September 5, 2013

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Heard on the Street

District Heat Wrinkles Checking with City Manager Bill Fraser, The Bridge learned that the city’s piping project moves apace, and the pipes will be in place as planned, but that, in the room that’s the interface between the new state heat plant and the city’s pipes—the so-called city room—there are options about hooking up the […]

Nature Watch

The juicy quality of spring is a distant memory. Whole universes of leaves are now shutting down fluid intake as they continue to transpire and evaporate, and tons of water vapor is given up to the atmosphere, minute after minute, hour after hour. Up in those drying-out canopies, there are still a few red-eyed vireos […]

Battling the Goliath of Federal Regulations Small Vermont Farms and the Food Safety  and Modernization Act

Battling the Goliath of Federal Regulations Small Vermont Farms and the Food Safety and Modernization Act

by Bob Nuner Last month, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bureaucrats, at the behest of New Hampshire and Vermont lawmakers and state agriculture departments, came to a meeting in Hanover, New Hampshire. They had come to listen to food producers talk about rules the FDA is developing to enforce the Food Safety and Modernization […]

Beyond Wet Update: Rebounding from Desperate Times?

by Amy Brooks Thornton  Days of heat and sunshine have replaced the soggy weeks of late May and June, but Joey Klein of Littlewood Farm says he’d almost rather have the weather be “stuck on rain.” “Dry all the time is hard” on Klein and Littlewood Farm where the fields are sandy loam and retain […]

Multiple Harvests,  Myriads of Products

Multiple Harvests, Myriads of Products

by Amy Brooks Thornton “There’s a seasonality to everything,” says David Thayer of Hooker Mountain Farm. Our stereotype of the harvest is fall and vegetables. But anyone who bottles, cans, ferments, dries, hangs, buries and generally puts up and puts by knows that there are many harvests of many natural consumables throughout the year. If […]

Health Care Share Program Is Changing Lives

by Nat Frothingham Once again during summer harvest time, the Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is supplying local, farm-grown vegetables to “food insecure” Vermonters in central Vermont in a program called Health Care Share. The vegetables are grown at a VYCC farm in Richmond, and then […]

Parking Committee Report: Promoting Public Transportation and Increasing Parking Fees

by Ivan Shadis At the August 28 meeting, the Montpelier City Council began by taking a couple of items off the consent agenda, among them one concerning a fee schedule for city licenses, pending reports from a related subcommittee, and a proclamation for declaring October National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which had been voted down […]

Berlin Pond

Berlin Pond

by Nat Frothingham, all photos courtesy of Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond Berlin Pond is seeing increased boating and fishing activity in the wake of the October 2011 Vermont Supreme Court decision that ruled that the city of Montpelier could not prohibit such activities. Berlin Pond is the source of Montpelier’s drinking water supply. The town […]