January 8–21, 2015

Shumlin Reveals Plan to Balance Budget

Shumlin Reveals Plan to Balance Budget

Budget Address: Cuts: Government jobs, libraries and the Community High School of Vermont Additions: DCF, addiction treatment, medicaid Taxes: 0.7 percent payroll tax hike for health care, close income tax loophole Other: Prohibit teacher strikes, close schools that continue to make “bad choices” by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed the joint assembly […]

Montpelier Selected as a Semifinalist for a $5 Million Energy Prize

MONTPELIER – Montpelier advanced to the semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. Jan. 14, Montpelier was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency. […]

Community-wide Help Needed for Rainbow Ice Sculptures

Community-wide Help Needed for Rainbow Ice Sculptures

MONTPELIER – Calling all ice block makers! Come celebrate the 75th anniversary of Union Elementary School. Organizers need the entire Union Elementary School community to help create the building blocks, literally, for a day of colorful construction on Feb. 15. It’s easy! Please save your half-gallon milk and juice cartons, (no jugs please), rinse them […]

Superintendent Ricca Explains School Budget Impact

Superintendent Ricca Explains School Budget Impact

MONTPELIER – “As an education professional, I know part of our job is not only to contain costs, but also retain, if not expand, opportunities for students,” said Dr. Brian Ricca, superintendent of the Montpelier Public School system, during an oral presentation to the Montpelier Chapter of the Rotary Club at the Capitol Plaza Jan. […]

2015: New Legislature, New Ideas?

2015: New Legislature, New Ideas?

by Carla Occaso and Nat Frothingham The Bridge interviewed Washington County’s three senators recently to find out what their priorities are for the upcoming legislative session. We asked them each to tackle the topics of education, the economy and jobs, health care, and any other concerns for Vermont this coming year. Themes of reining in […]

Heard On the Street: 1.8.15

Call for Submissions: PoemCity 2015 Accepting Poetry MONTPELIER — The Kellogg Hubbard Library is accepting poetry submissions from Vermont poets for Public Display. Submissions will be accepted until Jan. 31. “Poetry has an important place in the lives of Vermonters,” said Kellogg-Hubbard Library Program and Development Coordinator Rachel Senechal. “PoemCity collaborates with many organizations, schools, […]

NATURE WATCH: Frigid Air Outside, Cozy Inside

by Nona Estrin   A great mass of frigid air settles over us. Even small tasks outdoors become more challenging. Being inside takes on new meaning. It’s nothing short of miraculous that we can be inside, warm, and buffered against such terrible cold. But it’s more than simply warmth. In Denmark and other northern countries there […]

Condos Launches New Lobbying Information System

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos today announced the launch of the new Vermont Lobbying Information System. The new system allows lobbyists, lobbyist firms, and lobbyist employers to register, manage their information, and make payments online. Secretary Condos explained “the new system not only makes lobbyist registration and disclosure simple and intuitive to use […]

In The State House House Priorities: Water, Climate, Education, Health Care

In The State House House Priorities: Water, Climate, Education, Health Care

by Ed Sutherland As lawmakers get ready for another legislative session, a number of issues are on the table, including drinking water, health care, budgets, education reform, and taxes. With so many topics on tap, The Bridge contacted a few Washington County representatives to ask what is uppermost in their minds. Rep. Adam Greshin, is […]

Superintendent Ricca Presents a Draft Budget

Superintendent Ricca Presents a Draft Budget

by Richard Sheir MONTPELIER — Montpelier Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ricca presented his draft budget to the Montpelier School Board for their consideration Dec. 12. The board had given Ricca the charge of delivering a budget that would keep any increase under 5 percent. The budget as presented came in at under 2 percent. Two […]