November 1, 2012

Time for a Trim? Citizen Committee Recommends City Cuts

Time for a Trim? Citizen Committee Recommends City Cuts

by Richard Sheir The “Report of the Montpelier City Council’s Citizen Budget Review Committee,” released on October 4, 2012, contains numerous recommendations for City Council consideration. The committee members’ recommendations are framed within the committee’s broad concern that full-time equivalent positions in city government have grown 9.8 percent, from 106.85 in 1992 to 117.28 in […]

Secretary of State James Condos: Promoting Transparency in Government and Voter Participation

Secretary of State James Condos: Promoting Transparency in Government and Voter Participation

Editor’s note: When The Bridge editors took a careful look at the several statewide races for constitutional office, we decided to skip the race for Vermont secretary of state. Yes, the incumbent secretary of state was facing nominal opposition from a Liberty Union candidate, but he had secured nominations from his own Democratic Party and […]

Elections: The Long View

by Paul Gillies Elections are wearying. By the time we get to election day, the noise and glare of the campaigns are almost overwhelming. We are assaulted by news and ads on the radio, TV, the Internet and in newspapers and solicitations from the telephone and the mailbox, at the front door and even at […]

School Board Addresses Second-Grade Ennui and Frustrated Parents

by Zachary Beechler When the Montpelier School Board met on October 17, they were not expecting the standing-room-only crowd of 30 concerned parents, urging the board to hire a fifth second-grade teacher at Union Elementary School. Classes are too big, said parents, and children are no longer as interested in school as they used to […]

Community College of Vermont: Serving Vermonters for 42 Years, Now with New Headquarters

Community College of Vermont: Serving Vermonters for 42 Years, Now with New Headquarters

by Nat Frothingham According to Community College of Vermont (CCV) materials, “If you want a quality education with minimal or no student loans, choose CCV.” The two-year college, now in its 42nd year, describes itself as “the most affordable college in Vermont.” Students can live at home, stay employed and pursue college studies at their […]

Ancient Harmonies from the Republic of Georgia to Be Featured at Unitarian Church

Ancient Harmonies from the Republic of Georgia to Be Featured at Unitarian Church

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush The Sakhioba Ensemble from the Caucasus Republic of Georgia comes to Montpelier next Tuesday, November 6, at the Unitarian Church. The choir of 13 men, dressed in traditional costume, will feature rousing polyphonic folk songs, liturgical chants, folk dances and traditional instruments from the various regions of Georgia. “It’s an amazing, […]

A New Book on the Power of Local Governance: Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

A New Book on the Power of Local Governance: Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

by Robert Nuner You may be onto something when your work is endorsed by people not ordinarily mentioned in the same breath. Middlesex authors Susan Clark and Woden Teachout have just had their book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home published by Chelsea Green Publishing, and the people noticing it come from […]

Heard on the Street 11.1.12

Heard on the Street 11.1.12

Sandy and Climate Change: Is There a Connection?  When asked about Sandy, local meteorologist Roger Hill noted that the storm’s “left hook” to the west was unprecedented—an extremely strong high pressure system, or blocking ridge, helped to steer it westward. Hill observed that complex factors were at play with Sandy, noting that it occurred in […]

Nature Watch 11.1.12

Traveling east out of Montpelier on Towne Hill Road on any fair day, I am treated with a short but spectacular view of our Granite Hills. This vista reveals itself as I crest the hill just beyond the Bliss Road intersection. The higher end of the range—Spruce, Signal, Burnt, Butterfield and Knox mountains—stand center view, […]

Inside Design: Home Is Where the Hearth Is

by Alisa Darmstadt As the weather turns colder, I have been thinking of our wood-burning stove more often. Standing cold and alone all summer, the black hunk of metal is ready to warm my home, both physically and emotionally. Whether you have a traditional fireplace or a wood-burning stove, piped-in gas or carted-in logs, this […]