Chickens, Construction and the Common Core: Area Schools Get Ready for Students

By Carla Occaso. As the calendar creeps closer to the end of August, students and teachers will soon be stashing the flip- flops and breaking out the pencil sharpeners. Are our public schools ready? What’s new? Below are some news tidbits from a random sample of local institutions. U.S. News & World Report has rated […]

Parklets or Let’s Park?

Parklets or Let’s Park?

By C.B. Hall. State Street may soon be getting its second parklet. Across the street from the Rialto Bridge parklet, Positive Pie is seeking to expand its restaurant service to a parklet which, like the Rialto structure, will take up two parking spaces. That would give the restaurant and bar 18 to 20 more seats […]

Mermin to Honor Marcel Marceau

By Nat Frothingham. Rob Mermin—actor, writer and founder of Circus Smirkus—will give a single performance of his one-man show to honor Marcel Marceau on Saturday evening, August 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Unadilla Theatre in East Calais. Mermin studied under two legendary French mimes: Marcel Marceau and Étienne Decroux. In his show he will […]

OPINION: Why the Battle of Bennington Matters

By Senator Bill Doyle. On August 16, Vermont will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Bennington. In his Geography,History, Constitution and Civil Government of Vermont (1907), Edward Conant called the 1777 battle “the first of a series that led to the surrender of [British general John] Burgoyne’s army. It was the turning point of the […]

Middlesex Vehicle Charging Station Inaugurated

by C.B. Hall On July 7, dignitaries including Governor Peter Shumlin and Senator Patrick Leahy came to Middlesex for the official inauguration of Vermont’s 33rd electric vehicle charging station, located at the MiddleGround complex on Route 2. The station will include both level 2 and level 3 chargers; the former provides 20 miles of charge […]

Decision on 1 Taylor Street’s Upper Floors Still a Ways Off

by The Bridge staff Plans for the transit-oriented development at 1 Taylor Street, Montpelier, remain half-formed in the wake of the City Council’s July 9 decision to delay a final decision on the use of the transit center’s upper floors, as developer Redstone Commercial Properties has yet to complete an analysis of the relative feasibility […]

Tom Koch Looks Back

Tom Koch Looks Back

by Anne Nadel-Walbridge In the 1970s, when Tom Koch first took office as a state representative from Washington County’s second district, the United States was less than half a decade out of the Vietnam War, bell-bottomed pants were the norm, radio waves resonated with the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack and Archie Bunker was a household […]

GMTA Reports Rising Passenger Use for Montpelier Circulator Bus

by Nat Frothingham In a report to the Montpelier City Council on June 11—Tawnya Kristen, community relations manager for the Green Mountain Transit Agency, provided detailed numbers to describe the rising passenger use of the agency’s free Montpelier Circulator bus. According to Kristen, the free Montpelier Circulator Bus has seen a 67 percent rise in […]

Taylor Street Debate Continues

by C.B. Hall Developer Redstone Commercial Properties’ increasingly controversial proposal to build a hotel on the upper stories of the transit terminal to be developed at 1 Taylor Street has died under the terms an agreement between Redstone and the Capitol Plaza Hotel, adjacent to which the new hotel would have risen. Redstone announced Tuesday […]

The Terra Incognita of School District Consolidation

by C.B. Hall Perhaps Vermont is overdoing this local control stuff. Between 1952 and 2012, the rest of the United States saw its school districts reduced in number by 80 percent in the name of efficiency, consistency of educational offerings and cost reduction. Meanwhile, Vermont’s complement of school districts actually increased. Today, by one count, […]