March 20 2014

Efficiency Improvements Grace State’s Heat Plant

Efficiency Improvements Grace State’s Heat Plant

by Bob Nuner On a sunny March afternoon, Joe Aja, building project manager for Vermont’s Department of Building and General Services, gave The Bridge a tour of the steam plant renovation behind the Department of Motor Vehicles. Aja manages state construction projects in a district that runs from Brattleboro to Derby and has worked in […]

Making the Grade: Vermont Maple Sugarers Adapt to Changes in Climate, Technology and Grading System

by Jerry Carter With recent snowfall of over two feet in some places around Vermont and temperatures hunkering down right around zero, some may find themselves wondering what happened to global warming. Burr Morse of Morse Farm said, “I wouldn’t call it global warming, but climate change.” Morse comes from a long line of Vermont […]

Changes Afoot for 120 State Street?

by Carla Occaso What would Montpelier be like without the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the center of town? Montpelier residents might just find out in the not-too-distant future if plans to renovate 120 State Street move from early preliminary stages to actual construction. Engineers are currently “looking to get a new proposal” on […]

Heard on the Street 3.20.14

Celebration of Excellence Dinner The Montpelier High School Boosters will honor General Richard Cody, a 1968 graduate of MHS, on Saturday, April 5 at their 21st Annual Celebration of Excellence Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and tickets cost $50 each. All proceeds will support MHS academic and cocurricular activities. […]

Net Zero: A Goal for the Future

Net Zero: A Goal for the Future

by Jerry Carter Montpelier is taking the lead in the race to become the nation’s first net zero capital. On Monday, March 10, Montpelier city officials took major steps to help further the state’s cause in making the Green Mountain State greener by announcing their support for an initiative to make Montpelier the nation’s first […]

Montpelier School Board Offers Total Cuts of $158,266

by Michelle A.L. Singer On Town Meeting Day, Montpelier was one of 35 towns in Vermont to vote down their school budget causing what Steven Jeffrey of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns called a “mini-tax revolt” in his March 14, 2014 Legislative Report. “Mini,” he noted, “only because 85 percent of school budgets […]

Nature Watch 3.20.14

Nature Watch 3.20.14

Tonight the Full Crow Moon rose majestically over the eastern mountains, gleaming on the snow and casting shadows on the night landscape. And sure enough, this afternoon we saw, sitting peacefully in a tree not far from the house, two crows side by side, a sure sign that the large flocks of winter are breaking […]

Northfield Clinic Plans Stir Controversy

by C.B. Hall A nine-acre chunk of recreational land that many hope will become the site of an expanded medical clinic is generating controversy in Northfield. Developmental and conservation interests have been at odds over the site, owned by Norwich University and formerly part of its ski area. The acreage recently received a zoning change […]

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

by Julia Barstow In the midst of a long day of boiling maple sap into syrup, Rick and Betsy Barstow will sometimes be surprised by a friend or neighbor stopping by their sugarhouse to lend a hand. Some come to help collect sap from the tanks and buckets, some bring in a load of wood […]

Community Capital of Vermont, Lender of Opportunity, Helps Pave the Way for “Bailey Road”

by Emily Kaminsky Sarah DeFelice, a 26-year-old native of Northfield who now resides in Montpelier, lights up with enthusiasm as she describes what will soon be Montpelier’s newest business on Main Street. Named after her great-grandmother and the road she grew up on, Bailey Road will offer a great shopping experience for women searching for […]