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A Crib Sheet for the City’s $16.1 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrade

by Mike Dunphy and Phil Dodd The Skinny: Montpelier needs to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The City Council recently authorized further study of a two-phase upgrade plan. The first phase, which is currently estimated to cost $16.1 million and will be funded by a bond, addresses aging infrastructure and additional “organics to energy” features, […]

Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent

Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent

Compiled by Irene Racz and Mike Dunphy This is the second of two parts of an interview with Montpelier’s new school superintendent, Elizabeth “Libby” Bonesteel. The first part appeared in the July 5 edition of The Bridge. In the first part, Bonesteel discussed her background and motivation for seeking the position. This part touches on […]

Clearing the Air about TIF

by Laura Gebhart There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Montpelier, yet many questions remain about the program. With a potential TIF measure on the ballot in November, it’s important for residents to understand the purpose, function, and process of implementation, starting with these frequently asked […]

Red Sox Foundation Honors VCIL

The Red Sox Foundation honored the Vermont Center for Independent Living for its dedication to social justice, diversity, and inclusivity. At a home game against the Texas Rangers on July 9, an on-field check presentation was made to VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville. The Center won the $10,000 first-place IMPACT Award, thanks to receiving the […]

#betterbarre Turns a Hashtag into Community Activism

#betterbarre Turns a Hashtag into Community Activism

by Jeffrey Tuper-Giles and Sara Akers It all started with a simple do-good act. In early June, Barre City Council members heard the call of Sara Akers and some concerned community members who were upset about the trash that was surrounding one of the local city playgrounds. Council members from each of the three wards […]

Tender Loving Care Respite House Takes Shape in Barre

Tender Loving Care Respite House Takes Shape in Barre

by Gail Callahan For people grappling with serious illness, the Tender Loving Care Respite House can’t come too quickly. The proposed, 9,200-square-foot building slated for Ayers Street is already a caring work in progress, and has been in development for about two years. Last year, the project broke ground and carries a budget close to […]

10 Questions for the Candidates for Barre and Northfield

compiled by Mike Dunphy With primary season already upon us, the residents of Central Vermont are once more given the opportunity to make real difference in their communities by voting. Many candidates in Barre, Berlin, and Northfield are running unopposed but several Democrats are in races to make the ballot in November. In Northfield, four […]

Read the July 19, 2018 Issue

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Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life and the Game at Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp

Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life and the Game at Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp

by Sarah Davin “I’m hitting first!” one boy yells. “I’m hitting third!” yells another, as the campers line themselves up strategically in the dugout, preparing for the next inning. A third boy, wearing a baseball cap and a Mountaineers t-shirt comes up to bat. He swings and hits the ball just left of first base. […]

Legal Cannabis Grows Legal Loopholes, as well as Profits

by Mike Dunphy Marijuana advocates had much to cheer on July 1, when Act 86 come into force, eliminating “all penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants for a person who is 21 years of age.” Entrepreneurs may have even more to celebrate, as […]