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Group Burns Medical Bills to Protest Shumlin Health Care Announcement

Group Burns Medical Bills to Protest Shumlin Health Care Announcement

by Carla Occaso – MONTPELIER – A small crowd gathered on the Statehouse steps Dec. 18 at noon to burn medical bills they say they can’t pay in an organized protest against Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement the previous day that he will no longer push through a single payer health care system. “Too many people […]

Montpelier-based Perfume Line Launches

MONTPELIER- Rebel Intuitive Perfumerie announced the launch of its all-natural artisan perfume line. This offering embraces hand-crafting and all-natural ingredients to create small batches of sophisticated fragrances. The three new scents, include Grace at 67th, Ninon, and WinterLewd, Rebel Intuitive embraces classic techniques and vintage aromatic notes to develop scents rooted in history yet very […]

Milne Forges Ahead

Milne Forges Ahead

by Carla Occaso- MONTPELIER – Gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne announced he will not concede the election to sitting Gov. Peter Shumlin Dec. 8. Milne lost by about 2,400 votes statewide, but, significantly, he beat out Shumlin in nine out of Vermont’s 14 counties, including in Washington County by a vote of 2,290-Milne to 2,249-Shumlin. Speaking […]

Dozens Gathered to Celebrate Historic Collection Transfer

Dozens Gathered to Celebrate Historic Collection Transfer

BARRE – Barre’s history is alive and well thanks to a recent agreement between the Aldrich Public Library and the Vermont Historical Society, transferring the Barre History Collection to the VHS, which will care for the collection at the Vermont History Center in Barre. Representatives of both organizations described the collaboration as advantageous to each. […]

Heard on the Street – 12.4.14

Barre-Tones to Hold Holiday Afternoon Concert MONTPELIER — Having recently returned from their 9th place finish at Harmony, Incorporated’s International Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, central Vermont’s women’s a cappella barbershop chorus will present its annual holiday show at Montpelier High School on Sunday, Dec. 14.  This 2 p.m. performance of the Barre-Tones is a holiday […]

Berlin Pond Survey Revived, Montpelier Ready to React

by Carla Occaso BERLIN — Will Berlin Pond get a boat launch or ramp? What would it look like? At first glance it depends upon the results of a land survey authorized by Berlin. However, if Berlin’s findings favor boating access, Montpelier officials are ready to conduct their own investigation. Berlin officials have recently met […]

Barre City Approves $4K Fuel Assistance Contribution

by Ed Sutherland BARRE — Now that colder weather has set in, Vermonters are seriously thinking about staying warm and how to pay the bills. For thousands of area residents, help paying fuel bills can mean the difference between happy holidays and a long, uncertain winter. To that end, the Barre City Council recently voted […]

City Switches to Weather-Specific Parking Ban

by Ed Sutherland MONTPELIER — No matter the season, parking in Montpelier is not a sport for the weak-hearted. But it gets worse in winter. Banning overnight parking during the winter months quickly turned a challenge into a nightmare for residents of Vermont’s capital. Someone at City Hall must have been listening, because Dec. 4 […]

Montpelier City and School: A Tale of Two Budgets

by Richard Sheir and The Bridge staff MONTPELIER — Voters will be facing another tough budget year based on talks with city and school officials. While the city is taking aim at budget inflation, the school is honing in on programming needs. The Montpelier City Council requested City Manager Bill Fraser to again present them […]

At U-32 Student Numbers Falling, Costs Rising

by Carla Occaso EAST MONTPELIER — The budget is expanding at U-32 High School next year while the student body continues shrinking. School officials held the first 2015-16 school budget session Nov. 19. The first draft budget shows a 1.99 percent increase over the current year. “Unfortunately we are facing a reduction of an estimated […]