November 29, 2012

Following the Money: Mayor John Hollar Talks About City Spending

Following the Money: Mayor John Hollar Talks About City Spending

On the morning after Thanksgiving, Montpelier mayor John Hollar bicycled to The Bridge office in his Flannel Friday attire to talk for an hour about the city’s finances and budget. Three underlying themes emerged during the conversation, which we present in two parts—the first in this issue and the second, next issue, December 13. Hollar […]

Jeff and Jesse Jacobs: Part Two of the Interview

Jeff and Jesse Jacobs: Part Two of the Interview

When we stopped talking in part one of our interview [November 15, 2012], we were talking about how to make Montpelier even better than the place it is today. And we compared Montpelier to the little engine that could. OK, what are the obstacles to making Montpelier even better than it is today? Jeff: It’s […]

Parents Petition School Board to Dismiss Teacher

by Zachary Beechler Books are meant to be read, not burned. That was the general feeling of upset parents petitioning the Montpelier school board on November 14 to replace a particular fifth grade teacher at Union Elementary School (UES), charging classroom mismanagement, incompetence and questionable teaching methods, including a planned end-of-the-year celebratory school book burning, […]

City Council Approves Proposed River Street Medical Marijuana Facility

by Steven M. Cliche A proposed medical marijuana facility that would go on River Street got the apparent approval of the City Council at the November 14 meeting, though there was not much discussion. The council heard testimony from Police Chief Tony Facos on the possible security concerns he had previously expressed about the project. Facos […]

David Budbill’s Two for Christmas: A Preview

David Budbill’s Two for Christmas: A Preview

by Joyce Kahn You don’t have to roll into town on a wagon and stand out in the cold to watch this production, as they did in the 1400s. If you love to laugh and appreciate live music and theater, head to Lost Nation Theater to see David Budbill’s new version of his 1996 play, […]

Montpelier Writer Lloyd Richards Breaks into Print

Montpelier Writer Lloyd Richards Breaks into Print

by Nat Frothingham On November 6, the day that Americans reelected Barack Obama, Montpelier lawyer and writer Lloyd Devereux Richards had something very personal and very public of his own to celebrate. After a 12-year writing struggle against very long odds, an up-and-down journey that included moments of rejection and disappointment as well as glimmers […]

You Saved Me, Too: Author Susan Kushner Resnick Shares her Story About a Miraculous Friendship

You Saved Me, Too: Author Susan Kushner Resnick Shares her Story About a Miraculous Friendship

by Emily Kaminsky  Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, comes early this year with Saturday, December 8, the first night of candle lighting. The eight-day holiday offers an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the miracles that we collectively and individually experience—both big and small, ancient and modern. To mark the beginning of this holiday […]

Heard on the Street 11.29.12

Days Left to Gather 22,516 Signatures for Secession Richard Sheir points out that the online petition to sever Vermont from the Union had, as of a couple of days ago, 2,484 electronic signatures, out of a required 25,000. Vermont, he notes, was the last state of all 50 to initiate its petition for secession. States […]

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Notes from the Hill: Arne Duncan’s Misadventure

by Tom Greene At a recent meeting of the Vermont Higher Education Council, it became quickly apparent in a discussion around President Obama’s second-term education policy that virtually all of us college presidents in the room had voted against our own self-interest. For the past four years, this has been an administration that has never […]