priced sale. […]

Nature Watch 2.2.12

Not even February yet and the yard is full of robins! I’ve never before seen more than 12 or 15 overwintering robins at a time, in all the winters I’ve lived here. But this year, many more than that are feeding, with a few cedar waxwings, on the huge crop of wild apples still on […]

Capitol Notebook: Montpelier Travels in Time—to Whose Benefit?

by John Odum This week in the State House, it’s largely business as usual inside the committee rooms, while in the halls and on the State House lawn, it’s 2010 all over again. This early in the legislative session, there isn’t usually a lot of high-stakes drama. Mostly committee work, in which bills are being […]