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District Heat Project Moving to Next Phase

by Bob Nuner Assistant city manager Jessie Baker says Montpelier’s district heat project is, for now, sold out of energy capacity. The project contracted with the state for a fixed supply of heat back in 2012. The project temporarily supplied City Hall, Union Elementary School, Fairpoint Communications, Union Mutual Mutual of Vermont, and the police […]

Bear Pond to Create a “Pop-Up Museum” to Celebrate Gary Lee Miller’s New Book

by Nat Frothingham On Friday evening, August 1, at 7:00 p.m., at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, Montpelier writer Gary Lee  Miller will be reading from his new book of short stories, Museum of the Americas. “These are stories that I have written over a number of years,” Miller said, describing his new opus. “Most of […]

Fostering Transition, Creating Jobs, Saving Money

by Bob Nuner Sarah Galbraith manages the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative (VBI) of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), known for sustainable agriculture programs such as “Farm to Plate.” The initiative was funded through a United States Department of Energy appropriation, secured by Senator Patrick Leahy in 2005. It expires at the end of 2015. Its […]

From Many Lands, One Community: Celebrating Barre’s Ethnic Heritage

by Emily Kaminsky For four years between 1978 and 1982 and again in 1984, Barre celebrated its rich ethnic heritage with a festival full of live music and dance performances, crafts, games, a parade and food. Dubbed the Barre Ethnic Heritage Festival, it drew thousands of visitors to Barre each year but was discontinued when […]

Air Source Heat Pumps: A Viable Heating and Cooling Option for Vermonters

Air Source Heat Pumps: A Viable Heating and Cooling Option for Vermonters

by Emily Kaminsky Air source heat pumps are one of the most efficient and effective home heating and cooling technologies on the market. Based on the same simple heat exchange system that has cooled refrigerators and freezers for years, air source heat pump technology has improved to the point that the pumps can now effectively […]

City of Barre Implementing Energy Efficiency Projects

by Emily Kaminsky With its newly approved 2015 master plan in hand, the city of Barre already has several energy efficiency projects underway and one completed. “The city has been very proactive in terms of energy efficiency projects,” says City Manager Steve Mackenzie. “We’re regularly conducting energy audits on municipal buildings, we’ve relamped the B.O.R. […]

Trash Power: Cabot and Casella Wed Alternative Energy and Waste

Trash Power: Cabot and Casella Wed Alternative Energy and Waste

by Carla Occaso Every little bit helps when it comes to reducing energy use, or so it seems if you look at the pioneering efforts of two Vermont companies. “In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t move the dial hugely, but it is one element,” said Jed Davis, sustainability director for Cabot Creamery, of […]

Off the Grid: Cabot Family Eschews Television, Video Games and Supermarkets

Off the Grid: Cabot Family Eschews Television, Video Games and Supermarkets

by Carla Occaso It’s not about being “green,” but that is an important aspect of life. It is not about living self-sufficiently, but that’s cool, too. It’s more about living a satisfying life, according to Ben Hewitt, 42, who has lived with his family completely off the grid for over 15 years in the backwoods […]

Dr. Henry Janes: Waterbury Icon

Dr. Henry Janes: Waterbury Icon

by C. B. Hall Dr. Henry Janes was a physician, public servant and man of uncommon achievement. And he may be the most revered citizen of a town—Waterbury—that can also claim three Vermont governors and two winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor as native sons. Born in Waterbury in 1832, Janes was educated at […]

Getting to Know Montpelier Alive’s New Executive Director

Getting to Know Montpelier Alive’s New Executive Director

by Nat Frothingham In a first conversation with The Bridge, Montpelier Alive’s new executive director, Ashley Witzenberger, talked about a range of downtown issues and was, by turns, thoughtful and inventive—often intense—in thinking through ways to make Montpelier’s downtown more business smart, more business friendly, and even livelier and more attractive than it is today. […]