News

Bike Lanes Prevail over Parking on State Street

by C.B. Hall   The tug-of-war between Montpelier’s bicycle and parking advocates continued October 8, as the city council, for the third time, weighed what State Street between Taylor Street and Bailey Avenue should look like once state-financed reconstruction of the thoroughfare is completed. This time, however, the discussion did not get very far, as […]

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

by Nat Frothingham On the strength of a last-minute grant, three critical architectural elements that grace the steeple of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier are to be restored. As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the ornamental elements would be lost. In the third week of August, Jay Southgate of […]

Senate Candidates Speak on Single-Payer

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D) and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with challengers Sandra Gaffney (P-D), Pat McDonald (R) and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. […]

Bar Association’s Paolini Puts Out Call to Support Needy Clients

by Nat Frothingham In remarks to a September 15 meeting of the Montpelier Rotary Club, and in a subsequent interview with The Bridge, Robert Paolini, executive director of the Vermont Bar Association, hammered at a single theme: the serious gap evident in our legal system when, in civil cases, poor people can’t afford to hire […]

Home Tour to Benefit Five Community Groups

by The Bridge staff On Saturday, October 11, five Montpelier homes will be open for a self-guided tour that will benefit the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, the Montessori School of Central Vermont, Montpelier’s Main Street Middle School, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. The houses on this year’s home tour include […]

Finding Solutions to Vermont’s Psychiatric Nursing Shortage

Finding Solutions to Vermont’s Psychiatric Nursing Shortage

by Ed Sutherland Three years after Tropical Storm Irene closed Waterbury’s Vermont State Hospital for good, a new $28 million replacement, the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, has opened in Berlin. But are the troubles which beset the Waterbury psychiatric institution—including a lack of nurses—also visiting the new hospital? While there have been no allegations of […]

Ground Broken for New Northfield Clinic

by Ed Sutherland As the leaves turned color and the air turned crisp, construction finally began October 2 on the new home of Northfield’s Green Mountain Family Practice (GMFP). Slowed first by design considerations and then by environmental review, the start of construction slipped from August to September to October, but the builders have now […]

Hunger in Vermont

Hunger in Vermont

by Ed Sutherland Repeatedly ranked as one of the healthiest states, Vermont nonetheless finds itself in a twin battle, fighting poverty and its perpetual shadow, hunger. Today, 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson’s  War on Poverty began, the hungry constitute a double-digit percentage of Vermonters, and malnutrition remains a dark spot in the Green Mountain […]

Senate Candidates Speak Out on Education Costs

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D), and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with Pat McDonald (R), Sandy Gaffney (P-D), and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. Candidate […]

State’s Attorney Candidates Discuss the Issues

by The Bridge  staff   As part of its Republican coverage of this November’s election, The Bridge interviewed the two candidates for Washington County state’s attorney last week. Republican Tom Kelly, 60, has held the office since 2007. A Barre City resident, he is married and has six children. Scott Williams, 49, a the Democratic […]