January 19 — February 1, 2017

A Community That Plays Together Stays Together

A Community That Plays Together Stays Together

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Recreation isn’t just about physical movement. To some people, it’s a social movement. Montpelier seems to  be developing into a center for thriving sports participants who occasionally butt heads (such as bicycle enthusiasts versus off-leash dog walkers), but who all agree activity is important. So it is no surprise that […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.19.17

500 Kilowatt Solar Array Goes Online MONTPELIER — The City of Montpelier is now getting the majority of its electricity from renewable energy sources with the completion of a 500 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array located on an old gravel pit behind Log Road. Electricity produced by the solar panels will be credited to a variety […]

NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

by Nona Estrin For the first time in 20 years, our small troupe of American Tree Sparrows from the far north, has decamped early. The joyful flock of birds musically chittering under a rose bush, where I toss mixed seed each day, is gone. Called Chip Darmstadt at the North Branch Nature Center. He too […]

Downsizing Group Looks For Housing Options

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER — Over the past year, a group of residents — including my wife and myself — have been talking about and learning about the options for downsizing from a larger home to a smaller one at some point in the next few years. Some smaller houses and condos already exist here, […]

Catch ‘Pussy Hat’ Knitting Craze — Thanks to the President-Elect, Pink Yarn is Flying Off Local Shelves

Catch ‘Pussy Hat’ Knitting Craze — Thanks to the President-Elect, Pink Yarn is Flying Off Local Shelves

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Lee Youngman, owner of Yarn at 112 Main St. in Montpelier, is running out of pink and pink-toned yarn in a big way. This is unusual, she said, because pink isn’t usually a popular yarn color for adults. “I sold $3,000 to $4,000 worth of pink yarn in a month,” […]

In Wake of Trump Inauguration: Montpelier Joins Other State Capitals In Women’s March

by Matt Koucky MONTPELIER — This Saturday — the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration — Montpelier will be joining cities across the country to march for women’s rights. This march comes in response to the growing sentiment among members of marginalized groups — women, Muslims, people of color, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning (LGBTQ) […]

With Aerial Trams, Streetcars, Condos; Murphy Bed Micro  Units … Team Bridges Wins $10,000 Net Zero Design Contest

With Aerial Trams, Streetcars, Condos; Murphy Bed Micro Units … Team Bridges Wins $10,000 Net Zero Design Contest

MONTPELIER — Net Zero Vermont Inc. announced the winner of the Montpelier 2030 Design Competition’s $10,000 prize is “Team Bridges” — a collaboration of multiple individuals and companies. The announcement was made at the State House by Deb Sachs and Dan Jones, Net Zero co-chief executive officers Jan. 18. Also speaking at the news conference […]

Locally-Grown Gov. Phil Scott Settles into the ‘People’s House’

Locally-Grown Gov. Phil Scott Settles into the ‘People’s House’

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Newly inaugurated Republican Governor Phil Scott, 58, of Barre, became the 82nd governor of Vermont on Thursday, Jan. 5. And just five days later, still in the midst of setting up his new administration, Scott met with The Bridge in his ceremonial office in the State House. The building was […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

by Larry Floresch Several months ago, my spouse decided that a few months away from Vermont this winter would be just the ticket, so, along with the entire population of the five boroughs of New York and half of New Jersey, we rented a house for the season on the shore in Florida. Now I […]

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

by Sarah Seidman MONTPELIER — You are walking through a dark alley and suddenly someone grabs your arm. What do you do? A: Tense up and try to hit your attacker. B: Collapse and cry for help. C. Protect both yourself and your attacker by pivoting, immobilizing his elbow joint, and guiding him gently down […]