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1 Taylor Street Plan Gets Council Nod

1 Taylor Street Plan Gets Council Nod

by Page Guertin At its September 10 meeting, the Montpelier City Council voted unanimously to support residential use of the new building to be constructed and managed by Burlington’s Redstone Commercial Group. Redstone controls the privately owned portion of the 1 Taylor St. redevelopment project. The council had delayed its vote on the use of […]

Vermont a Bit Player in Weapons Transfers

by Richard Sheir The recent confrontation between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, has turned a national spotlight on the huge transfer of military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense to police departments across the country. To be specific, tens of thousands of machine guns, nearly 200,000 ammunitions magazines, thousands of pieces of camouflage […]

True Colors Marks 25 Years

by Nat Frothingham Montpelier’s True Colors Home Decorating is celebrating an event not every entrepreneurial newbie can expect to see: 25 years in business. Owner Bill McQuiggan took the occasion recently to tell The Bridge what those years have wrought. A native of Rockland, Massachusetts, McQuiggan started in business “the old-fashioned way,” to use his […]

Unitarians to Celebrate 150th Anniversary: Steeplejacks Apply Finishing Touches

 By Carla Occaso If you’ve gone up Main Street in Montpelier recently, you’ve likely noticed towering scaffolds around the Unitarian Church. On Tuesdays through Fridays, you most likely would have seen workers from Websterville’s Southgate Steeplejacks dangling from rigging anchored at the apex of the spire. So what’s going on? The steeplejacks have been painting […]

Students Confront Stereotypes 

by Ivan Shadis “I’ve been to rougher schools than Spaulding,” says Ryan Tran. The 17-year-old is a new student at Barre Technical Center, which shares a campus and many facilities with Spaulding High School.  He says that Spaulding students have good personalities and that teachers are kind and loving. He expresses an uncomplicated affection for […]

Dollar General: Blessing  or Curse?

Dollar General: Blessing or Curse?

 by Ed Sutherland Dollar General. The discounter’s name elicits either excitement or terror, depending on your point of view. The company has called Vermont an ideal market: rural, many small towns with low-income residents.  In 2007, there were just seven Dollar General locations in the state. Today, the chain has 23 stores here, with five […]

Raw Milk Reform Gets Mixed Reviews

 by C.B. Hall With the enactment of new state legislation this spring, Vermont has liberalized rules on the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk. The new law, which took effect July 1, allows raw-milk producers to deliver their product to customers at farmers’ markets if the customer has already purchased milk at the farm in question […]

Training is Next for District Heat Customers

by Bob Nuner In a quick sit-down with Montpelier’s assistant city manager, Jessie Baker, The Bridge got an update recently on the district heat system scheduled to come on line this fall. Most important, Baker noted, are the comprehensive training sessions for building-owners, scheduled for the week of October 10. The sessions will inform owners about […]

Dot Helling Renews Call for Berlin Pond Protection

By Nat Frothingham- At a rally organized by Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond on Aug. 16 in front of the Vermont State House, speaker after speaker sounded a common theme of defiance. Melissa Perley, the organization’s president, expressed her disappointment with an Aug. 14 decision from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) that completely […]

Taylor Street Plans Inching Forward

Taylor Street Plans Inching Forward

By C.B. Hall- Apartments appear virtually certain to occupy the upper floors of the future transit center at 1 Taylor Street, Montpelier, in the wake of an Aug. 18 decision by the city’s 1 Taylor Street Design Review Committee to recommend that option. A final “public participation event,” to be held Sept. 3, will give […]