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Senate Candidates on Keeping Youth in Vermont

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 posed three questions to the candidates on critical issues. Candidate […]

Washington County Politicians Face Off for November Elections

by Ed Sutherland Washington County voters are set to cast ballots in more than a dozen state and local political races come Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Among the most closely watched races are spots in the Vermont Legislature including three open seats for the Vermont Senate from Washington County and seven seats in various […]

The Farm Report: How Local Sugar Shacks Rate in the 2014 Foliage Season

The Farm Report: How Local Sugar Shacks Rate in the 2014 Foliage Season

by Michelle A.L. Singer We know it has been a beautiful fall with sunny weekends, balmy temperatures, not much rain, and of course, beautiful leaves. The hiking and the apples have been excellent, but for local businesses, the stakes are higher than that. The appearance of tour buses heralds an important economic, as well as […]

Berlin, State Move Toward Berlin Pond Access

by Page Guertin The Berlin Select Board, at its October 20 meeting, agreed by a 4-1 vote to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (F&W) which paves the way for F&W to build a non-motorized public access area for fishermen and boaters at the north end of Berlin […]

There’s Always Something To Celebrate at Party Central

by Carla Occaso The Bridge recently turned the spotlight on the area’s newest costume and party supply store Party Central  located on Main Street in Barre. The subject is fitting since Halloween and a slew of other popular holidays are just around the corner. Store owner Yvonne Trepanier spoke with Nat Frothingham from The Bridge […]

Planting Hope: The Exchange Brings Young Nicaraguans to Vermont

Planting Hope: The Exchange Brings Young Nicaraguans to Vermont

by Nat Frothingham   At this very moment, seven young men and women from Nicaragua—all in their 20s—are visiting Vermont and New Hampshire with an extended stay in Montpelier and a strong, recent presence at Montpelier High School. The visitors, led by a trip leader Ariel Alejandro Soza Escorcia who has an almost total command […]

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 […]