October 4, 2012

High-Flying History: The Story of a Small Airport in Berlin, Vermont

High-Flying History: The Story of a Small Airport in Berlin, Vermont

by Nat Frothingham Richard W. Turner, born and raised in Berlin and the secretary of the Berlin Historical Society, has written a generously illustrated history of the town’s Edward F. Knapp State Airport. In addition to 140 pages of text, Turner’s book includes more than 100 photographs, some in full color. The airport in Berlin, […]

Logging Time: Middlesex Family Keeps Area Stoves and Fireplaces Burning

Logging Time: Middlesex Family Keeps Area Stoves and Fireplaces Burning

by Bob Nuner Middlesex firewood dealer Emile Picard jokes that he stays in shape by buying less automated equipment. He cuts the trees himself with a chain saw and uses a mobile hydraulic splitter. He has an elevator and tractor to load his truck, but the wood gets plenty of personal handling; he doesn’t use […]

What Will It Cost to Stay Warm?

by Bob Nuner “Prices change every day,” said a central Vermont fuel dealer about oil’s daily cash price. With that understanding, The Bridge surveyed a few dealers to ask about current pricing, availability of budget plans and minimum orders. We also got a short pricing tutorial from Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association […]

Bipartisan Initiatives and Historical Figures: Questions for Local State Representative Candidates

In an attempt to introduce the Montpelier candidates for state representative, we asked two questions: What bipartisan measures would you suggest that would find support across the aisle and that address serious unmet concerns? and What historical figure would you like to have lunch with, and what would you discuss? —compiled by Richard Sheir Ben […]

Councilors Discuss Firefighters, Design Review Appointees, Redistricting and Budget on September 12

by Steven M. Cliche The September 12 city council meeting began with the ratification of the city’s firefighter union contract. The new three-year contract includes no increase in wages in 2013 and a 2.25 percent wage increase in both 2014 and 2015. A representative from the union was in attendance and remarked later as he […]

Committee to Issue Budget Report

by Richard Sheir In November 2009 the City of Montpelier errantly issued a check to Scott Construction for $400,000 that set into motion a process that ultimately is resulting in a substantial report being delivered to city council on the city budget and the process that determines the city’s budget. After the Scott Construction error […]

Car Sharing Could Expand to Montpelier

Car Sharing Could Expand to Montpelier

by Nat Frothingham With gas at the pump closing in on $4 a gallon, and the purchase price of even the leanest, meanest and cheapest new car likely to cost more than $13,000, it’s becoming increasingly expensive to own, drive, insure, repair and register a car. Now, consider the collateral impacts such as building, paving […]

Borrowing Programs to Keep Your House Warm

by Bob Nuner ‘Tis the season to check the fuel supply, drag out sweaters, make hot soup and eye the bank account for money to get through winter. Vermont institutions continue looking at energy consumption and how to reduce it. The national Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which grants homeowners loans for energy retrofits, […]

Roberta Morse at the Gary Home Honored as Vermont Nurse of the Year

Roberta Morse at the Gary Home Honored as Vermont Nurse of the Year

by Nat Frothingham At a spirited lunchtime event that included family, friends and enthusiastic residents of the Gary Home, Roberta Morse was congratulated as this year’s winner of the Vermont Health Care Association’s LPN Nurse of the Year award on September 27. The award itself was conferred on Morse at the annual meeting of the […]

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