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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, […]

Twinfield’s Canoe Journey Project

Twinfield’s Canoe Journey Project

by Joyce Kahn Twinfield Union School’s eighth-graders don’t just graduate from middle school with a simple ceremony and enter high school the following September. Their modern day right of passage involves building a cedar strip canoe together, crafting individual paddles and participating in a four-day wilderness canoe trip in the Adirondacks. This was the fifth […]

Students are “On The Move” at Barre City Elementary and Middle School

Students are “On The Move” at Barre City Elementary and Middle School

by Emily Kaminsky On Friday, May 16, 345 students in the fifth through eighth grades at Barre City Elementary & Middle School (BCEMS) spent the day improving the school and giving back to the community as part of their annual “May Day” event. “May Day is a time when we can get out into the […]

State Office Complex Will Mean a New Waterbury

State Office Complex Will Mean a New Waterbury

by C.B. Hall Waterbury residents beamed with satisfaction last month when Governor Peter Shumlin joined construction crews in pouring the first concrete footings for a new state office complex to replace offices destroyed by tropical storm Irene. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2015, the new complex will open its doors to 900 Agency […]

RockFire Lights Up Barre’s Historic Quarries with Art, Music, and Fire

RockFire Lights Up Barre’s Historic Quarries with Art, Music, and Fire

by Emily Kaminsky Friday, June 27 is the kickoff of the third annual RockFire event in the historic abandoned granite quarries that are scattered throughout the hills of Websterville high above downtown Barre. RockFire is a unique experiential weekend event that combines art, music and fire on a monumental scale in the evocative setting of […]