June 6, 2013

Barre Coming On Strong

Barre Coming On Strong

by Joyce Kahn Barre is a city brimming with excitement and possibility. There is a lot of construction, with new buildings going up and old buildings being refurbished. Barre’s revitalization efforts are part of a statewide Downtown Program, established in 1994, with the goal of encouraging commercial growth in downtown centers in order to “preserve […]

Heard on the Street

Cash for Your Old Fridge Efficiency Vermont is offering cash bonuses for inefficient refrigerators and freezers, thereby saving electricity demand. They point out that if you’ve got an unused fridge that’s plugged in but rarely used, you could not only get cash from the turn-in program, but also save as much as $150 in annual […]

What’s In

What’s In

Wedges and Straps Photos courtesy of Amy Brooks Thornton.

Nature Watch

The days of recharging rain have come. We’ve had a heat wave, a cold spell or two and a big blowing storm. The phoebe, nesting above the entry, survived the long dry spell, the near freezing rains and the cold. All hardships for finding insects and brooding. The result is that only two nestlings are […]

Downtown Barre Coming On Strong: An Interview with Mayor Thom Lauzon

Downtown Barre Coming On Strong: An Interview with Mayor Thom Lauzon

by Nat Frothingham A day or two before this paper went to press, Barre mayor Thom Lauzon paid a visit to The Bridge office and talked about the impressive and far-reaching changes that appear to be transforming the Granite City. Now in his seventh year as mayor, Lauzon is unabashedly Republican. “Oh, I’m a Republican—absolutely,” Lauzon […]

Granite City Grocery A New Cooperative Soon to Open in Barre

A New Cooperative Soon to Open in Barre by Bob Nuner My father loved canned peaches. Our family favored the Twin Pines brand, sold at the World War II–era co-op in our suburb. When supermarkets arrived after the war, that co-op folded, but my mother and a friend would car-pool to another co-op in Woodbury, […]

Stone Sculpture Legacy Program

Stone Sculpture Legacy Program

Part of the generous bequeathal by Barre businessman Charles Semprebon, who died in 2009, to Barre City and Barre Town is being used to fund the Stone Sculpture Legacy Program. Semprebon’s father owned a stone-carving shed but died of silicosis, a disease caused by inhaling granite dust. Four granite sculptures have been commissioned, with several […]

State Auction of Surplus Vehicles

According to a state of Vermont press release, “A major collection of state vehicles and equipment including dump trucks, plow trucks, pickup trucks, police cruisers, cargo vans, box trucks, boats, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, kayaks, tools, tires, generators, miscellaneous parts and more will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a public auction.” The auction begins […]

Legislative Policy Impacts Vermont’s Downtowns

The state of Vermont is committed to revitalizing its downtowns while preserving  natural resources.   According to Sam Anderson,  executive vice president, Central Vermont Development Corporation, “The future of our downtowns is critical to the region’s overall economic vitality.” In keeping with this philosophy, on June 3, at Vermont’s First Annual Economic Development Summit in […]

Barre Hosts Downtown & Historic  Preservation Conference

Barre Hosts Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference

On June 15, at the Barre Opera House, Barre will host the 2013 Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference, sponsored by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Leanne Tingay, of the Vermont Downtown Program, provided a summary of the upcoming conference. he keynote speaker will be Dan Feehan, […]