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Heard on the Street: September 4-17, 2019

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Members Named to Homelessness Task Force

Then and Now

Historic photos courtesy of Vermont Historical Society; Captions and modern photos by Paul Carnahan.

Homes on Wilder, Hubbard, Barre, and Ridge Streets can be seen in this 1905 postcard view from the entrance to Blanchard Park off of Wilder Street.

The current view, although not taken from exactly the same spot, shows some of the same houses further down Wilder Street. Today, the houses on Ridge Street are completely blocked by vegetation, and trees in the park prevent getting a higher view of the neighborhood.
The wall at the corner of Wilder and Fullerton (now Monsignor Crosby Place) Streets was first constructed in 1898 but had to be moved 10 feet back into the Blanchard property six years later because of a land dispute.

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The City Council appointed eight people to serve on a task force to seek solutions to issues surrounding homelessness in the Capital City. The task force stems, in part, from complaints by downtown merchants about people panhandling and congregating near storefronts. Members named to the task force are District 3 City Councilor Glen Hutcheson, Will Eberle, Dawn Little, Zach Hughes, Erika Reil, Travis Hill, Ken Russell, and Steve Whitaker. A ninth member will be appointed later to represent downtown business interests.

Tax Department Weapon Report Remains a Mystery

Several days after two witnesses reported seeing a person carrying a “long gun” into the state Tax Department no arrest has been made and no suspect has been located. The incident closed State Street from Bailey Avenue to Gov. Davis Avenue for several hours Friday as authorities investigated the report. Tax Department employees were evacuated, and no one was allowed to enter or leave Montpelier schools during the incident. The building at 133 State Street was reopened later in the day after no weapon or intruder was found.

Arts and Learning Center Elevator to be Unveiled Friday

The Center for Arts and Learning at 46 Barre Street will host a community celebration from 3 to 8 pm September 6 to mark the completion of its new elevator. The elevator will provide access to all five floors of the building that houses the T.W. Wood Gallery, Monteverdi Music School, and River Rock School, as well as studios, galleries, and community spaces. The event will feature a ribbon-cutting, food, children’s activities, and New Music Uncaged, a concert and dance performance presented by Abundant Silence on the second floor. The event coincides with Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk.

Great American Bread Festival Comes to Middlesex

September 7 will witness the launch of a new annual festival at Camp Meade in Middlesex. The Great American Bread Festival brings together bakers, millers, farmers, and authors from around the state to celebrate the essential staple, loaves of which will be baked in a community wood-fired oven made just for the occasion. The day-long event also brings plenty of entertainment, including live music, workshops, speakers, competitions (e.g., the “Bakers Olympics”), and in the evening, “liquid bread,” aka beer. The 20th anniversary of Red Hen Baking, which sits adjacent to Camp Meade, is also being celebrated. For more information, visit campmeade.today.

Tom Brown is contributing editor of The Bridge. ..... You can contact him at tom@montpelierbridge.com