EDITORIAL: A $50,000 NEA “Our Town” Grant to Montpelier Making an Extraordinary City — More Extraordinary

by Nat Frothingham For 200-plus years the City of Montpelier has been the capital and nerve center of Vermont state government — a hot spot for law and policy making, pressure groups and lobbying, political maneuvering and intrigue, protests, marches and parades. But the city’s role as a government center is only part of what’s […]

CORRECTION: Remarks Wrongly Attributed to Montpelier Planning Chief Mike Miller

As part of an editorial statement on pages 22 and 23 of the February 16 (2017) issue of The Bridge entitled “A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall: Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess,” writer Nat Frothingham wrongly attributed remarks to Montpelier Planning Chief Mike Miller. These remarks or the sense of these remarks were actually […]

EDITORIAL: A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall “Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess”

EDITORIAL: A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall “Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess”

by Nat Frothingham; photos by Michael Jermyn Now that the City of Montpelier is getting ready — this spring — to launch a $3.9 million road, sidewalk, bike land, sewer and water improvement project on Northfield Street — it’s way past time to encourage, even demand, that City and State officials work together and cut […]

EDITORIAL: Attorney Gerald Tarrant: Slow Down “Radicalization” Of Montpelier Zoning

EDITORIAL: Attorney Gerald Tarrant: Slow Down “Radicalization” Of Montpelier Zoning

by Nat Frothingham At press time The Bridge invited planning chief Mike Miller to summarize the assumptions and thinking behind the planning commission’s proposed new bylaws and regulations. Miller began by noting that Montpelier has excess capacity in its water treatment plant and its sewage treatment plant. “We are paying for schools that are underused,” […]

A Letter to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friends of The Bridge, Here are five solid reasons to support The Bridge. The Bridge is a community paper that’s available free of charge to readers in Montpelier and across Central Vermont. The Bridge is a very local paper with news, letters, opinions, long and short stories about City Hall, our schools, our business […]

EDITORIAL: Friends of Local History

by Nat Frothingham “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   — George Santayana  Over the years, The Bridge has often celebrated history — preeminently the local history of Montpelier — but also at times the history of our sister city Barre — and from time to time the local […]

EDITORIAL: An Appeal for Solidarity

by Nat Frothingham I was in the audience at a well-attended Montpelier City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. As the meeting began at least 20 Montpelier citizens walked up to the microphone and voiced their personal support for City Manager Bill Fraser. Many of those who spoke also wondered aloud about open meeting issues. […]

EDITORIAL: Paij Wadley-Bailey: A Treasured Life

EDITORIAL: Paij Wadley-Bailey: A Treasured Life

by Nat Frothingham Many of us here in Montpelier and across Vermont and beyond are feeling the loss of our deeply loved and admired friend and mentor Paij Wadley-Bailey who died on August 18 in Montpelier at the age of 77. In looking back on her life and measuring its many powerful impacts — Paij […]

EDITORIAL: Twenty-Seven Design Ideas for a Net Zero Montpelier

by Nat Frothingham Because of efforts by the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee with full support from the Montpelier City Council, Montpelier has set a goal of “Net Zero Energy” in less than 15 years by 2030. At The Bridge we support this difficult, but achievable, objective. To be more specific about Net Zero Energy — […]

EDITORIAL: A Message of Thanks to the Friends of the Winooski a and to Friends of Those Valued Friends

by Nat Frothingham Over the past few weeks with ever-growing intensity, The Bridge has been working in partnership with Ann Smith and other stalwarts at the not-for-profit Friends of the Winooski River organization to put together the spread you now have in your hands — celebrating a theme of water and rivers and community solidarity. […]