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October 2 Meeting to Discuss Bike-Pedestrian Plan On October 2, the city of Montpelier will hold its second “public work session” on developing a pedestrian and bicycling master plan for the city. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers in City Hall, according to a press release from the city’s advisory […]

Hunger in Vermont

Hunger in Vermont

by Ed Sutherland Repeatedly ranked as one of the healthiest states, Vermont nonetheless finds itself in a twin battle, fighting poverty and its perpetual shadow, hunger. Today, 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson’s  War on Poverty began, the hungry constitute a double-digit percentage of Vermonters, and malnutrition remains a dark spot in the Green Mountain […]

Why a Free, Independent and Local Newspaper Matters

by David Kelley Robert Kennedy used to quote what he said was a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The brave new, world of digital communications, iPhones and three-dimensional copiers most likely qualifies our times as “interesting.” But, while Facebook and Twitter can tell us what our best friend ate for lunch, neither […]

Senate Candidates Speak Out on Education Costs

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D), and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with Pat McDonald (R), Sandy Gaffney (P-D), and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. Candidate […]

State’s Attorney Candidates Discuss the Issues

by The Bridge  staff   As part of its Republican coverage of this November’s election, The Bridge interviewed the two candidates for Washington County state’s attorney last week. Republican Tom Kelly, 60, has held the office since 2007. A Barre City resident, he is married and has six children. Scott Williams, 49, a the Democratic […]

Montpelier Budget Discussion Keeps to the Usual Ruts

by Page Guertin A Vibrant and Affordable Montpelier (VAM) informational meeting held September 22 at Vermont College of Fine Arts shed no new light on priorities for city and school budget development. VAM, a citizens’ group interested in “transparency in public education,” according to member Jean Olson, asked Mayor John Hollar and school board chair Sue […]

Taking the Pulse at the NYC Climate March

Taking the Pulse at the NYC Climate March

by Ivan Shadis Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of New York City September 21 in the largest-ever march to demand action on climate change. Protesters called on world leaders to make strong commitments to tackling the issue, with the demonstration occurring two days before leaders were to assemble for a United Nations […]

Members of Celebrated  Paris Piano Trio to Play Reunion Concert

Members of Celebrated Paris Piano Trio to Play Reunion Concert

by Nat Frothingham The first concert of the 15th season of the Capital City Concerts series will be a musical reunion of sorts. “From Paris with Love,” as the event is billed,  is set for Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier. The program’s title suggests the warm affection that […]

Bears Create Problems  in Fayston

Bears Create Problems in Fayston

by Kathryn Rush   I recently interviewed state game warden Chad Barrett, Fayston Elementary School custodian Ted Withey, and Fayston Elementary principal Jean Berthiaume about the bear problem in Fayston this summer. The bear has been getting into the school’s trash and compost. The staff at the school has discontinued use of the compost temporarily, so […]

Giant Horse Sculpture Graces Route 100 in Waitsfield

Giant Horse Sculpture Graces Route 100 in Waitsfield

by Carla Occaso Drive along Route 100 in Waitsfield, past a farmstand owned by David Hartshorn, and you’ll see a giant steel horse that appears to be galloping out of the stand’s entrance onto the highway. The horse, nicknamed Spirit by its previous caretaker, is basically on public display until someone claims it for him- […]