October 6 — October 19, 2016

VIDEO: CVRPC Oct. 11, 2016 meeting

VIDEO: CVRPC Oct. 11, 2016 meeting

The Oct. 11, 2016 meeting of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission included: • CVRPC Executive Director’s Report • Public Hearing – Transportation Alternatives Grant Application – The Worcester Woods stormwater mitigation project • VT Agency of Transportation, Michelle Boomhower presentation of ongoing/evolving Agency initiatives • Statewide Property Parcel Mapping Program, Leslie Pelch, VT Center […]

National Life Group Names New Senior VP

National Life Group Names New Senior VP

MONTPELIER — Achim Schwetlick, a former partner in the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, has joined National Life Group to head the company’s Business Innovation Group, President and CEO Mehran Assadi announced. As a senior vice president, Schwetlick will be in charge of National Life’s life and annuity strategy, product design, product marketing and business […]

Mental Illness Stigma: Barrier to Decency

by Matthew Maitland Thomas From social exclusion, to limited care options, to a paucity of funding for care, people living with mental illness face a variety of challenges. Stigma plays a large role in creating these challenges. The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health explains stigma simply. Indeed, they use the dictionary definition, […]

Making Connections Can Help Alleviate Depression in Elders

“Mental Health” is our focus in this issue of The Bridge. And as part of a recent phone conversation with Laurie Emerson from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Vermont office) what we learn is this: We learn that one out of five people in Vermont (and this includes 23,000 adults and 6,000 children and […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.6.16

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.6.16

Net Zero Home Tour Planned For October 8 MONTPELIER — The Energy Advisory Committee is hosting the first “Towards Net Zero Home Tour” on October 8 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public is invited to explore the energy-saving and renewable energy investments of 14 happy homeowners generously participating in the tour. Learn how […]

NATURE WATCH: Woodlands Splashed With Red

by Nona Estrin Red maple and ash still stunning deep red and purple, the yellows and oranges of sugar maple not far behind. Today, familiar woodland ways were transformed in late afternoon by golden light that surrounded us and seemed to penetrate everything. Coming home we picked chanterelles the color of that light, at the […]

City Hires New Finance Director From Within

City Hires New Finance Director From Within

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The search for a new finance director in City Hall has ended with the winning candidate right under the same roof. “I’m pleased to announce that Accounting Manager Todd Provencher is being promoted to finance director effective Tuesday, September 20,” wrote City Manager William Fraser in his recent City Manager’s […]

Massage Therapist Moves into Old NECI Building

by Jessica Neary MONTPELIER — Sarah Bothfeld, a massage therapist whose office was located at the now-closed Montpelier location of First in Fitness, has moved her practice up the hill. Bothfeld says the closing of First in Fitness will be a great loss for Montpelier and for her personally. She will miss the easy access […]

Local Teachers Win Prestigious Award

Local Teachers Win Prestigious Award

by Jennifer Myka MONTPELIER/BARRE — Amid all the debates about school consolidation, property taxes and teacher contracts, there’s some good news in Central Vermont, courtesy of Washington, D. C. and two award-winning local teachers. The White House in August announced that Mary Louise McLaughlin, a science teacher at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, and […]

A Personal Spotlight On Mental Illness

by Karli Robertson An Exploration of Depression You never know when it will strike. You don’t know how long it will stay. You can’t snap out of it. It ain’t pretty. And, if it gets you it will never let go. But you can learn to live with it. That’s right, it’s depression. According to […]