July 19–August 1, 2018

Why We Celebrate— The Barre Heritage Festival

The Barre Heritage Festival is right around the corner, and recently I found out how the festival came to be. During the late 1960s, when “urban renewal” was in full swing around the country and Barre was working on its own economic development strategies, there were heated debates over how to do it. The redevelopment […]

NATURE WATCH: Summer Trees

by Nona Estrin So many birds showing up at the bird-bath for refreshment, and in the shad trees for berries, the young of the year following closely, begging, I love high summer and look around scanning the trees, hearing the wind rustling their leaves.  My eyes keep falling of the big ashes east of the […]

Michael Arnowitt Releases New Album, Sweet Spontaneous

Pianist Michael Arnowitt, who lived for over 30 years in Montpelier and now divides his time between Toronto and Vermont, released his first commercial jazz recording, Sweet Spontaneous, July 13 on PARMA Recordings’ Big Round record label. The album is a two-CD set of 14 tracks that dive deep into the imaginative musical landscapes of […]

A Crib Sheet for the City’s $16.1 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrade

by Mike Dunphy and Phil Dodd The Skinny: Montpelier needs to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The City Council recently authorized further study of a two-phase upgrade plan. The first phase, which is currently estimated to cost $16.1 million and will be funded by a bond, addresses aging infrastructure and additional “organics to energy” features, […]

Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent

Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent

Compiled by Irene Racz and Mike Dunphy This is the second of two parts of an interview with Montpelier’s new school superintendent, Elizabeth “Libby” Bonesteel. The first part appeared in the July 5 edition of The Bridge. In the first part, Bonesteel discussed her background and motivation for seeking the position. This part touches on […]

Clearing the Air about TIF

by Laura Gebhart There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Montpelier, yet many questions remain about the program. With a potential TIF measure on the ballot in November, it’s important for residents to understand the purpose, function, and process of implementation, starting with these frequently asked […]

Red Sox Foundation Honors VCIL

The Red Sox Foundation honored the Vermont Center for Independent Living for its dedication to social justice, diversity, and inclusivity. At a home game against the Texas Rangers on July 9, an on-field check presentation was made to VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville. The Center won the $10,000 first-place IMPACT Award, thanks to receiving the […]

#betterbarre Turns a Hashtag into Community Activism

#betterbarre Turns a Hashtag into Community Activism

by Jeffrey Tuper-Giles and Sara Akers It all started with a simple do-good act. In early June, Barre City Council members heard the call of Sara Akers and some concerned community members who were upset about the trash that was surrounding one of the local city playgrounds. Council members from each of the three wards […]

Pride in Barre’s Heritage, Fun in Barre’s Heritage Festival

Pride in Barre’s Heritage, Fun in Barre’s Heritage Festival

by Lucas Herring Summers aren’t long in Vermont, and many of us have just finished celebrating a great historical moment—the birth of our nation on Independence Day. In Barre, summer also means that we are gearing up to celebrate the city’s history and culture with the annual Barre Heritage Festival. Over the years, the festival […]

Tender Loving Care Respite House Takes Shape in Barre

Tender Loving Care Respite House Takes Shape in Barre

by Gail Callahan For people grappling with serious illness, the Tender Loving Care Respite House can’t come too quickly. The proposed, 9,200-square-foot building slated for Ayers Street is already a caring work in progress, and has been in development for about two years. Last year, the project broke ground and carries a budget close to […]