November 19 — December 2, 2015

Construction and Development Abounds in Berlin

Construction and Development Abounds in Berlin

Montpelier retail owners, city officials and politicians react by Carla Occaso BERLIN — Bulldozers. Mounds of dirt. Gigantic new buildings. Plans for a new state rest area. Up in Berlin Center, that’s what it’s all about. The spacious two-story Northfield Savings Bank operations center went up over the summer just off Paine Turnpike at the […]

Photographs by Josh Blouin

Photographs by Josh Blouin

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” -Marc Riboud                   Photographer Josh Blouin, a wildlife seasonal technician, was born and raised in Berlin. He submittedphotographs to The Bridge he took while studying the bats and black bears of northern Yosemite. He also gave us […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.19.15

FY 2015 Legal Costs Runneth Over by $59K MONTPELIER — Montpelier city officials have spent $99,265 on legal fees in fiscal year 2015 on several legal cases. The budget approved on Town Meeting Day amounted to $40,000, which leaves a $59,265 overage. The biggest culprits were a tax dispute filed by The Vermont College of […]

Hallsmith Airs Grievances Two Years After Being Fired

Hallsmith Airs Grievances Two Years After Being Fired

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Gwendolyn Hallsmith, former planning director, was the final witness to testify at the impartial grievance hearing in City Council Chambers on November 18. This was a continuance of the supreme-court ordered proceeding held November 9. This hearing Hallsmith fought to have, and finally got, following her termination by City Manager […]

NATURE WATCH: Colors Change; Dry Leaves Cling

by Nona Estrin Now focus changes. The eyes adjust to a narrowed color spectrum, to the subtle gradations of color, and the punch of bright green as moss seems to be suddenly  everywhere. The quality of low light touches our memory of all previous Novembers we have lived these cycles. Listen….an occasional chip note from […]

An Open Letter from Nat Frothingham to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friend of The Bridge, As a kid growing up I don’t think I ever imagined I would ever want to raise money for anything. But then — later on — I discovered a few enthusiasms and these enthusiasms took hold of me. Discovering Shakespeare One of my early and continuous enthusiasms has been theater […]

Montpelier Embraces Front Porch Forum

by Phil Dodd Front Porch Forum, the free community-generated online newsletter, has only been serving Montpelier for a couple of years, but 3,500 city residents have already signed up to get its e-mails, and Montpelier members have proven to be the most active posters of messages in the state, according Michael Wood-Lewis, who co-founded Burlington-based […]

Dem Deputy State’s Attorney To Run For Senate

Dem Deputy State’s Attorney To Run For Senate

MONTPELIER — Ashley Hill, 30, is throwing her hat in the ring to land one of three senate seats to represent Washington County. Current senators are Anthony Pollina, P/D – Middlesex, William Doyle, R – Montpelier and Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier. Hill, who lives on Barre Street, studied law at Suffolk University and has been deputy […]

Big Changes at True Colors Home Decorating Center

Big Changes at True Colors Home Decorating Center

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Three big changes are coming to the True Colors Home Decorating Center at 141 River Street. First change: After 25 years of selling paint and paint products, True Colors will stop selling paint in less than two weeks on Tuesday, December 1. “What? Stop selling paint?” I asked with astonishment. […]

2nd Eminent Domain Hearing Just Starting

City Has Spent $15,192 in legal fees through September    by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — A second public eminent domain hearing was held November 11 in the chambers of Montpelier City Council to discuss whether a proposed bike path is ‘necessary’ for the public good. If so, the City will have the right to demolish […]