May 4 – May 17

Police Catch Accused Montpelier Murderer 

Police Catch Accused Montpelier Murderer 

DELTONA, FLORIDA — Today, May 4, authorities in Deltona, Florida located and arrested Jayveon Caballero, 29 of Barre.  Caballero was sought in connection with the early morning January 22homicide of Markus Austin in Montpelier.  U.S. Marshal’s worked in conjunction with Vermont State Police, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department and the Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task […]

Capital City Farmers Market Celebrates 40th Year — Capital City Farmers Market  Outdoor Venue Opens May 6

Capital City Farmers Market Celebrates 40th Year — Capital City Farmers Market Outdoor Venue Opens May 6

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — There is nothing like a warm season Saturday in Montpelier to bring out conviviality and adventurous tastebuds. Adding to the ambience, and opening outdoors on May 6, comes the annual colorful, musical and aromatic farmers market on State Street, with some new features on display this year. Ashton Kirol, now […]


McGillicuddy’s Closed April 29 — To Reopen Under New Ownership MONTPELIER — After 21 years owned by Dave Nelson, McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub closed up April 29. But don’t worry, it will reopen, hopefully by May 4. Responding to a phone call from The Bridge, Brad Lamell said he and another person are in the process […]

#MakeoverMontpelier Update

#MakeoverMontpelier Update

From Francine Perkins, VTrans project outreach coordinator: Construction is expected to begin the week of May 8. Crews will start milling at night on Main Street during the first week of work. Milling operations consist of grinding off the top layer of pavement leaving a grooved surface. The work plan for the week of May […]

NATURE WATCH: Sugar Maples A Flowering

by Nona Estrin Forget the dreary weather and step outside! The sugar maples are flowering! Only a couple or three times each decade, sugar maples all over the Northeast use chemical signaling to achieve synchronous flowering and this year is one of those precious springs! That haze of white-green, so etherial, is made up of […]

City Changes Policing Policy Due to Trump’s Threats

by Ivan Shadis MONTPELIER — “If Montpelier and other municipalities around Vermont want to stand up to President Trump’s deportation machine, we hope they will forego such unnecessary changes to this vital policy,” Jay Diaz, of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union, said in light of policy changes by Montpelier which seem to undercut the […]

City Council Continues Taking in Scrutiny of Zoning Update

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER – The zoning portion of the April 26 City Council meeting was prefaced with a statement by Mayor John Hollar that it was not a public hearing, but nonetheless about a half dozen residents were lined up and ready to have their say on the new unified development bylaws (popularly known […]

Council Talks Nuisance Ordinance Aimed at Econo Lodge

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER – City Council is considering stronger penalties for property owners who neglect falling-apart buildings which could cause safety hazards and/or bring down property values. The ordinance was first reviewed April 26, and it will be on their agenda again next week. A former restaurant on Northfield Street — the former Brown […]

Senate Regulated Marijuana Bill Piggy-backs House Drug Penalty Bill — House Vote Expected May 3

Senate Regulated Marijuana Bill Piggy-backs House Drug Penalty Bill — House Vote Expected May 3

by Micheal Bielawski MONTPELIER – A bill intended to loosen penalties on misdemeanor drug charges will have an extra amendment that changes its dynamic just a bit, with full-scale legalization of marijuana. Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, offered the amendment on April 21 to H.167, which passed the House last month that directs the Legislative Council […]

Medical Marijuana Update — House Approves Doubling Dispensaries, Adding Qualifying Conditions

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Vermont House of Representatives on May 2 passed S. 16 — a bill to expand patient access to medical marijuana. The state now has four state-sanctioned facilities, one in Montpelier, one in Burlington, one in Brandon and one in Rutland. After this session, four more will be allowed. In […]