Vermont Arts Council Executive Director to Step down on April 14

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director to Step down on April 14

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. “For many years, Alex has been at the center of arts funding and arts advocacy in Vermont,” said Bob Stannard, chair of the Vermont Arts Council […]

National Life Group Sets New Records For 2016 Sales, Earnings

MONTPELIER – National Life Group once again set records for earnings and sales in 2016, a year that also saw the company’s culture receive national attention. Mehran Assadi, the president and chief executive officer, said National Life set a number of historic milestones in 2016. “Across the board, top line and bottom line, we had yet […]

Police Nab Fleeing Suspect From Windshield Of Moving Car

BERLIN — Berlin police were called to a reported home burglary-in-progress by a man possibly armed with a knife. According to a Berlin Police Department report issued March 19, while en-route, officers observed the male to be on the windshield of a passing motor vehicle.  After a brief struggle, officers were able to take Michael Perry, 29, […]

Women Rule: The Feminization of Montpelier City Council

Women Rule: The Feminization of Montpelier City Council

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Back in the old days in Vermont, people who ran a municipality were called “the town fathers,” and they had one thing in common: They were all men. But that has been changing over the years. And in Montpelier — where the first female city council member was elected 40 […]

Blizzard Brings Out Snow Warriors

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Working in shifts throughout the day and overnight March 14, Montpelier’s ‘snow fighters’ kept the layers of quickly falling snow from completely suffocating the city during the season’s largest blizzard. Due to much advance publicity, local schools, state offices and other places of business closed early. This allowed Montpelier’s five […]

Town Meeting Day Results: Hill, Krueger, Watson In Council; Asay and Bowen on School Board — Budgets, Allocations Adopted

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Town Meeting Day is over and a few new faces will take on many challenging municipal issues this coming year. Rosie Krueger, District 1, beat out three worthy opponents by gleaning 258 votes compared to Alex Aldrich’s 204 votes, Joseph R. Kiernan’s 145 votes and Thomas Gram’s 87. The four […]

Washington Central Stymied by School Merger Talks

by Irene Racz If any group of school districts should have been able to easily merge under Act 46, the state consolidation law passed in 2015, it was thought to be those comprising the Washington Central Supervisory Union. For now, however, a merger remains an elusive goal for the five towns in the union. “We […]

Montpelier-Roxbury Merger Committee Nearing Decision Point

by Phil Dodd The Washington Central Supervisory Union (U-32) merger committee may have hit a roadblock, but an Act 46 merger between neighboring Montpelier and the southern Washington County town of Roxbury is still under discussion, and could result in a public vote in May or June. A majority of voters in each school district […]

Barre School Budgets Fail, But Spending Among Lowest In State

by Carla Occaso BARRE — This year both Barre Town and Barre City voted against the school budget, which is extremely rare, according to City Clerk Carol Dawes. Both Spaulding High School and the Elementary budgets went down in flames on Town Meeting Day. “Because we (Barre City) share Spaulding with the town (Barre Town) […]

The Montpelier Foundation: Bricks and Mortar Projects for Montpelier

The Montpelier Foundation: Bricks and Mortar Projects for Montpelier

by Nat Frothingham; photos by Linda Hogan MONTPELIER — Two public-spirited citizens — Ed Flanagan and Jake Brown — both members of the board of The Montpelier Foundation (and Flanagan is board chair) met with The Bridge as part of a current Foundation campaign to deepen public awareness of the foundation and elevate its profile. […]