Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent

Compiled by Irene Racz and Mike Dunphy This is the second of two parts of an interview with Montpelier’s new school superintendent, Elizabeth “Libby” Bonesteel. The first part appeared in the July 5 edition of The Bridge. In the first part, Bonesteel discussed her background and motivation for seeking the position. This part touches on […]

#betterbarre Turns a Hashtag into Community Activism

by Jeffrey Tuper-Giles and Sara Akers It all started with a simple do-good act. In early June, Barre City Council members heard the call of Sara Akers and some concerned community members who were upset about the trash that was surrounding one of the local city playgrounds. Council members from each of the three wards […]

Tender Loving Care Respite House Takes Shape in Barre

by Gail Callahan For people grappling with serious illness, the Tender Loving Care Respite House can’t come too quickly. The proposed, 9,200-square-foot building slated for Ayers Street is already a caring work in progress, and has been in development for about two years. Last year, the project broke ground and carries a budget close to […]

Cooperating with Chaos: Portraits of Anarchists at Studio Place Arts

by Sarah Davin A philosopher leans with his right elbow against a table, looking broodingly into space. His ruffled, gray beard and receding hairline, possibly encouraged to withdraw after years of pensive pulling, contrasts his formal suit. Though still, the painting feels active as a flurry of colorful brushstrokes swirl about him, illustrating some sort […]

Lost Nation Theater Brings the Beach to Twelfth Night

by Ellen E Jones, set designer of Lost Nation Theater’s production of Twelfth Night The set design is a unique take on the script. No good design stands alone as a product or in its creation. The collaborative partnership of the scenic designer and director is usually the first step in the design development, but […]

July 19–August 1, 2018

Why We Celebrate— The Barre Heritage Festival

The Barre Heritage Festival is right around the corner, and recently I found out how the festival came to be. During the late 1960s, when “urban renewal” was in full swing around the country and Barre was working on its own economic development strategies, there were heated debates over how to do it. The redevelopment […]