Reilly,left, 16, and Peyton, 15, Lanphear of Duxbury in their fireproof racing suit on the campus of Vermont College of Fine Arts Aug. 3

The Breeze: Speed Sisters

by Nathan Grutchfield Today, I rolled out of bed and travelled to work to meet two racecar driving girls, with my sole bit of background knowledge being that they had achieved great accomplishments. Gradually, I took in more bits of information. Reilly and Peyton Lanphear, 16 and 15 respectively, were each champions of different racetracks […]

“Essentially ran into this beautiful bear while packrafting down the Red Lake River for work. She looked at us for about a second and then went right back to fishing. One of the more amazing things I have ever experienced.”

The Breeze: Josh Blouin’s Alaskan Adventure: Local man documents through photos ‘one of the best experiences’ of his life

Text and photos by Josh Blouin “What I’m doing, it is all bear-related work. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to protect the Kodiak Brown Bears and their habitat (Note: The Kodiak Island is on the southern coast of Alaska). Under the supervisory Wildlife Biologist, myself and two […]

Pratima Cranse

Pratima Cranse: Vermont-raised author of All the Major Constellations on her journey to writing and success

compiled by Nathan Grutchfield Pratima Cranse was born and raised in Vermont where she went through the Montpelier public school system. In 2015, when her debut novel, “All the Major Constellations,” was published, Kirkus Review deemed that Cranse was “a stellar voice to watch.” Her book confronts difficult subjects and deals with complex characters. In […]

Artist Nancy Schade stands in front of one of the paintings.
Photo by Michael Jermyn

Transforming an Old Carriage House into an Artist’s Studio

by Nat Frothingham Kudos to the Vermont College of Fine Arts. And congratulations and thanks to Nancy Schade — a painter and sculptor who lives in Hardwick. Back last summer, when the College was laying plans to build the new Louise Crowley Faculty & Alumni Center building it became necessary to take down an early […]

The Crowley Center
Dedicated:  June 27, 2016
 Architecture & Design: 
Susan T. Rodriguez, Ennead Architects, New York City and Shanghai
and Jay Ancel, Black River Design, Montpelier (Architect of Record)
Construction:  Connor Construction
Furniture:  Designed by Matt Monk and Bill Kaplan and built by Al, Steve, Marshal et al at Vermont Correctional Industries Woodshop, Newport
Granite Industries of Vermont: donated the marble for the 
small courtyard in front of the Crowley Center building.
Photo by Michael Jermyn

A Walking Tour With Bill Kaplan Through The New Crowley Center

by Nat Frothingham A few days ago, Bill Kaplan, senior vice president at Vermont College of Fine Arts, walked me through the new Louise Crowley Center for Faculty & Alumni. The new center, a white (glass and aluminum) two-story building glistening in the sun makes an architectural statement that is uncompromisingly modern. And yet — though the […]


English Offers Presentation on People from The ‘Far North’

MONTPELIER — The elders in Greenland can guide us. They can teach us. A local woman has devised a way to convey information she received during her experiences studying with Greenlandic elders. Jane English, a physicist and writer with an interest in spiritual matters, will present “Greenland — Ancient Wisdom for Our Changing World” — […]

Randi Dudley

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

by Joshua Jerome Revitalizing downtowns is challenging work and requires significant investment of financial and human capital from municipal governments and community organizations. It also requires citizen participation by serving on committees and boards. As Barre’s downtown organization, the Barre Partnership relies heavily on citizen participation and for one particular board member, Randi Dudley, this […]

The Breeze 
editorial meeting.

The Breeze EDITORIAL: The Breeze: A Gift From the Community To The Community

by Nathan Grutchfield I began working with The Bridge in February, on a cold Friday morning meeting with two bosses Nat Frothingham and Carla Occaso. They soon developed an understanding of my interests for topics of writing pieces, then then gave me ideas for articles that I shortly capitalized on, with my first story portraying a […]

A perspective from high up in the City Hall clock tower.

The Breeze: Aerial Montpelier

Photos by Julia Barstow          

INTRODUCING A NEW SHED — From left are Tom Morse, Burr Morse, Aaron Codling and Erich Fagginger-Auer.

New Woodshed Theater Unveiled

by Carla Occaso/photos by Rick McMahan   MONTPELIER — People gathered at Morse Farm Sugarworks August 15 to observe a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the newly reconstructed Woodshed Theater. The theater is located adjacent to one of the farm’s most important piece of machinery — it’s evaporator. Those who have been to any sugar shack […]

August 18 — August 31, 2016

Court Rules Brooks Wins Recount By One Vote

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Democratic senate candidates Francis Brooks and Ashley Hill finally found out who won the state primary election. It is Brooks by one vote. Hill had petitioned the court for a recount after losing by four votes to Brooks in the August 9 election in which Brooks got 3,720 votes to […]