January 9, 2014

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Speaking Out on the 2014 Legislative Session: Washington County Legislators Outline Their Priorities

Speaking Out on the 2014 Legislative Session: Washington County Legislators Outline Their Priorities

reporting by Jerry Carter House of Representatives Janet Ancel Represents: Washington-6 (Calais, Marshfield, Plainfield) Resides: Calais Party: Democrat A Vermont native, Janet Ancel has served the state of Vermont for most of her career. Ancel demonstrated her ability to lead as part of the Howard Dean administration, serving as both legal and tax advisor during […]

Legislative Season 2014

As the nation recovers from the economic recession and grapples with health care, the Vermont Legislature continues to face an ongoing budget deficit and its own difficulties with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. With a supermajority in the House, Democrats will control the discussion on such issues as increasing net metering, mental health, […]

Heard On The Street

Hallsmith Proposes Possible Bid for Hollar’s Spot Gwen Hallsmith, who until recently worked as Montpelier’s planning and development director, has announced that if nobody else steps up to champion her platform she may run against Mayor John Hollar in the upcoming election. She describes her platform as “maintaining the citizens’ voice in City government—making it more transparent and […]

The 30,000-Foot View on Vermont’s 2014 Legislative Season

The 30,000-Foot View on Vermont’s 2014 Legislative Season

Interviews with former governors James Douglas and Madeleine Kunin and former chairwoman of the Vermont Progressive Party, Martha Abbott Reported by Amy Brooks Thorton Former Republican Governor of Vermont, James Douglas   The budget shortfall The state is facing yet another big shortfall in our general fund. As has often been the case in recent […]

Women in the Legislature

by Julia Barstow   In the majority caucus of the Vermont House of Representatives, women hold 49 of the 96 seats or 51 percent of Democratic seats. Women became the majority with the appointment by Governor Peter Shumlin of Marjorie Ryerson to the Vermont House in November. Vermont is the third state, after Washington state […]

The State House Restoration

The State House Restoration

                                          by Julia Barstow Larkin Goldsmith Mead sculpted the Lincoln bust in the 1870s in preparation for a bronze statue for Lincoln’s tomb. Mead’s wife gave the bust to Vermont after his death in 1911. The Lincoln bust was […]

Gwen Hallsmith on the Master Plan, Banking and Running for Mayor

Ivan Shadis of The Bridge sat down with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, who until recently worked as planning and development director for Montpelier, for a taped interview on January 5. Excerpts from the discussion—which touched upon the integrity of the city’s master plan and the zoning that flows from it, questions of ethics in City Hall and […]

Securing the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape

Securing the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape

                          by Jeremy Carter On December 17, 2013, temperatures plummeted, snow plastered the streets and schools closed. And yet, inside Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont, hundreds of Vermonters were busy tilling the soil and sowing seeds—planning the next step for the future […]

A Taste of NECI

Out of My World at the Jupiter Island Club by Samantha LaCroix I was waiting in line on a snowy Vermont morning, following typical airport security protocol. I had already said good-bye in the main lobby to my family, but there was something far more poignant and emotional about being separated from them by a wall of glass. I could do nothing […]