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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Tribute to Catherine Orr

A Tribute to Catherine Orr

Editor’s Note: The final event of the Capital City Concerts 2014-2015 season will be dedicated to Catherine Orr, whose contributions to musical life in this part of Vermont spanned more than 30 years. In mid-April I heard from Karen Kevra, artistic director of the Capital City Concert series. She asked me to talk with Orr […]

Teen Filmmakers Pledge Long-term Collaboration

by Ahri Messina The ability to straddle the line between professionalism and having fun is something very important to any artist or performer. It’s something that comes naturally to teenagers. It’s something I’ve truly learned to do only recently, and it’s an ability that I hope to never lose. Vermont is a very welcoming place […]

Broaden Your Horizons by Viewing Mary Admasian’s Art at the Supreme Court Gallery

Broaden Your Horizons by Viewing Mary Admasian’s Art at the Supreme Court Gallery

by Kathy Hollen MONTPELIER — Local artist and entrepreneur Mary Admasian, one of six artists selected to display their work at the Supreme Court Gallery this season, is currently showing “Boundaries, Balance and Confinement: Navigating the Limits of Nature and Society.” This provocative collection of over 20 assemblages can be studied leisurely to best advantage […]

It’s Showtime in Greensboro!

It’s Showtime in Greensboro!

by David Kelley There are forces within cities and towns that are, in some ways, similar to the forces of nuclear physics. Either by accident or design, communities can achieve a critical mass of talent, common interests and ideas that will set off a chain reaction. Unlike the destruction that can be wrought by enriched […]