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Montpelier Police Beat: May 11 – 17

(Excerpted from the Montpelier Police Department Media Log) Keys were found in the vacant lot next to Splash Naturals. There was a juvenile problem on Foster Street A motorist reported an intoxicated male walking in traffic on River Street. Police located the man and later placed him into protective custody. Someone reported a suspicious event […]

Rooms With Views:  New Apartment Building Nearly Complete

Rooms With Views: New Apartment Building Nearly Complete

by Jake Brown   MONTPELIER — Construction of a six-unit apartment building close to downtown is nearing completion, and two of the six apartments in the building on Cedar Street have been spoken for, says owner Jason Merrill. He says the project, the first new residential apartment building constructed in downtown in many years, should […]

Heard on the Street: 5.21.15

Heard on the Street: 5.21.15

New Barbershop to Open  MONTPELIER — A new business is getting inspected by the end of this month, and then men and women about town will be able to sit on a refurbished 1940’s vintage Belmont barber’s chair under a new pressed tin ceiling with recessed lighting to relax, recline and get a cut and/or […]

City Council Votes to Ban Smoking in City Parks

Smoke-Free Downtown Also Proposed by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — Effective imminently: No smoking in city parks. Effective soon? No smoking in downtown Montpelier. The details: To be determined. City councilors voted unanimously on May 13 to support the motion made by outgoing City Council member Thierry Guerlain and seconded by Jessica Edgerly Walsh to […]

Echo Valley Offers Shakespeare Camps for Area Youth

Echo Valley Offers Shakespeare Camps for Area Youth

by Nat Frothingham   “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” – from William Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet EAST MONTPELIER/PLAINFIELD — Imagine summer. Now imagine Shakespeare and youth. Now add […]

2015 Real Estate Market Off To Strong Start

by Phil Dodd Despite a cold winter, the local real estate market is off to a better start this year than during the same time period last year, figures from the Multiple Listing Service show. Low interest rates, a slowly improving economy and pent-up demand appear to be behind the improvement. “The market is strong,” […]

Who Is Moving To Montpelier, And Why?

Who Is Moving To Montpelier, And Why?

by Phil Dodd (This is part one of a two-part series. Part two will cover residents who are leaving Montpelier.) It didn’t take Kate Belcher long to decide she wanted to return to Montpelier after having moved away last year to help take care of her granddaughter. After six months away, “I missed Montpelier a […]

Uncommon Doorway:  (New) Historic Entrance  Installed at 1 School Street

Uncommon Doorway: (New) Historic Entrance Installed at 1 School Street

by Nat Frothingham   MONTPELIER — After graduating from high school in his late teens, Matt Dwire was all set to leave Vermont. “I was signed up to go into the Air Force,” he told The Bridge.  But instead of joining the U.S. Air Force, Dwire’s life took a different direction and he stayed in […]

Read the May 21, 2015 Issue Online

Read the May 21, 2015 Issue Online

Read the May 21, 2015 Issue Online

Vermont Arts Council Turns 50

Vermont Arts Council Turns 50

by Carla Occaso The first legislative general fund allocation for the Vermont Arts Council in 1965: $500. Fiscal Year 2015 legislative general fund allocation: $654,439.00 MONTPELIER — If you have seen a public building or a road construction project created or renovated in recent years, you probably noticed sculpture or other art forms intermingled with […]