October 16, 2013

Urban Dreams

Urban Dreams

  In the following interviews, The Bridge asked a range of people—architects, planners, artists and others—to describe Montpelier as it is today, then to look beyond the present moment and share their dreams of what Vermont’s capital city could one day become. compiled by Amy Brooks Thornton and Nat Frothingham   Irene Facciolo architect, and […]

Nature Watch

With a wealth of apples everywhere, ripening into mid-October, it’s a great time to wander central Vermont’s many overgrown fields, sampling the genetic mother-load of wild apple flavors, from astringent tart through spicy to sweet. And there’s an assortment of textures as well, from crisp and juicy to hard, dry and dense. Great flavor may […]

Heard on the Street

Financing Available for Home Energy Projects Until October 31  Efficiency Vermont reminds that several area towns’ residents can now get help covering upfront home energy project costs, but applications for this financing round are due October 31.  Efficiency Vermont’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is accepting applications from East Montpelier, Montpelier and Waitsfield homeowners. […]

Contrasting River Entrances

Contrasting River Entrances

by Eli Gould, traveler and student of architecture Montpelier lies in the vast foothills of Vermont, with Hubbard Park directly to the west, Towne Hill to the north and the granite ledge of Sabin’s pasture to the east. The downtown area is stationed in the midst of these inclines, built in 1787 where the North […]

Stop the Skipping Record

Stop the Skipping Record

by Fred Wilbur I know what a skipping record sounds like, and for over 40 years, the complaints about parking in Montpelier have been just that. We can’t seem to get out of that monotonous groove, lift the needle, cut the umbilical cord from our automobiles and exercise our muscles. Back in January of 1973, when […]

District Heat Update

by Bob Nuner Last Friday, The Bridge asked Montpelier’s public works director Todd Law about the district heat project. Law says that things are going “fairly well. We are looking at completing a majority of the piping next week and starting to look at filling the system and going through the startup on the system. […]

Quintet in C Major by Schubert to Be Performed in Montpelier

by Nat Frothingham Since day one of the Capital City Concert series (and that series is now in its 14th season), founder and artistic director Karen Kevra has very much wanted to program the great Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. “No one should leave the planet,” Kevra has written, “without hearing a great […]

Antiburglary Steps You Can Take

by Nat Frothingham Burglaries are up, according to Sergeant Eric Nordenson of the Montpelier Police Department, who talked with The Bridge by phone and confirmed recent reports that Montpelier is experiencing a rise in burglaries. Nordenson blames the rise on drug abuse. “People will steal just about anything that has a dollar value to support […]

Downtown Improvement District Committee to Award Funds

by Richard Sheir The Montpelier Downtown Improvement District Committee is seeking proposals from individuals or organizations that are interested in utilizing the $32,282 in existing funding. Awards will be made on a competitive basis. The funds are intended to help create or expand events, marketing programs, advertising campaigns, public relations programs and downtown improvements that […]

Harry Potter Shapes the Millennials

by Julian Kelly  On Tuesday evening, October 8, the North Branch Café hosted local author and UVM professor Anthony (Jack) Gierzynski, who talked about his recent book, Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation. The following review results from that presentation. “It does no good to dwell on […]