May 1 2014

Welcome Spring!

by Jerry Carter The people of Vermont do not mark their seasons by the days on a calendar. Rather events, the weather and changes to the natural environment tip off Vermonters to the start of a new season. Usually, the first weekend of May marks the beginning of spring for Montpelier. The start of the […]

Heard on the Street 5.1.14

Household Hazardous Waste Collection On Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a household hazardous waste collection at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury. The event is being put on by Mad River Resource Management Alliance and is open to all Alliance residents and small business owners from Duxbury, Fayston, […]

Labor Bills Still Afloat as Session Comes to a Close

by Emily Kaminsky The first of May is an opportune time to shine a spotlight on some of the labor-related bills that are still afloat as we approach the end of this year’s legislative session. After all, it’s May Day which is not only a spring festival day, but also International Workers’ Day, a public […]

Hollar Talks About Moving Forward with the Carr Lot Development

by Jerry Carter The other day, The Bridge sat down with Montpelier mayor, John Hollar, to talk about how the city is moving forward with the development of the Carr Lot. Below is a transcript of our conversation. Carter: How does the payment between the developer and the city work? Hollar: The developer will pay […]

Barre Coop

by Granite City Coop Board of Directors We represent the owners of Barre’s Granite City Grocery, a cooperative with a vision of a downtown grocery store that could provide affordable and accessible food to the whole Barre community, while strengthening local business, local farms and the ongoing revitalization of downtown Barre. We are proud to […]

Bond Measure Revote Stirring Debate in Waterbury

by C.B. Hall Voters in Waterbury are being asked to rescind a town meeting vote authorizing issuance of $2.95 million in bonds to expand the 1890 Dr. Henry Janes House, a local architectural landmark that now houses the town’s library, into a municipal complex encompassing an enlarged library, town offices and the Waterbury Historical Society. […]

An Interview with Tommy Walz, Barre’s New Representative to the Vermont House

An Interview with Tommy Walz, Barre’s New Representative to the Vermont House

by Joyce Kahn Tommy Walz, a former longtime Barre teacher and administrator, was appointed by Governor Shumlin in April to fill Representative Tess Taylor’s spot in the House. I met with Representative Walz at the Wayside restaurant the other day to talk about his recent appointment. A transcription of our interview follows. What are the […]

Incoming Planning Director: Montpelier Has “Unrealized Opportunities”

Incoming Planning Director: Montpelier Has “Unrealized Opportunities”

by Carla Occaso Montpelier’s newly named Planning & Development Director, Michael Miller, said he sees opportunities and challenges ahead for Vermont’s capital city. Montpelier City Manager William Fraser introduced Miller in a press release on April 18 that explained Miller was chosen from a pool of 27 candidates to replace former director Gwendolyn Hallsmith, who […]

That’s Life Soup

That’s Life Soup

by Nat Frothingham In the question-and-answer exchange that follows, Montpelier restaurant owner Pam Root of That’s Life Soup talked with The Bridge about her adventure of opening and running a restaurant in downtown Montpelier. That’s Life Soup—when did you start out in Montpelier? September 2006. What was your dream for the restaurant? My dream was […]

Rwandan Leader Hope Tumukunde to Visit Vermont

Rwandan Leader Hope Tumukunde to Visit Vermont

by Joyce Kahn As part of remembrance activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a 100-day period of terrifying ethnic strife that claimed up to one million lives, Rwandan civil leader Hope Tumukunde will visit Vermont from May 12 to May 16. Tumukunde’s four-day visit to Vermont acknowledges close ties […]