Main Street in Montpelier Featured in 2016 ‘Main Streets Across America’

Interactive map celebrates streets located at the heart of their communities where people come together to live, work and play The Main Streets Across America website notes, “Montpelier, Vermont’s capital, is surrounded by farming communities, and local food is celebrated on Main Street, home to many of the restaurants for which this small, friendly city is well-known…With the […]


Representatives Postpone ‘Pot Bill’ Vote by A Day

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER— The ultimate demise of the “pot bill” has been postponed yet again. At 8:38 p.m. May 2, bill H.858 containing language to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana, finally came before lawmakers on the floor of the House of Representatives. Moretown Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Washington – 7, chair of the House […]

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From the MHS Principal’s Desk

Funds Raised For Youth Summit The Queer and Allied Youth Summit would like to thank the six teachers who graciously volunteered to get a pie thrown in their face to raise money for a big summit and prom in May. Mr. Bromley, Mr. Chater, Ms. Howe, Mr. Parker, Ms. Squier and Mr. Tillitson were the brave volunteers. MHS students […]

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VIDEO: Under The Golden Dome 2016 Week 15

Fifteenth week of the 2016 Vermont legislative session April 19, 2016. State House Info – President Chester A. Arthur Portrait. Interview segments with Rep. Paul Poirier, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sen. Dick McCormack, Rep. Tony Klein, Sen. David Zuckerman, Sen. Kevin Mullin   View at or click image below-

Hazel Singer, first grader at East Montpelier Elementary School, with her poem, “Jack (p.s. my dog)”

Budding Poets On Display At Hunger Mountain Coop

MONTPELIER — From Rachel Senechel at the Kellogg Hubbard Library (one of the PoemCity coordinators), “Our thanks go out to Jason Miles, Barbara Austin-Hutchins, Matt McLane and the terrific students at Montpelier High School and Main Street Middle School for cutting, painting, assembling, and delivering the flowers for the Budding Poets Garden now on display […]

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proprietor and winemaker Christina Castegren

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery: ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a Love of Labor’

story and photos by Marichel Vaught When one thinks of vineyards and wineries, it is often within a setting akin to California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys or the rolling Italian village landscapes. An image of Vermont’s green mountains would more likely evoke maple tapping, rather than harvesting grapes for wine. Sure Northern California produces some […]


A STATE OF MIND: Chuck’s Tale

by Larry Floersch Like any other red-blooded American man who watches football occasionally and maybe a NASCAR race now and then, I’d like to believe that I can protect my property from any form of assault. At least I felt that way until Chuck moved in. Chuck was a woodchuck, or groundhog, or whistlepig, or […]

Carlo Rovetto, right, with cousin Filippo Labaro.

A Pie Is Born: How Carlo Rovetto Created Positive Pie

by Nat Frothingham As a boy growing up in Little Falls, New York, Carlo Rovetto remembers food — fresh food — at the center of family life. Talking about his mother’s cooking, he said, “We grew up in a culture where food was made from scratch and fresh. My mom had four or five spices. […]

Julie Sancibrian.
Photo by Karen Pike.

Multiple Sclerosis: Taking Care of It and Living With It

by Marichel Vaught In the previous issue (April 7) of The Bridge, we covered what multiple sclerosis is, whom it affects, the different types and the symptoms a body with the disease can experience. Medical Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis Proven studies still show that there is no single cause or cure for multiple sclerosis. Eighty  […]


LETTERS: 4.21.16

People Need Rec Center Editor: Forgive me if I missed any article mentioning the fact that the city is planning on selling the recreation facility on Barre Street. I recently began exercising there several times a week at a very reasonable fee. I believe that a fair amount of people use that facility for a […]

April 21 – May 4, 2016

Vermont Teacher of the Year to be Honored at White House

Vermont Teacher of the Year Susan Koch will be honored by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, beginning around 4:30 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed live online at live. Koch was named Vermont Teacher of the Year in November 2015. She is a Union Elementary School kindergarten […]