December 15, 2016 — January 4, 2017

City Fills State House Lawn Ice Rink

City Fills State House Lawn Ice Rink

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Water poured out for hours January 2 in effort to ready the first State House lawn ice skating rink. The Bridge stopped by around 2 p.m. (with yet an hour or so more of water dispensing to go) and ran into Montpelier Alive board president Sarah Jarvis, Montpelier Fire Chief […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Ring in 2017 in Downtown Montpelier

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Ring in 2017 in Downtown Montpelier

MONTPELIER — New Year’s Eve is back in a big way in the Capital City. From magic and music to dancing, there are events for the young, and not so young, to ring in the New Year. The ever-popular Marko the Magician will perform two shows at Montpelier High School. Marko’s first show will start […]

VIDEO: Part 3 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

VIDEO: Part 3 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

Part 3 of the Vermont Legislative Briefing Session Nov. 30, 2016 in the House Chamber of the Vermont State House. Statewide Clean Water Update Act 64 Clean Water Requirements and U.S. EPA – Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Lake Champlain Alyssa Schuren, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation Chris Cole, Secretary, Agency of Transportation Chuck […]

VIDEO: Part 2 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

VIDEO: Part 2 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

Part 2 of the Vermont Legislative Briefing Session Nov. 30, 2016 in the House Chamber of the Vermont State House. Health Care Updates – Federal Waivers All Payer Model – Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board Global Commitment Selina Hickman, Director of Health Care Operations, Compliance, & Improvements, Agency of Human Services, and Sarah […]

VIDEO:  Part 1 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

VIDEO: Part 1 VT Legislative Briefing Session 2016

Part 1 of the Vermont Legislative Briefing Session Nov. 30, 2016 in the House Chamber of the Vermont State House. Welcome and opening remarks from Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell and Speaker of the House Shap Smith. Revenue and Budget Presentations Revenue Update – Tom Kavet, Legislative Economist Administration Budget Process and Review of […]

Montpelier Installs Smart Parking Meters: December 23, 2016

MONTPELIER — The City began installing more than 450 IPS Mark III smart meters across downtown.  These smart meters, that accept credit and debit cards as well as coins, will replace all coin-only meters on City streets and in parking lots thus making it easier and more convenient to pay for parking in downtown Montpelier. […]

Scott Names More Agency and Department Heads

Scott Names More Agency and Department Heads

MONTPELIER — Governor-elect Phil Scott today announced four additional cabinet and extended cabinet appointments.  Anson Tebbetts has been appointed secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, and Rep. Alyson Eastman will serve as deputy secretary. The Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets works to support the viability and growth of Vermont’s agriculture industry, while protecting our landscape, […]

State House Lawn Ice Skating Rink Opening Aimed for January 4

MONTPELIER — Lace up your skates. This winter, you’ll be able to practice your figure eights on an ice rink on the State House lawn in downtown Montpelier. Today, the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services executed an agreement with the City of Montpelier allowing for the installation of a temporary skating rink in […]

Statement of Mayor John Hollar Regarding Contract of City Manager Bill Fraser on December 15, 2016

The issue of the city manager’s contract has become increasingly divisive within our community and has diverted the attention of the city council and staff away from the many other important issues facing Montpelier. This runs counter to my goal of helping the city to meet its full potential. The city was advised in mid-November […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

by Robbie Harrold Fay Webern. “The Button Thief of East 14th Street: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957.” Sagging Meniscus, 2016. 311 pages. $19.95. Paperback. Sentiment, nostalgia, self-pity, recrimination, revenge — Montpelier resident Fay Webern has brilliantly resisted all of these temptations that face the memoir writer in “The Button Thief […]