May 15 2014

Mayors Mix It Up

Mayors Mix It Up

by Nat Frothingham and Jerry Carter At the invitation of The Bridge, Mayors John Hollar of Montpelier and Thom Lauzon of Barre met together in City Hall (Montpelier) and talked about a range of municipal issues. Nat Frothingham and Jerry Carter from The Bridge interviewed the two mayors and what follows are excerpts from the […]

HEARD ON THE STREET 5.15.14

Let the Race Begin Dean Corren, the former state representative from Burlington, announced the other day that he intends to run for Lieutenant Governor against incumbent Phil Scott. Corren is a member of the Progressive Party and will be seeking their nomination later this year. He served in the House from 1993-2000. A recent press […]

Primo Maggio: Barre’s Old Labor Hall Marks Ten Years of May Day Celebrations

Primo Maggio: Barre’s Old Labor Hall Marks Ten Years of May Day Celebrations

by Emily Kaminsky On May 1, over 800 people joined the Vermont Workers’ Center’s march for “health and dignity” in Montpelier. That same night, over 150 people attended the Barre Historical Society’s annual “Primo Maggio” event, a celebration of Barre’s Italian socialist heritage with food, film and song at the Old Labor Hall. What unites […]

Act 250 Revision: One Small Step

by C.B. Hall A substantial revision of Vermont’s 1970 environmental law, Act 250, is headed to Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk after final passage in the legislature on May 5. The reform measure, House bill 823, cleared that chamber on a 92-44 vote on March 13, but was amended in the Senate, which finally passed it […]

VPAC Urges Cooperation Between Railroad and Spraying Opponents

by Bob Nuner At a meeting of the Vermont Pesticide Advisory Council (VPAC) that reviews pesticide use and makes recommendations to the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) secretary, the conflict between industrial infrastructure management and pesticide opponents flowered. The crowded meeting held utility and railroad representatives, VPAC members, and spraying opponents who’d used media like […]

Police Chief Tony Facos Active in Implementing New Impartial Policing Policies

by Carla Occaso Montpelier’s police chief joined statewide law enforcement entities to influence a new law approved by the legislature that curbs ethnic (or any other) biases when it comes to pursuit strategies. Montpelier Police Department Chief Tony Facos testified this legislative session in both the House and Senate to shape the bill dealing with […]

Carr Lot: No Shortage of Opinions

Carr Lot: No Shortage of Opinions

by C.B. Hall Montpelier residents got their first opportunity for direct input on Redstone Commercial Properties’ plan for the 1 Taylor Street transit center development at a May 6 “community participation event” hosted by Redstone, the city of Montpelier and Gossens Bachman, the project’s architectural partner. Upon convening at the Christ Church Parish House, the […]

A New Gleaning Initiative to Bring More Local Produce to Those in Need

A New Gleaning Initiative to Bring More Local Produce to Those in Need

by Emily Kaminsky Growing up on an organic vegetable farm in the Upper Valley, Allison Levin has an eye for produce that is ripe and ready for the picking. She lives with her husband and two young children next to Dog River Farm in Berlin. Occasionally, she and her family have informally helped Dog River […]

American Institute of Architects Takes Airstream on the Road

American Institute of Architects Takes Airstream on the Road

Correction (5/16/15): In the original (print) version of this article it stated, that Norwich University received the AIA grant to undertake the Airstream project, however the grant was actually awarded to the American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter (AIAVT). The below version of the article has been corrected and the original press release sent out by AIAVT […]

Tearing Down, Building New, Renting Out

Tearing Down, Building New, Renting Out

by Nat Frothingham For Montpelier resident Peter Watt and his family, there’s everything to like and very little to dislike about where they live at 4 Hinckley Street in Montpelier. It was during the 1990s when Watt and his wife Mary Beth discovered Hinckley Street, one of three quiet streets that swing around in a […]